All-City Cosmic Stallion Force 1
June 7, 2020
This is up as pure bike porn! Today we are featuring the hand built All-City Cosmic Stallion Force 1 gravel bike.
The custom touches elevate All-City bikes in a way that really set them apart.
They devote time and resources to signature details that turn heads and signify high-quality craftsmanship. These elements tell a cohesive visual story and form a distinct silhouette so that even if your unique bike were stripped down to bare metal, it would still be instantly identifiable as an All-City hand built bicycle.
We really are full up with gravel and drop bar adventure bikes right now with more on the way next week from Giant and Salsa. Come in and check them out.
All-City Cycles Gorilla Monsoon
June 5, 2020
If you like drop bar knobbies our showroom’s cup runneth!!! First up is the hand built All-City GORILLA MONSOON;-) Just makes you smile to say it.
DO-IT-ALL DIRT SOLUTION
A sweet beast designed to handle on- or off-road shredding, bikecamping, short-duration dirt touring, and the pursuit of good times, the Gorilla Monsoon is ready to rocket cross racers and backcountry explorers through mountain trails, mayhem, and everything in between.
Salsa Journeyman 650b (long term test)
May 31, 2020: Mileage report
As of today we have 380 miles on the Salsa Journeyman 650b and this bike just continues to impress us. In a word its “stellar” as a all around bike but as a gravel bike its best in class. With 10 set-ups from Salsa including drop-bar, flat bar and 700c or 650b there is a bike for everyone. The ride quality for a starter gravel bike is so good that its hard to believe that its just a tad north of a grand. Its manners on deep gravel once loaded are perfect and put a set of slicks on 700c wheels and the asphalt miles will just fall of the ticker as well as any touring bicycle out there. The WTB saddle is a keeper as are the Salsa Cowbell handlebars. Its not often the stock saddle is a keeper! Yes we did change the tires and we went tubeless and this did add a lot of positive handling attributes and we still wish it had through axles but none of this is a deal breaker and at this price point your simply not going to find a better bicycle.
April 27, 2020: Tubeless Tire upgrade
Off with the WTB NANO 2.1 non-tubeless and on with the new Donnelly EMP gravel tire, which pulls its name from the airport code for Emporia, Kansas, home of a kinda popular gravel race that crushes souls every year.
The tire is a departure from their usual tread design, getting a tighter tread block pattern without a well-defined center strip like most all of their other tires. It’s still designed to roll fast, which is key if you’re racing the Dirty Kanza or any other long distance gravel bike event, but with bigger side knobs to handle more aggressive cornering.
So far we love the tire on Western Loudoun gravel and we have even had them on the single track! Going tubeless dropped about 3/4 of a pound off the rolling weight and we are able to run lower pressure now in the backcountry when need be. So far its the best 650B gravel tire we have tested.
- Smooth-rolling center knobs and aggressive shoulder lugs
- Soft rubber compound for extra grip and shock absorption
- Integrated puncture protection belt under the tread
March 24, 2020
We hope this bicycle distraction gives everyone a few moments away from the headlines, its something all of us can use these days. Also thanks for supporting us during this time. We are fighting to stay afloat and keep our new shop open. The staff continues to take this one day at a time so keep an eye on Facebook for any changes in the day to day operations
We have been showing and reviewing a lot of high end bicycles and while they are fun to look at and to own they are not for every one. So this time around we have decided to do a long term review on the bike everyone can afford and because we are in Loudoun County Virginia the “King of Gravel” we decided to pick a gravel bike. Well that and the fact that it seems to be all we sell anymore!
From the staff at Maverick Cycles meet the Salsa Journeymen with the 650B wheels. Priced from $950 to $1,500, the Journeyman is Salsa’s entry-level bike platform within its all-road lineup. There are 10 bikes to pick from in this line up!!!
According to Salsa, “The Journeyman provides features the cycling enthusiast is looking for to take on their first gravel race or their first ramble down that old ‘gravel road out in wonderful Western Loudoun.” It’s clearly a bike designed for gravel/bikepacking-curious riders who are looking for a feature-rich and versatile rig but aren’t quite ready to pony up the big bucks for a Giant Revolt Advanced Pro, a Salsa Warbird, Salsa Fargo or Tour Divide-ready Salsa Cutthroat.
