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Sour Bicycles Moves its Mountain Bike Frame Production to Germany and Drops the Big Fun Hardtail

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Sour Bicycles Moves its Mountain Bike Frame Production to Germany and Drops the Big Fun Hardtail

Sour Bicycles, the company that made the Pasta Party John reviewed last month, has just dropped a big bomb of an announcement. The brand will be producing all of its mountain bike frames in Germany, beginning in January 2022. That means if you pre-order any frame right now, it’ll be made in Germany, including its newest model the Big Fun, an enduro/trail/all-mountain hardtail. Check out the geo numbers and details on the Big Fun below and read Sour Bicycles’ full press release at their blog

The Kory York K2 Tracklocross Frame is a Throwback

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The Kory York K2 Tracklocross Frame is a Throwback

Rimini, Italy-based Kory York manufacturers its frames in Italy offers a unique frame the readers of The Radavist might enjoy. These K2 Tracklocross frames are inspired by the old Cannondale track frames and have all the right details. With five sizes and eight color options this frame would build up a treat. As with all its frames, the K2 is available as a custom geometry as well.

Specs:
100% Handmade
High Quality 7000-series T6 Aluminum Alloy
Handcrafted Smooth Welding
Straight Geometry
Size* : XS | S | M | L | XL (custom geo available on request)
Bottom Bracket Threading : BSA BB 68mm (English)
Seatpost Diameter* : Ø 27,2 mm by Dedacciai® (Ø 31,6 mm available on request)
Head tube* :External 1-1/8″ (Headset on request + 39€) Note: 1″ Classic by Columbus® available on request)
Weight: 1660g (S)

See more at Kory York.

A Look at the New VYNL Bikes: /rd rim – Rim Brake Road Bike and /gr Disc Gravel Bike

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A Look at the New VYNL Bikes: /rd rim – Rim Brake Road Bike and /gr Disc Gravel Bike

Last year marked a sea change for the cycling industry. On one hand, cycling saw a boom with many companies shifting to a work from home model, and employees looking for a new outdoor hobby to spend their free time. On the other, supply chain shortages ran rampant throughout the industry and suddenly the supply couldn’t meet the demand. Depending on who you talk to, parts shortages happened for a number of reasons but the bottom line is if you have the ability to sell bikes, or even frames in 2021, consider yourself lucky.

Before the pandemic, Sabrina and Max Clauson wanted a change of pace from their normal day-to-day lives so they purchased VYNL Bikes. Now they’re running it as a passion project from their home in Boulder, Colorado. While I was in town earlier this year, I swung by their house to take a look at the new VYNL brand and to shoot Max’s /rd Rim brake bike along with Sabrina’s /gr Disc Gravel bike. These no-nonsense machines come in stock geometry, have the option for custom paint, are made in the USA, and are perfect for a rider looking for a straight-up utilitarian bike for pavement or gravel.

Let’s take a look at these two builds below…

Ritchey Pings D&D Cycles on Its New Sunset Fade Outback

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Ritchey Pings D&D Cycles on Its New Sunset Fade Outback

In 2016, we launched the Heritage Paint program for customers to have their favorite Ritchey painted by our original paint master, Rick Stefani of D&D Cycles, in one of the four iconic Ritchey colorways he developed. On offer were Camo, Urban Camo, Team Fade, and Sunset Fade.

Sunset Fade was a quiet sleeper that proved to be a fan favorite. The gentle gradation from sun yellow to rich navel-orange-ochre sang of long summer rides followed by cold drinks and high-fives. What better frame to apply this paint job to than the ever-popular Outback (check out Morgan’s exceptional review!)

These frames have just shipped to suppliers worldwide, so availability will vary from tomorrow to two weeks depending on the region. Customers can get theirs from either their local bike shop or RitcheyLogic.com for just $1699, and it pairs exceptionally well with our Classic line of components.

