Gear and Loading in Las Vegas – Interbikepacking with Blackburn Design

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“Motherfucker!” I barked, my frustration muffled by the bike light I was clutching between my teeth… trying desperately to shine some modicum of clarity on the clusterfuck that was my mangled tent… My sleeping bag… My scattered belongings.

It was not going well.

Look…I’m no stranger to tents. Nor to clusterfucks. Nor to darkness. (So much…) But I was having one of those moments. The kind that makes you temporarily lose perspective. The kind that makes you look down at the ill wrought mass of poles and fabric you’re botching and say, “Fuck everything. I’m just going to drink this whole goddamned bottle of whiskey, wrap myself in the rainfly like a blanket, and pass out on the these fucking rocks.”

Though… is that losing perspective? Or gaining it? Because those rocks… I dream about them. Living in the east, I dream about those rocks all the time. Some people are enlivened and energized by dense canopies of green. Verdant and lush. Stifling and oppressive. And while trees will forever make me swell… press against my shorts in ways that make the squirrels blanch and owls blush. That place that makes me writhe and flop and say things like “oh god oh fuck oh fuck I love you oh fuck I love you” will forever be exposure. Vistas. Wide expanses of land and sky. Preferably red rock juxtaposed against refracted blue… the ocher hues of the desert forever necessitating the perpetual changing of my poor, besieged, boxer briefs. (Hanes, in case you were wondering, because they don’t have that tighty-whitey waist band that makes you look like a psychopath. (Or at least less like one.)) Forever feeling the call of the west.

And there I was…among my rocks. Trying to use one, in fact, to pound a tent stake into another one. Like a good monkey.

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“Motherfucker!” I barked, my frustration muffled by the bike light I was clutching between my teeth… trying desperately to shine some modicum of clarity on the clusterfuck that was my mangled tent… My sleeping bag… My scattered belongings. It was not going well. Look…I’m no stranger to tents. Nor to clusterfucks. Nor to darkness. (So much…) But I […]

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IB16: Park Tool wrenches together clever new tools & stands

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Park Tool’s catalog continues to grow, covering all the bases as bike standards evolve and the tools needed to service them change. The new TS-4 truing stand is a perfect example, now capable of holding a wheel with a 5″ tire installed, with or without the brake rotor mounted. It’s QR and thru axle compatible out of the box and maintains the usual marks of quality – made in USA chromed and powder coated steel construction, sync’d adjustments to keep the wheel centered, etc. It holds axle widths from 75mm up to 215mm and is compatible with their rotor gauge and dial indicator.

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Park Tool’s catalog continues to grow, covering all the bases as bike standards evolve and the tools needed to service them change. The new TS-4 truing stand is a perfect example, now capable of holding a wheel with a 5″ tire installed, with or without the brake rotor mounted. It’s QR and thru axle compatible […]

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IB16: LaMere Cycles launches the Dopamine – their own full suspension carbon fat/plus/plus fat bike

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LaMere Cycles has made a name for themselves by selling factory direct carbon frames at very enticing prices. That usually means the frames are of the open mold variety and very similar to other bikes on the market. Their new Dopamine carbon full suspension bike is apparently a different story. After testing a full suspension frame that was available from an open mold (and breaking it), LaMere designed their own frame with a proprietary mold.

The result is a crazy light carbon full suspension bike that can be built with a dizzying array of options depending on how fat or tall you want to go…

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LaMere Cycles has made a name for themselves by selling factory direct carbon frames at very enticing prices. That usually means the frames are of the open mold variety and very similar to other bikes on the market. Their new Dopamine carbon full suspension bike is apparently a different story. After testing a full suspension […]

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IB16: Voodoo Cycles prepares to recast their spell on the U.S. with new high end bike line

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If you’ve been riding long enough, you probably at least know someone who had a Voodoo. Chances are also pretty good that same Voodoo may be still hanging in their garage or passed along to another family member. Somewhere along the way though, after an ownership shake up Voodoo bikes vanished from the U.S. marketplace only to become essentially a house brand for Halfords in the UK.

That part of Voodoo’s business probably won’t change, but the U.S. is about to see a whole new line of Voodoo Cycles that look to bring back the brand’s quality heritage after a five year absence. In the works for a while now, the project is back under the design lead of industry legend Joe Murray with help from Daryl Roberts who brings quite a bit of experience in titanium from Form Cycles and Roca Roja.

