Shop Window: Revelate Designs introduces frame bags for touring bikes

Photos courtesy of Revelate Designs

Eric Parsons began his company making bags for Iditarod Trail racers from his basement apartment in Alaska. Now he’s grown the brand, Revelate Designs, into an industry leader in stock-size, American-made bikepacking and touring bags.


The latest product is a framebag built or road, gravel and touring bikes. While folks have been building custom bags like these for years, the new Ripio line offers four stock sizes that will fit most bikes. They are made from waterproof X-Pac woven panels with heavy duty, water-resistant zippers.



There is an exit port at the top for hydration tubes or wires for headlights or other accessories. The left side pocket is flat for small items or maps, while the main area has a horizontal Velcro divider that can divide it into two compartments with separate zippers.



There is an additional vertical divider at the top in the Large and XL sizes to keep it from bulging and interfering with your pedal stroke. There are also extra loops for securing a pump so it doesn’t sink to the bottom.


The Ripio bags are available now for $165 on the Revelate Designs website.



Fatback introduces two new fat bike frames

One of the original trendsetters in the fat bike market was Fatback out of Anchorage. Pioneers of the wider hub spacing that made 4-inch tires possible in the first place, the company’s latest products continue to push the envelope of fat bike mountain biking. Both are suspension corrected for the RockShox Bluto fork and presumably new suspension forks to come.


The carbon fiber Skookum was built to handle not like the trumbling fat bikes of yore, but like a modern mountain bike, with shorter chainstays (440 mm) and a slacker head tube angle (68.5 degrees) while making room for 4.8-inch tires thanks to the 197 mm thru-axle. There’s also internal routing for a dropper post and can fit 27plus and 29plus rims and tires too.

fatback-2016-5 fatback-2016-4

It will be available in three sizes and four complete bike build kits, as well as a frame-only.


The new Rhino frame takes the attitude of the Skookum and adds a bit of versatility with rack mounts and the sliding dropouts give it the ability to run geared or singlespeed, or even with an internally geared hub now that Rohloff is making fat bike versions. The aluminum frame ships with a matching aluminum fork but build kits are available with Bluto forks or the Lauf leaf spring forks. It too can fit 4.8-inch tires on 100 mm rims as well as 27plus and 29plus.

fatback-2016-2 fatback-2016-1

The Rhino is available in five sizes and two colors, blue or green.



Event: The Art of Bikepacking

Bicycle Times contributor Nicholas Carman is organizing an evening event in Anchorage called “The Art of Bikepacking” on July 16 at 7 p.m. at The Bicycle Shop, on Dimond Boulevard. According to Carman, the evening will be part art opening, technical seminar, and inspirational storytelling. There will also be a special presentation with Eric Parsons entitled “A History of Revelate Designs”. Of course, there’ll be free food, beer, and stuff!
Read more about the event.


Trailer: ‘Crisp’ – A story of survival on the Iditarod trail


It might be the middle of summer but maybe that’s why “Crisp” looks so appealing—a documentary of the 1,100 miles from Knik Lake to Nome, Alaska, along the Iditarod Trail. Ausilia Vistarini and Sebastiano Favaro did it with only their courage and their bikes. Theirs are not just physical feats, but mental conquests.

Watch it here.


Bicycles on Snow: Iditabike 1988

I just stumbled across this amazing documentary originally shot for the Discovery Channel about the second-ever Iditabike race across Alaska—210 miles of frozen toes and ruddy cheeks. Produced by Mark Forman, it won the Interbike Film Festival in 1994.

The technology (and fashion!) sure has changed over the last 25 years. I can’t wait to see what bikes we’ll be riding 25 years from now.


The only way out is onward

Fatbikes and packrafts are the only way to explore a remote section of Alaska before mankind’s approach changes the landscape forever.


By Bjørn Olson

On a late July afternoon, we rode our fatbikes off Homer Spit and onto a 176-foot landing craft, a ship loaded with cargo for transport to the remote side of Cook Inlet. Though the vessel had made this crossing many times, passengers were uncommon and in our case, a curious sight. In addition to our oversized bicycles, Brent and I carried one packraft apiece, five days worth of food, plus some minimal camping gear and camera equipment. After an exciting and sleepless night onboard the vessel we were deposited on the far shore of the inlet at 4 a.m. Waiting for the light, we watched the boat unload its cargo and then began cycling the gravel Pile Bay Road to Iliamna Lake in the early dawn.


I was drawn, in part, to this route because Alaska is in the midst of mineral development projects that could entirely transform the landscape. Our route would bring us through a proposed, controversial, open pit copper mine—the Pebble Mine. I wanted to see clear streams full of sockeye salmon, bears and untamed landscapes, as it has been for millennia, before it is allowed to be transformed—forever.

Read the full story


Trailer: ‘Hunting For Monsters’ Alaskan adventure

Fat bike rider and Alaskan explorer Bjorn Olsen embarked on a journey from Cook Island to Bristol Bay, Alaska, last summer and more than just document the trip, he turned it into a film, “Hunting For Monsters”.

The full film will premiere Saturday, November 16, at the Homer (Alaska) Outdoor Film Festival and HoWL Annual Auction.

Back to Top