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Ratio, A UK Startup, Releases a 1×12 Mechanical Upgrade Kit for £49.50

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Ratio, A UK Startup, Releases a 1×12 Mechanical Upgrade Kit for £49.50

The Ratio upgrade kit allows you to pair 11-speed mechanical shifters with 12-speed Eagle MTB derailleurs and cassettes. While it includes dissecting your shifter and derailleur, Ratio’s instructions are super clear and enable you to ride a wide-range 1×12 drivetrain on a gravel, road, or touring bike without the expense and hassle of electronics and batteries.

Check out the Upgrade Kit at Ratio. We just bought a kit, so stay tuned for a full-review in the near future.

SRAM’s Eagle GX Offers 52t at an Affordable Price but Is It Worth It?

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SRAM’s Eagle GX Offers 52t at an Affordable Price but Is It Worth It?

We often joke that Eagle GX killed the singlespeed MTB and by “we” I mean myself and Bailey Newbrey, someone who knows a lot about SSMTB riding and racing. Using Bailey in this opening sentence is relevant for a number of reasons and yes, it also legitimizes that statement in many ways. While this won’t be a history lesson in SSMTB riding, it does mull over the antithesis of that, SRAM’s Eagle GX drivetrain.

I’ve been riding the new Eagle GX with its massive 52t cassette for a few months now and have finally flogged it enough to be able to write an honest review of this system, so read on below.

Renee Hutchens on the Land for RockShox

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Renee Hutchens on the Land for RockShox

Photo by Eric Arce

There’s been a lot of discussions on what “land” means here on this website and today our friend Renee Hutchens shared her thoughts at the RockShox website. The article is a great read and I encourage everyone to give it a read.

“Kinship, or K’é reflects a deep relationship with each other spanning generations upon generations. This is the seed of our resilience. The fact that I am here today speaks to this — it means my family, like every Indigenous family, did whatever they could to survive hundreds of years of violence, forced removal, forced assimilation, genocide, destruction of our cultures, identities, our land, and natural resources. Despite all of this they ensured my existence today. But the violence of colonial thinking never ended. We live in a country that continues to render us invisible. Indigenous erasure is our modern form of racism that continues to inflict trauma on top of historical trauma. Therefore, I’m drawn to go to a place where I am seen and heard, where I can heal, re(connect) with my identity, culture, and traditions.

This place is on the land.”

Read this exceptional piece at RockShox

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A SRAM 1×13 Mechanical Hack

Never underestimate consumer motivation. While SRAM doesn’t offer a 1×13 mechanical kit, it’s not stopping fans from hacking the AXS-native gear range. Black Water Cyclist‘s latest video shows how they manipulated a mechanical group to hit the entire 1×13 range.

The Pursuit Cycles LeadOut AR Prototype and Hand “Painted”

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The Pursuit Cycles LeadOut AR Prototype and Hand “Painted”

During the fabrication of a Pursuit Cycles, Carl Strong’s custom carbon brand, each of the six sections of the MUSA carbon frame come out of the mold and then are printed with some stats. This includes mold number, frame size, layup version, and a number of parts made from that mold, then finally weight is handwritten on. Eventually, when the frame is complete and getting prep for paint these notes are removed. As this bike was one of the firsts Lead Out ARs to be produced this idea hooked me, I loved the process and tracking, I wanted to play into that. Taking some inspiration from recent sneaker trends as well. I decided on a Helvetica style to the point design.

The Most Colorful Bastion Cycles Ever? A Ti and Carbon Dream Bike from the ENVE Builder Round Up

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The Most Colorful Bastion Cycles Ever? A Ti and Carbon Dream Bike from the ENVE Builder Round Up

This year’s ENVE Builder Round-Up featured two builds that didn’t make it through US Customs in time for the complete unveiling. Last weekend we looked at that beautiful Isen, a colorful build on its own, and this weekend, we’re featuring this lovely Bastion, a brand known for its ultra-high-tech frame construction by using 3D printed titanium lugs and beautifully woven carbon tubes. All made in-house in Victoria, Australia. Yes, this Bastion flew a long way to Ogden, Utah for the ENVE Builder Round-Up, but as you can see, it was worth it! See the full details below in an interview video with Bastion and a complete gallery within…

Limited to 100 Units: Yeti Cycles Announces the ARC 35th Anniversary Edition 29er Hardtail

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Limited to 100 Units: Yeti Cycles Announces the ARC 35th Anniversary Edition 29er Hardtail

Brands like Yeti have a rich history to reference and what better time than their 35th anniversary to announce a limited-edition ARC hardtail. Looking back to 1991, the ARC was a collaboration with Yeti and Easton to produce a lightweight race frame. During that time, frames were steel and weighed up to 6lbs. This collaboration resulted in a 3.2lb frameset, making it a dominating factor in races of all classes.

