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One Ride With Shimano GRX Gravel Group on an Ibis Hakka MX

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One Ride With Shimano GRX Gravel Group on an Ibis Hakka MX

The Old Growth Classic took place this past weekend – 500 riders took to a grueling 55-mile course through coastal redwoods and old-growth groves. At the end of the day over 8,000′ of elevation gain would be throbbing through the legs of every person that crossed the start and finish lines. I had planned on bringing my Sklar with me to ride and photograph the course, but Ibis reached out and asked if I’d like to ride their Hakka MX with Shimano’s GRX drivetrain and a new ENVE spec build. Here’s what I thought about the build kit on this bike, specifically GRX…

Surly’s Truck Stop Bar

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Surly’s Truck Stop Bar

Bars. Bars. Bars. I feel like we’ve been inundated with bar designs this year and leave it to Surly to bide their time and develop one of the more subtle replies to the high-demand gravel handlebar market. The Truck Stop Bar is an aluminum bar with a 31.8 clamp, 42-48cm widths, 30mm of rise (!!!), 12º of sweep, resulting in a bar with many hand positions to help alleviate pain on long rides. Check out the Truck Stop Bar at your local Surly dealer or see more information at Surly!

Ride Farr’s Aero Gravel Bar

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Ride Farr’s Aero Gravel Bar

South Africa’s Ride Farr, a brand focusing on endurance racing products, tagged us on Instagram with their new Aero Gravel Bar. These bares have an integrated aero add-on, are made from alloy 6061-T6, with a 25º flare, and are available in 42, 44, 46cm widths. The Aero Gravel Bar will be available in October, with Ride Farr shipping worldwide. Head to Ride Farr to see more.

Get Lost in the Vastness: Chasing Jonas Deichmann on the Bikingman Peru Inca Divide

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Get Lost in the Vastness: Chasing Jonas Deichmann on the Bikingman Peru Inca Divide

Take the Andes, a mountain range that stretches for an impossibly long 7,200km down the West Coast of South America. Chuck in 32,000m of climbing, crazy gravel sections, remote towns and villages, altitudes of nearly 5000m, huge canyons, glaciers and some of the best views on the planet, and you have a heady cocktail of elements that make up the craziest ultra-cycling race in the world. BikingMan Peru – The Inca Divide.

WTB’s Byway Design Goes 700c Offering 34mm, 40mm, and 44mm Widths

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WTB’s Byway Design Goes 700c Offering 34mm, 40mm, and 44mm Widths

The WTB Byway tire is a perfect choice for mixed-terrain riding. It’s been our go-to tire of choice for 650b gravel rides and while we’ve been really pleased with the tire’s abilities, our praise has been cut short by the lack of a 700c version. Today WTB announced the Byway is now available as a 700c diameter, with 34, 40, and 44mm widths, in both black and gumwall. Head to your local WTB dealer for ordering.

100%’s New Minimal Sling Riding Gloves

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100%’s New Minimal Sling Riding Gloves

Some riders prefer to ride with no gloves, especially in the summer months when it’s hot out, avoiding the extra heat added by a thick, padded glove. 100% new minimally-designed Sling gloves look to offer protection from abrasion without extra padding and velcro. At $39 a pop, the Sling comes in three colors and is in stock now at your local dealers, head to 100% for more specs.

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Easton’s New EC90 AX and EC70 AX Wheelsets

For those looking to build up a new gravel bike, Easton has two new wheelsets specifically designed for higher volume tires to be run at off-road pressures, the EC90 AX carbon disc wheelset ($1549.99), and the more affordable EC70 AX carbon disc wheel (USD: $1199.99). These rims have an internal width of 24mm and are in stock now at Easton.

Read on below for more details and specifications.

Fizik’s Terra Powerstrap X4 Gravel Shoes

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Fizik’s Terra Powerstrap X4 Gravel Shoes

Fizik’s newest shoes are marketed to gravel riding and are a part of the Terra off-road series. The Terra Powerstrap X4 is designed to have a close fit, with the quick and easy Powerstrap Velcro closure system to give your feet a secure fit.

These shoes have a walkable sole, touting a stiffness index of 6. They weigh 292g (size 42- 1/2 pair) and retail for $149. See more information at Fizik.

The 2019 Rose Mountain Rumble

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The 2019 Rose Mountain Rumble

The Rose Mountain Rumble is back for its 5th year, with a handful of gravel options: 100k, 50 miler, 40 miler, and 20 miler. The event is Saturday, August 24, 2019, with 8 am sign-in and rolling start at 9 am. All proceeds to benefit the Piscataquog Land Conservancy’s efforts to conserve the natural and scenic landscapes of the Piscataquog, Souhegan and Nashua River Watersheds. Read more about the PLC.

Visit and sign up at Rose Mountain Rumble.