Posts in the category Cyclocross

Kogel Bottom Brackets Debut Solutions for Every Frame w/o Adapters

Kogel bottom bracket solutions for every frame type

Tired of trying to find the right adapters to make bottom bracket A work with frame B and crankset C? So was Ard Kessels, founder of startup Kogel Badass Bottom Brackets.

His solution was to make dedicated bottom brackets for every combination. The idea was to provide a purpose built bottom bracket for whatever style frame you have to fit whatever style crankset you have. Wanna stick a SRAM GXP crankset in a BB386EVO frame? Or a Shimano 24mm in a BB30 frame? No problem.

Each bottom bracket will use hybrid ceramic, grade 3, ABEC 5 ball bearings with the option of standard seals and grease for road bikes or heavier duty seals and grease for mountain, cyclocross and commuter bikes. They come with a 1+1 warranty, covering you for one year at first, then a second year if you have the recommended 12 month service performed to replace the seals and grease.

They’ll also sell their own Secret Grease Mix and seal kits for home service. The SGM is a thin, slick grease that won’t cause any excess friction. To install, they recommend Morgan Blue Aquaproof Paste, which will provide a secure fit without anything sticking in the frame after removal (as could happen if epoxy or Loctite is used). Their website, Kogel.cc, will be up soon. Until then, you can download this poster as a PDF here.

Exclusive Hands-on Review of the new Verve Infocrank Power Meter

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As we introduced them to you this spring, Verve Cycling is now delivering the production version of their new power metering crankset, the Infocrank. The power meter can now be ordered online, and is shipped consumer-direct from either their EU, US, or Oceania distribution hubs. Then through a network of worldwide Affiliates, they can work with you to make sure you take full advantage of the power meter’s training capabilities.

Having recently finished final beta testing and now been delivered to early supporters, we had the unique opportunity to borrow a set of the power metering cranks directly from Verve Cycling’s president for just over a week to see what customers could expect. Bryan Taylor lent us his personal Cervélo R3 with the Infocrank installed while he was traveling on business, giving us a chance to go through the new setup process with the included O_synce Navi2coach GPS computer, as well as to pair it with a standard Garmin Edge computer. We tested out the cranks on a few regular mid-length group and solo road rides, as well as giving it a go on some gravel, and even a bout on the indoor trainer. The goal was less about testing the accuracy of the power meter (a point where Verve seems to excel, btw) and more about how a rider might set up and actually use the Infocrank.

Come past the break for the full details and real world weights.

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Challenge Brings Team Edition Chicane Cyclocross tubular to the Start Line

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Following last year’s team edition Limus and Grifo tubular cyclocross tires, Challenge has added their semi-slick Chicane tread pattern to the upper echelon offerings.

That means an upgraded 320tpi Corespun cotton casing, seamless latex inner tube and puncture protection belt under the tread. The outer has their diamond nubs in the center for smooth, fast rolling on the flats with the Limus’ aggressive side knobs to keep it in line on the corners. Challenge says it’s been their best selling tread pattern in the US, and now it’s available in this higher performance edition.

Unlike the other Team Edition models, though, the Chicane is best left to the dry courses. They recommend keeping it away from moisture to extend it’s useful life. At $129.99 per tire, we’d take that advice. So, grass, dirt, dusty, hardpack and frozen solid are all fine. Just no mud with this guy.

Recommended pressure is 22-44psi (1.6 – 3 bar), it comes in a 700x32c width and claimed weight is 400g. Available for the 2014-15 race season.

Foundry Cycles Revamps Harrow CX, Builds with SRAM CX1, Rival 22

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Judging by the amount of cyclocross bikes and accessories popping up, that can only mean one thing – mud and cowbells are just around the corner. Foundry Cycles, like other brands who are deep into the sport can’t wait and are preparing with new models of their Harrow race bike. Designed specifically for competition, their disc brake equipped Harrow includes new paint and spec for the coming season as well as a surprising change.

Details plus actual weights after the jump…

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2015 Felt Cyclocross Bikes – All New Disc Alloy Bikes, New Carbon Frame/Forks & Kid’s Sizes!

