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Finding Myself

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Finding Myself

I got my first bike in 2010 and a few years later I was moving around four different cities, racing alleycats, road, cyclocross, MTB. I rode ultra distances along Route 66 and Translabrador Highway – the bike took me so many places, yet I began to realize I was looking for something I couldn’t find.

Readers’ Rides: DangerPubes

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Readers’ Rides: DangerPubes

Wow. We’ve featured the work of the cycling industry’s crystal ball-gazing, doodle extraordinaire before but oddly enough, none of his other cycle-inventions felt as practical as this project does… Read on below for the full scoop on this creation from the mind of Bicycle Pubes with words by Dr. Pubey himself.

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Focus Bikes: Atlas Aluminum Gravel Bike

With four build tiers, Focus’ new gravel bike, the Atlas rolls on an aluminum chassis with a carbon fork, outfitted with cargo bosses to fit racks, fenders, and other accouterments.

This video showcases the Atlas’ possibilities but to see the build kits in detail, head to Focus.

Bombtrack’s Hook EXT Ti All Road

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Bombtrack’s Hook EXT Ti All Road

Here’s some fresh produce for 2021: Bombtrack’s new Hook EXT Ti all road. This titanium frame gets paired with the Bombtrack EXT V2 fork with cargo bosses and beefy construction. Like other Hook models, the Hook EXT TI can accommodate various wheel and tire sizes, multiple bags, no matter the ride, and is globally limited to 50 pieces in its first year, so expect supplies to be extremely limited.

Delivery for the Hook EXT Ti will be between February and March. Head to Bombtrack to see more.

Specs:
-Titanium 3Al-2.5V frame with T47 BB shell fender mounts and through axles.
-Full carbon tapered fork with internal light cable routing, through axles and triple cage mounts.
-Sram UDH derailleur hanger.
-Toptube bag direct mounts, triple cage mount on downtube and seattube for optimized bottle position, bottle cage mounts underneath the downtube and rear rack mounts.
-CNC yoke for maximum tire and chainring clearance.
-Ovalized toptube for supreme steering precision and comfort.
-Biaxially ovalized downtube for optimized power transfer and steering precision.
-Front derailleur compatible.
-12 mm through axles front and rear.

Twin Six: Standard Ti Rando 2.0 Pre-Order

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Twin Six: Standard Ti Rando 2.0 Pre-Order

Twin Six’s ever-popular Standard Ti Rando is back! To commemorate its return, Twin Six is offering it as a complete for the low pre-order price of $3,300, or as a frame for $1,950, with delivery starting in April. The 2.0 comes with T6’s Middle Finger dropout system, flat mount brake compatibility, front and rear 12mm thru-axles, 44mm headtube, optional triple mount thru-axle carbon fork, cargo mounts, and more. Head to Twin Six to see more and check out Kevin’s review in the 2015 archives.

Specs:
-T6 Standard 3.25 titanium tubing
-Carbon flat mount, thru axle, triple mount fork
-Brass plated head badge
-Collared 44mm inner diameter headtube
-Collared 46mm x 68mm PF30 bottom bracket
-Wishbone seat stay design
-T6 Middle Finger dropout system
-Replaceable derailleur hanger
-Flat mount disc brake compatible
-Front and rear thru axles included
-12mm x 142mm rear spacing
-12mm x 100mm front spacing
-Frame clearance for up to 700c x 45mm and 27.5 x 2.25″ Tires
-Fender clearance for 700c x 35mm or 650b x 47mm slicks and 700c x 33mm or 650b x 44mm knobby tires
-T6 Standard low profile black anodized downtube cable clips
-Frame uses full length, external cable housing
-Compatible with 140mm and 160mm rotors
-31.6mm diameter seat post

Not a Yeti: Gravel Jesus’ Surly Midnight Special Pro Fro Tribute Bike

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Not a Yeti: Gravel Jesus’ Surly Midnight Special Pro Fro Tribute Bike

The mid of March is usually a time where you think about the upcoming season and what kind of adventures you are going to tackle during springtime. Suddenly, the world is closing down, throwing everyone into the status of the unknown. Leaving us with restless and raving minds. Diving into the world of bikes has always been a great way of escaping reality for me. Let it be physically or virtually – if you don´t have the chance for some saddle time.

I was blessed to have the chance of getting my first taste of ultra-cycling at the Atlas Mountain Race last February. The harsh brutality of the Morrocan rock fields brought up the first ideas for this project. Rocks and smaller stones hitting my frame and rims for hours let me think about how I would repaint my bike after the race.

State Bicycle Co: Bicycle Nomad 4130 All-Road

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State Bicycle Co: Bicycle Nomad 4130 All-Road

For $899, the new limited edition State Bicycle Co and Bicycle Nomad (Erick Cedeño) 4130 All-Road look to bring a steel chassis gravel bike to the masses for not a lot of coin. Built on State’s 4130 All-Road platform, the customer can choose either a 700 or 650b wheelset or buy both wheelsets for an $349.99 upchage. This includes both the wheels themselves but also brake rotors, cassette, tires, and tubes.

Only 100 of these Bicycle Nomad edition All-Road bikes will be available to the public.