The line was shown for the first time at Interbike and is slowly making its way into production…

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If you’ve been riding long enough, you probably at least know someone who had a Voodoo. Chances are also pretty good that same Voodoo may be still hanging in their garage or passed along to another family member. Somewhere along the way though, after an ownership shake up Voodoo bikes vanished from the U.S. marketplace […]

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IB16: The (more) affordable Bont Riot gets upgraded, Vaypor adds kangaroo hide & gravel version

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Bont is known for their carbon fiber footbed with a more naturally wide, foot-shaped outsole…and their high prices. The new Bont Riot introduces a more reasonably priced entry point to their design, but still get the heat moldable insole. Updated graphics make them look much higher end than the price suggests.

They’ll be available in Riot and Riot+ versions, the former using a buckle and the latter (shown) getting the BOA dial, both for less than half the cost of the Vaypor. Check out detail pics below, along with the all-new Vaypor G “gravel” shoe…

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Bont is known for their carbon fiber footbed with a more naturally wide, foot-shaped outsole…and their high prices. The new Bont Riot introduces a more reasonably priced entry point to their design, but still get the heat moldable insole. Updated graphics make them look much higher end than the price suggests. They’ll be available in […]

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IB16: ProShift offers automatic shifting for Shimano, SRAM, and Campy electronic drivetrains

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Wish your bike would just shift for you? With the new ProShift control unit, that possibility may not be far off. The idea is pretty simple – plug in or connect your electronic drivetrain to the head unit wirelessly, and allow the computer to figure out the optimal shifting. Putting that into practice is certainly more complicated, but Baron Controls, the creator of the ProShift seems to have the answer. Available for Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap, and Campagnolo EPS, ProShift is ready to keep you in the optimum gear on your next ride…

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Wish your bike would just shift for you? With the new ProShift control unit, that possibility may not be far off. The idea is pretty simple – plug in or connect your electronic drivetrain to the head unit wirelessly, and allow the computer to figure out the optimal shifting. Putting that into practice is certainly […]

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IB16: SPĒD Precision pinpoints their perfect carbon wheel for XC, Trail, DH, and CX

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After a number of teases earlier this year, SPĒD Precision finally unveiled their full production line at Interbike. Saying finally probably isn’t fair considering that the company has materialized fairly quickly, a testament to founder Colin Esquibel’s previous experience in the bike industry. Most recently serving as the Director of Product Development and MTB brand manager for Box Components and Promax, when Colin told us he had a new wheel project in the works we were excited to see what he would come up with.

After seeing the wheels for the first time in Vegas, it looks like they’re worth the wait – well built, well spec’ed carbon wheels with reasonable pricing…

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After a number of teases earlier this year, SPĒD Precision finally unveiled their full production line at Interbike. Saying finally probably isn’t fair considering that the company has materialized fairly quickly, a testament to founder Colin Esquibel’s previous experience in the bike industry. Most recently serving as the Director of Product Development and MTB brand manager for […]

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IB16: Yakima rolls with DrTray hitch rack, new roof racks, Skyrise car top tents, Slim Shady Awning, more

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Want to take it with you? Yakima has a rack for that. In fact, they have a number of new additions to their rack and cargo family that will let you take more than ever on your next road trip. Tray style hitch racks seem to be where the majority of riders want to spend their money to carry precious bikes, but there is still plenty of room for improvement – especially when it comes to bike on bike interference. The new DrTray may just solve that with quick release adjustable trays and plenty of clearance for a number of different bikes…

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Want to take it with you? Yakima has a rack for that. In fact, they have a number of new additions to their rack and cargo family that will let you take more than ever on your next road trip. Tray style hitch racks seem to be where the majority of riders want to spend […]

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IB16: Surly’s Krampus plus bike is now Boost – or not

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Like many things Surly, the Krampus was ahead of its time. Introduced when 2.4″ was still considered a huge tire, the bike not only helped to usher in a wave of plus, but proved that 29+ could be viable as well. A lot has changed since the Krampus was launched more than 4 years ago. Geometries have changed, better tires are available, and dropper posts are all but ubiquitous. And then there’s the hub spacing…

The new Krampus addresses all of that to ensure the big wheels keep on rollin’…

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Like many things Surly, the Krampus was ahead of its time. Introduced when 2.4″ was still considered a huge tire, the bike not only helped to usher in a wave of plus, but proved that 29+ could be viable as well. A lot has changed since the Krampus was launched more than 4 years ago. […]

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