Yesterday, we looked at Erin’s Rock Lobster during her Old Growth Classic Reportage. Is it a road bike? Or a cross bike? Or a gravel bike. I don’t know but it has v-brakes, a 2x Ultegra drivetrain, and a dropper post in a field of ultralight, carbon, disc brake, chubby tire bikes like that Ibis Hakka MX I reviewed. Erin’s had this bike for a while and I felt like she did a great job explaining it in yesterday’s post, so read on for a refresh.
Santa Cruz has no shortage of bike shops. This sleepy little beach town might be known for its surfing and pesky vampires, but the road and mountain riding is exceptional. With a myriad of dirt and paved roads snaking their way through coastal redwoods, and dusty, steep mountain bike trails, any cyclist can spend days upon days exploring the terrain. Spokesman Bicycles is one of the powerhouse shops in Santa Cruz and just recently opened up what they’re calling Outpost on the West Side of town, right next to their friends Sawyer and Co, a surfing lifestyle shop.
PAUL is turning 30! And to celebrate they’re hosting an Open House on October 19th! Read all the details below!
Hardtails. Antiquated examples of mountain bike technology to some but to others, they’re liberated and simplified machines. Each year, I plan on riding a full suspension in Downieville, yet I always end up bringing my hardtail for one reason or another so this year, I took a look at just some of the bikes that were rolling around this Gold Rush town.
PAUL looks at their thumbies and walks you through their use, installation, and everything you wanted to know about these versatile shifter pods.
Patrick works at Paul and he’s quite the character. In the latest video from their machine shop he explains how the Set N Forget thru-axles are made and how they work!
This bike. This freaking bike. When I first built up my Sklar, it was built on the 700c wheel platform. At Lost & Found last year, I swapped out the i9 wheels for the new ENVE G27 650b gravel wheels and haven’t missed the 700c wheels one bit. From there, the bike slowly went under transformations but it wasn’t until I put the Crust Towel Rack Bars on it that I feel like this bike has finally come into its own.
Brown is one of those colors that is very inconsistant to anodize, often times resulting in a complete scrap of the product run. Most companies won’t work with it, including PAUL, and would rather spend their valuable time making stuff that people can buy! So when our friends at SimWorks hit up PAUL to make a special edition engraved and brown-anodized run of parts, they weren’t exactly stoked to go through with it, but the result is well worth it!
Watch this video to find out!
If you’ve got a drop bar bike you want to easily convert to a flat bar, these lil jammers are your answer. By using a SRAM TT barcon, or bar end shifter, you can run your 10 or 11 speed road stuff on a flat bar. I wonder if they’re compatible with the MicroShift 12 speed eagle barcons? Hmmmmmm
Edit: they already make a thumb shifter for that!
-Material: 6061 American Aluminum
-Weight: 80 grams (including all necessary mounting hardware)
-Surface Finish: Anodized Black, Silver, or Purple. Also available in Polished.
-Clamp Diameter: 22.2
-Price (Pair) $104 anodized, $128 Polished (Also available single sided)
See more information at PAUL.
After their first secret Van Halen-inspired product drop, Paul Component decided to make a run of these wild Van Halen Boxcar stems, as an exclusive offer to readers of the Radavist. They come in 35mm – 110mm, in 0º, 7º, and 15º, and in both 31.8 or 35mm clamp for MTB bars. Check out all the options at Paul and have a great weekend!