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2024 Tour Divide Debrief: Days 1-2

Published: June 16, 2024 15:55

Despite freezing temperatures and the challenging Koko Claims hike-a-bike adding a significant early test, the top competitors in this year's Tour Divide are already showcasing impressive strategies and endurance. Leader Justinas Leveika recently passed…

Three Tour Divide Bike Check Videos: Laurens Ten Dam, Ryan Van Duzer, and Jack Keogh

Published: June 15, 2024 12:18

To augment your Saturday morning dot-watching enjoyment, here are three new Tour Divide bike check videos featuring the rigs and gear being used by Laurens Ten Dam, Ryan Van Duzer, and Jack Keogh in the 2024 Tour Divide. Watch all three here... The post…

Reader’s Rig: Ben’s Velo Orange Piolet

Published: June 14, 2024 14:48

This week's Reader's Rig comes from Ben Everett of Evergreen Gravel Racing, who shares the Velo Orange Piolet he built up to handle long rides on the diverse roads and trails around his home in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Get to know Ben and his…

Check out the Starfish Bicycles Silver Heron Front Rack

Published: June 14, 2024 14:17

Drawing inspiration from classic French rando racks and taking its name from a graceful bird found in Denmark, the Silver Heron is an elegant new front rack from maker Tore Juncher Jørgensen of Starfish Bicycles. Find details on the first small batch…

Friday Debrief: KT-800 Bar, Pizza T-Shirts, Hokem Issue 2, and More…

Published: June 14, 2024 13:24

This week’s Debrief features a new Crumbworks alt bar, an updated PTAP Designs Basket Bag, a new Fairdale hardtail, limited edition titanium cranks, two events to follow live, and much more. Find it all here… The post Friday Debrief: KT-800 Bar, Pizza…

New 2024 Salsa Stormchaser Builds and Colors

Published: June 13, 2024 16:03

The 2024 Salsa Stormchaser lineup returns with singlespeed builds, fresh color options, and an interesting new geared version with a dropper post and a 40mm suspension fork. Dig into all the details here... The post New 2024 Salsa Stormchaser Builds and…

Reroutes: In Search of The Qhapaq Nan (Trailer)

Published: June 13, 2024 15:38

Complementing their story in the upcoming 12th issue of The Bikepacking Journal, Leonardo Brasil and Adam Pawlikiewicz Mesa just released a thrilling trailer for their film, "Reroutes," which they shot on a 37-day journey through the mountains of Bolivia…

The Latest Radical Adventure Riders Merch Looks Great

Published: June 13, 2024 14:50

Radical Adventure Riders' beautifully designed new summer merch drop features fresh T-shirts, bucket hats, and tote bags, and all proceeds support their efforts to increase gender inclusivity and racial equity in cycling and the outdoors. Learn more…

The 2024 Ritchey P-29er Has Landed

Published: June 13, 2024 13:58

Teased at this year's Sea Otter Classic, the freshly updated Ritchey P-29er is a modern XC mountain bike that builds on the brand's longstanding P-series history, and it looks perfect for tight and fast trail rides. Find the details here... The post The…

Justin McKinley’s 2024 Tour Divide Sleep Kit (Video)

Published: June 12, 2024 15:51

In yesterday's in-depth Rider and Rig feature on Justin McKinley and his dreamy singlespeed 2009 Moots Mooto X YBB, Justin shared a brief written overview of his sleep system. This recent YouTube video walks through everything in his carefully considered…

Katie Strempke’s 2024 Grand Loop Race (Video)

Published: June 12, 2024 13:43

Second-place women's finisher Katie Strempke just published a short video capturing her experience in the 2024 Grand Loop bikepacking race around Utah and Colorado, sharing some of her highs and lows from the rugged 365-mile route. Watch it here... The…

Check out the Sub-6-Ounce Hyperlite Splash Bivy

Published: June 12, 2024 13:08

The new sub-6-ounce Hyperlite Splash Bivy is designed with a tall bathtub floor and NoSeeUm mesh to provide essential protection for tarp campers and folks who prioritize low weight and high mileage. Find all the details here... The post Check out the…

Genosack Goes Bikepacking on the Olympic Bridges Overnighter (Video)

Published: June 11, 2024 15:11

The latest video from the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Genosack crew follows three friends on the Olympic Bridges Overnighter in Washington state. Along the way, they made a video that bottles up the route's mellow vibes. Watch it here... The post Genosack…

Introducing the Otso Hoot Ti: Party Hardtail

Published: June 11, 2024 14:34

Otso's first proper trail bike, the Hoot Ti, is built up around a 140mm travel fork, playful geometry, a titanium frame, and 3D-printed dropouts and chainstay yoke. Find all the details here... The post Introducing the Otso Hoot Ti: Party Hardtail appeared…

Collective Reward #187: SlingFin Portal 1 Tent

Published: June 11, 2024 13:50

Following our recent review of the small brand's freestanding one-person shelter, we're giving away a feature-rich SlingFin Portal 1 for our 187th Collective Reward. Find details, peek at the new color, and learn how to win this or one of many other prize…

You’ll be Able to Receive and Send Text Messages via Satellite on IOS 18

Published: June 11, 2024 13:21

At their Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) yesterday, Apple announced that their new IOS 18 operating system will allow iPhone users to receive and send SMS text messages via satellite, without cell service or Wi-Fi. Learn more about Apple iOS 18…

Weekend Snapshot

Published: June 10, 2024 15:45

Looking back at another Saturday and Sunday on two wheels, three folks from our global bikepacking community share scenes from their rides in today's Weekend Snapshot. We join them in British Columbia, Colorado, and Peru this time. Peek at all three and…

Introducing the Firefly ATB: A Custom Titanium Go-Anywhere Bike

Published: June 10, 2024 15:12

The custom framebuilders at Firefly in Massachusetts just released what they're calling the "ultimate all-terrain bicycle," designed around a custom titanium frame, 29 x 2.6" tires, flat- and drop-bar compatibility, and the option for their new custom…

The Esker Smokey Ti is a Big-Travel Hardtail

Published: June 10, 2024 14:24

Esker Cycles just expanded their hardtail lineup with their most aggressive hardtail to date, the Smokey Ti. Optimized for a 160mm travel fork with a 64.5° head tube angle, this bike looks ideal for riders who love a rowdy descent. Learn more about the…

Randi Jo Fabrications x SimWorks Muscovy Bag and Biggest M.U.T.

Published: June 10, 2024 13:10

Teased at MADE last year, the new Randi Jo Fabrications x SimWorks Muscovy Bag has a roll-top closure and a magnetic buckle, and it's designed specifically for the Nitto Bag Supporter. Find all the details on that and the new Biggest M.U.T. here... The…