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Mason Cycles InSearchOf Redux Features the Condensor Rack and Load-Bearing Fender

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Mason Cycles InSearchOf Redux Features the Condensor Rack and Load-Bearing Fender

Many framebuilders and bike companies approach cargo capacity by relying on third-party racks, which is fine and all but when a company designs specific cargo solutions, it causes pause. Trek did it with their 1120+ touring bike and now Mason Cycles turns it up a notch with their new InSearchOf steel touring bike model, featuring the Condensor Rack. Yet the most clever innovation here is this beautiful load-bearing front mudguard/fender. Not every ride requires cargo bags but plenty of rides, especially this time of year, require the constant shedding and switching of layers. This fender can hold a jacket (or a hoagie, burrito, muffin, etc), with the addition of ski straps.

You can read all about the Condensor Rack at Mason Cycles and see the new ISO models there too!

Adidas Returns to Cycling With “the Road” Shoes and More

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Adidas Returns to Cycling With “the Road” Shoes and More

While Adidas’ entire cycling lineup looks exceptionally well, the real standout from the brand’s full-fledged return to cycling apparel is ‘the Road’ shoes. Those fans of the ’70s and ’80s Adidas cycling shoes will remember how sleek and minimal those shoes were. The Road shoes feature three reflective stripes, lace closure, a seamless upper, and use three-bolt cleats patterns. These shoes will retail for £130 when they’re in stock and unfortunately, they’re only available in the UK…

See more at Adidas.

Sturdy Progress: Inside / Out at Sturdy Cycles

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Sturdy Progress: Inside / Out at Sturdy Cycles

Andrew stops mid-sentence, pauses, “ooooooh!…….. Oooooh…. oooooh!” his pitch rises to a maniacal school child giggle of surprise and wild childlike delight, like a two-year-olds first taste of cake. Visceral and uncontrollable joy. “Tom!?! Is this a prototype or is this a FUCKING!…. ok…. That’ll do it!” a long pause of wild-eyed observation glancing desperately around the room, eyes hungry for an affirming reaction but forced to settle for Tom’s grinning but nonchalant response of “yea, they’ve gotten lighter as well”. Another longer pause as dust from Tom’s stoic “yogi bear” response settles, a mumbled and affectionate “asshole.” The recording tapers off into minor expletives, mumblings, and the low noises people make to indicate affection for bits of metal when they’re together in sheds.

the Fairlight Secan MKii

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the Fairlight Secan MKii

The Secan MKii and Faran MKii sit together as a family of products as they share many of the same design features including tire clearance, tube shaping, and dynamo integration. Both models are extremely versatile and they can cover everything from commuting to self-sufficient touring. Whereas the recently launched Faran MKii is a dedicated off-road tourer, the Secan MKii is an all-capable gravel bike.

The Secan MKii features custom-shaped and butted Renolds tubing: 853 DZB down tube, 853 seat tube, 853 top tube, and a 631 CNC’d oversized head tube. Both the Secan MKii and the Faran MKii utilize 14mm stays.

Think of the Secan as a more robust off-road machine with an oversized head tube, larger tubing, but the same fat tire (68mm) clearance as the Faran. Both have integrated dynamo setups, Fairlight’s signature dropouts/brake mount design, and beautiful paint jobs.

Head to Fairlight to see more.

Be Seen on the Road with the New Wizard Works Wiz Viz Bags

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Be Seen on the Road with the New Wizard Works Wiz Viz Bags

Just announced on their Instagram account, UK bag makers Wizard Works debuted two bags, built from reflective material with high-visibility blaze orange hits. The lil Presto! barrel bag offers enough space for snacks, layers, or a small camera and the Teeny Houdini saddle pack will hold a spare tube, levers, and a small multitool. Both bags are made in the UK and offer up additional visibility for the dark winter months ahead.

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.