It comes in either 700c or 650b, and in flat-bar or drop-bar variations. If bikepacking or dirt roads are in the mix, one of the five Salsa Journeyman 650b models will likely be a more capable option than the 700c x 38mm models. With bigger 27.5 x 2.1″ tires, it’s certainly better suited for tackling rugged terrain.
All 10 Journeyman models are loaded with mounting bolts. These include a pair of top-tube bag mounts, three-pack bosses on each fork blade, three bottle mounts on the frame, a fork crown light mount, rear rack mounts, and a rack and fender kit. In addition, each model has several range-wide standard features to note, such as flat mount brakes and a 68mm threaded bottom bracket, which many folks will appreciate.
Built around a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame and either a Fantail carbon or alloy fork–depending on the model—Journeyman 650b variations come with a 2×9 Shimano Sora, 2×8 Claris, or SRAM Apex 1x drivetrain. We are testing out the $1,199 Sora 2×9 model. This model has a carbon fork and was shod with 2.1″ Teravail Sparwood tires. So far we are really impressed with this little bike. The only thing that has been a “nit” is the Sora components. They do leave you a little wanting if your use to higher end gear but it gets the job done and for the most part pretty smooth.
All Journeyman frames also have internal cable routing for both the rear derailleur and rear brake. Both cables enter the downtube on the non-drivetrain side and exit at the bottom bracket shell. The Journeyman also has internal routing for a dropper seatpost, should you be interested. Lastly, Salsa built the Journeyman around standard 135/100mm QR dropouts. Though axels would have been premo but would have also driven the cost up…we guess?
The 650b Sora model has the same frame/fork as the Apex 1, but features a Shimano Sora 2×9 drivetrain, a Sunrace 9-speed 11-34T cassette, and an FSA Vero Pro Adventure crankset with 46 and 30 tooth chainrings. And, as with the Apex model, the Journeyman Sora 650b also gets WTB i23 rims, and a Salsa Cowbell drop bar. The bike we are testing could use a little more gearing for the hilly roads in Western Loudoun. Thats an easy fix however and only really needed if your running loaded.
Within the vast gamut of 650B gravel bikes, the Journeyman’s geometry sits somewhere between the racey Warbird and the rambling stance of a Vaya or Fargo. While it’s obvious that the Journeyman takes cues from the Warbird and has similar angles, it also has some significant differences that lean toward exploration instead of racing. The Journeyman has a notably higher stack (about 2cm higher), as well as about 2cm shorter reach. This puts you in a more upright position. And when coupled with a slightly lower bottom bracket, it gives the bike a rather pleasant feel—somewhere between “in the bike” and “comfy perch.” For lack of an original description, it has a pretty neutral, well-balanced ride.
There’s no doubt that it’s comfortable and stable. We typically have to adjust a few things due to numbness or pain when riding a new bike for long days. We felt the Journeyman fit well right out of the box and stayed comfortable as we topped 65 miles during the first day. But it also felt surprisingly fast. Even loaded, it felt quick and rather snappy on gravel roads.
We have been testing the bike loaded as that is really its intended use. We selected the often overlooked Jandd Mountaineering bags. The shop is new as of September but the staff has been selling Jandd bags for 31 years so we really know and love the product. We set our test bike up with the large frame pack this larger frame pack has all the features of the original plus a few more. A removable descent strap can be attached to the back. Also, it is cut at a different angle which allows it to fit tighter bike frames.
This pack is about 30% larger than the original. The trunk bag on the rear rack we selected the Rear Rack Pack. Spacious enough to hold eight cans of beer, the Rear Rac Pac I is equally well suited to carry camera gear or submarine sandwiches. Its solid construction reflects Jandd’s attention to detail, including fully taped seams and Hydrothane water repellent coating. These 2 bags are just a tad north of 100 bucks and we were able to haul a mirrorless camera system, lunch for two, repair kit, rain clothes for two and extra water. We also added the Salsa Anything rack on the front fork. It will hold anything for a full size Nalgene bottle to a tent. The Salsa line of accessories are top shelf products.
We have these bikes in our showroom so if you would like a test them out or just see them we have both the 650B and the 700c models.