Posts in the category Cyclocross

First Look! Absolute Black’s Magnetic New Black Diamond Mountain Bike Hubs

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Just after showing off his new Delrin 12t jockey wheels for SRAM’s 11-speed mountain bike derailleurs, Absolute Black is giving us a special preview of his new Black Diamond hubs before their coming out party at Eurobike.

The outer shell gets a machined, polished and angular finish, but it’s the insides that are the real story. These complete hubs are renderings, but the finished freehub body will be made of hardened tool steel to be ultra durable and prevent cassettes from digging in. They’re spaced for 11-speed (10-speed compatible with spacer), or opt for the XD driver for 11-speed SRAM cassettes and save 5g.

Tool steel is real, but it’s what’s inside that that’s really got us geeking out…


New Eddy Merckx Bikes for Speed, Endurance, Women and Cyclocross (UPDATED)

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UPDATED: Geometry, Release date for Eeklo70 Cyclocross Bikes

 Eddy Merckx today released details on his company’s complete lineup for 2015, including four new models specifically targeted to pure speed, endurance riding, women, and cyclocross. The four new bikes join Merckx’s pro racing machine, the EMX-525, which carries over from 2014.

Like the EMX-525, commemorating Merckx’s 525 professional wins, each of the new models is named for The Cannibal’s accomplishments. The endurance focused Mourenx69, pictured above, and which we covered yesterday, is named for his 140km breakaway win into Mourenx at the 1969 Tour de France. The new San Remo76 is a purely speed focused machine named for his ninth win at La Primavera. The new Eeklo70, named for Merckx’s only cyclocross win of his career, is the company’s first bike offering disc brakes, and its first carbon ‘cross frameset. The new women’s bike, the Milano72, is named for the fashion capital where he both started his winning ride in Milan-San Remo and finished his third Giro victory in 1972. Tying all the bikes together is what Merckx calls their four pillars: Speed, Stiffness, Stability, and Safety and a guiding vision of “Power Under Control.”

We have details on lineup, including US models and pricing, geometry charts, lots of pictures, and a video after the break…


Paul Components Makes Quick (Release) Work of Thru Axles


One of the concerns with moving to thru axles on road bikes is the time consuming process of wheel removal, a legitimate issue in the heat of the peloton or wheel pits in ‘cross. Paul Components looks like it may have a solution with their upcoming quick release thru axle skewers.

The lever design was first spotted at NAHBS this year in standard QR form, but it’s grown in diameter and options. They’ll have sizes for virtually every thru axle standard you can imagine at Interbike this year…


Bombtrack Bikes Drops the Hook, Charges into Cross with Steel and Disc Brakes



At this point, Bombtrack Bicycle Company is probably better known for their single speed and fixed gear options like the Limited Edition Adidas bike. If single speed culture or fixed gear freestyle isn’t your thing, Bombtrack’s latest project might have you taking a second look.

Entering into uncharted territory, the brand has introduced their new cyclocross bike, the Hook. Details next…


Absolute Black Puckers Up w/ Sour Apple Green Ano Chainrings, Plus New Delrin XX1 Pulleys


Upon seeing the new Chris King green limited edition, Absolute Black whisked these over to show they’re similarly infatuated with the viridescent ano.

The new color is available on their SRAM Spiderless rings, Cannondale rings (shown) and their latest intro, the ovalized 104BCD chainrings. If that whet your appetite, pick your way past the break for another pic and his lightweight new jockey wheels for XX1…


Williams Introduces Wider, Tubular Cyclo-Cross Wheelsets

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Decided you want to go tubular this year for cross, but don’t know where to start? By the looks of it, Williams’ new Tech Cyclo-Cross wheels may be a great way to start sniffing glue. Even if you’re already preaching the tubular gospel, the inexpensive wheelsets look like the perfect option for a pit wheel or to replace your aging tubies. Designed with a new 23.5mm wide rim, the wheels offer more surface area for the glue, and more support for the tire, which should result in better handling.

Offered in both disc and rim brake-only builds, each wheelset uses niobium alloy rims hand built using triple butted spokes. Claimed weight is 1556g for the rim brake, and 1747g for the disc, but retail price is just $449. For the wheelset. Both versions are available for pre-order now with wheels expected to arrive in about a week. More details after the break…


Fezzari Brings Cross to the Fore with new Disc Brake, Thru Axle Cyx

Fezzari Fore Cyx

With cross season imminent, Fezzari is showing the production version of their latest bike. First shown as a prototype at Sea Otter, their first cyclocross bike now has a name – the Fore Cyx (siKs). The all carbon frame and fork is equipped with thru axles front and rear to match the disc brakes for a fully modern cross machine.

The bikes will be shipping out mid August, and will be available in a few complete builds including a Shimano 105 group, mechanical disc brakes, and Stan’s NoTubes Grail wheels for $2299! A higher end build will also be offered with Ultegra and TRP Hy-Rd hydraulic discs. Both builds will be shipping with tubeless compatible Hutchinson tires to take advantage of the Grail rims.

Trek Road and Pavement 2015: Spec, Prices, and Details for What’s New


Photo: Trek Bikes

With Trek World US all wrapped up, we have a pretty good idea of what’s in store for 2015. Like many manufacturers, well will see bigger tires, more disc brakes, thru axles on a few road bikes, and renewed growth in the touring category which seems to blur the line between gravel and touring at this point. There are more kids’ bikes, more women’s bikes, and an expanded line of disc brake equipped Domanes.

Get the details, specs, and prices, next…


Cyclocross 2013/2014 – The Cross Junkie’s Photography Annual

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I guess with the Tour having just finished I’ve been thinking a lot about when to start training for cross, and it also happens to be that time of the year when you’ve got to get your custom skin suitorder in to be ready to start the season following CrossVegas in about six weeks.

Anyway, a bad case of cyclocross on the mind led me to dig out the third annual coffee table book from Balint Hamvas of Cyclephotos chronicling the 2013/2014 season. With 240 pages of beautiful photos and racing essays, it should tide the serious mud and ice junkies over for the next couple of months until the weather shifts back for proper racing.

It’s available for order now from for £29.99.
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