First Look – Kindhuman’s new KÜDÜ Cross machine – Plus Cross Camp with Adam Myerson

Kindhuman KuDu CX Frame

Its already time to start thinking about training, this season’s bike and what the Scotch ale of choice will be. That’s right! Cross season is coming up fast, and the passionate and giving crew over at Kindhuman who are known for their Take the Lead cycling scholarships, have a new crosser called the KÜDÜ that may suite your wants needs. They even have cross legend and newly sponsored rider Adam Myerson putting on a camp to teach you how to ride the thing!

Kindhuman CX KuDu Geo

The KÜDÜ’s frame is constructed of unidirectional, high-modulus carbon fiber with over-sized tubing, headtube and fork to maximize stiffness and minimize weight. It’s internally routed for EPS or Di2 routing as well as mechanical shift and brake cables and comes in any color you want as long as its blue.  (there are not many colors that contrast with mud this well). And speaking of brakes, Kindhuman is offering it in BOTH disc and canti versions to make everybody happy.  Look for a hands on review in the near future.

KindHuman Adam Myerson Kudu

The Professor himself, Adam Myerson can teach you to look like this.

On August 15, 16th & 17th, Kindhuman will host the South’s first ever Cycle-Smart Cyclo-cross camp at the beautiful Magnolia Ridge Farm in Ridge Spring, SC. Participants will have the chance to learn from some of the best cyclo-cross riders and coaches in the country. Professional cyclo-crosser Adam Myerson and elite coach Jacob Fetty will be providing hands-on instruction in technique and training within a fun, friendly, and supportive atmosphere. The camp is limited to 30 riders, and there are just a few spots left. All proceeds are to go to their Take the Lead cycling scholarships.

Comments

Carl - 06/30/14 - 10:34am

I’m happy that at lest one company in the world continues to offer cantilevers

CXisFun - 06/30/14 - 10:57am

I’ll be the oddball on this one I’m sure, but I’m digging what they are doing. Sure the carbon comes from open molds, but they don’t hide that. They are also trying to good for the sport, rather than using their profits from open molds to buy old Lotus Esprit’s, good on them. Maybe I’ll even nab one.

tom - 06/30/14 - 12:03pm

I’m happy that at lest one company in the world continues to offer cantilevers

This.

Trey Richardson - 06/30/14 - 12:31pm

Hey CXisFun, if you snag one TODAY, (last day), you’ll save $500!

Mark V - 06/30/14 - 2:37pm

the sizing seems kinda optimistic on the small sizes. 4’10″ to 5’3″ fitting a bike with a 60mm BB drop and CX tires and a 115mm head tube? uh, nope.

but yes, it’s nice that cantilevers are still an option

Jeb - 06/30/14 - 3:37pm

@CXisFun, hey leave Spencer alone, the LA lifestyle isn’t cheap.

Adam - 06/30/14 - 6:20pm

@MarkV, we actually have a rider who is 4’10″ who just ordered a KÜDÜ because the geo mirrored her super small alloy bike that she’s been riding the past three seasons. One area of concern is the headtube height. If 115 is too tall, she can supplement with V-brakes to remove the cable hanger. After my phone call with her today, we are going to use her feedback to develop our smaller sizes for next season.

Adam - 06/30/14 - 6:20pm

@tom and @Carl, it’s no lie that I love rim brakes. I use TRP mini-V’s and I love them. While the “industry” wants us to believe discs are the way for the future, and the future might prove me wrong, I strongly believe that rim brakes are just as good if not better than disc brakes for cross in most situations. Adam Myerson seems to think so too, “I’m also excited that KindHuman is willing to buck the industry trend and keep a high-end carbon ‘cross bike with cantilevers in its line up. After a year on discs, I saw no braking advantage that was worth the weight penalty, and am looking forward to going back to a light bike that doesn’t make me groan every time I put it on my shoulder.”

Adam - 06/30/14 - 6:21pm

@CXisFun- I just wanted to point out that our KÜDÜ is not made with any mold of any sort aside from the molds used to make the tubing. We employed a tube-to-tube process for a couple of reasons. First, as a small company that is producing a lot of different products (some using available molds, some using modified molds, some designed purely from scratch) it wasn’t realistic that we could produce the type of cross bike we wanted if we had tried a full mono design. In fact, after doing some preliminary testing there’s not much a full-mono design could have added to the ride quality or removed from the weight of the bike in order for it to perform the way we wanted it to. So, we used the tried-and-true (and often wrongly labeled as “full mono”) process of tube-to-tube construction…

Adam - 06/30/14 - 6:22pm

@Everyone… Oh, and I don’t have a Lotus, you’re right! haha I still have my beat to hell Hyundai Tucson that I bought in college. I don’t drive much and I’ve never been much of a car guy but @CXisFun, if you order a KÜDÜ I’ll use whatever “riches” I make to buy us a six-pack of your choice. We can share it at a race of your choosing. I’ll do what I can to make it there. But only a six-pack, I’m on a budget, I have a company to run. How’s that sound?

Thanks for all of the feedback, stoke and support! When you’re small like we are it only adds to our motivation to keep making products you want to ride. As always, we’re available for feedback so if there is something you want to see and it makes sense we want to implement it into our bikes, clothing and accessories. We don’t dictate what you “should” ride. You dictate what we should make.

Best and most Kind regards, -Adam”

Mike - 07/01/14 - 8:11pm

This guy still gives me the creeps.

kyle W - 07/02/14 - 12:20pm

Also remember that with a 60mm BB drop, that makes the head tube effectively shorter (or maybe lower would be the better term) than someone riding a more “‘Merica” style geometry with a 67-70mm bb drop. That will help keep things in check, since seat height is constant (relative to the BB).

But, it would seem they need one size smaller to really make it work better. A 515 HTT, with that steep of a STA means the saddle has to be pushed back a bit for mist normal sized riders, effectively lengthening the reach even more. Small sizes are tricky.

My 5′ 2″ wife loves her tiny Ridley’s though, and those have like a 53mm bb drop with a 90mm heat tube. She has to run a good bike of spacers (20mm) to make that not look like a slammed stem road bike :) Easy to get enough weight on the front wheel though! hehe

These new bikes look solid.

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