Mythical State Of has opened entries for season three of the All Terrain Bicycle Challenge this time around the requirements include a course of at least 200 miles, with 50% gravel, and a time limit of between 24 and 36 hours. Build your team of three, build your course, and go! Continue reading below for all the details and application instructions…
The Dirt is Your Oyster: A Longterm Review of the Otso Fenrir Ti
Over the past few months of riding Otso’s titanium version of their previously-released stainless steel Fenrir, I’ve strayed further into the morass of bike categorization than I ever thought I would, along the way asking myself such snake-eating-its-tail questions as: What is a gravel bike, what is a mountain bike, do modern ATBs even exist?
ATB CHALLENGE – Flèche It Out – EP2: THE PANEL
It’s time to finally find out which team pushed their Physical, Spiritual, Mental and Emotional limits to the max in the ATB Challenge: Fleche It Out. The winner receives the ultimate ATB prize package.
- $3000.00USD 3 sets of ENVE Wheels
- 3 “One Year’s Supply” of Fat Tire Ale
- 3 Mission Workshop / Acre Supply ATB Kits
- 3 Mythical State Of ATB Kits
In an effort to be as fair and accurate as possible, we assembled a team of ATB experts from around the world to collectively observe, evaluate and intuit each team’s P*S”M*E score from their unique POV and wicked-valid area of expertise. We call them: The Panel. Watch now to find out who wins. Do you agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments.
Live TODAY: All Terrain Bicycle Challenge – Flèche It Out
Watch the ATB Challenge: Season 2 – Fleche It Out, a one episode, one hour look into six teams from around the world taking on the most extreme ATB route of their own design, and decide which team pushed their Physical, Spiritual, Mental and Emotional limitations the hardest.
The winning team receives:
3 sets of ENVE Wheels
3 “One Year’s Supply” of Fat Tire Ale.
3 Mission Workshop / Acre Supply ATB kits.
3 Mythical State Of ATB kits.
WE WANT YOU!
VOTE NOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, OR ON YOUTUBE, TO HAVE YOUR VOICE COUNTED BY OUR ATB EXPERT PANEL!
Tell us which team you think pushed their P*S*M*E the hardest and tell us why. The three best comments will win something truly transcendent from Mythical State Of’s Outdoor Culture Arcade.
The Crust Bikes x Ron’s Bikes Alumalith Pre-Order Opens Today
Well, my friends, today is the day. The Frank the Welder-made Crust Bikes x Ron’s Bikes Alumalith pre-orders open on Ronsbikes.com. If you’ve been drooling over our in-depth look at this bike earlier this month, now’s the time to drop some coin. Roll on over to Ronsbikes.com to see more details. The pre-order opens at 10 am EST this morning!
Introducing the Ron’s Bikes x Crust Bikes Alumalith 27.5 ATB
Good ol’ Ronnie. How many bikes have we shot together now? It all started with a chance encounter in Austin in 2014 when I documented his Trek 970. Back then, he was known as Benedict and dressed in his post-Wooly Mammoth roadie persona; lumberjack meets blast beats, sprinkled with some Tolkien lore and usually seen astride either a vintage MTB or a Rivendell, dribbling olive oil on his vintage Suntour components. This was early Ultraromance—the genesis of his persona—when he had just begun to crack open the internet with his wild style and über cøøl bikes. I love this man, no matter what name he festoons his internet crown with. Always have. Always will.
Fast forward to the 2022 Philly Bike Expo, where I recently met this gentle yet patinated gent once again to document a bike that picks up where our Duralcan post left off.
The Alumalith is the latest model to be released from the Ron’s Bikes x Crust Bikes cache and the first US-made aluminum bike he’s designed, with Frank the Welder at the helm, speccing tubing diameters and laying down iconic beads on brushed, raw aluminum. Let’s check it out below!
ATB Challenge: Flèche it Out – Meet the Challengers & GEN POP CHALLENGE
Please join us in congratulating the six teams selected to participate in the ATB Challenge: Fleche It Out Reality TV Game Show. See who they are and their planned rides below!
Apply Now: ATB Challenge Season 2 – Flèche it Out (Now Open For All Across the Globe)
Last year the All Terrain Bicycle Challenge selected five challengers and unleashed them on a brutal 71-mile course in Vermont. For season two, the project is shifting from old school “maybe it goes” style ATB routes to randonneuring inspired distance and time. Applicants are challenged with creating their own ultimate route, and five lucky teams of three will attempt to complete their ride, documenting it along the way, for a chance to win cash and prizes from ENVE, Fat Tire, The Radavist, Acre, and Mythical State Of. We at The Radavist are stoked to be the media partner for this event, so read below, plan a route, apply, and follow along for more!
John’s Rivendell Hunqapillar 29er Klunker: AKA the Klunkapillar
Cruiser, Klunker, ATB. These terms get thrown around a lot and yet they represent pretty much the same thing: a rigid mountain bike. For me, the granularity of these denotations is intriguing. In modern times, these words have people debating about the proper nomenclature for each of these bikes, and there are opinions on every side of this argument. For those curious, I understand that a Cruiser is a coaster-brake bike with no gears and no hand brakes. A Klunker is a rigid mountain bike with gears and hand brakes. An ATB is simply an “all-terrain-bicycle” and was historically used to refer to a mountain bike with flat bars. “ATB” was used to denote a new, increasingly popular form of cycling at the time: “off-road” riding. AKA, riding on dirt, not pavement. Since the genesis of the term “ATB”, it has been co-opted to mean drop bar bikes as well. Being the trend-setter he is, once Ultraromance dubbed these bikes “ATB,” everyone jumped on board.
Time is a flat circle, like a wheel, so what was once a pariah in the cycling industry is bound to become the savior at one point. That’s kind of how mountain biking started, right? A bunch of misfits took the hills of Marin and the mountains of Colorado and began riding inappropriate bikes inappropriately.
Then, thirty-odd years later, Grant Petersen of Bridgestone and Rivendell fame designed the Hunqapillar, a true-to-form Klunker. I first rode one back in 2014 and immediately was drawn to the bike’s capabilities and unique ride quality. Yet, for some dumb reason, I didn’t buy one and missed out on every opportunity to own a size 62cm until recently. So why did the guy with too many bikes buy a Hunq? Well, read on below to find out.
All Terrain Bicycle ATB Challenge Trailer
We’re stoked to premiere the trailer for ENVE‘s forthcoming All Terrain Bicycle (ATB) Challenge. Check out the teaser for now with a full-length on the way!
ENVE’s All Terrain Bicycle (ATB) Challenge!
ENVE just announced the first-ever ATB Challenge. Five challengers will be selected to participate in the ATB-themed reality TV Gameshow that will tackle a yet-to-be-announced course that’s being aptly named the World’s Most Challenging ATB Route. The chosen contestants will have a bike built to their specs, then be flown to a secret, rugged and remote location somewhere in the United States where they’ll be given the opportunity to complete the route. The episodic series will introduce the selected contestants, their story, bike setup, and finally, their day on the World’s most Challenging ATB Route.
On the popular show Alone, contestants choose the gear they believe will give them the best chance of outlasting the other participants when they can rely on nothing but their own survival instincts and the limited gear available. The ATB Challenge isn’t all that different, but rather than receiving fishing line or a saw, the participants will choose between 650b or 700c wheels, flat, riser, or drop bar, and gearing selections in order to create what they believe is the best All Terrain Bicycle to conquer the route. Big watts and a high Vo2 Max won’t be enough to find success on the route – choosing wisely with equipment and being ready for any course challenge that comes their way will more than level the playing field.
See more at All Terrain Bicycle Challenge!