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Felt’s 2015 media day was a whirlwind of bikes and info, with new and updated models rolling past almost faster than we could type. Rather than blow them past you at the same frenzied rate, we’re breaking it up a bit. Mountain bikes are posted here, e-bikes are here and road/triathlon is coming up. Here, we’ve got the bikes meant to blur the lines between the two – cyclocross!

For 2015, Felt has updated the carbon FX frames with a Di2/EPS compatible frame that doubles as an internal routing option for 1x drivetrains. At the top level, they’ve also added TeXtreme woven carbon to their frames to make them both stronger and lighter. Felt’s got the exclusive on the material for bicycles, and it allows them to use half the material without losing any stiffness or strength.

They’ve also completely redesigned the alloy FX series bikes with an all-new frame and no more cantilever brake options despite dropping the base model down a price notch. The frame geometry has been revamped to make it racier, and they switch to a pressfit BB386 bottom bracket shell to run larger, wider spindled cranksets – anything except BB30 will fit. All cable routing moves internal, too. Beyond the performance upgrades, the new colors and graphics are tight. That purple shown here? It’s called Snozberry, and it’s on the F85X model equipped with Shimano Tiagra 10sp and Tektro Mira mechanical disc brakes.

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45NRTH Introduces Fasterkatt Road Shoes, Updates Other Boots, Cobrafist Pogies

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Your eyes do not deceive you. There are now two versions of the 45NRTH Fasterkatt wet and cold weather shoe. Designed for the transitional months or climates where deep winter isn’t a concern, Fasterkatts are designed to shed water in temperatures from 25-45 degrees f. The big news here is the introduction of the 3 bolt SPD-SL compatible sole, but both shoes see significant improvements over the previous Fasterkatt MTB.

Thanks to better zippers, better fit, and improved materials the Fasterkatt is ready to extend your riding season regardless of the conditions. Get the full details plus info on the new Wölvhammer and Cobrafist Pogies, next…

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Issi Trail Pedals Nearly Ready for a Spin

Photo c. QBP

Photo c. QBP

As one of the newest brands to QBP’s ever growing product line, iSSi pedals have been designed to provide options over the standard SPD. Introduced just before Frostbike, iSSi started with their colorful XC oriented pedal in 8 different colors. Weighing in at 312g per pair, the $75 pedals use single outboard bearing and inner DU bushing, but are also sold in an upgraded Duro version which uses dual outer bearings and a single inner bearing that replaces the DU bushing. iSSi pedals also have +6 and +12mm spindle options which are shipping now.

During Frostbike we were shown a very early prototype of their new trail pedal, which like more aggressive pedals offers a bit more support around the clip. iSSi was showing off new samples of the trail pedal at Saddle Drive, that while not completely finished, were looking much more complete than the original prototype.

Details plus actual weights, next…

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Ridley Adds 26″ Youth Road, Cyclocross Race Bikes…for Europe

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So, maybe our domestic ‘cross scene hasn’t quite Belgained the f&*k up enough yet, ’cause Ridley’s keeping their 26″ wheeled youth cyclocross bikes over on the European scene for 2015. It’s joined by a road going version, too, though they share the same frame and most of the spec.

Built on a 6061-T6 sloping alloy frame with Tektro mini V-brakes, both models sport a Shimano Claris 2×8 drivetrain with 155mm cranks and 46/34 rings turning a 13/26 cassette. The alloy cockpit has a shallow reach 380mm wide handlebar and 27.2 post. Wheels are built with Alex 19 double wall rims and wrapped in Schwalbe CX Pro 26×1.35 tires.

The only difference on the road bike is the switch to Kenda RoadRace 26″ x 23c rubber, which means you could really buy either one and an extra set of tires to double it’s uses. Pic below…

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Factory Tour: Hunter Cycles’ Santa Cruz Mountain Workshop

Hunter Cycles Factory Tour (17)Nestled deep in the coastal redwood forests of Northern California, acclaimed custom builder Rick Hunter quietly builds hand made bicycles for clients from around the world.

Starting with steel tubing, and dabbling in carbon, over the past twenty years he has created a reputation for clean lines and a unique aesthetic.

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