Rawland Raidoverks Rando & Demiporteur racks set to haul on that next adventure

Rawland Cycles who we’ve seen put together a couple of new capable and affordable steel bikes for off the beaten track adventuring last summer, are now opening up a new Raidoverks component line. The first products under the new name are the same two simple but versatile front racks seen on their recent Ravn & Ulv off-road touring bikes. With names that give a pretty good indication of their intended use, the adjustable tubular alloy Rando and Demiporteur racks are built tough for off-road touring, but light and adjustable enough that they can work with most of the recent crop of adventure bikes whether on the road, gravel, or trail…

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Rawland Cycles who we’ve seen put together a couple of new capable and affordable steel bikes for off the beaten track adventuring last summer, are now opening up a new Raidoverks component line. The first products under the new name are the same two simple but versatile front racks seen on their recent Ravn & Ulv off-road touring bikes. With names that […]

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The polka dot KOM bibs from RedWhite are back, now in two styles

Back in 2015 soon after cycling shorts maker RedWhite introduced their original ultra-endurance The Bib shorts, they also debuted a less subtle version called The KOM. The KOM was a direct reference to the Best Climber’s polka dots of the Tour de France with its polka-dotted bib straps and one polka dot leg cuff. The dotted shorts stuck around for a little over a year, until RedWhite put them aside to focus on the development of their more recent The Race bib shorts. But apparently customers kept demanding a return of the spots, so RedWhite is bringing them back and this time in a limited edition version in either of their chamois styles…

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Back in 2015 soon after cycling shorts maker RedWhite introduced their original ultra-endurance The Bib shorts, they also debuted a less subtle version called The KOM. The KOM was a direct reference to the Best Climber’s polka dots of the Tour de France with its polka-dotted bib straps and one polka dot leg cuff. The dotted shorts […]

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Weekend Videos: Road 2 Rio with Kross, Tour of Sufferlandria route, plus more road & trail riding…

With the Olympic games this past year our industry took a very different look to cycling and racing. Silver medalist, Maja Włoszczowska racing for Kross had been documenting her lead up to the games, and her Road 2 Rio is now available online for free. Buckle in, because the 40min film takes you on a long journey from her home in Poland through a season of racing to culminate in Rio de Janiero, documenting her challenges and progress month-by-month. Her goal was always clear: win an Olympic medal, but along the way she must take on tough UCI World Cup races (including the UCI XCO World Championships where we got a detailed look at her bike), push her limits at the World Championships and accept many sacrifices. KrossRacingTeam.pl

Check out more videos after the break, starting with your official Tour of Sufferlandria route announcement, island riding with Santa Cruz, some BH e-Enduro & drone footage form Down Under…

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With the Olympic games this past year our industry took a very different look to cycling and racing. Silver medalist, Maja Włoszczowska racing for Kross had been documenting her lead up to the games, and her Road 2 Rio is now available online for free. Buckle in, because the 40min film takes you on a long journey […]

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2017 Niner RLT RDO carbon gravel bike – First impressions & actual weight

Last week, Niner finally delivered what many of us had been wanting…a carbon fiber version of their RLT gravel bike. I’ve ridden their BSB RLT cyclocross race bike, and it, like their AIR 9 RDO, is a race bred speed machine that sacrifices all day comfort for all out performance. So it was refreshing to see that Niner could do carbon that kept the speed but introduced more compliance. They also tweaked the geometry, giving this RDO version a bit racier feel than the steel and alloy models, which gives it a seemingly perfect blend of stability, speed and comfort. Last but not least, they incorporated all manner of rack and fender mounts, checking off that last requirement for adventure gravel riders and racers looking for a top end bike.

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Last week, Niner finally delivered what many of us had been wanting…a carbon fiber version of their RLT gravel bike. I’ve ridden their BSB RLT cyclocross race bike, and it, like their AIR 9 RDO, is a race bred speed machine that sacrifices all day comfort for all out performance. So it was refreshing to […]

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Weekend Videos: Good Times in the dirt, Michigan Meandering, Utah bikepacking & some DH…

