We were attracted to Zen primarily because they were hand built here in Portland. Designed by riders specifically for the terrain of the Pacific Northwest, the AR45 is a hyper-versatile True Temper all-road machine w/ stay and fork clearance to accommodate 45c tires. Prioritizing utility over flash, the AR45 is equipped w/ mounts for full racks and can accommodate full fenders at 43c. The machined driveside chainstay yoke alleviates the need for longer stays creating a snappy acceleration and zippy ride feel more like a standard road bike. The overall takeaway is an incredibly comfortable, diverse Swiss-Army type ride that can be configured a number of different ways from nimble gravel racer to beefy rigid 29er to fully-loaded bikepacking rig.
We connected with Josh from Hi-Fi over a mutual love of rad bands, deep cut records and backcountry dirt road adventures! The fact that he builds top-performing + ultra-sexy wheelsets was just icing on the cake. The Mixtape Disc clinchers are the ideal multi-terrain wheels for the type of riding we do: gravel, singletrack, hardpack, rutted-out fire roads, 12%+ climbs, smooth tarmac descents and everything in between. These wheels are fast, light, responsive and ultra-stable in every environment we've ridden thus far. They convert from QR to thru-axle setup in seconds and seamlessly transition from disc road whip to CX racer to beefier longer-form adventure 29er.
21st Ave Bicycles
21st Ave Bicycles is a compact full-service bike shop with a heavy adventure and touring habit. They are not only our long-time gravel-riding, road soda-sipping, chilling and grilling buddies, but solid purveyors of racks n' sacks, adventure gear, bikepacking accessories and retailers of Salsa, Surly, Specialized and Raleigh. 21st is also shop sponsor of our buddies at Swift Racing. Fresh builds, bottom bracket overhauls/installs/troubleshooting, headset installs, shifter + brake dialing, wheelbuilding/rounding/trueing...they've got you covered. Additionally, this solid crew has been handed the baton and entrusted with the classic Oregon Stampede this June 11th.
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