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Altai Bikepacking

Georgiy Istigechev sent in this video of him and his friends touring to the South-Eastern Altai region in Southern Siberia.

2018 NAHBS: TORESVELO OD Green Rigid MTB with Hope

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2018 NAHBS: TORESVELO OD Green Rigid MTB with Hope

Last year at NAHBS, I documented a rigid mountain bike from the Russian framebuilder TORESVELO. This year, Anton from TORESVELO couldn’t make it to the show himself, due to visa issues, but his friends brought this rigid mountain bike for him. It was commissioned by someone who saw last year’s bike and wanted one just like it. I love little stories like that because ultimately, that’s what NAHBS is for – showcasing bikes for builders to grow their audience – and it’s why I love documenting NAHBS.

This frame has a beautiful olive drab finish with orange Hope parts, and a Bjorn, handmade in Russia carbon saddle. I’m really glad the Russian contingency showed up this year and brought such great bikes!

2017 NAHBS: Toresvelo Rigid MTB

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2017 NAHBS: Toresvelo Rigid MTB

A love for the desert brought Anton Gorbunov, the owner and builder of Astrakhan, Russia-based Toresvelo to the geologic playland known as Mangistay. While there, he found inspiration for the branding and the modus operandi for his brand. Toresvelo makes machines capable for all forms of riding. Whether it’s a rowdy hardtail or a precision road you’re after, Anton can craft whatever your heart desires. In this case, a Gates-equipped rigid SS MTB, fit for riding in Mangistay, or the USA. My personal favorite detail is the head badge and Toresvelo’s new, ruin-inspired branding.

I can’t find it now, but Anton showed me a photo of a rider blasting down one of the alluvial fans in the desert, along with a big-horned sheep skull. While there is a bit of a language barrier, I could tell he was one Rad Atavist! Follow Toresvelo on Instagram.

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Cycling Orsk

I love getting random videos like this dropped on us. How about some super chill touring from Russia?

e r t z u i ° film: Kiew – Wolgograd

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e r t z u i ° film: Kiew – Wolgograd

Photos by Martin Gilluck

I love receiving emails from Martin at e r t z u i ° film. Especially when their subject begins with “If we ever have a chance to meet in person… I’d want it to be in Russia. Riding our bikes. In the middle of nowhere.” That’s exactly where Martin spent some time recently with his bike, a Ricoh 500G and an Olympus 35mm. Check out his photos from Kiew to Wolgograd at the e r t z u i ° Flickr.