Posts in the category Cyclocross

EB15: More KTM – Updates to the road Revelator and Canic cyclocross bikes


We took an in-depth look at a bunch of new mountain bikes from KTM earlier in the week, and now we have some more info on their Revelator and Revelator Sky road bikes and Canic cyclocross bikes that all share a lot of tech with the off-road bikes. While the bikes look pretty similar to last year’s models, they get a decent amount of under the paint upgrades, plus a broader range of spec levels.

Jump past the break for the new road line details…


EB15: Festka Focuses its Carbon and Ti Road Line-up with the Doppler, One & Asphalt


Festka offers a wide range of bikes custom built from steel, carbon, and titanium for clients around the world, but their ever-expanding line-up felt like it was getting a bit to broad and lacking focus. So that’s what they have done, focus back on the premium road segment that defines their core. At Eurobike they re-presented their brand with the new four model line named for the materials used, each of which can be tailored for the track, smooth or gravel roads, and even a bit of cyclocross. Like all of the bikes, the new carbon+titanium Doppler can even be built with disc brakes or clearance for fat tires. Jump past the break for more…


EB15: Open Cycle’s Unbeaten Path gravel road bike hits the ground (UPDATED)

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Like so many other products at the fall shows, the Open U.P. (Unbeaten Path) gravel/cyclocross bike was first shown at Sea Otter. Since then, it’s seen a few minor tweaks and headed into production. Claiming to be an all purpose bike capable of running wide gravel tires, aggressive CX tires and even mountain bike knobbies when fitted to a 650B wheelset, the lightweight frame aims to be your all-purpose drop bar bike…


IB15: Advocate Cycles Speaks for the (700)c’s, with New Lorax Gravel Bike

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After starting with fat and plus size tires, Advocate Cycles is moving to something a bit skinnier. Based out of Minneapolis, Advocate has been making noise in the bicycle world thanks to their positioning as a Special Benefit Corporation. The arrangement allows for Advocate to operate as a business while giving back 100% of the profits after expenses to bicycle based advocacy. Perhaps the way forward for many businesses, it was recently announced that Kickstarter is now a similar Public Benefit Corporation as well.

For Advocate cycles though, it’s not just about the advocacy, but it’s also about the bikes. Founder Tim Krueger mentioned he didn’t want to sell product he wasn’t proud of just because of the advocacy model. Instead he wanted to make the bikes he really wanted to ride while also giving back to the community. Their new Lorax is an example of just that – it’s meant to be an affordable, steel cross/gravel/do it all bike with modern components and a fun ride…


EB15: Transition tweaks frames, adds entry level complete MTB builds & singlespeed CX bike


The all-new Transition Patrol carbon might be the flagship frame for 2016, it saves about 600g off the alloy model shown here, but for those of us with day jobs, it’s their new budget builds that might be most appealing.

For 2016, Patrol, Scout and Smuggler get $2,999 entry level complete bikes with a SRAM X5 1×10 drivetrain enhanced with the e13 extended range big cog, Deore brakes, and KS e10 100mm dropper seatpost. Shops will like it to – it comes preassembled and ready to roll out the door.


EB15: IRC widens road & mountain bike tires, adds junior sizes and a prototype fat bike tire


Between the two trade shows this fall, IRC had quite a collection of wider tires. Starting with the pavement, their Formula Pro Light tubeless ready road bike tire gets a new 25mm width. And the rainbow collection of colored Jetty tires, shown below, gets an even larger 700 x 28 option. Those are aimed more at the urban crowd and come in a whopping eight different colors.

The mountain bike tires get a wide, wider and really wide option, one for each wheel size, and the juniors get a couple of road and mountain bike tires just for them, too!


Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #3 PLUS 2015 Interbike Preview:

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We’re back from Interbike yet still have lots to bring you from Eurobike. Here is the 3rd installment of Eurobike coverage as well as a preview of some of the things coming up from this past week’s Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. Grab your favorite Fall beer, relax, and enjoy!

And if you need to catch up, here is Week 1 and Week 2’s indexed coverage of Eurobike 2015.


IB15: TRP gets real shiny with new Hylex RS hydraulic road brakes, plus new lighter thru axles


TRP blind-sided us with these new ultra polished Hylex RS brakeset, which we joked stood for “Real Shiny”. Built off the standard Hylex hydraulic brake system meant for singlespeed dropbar road/gravel/cyclocross bikes, these get a drilled lever blade on top of the chromed finish. They’ll also work with their add-on Di2 climber switch, letting you add them to any bike with gears or without if you’re wiring up Shimano’s electronic group.

They’ll also be available in a polished black. More pics of these and more below…


IB15: Clement Tires finally gets tubeless ready with new X’plor MSO, more coming


It’s been a long time coming, but the new Clement X’plor MSO 700×36 is more than just a new size, it’s the brand’s first tubeless ready tire.

Compared to the current 32 and 40 width X’plor MSO tires, which remain tube type for now, the tubeless ready version’s sidewall and bead are completely different. The sidewall has more rubber content to make it airtight and improve the supple nature of the tire. The bead is thicker, but not squared off. A protective belt runs bead to bead to reduce the likelihood of punctures.

Available in November, claimed weight is 425g and price is $75. There’ll also be a 60tpi tube type in the new 700×36 size. Look for the MXP and PDX tubeless ready versions to follow in February. Also shown above is the Strada LGG in its new 32 width, which also hits in November.