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Mudhugger’s New GravelHugger Fenders

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Mudhugger’s New GravelHugger Fenders

Mudhugger is known for their MTB fenders, yet today they announced a set of gravel fenders (front and rear) to arrive in June. To reduce plastic waste and make removing and refitting easier, these GravelHugger fenders are supplied with nitrile O-rings (70mm sizes for flat blade type and 50mm for traditional round steel forks). Of course, you can always use zip ties if you’d prefer to fit and leave on at all times. Check out more on the GravelHugger front and rear at Mudhugger.

Specs:
-Helitape supplied to protect inside of forks where the GravelHugger could scratch the paint.
-Suitable for 700c and 650b wheels Max tire width 50mm (depending on wheel/tyre combination).
-Weight 75g. Length 520mm width 60mm
-Designed, made, and packed in the UK from 100% recycled polypropylene which can be recycled again.

Mid South 2020: the Last Gravel Race on Earth

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Mid South 2020: the Last Gravel Race on Earth

To begin, it is important to say that I am not a doctor, a data analyst, or an economist. Am I an expert regarding the growing pandemic that is becoming one of the defining events of our lives? No, I am not. I am a bike mechanic who likes to take photos. There are smarter people out there who could (or should) be writing about this, but as it is, you have me. And I find it extremely difficult—even inappropriate—to talk about this year’s Mid South without acknowledging the massive elephant in the room. For some of you, these images or just the thought of a large group gathering may be upsetting. You would be right to feel that way, and I get it. If this were any other year, it would have been a widely celebrated event, filled with love and excitement from the greater cycling community. In a lot of ways, it still was. But given that upside-down is the new normal, here we are.

Giro Cycling: Sector Off-Road Shoe

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Giro Cycling: Sector Off-Road Shoe

Giro’s latest shoe, the Sector, takes up where the Ventana left off, solidifying the design, function, and fit into something more refined.

This shoe is suited for MTB or gravel riding and features a 3D Molded footbed with medium arch support, stainless hardware, a carbon-composite, 2-bolt plate formed to a dual-injected outsole, and an upper made with a dual Boa L6 dial, with both steel and soft lace guides.

The entire shoe is molded from a one-piece Synchwire and thermo-bonded exo structure. In short, it’s like the Ventana, but more advanced. The Sector is available in black or olive drab and retails for $225. Yes, there is a women’s version too! The Sector W. See more at Giro.

Shifting the Paradigm with the Titanium Knolly Cache

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Shifting the Paradigm with the Titanium Knolly Cache

Are you ready for the next paradigm shift in drop bar bikes? In news that will come with little to zero surprise, this same shift began in the mountain bike world nearly a decade ago. It took a while for people to jump on the bandwagon, but once they were on, the entire industry figured it out. Now it’s drop bar’s turn. Here we go with the titanium Knolly Cache.

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Go With Less

PEARL iZUMi features a lifestyle of living lightly with its Crew members Dillon Caldwell and Nicole Pressprich who built up a cargo van to lessen their impact on the world around them. They travel around competing in gravel races and events throughout the Western United States. They have learned in the process of living in a limited space all of the things they don’t need, and only keeping the items of value to them.

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unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley: Easy on the Eyes. Hard on the Legs. 

unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley returns on Sunday, October 11th, 2020 with up to 1,000 participants racing, or just riding, through the beautiful forests & farms of Central Pennsylvania during peak fall foliage season.

The unPAved courses showcase some of the best gravel riding Pennsylvania has to offer, with long climbs, lovely descents, mostly-smooth-but-sometimes-chunky gravel & dirt roads, top-shelf aid stations, pretty trees, running streams, rail-trails, tunnels, a brewery or two and hardly a bar of cell phone service. The Full course is a 120-mile challenge of stamina with eight mountain passes, with options to make your day better on the Plenty-90 or Proper-54 mile courses, and a 30-mile FUNpaved ride as well.

All riders finish along the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail which brings them to the DONEpaved Party back in town for local beers, whoopie pies, lots of prizes and smiles all-around.

Registration opens at 9am Eastern on Saturday, April 4th. Check out what it’s all about: @unpavedpennsylvania.

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HED Cycling: Eroica Carbon Gravel Bike Wheels

The newest product from HED Cycling is their Eroica gravel wheels. Weighing only 1340 grams for the pair, these wheels feature HED’s signature Dual-Axis Nipple Alignment, allowing for equal load distribution in any terrain.

