Posts in the category Cyclocross

IB14: Wheels Manufacturing Eccentric Bottom Bracket Gets Official

We spotted the new Wheels Manufacturing eccentric bottom bracket in prototype form this summer, and now it’s official. The precision milled part will fit BB30 and PFBB30 frames, converting any into a singlespeed bike.

The Enduro ABEC5 angular contact bearings fit a 24mm spindle, with versions for Shimano definitely and SRAM GXP. The outer pieces are machined from aluminum and use steel bolts to snug it into the frame and hold position. It’ll fit both 68mm and 73mm BB shells.

Around $125 retail, price will be finalized and production started for November delivery. More pics below…

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Lizard Skins Announces New Colors of DSP Bar Tape

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Lizard Skins has announced 5 new colors in their DSP handlebar tape line.  DSP, standing for “Durasoft Polymer”, is a grippy, yet soft bar tape that we reviewed in the 2.5mm thickness. The company had one of the most unique marketing approaches I have seen, wrapping all of the door handles of the Eurobike venue for the past several years, so I can attest, it feels pretty grippy.

The tape is available in 2 thicknesses, 2.5mm and 3.2mm, and one pretty cool feature is that in the 2.5mm thickness, you can select a dual-color transition that has one color below the hoods, and a different color above the hoods. In the 2.5mm thickness, the new colors are Neon Yellow, Brown and Cobalt Blue, in 3,2mm the new color is Green, and in dual-color, there is Black and Neon Yellow.

First Impressions: SRAM Force CX1 Cyclocross Group

2015 SRAM Force CX1 first impressions ride review

After weighing and installing the SRAM Force CX1 group, I put it through a couple “get to know ya” rides before heading to Asheville for the final race in the AVLCX series at Pisgah Brewing.

With a good bit of rain the day before and a little sprinkling during the race, the course went from a little damp to downright slip-n-slide like during our 45 minute race. Fortunately, the CX1 group held up to the mud, grass and a few slips and spills with zero problems. The bike even sat outside, unwashed and unloved for a few days after the race before getting a bath, but things still worked just fine.

UPDATED: Additional notes on bleed procedure added below.

Here’s how things worked out during my first race week with CX1 and the Force Hydro-RD disc brakes…

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Unboxed, Weighed & Installed: SRAM Force CX1 Cyclocross Group & Hydraulic Disc Brakes

2015 SRAM CX1 1x11 cyclocross component group with hydraulic disc brakes install notes and actual weights

SRAM’s Force CX1 group with hydraulic disc brakes had no sooner showed up then we threw it on the scale, installed and took it to a very muddy race at Pisgah Brewing near Asheville, NC.

Introduced in March, the group just started aftermarket shipping en masse around August, with hydraulic brake versions following in September. For those upgrading their current rig, it meant a nick-of-time delivery before the season gets too far underway. Fortunately, installation is pretty straightforward, even if you have to run hydraulic disc brakes through a frame. Heck, even if you don’t, they ship with very long hoses, so chances are high you’ll need to at least trim the length and re-bleed them.

Here’s the run down of individual component weights, including a comparison to the mechanical brake counterparts, and install notes…

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Hands On with the Fezzari Forè Cyx Cyclocross Bike

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To Fezzari, Forè means the best. Out in front. Top of the line. In the case of the Forè Cyx (siKs) it means cross. Technically, Cyx is the model name while Forè is being introduced as Fezzari’s top tier brand. Think of Forè as Fezzari’s S-Works if you will. Along with their Forè Cyx cross bikes Fezzari currently has a number of Forè road bikes as well with more on the way.

Based out of Utah, Fezzari is a consumer direct company that specializes in high end bikes with the service to match. As for the name? After founding the company the owner asked his son to come up with the craziest name he could think of, something unique that would stick. The name Fezzari also plays on Utah’s penchant for double Zs for their sports team with the Jazz, Grizzlies, Starzz and many other now retired names.

Representing one of the newest models for 2015, the Forè Cyx was introduced just in time for the start of cyclocross season and brings with it the latest in equipment and frame technology. If you’re looking for a cross bike with disc brakes and thru axles, the Forè Cyx is worth a look…

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Just In: Bontrager Affinity Elite TLR Road/CX Disc Wheels & CX0 and CX3 Tubeless Tires

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Bontrager’s Affinity Elite TLR wheel set is listed as Road disc, but this time of year for us that means they double as a cyclocross wheelset. Bontrager seems to think so to as the wheels were shipped with their new tubeless CX0 and CX3 cyclocross tires.

