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…
The Oddity Cycles Chromoly and Ti Singlespeed is for Sale
Made in USA / $8500 at Oddity Cycles
Oddity Cycles just put the stunning Chromoly and Ti Singlespeed that was on display at the MADE Bike Show up for sale, and it could be yours. This particular bike is a celebration of Oddity’s 10th anniversary, an homage to their steel beginnings woven strategically alongside the titanium frame. All of the rusty bits, including the front truss of the Squid Fork, seat stays, and Odd Mone handlebar crossbar are made from Chromoly steel. Sean is accepting offers for the bike, and you can see more stunning photos of it in our MADE Bike Show coverage.
The Tunitas Creative Motion Camera Strap is Back
Made in USA / $70 at Tunitas Creative
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Maker’s in Motion Camera Straps were a hit. Now they’re back under the Tunitas Creative name and are dubbed the Motion Camera Strap. The Motion Camera Strap uses a stability strap and magnetic Fidlock buckle for quick camera deployment and a bounce-free setup while riding. They go on preorder today at 7:30 a.m. PDT through Friday, October 13th 5 p.m. PDT. This batch will come in Diablo Black and is limited to 250 units. The preorder will close if the 250 unit limit is met before the preorder window ends. Estimated ship date is early December.
OneUp EDC Inline Pump Mount
Made in China / $19.50 at OneUp Components
The OneUp EDC Inline Pump Mount is designed to store the EDC Pump/EDC Tool under your top tube or wherever you have a pair of mounts. The mount features a molded plastic piece and thick rubber strap to keep the EDC Pump securely in place.
2024 Liv Devote Models
Made in Taiwan / $3,000+ at Liv Cycling
Liv Cycling launchd a new lineup of their Devote gravel bikes featuring shock absorbing D-Fuse seatposts and handlebars, integrated down tube storage, a revised geometry, and a flip chip dropout that allows riders to adjust the wheelbase length and rear-wheel tire clearance.
Haute Sauce Pre-Orders Open
Made in USA / $1500 at Haute.Bike
Haute Bicycle Co., formerly known as Swood Cycles, has opened up pre-orders on their first small batch gravel bike, the Sauce. It features a steel frame, 650b x 47mm tires on extra-small and small frames and 700 x 50mm tires on Schmedium to Ultra-Large. It has internal cable routing, lots of bottle mounts (extras can be added for $15 a bolt), and for an additional $200, you can get a custom stack, reach, and head tube length. There are only five pre-order slots available and they are offering a $300 discount for the first run.
More Safety Donuts Drop Today
Made in Canada / $25 at Safety Donut
The latest Safety Donut drop is today at 10 a.m,. MDT. The sweetest reflector out there features a 4″ neon yellow rigid donut with bright pink glaze and reflective sprinkles. They have a clear vinyl coating to protect the donut from the elements and attach to your saddle, rack, or basket with a 10″ shock cord and cord lock.
Updated Kruch Tauntaun
Made in Canada / $1,849 CAD at TheInsideLine.ca
Named after the non-sentient lizards native to the snowy plains of Hoth, the Kruch Tauntaun was just updated for even more winter fat bike shreddy goodness. Handmade in Canada, the Tauntaun now has an updated size range designed to fit riders from 5’0” to 6’6” tall. The headtube angle was further slackened to 64°, the frame is optimized for 27.5″ tires, and the Q-factor has been narrowed from 230mm to 206mm. It’s also now compatible with SRAM’s UDH dropout for those looking to run a Transmission drivetrain. Frames start at $1,849 CAD, and they offer two complete builds priced at $5,000 and $7,000 CAD.
WZRD Bag Spacers
Made in Canada / $30 CAD at WZRD.Bike
British Columbia-based framebuilder WZRD Bikes just released some nifty new bag spacer blocks designed to be stronger and sturdier than standard foam spacers. The WZRD Bag Spacers are 3D-printed from carbon infused PETG, come in stock lengths from 20-40mm, and are specifically sized for 22.2, 31.8, and 35mm bars. Custom lengths and sizes are available. They are being sold for $30/set, and strap extensions for bags with sewn in straps are available for $10 with WZRD branding.
WZRD Whisper of Reckoning
Made in Canada / $130 CAD at WZRD.Bike
Also launching today is WZRD’s Whisper of Reckoning slingshot. It’s made from 4130 Chromoly steel, has a 22.2mm handle that’s compatible with any push on grip, and all in-stock versions will be powder-coated, but pre-order models will have a Cerakote finish.
Exchanges and ideas that caught our attention in the site’s conversation section…
We’ve featured velomobiles, recumbents, and tall bikes on the site in the last week, which has us wondering what kind of unique and wacky bikes our readers have ridden or are interested in. If you’ve pedaled an untraditional bike or have been intrigued by the idea of doing so, let us know in the conversation below. Bonus points if you have a photo to share!
Most Popular Stem/Handlebar Clamp Diameter?
Following up on our recent survey and accompanying post on the topic, Neil just published a new video over on our YouTube Channel discussing the changing world of handlebar/stem clamp diameters. Give it a watch for a deeper dive into the topic, and let us know if there are other survey topics you’d like us to include in future Friday Debriefs.
Around the Community
News from around the bikepacking world…
RIP Fernweh Food Co.
We were sad to hear that Fernweh Food Co. will soon be closing its doors. According to the owner Ashley Lance, “Our team produced the last batch of meals this week and we have our full stock available on our website now. Stock up on all your favorites, because once they’re gone, it’s gone. We will officially be shutting down the online store on November 1st.” If anyone’s interested in carrying on the delicious Fernweh torch, reach out to Ashley as she’s actively working with a broker to sell the company and all the wonderful recipes she’s created over the last four years. You can read about some of them (and how they were our favorites) in our roundup of Bikepacking Meals in Compostable Packaging.
Regeneration 420 Fabric
Although it’s not new, we stumbled upon Dutchware Gear’s video showing off the Regeneration 420 Fabric that they sell in bulk, and we thought it looked pretty cool. It’s a waterproof fabric with self-healing properties that looks pretty impressive. The video shows Dutch poking tent-stake sized holes in the fabric, and after a quick rub, the hole seals up!
Events Starting Soon
What to watch this weekend and bikepacking events starting soon…
Trans Pyrenees 2023
From the organizers of The Trans Continental Race, comes the Trans Pyrenees: 1,500 kilometers of the most spectacular and remote scenery in the Pyrenees. A mixture of Control Points, Parcours, and some set route will guide riders from the Bay of Biscay to the Balearic Sea and back again. The event started 8 a.m. local time, and the fastest riders are already 200+ kilometres into their rides. Follow them live here.
Istra Land 2023
Istra Land is an off-road, unsupported bikepacking event across Istria, a triangular-shaped peninsula in the turquoise Adriatic Sea. The grand depart took off from the town of Sežana in Slovenia earlier this morning, and riders are well on their way to the most southern tip of the loop in Premantura, Croatia. Follow them here.
Karnu Rally 2023
The Karnu Rally is an unsupported bikepacking event from Adelaide to Port Augusta, South Australia. There are two route options: the 730-kilometer ride taking in the Southern Flinders ranges and the longer 1,180-kilometer version traversing a long detour further north to explore the karnu (mountains in Kaurna) of Ikara. The grand depart starts tomorrow at 8 a.m. local time, and there are currently eight riders registered for live tracking. Follow them live here.
Some things we found around the ‘gram and elsewhere. This week, a handful of photos from the Dunoon Dirt Dash in Scotland last weekend…
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