File Till You Die: Frame Builder Eli “De Bicla” Acosta From Básica Studio in Mexico City

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File Till You Die: Frame Builder Eli “De Bicla” Acosta From Básica Studio in Mexico City

My partner Karla and I find ourselves in México City after what feels like going in and out of a pipe from Mario’s world. The truth is we took a plane, but after so much time of having this trip in mind, it takes a while to assimilate that it’s actually happening. We spend an afternoon putting our bikes together and some bolts later they’re ready to take us around this city; we feel quite intimidated by its size and the never-not-honking cars but the bike paths that have emerged over the recent years make riding much more manageable. Coming from a place that’s pretty much at sea level, the 2200 meters of elevation squeeze our lungs on the slightest uphill and when we arrive at the address on our map our hearts are beating fast. There’s no sign outside the place but a rack full of bikes indicates we’ve made it to Básica Studio, home of frame builder Eli Acosta.

Standert’s Triebwerk CR Road Bike

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Standert’s Triebwerk CR Road Bike

Standert is looking to offer something a little different in a disc brake-obsessed world. The Triebwerk CR road bike is a Columbus tubing road bike built from Spirit HSS and XCr and clears a 28mm tire. The 1 ⅛” headtube with the Chris King headset and the Columbus Futura Caliper SL carbon fork deliver a clean aesthetic and the frame comes in either pepper (left) or salt (right) for €1,899.00.

See more at Standert.

Ritte’s Titanium MUSA Satyr 2.0 Was Designed by Tom Kellogg

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Ritte’s Titanium MUSA Satyr 2.0 Was Designed by Tom Kellogg

Built in limited numbers, the newest frame from Ritte is an updated Satyr made from titanium, built in Portland, Oregon from a Tom Kellogg design. You could say the new Satyr 2.0 is bigger, badder, and smoother than ever with clearance for 700x50c or 650×2.2″ tires and compatibility with all of your favorite 1x and 2x drivetrains.

This limited run of just 20 Titanium Satyr 2.0 framesets will be shipping early July. These frames are built to last. Read the specs, pricing, and options at Ritte.

Speedvagen Ready Made CX Team Edition Framesets

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Speedvagen Ready Made CX Team Edition Framesets

After a year off from racing, everyone is more stoked than ever to say #crossiscoming. Over at Speedvagen, they’re so excited that for the first time they are offering Ready Made Cyclocross Team Editions as Frame-sets only. This is in part due to the supply shortages plaguing the industry.

Cyclocross was the beginning of Speedvagen and cross bikes are still among their favorite bikes. Light and nimble, ready to get rowdy. Not over-built like most “gravel” bikes today. A pure cross bike is something magical. Sacha has always said if he had to pick a bike for the apocalypse it would be a single-speed cyclocross bike.

THE RMCXTED Frameset Specs:
-Two Super Sparkly Paint Schemes, New for 2021 Team Blue or our traditional Team White
-Stock sizing 50-58cm
-Enve CX Fork
-Enve Post Head
-Enve Stem
-PF30 or T47 shell (single speed or geared)
-Turn around time 5-6 mo
-Deposit $1000 (deducted from the total price)

Revel Returns with a Love Your Brain Edition Purple Rascal

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Revel Returns with a Love Your Brain Edition Purple Rascal

2021 ain’t exactly an easy year to get your grubby mitts on a bike, much less a mountain bike but Revel has your back… er brain.

Revel is expanding its color selection yet again. Back in October Revel launched a second fundraiser for LoveYourBrain. Perhaps you recall? Well, they received a ton of requests to make a LYB purple ranger and here it is. In stock and shipping today from Revel Bikes for $3,699 as a frame or with multiple build kits. Head to Revel to check it out.

Soma Fabrications: Grand Randonneur Frame Updates

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Soma Fabrications: Grand Randonneur Frame Updates

Soma Fabrications have been designing bikes for all-road adventures for quite some time and one of their most cherished frames, the Randonneur, just got a whole bunch of upgrades. Here’s an easy-to-digest list of these updates:

What Stayed the Same:
-Front load bias geometry for better handling when using a front rack, bar bag, or basket.
-Traditional 1″ threaded fork with investment-cast crown
-Three sets of bottle bosses
-Front mini rack and pannier rack compatible
-Slender and lightweight CrMo tubes. (We lightened the seat tube, but are using a larger diameter, but thinner gauge downtube.)

