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Crust Bikes: Evasion Lite Details

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Crust Bikes: Evasion Lite Details

When it was released, the Crust Bikes Evasion was a true to form game changer for production bikes but even then, some games should be changed up a bit. Matt from Crust Bikes has been leaking this project for a while. A stripped-down, lighter-ish, yet just as capable Evasion, dubbed the Evasion Lite.

Here is the take-away:

– Straight 1,1/8th Crust carbon fork with internal dynamo routing and brake cable routing. 100mm X 12mm.
– Flat mount front and rear.
– Fixed 142mm X 12mm rear dropouts. No rocker dropouts on this one, in efforts to shave weight.
– Integrated headset cups.
– All sizes up to the Large have 28.6 D.T and TT, the Large and Xtra-Large have a 28.6 TT and a 31.8 DT. All sizes are heat treated CR-MO
– The steel plate on the drive side has been axed, you guessed it, save weight. However by doing this it slightly minimizes the max tire clearance.

You can see more information regarding tire size and other tidbits at Crust Bikes.

Tomii Cycles Showcase: Kevin’s Gravel Packer

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Tomii Cycles Showcase: Kevin’s Gravel Packer

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. Here’s Kevin’s Gravel Packer, complete with paint by Jordan Low and Andrew the Maker bags…

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…

TransCali: Bikepacking the Rubicon Trail

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TransCali: Bikepacking the Rubicon Trail

Sometimes the most gratifying journeys aren’t a product of being perfectly prepared; rather, they occur when you’re in the shit, working with the wrong tool for the job, and in spite of overwhelming odds, you scrape by. That’s precisely what took place this summer on a supremely challenging bike trip across the great Golden State.

Rene Herse Cycles and Lael Wilcox Announce the Fleecer Ridge 700x55mm Tire

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Rene Herse Cycles and Lael Wilcox Announce the Fleecer Ridge 700x55mm Tire

Photos by Rugile Kaladyte

When Rene Herse Cycles decided to develop a tire specifically for bikepacking and ultra-endurance racing, they asked Lael Wilcox what she wants in a tire. Lael has raced many ultra-endurance events, including the Tour Divide and Silk Road Mountain Race. She provided Rene Herse Cycles with heaps of feedback and they’re now introducing the result of this collaboration, the Fleecer Ridge 29″ x 2.2″ (or 700C x 55 mm), named after Lael’s favorite climb on the Tour Divide.

The Fleecer Ridge is a true all-rounder. Large knobs with generous space in between provide superb traction on loose and soft surfaces, while the knobs are spaced to put more rubber on the road as the tire leans into corners during paved descents into town to resupply.

The Fleecer Ridge offers a choice of the four Rene Herse casings:
-Standard combines comfort and speed at an affordable price.
-Extralight is our most supple casing for ultimate speed.
-Endurance uses the same ultra-fine threads with extra protection against punctures and cuts.
-Endurance Plus is one of the toughest performance tires available today.

Available in mid-May 2020 from good bike shops and directly from Rene Herse Cycles.

The CINQ Touring Fork is the 1 1/8″ Carbon Fork You’ve Been Looking For

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The CINQ Touring Fork is the 1 1/8″ Carbon Fork You’ve Been Looking For

Finding a 1-1/8″ steerer carbon fork with bosses for cargo cages, fenders, and yes, dynamo lighting is near impossible. So what are we to do with all those capable 1-1/8″ steerer frames we have that would otherwise make a great touring bike? CINQ makes one such fork, with all the above features. The Touring Fork weighs 550g, a unique “no-thread” thru-bolt eyelet system for cargo cages, fits bigger tires, utilizes internal routing, and much more!

Specs:
-Clearance for 27,5″ x 2.2″ or 28″x2.0″ (700x50mm) tires
-Great for touring and gravel applications
-“No-Thread” stainless steel thru-bolt cargo mounting system avoids damaging threads permanently mounted in the carbon
-Compatible with internal dynamo wiring for a clean setup
-Light and fender mounts
-Lightweight and strong

See more at CINQ!

These aren’t available in the US but CycleMonkey has licensed it and they make a tapered steerer version too!

Thanks to Brian for pointing this product out yesterday!