State Bicycle Co x Bicycle Nomad edition 4130 All-Road Highlights:
4130 Chromoly Steel Frame and Fork, 12×100/12×142 thru-axles
4 sizes- XS-Lg to fit riders from 5’1” to 6’5”
Two Wheel Set Options:
Tubeless Capable 700c Wheel Set
Tubeless Capable 650b Wheel Set
$349 BOTH option: Get both above wheels w/ addition tires, tubes, cassette, and rotors. Everything you need to switch back and forth in minutes!
Bars- Custom State Bicycle Co. All-Road 1
Brakes- Promax DSK-300R Flat Mount disc
Drivetrain- State Bicycle Co. All-Road 1 (1×11 Drive Train)
Crank – State Bicycle Co. All-Road 1 (42t)
Cassette – 11-42t
MSRP: $899.99
Available to Pre-Order for December Delivery

See more at State Bicycle Co.

Twin Six’s Standard Rando Now Comes in Turquoise

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Twin Six’s Standard Rando Now Comes in Turquoise

The Standard Rando is Twin Six’s flagship do it all drop bar bike. Tour, gravel, commute, ride road, whatever on this versatile bike. Build it with 650b or 700, buy a frameset or a complete, and now, you’ve got one more color to choose from if the lastolive drab release wasn’t your style. This limited edition color is available now from Twin Six in a frameset ($700) or complete ($1950), so hop on over to Twin Six and check it out.

The Ride Farr Headspace 70mm Stem is a Throwback

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The Ride Farr Headspace 70mm Stem is a Throwback

Available in late January of 2021, the Ride Farr Headspace 70mm is a throwback to MTB and ATB stems of the ’80s and ’90s but designed for gravel bikes. Why 70mm for a gravel bike? Modern gravel bikes are moving in the direction that mountain bikes did back 10 years ago with a longer reach. 70mm seems to be the sweet spot most progressive gravel bikes require.

-70mm Extension
-Zero Degree Rise
-8mm Bar Diameter
-Forged Alloy Construction with CNC-Machined Finish
-70mm Clamping Width ( ideal for Drop Handlebars and Flat or Low Riser MTB Handlebars )
-Target Weight : 167g
-MSPR: $95.00

Pre-order the Headspace stem at Ride Farr today.

the Fairlight Secan MKii

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the Fairlight Secan MKii

The Secan MKii and Faran MKii sit together as a family of products as they share many of the same design features including tire clearance, tube shaping, and dynamo integration. Both models are extremely versatile and they can cover everything from commuting to self-sufficient touring. Whereas the recently launched Faran MKii is a dedicated off-road tourer, the Secan MKii is an all-capable gravel bike.

The Secan MKii features custom-shaped and butted Renolds tubing: 853 DZB down tube, 853 seat tube, 853 top tube, and a 631 CNC’d oversized head tube. Both the Secan MKii and the Faran MKii utilize 14mm stays.

Think of the Secan as a more robust off-road machine with an oversized head tube, larger tubing, but the same fat tire (68mm) clearance as the Faran. Both have integrated dynamo setups, Fairlight’s signature dropouts/brake mount design, and beautiful paint jobs.

Head to Fairlight to see more.

Super Jambo Grom Pre 200

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Super Jambo Grom Pre 200

Shit on it, vomit on it, give birth to it… that’s what it’s like organising the Super Jambo Grom Pre 200. An informal 200km gravel event on Ngarigo land, Yaouk Valley, in my home country, Australia. An event that centres all the things we have learnt this year – but also to get loose and have some well-earned fun!

Julien’s 2-11 Cycles MR4 Stainless Steel Gravel Bike

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Julien’s 2-11 Cycles MR4 Stainless Steel Gravel Bike

As I drive home to Barcelona from a photoshoot in the South of Spain, I dream about the next three days. They will be calm and tranquil while I worked from home. Then, my phone buzzes with a message from Mike, a friend and owner of a bed and breakfast in the Pyrenees Mountains in France. He needs help with a last-minute photoshoot further north in the Basque Country. By last minute, he means tomorrow. No time for a rest. I live for photoshoots. It’s my job. My passion. The lure of home will have to wait, as the car stays packed and continues northward toward France.

A few hours later I am in the French Basque Country, in the town of Saint Jean de la Luz. Mike has brought me to his friend, Julien’s house. It is like the rest of the neighborhood, an etxea, in typical Basque construction with white walls crossed by solid timber beams, covered with a clay terracotta roofs. And there in this iconic French village sits the subject for the day. It’s a fresh, stainless steel 2-11 Cycles. So fresh that it’s barely been out on the road yet.

Tout Terrain’s New Vasco Gravel Bike

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Tout Terrain’s New Vasco Gravel Bike

With build kits ranging from €1890 through €2690, the new Vasco Gravel Bike by German company Tout Terrain offers up a fully-steel frame with lots of options for riding or touring. The Vasco features 435mm chainstays, 71º head angle, 73º seat angle (size medium), and clearance for 700x40mm or 650x47mm tires. While there are many options in this already packed market, Tout Terrain knows how to design versatile bikes and the Vasco fits right into their catalog. See more information and the entire Vasco family at Tout Terrain.