This week’s Debrief features Brunswick Green Travellers Panniers, custom Wizard Works framebag orders, the fall of quick release, bikepacking gear rentals in Moab, an event to follow live, and more. Find it all here…
The weekly Debrief highlights small but important bits of news, products, and things that caught our attention on the website, in the conversation, and elsewhere around the community. These include upcoming events and interesting items our readers shared in the comments. Check out this week’s findings below.
Bits & Bobs
New products that are worth highlighting but didn’t make the Dispatch…
Framework Designs Travellers Panniers in Brunswick Green
Australia-based Framework Designs just updated their web store with some fresh Travellers panniers in Brunswick Green, Khaki, and Carbon Canvas. These handy mini panniers bolt on to Anything Cage mounts on forks or racks but also have lots of webbing on the back to be able to strap them on to your favourite rack when the bolts don’t quite work. Find Miles’ review of an early version here.
Made in Australia / $249 AUS at Framework Designs
Reserve Alloy Wheels
Carbon wheel maker Reserve Wheels launched two sets of alloy MTB wheels this week—the 30|SL AL and 30|HD AL. Both wheelsets feature 30mm internal width offset rims and DT 350 hubs, with the SL aimed at trail riding and the HD aimed more aggressive all-mountain and enduro riding. Both have a lifetime warranty and retail for $699.
30|SL AL 1840g and 30|HD AL 1920g / $699 at Reserve Wheels
Wizard Works opens Bespoke Framebag Orders
If you’ve been waiting to order a custom framebag from UK-based Wizard Works, now might be the time. Bespoke framebag orders are open, and once they’re closed, they won’t open again until after the summer.
Made in UK / £112.00+ at Wizard Works
2023 Salsa Warbird and Warroad
Salsa Cycles added two new builds to their gravel and road lineup. The Warbird GRX600 is suited for your next gravel race or ride, and the Warroad 105 is an endurance road bike for big miles on a mix of roads.
Made in Taiwan / $3,499 at Salsa Cycles
Mission Workshop Acre Range Jersey
Just released, the Mission Workshop Acre Range Jersey is a three-season jersey/jacket hybrid that excels in changing weather conditions. The Range maintains a slim, jersey-like fit while retaining the warmth of a heavier jacket. It’s made in Italy from Italian performance fabrics, has a microfleece neck liner, and comes in both women’s and men’s sizing.
Made in Italy / $245 at Mission Workshop Women’s Men’s
Exchanges and ideas that caught our attention in the site’s conversation section…
The End of Quick-Release
A few of our readers were confused to see quick release hubs on the 2023 Marin Pine Mountain 1 but thru-axles on the more expensive Pine Mountain 2. While QR hubs aren’t nearly as common these days on mid-to-high level bikes, we’re wondering if we’ll see them completely disappear with thru-axles becoming the go-to standard, even for some entry level bikes. Let us know what you think in the conversation below.
Around the Community
News from around the bikepacking world…
Bikepacking Along THE GREAT DIVIDE (video)
Pinkbike featured a short video of four friends riding The Great Divide Mountain Bike Trail this week. The crew started in Banff, Canada and finished in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 29 days. Worth a watch.
Moab Bikepacking Rentals
Nuclear Sunrise Stitchworks and Big Horn Mountain Biking have teamed up to offer a variety of bikepacking services in the Moab area, including bike and bag rentals, resupply, vehicle support, and route and trip planning. They’ve even put together a small gear library of tents, sleeping bags, and pads for those looking to give bikepacking a shot. It looks like a great option for anyone traveling into Moab without all of their own gear. Learn more at MoabBikepacking.com.
Cynthia Fraser First Woman Finisher of 2023 Transcordilleras
After setting a new women’s record at the 2022 Across Andes event in Chile just a few months ago, Cynthia Fraser once again was the first woman finisher at the Transcordilleras event in Colombia. She finished just six hours behind the overall winner, fourth overall, for a total time of 91 hours on the 1,000-kilometer route. Congrats, Cynthia!
Events Starting Soon
What to watch this weekend and bikepacking events starting soon…
2023 Actif Epica
The Actif Epica is a challenging winter adventure on the Crow Wing Trail near North America’s geographic centre—Winnipeg, Manitoba. Tomorrow morning, folks will cycle or run out of St. Pierre-Jolys on a cycle/run out-and-back in one of two distances. There isn’t live tracking available for the event, but you can learn more here.
Wish We Were Here
Shedding a little light on a route one of us is dreaming about riding at the moment…
Miles Arbour: Back on my Bike!
A pesky wrist injury a few months ago has since led to a cast and six weeks off the bike, and I’m going stir crazy! The silver lining of all of this is that I’m certainly more appreciative than ever after so much time off the bike, taking showers with my arm in a dry bag, and doing most of my work with one hand. Go ride your bike!
Some things we found around the ‘gram and elsewhere. This week, some updates from the 2023 Transcordilleras event in Colombia…
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