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The 2018 Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Bike

The 2018 Rocky Mountain Solo Gravel Bike

Rocky Mountain Bicycles, based at the foot Vancouver's North Shore mountains, knows all about making trail capable bikes. In fact they've been fully committed to building high performance mountain bikes since 1981. Head over to bikes.com and you will see a strong portfolio of 17 mountain bikes, and a new Adventure option named the Solo.

The All New Canyon Grail

The All New Canyon Grail

The "Holy Grail", the cup that is said to have been used by Christ at the Last Supper, sought after by knights during the Middle Ages, and escaped from countless archeologists and scientists since then. There is an awakening before us, a new era in the sport of cycling. Two disciplines that have existed independently for decades, road and mountain, are disrupted by the emerging force of Gravel. In their search for the perfect tool for this new day, Canyon Bicycles has said to have found that Grail.

Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0

Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.0

We recently caught up with the crew from Rodeo Adventure Labs, who were visiting us from Denver for a gravel event. It turns out that they were not only here for the race, but to connect with a few local "Rodeoers" who had purchased their bikes in the past, and part of the small but growing Rodeo family.

Serk Cycling Ti Adventure

April of last year I was in Beijing for work. Looking to avoid the standard tourist traps, I went hunting for a bike shop and discovered a pretty special one just a few blocks North. Not just any bike shop, this one was named in CyclingTips "Ten of the world's coolest bike shops" list. Checking with my colleague she was up for the trip, we grabbed some public rental bikes and made our 6 mile journey from the Forbidden City to Serk. 

Serk Cycling was the creation of Shannon Bufton, an Aussie expat, and Beijinger Liman Zhao. They have played a key role in creating the cycling culture in Beijing that exists today; from providing strategic advice on Chinese cycling to numerous UCI Pro teams to being a founding partner of Smarter Than Car, China's first cycling advocacy group.

I met up with Shannon for a quick shop tour, and was quickly impressed. I discovered his talents also include designing titanium bikes and carbon wheels. The Titanium Road bike was sweet, but the Ti Adventure bike he was finalizing was on another level. Enjoy...

Serk Ti Adventure

I was curious what brought him to Beijing and if he intended to stay. He told me the riding there was some of the best in the world, and by the looks of his bikes and the epic adventure rides that Serk is organizing I couldn't argue. If you are ever in Beijing, give Serk a visit. Better yet, join them for a weekend ride.

Photos: Shannon Bufton, Serk Cycling

Shannon showed me around the shop and at the time he was still putting the final touches on the Ti Adventure. 

Shannon showed me around the shop and at the time he was still putting the final touches on the Ti Adventure. 

With Shannon outside the Shop, unfortunately he didn't have any Serk swag at the time, but I managed to grab a UCI Tour of Beijing water bottle.

With Shannon outside the Shop, unfortunately he didn't have any Serk swag at the time, but I managed to grab a UCI Tour of Beijing water bottle.


2018 Specialized Diverge

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For 2018 Specialized further improved on their Diverge. Notable features include the Future Shock Progressive suspension system, front/rear thru-axles and the Road SWAT™ kit that fits various tools. This bike is ready for anything with clearance for up to 700x42mm or 650bx47mm tires, Plug + Play fender mounts and rack mounts. Photos © Specialized.

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Its fitting that we start with the Diverge, after all that was my first gravel bike purchase. Although they are the big guy in the industry, we love that they continue to push the limits on innovation, design and ethical practices. Specialized has a keen focus on the way they do business and its impact on our planet, and that's rad. This belief has led them to a role in working with the Outdoor Industry Association, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, and the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry to establish standards for sustainable practices and better collaborate with the communities where their products are made. Read more about these efforts here.  They are also doing some great things via their Specialized Foundation, where they promote cycling as a tool for children to achieve success in all aspects of life. Their support of medical research and bike-to-school programs aim to help kids who suffer with ADHD through investments in primary scientific medical research and school-based cycling programs.  We can definitely get behind that!

Our mission is to increase accessibility to cycling to aid youth in personal development and education
— Specialized Foundation