Ritchey’s New Outback Is Perfect For Touring

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Ritchey’s New Outback Is Perfect For Touring

The Ritchey Outback received a hefty facelift for 2020, making it more capable than ever. With an all-new Ritchey Adventure Fork design, complete with cargo mounts, and a frame with more braze-ons, including rack and fender mounts, you can take it on gravel rides, or out on a multi-day tour. The Outback also clears 700c x 48mm or 650b x 2.0″ tires, making it an extremely versatile bike within Ritchey’s lineup. The frame + fork will run you $1,399 and you can see one in person at your local dealer. Head to Ritchey to see more!

Twin Six Updates Their Standard Rando Colors for 2020

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Twin Six Updates Their Standard Rando Colors for 2020

Twin Six’s Standard Rando frame is a real sleeper. For $700, you get a capable, versatile bike, with a steel fork, all the braze-ons you could want, a PF30 BB perfect for SS conversion, and clearance for either a 700c x 43mm or 650b x 48mm tire. Build it up to ride gravel, or to go on a tour. At that price, there are few competitors! For 2020, Twin Six updated the Standard Rando’s colors with a bright Saffron yellow and an Extra Black. Jump on the pre-order now and get $100 off through May 15th. Head to Twin Six to see more!

The New/Old Hot Thing at Peter Weigle’s Shop

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The New/Old Hot Thing at Peter Weigle’s Shop

A while ago Liz and I were rolling through Connecticut, on a mission to eat the best pizza in the world. We went to Frank Pepe’s, Sally’s, Modern, and BAR, a list provided to us by the one and only Ronnie Romance. Ronnie even told us a story of a date at BAR that would forever change his life, but both of us still agreed that Sally’s was the best pizza New Haven had to offer, and I’ll even go as far and say it’s the best pizza I’ve ever had. Ronnie and I have shared pizzas all across the globe, we’ve also shared many stories while eating pizza, and besides Namz, I don’t think anyone person has come up more than Peter Weigle. To me, Peter Weigle is a living legend, dealing in a world I know very little about, and because of this, I thought untouchable. Well… besides holding a can of his Frame Saver. To Ronnie, Peter is an old friend, who shaped the way he pieces his own bikes together to share with the thousands followers along for the ride. Hints, making everything Peter does “The New/Old Hot Thing”!

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Latigo Campout: Kernville Oct 2019

Our friends at Latigo Coffee hold annual Campouts in the areas around their operations on the Central California Coast. Last year’s event took them to Kernville, a veritable gravel and mountain bike mecca, for some riding, running, swimmin’, good times, music, and of course coffee! Check out their vibes-heavy video.

We’re Offering a Free 6-Month Trial Membership to Adventure Cycling Association

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We’re Offering a Free 6-Month Trial Membership to Adventure Cycling Association

While we’re all locked down in our homes, a lot of us are biding our time planning tours and travels. One of the ways we can help you with that is by teaming up with the Adventure Cycling Association to offer you a free, 6-month trial.

The Radavist and Adventure Cycling are teaming up to offer you a free 6-month trial membership to Adventure Cycling Association. Become a member with Adventure Cycling Association today and unlock the keys to a wealth of resources and valuable tools that will ignite your dreams and plans for bicycle adventures of any kind — whether short overnight trips, weeklong tours, cross-country rides, or around-the-world journeys.

Perks of membership with Adventure Cycling include:

-A subscription to Adventure Cyclist – the only magazine dedicated to bicycle travel
-Discounts on Adventure Cycling maps as well as deals on hotel stays, gear, and apparel
-Access to trip planning resources and more!

With over 50,000 members, Adventure Cycling is the nation’s largest bicycling association. We exist to inspire and empower people to travel by bicycle. Sign-up now!

*This 6-month free trial membership is valid only for new members and must be sent to a U.S. mailing address.

Sign up at Adventure Cycling

Swift Industries: 2020 Collection

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Swift Industries: 2020 Collection

These are just four of the bags from Swift Industries’ 2020 collection, which come in these colors, plus black, across the whole lineup. Each of these bags have been refined over the years to be durable, withstand the elements, carry snacks, and ya know, things like that. All are in stock now at Swift Industries, who is still open for business!

Check out Our Favorites in Bombtrack’s 2020 Lineup

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Check out Our Favorites in Bombtrack’s 2020 Lineup

Last week, Bombtrack announced their yearly Bilderbuch, a compilation of what to expect from the brand’s dense catalog of bicycles. Naturally, as a brand, they have diversified their line up to meet just about any preference. There are road bikes, disc road bikes, rigid MTB, hardtails, gravel bikes, and classic tourers. Check out preferences and why we have gravitated to them below.

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PUNA

Puna is about a bicycle trip in search of answers through Argentina’s highlands.