Posts in the category Cyclocross

Factory Tour: Hunter Cycles’ Santa Cruz Mountain Workshop

Hunter Cycles Factory Tour (17)Nestled deep in the coastal redwood forests of Northern California, acclaimed custom builder Rick Hunter quietly builds hand made bicycles for clients from around the world.

Starting with steel tubing, and dabbling in carbon, over the past twenty years he has created a reputation for clean lines and a unique aesthetic.

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Hack! Make Your Road or Mountain Bike Front Shifter Activate a Dropper Post!

Thanks to the increasing popularity of 1x drivetrains for mountain bikes and cyclocross, there’s a growing collection of sad, lonely front shifters sitting around feeling unproductive.

Now, thanks to the folks at Re:Cycles Bike Shop and Seasucker bike racks, we’ve got two hacks that show how they’ve used their front shifter to work two different models of cable-actuated dropper seatposts. It’s a fairly basic hack, but does require a little disassembly to remove the pawls and a few other parts. The end result should be a spring loaded lever that won’t catch or ratchet anything – it only need to pull cable in order to actuate the release on the dropper post, then let it spring back to lock the post into position.

Above, the Charles Casagrande at Seasucker took a crashed SRAM road shifter to work a Thomson dropper post. Below, one of our local shops made an XT shifter work with an LEV…

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Photo Gallery: 2015 Specialized Road & Mountain Bikes Overview

2015 Specialized Venge LR "Lunch Ride" 1x11 road bike. Photo: Scott Bellecitti

2015 Specialized Venge LR “Lunch Ride” 1×11 road bike. Photo: Scott Bellecitti

This year, Specialized skipped their major press event where we usually get to weigh and photo everything and get all the nitty gritty. But, their dealers still had their event, and thanks to the legendary Dale Brown over at Cycles de Oro, we’ve got a huge gallery of images and a few details.

From what we’re seeing, there’s a bit more excitement on the road side, even with the new 650B version of the Enduro that was just shown in detail. The pavement, or, rather, off-pavement, side is being led by the Diverge gravel bike. At least for those two, we have some pretty solid information and spec.

There’s plenty more to see though, starting off with the new Venge LR (Lunch Ride), shown above. It’s built up with SRAM Force CX1 mechanical shifters for a 1×11 build around Specialized’s carbon crank arms. Retail is around $5,500. That pic’s from Scott at Mike’s Bikes, everything that follows is from de Oro…

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First Impressions: The Flexible Mixed Surface FABike

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After having met up with the head of FABike at the Dresden bike show a few months back, we arranged to give their bike an extended test to see how the crowdsourced project worked out. Designed in Italy, built in Taiwan, and assembled and distributed out of the Czech Republic, the FABike intended to be a multi-purpose road bike.  The bike achieves its primary goal of flexibility through the use of an adjustable and interchangeable sliding dropout design that can be quickly and easily converted from a geared bike to singlespeed and from 130 to 120mm rear spacing and by accommodating up to 35mm tires (and thus gives the bike its name F+A+Bike.)

Find out more details, our initial setup, and some brief first impressions after the jump..

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Kona Esatto Morphs into Endurance Road Bike with Discs, Plus 2015 Road and CX Highlights

Kona 2015 Road esatto humuhumu kapu disc bikes cx super jake (18)

In addition to a few new mountain bikes (with 26″ wheels no less), Kona has been hard at work on the skinnier side of the line up for 2015. One of the biggest additions to the range is the new Esatto road endurance disc series. Introduced in 2014 as a titanium, rim brake frameset manufactured by Lynskey, the Esatto is now a bonafide Kona with the added benefit of disc brakes. As an “Endurance Road bike,” the Esatto now makes up the entire category with the DDL, D, and standard Esatto (rim brakes), while the Zone road bikes are moved into the “Race” category to replace the  Zing series.

While discs are the big story for the Esatto, Kona has a number of exciting new bikes including the steel Kapu, new Rove models, and the return of the Humuhumu!

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Thomson Covert Dropper Seatposts Now Shipping, New Stem Sizes Pop Up, Too

LH Thomson stealth dropper seatpost with 27-2 option

Thomson’s been teasing and testing their Covert stealth dropper posts for some time, but like with the original, they’ve used those days/weeks/months to make sure they’re gonna hold up to their reputation for bombproof quality. Now, finally, they’re here along with the 27.2 external dropper.

Despite just hitting their docks, the Covert posts are moving quick. They’re seeing more movement on the 30.9 size and are out of stock at their HQ, but there is currently stock at their distributors (BTI and QBP). The 31.6 have higher stock both at Thomson and in their distributors. The 27.2 dropper also started shipping recently, hitting distributors last week. They don’t have the Covert stealth routing option, but they are one of few options for bikes with the thinner post diameter.

Retail on all three of these are $479, about $30 more than the externally operated 30.9 and 31.6.

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Friday Features: Working Man Hustle, Open Loop Backflip, Cyclocross In the City, & More

Most athletes at the top of the podium dedicate their entire lives to training, yet these working class hereos manage to regularly hold down the hot seat – and punch in on weekdays. Like their style? Give them a like on their Facebook page.

Head past the break for more good times.

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Genesis Launches Four New Adventure Ready Bikes For 2015

Genesis Caribou Fat Bike For 2015, Genesis has launched four new bikes built for adventuring. From 29+, to full fledged fatty, and all the bike touring/gravel grinding/cyclocross capable things in between, there’s a little something for anyone seeking to enjoy the outdoors.

First up is the fatty. Developed for all season abuse, the Caribou excels in conditions like mud, sand, powder, and is fun just about everywhere else. For this year, they’ve also introduced a smaller 16″ frame size, more competitive pricing, and a beautiful new Orange color scheme.

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Found: Bombtrack Arise SSCX Bolt-On Hubs (UPDATED)

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Bombtrack’s Arise hubs make it easy to build stiff, solid singlespeed wheels thanks to their wider spacing compared to running a stack of spacers on traditional freehubs.

The flanges are set wider, and the freehub section gets narrower, providing just enough width to let you fine tune your chainline. That it uses a standard freehub shaped section rather than threaded cogs makes it even easier to use over the long run, too, and provides plenty of options for after market cog sizes. That is, if the included 15/16/17 tooth cogs aren’t enough for ya.

Spacers are also included in the deal, and matching front hubs are also available. Check full specs, color options and more pics below… READ MORE ->