Hunt // Lightweight // PRO // Esker // Panaracer & more!

Hunt debuts more sustainable wheel design & manufacturing, Lightweight makes their wheels lighter & more comfy, gravel gets more aero and color options, Esker gives their titanium do-it-all bike an update, and more! Here’s the best new stuff this week:

  • Hunt Sustain wheels
  • Lightweight Fernweg Evo
  • Esker Lorax Ti
  • PRO Aero gravel
  • New Gravel King colors
  • Fox Podium Gold
  • Biking for Dummies

Hunt Sustain ushers in new era of eco-friendly wheels

If we’re being honest, the dark side of cycling’s eco credibility is that the manufacturing of our bikes and components isn’t always green. A lot of brands are making headway, from plastic-free packaging to recyclable thermoplastics, which is awesome.

Hunt’s new Sustain Phase One kicks off their multi-year plan to get greener and starts with their 42 Carbon Disc Ti, 4 Season All-Road Disc and Trail Wide MTB 29 wheelsets. Initial efforts include:

  • 75% recycled alloy rims
  • Zero Coat non-anodized spokes & nipples
  • Re-usable wax cores for molding carbon rims
  • Near-shoring hub production to reduce transportation distance

Lightweight Fernweg Evo Pro carbon wheels

The standard model is built extra stiff for the Pros, but the new Lightweight Fernweg Evo Pro edition (which is, oddly enuf, called the “Pro” model) is for the rest of us, offering a smoother, more comfortable riding experience.

It also has a better freehub sound, gets CeramicSpeed bearings, and drops 130g from the set, too! It comes in 63mm (1565g) and 85mm depths (1665g), and has a full carbon build, including hub shell and 20 spokes per wheel. Internal rim width is still just 18.2mm, though, and they ain’t cheap!

Esker Lorax Ti adventure bike

The new Esker Lorax Ti speaks for the riders with a double-butted 3/2.5 titanium drop-bar frame built around 495mm axle-to-crown rigid or 120mm suspension forks, and optimized for 29×2.2 – 2.6″ tires.

Modular dropouts, UDH, and 22 cargo attachment points let you set it up how you want. Frame is $2,500, complete bikes from $4,500.

PRO Discover Aero gravel handlebar

The new PRO Discover Aero Gravel handlebar adds Dyneema fibers to improve compliance and reduce vibrations. They use these on their gravel seatpost and it’s amazing!

A12-degree flare, ergonomic curve shaped around shifter and brake integration, and a 4-degree forward sweep make it comfortable on the hoods and drops, and help get you into a narrow, aero position on the tops

Widths are 40, 42 and 44cm, weights 265-280g, and it’s compatible with their PRO Compact Carbon Clip-On aero extension. 100mm drop, 72mm reach.

Panaracer hulks out with purple & green limited GravelKings

The Panaracer GravelKing was recently updated with new casing and tread tech. Now it gets two limited edition colors – Panaracer Purple and Matcha Green – available in SK, SS and X1 treat patterns with black or brown sidewalls. All are tubeless compatible and come in sizes 700 x 40 & 45mm widths.

Fox Podium Gold forks now on sale

NGL, the limited edition Fox Podium Gold forks look amazing, matching the Kashima coated stanchions nearly perfectly.

They’re available now in limited quantities on everything from 32 Step Cast, 34 Step Cast, 34, 36, 38, and 40 series forks. All are Factory Level forks featuring the new Grip damper tech.

Biking for Dummies reboot

The prior edition hadn’t been updated in a long, long time, and as this newsletter proves, things change fast. The new Biking for Dummies title is written by Bikerumor’s founder and is fully up to date on wireless drivetrains, hydraulic brakes, modern geometry for all the all-road, gravel, endurance, downcountry, enduro, and every other types of bike we have these days. Great read for your friends or family who are just getting into cycling.

Small Bites

Parting Thoughts

This week is thankfully short & sweet because I’m currently bikepacking in Japan for about eight days.

Before that I was on an 8-day cycling tour here with Ride & Seek. And trying to put a newsletter together from my phone is not exactly fun.

Downloading, editing, and uploading photos, then typing a bunch on a tiny screen, isn’t an ideal experience. But keeping a commitment to posting weekly is important to me, and, hopefully, to you (if you appreciate these updates, please share with your friends!).

The trip, however, is a blast, and I’m exploring some little seen parts of the world.

I have about 1,000 pics on my phone, and only managed to post handful so far. I want to share more, but at some point the trip is for me, not Insta.

As the days go by, I find myself pulling out the camera less and less and appreciating the moment more and more.

Maybe it’s because the unfamiliar is becoming familiar.

Japanese food is just becoming food (it’s definitely still a little weird).

I’ll share more next week about that, now, we’re off to find some more weird food!

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