35 years later, this stunning throwback is announced but in a more modern material. These beautiful 29ers are limited to 100 units, in sizes SM-XL, and come built with tons of limited edition turquoise components. Check out all the details below.

Is it a Gravel Bike? Andy’s Drop Bar 8-Speed 1996 Ibis Mojo

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Is it a Gravel Bike? Andy’s Drop Bar 8-Speed 1996 Ibis Mojo

“Gravel bikes are just XC bikes from the 1990s.” “What is this, a 90s XC bike?” “Everything old is new again!”

Read any “gravel” bike review here and you’ll see some version of one of these statements in the comments section. People love to say that modern gravel bikes are just mountain bikes from the 1990s. Well, I hate to break it to ya but they’re not. They might be the same in that a 1996 Lemond road bike is like a 2020 Specialized Roubaix. It has two wheels, a crank, bars, seatpost, and a saddle, plus a lot of other parts but let’s be honest, nuanced bike design is a lot of what we cover here at the Radavist.

This is a 1996 Ibis Mojo built up like a “gravel bike” and yeah, it might be similar in spirit but there’s a lot going on here. Let’s take a closer look…

SRAM’s Eagle Goes 52t

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SRAM’s Eagle Goes 52t

Just when you thought the Eagle gear range couldn’t get any better, SRAM just announced a wider Eagle range with a massive 52t cassette. The best part of this new Eagle is it goes all the way to GX! Now one of the best bang for your buck MTB drivetrains has the largest range at a whopping 520%… See more at SRAM and expect an Eagle GX review coming soon here on the Radavist.

Rebounding with the 2020 Cannondale Topstone 650b and its All-Carbon Lefty Oliver Fork

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Rebounding with the 2020 Cannondale Topstone 650b and its All-Carbon Lefty Oliver Fork

Out of all the bikes I personally reviewed or even rode last year, the Cannondale Topstone carbon was not my favorite. Yet, I really loved the 2018 aluminum Topstone! Go figure. As I stated in the initial review, it felt too gimmicky for all the engineering that went into it. I felt like it was lacking something extra to truly make it stand out from Cannondale‘s history of making kooky, yet practical suspension bikes. A whole year has passed but my wish would finally come true. Was it worth the wait or the extra engineering? Read on below to find out.

Tomii Cycles Showcase: Fat Canvas for SRAM

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Tomii Cycles Showcase: Fat Canvas for SRAM

This year was to be the first year Nao Tomii of Tomii Cycles was going to attend NAHBS. For a small builder like Nao, spending the kind of money it takes to pull a seat up to the table of the USA’s largest hand made bicycle show takes a lot of financial planning, so when NAHBS was postponed this year, Tomii Cycles wouldn’t be able to attend. Most builders display customer’s bikes at NAHBS and asking his clients to wait four more months for their bikes, especially during a pandemic was out of the question. I reached out to Nao and asked if we could display his bikes here at the Radavist, so this week, we’re doing just that…

Learning from Los Angeles: Into the Verdugo Mountains with SRAM

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Learning from Los Angeles: Into the Verdugo Mountains with SRAM

I was an architect in my previous life. Before I began documenting cycling culture. One of my favorite architectural theorists is a fella named Rem Koolhaas. In his book, Delirious New York, he claims that “A city is a plane of tarmac with some red hot spots of urban intensity”. While the book is an examination of New York City, many have applied this observation to the sprawling city of Los Angeles.

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True Story: Ben Hildred

Ben Hildred has spent years in search of the eternal summer. A native of Lincoln, England, he milks the Northern Hemisphere’s warm months in places like Whistler, British Columbia, before absconding to Queenstown, New Zealand, to make the most of the Southern Hemisphere summer. Ben’s quest for the endless summer has allowed him to explore the world’s premier riding communities on his constant source of ground transportation—his mountain bike…

Continue reading this story about how ben climbed 55,000m in a month at SRAM!

Speedvagen’s 2020 Guidebook: Titanium Frames and Ichico Blossom Paint

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Speedvagen’s 2020 Guidebook: Titanium Frames and Ichico Blossom Paint

Speedvagen is still full-speed ahead with its 2020 Guidebook, offering up a distraction from the current pandemic, with a selection of mouth-watering paint schemes and builds. The biggest news for 2020 is they have brought back the Ichico paint scheme and their titanium bikes are finally fully up to speed and leaving the shop on a regular basis.

Speedvagen are doing free upgrades to Horizon paint on the first 11 deposits on the public release and they’re offering a free Silca upgrade as well. That means you get a painted to match frame pump, 2 Silca Ti Bottle Cages, and a Silca Tourqe.

The Ichico paint scheme is -hands down- my favorite paint job Speedvagen has ever developed. Originally released as the 2015 Surprise Me scheme for one year only, Ichico was then put in the vault and now its back and available as an upgrade for all custom Speedvagens.

Check out the Guidebook at Speedvagen.