Posts in the category Cyclocross

EB14: Redesigned Arsis 10 speed Shifters from MicroShift, plus MTB thumb shifters and cassettes

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The President and VP of Microshift were on hand from Taiwan at Eurobike to show a few new key pieces of tech they have recently developed. The 15 year old company isn’t really known to truly challenge the Big 3 component manufactures (Shimano, Campagnolo, and SRAM), but they do offer a good quality line of products at what are usually much more down to earth pricing. Although the bulk of road (and some mountain) drivetrains have moved on to 11 speed at the high-end, Microshift just introduced a new set of 10 speed levers at the show. The new shifters, which will be available in their top, carbon Arsis group, as well their third-tier Centos group, finally make the jump to cable routing beneath your bar tape.

The shape and function of the levers looks to borrow a bit from each of the Big 3, with a lever shape reminiscent of the previous generation of Campy, hoods that look a bit SRAM-ish and shifting that feels like a combo of Shimano and Campy. Take a look at the pics above, and if you like the looks of what they mash up, maybe they would make good replacements when you look to upgrade a lower-level group set.

Jump past the break for a look at their carbon road derailleurs and MTB thumbies…


EB14: Crank Brothers Launches Limited Edition Colors for Pedals

crank brothers limited edition colors for mountain bike pedals

Crank Brothers showed off the new entry level Cobalt 1 wheels, Y-tools and other products at Eurobike’s outdoor demo, covered here.

Inside the show, they showed us new, limited edition colors to their pedals that’ll be making their way to market this fall. The plan is an ongoing trickle of new colors, some entirely new, some just mixed-and-matched like the red/black Candies shown above. They’ll be produced in small batches, with limited amounts available to each distributor throughout the world. Your best bet for getting some? Keep on eye on this site for announcements, then hit up your dealer to order. For the U.S., distribution comes from Highway Two.

Closeups below…


EB14: Fizik Makes Kurve Re:Flex Saddles Comfier, Reshapes Aliante & Adds BOA Closures to Shoes


Fizik introduced their Kurve saddles concept in 2011 with alloy Mobium rails and an adjustable stiffness system that let you customize the already flexible shell to suit your needs. We reviewed those here.

For 2015, the new Kurve Re:Flex saddles replace the glass fiber base of the originals with Kevlar to make them more flexible under your weight. That lets the shell provide most of the comfort rather than relying solely on the padding. And indeed, it’s easily flexible at the edges of the shell and through the entire structure without feeling mushy. They also gain a carbon fiber rail option to save weight.

The Kurve models aren’t the only ones updated…the classic Aliante gets a refresh and the excellent Gobi sees a few tweaks, too…


IB14: Moots Routt 45 Ups the Gravel Bike Game, Plus Updates Across the Range

Moots Routt 45 titanium adventure gravel road bike for light touring

Moots has switched things up a bit with their cyclocross bikes, turning some of them into adventure/gravel bikes. Last fall, they split the ‘cross line into a standard Psychlo-X and the racier Psychlo-X RSL, giving racers a snappier bike while relaxing the other one to fit wider tires and have a bit more universal appeal.

Somewhere between then and now, they decided to simply rename the standard Psychlo X as the Routt, and for Interbike 2014, they introduced the Routt 45, a longer, lower version perfect for light touring, bike packing and the freshly popular adventure/gravel bike segment…


IB14: New Klamper Disc Brake from Paul, Plus Fat Bike Hubs, Thru Axles & More

Paul Klamper Disc Brace

In development for over three years, the new Paul component Klamper disc brake is designed with road, cyclocross, and gravel adventures in mind. Featuring the classic styling the company has become famous for, and likely the same level of reliability, it’s sure to become a must have.

Stop past the break to learn more about the brakes, and more after the break…


Stan’s NoTubes Adds 11-Speed Road 12×142 Thru Axle Upgrade Option

stans no tubes road 11-speed 12x142 thru axle option upgrade

Got a set of Stan’s 3.30RD or 3.30RDTi disc hubs/wheels you need to upgrade to 12x142mm thru axle? No problem, this new part is just $35 and does just that. It’s not for the mountain bike hubs and won’t work with Campagnolo freehub bodies or XD drivers, though. So, Shimano/SRAM 11-speed road or cyclocross.

The kit contains the axle and two end caps as shown, available now on their website. Check the install video below for fun…


IB14: Prologo Rounds Out Saddle Line, Adds Enduro Mountain Bike Model


Prologo has updated a number of their popular road and triathlon saddles, tweaking shapes to make them more comfortable.

The Scratch 2 CPC gets the dropped, squared off nose introduced on the Nago Evo last year, but keeps the rounded profile of the rear end. It also adds the CPC material to damp vibration and provide a little non-slip grip. Available with either Tirox (metal) or Nack (carbon) rails. It’ll come in PAS versions with the center relief channel, too, and in 134mm and 143mm widths for most models.

Sit in for more images and details on all the new goods, plus a new saddle fitting system for stockists…


Just In: Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Floor Pump Skips the Compressor for Tubeless Tires

Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Floor pump air compressor tubeless ready tire (3)

Even as bicycle tires trend towards tubeless for mountain, road, and now cyclocross, seating tires still remains a barrier to entry for some. Depending on the tubeless set up, getting the tires to seal up and seat on the rim can be a challenge without an air compressor at your disposal.

Enter the Bontrager TLR Flash Charger floor pump. Thanks to its built in high-volume air chamber, the pump is capable of seating tubeless tires without the need for a compressor or electricity. We just got our hands on the new pump and immediately started deflating and unseating tubeless tires around the office to test the pump’s capabilities.

How well does it work? Find out next…


EB14: Token Introduces World’s Lightest Headset, New Carbon Wheels & Lots More!

Token Featherweight worlds lightest full bearing bicycle headset

Token’s new Featherweight headsets claim to be the lightest headsets “with balls”, so we threw them on the scale to see. The “balls” reference refers to the sealed cartridge bearings used in lieu of bushings, which is what Cane Creek uses in their Aer headset.

Not only are they light, but they come with various options to fit both straight and tapered steerers and include their new ultralight top cap/star nut. Shown above are the 44mm headtube version in the foreground and a standard tapered set up in the back. The large sleeve in the middle is purely for display, keeping everything stacked nicely in the retail packaging.

All of the parts are machined from 7075 alloy and Token says they’ve tested it exhaustively with 45kg of back and forth tugging while weighted with 116kg of load for 110,000 cycles with zero failures. How light are they?