Niche Bike News – Ritchey Outback V2 – Kindernay IGH – Tifosi Sledge – New Moots – Wolftooth Gold – Silca Super Secret Lube – Pirelli Tires – Stashers Contest Winners

Ritchey Outback V2

Tom Ritchey rides about 10,000 miles (16,000 km) per year, and most of that is off-road. Combine that with his more than 40 years of designing and building bicycles, and it’s no wonder the Outback has become an icon in the gritty world of gravel and adventure bikes. Updated for 2020, the new Outback now sports several practical and adaptable features that offer riders the ability to chase epic ride experiences beyond the end of the road and the end of the day. Rack and fender mounts help to keep things dry and expand the load-carrying capacity for longer bikepacking adventures, while clearance for 700c x 48mm or 650b x 2.0in tires opens up a whole new world of possibilities. The frame accepts flat-mount disc calipers, and the new all-carbon fiber Ritchey Adventure Fork with multi-purpose mounts on the legs gives you more places to stow the supplies you gather at the last cafe. Painstakingly TIG-welded with proprietary triple-butted Ritchey Logic steel tubing, the Outback frame delivers the legendary Ritchey ride quality that’s resilient over the harshest terrain and delightfully responsive when you want to open it up. Road, off-road, trail, expedition, you name it…the new Ritchey Outback is designed do it all.

  • • Sizes: XS, S, M, L XL
  • • Heat-treated, triple-butted Ritchey Logic tubeset
  • • Flat-mount brake compatibility
  • • Thru-axles in front and rear
  • • TIG-welded • Rack and fender mounts
  • • New Ritchey Adventure Fork with multi-purpose mounts
  • • Tire Clearance: 700 x 48mm or 650 x 2.0in
  • • Headset: WCS drop in 1-1/8” (included)
  • • Frame Weight: 2.27 kg (XL w/ thru-axle and derailleur hanger)
  • • Fork Weight: 473g (uncut w/ thru-axle)
  • • Total Weight: 2.74 kg (XL)
  • • Color: Guacamole
  • • Retail Price: €1449/$1399 (frame / fork / headset) already has a review up of the new Outback –

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New Kindernay Internally Geared Hub is modular and versatile

The K’ay XIV is a new internal gear hub, the first internal gear hub designed to accommodate a 12mm through-bolt. At 1400 grams, it’s the lightest full-range 14-speed gear hub on the market. This is made possible by our innovative and advanced planetary gear design, which yields a total of 14 speeds out of just three simple planetary series. To make the technology practical, we designed the XIV with a wide gear range of 543% between the first and fourteenth speed, and even 13.9% gear intervals.

This range is wide enough for most riders, and the intervals make speed changes intuitive and natural. The internal clutch design is also innovative. Power torque from the pedals through the chain to the hub shell transfers through our specially designed clutches, with a large diameter and great number of engagement points. This gives the feeling of rapid and direct pedal engagement, with no pedal flex or mush when you stomp hard. Make no mistake – the Kindernay XIV is made for performance-oriented riding. For a sleek look on your high-end bike, the hub diameter is no larger than ~10 cm (4 inches). And for comparison, the gear range is wider than an external chainring and cassette setup with e.g. 1×12 and a 50 large cog (e.g. 10×50 yields 500% range) or 2×11 (26×38 up front and 11×42 in the back). Just that the XIV is internal and lasts longer, with minimal maintenance…

Summary of features:

  • 543% gear ratio with 14 speeds in sequence, and even 13.9% intervals
  • Lightest 14 speed gear hub ever, approx. 100 grams pr. speed
  • The first multispeed gear hub with a full-length tunnel extending all the way through, for receiving standard 12 and 10mm through-axles
  • Multiple axle stub versions available, for both 142mm/148mm/197mm x12mm and 135mm/190mm x10mm frames
  • Rigid axle mount with minimal torsional flexing, for a stiff rear wheel
  • 24 engagement points per revolution, for rapid pedal engagement at any time
  • Large diameter clutches, for high torque-capability and gear strength
  • Instantaneously shifts – once the shift-click is heard, the shift has been completed
  • Shift standing still, shift coasting, shift while airborne, shift under load
  • Low maintenance, very long service life
  • Outlasts your bike – move it on to your next bike, or sell it and upgrade to a next-gen version

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Slay in Sledge. Tifosi Optics’ newest cycling sunglasses are designed to enhance your ride with protection from the elements and an unrestricted view of the road or trail.

