Posts in the category Cyclocross

EB14: Killer Light Frame and Wheels from AX Lightness, Plus More Updates


AX Lightness introduced a number of new and interesting products just over a week ago at Eurobike. Some of the most interesting were the updates to their own lightweight all-around frame and complete bike line-ups, as well as a bunch of new unbelievably light wheel options. But not to be discounted was a rethinking of their product levels and finishes, another new saddle, and little changes their super light stems.

Read on for full details…


Civilian – A Bicycle Company moves production to USA: Launches new Vive Le Roi Cross Bike

Civilian A Bicycle Company Vive Le Roi

This Made in the USA trend is one we love.  Tyson Hart of Civilian is keen on the small batch, made in the US model as well.  Asian production is stopped, and Civilian is ramping up to produce frames here in Portland, OR.  One may feel a calming sense about the unnamed manufacture (hint hint).  Official details are still being inked, however.

The first bike out of the gate for the new Civilian is a cyclocross frameset dubbed the Vive Le Roi.  Build options include a single speed belt drive, or a 1 x 11.  Framesets will be available as well for those wanting a custom build.

Jump the barrier for full details.


EB14: For KTM, Team Orange is the New Cross, Plus Codeveloped Road Disc


Austrian bike specialists showed a few pretty eye catching new 700c disc-brake bikes at Eurobike, marking their 50th anniversary. The standout was probably their cross bike mainly because of its blaze orange matte paint job. All of the new bikes in their road disc series were developed together for this year and share a bunch of tech features and nice detailing. Follow past the break for a breakdown of the details and a look at the whole series…


EB14: Centurion bringing Discs to German Speaking Cross and Road Bikes


Centurion apparently has strong cyclocross ties rooted in the racing career of its founder Wolfgang Renner, and their focus shows in the development of this carbon cross prototype which is expected to be available for cross season a year from now. They have a carry-over aluminum cross range available now, but our readers outside of the German-speaking markets of Centurion can still drool over this nice looking bike from what is a typically affordable company and a development partner with the much bigger Merida.

Read on for a bunch of detail images of the Crossdrive prototype, plus a nice line of disc road bikes that are available now…


IB14: Kappius Road Wheels Get Official, Plus New Fat Bike Hub

Kappius’ new rims and wheels first popped up this summer, but are available now, offering 29er and 27.5″ carbon clinchers and road clinchers and tubulars. All of the clinchers are tubeless ready, and the road wheels are disc brake specific. And they’ll work for cyclocross, too, as evidenced by Brady Kappius’ involvement on Niner’s team.

The road clincher uses the same channel and bead hook shape as their MTB rims, they’re just narrower. MTB rims are 30mm/26.4mm wide (int/ext) and the road clincher is 25mm/19mm. The tubular is 25mm wide.

The tubular’s profile was designed to be a little shallower than some, having a center channel depth that matches up with the glued shape of most tires.

Read on for cutaway photos and a look at their new fat bike hubs!


EB14: Rapha Hops in With New Cross Shoes, Supercross Gear, and More Winter Fighting Kit


Rapha just went online with most of the new products they were showing to us last week at Eurobike, so here we’ll give you a run down.

In Europe as cyclocross season looms, we were eyeing their new Cross Shoe particularly hard, which was developed together with Giro and Easton and is a follow-up to their Grand Tour shoes (and a precursor of next season’s light weight Climbing Shoe, which we’ll get to later.) We tried on a pair at the show and they seemed like a well fitting shoe that could serve well both on the cross course, as well as a high-end mountain shoe. Also of note were some Super Cross-branded pieces, a few special long sleeve jerseys with well-regarded sportwool fabrics, new men’s and women’s Rain Jackets, and few other bits and pieces to get you through the coming cold and darkness of winter.

Hop across the barrier for a bunch of details and pics of what we thought stood out from their new offerings…


EB14: Tufo Carves Out A Revamped Cross Tread, Adds Road Clinchers, and Guarantees Light Weights


Czech tire maker Tufo introduced us to an all new cyclocross tread at Eurobike that they have developed for this season, the Flexus Primus.  The Primus name carries over from the prior model, but the tread pattern is a reboot of their all-conditions cyclocross tire. It actually looks to borrow the fast rolling, arrow shaped center tread from their old, well-regarded Elite cross tire line from a decade ago, while combining with the more aggressive side knobs of their more recent designs. We’ve been promised a set in the coming months, and will be be very interested to see how they perform in the lead up to Cross Worlds in the Czech Republic this winter.

Tufo also had a good bit of new information on road tires, which account for most of their sales, so roll past the break for their new clinchers, specified weight road tires, and some rumors of growth…


EB14: The Amazing Frictionless Chosen Smart Hub Freehub Spins Freely in Both Directions

Chosen Smart Hub frictionless freehub body that spins freely and silently

Chosen is a Taiwanese hub manufacturer that is happy to work with you to bring your own projects to life. But that doesn’t stop them from bringing a few of their own clever ideas into existence either, and the Smart Hub is one of the more clever we’ve seen.

Inside is their Close Drive System, which allows the pawls to remain closed during freewheeling. When pedaling forces are applied, they open to engage the teeth on the inside of the hub shell, then immediately retract when not needed. The benefits are threefold: No pawl friction, no coasting noise, and the ability to freewheel forward or backward without moving the chain.

That latter feature means no chain drops from backpedaling. It also means you can pull your bike out of a crowded rack without having the pedals catch as they spin. And for folding bike owners, it means you can push or pull your folded bike in any direction without the cranks getting jammed up. Spin on down to see how it works…


LEAKED: Paul Components Road/CX Disc Brake Caliper

Paul Comp Disc

We have a sneak peek at the very nice looking mechanical disc calipers about to be announced by Paul Components. As a die hard aficionado of their road/cyclocross Minimoto V-brakes, I’m pretty excited. Execution and styling appear to be in line with Paul’s reputation, along with thoughtful functionality such as the frozen-finger-friendly adjustment knob. Keep an eye on Paul’s Facebook page for more details, and hopefully we will have a review after Interbike. No word on how this will effect T-Rex – Squirrel relations.