Main Updates:
-Thru-axle hub compatibility for improved handling and stability in corners
-Disc brake mounts (IS)
-Tange/Long Shen Modular rear dropout system
-Improved tire clearance. While optimized for 650b x 42mm tires with fenders, the frame easily fits most 650b x 47mm tires
-An additional size: 46cm

Retail is $899 and available at SOMA or your local dealer.

Elliot’s Homemade Klunker

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Elliot’s Homemade Klunker

I first met Elliot a few years back while I was leading a bikepacking trip with El Grupo, a Tucson based youth cycling organization.  Since then I had seen Elliot tinkering with all manner of frankenbikes, which are a regular, at the Grupo clubhouse.  Discarded and mismatched components of yesteryear handed down from the large cycling community here.  Their low-pro pursuit fixed gear with a 24″ bmx fork caught my eye awhile ago and I knew Elliot had that special eye for janky but fun clashing of parts.

Sour Bikes’ Pasta Party Hardtail

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Sour Bikes’ Pasta Party Hardtail

Sour makes a whole catalog of mountain bikes but like everything in cycling, nuance is king. The Pasta Party is their latest model. It’s a missing link between the Purple Haze and the Crumble and is targeted for XC, lightweight, singlespeed, big backcountry, and bikepacking riding. The Pasta Party frame weighs 2250g for a small and 2600g for an XL, features an eccentric BSA BB, can be ordered as a frame for use with a suspension fork, or a rigid frameset with a carbon fork, starting at 799€ for the base frame. See more at Sour Bikes.

Ritchey: Limited Edition Red White and Blue Ultra Frames

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Ritchey: Limited Edition Red White and Blue Ultra Frames

The Ultra is Ritchey’s newest mountain bike model and for its latest iteration, Ritchey looked back to their heritage paint jobs with a red, white, and blue fade. Designed for either a 120mm suspension fork or a 500mm A-T-C fork, the Ultra is a new school bike with old school vibes. These limited edition frames have a retail price of $999 and are in stock now at Ritchey.

Thesis Announces OB1 Frameset Modules for $1499

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Thesis Announces OB1 Frameset Modules for $1499

Thesis’ OB1 build specs are great but what if you already have parts and just want to buy a frame? Well, this week they announced the new OB1 frameset modules. Whether you’re looking to run some vintage parts, a flat bar, Campy, or Microshift, Thesis’ frame module allows you to build their frame the way YOU want to.

The OB1 frameset modules cost $1499 and complete OB1s start at just $2999.

Frame module includes:
-Frame and fork (including bolts and spare frame hardware)
-Thesis Hollow-Light Thru-Axles
-Thesis Headset with Stainless Steel Bearings
-Thesis Thread-Together BB with Stainless Steel Bearings
-Thesis Hollow-Forged Alloy Cranks with Choice of Chainring
-Thesis Ultralight Stem
-Thesis Ultralight 3-D Forged Rigid Seatpost (dropper optional)
-Thesis Compact Ergo Flare Handlebar
-Spare derailleur hanger (we’d hate to leave you hanging)

See more at Thesis.

The Fairlight Faran MKII Touring Bike

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The Fairlight Faran MKII Touring Bike

The Faran 2.0 is the latest from the UK builders Fairlight. It’s a multi-purpose tourer, built with custom-specified Reynolds tubing, like a Reynolds 631 DZB downtube, and 631 front triangle, with a 37mm 4130 head tube and stays, with 68mm of chainstay clearance which will fit either a 700 or 27.5 wheel. That’s big enough to fit a 27.5 x 2.4” Continental X-King Tyre on Hope XC rims. These bikes have all the fixins to make them an ally on randonneuring events, S24O, or even a full-on tour. Fairlight has pulled together an extensive product catalog on the features of the Faran MKII, which I highly suggest checking out. It’s not often a bicycle manufacturer goes to these lengths describing their new product.

A £500.00 lands you a deposit (£899 frameset retail) for a Faran MKII and the queue is open for business, with the first batch shipping in September/October, with the colors to be announced shortly so head to Fairlight if you like what you see!