Posts in the category Cyclocross

SOC 14: Fezzari’s Prototypes Lighten up for Road, Add Discs and Thru Axles for Road and CX

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After a strong showing at last year’s SOC in the mountain bike department, Fezzari was back for 2014 with 3 new skinny tire prototypes. Whether you’re looking for standard road, road disc, or disc CX, Fezzari will have an option for you in the near future in line with their consumer direct sales model. That’s not to say the new bikes aren’t impressive looking machines though – Fezzari’s newest bikes look to be just as, if not more up to date with the latest trends as most major manufacturers.

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Mavic “Studying” Road Disc Brake Wheels with Felt, Others

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Perhaps you noticed those as-yet-and-still-unannounced Mavic Aksium disc brake wheels on the new Felt F4X cyclocross bike. They’re certainly not a production model and, in fact, may have surprised even a few Mavic folks with their attendance at Sea Otter.

According to Mavic’s PR man Zack Vestal, the brand is testing Aksium Disc wheels with a few bicycle manufacturers to study demand. While we’d say it’s a foregone conclusion they’ll have them eventually, Vestal says “Mavic is working with a few OEM partners to assess the potential of select road or cross disc wheel models. Our product managers are always advancing wheel development in consideration of the needs of cyclists at every level.”

He added that it’s not a surprise to see things start with the Aksium line as it’s a popular OE price point model. We’ve heard Mavic has a few good sized announcements coming this year, so perhaps we’ll see something sooner rather than later.

SOC 14: Felt Adds More Disc Brakes and Thru Axles to Cross and Road Bikes, Updates Nine FRD Frame

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2015 looks like it will be the year of the disc brake and the thru axle for cross – or at least some combination of the two. Add in SRAM’s CX1 and you have the makings for some exciting cross bikes this season. Felt has taken full advantage of many of those technologies with a full line of competitively equipped CX bikes to get your race on. Bikes like the new F4x which is their complete bike speced with SRAM CX1. The UHC Performance carbon frame uses a BB30 bottom bracket, tapered carbon fork, and a disc brake set up with Mavic’s new Aksium disc wheels. Thanks to the new CX1 optimized cable routing, this might be the most pressure washer friendly bike yet. Find out what that means next…

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SOC 14: Industry Nine Introduces Ultralite Carbon CX Wheels, 150mm Fat Bike Hub Adapter

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When we checked in with i9 on their all encompassing fat bike hubs at Frostbike, there was one hub standard missing – only we didn’t (officially) know it yet. That would of course be the new 150x15mm front spacing on the new RockShox Bluto suspension fat bike fork. Rather than making an entirely new hub, i9 is offering a replacement non-disc side end cap that will make their 135×15 hub Bluto compatible.

The end cap  adds 15mm in width to the hub, and requires a 7.5mm adjustment in dish to the non disc side which could mean that new spokes are needed depending on the build. One of the benefits of the 150mm spacing is that the resultant wheel is build with zero dish for improved strength especially on a fat bike. End cap kits to switch from a 135mm QR hub will run $30, and a single 150mm end cap will run $15 to switch from a 135x15mm set up.

Likely the bigger and more exciting news for most of you is i9′s new Ultralite Carbon disc wheels, which you can find full details on after the break!

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SOC14: Raleigh’s Cylocross Line Better than Ever w/ New RXC PRO, RXS Singlespeed Belt Drive Complete, More

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Already known for their involvement in cyclocross with a number of competent race rigs, Raleigh is stepping it up for the 2014/15 cyclocross season with new mens’, womens’, and single speed offerings. Based partly on their sponsorship of the Raleigh Clement Cycling team and Raleigh’s own hodala style, the new bikes are better than ever and perfectly equipped for mud and cowbells. Now with 5 aluminum and 2 carbon models, the mens’ bikes are lighter, there is finally a complete single speed option, and women get another, better equipped model.

Ready for some racing? Get the details after the break…

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SOC14: Marin Introduces Rift Zone Carbon, Indian Fire Trail Hartdtail, & Updates the Lombard

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The Rift Zone is a model that has been in Marin’s line up for years, but it was time to give it some fresh legs. Sticking with the 29″ wheel platform, the new Rift Zone is what Marin calls their Trail 29er with 110mm rear, and 120mm front travel. Other than the material change to carbon, the Rift Zone XC 9 gains Marin’s new Isotrack rear suspension design which uses a flex stay in place of the rear pivot. The result is a 29 FS just over 25 lbs that will be the enduro race weapon of choice for Kyle Warner…

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White Industries Issues 20th Anniversary Polished Speed Racer Hubs, Plus New Centerlock Disc Hubs

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White Industries is celebrating their long run as a lustworthy component brand with these new 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Speed Racer hubs.

They’re updated for 11-speed -the flanges and everything shifted a couple mils to accommodate the wider freehub body- but are otherwise the same as the classic originals. Retail is $460 for the set and it includes a t-shirt with the original ad artwork. Which you can see along with all the pretty colors for their new Centerlock disc brake hubs, below…

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NAHBS 2014: Don Walker’s Still in Steel, Jim Kish Keeps it Titanium

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As promised in his pre-show interview, NAHBS president Don Walker kept it simple this year. His traditional cyclocross, track and road bikes (this time a tandem) are unchanged, but he continues to highlight some great paint schemes year after year.

Last year we saw a Star Trek theme that was a bit out there. This year, things were a little more down to earth, including a digital camo and a few bold two-tones with lines as sharp as a razor. Check out the gallery below, along with Jim Kish’s beautiful titanium bikes…

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Maxxis Adds Tubeless Ready Mud Wrestler Cyclocross & Single-Ply Shorty DH Tires

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Enjoying a huge success with their somewhat late to the party tubeless-ready mountain bike tires, and the emerging trend of road tubeless, it only made sense for Maxxis’ cyclocross tires to start ditching the tubes, too.

Running low pressures on a cyclocross bike can make or break one’s performance, but at the risk of pinch flatting with a tube, or having to deal with the cost and efforts of tubulars, tubeless ready tires make a lot of sense for the sport. And we’ve liked Maxxis’ standard CX treads, so these new Mud Wrestler TR tires are a welcome addition.

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