A lot has changed in the world of cyclocross technology recently which means buying a new wheel set can be a tricky proposition if you want them to have any chance of being future proof. Fortunately the Affinity wheels are a versatile design that are equally at home on your bike or in the pits…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • JensonUSA is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this fall with a big 20% Off Sale! Click here to check out the deals, then flick around the site for more blowouts that are considerably more than just 20% off! Congrats, guys!
  • Early bird special offer for the 2015 Assaults on Mount Mitchell and Marion, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary ride on May 18, 2015.
  • Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals, October 22nd – 26th at Beech Mountain resort in North Carolina. Contact Tracy Simms by phone (828)387-2011 Ext. 205 or e-mail at mtbvolunteers@yahoo.com. Free ski season lift tickets for volunteers!
  • Volunteers are also needed for the Bookwalter Binge near Asheville, NC. The event is Saturday, November 1st. Sign up Here.
  • On October 3rd 2014 the 2nd Wheels 4 Life Indian Summer Gala fundraiser was held at the Ranch in Laguna Beach, California. The event raised $54,000 which is enough to buy almost 500 bicycles. Wheels 4 Life’s cause is to supply bicycles to people in developing countries in need of transportation. “Give A Bike – Change A Life”
  • Stock up on great tasting Kate’s Bars by taking advantage of their surplus! Until October 31st Kate’s Real SALE takes 30% off of online purchases. Use the code FALL30 at checkout. They also have an Instagram contest going on as well.
  • Swiftwick has a NEW and IMPROVED Sock Club where they offer exclusive and unique limited edition designs. Membership is now FREE and they’ve lowered the per pair price by two bucks! Also check out their PINK socks recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Get your ‘cross on in Southern Cali! Come ride with Peloton Magazine and The MOB Shop at the Peloton Cross and Gravel MOB Grinder November, 1st & 2nd.
  • Spot a few pros in the 2014 Levi’s GranFondo photo gallery HERE. The event was October 4th in Santa Rosa, California.
  • If you’re going to be in Philly for the Philly Bike Expo then be sure to take in “Bicycle Nomad” Eric Cedeno’s recount of his 2,200 mile journey along the route of The Underground Railroad. The presentation is at 3pm on November 8th and just one of many offerings on the event schedule at the 2014 Philly Bike expo.
  • It seems like everyone is having a sale these days. Timbuk2 is clearing out their warehouse by offer up to 60% off select styles. Hurry though. Quantities are limited and time is running out!
  • Your chance to be Dutch…Sort of. Road Holland Cycling Apparel is looking for brand ambassadors across the USA. So, if you’re active in your cycling community, are social media savvy and believe in the mission and look of the Road Holland brand then contact them HERE.

EB14: Ashima Goes Both Ways w/ New PCD Mech-to-Hydraulic Disc Brake Caliper

Ashima PCD Power Cable Dual mechanical to hydraulic disc brake caliper

Like TRP’s progression from the Parabox to HYRD, the new Ashima PCD looks like a much, much better mechanical-to-hydraulic disc brake conversion than the Hydromech they showed off last year.

The caliper body is forged and CNC’d from aluminum and uses a side-mounted piston to push mineral oil behind pads on either side of the rotor. The lever plunging the piston into the master cylinder is pulled by cable, allowing it to retrofit to any standard brake lever. They’re recommending it’s use with a minimum size of 160mm rotors, but rating it for road, cyclocross and XC mountain biking. Stop in past the break for details and pics…

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EB14: A-Class Adds Disc Brake Road, Cyclocross Options & Wide New Antic MTB Wheels

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A-Class, which is the upscale complete wheel side of Alex Rims’ business, had something new for road, cyclocross and mountain bikes, each aimed at satisfying the latest trends.

The Graph50 is a 24mm wide (17.6mm inside) and 50mm deep full carbon clincher laced to disc brake hubs. Weight is 1460g for the set, available with standard quick release axles only.

The new CXD4 disc brake cyclocross wheelset gets a sleeved, offset rim to even out spoke tension. Stainless steel spoke eyelets on the rim keep it strong and allow the nipples to seat easily and without binding. The front wheel comes with end caps for either 9mm QR or 15mm thru axle. Rear is QR only. It’s tubeless ready, with a shelf built into the bed’s profile to support tubeless tires properly. Rims are 24mm wide (19mm internal), 23mm deep and the set comes in at a claimed 1536g, almost 200g lighter than the original CXD5. The weight savings comes mainly from the rim – the CXD5 uses a pinned rim without the Equalizer asymmetric profile.

More pics and details below, plus a look at their very, VERY wide new Antic gravity mountain bike wheels…

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