We all know cross is awesome (you do know that, right?). After cross season is over though, most of us want to keep riding our CX bikes as wet weather road bikes, gravel racers, and dirt explorers, but the lack of bottle cage and fender mounts on traditional CX race bikes doesn’t help. Working to provide a bike that would satisfy both their customer’s and personal desires for an all seasons cross bike, Cascade Bicycle Studio has teamed up with Seven cycles for an exclusive CX bike that is just that.
CBS states that this is a Cyclocross race bike first, but one that doesn’t have to be hung up after the cowbells fade away.
The CXR is all about options. The bike can be ordered in steel or Ti, linear pull, or disc, frame and fork or Complete build, or even ala carte. Each CXR is available in 6 size options in the two color custom CXR paint scheme. The actual paint colors are up to you with the choice of two of Seven’s stock paint colors to make up the design, or even custom colors at an additional fee.
Alluding to the race nature of the bike, there is clearance for 35mm cross tires or 32mm road tires with fenders. The fender mounts are drilled and tapped into the frame, and use an eyelet in the carbon fork that sits just below the disc caliper or behind the dropout on the non disc model. Since this is designed for riding other than CX, two bottle cage mounts are found on the frame.
Availability is always crucial with CX bikes. CXRs are already in production and available now. Each bike includes a complimentary fit session at Cascade Bicycle studio to determine the frame, stem, and seating position along with the build configuration. A $1000 deposit gets your order moving with a 6 week turn around.
Pricing starts at $2,530 for the steel frame and fork, with complete bikes offered in SRAM Apex and Force 22 groups in disc or linear pull options.