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Restrap Updates their Custom Frame Bags

Restrap, the UK-based cycling portage company, has just updated their custom frame bags. Their full-frame bag comes standard with one (right side/drive side) large compartment with an internal velcro divider (optional) and a long slender document pocket (left side/non-drive side). Each bag is made with YKK zips, textured nylon outer, and VX21 fabrics. Included in all sizes is a slot for camelback/dynamo positioned on the top of the bag. Each bag is finished with Restrap’s classic label (PU leather/vegan-friendly).

Check out this video for all the details on how to submit an order and see more information at Restrap.

Specs:
-One large main compartment with optional internal velcro divider (right side/drive side).
(optional) longer slender document pocket (left side/non-drive side).
– YKK zips, textured nylon outer and VX21 fabrics.
– Tough, durable and versatile design.
– Slot for camelback/dynamo positioned on the top of the bag.
– Finished with our classic label (PU leather/vegan-friendly).
– Choice of colours – black, grey, olive, navy and digital camouflage.

Small: £74.99, €84.99, $99.99
Medium: £94.99, €109.99, $129.99
Large: £109.99, €124.99, $149.99

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E-Adventures With Steve McClure

Steve McClure is one of the UK’s best climbers and has set some of the hardest routes. A bike keeps Steve in shape, climbing is demanding on your body, requiring total body fitness. Check out this video showcasing how Steve uses his Cairn e-bike to access areas that would otherwise require long hikes or 4WDs.

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Choose Cycling

Choose Cycling looks at two UK-based cyclists, Ore and Lucy, and spotlights what drew them to bikes and commuting.

Brother Cycles: Kepler All-Rounder Frame Updates

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Brother Cycles: Kepler All-Rounder Frame Updates

The Kepler is Brother Cycles’ do it all drop-bar bike. Gravel, light touring, commuting, and forest-bound shenanigans. The Kepler is a 4130 frame, with ED coating under the paint to prevent corrosion, can run either 700×45 or 650×48 wheels, has mounts for racks/fenders, with three bottle mounts. For 2021 the new Kepler now features flat-mount thru-axle dropouts with a replaceable derailleur hanger, s-shaped chainstays, and a unicrown steel fork.

Price for us non UK/EU dwellers is £520.83 which is not bad at all!

Pre-order your Kepler at Brother Cycles today for a October 12, 2020 release date.

The Nukeproof 2021 Scout Has Us Drooling

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The Nukeproof 2021 Scout Has Us Drooling

With a hydroformed 6061 triple-butted aluminum frame, a 65º head angle (66.6º when sagged for Satan), 1191mm (Large Scout 275) wheelbase, and 435mm chainstays, the Nukeproof Scout is not messing around. This little shit of a bike mocks its bigger, rear-shocked brethren with cackles as it cascades through chundah and foresaken forests.  Nukeproof really did it this round, speccing the bikes with with “trail appropriate” tires, so you don’t have to swap out for some meaty Maxxis rubber first thing, and there is plenty of clearance for the wet dust out back (2.6” in 27.5 and 2.5” width in 29er). Plus in that shiny, pretty boy, polished aluminum it’s almost mocking you for not getting it filthy.

-Frame Finish: Brushed ‘n Raw with Black decals
-Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select Charger RC 150mm, 46mm Offset, BOOST, Debonair
-Wheelset: DT Swiss M1900 SPLINE
-Tyres: Front: Maxxis Assegai, Maxx Terra, EXO, TR/ Rear: Maxxis Dissector Maxx Terra EXO+, TR,
-Crankset: Shimano SLX M7100 12-Speed
-Brakes: Shimano SLX M7120, 4 Pot Brake, Resin Pads with Fins
-Handlebars: Nukeproof Horizon V2 25mm Rise, Width – S780mm, M780mm, L800mm, XL800mm)
-Stem: Nukeproof Horizon, 50mm, Black
-Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon SL, Black/Grey
-Seatpost: Brand X Ascend internal w Shimano SL-MT500-IL Remote lever, S:125mm drop; M:150mm drop; L/XL:170mm drop
-Headset: Nukeproof, 44-56 IITS
-Grips: Nukeproof Sam Hill Signature
-SRP: £2100 (GBP)

Impressive! See more for yourself at Nukeproof.