Posts in the category Cyclocross

EB15: Stevens Goes Big Boosting All 2016 Full-Suspension bikes, Gets a Fatter Mobster, and more on and off-road


Stevens was showing a bunch of new things from city bikes to an e-bike with automatic NuVinci shifting, but what first caught out attention was the fattening up of their mountain bikes (while still churning out a new 9kg carbon hardtail), and some updates to the cross bikes (including the race-winning Super Prestige Disc that we tested last cyclocross season). Not to be left out were bikes for the asphalt, and we picked up on two extremes: a gearbox driven urban monster with 2.4″ slicks over to the Ventoux road machine in either disc or rim brake variants. Get all the details with us after the break…


IB15: Fuji Rolls out 27.5+ Bighorn, Price Friendly Reveal FS Bikes, Plus new Altamira CX Fork

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Fuji has been busy this year and even having just released a couple of brand new mountain and carbon road bikes, they didn’t come close to stopping there. Sticking to offering high quality bikes at a better value, Fuji fills in the gaps with these new offerings.

Jump past the break and see what the price of “fun” costs these days….


Project Disc Cross: SRAM Red Hydro R WiFLi groupset – Long-term test


Midway through cyclocross season last year we undertook a project to rebuild a lugged steel cyclocross bike, with the idea of upgrading it to disc brakes. Our rationale was both to see how feasible the process would be and to compare the ride of a modernized traditional steel bike with some of the high-end disc brake cyclocross bikes that come through our office. The impetus of the project was probably the availability of the new Ritchey WCS Disc Cross fork with its all-carbon construction and straight 1 1/8″ steerer. Without that fork the bike would probably have not seen this new life (and we will review it in full, next week), but the other big push was to put in a solid amount of time on the updated SRAM Red HydroR groupset after it was overhauled following its rocky start. For a bike that was going to see a lot of types of riding in a mix of conditions the WiFLi configuration of Red22 promised to get us over hill and dale.

Come with us across the break for a full breakdown of the group and our thoughts on how the project bike and SRAM group have fared from last autumn until cross season begins again…


EB15: Ritchey adds more cyclocross, gravel & road wheels, nifty mini tools and world’s lightest grips (almost)


Every year, Ritchey has some new iteration of his wheels. Sometimes there’s a new disc brake option, sometimes one’s a bit wider, and so forth. For 2016, there are four new models worthy of calling out, a couple of which will make for fantastic cyclocross or gravel race hoops, and two for more traditional (or even “classic”) road bikes.

Above, the new WCS Apex 38 Disc carbon wheels use their two-piece Centerlock disc hubs with all-new, disc specific 38mm deep carbon rims. They’re 18.4mm wide on the inside, and they’re tubeless ready, so they’ll pair up nicely with the also-new tubeless ready Shield WCS 700×35 tires…


EU CX Review: American Classic Aluminum Tubular Disc Wheels – Weighed & Raced


Cyclocross season has once again descended upon us here in Europe, and we’ve been out pre-riding our training courses and pre-season races. Some of the first things we think about with #CrossIsComing are tubular wheels and tires. For almost a year we have been cross racing, trail riding, and even climbing Alpine passes with a set of American Classic disc-brake aluminum tubulars. They have turned out to be the tubular wheelset we have trusted the most over the widest range of conditions, be it changing weather or swapping from bike-to-bike. Join us after the break to the low-down on the everyday tubulars that we would be happy to glue up with some new rubber for another season of racing…


IB15: Edco goes full carbon in more ways than one, drops prices for one-piece cassettes

2016 Edco Supersport Julier full carbon spoke bicycle wheel

Amidst the new monoblock cassette options for juniors and mountain bikes launched at the Taipei show earlier this year, Edco hinted (with prototype in hand) that they’d soon switch from using Reynold’s carbon rims to their own design. Now, that’s come to fruition and they’ve switched all of their carbon rims to full carbon – no more alloy brake tracks.

They say the new carbon brake track stops just as well as alloy in wet and dry with their own brake pads, which ship with the wheels. How? There are no special materials in the brake track, it’s all in the way it’s constructed and a combination of their ITL (Integrated Low Temp) braking surface with high Tg resin and the pad material.

Alongside those changes are new disc brake options for many of the wheels and their really-and-truly full carbon new wheels that were developed specifically for the new Sapim CX-Carbon spokes…


IB15: Industry Nine Heads to the Back Country with Plus Size, 100mm Fat Bike Wheels, Custom Graphics, More

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Their Matchstix Axle tool system may have stolen the show, but Industry Nine had plenty of other products that were new, even since we saw them at Euro Bike. The biggest news (no pun intended), had to be the addition of their first plus size wheelset named the Backcountry 450. Purpose built for what they consider to be the optimum size for performance plus size riding, Industry Nine also had new options for trail, fat bikes, Cyclocross, and more…


IB15: 2016 Norco road, gravel & cyclocross bikes – more disc brakes, more adventure!

2016 Tactic carbon disc brake road race bike

Norco’s road range gains several new disc brake variants – both the Valence and Tactic both get disc brake options for 2016, and the Search gets an alloy option.

The biggest news with their skinny tires is the all new Tactic. It’s a completely new frame for 2016, coming in at just 800g for the SLR top model with rim brakes (10% lighter than last year) and 1050g for the SL. Ten percent is a common theme on that model, too – it gets 10% more aero, 10% stiffer and seatstays that are 10% more compliant.

Here’s how they did it…


EUROBIKE COVERAGE REVIEW – WEEK #4. KTM, and Hope Tech Have Been Busy!


We’re still over flowing with product coverage from Eurobike. KTM shows no signs in slowing down towards becoming a major player and Hope Tech continues to prove they know what they’re doing, plus more!

Sort through and “dispose” of what ever summer beer you have left and join us on another week of Eurobike 2015!