Seth Patla's PDXTI SSCX Ivan

Oregon native Seth Patla isn't just a REN Brand Ambassador, he's also a friend and a highly decorated bike racer. In fact it was Seth's profound love of single speed cyclocross (SSCX) that led us to develop our legendary IVAN model with a dedicated compatibility with Gates Carbon Drive belts. Seth loves the belt drive so much that he's a Brand Ambassador for Gates too!

Whether commuting to work, weekending routes all across Oregon, or racing with the PDXTI team, Seth puts in thousands of miles on the bike every year, doing things like winning back to back SSCX Champion honors at the Sea Otter Classic and finishing #1 Overall in the OBRA CX GP Series. He gets noticed. We wanted him to have a personal bike that would be up to getting all that attention, with nods to his love of golden flowers and the rich history of cyclocross racing in Flanders, Belgium. We are darn pleased with how well his SSCX race bike turned out, a real gem when polished but truly at home in the mud!

REN CX1 Fork Closeout

As 2018 approaches we need to clear some room for new inventory and are offering our fantastic REN CX1 carbon forks at a special closeout price. Don't sleep on this!

Designed for optimal performance in cyclocross, this sturdy and lightweight fork features a full carbon 1.5" tapered steerer, integrated brake housing guide, and the kind of tire/mud clearance the Pacific Northwest demands.

This fork can handle a 700x45c tire no problem, and has plenty of room for 650B tires up to 27.5x2.35. 

 
 

2018 Skull 120/60/30 Registration Open

If you haven't already heard, registration for the 2018 edition of the Skull 120/60/30 gravel epic is now open. Three concurrent races take place on Saturday, June 16th in #EasternOregon with start/end in Burns, Oregon. Earlybird pricing for the updated event is a scant $40 and easily represents the best bargain going in endurance gravel racing.

Already a truly humbling event in its first going last summer, the coming 2018 edition of the Skull has been updated with a new route that includes even more gravel/dirt (a whopping 80%), even more elevation gain (now over 11k), and even more rugged backcountry beauty.

We are honored to be working with a great crew from Harney County, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Oregon State Parks to grow this spectacular event and look forward to spending another weekend with friends and bikes in Oregon's beautiful high desert backcountry.

SKULL 60

Overview:
Total Miles = 65
Elevation Gain/Loss = 5,344'
Min. Elevation = 4,150'
Max. Elevation = 5,300'
Avg. Grade = 2.9%
Cattle guards = 13
Water Crossings = 2
 
Surface Types:
Natural = 25 miles / 39%
Gravel = 23 miles  / 36%
Pavement = 17 miles  / 25%

Land Administration:
Forest Service = 1.6 miles / 4%
BLM = 46 miles / 66%
Private = 29 miles / 29%
Bureau of Indian Affairs = 1.5 miles / 2%

Landscape Features:
Forest = 9 miles / 14%
High Desert = 47 miles / 71%
Canyon Lands = 6 miles / 9%
Urban = 3 miles / 5%

SKULL 120

Overview:
Total Miles = 126
Elevation Gain/Loss = 11,030'
Min. Elevation = 4,150'
Max. Elevation = 7,000'
Avg. Grade = 2.8%
Cattle guards = 31
Water Crossing = 3

Surface Types:
Natural = 14 mi / 12%
Gravel = 86 mi / 68%
Pavement = 26 mi / 20%

Land Administration:
Forest Service = 79 miles / 63%
BLM = 22 miles/ 18%
Private = 23 miles / 18%
Bureau of Indian Affairs = 1.5 / 1%

Landscape Features:
Forest = 60 miles / 48%
High Desert = 30 miles / 24%
Canyon = 33 miles / 26%
Urban = 3 miles / 2%

Check out some photos from the 2017 event below, read up on our take on the event here, and then head to www.adventureharney.com to register for this classic race!

Glitter Cannon Waypoint 1.0

As we roll into winter and put a wrap on 2017 we are busily tweaking our bike lineup with new features for the 2018/19 models and slowly retiring older generations from our demo and show bike fleet to live out their lives in forever homes.

This OG Waypoint, version 1.0 from the 2014/15 model year, has served us well for many years and before letting go of we ran it through the PDXTI cosmetic workshop and came out with a fantastic finish that is both traditional and flashy at the same time. No paint, powder, or decals, just the classic anodizing and media etched finish that we love.

What a looker!

Keep your eyes peeled for special clearance deals on our remaining demo and display bikes. Baller @pdxti finish completely optional!  :)

Ben Guernsey CX Photos

When he hasn't been ripping it up in the SS category for the Trusty Switchblade team, local racer Ben Guernsey has been documenting much of the 2017 Oregon cyclocross season with his excellent photography.

Check out an entire Flickr album chock full of great photos from throughout the year, including a handful of our own PDXTI Elite team. 

Great work Ben!

photo // Ben Guernsey

photo // Ben Guernsey

photo // Ben Guernsey

photo // Ben Guernsey