For roadies, when it feels like there’s no chain, it means you’re so fit and on form that you float on the road and in the peloton. For downhillers, that’s something entirely different and one of the greatest feats we’ve seen on a bike. Watch Aaron Gwin’s run recapped and the entire video from RedBull.
Earlier this year, tweeted
Will you please release a dropbar mtb for gravel and quit f'ing around with the repurposed, ill-defined road bikes on dirt category. Thanks.— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) February 17, 2015
Finally, Salsa released their Cutthroat. If these catch on, maybe this will actually happen too
If gravel revivalists evangelize forest service road races into a thing will launch a Dirt McGirt line with @pfaltzgraphic dropbar MTB FTW.— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) March 21, 2014
If dropbbar MTB is new to you, no problem, the reason we want them, and Salsa sees the demand, is versatility in varying dirt road conditions AND hand positions. So you want this bike for all the reasons the MTB was invented with multiple hand positions. My hands go numb in about 12 minutes on a flat bar. At every gravel ride I’ve done so far, participants are talking about dropbar MTB and there’s always a handful of hardtails blowing by us roadies on the washboard descents.
The Trek 920 I’ve been riding and writing about is a touring bike with 29r rims and tires, so a dropbar MTB from Trek et al is just an iteration away from even more choices in the adventure category.
Read more about Salsa’s Cutthroat on their blog and this truth about riding your bike all day
“Comfort is speed,” said Mailen, “especially when you are talking about riding 100 to 150 miles, or more, per day, day after day, the entire length of the country. A body receiving less punishment is one that can put more energy towards moving forward rather than reacting to impacts.”
WORD. Issue 25 of our magazine that dropped yesterday has 3 stories about the Grand Fondo Leavenworth, the hardest ride I’ve done in a couple decades of the bike:
Out there for 8 hours on dirt and gravel, when any number of things can go terribly wrong, flying into and shuddering through washboarded switchbacks, I was certainly thinking in the aftermath, “This is why suspension was invented,” AND “Could’ve used a MTB on that section, at least.”
And in case you missed it, the front end of the D-Plus is borrowed from mountain bikes…
Oh and there’s this
The joy of the fans, riding in new gear, and getting outside. Whether it’s winning a race or just finishing a big ride, Issue 25 celebrates success.
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The free cover story for Issue 25 is about Remi McManus and his 40/40 Vision.
“I was inspired to embark on this project by many things and people, but the real driving force was to challenge myself and others. I also wanted to get back to the root of what made cycling and sports in general special to me in the first place, the friends made, the journey experienced, the stories told, and the memories.”
The rest of the stories include
- Save Mode in the Swakane Canyon – by Byron
- I Can’t Climb, But I’m Not Going to Let it Stop Me – By Jim Merithew
- Said the English Major – By Byron
- Davidson D-Plus Gravel Config – By Mark V
- 18 days, 2,785 miles – by Mick Walsh
- Gran Fondo Leavenworth Playlist – by Byron
- Maglia Rosa – By StraightEIGHT Films
- When Summer Starts – By Zanne Blair
- Not The Only Straight Guy On The AIDS Ride – By Roy Wallack
- 40/40 Vision – By Nathan Wright
- 200K – By Bike Hugger
Of course, I immediately challenged Pronto here in Seattle to, as they say, "step your game up."
In all the years covering the bike, never expected to see the naked bike ride in an Apple developer keynote…we’re following along because of the News app being discussed now. Besides our web view, our magazine runs on the iOS Newsstand app. What does the Apple News format means for our content? Waiting for 29th Street Publishing to debrief us. They’re our partner in mobile apps.