Cheech, founder of Casa Verde and partner with Matt at Crust Bikes reflects where she’s going in her life…
Sometime back in late February the event calendar for Team Brooks Cool Breeze looked like any stadium tour you’d expect for such a glamorous gaggle of athletes. Grav’l, touring, MTB, hang gliding, street luging…. you name it, we were gonna do it. Times were fast, relaxing, and exciting, but little did we know that even lifestyle celebrity “athletes” would have little fun in the months to come.
New color, cantilever posts, and QR.
The Romanceur might be one of Crust Bikes’ most popular models and this new update is a massive throwback. In an era of disc brakes, the new Romanceur goes with cantilever studs, where most bikes use thru-axles, it has gone QR. People loved the original Romanceur for its modern updates on a very classic silhouette and for those who want a modern frame with cantilever studs, QR axles, and a 1″ steerer… this new Romanceur is for you.
New color, disc brakes and thru-axles.
You can still order the original Romanceur with disc brakes or this new model with throwback specs. The pre-order is open at Crust Bikes right now!
Want some build inspiration? We listed it below in the Related columns…
Our friends at Crust Bikes and Casa Verde are throwing a raffle with a good cause! Here are the details:
In celebration and appreciation of the Indigenous People who have lived in harmony with Pachamama for thousands of years and continue to fight for her well being, we have organized a small raffle to help support them.
1. Cheypie Skort (XS-XL)
2. An EXCLUSIVE Crust prototype handlebar.
3. Mullet Cap (color of your choice)
4. Casa Verde tote bag
5. Shreddie The Eagle Musette Bag
6. “I’m fucking tired” keychain.
Screenshot your donation and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject DONATION. If you donate $10 to each of the three organizations your name will be thrown in three times. The raffle will end next Monday October 19. Apart from donations, I urge you to take time to research and recognize the history of Indigenous People, the systematic oppression they are currently experiencing, and how the land they belong to is being taken for a pipeline, mining, logging, and industrialized meat.
The Great Basin region of the western US stretches from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Wasatch range, and from the Columbia Plateau all the way down to the Mojave Desert. This expansive, high elevation desert has a nickname, the Sagebrush Sea, and I live right on the beach. I’m tucked away in a rural area at the northern end of the Eastern Sierra.
This week’s Readers’ Rides photos are so sharp, we decided to share it as a full gallery. Hanson Little is an ex-pro BMX shredder and the hands behind Dark Realm Cycling, a brand that operates alongside his partner Vanessa’s Shop Realm. These two put out exceptional bags from their Austin, TX home. We’re featuring Hanson’s Crust Bikes Evasion Lite, a less-burly, lighter Evasion. This stripped-back version is quite the frame! Let’s look at it in detail below.
Last summer I was lucky enough to make my pilgrimage to Nutmeg Country while on a work trip to NYC. While getting a tour of Benedict’s “childhood home”, he showed me the bike pile in his basement. He looked at me and said, “Spencer, you need something classy, pick whichever frame you want.” Of course I picked the rusted Romanceür prototype…
When it was released, the Crust Bikes Evasion was a true to form game changer for production bikes but even then, some games should be changed up a bit. Matt from Crust Bikes has been leaking this project for a while. A stripped-down, lighter-ish, yet just as capable Evasion, dubbed the Evasion Lite.
Here is the take-away:
– Straight 1,1/8th Crust carbon fork with internal dynamo routing and brake cable routing. 100mm X 12mm.
– Flat mount front and rear.
– Fixed 142mm X 12mm rear dropouts. No rocker dropouts on this one, in efforts to shave weight.
– Integrated headset cups.
– All sizes up to the Large have 28.6 D.T and TT, the Large and Xtra-Large have a 28.6 TT and a 31.8 DT. All sizes are heat treated CR-MO
– The steel plate on the drive side has been axed, you guessed it, save weight. However by doing this it slightly minimizes the max tire clearance.
You can see more information regarding tire size and other tidbits at Crust Bikes.
Data-driven designers and developers will appreciate this chart, in which the author, Hobocross helps direct you to see which Crust Bikes model is right for you. Now, we’re not gonna post the whole thing, so head to their Instagram account, give them a follow and share this. It’s genius!
Behold, a timeless diamond in the crust. The “cantibolt” is the “sign a waiver” lightest tubed-cantilever-1” threaded offering from Crust Bikes; the first name in Boastfully Poor Business Decisions Index Weekly. A riff on the Jan Mule that so famously/infamously dons just about every other page of Bicycle Quarterly; the Crust version has coincidentally received praise from its muse… the sultan of supple; the prince of planing himself… Jan Heine uuuuuuvvv Bicycle Quarterly.
Yesterday, we took a peek inside Flat Track Coffee and Cycleast. While hanging out there, getting caffeinated and catching up with the shop employees, I got to chatting to Corey, one of the mechanics at Cycleast. Specifically about the sword on his Crust Bikes Evasion…
“Where’s your Dreamer?” “What happened to the green Dreamer?” “Do you ever ride your Dreamer?”
Since posting up the gallery of my Crust Bikes Dreamer, it’s been the bike people email me about the most. I get various questions, ranging from the ones I listed above, to questions on the Microshift and how I like the Dreamer platform. When I first got the bike, Crust Bikes and Darren Larkin, the builder of the Dreamer frames, were working on a few details. What I ended up with was a bike that was in-between versions and a few things weren’t working out so well. This prompted me and Darren to talk about the bike in detail and him offering to take it back to update and fix a few things. Read on below to find out what happened between these two models.
Up since the break of dawn, all day we’d been rolling on washboard roads. Yet it was hard to complain. We’d just spent a few days hiking around Ikara/Flinders Ranges National Park and it felt good to be headin’ north again. As the sun dropped toward the horizon I stopped for a bit of a feed. Dan rolled up beside me and we began to look for somewhere to camp. It was dead flat aside from the occasional patch of scrub. You could’ve pitched in anywhere but for some reason, it still felt good to choose a spot. It was then, with bikes stationary and no wind to speak of, that we were struck by the immense silence of our surroundings. This was our first proper encounter with the vastness of the Australian desert. The endless horizon. We had made it to the edge of the outback, and thousands of kilometers of dusty track lay in wait.
Those popular Crust Bikes patches can’t stay in stock but fear not, the team has stocked three colors of trucker hats with the patch already sewn on. They’re available in brown, yellow, or navy for $25 at CrustBikes.com!
The fires in Australia have decimated this ecologically diverse country and with them, 500 million animals have perished. A few more brands are working to raise money to help support the relief aid.
– Kumo Cycles and Simon Riviere have teamed up on these great Purist bottles. You can pre-order these at Kumo Cycles. If he sells 50, he’ll be able to set up a water station behind his house.
-Want to win a Crust frame? Head over to @wireswildliferescue, @redcrossau or any other Australian fire relief, donate $25usd or more, screenshot your donation and email it to Crust at email@example.com with fire relief in the subject line. Crust will draw a name out of a hat this coming Friday. Free shipping worldwide.