German rider Julia Hofmann is headed to Canada to explore new trails & riding with Rocky Mountain. She’s looking for Good Times on the bike in 2017 with plans for some world travel, hitting many a Enduro race, plus a bunch of mountain bike camps that she’ll be guiding. But until the snows clear in the Rockies and those next steps get under way, get pumped to ride with a look at her hitting the warm trails on La Palma. Then hop past the break for some more off-road inspiration including a the new Canyon Factory Downhill Team and then the updated Santa Cruz Syndicate screwing up…
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German rider Julia Hofmann is headed to Canada to explore new trails & riding with Rocky Mountain. She’s looking for Good Times on the bike in 2017 with plans for some world travel, hitting many a Enduro race, plus a bunch of mountain bike camps that she’ll be guiding. But until the snows clear in the Rockies and […]

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First Look! All-new Niner RLT 9 RDO is an adventure ready carbon gravel race bike

2017 Niner RLT RDO carbon fiber gravel race bike

2017 Niner RLT RDO carbon fiber gravel race bike

Sometimes Niner launches their carbon bikes first, sometimes their metal ones. But, eventually, most of their bikes end up offering both within a short time frame. Except the RLT. It debuted all the way back in 2013 as an alloy model, then gained a steel sibling in 2015. Now, finally, in 2017 we get the RLT 9 RDO, a top-end carbon fiber model using their Carbon Compaction process to produce a light, fast and comfortable do-it-all drop bar bike that’s tested to mountain bike standards.

The RLT 9 RDO also brings new features you’ll soon see on other models, tweaked geometry from the alloy version and this amazing limited edition Ultegra Di2 model with ENVE AR wheels…

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Sometimes Niner launches their carbon bikes first, sometimes their metal ones. But, eventually, most of their bikes end up offering both within a short time frame. Except the RLT. It debuted all the way back in 2013 as an alloy model, then gained a steel sibling in 2015. Now, finally, in 2017 we get the […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Set an alarm to register for the 6 hours of Warrior Creek – There are those events that riders like so much that they sell out every year. Then there are ones like the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek that sell out in a matter of minutes. The popular race ripping through 13 miles of berms, dips, lake views, and all around good times will return this year on April 1, 2017. But the important date that you need to not forget is tomorrow morning at 9:00am EST. That’s when registration goes live at BikeReg.com and you need to be on the ball if you want to get in on the fun. 6HoursofWarriorCreek.com
    Check some other great events that are in store for this spring, plus a few other goodies…

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Set an alarm to register for the 6 hours of Warrior Creek – There are those events that riders like so much that they sell out every year. Then there are ones like the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek that sell out in a matter of minutes. The popular race ripping through 13 miles of berms, dips, […]

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Review: Riding the BH bikes G7 Disc over cobbled classics, dirt roads & racing the clock

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The BH G7 Disc was introduced back leading into Eurobike 2015 and offered the promise of a pro-level aero road bike with a bit more versatility. As one of the first companies to commit to going disc brake-only for their top road bike redesign, BH put their neck on the line as their French Pro Continental team Direct Énergie was preparing to race the bike in the 2016 Spring Classics. That didn’t pan out, but nonetheless the vast majority of us don’t race under the UCI (although rounded rotors are coming back soon), so the thought of a pro-level aero bike built with tire clearance and disc brakes for the Classics certainly sounded like something we wanted to try. So we spent more than half a year testing the G7 from the pavé & bergs of Flanders to our own home cobblestones and back roads. We even did some non-UCI racing on it too, and were quite pleased with its fast ride…

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The BH G7 Disc was introduced back leading into Eurobike 2015 and offered the promise of a pro-level aero road bike with a bit more versatility. As one of the first companies to commit to going disc brake-only for their top road bike redesign, BH put their neck on the line as their French Pro Continental team Direct Énergie […]

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Review: Cannondale Slate “all road” bike is just too much fun

Cannondale Slate Force CX1 all gravel road bike review and actual weight

Cannondale Slate Force CX1 all gravel road bike review and actual weight

The promise of gravel bikes is freedom. The ability to dive off the paved road and into the unknown. To explore those backroads, short cuts and secret paths. Or to just stave off boredom. The Cannondale Slate delivers on all those promises with one of the funnest bikes I’ve ever ridden.

When it first debuted, I (and likely you) questioned the logic of using a 650B wheel and tire for a “road” bike, but after riding it, I’m satisfied with the answer. It makes sense, and it makes for a great ride. It may not look traditional, but if you’re looking for an alternate to your standard road bike, it doesn’t get much more alternative than this…

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The promise of gravel bikes is freedom. The ability to dive off the paved road and into the unknown. To explore those backroads, short cuts and secret paths. Or to just stave off boredom. The Cannondale Slate delivers on all those promises with one of the funnest bikes I’ve ever ridden. When it first debuted, […]

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