Specialized Rock Combo: World’s First? Gravel / Mixed-Surface Production Bike (1989)

Unbound Gravel, arguably the world’s most famous gravel race, was run and won on June 5, 2021. This event and others have contributed to the rapid development of technology that goes into bikes designed to tackle the gravelly road less traveled. Gravel bikes have continually evolved, and are vastly different from the mixed-surface bike(s) I […]

jess cera pinarello grevil unbound 2021

Unbound 2021: Jessica Cerra’s Pinarello Grevil 200-Mile Bike – Top 10 in the Overall Women’s Field!

Courtesy of the crew at ENVE Composites / Ian Matteson (photographer extraordinaire), this is the bike of Jessica Cerra as ridden at 2021 Unbound 200. Jess is a resident of Encinitas, California, who took 10th overall in a talent-laden Women’s field, along with 3rd in the Women’s 35 to 39 age category. Jess Cerra’s Unbound […]

squid bikes so-ez tracklocross review

Squid Bikes SO-EZ Tracklocross: The Pink Panther FIXED Gear! – Mixed Surface Machine

“Squid Bikes came into existence gradually, starting in the grassroots cyclocross community in Northern California. At some point, a group of cyclocross miscreants started spray painting bikes in their garages, and it felt good and right. Squid Bikes is about that savory, eyebrow-raising, chills down your spine good feeling when you create something and see […]

allied cycle works echo review

Allied Cycle Works Echo! “Go Fast Everywhere”: Unboxing & Features of the Next Review Bike!

The ECHO isn’t an everyday racing beast. It’s actually two everyday racing beasts, each with a distinct personality. At the heart of ECHO’s duality is its ability to transform from a road race thoroughbred to an allroad/gravel dominator via flip chips at the dropouts. The chips, and dropout design, allow the ECHO’s geometry to be […]