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Stayer Cycles New Groadinger UG Gravel Bike

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Stayer Cycles New Groadinger UG Gravel Bike

Made in their Leytonstone, East London workshop, in small batches, the new Groadinger UG frame from Stayer Cycles offers up a modern gravel geometry, frame details for ultra-versatile builds, and a beautiful finish, with a wishbone seat stay. Stayer offers these new frames in two build kits as well with the ultra-sporty HOPE superfast Grav Grav build (pictured above) or the Danglemug realness double camo build (pictured below) with an olive drab paint and a double crankset.

Pricing for a frameset with either a Ritchey or Whisky fork begins at £1,650.00, with a pre-order opened now. The next batch of UGs will be ready to paint the last week of August 2020. The Stayer pre-order will close on August 1st.

Head to Stayer Cycles to see more!

Hope Tech: Colored Center-Lock Lockrings

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Hope Tech: Colored Center-Lock Lockrings

Hope is great at many things, the first being their ability to machine some of the nicest parts right in the UK and the second being nailing all the anodizing colors you could want. Their new colored center-lock lockrings offer a splash of color to your disc brake bike. They’re compatible with 15mm thru-axles, weigh 9.5g and are in stock now. Head to Hope to see more.

Cotic Updates the SolarisMAX All Mountain Hardtail

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Cotic Updates the SolarisMAX All Mountain Hardtail

Next month, Cotic will have the new SolarisMAX in stock. While the geometry is only receiving a minor update – a 0.5deg steeper seat angle per size – the biggest update comes in its cargo capacity. More bosses have been added to the downtube, all at 64mm centers. This allows more versatile luggage and water options, as you can now carry two bottles on the down tube (as before), or a bottle with Anything Cage 3 boss mount style luggage, or just one bottle high up the tube within easy reach. You can also add a Cotic custom shaped frame bag for bikepacking.

Head to Cotic to reserve your SolarisMAX and to see more info.

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Wahoo Fitness: The South Downs Way Video

Last summer 4 friends took on the South Downs Way – an ancient 100-mile ridgeline that spans the southeast coast of England. Starting in Winchester and finishing in East Bourne the historic chalk path has over 3500m of climbing and not a car in sight, just rolling steep hills as far as the eye can see. The South Downs was the training ground of UK cycling legend Sean Yates, the third UK rider to wear the Yellow Jersey. Now his son Liam Yates carries on the tradition, joined by mates Neil Philips, Sophie Edmondson, and Anna Mcleod. In these strange times of isolation, this short film is a reminder to all of the simple joys of cycling with friends. A joy that for the time being must remain a memory. Please do not travel to the South Downs during this period of lockdown, it is a beautiful ancient land and it isn’t going anywhere.

For more content and information head to Wahoo

Wizard Works “Follow the Yellow Grav Road” Collaboration Bags

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Wizard Works “Follow the Yellow Grav Road” Collaboration Bags

Wizard Works used a very UK material for their new collaboration products. This dry wax canvas is produced by British Milleraine, who has been making wax canvas in the UK since 1880. This move wasn’t just an aesthetic choice, as British Milleraine uses zero waste and water use in the wax process, and the fabric is free from fluorinated carbons often found in water repellent fabrics.

There are five Lil Presto! Barrel Bag and five Voila! Snack Bags available on 6pm BST Monday, June 1st for £70 each, so set your alarms!

CHPT3 and Restrap Collaboration

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CHPT3 and Restrap Collaboration

CHPT3 and Restrap have pulled together a collaboration, featuring CHPT3’s Devesa pattern, inspired by the bark of the trees in Girona. These bags feature monotone patterning with a bright orange label. Three Restrap products, the Canister Bag, Tool Roll, and classic Musette Bag, are screen printed by hand and laser cut in-house. See more information at Restrap!

 

 

Cotic’s New BFeMax 29er Hardtail

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Cotic’s New BFeMax 29er Hardtail

Like their 27.5 Bfe hardtail, the Cotic BFeMax is a trail-ready hardtail, just built around 29er x 2.6″ wheels and a massive, 160mm fork. The strength of this frame relies on trusty Reynolds 853 for the downtube and Cotic’s signature detailing, including their plate brake bridge, triple triangle seat tube cluster, and oversized tubing.

The geometry is progressive but still very moderate compared to where other companies have taken MTB geo over the years.

These bikes look great, so hop on over to Cotic to see more details.