Eroica Carbon Gravel Bike Wheels Specs:
Wheel Weight: front 625 grams rear 729 grams
Wheel Size: 700C
Hub: front CL Flanged, 12x100mm, rear CL Flanged, 12x142mm
Spokes: Sapim Laser
Spoke Length: front 284mm, rear 280/284mm
Spoke Cross: 2x
MSRP: starting at $1,100

Boyd Cycling’s CCC Alloy Gravel Wheelset Promises Durability

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Boyd Cycling’s CCC Alloy Gravel Wheelset Promises Durability

Today Boyd Cycling announced the latest wheel to enter their alloy gravel wheelset division, the CCC. These wheels are lightweight and durable, complementing Boyd’s current carbon Pinnacle 700c and Jocassee 650b offering. Best of all, they come in at a $700 price point.

The CCC got its name from the Civilian Conservation Corps, a voluntary public unemployment program designed to provide jobs during the Great Depression. Still to this day “Old CCC” roads can be found deep in the wood. CCC wheels feature:

-6069 series alloy rim weighs in at 415 grams in a 700c size and 395 grams in the 650b.
-Built with Boyd’s own Quest Disc Brake hubs
-Complete wheelset 1515 grams for 700c set and 1475 grams for the 650b.
-Spoke options 24f/28r and 28f/32r
-Built with Pillar Wing 20 spokes and external brass nipples.
-Hubs:Shimano Hyperglide, Sram XDR, and Shimano Microspline drivers and feature tool-free swapping of axle end caps and drivers.

Bontrager’s New GR2 Gravel Shoe

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Bontrager’s New GR2 Gravel Shoe

Bontrager just announced the newest addition to their footwear catalog, marketed towards gravel riding and bicycle touring. The GR2 is an off-road specific shoe, with lace closure, a grippy sole and visual cues to the outdoor industry. This vibrant mustard-yellow with red laces and a speckled sole is quite the looker, or there’s a more muted all-black model. A Tachyon rubber outsole gives the shoes plenty of grip, while the Gnarguard upper reduces wear and tear from hike-a-bikes. The GR2 retails for $139.99 and is in stock now at Bontrager stores.

Giro’s Ventana Shoes are the In-Between Shoe for Gravel and MTB

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Giro’s Ventana Shoes are the In-Between Shoe for Gravel and MTB

If you’re like me, you’re discontented with the mountain bike industry’s offerings when it comes to footwear. With most options looking like a mid 90’s skate shoe, they tend to feel bulky and heavy, which is not ideal if you’re the type that enjoys bigger backcountry loops with hiking usually involved.

The same can be said about gravel shoes, with most being adopted from ‘cross racing shoes. They’re narrow and not ideal for hike-a-bikes or long days in the saddle. This is all ATMO, of course, but I’m always on the hunt for the ideal in-between shoe for gravel riding and mountain biking.

Giro’s latest shoe, the Ventana seems to be the perfect in-between shoe for both activities. Can it replace your gravel and mountain shoes? Read on to find out.

What Races Would You Like Seen Covered Here on the Radavist?

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What Races Would You Like Seen Covered Here on the Radavist?

We cover a lot of gravel races here at the Radavist and while most of them are in the Western United States, we’ll be returning to the Mid South this year for an in-depth look at Stillwater, District Bicycles, the new race, and a look at the racer’s bikes. As you can imagine, it’s a lot of work to cover races and it costs a lot of money out of our pocket to fly out, document, edit, and post these events. While as a whole, we’re less interested in roadie 2.0 races like the DK and more interested in races with a unique format, which is why we’ve covered Grinduro so much in the past. It’s a really fun environment to be working your ass off in.

So I wanted to ask, what races would you like seen covered here on the site? We’ve already got SSAZ, the Mid South, Grinduro, and a few others on the calendar, but I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. If you could, leave them in the comments, with a link to the race’s website, that would be helpful.

We want to spend our time covering the things you want to see, so these posts are VERY helpful!

xo

The First 2020 LA Tourist Race Was Massive!

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The First 2020 LA Tourist Race Was Massive!

We’ve got Reportage on the way from this past weekend’s LA Tourist Race but I just wanted to personally thank everyone that turned up at 7am on a Saturday morning to race 80 miles and climb over 10k in elevation!

There was snow, beautiful weather, and lots of elevation to be had. Over 130 racers started with Kent winning yet again for the men and Erica Schwanke coming first place for the women.

Keep an eye here on the Radavist for the full report, written by Erin Lamb and Jen Whalen!