Sledge’s oversized styling provides maximum coverage and an ergonomic face-fit. Featuring three vented lens options and adjustable temples; Sledge caters to comfort and drives performance. Feel confident knowing that your eyes are shielded with lenses that are shatterproof, provide 100% UV protection, and are encased in a lightweight yet durable Grilamid TR-90 frame. Sledge checks all the boxes for your endurance sport!

Tifosi has perfected cycling sunglasses while maintaining affordability. Sledge is priced at $69.95-79.95. Choose from four color options: Crystal Orange with a Clarion Blue lens, Crystal Red with a Clarion Yellow lens, Matte Black with a Smoke lens, or Matte White with a Smoke lens. Each option includes two additional shield lenses: a clear lens and Tifosi’s high-contrast AC Red lens. With Sledge, cyclists are equipped with the ideal tint for any lighting condition.

Tifosi is donating a face shield to health care facilities during the month of May for every pair of sunglasses sold on their website.

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The New Moots Womble

The Womble is for 29r lovers of single-track and adventure. For those that seek something deeper and longer-lasting than the spec trend of the month, or the latest molded contraption. It’s a new bike for old souls. It’s a cult. It’s a Moots. The Womble is built as a cross country bike for both fun and long days in the saddle, Moots named this bike after the iconic Womble trail in Mt. Ida, Arkansas.

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Wolftooth Components Limited Edition Morse Gold Cages

I hope that the gentlemen at WTC had the good sense to parlay a couple of these exquisite Morse Gold cages into the build that we’ll be testing this summer. My bet is that by the time that you see this, the gold will be sold out.

The Morse Cage comes in a brand new, limited edition, extra-durable coating. Instead of a traditional anodized finish, they apply a titanium nitride coating that’s also used to add durability to drill bits. The Morse Cage gets its name from the dots and dashes that comprise four-bolt positions, which allow for 32mm of vertical movement so you can determine the best bottle position for your frame. These are made in collaboration with King Cage in Durango, Colorado. Find the new Morse Cage Gold in titanium and stainless steel (while they last) at –

Silca Super Secret Chain Lube

SILCA Super Secret Chain Lube brings all of the super speed and silent running of a hot-melt wax-dipped chain to a drip applied wax (all of the benefits, none of the hassle!).  Secret Chain lube also utilizes the world’s fastest, most lubricious additive, nano-scale Tungsten Di-Sulfide. NanoPlatelet WS2 has less than 1/3 the dynamic coefficient of friction of PTFE and 1/4 that of Molybdenum Disulfide (MoS2) #gnomesane

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Pirelli Tires coming to the US

Pirelli announced that KASK America will be a new distributor of the Pirelli Velo tire range for the U.S. So now you can run the same tires that you run on your Ferrari on your bike!

Global leader across the car and motorbike tire market, Pirelli furthers into the world of cycling in the North American market to continue its 110-year-old premium sports tradition. The bicycle sector was a natural step for the company: bicycles are a sustainable medium, which aligns with Pirelli’s strong key values, as Pirelli is a recognized world leader in sustainability.

KASK America will be in charge of distributing Pirelli’s full cycling tire range: mountain bike, road racing, gravel, cyclocross, urban, and e-bike.

Stashers Contest Winners!!

Congratulations to the WINNERS!

Dennis Schindel

Jeff Scanlon

Trevor Hughs

April Middendorf

They each won an insulated Stashers Bag (pictured above)

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