On Building the Epiplectic Bicycle

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On Building the Epiplectic Bicycle

Over the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed becoming re-acquainted with an old friend. As I’ve been slowing back down to a more creative and contemplative speed, un-encumbered by “normality” or any other external influence and bolstered by the vivid dreams associated with normal sleep patterns, a relaxed mind and inappropriately timed cheese consumption, I’ve settled nicely into fat tyres and riding fixed on sandy beaches. As the salty air of coastal living coupled with a lack of access to spares, tools and equipment that allow our bikes to keep rolling, caused the rideable bikes of our household to drop like flies. I was forced to delve deep into the museum of slightly broken bicycles that is my loft.

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Coal, Cake, and Calzone: the Story of the Clara Vale MTB Club

Every town has a community, a gathering place, and local digs. Videos like this allow us to peer inside places we’ve never been before and for that, I commend videographers for creating these vignettes. Orange Trike Media made this as an homage to Clara Vale, a small former coal-mining village in the north-east part of the UK, with a population of 200. Yet, even with a small population, there is a booming MTB scene. They ride every Tuesday no matter what, on their amazing network of local trails…

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.

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Dreams: to Future Rides

Like all of us, Tommy had some downtime caused by an unprecedented Pandemic, and the first huge global disaster. He put together a montage of old clips that seemed to work together to reflect how he feels about cycling, the environment, land use, and community.

Save on a Starling Cycles

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Save on a Starling Cycles

A lot of people are offering up deals on their bikes and with their announcement of moving production back to the UK on their front triangles, Starling has a lot riding on this first season of sales. To spice up their already solid deals, they’re offering something special.

Frames are now £1,327.50, that’s 10% off and they’re offering a free custom paint upgrade, worth £120.

TO ORDER: A 25% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your frame. Once frames are ready to ship, the remaining payment will be requested. Use the code starling2020, at checkout. This will reduce your basket total by 75%, allowing you to pay a 25% deposit.

They will then invoice you for the remaining 75% once frames are ready to ship.

See more information at Starling Cycles and check out John’s review of the Murmur Factory from 2019 and his own bike review to get a sense of what these bikes truly are.

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Starling Cycles Brings Front Triangle Production Back to the UK

Starling Cycles has been busy ramping up for the 2020 production year. When John bought his Murmur, there were two options: made in the UK front triangle or the made in Taiwan complete bike, aka the Factory Murmur. Joe from Starling decided to switch back to a made in UK front triangle for 2020, for various reasons which he outlines in this video. As always, Starling Cycles ships to the USA. Just don’t use the USPS. ;-)

John’s Starling Murmur 29er

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John’s Starling Murmur 29er

After reviewing the Starling Murmur Factory early last year, I placed a deposit for one myself, springing for the made in the UK front triangle, made in Taiwan rear swingarm model, in a larger size than the demo large I reviewed. Joe and I discussed the bike, I sent in the money needed and waited. A few months later, Joe alerted me that the bike was done and he shipped it to the United States. Little did I know that I wouldn’t see the bike for almost 8 months later.

Introducing Fustle Bikes and Their Causeway GR1 Gravel Bike

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Introducing Fustle Bikes and Their Causeway GR1 Gravel Bike

Fustle Bikes is a new brand out of the UK, bringing MTB design and pedigree to the world of gravel bikes. Their flagship model, the Causeway, features a modern fit, with a 69º head angle, a 73º seat angle, 430mm stays, and a longer reach. The Causeway is designed to be ridden with a shorter stem, much like a modern mountain frame and comes in three sizes, S/M, M/L, L/XL with a fourth, XS/S coming in September 2020.

Features:
–  6061 Aluminium frame, (tested to ISO 4210 MTB Certification)
–  Full UD Carbon Fork and Steerer
–  12x142mm and 12x100mm axle spacing
–  Dropped Top Tube for dropper-post compatibility
–  Internal Cable routing and dropper post routing
–  31.6mm Seat post diameter
–  Tyre clearance for 700x50mm (650x 2.1”)
– Red, Green, or Blue frameset color options
– Frameset £849.99, build kit similar to as shown £1999.99 with plenty of upgrades from Shimano, Pro, Hunt, ENVE, DT Swiss.

Check out more information at Fustle Bikes and see more photos below!

Restrap Launches their Lightweight Adventure Race Range

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Restrap Launches their Lightweight Adventure Race Range

For almost two years, Restrap has been developing their new Adventure Race Range with their sponsored athletes. This lineup consists of one “on-body”, a musette, and four “on-the-bike” products including the Race Top Tube, Race Frame Bag, Race Saddle Bag, and Race Aero Bar Bag.

These bags were built with the highest quality, lightweight materials, from CNC/laser cutting techniques, and the entire lineup weighs less than 1kg in total. See the full lineup at Restrap.

Features:
-X21 waterproof materials
-210 denier nylon
-Hypalon
-YKK zips
-Reflective detailing