Posts in the category Cyclocross

Interview: Santa Cruz Stigmata Product Manager Geoff Casey answers the tough questions

Santa Cruz Stigmata

Last week, Santa Cruz officially launched the worst best kept secret in the industry – the all new carbon Stigmata cyclocross bike. Featuring a press fit bottom bracket, internal routing, and no suspension, the only thing recognizable about it as a Santa Cruz is the loud color scheme.

To learn a little bit more about the development of the frame, I walked the two blocks from my house to the factory showroom to chat with Geoff Casey. Known as the Design Manager around these parts, his responsibilities include distilling the fruity flavors of a tropical inspired mixed drink into new frame colorways, and an assortment of other graphical and design duties. He’s also an avid road and cyclocross racer, and was the co-product manager of the Stigmata project.

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • This spring, REI will be adding nine unique mountain-biking classes to their REI Outdoor School lineup. From leisurely group rides to intensive skills training, these new classes have everything cyclists of any level need to increase their involvement and knowledge of the sport. To learn more and find REI Outdoor School cycling classes in your area, visit REI.com/learn.
  • Clearance Sale Alert! Podium Cycling is having a clearance sale. Be sure to use the Coupon Code: BIKERUMOR for 50% off!
  • Save the trails in Pisgah in North Carolina!! There is a possibility that parts of Pisgah will be designated as “wilderness areas” and mountain bikes will be forbidden. Of particular concern are the South Mills and Davidson River areas near the Pisgah Forest community. Today (February 27th) is the last day for public comment so go to this link on SORBA to submit your comments.
  • Southern Cross Ultra Gravel Grind has been rescheduled to March 14, 2015 due to Storm Damage in North Georgia. On Monday, February 16th, North Georgia was hit with freezing rain that has caused considerable damage in some areas, particularly the National Forest land being utilized for the course. REGISTRATION IS OPEN until 8 pm on Wednesday March 11th!
  • Connecting a Town with Singletrack Sidewalks. Our friends at Outside Online posted this article about the town of Eagle Colorado and their plan to make their town more “mountain bike-able”.
  • Strider Bikes Announces 2015 National Championship Racing Series for Toddlers. There will be races for 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds at each event. Here are the four dates: Saturday, April 25: Bradenton, FL, Saturday, May 9: Ventura, CA, Saturday, June 6: Pittsburgh, PA and Saturday, August 8: Salt Lake City, UT. Visit Strider Bikes Event Page for further information.
  • Tuscany’s famed L’Eroica vintage bike ride will be coming to the United States for the first time in its nineteen year history this spring. After visiting this past fall, L’Eroica creator Giancarlo Brocci himself chose Paso Robles as the location for the first L’Eroica in the United States. The event will be April 10-12, 2015, with registration limited to 1000 riders and a cost of $150 per-entrant. Visit eroicacalifornia.com for more information.
  • Ride Local with Jamis Bicycles at the Farm to Fork Fondo in Vermont! The mass-participation cycling ride will be held July 12, 2015, at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, Vermont, with 500 participants expected from throughout North America. For more details visit the Farm to Fork Fondo – Vermont web site.
  • And if you’d prefer to ride in France then perhaps you should check out  Trek Travel’s “Legends Series” Featuring Special Guest Pro Cyclists Andy Schleck and Jens Voigt. As part of this series, Andy Schleck will join the Etape du Tour trip during the Tour de France while Voigt will join Tour de France Alps to Paris Ultimate VIP race experience. For further information contact Trek Travel at 1-866-464-8735 or visit trektravel.com.
  • Attention Mountain Bikers: You have a personal invitation from the Polish Mountainbikers Alliance (POMBA) to ride the varied trails in that beautiful country. You may need to brush up on your Polish but visit the Alliance’s Facebook page anyway to see photos of just how good the riding is.
  • The Mongoose team has added mountain bike slopestyle and dirt jump rider, DJ Brandt its roster of talented athletes. The 21-year-old Denver, Colorado native joins fellow slopestyle and dirt jumpers Greg Watts and Mike Montgomery, as well as top trials rider Chris Akrigg. Visit Facebook.com/MongooseBikes for the latest from the brand and its team riders.
  • In last week’s Friday RoundUp our headline was about peer-to-peer global bike sharing site Spinlister. Well, it was brought to our attention that there’s another app called Spokefly that does the bike rental thing as well, albeit a bit differently. Instead of you contacting the bike owner directly, you simply use the app to pick a bike to ride and go to its location and unlock it. You may then ride it anywhere and not have to return it to the spot where you originally got it. Visit the Spokefly site for details and how you can make money by putting one of your bikes into service.
  • If you’re a triathlete who is looking for new (to you) gear or if you have a bike to sell then be sure to check out the new Cyclone site. They’ve done a major redesign of the site and added many new features to make it more user friendly. Focusing entirely on premium quality, high-value pre-owned bicycles from around the world, the online marketplace allows its customers to easily search and sell via a specialist catalogue.
  • We want to send our get well wishes to Debra Banks of Rivet Cycle Works. Several weeks ago Debra was out on a road ride with friends when she and some of the other riders were struck by a drunk driver. Unfortunately Debra suffered a severely busted ankle requiring 7 hours of surgery. She’ll be off the bike for a while and also won’t be able to make it to NAHBS as she cannot put weight on that ankle. Get well Debra, and we hope you’re back on the saddle real soon.

Long-term test: Flexible FABike Carbon Road and Trail Bike

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It’s been more than half a year since we introduced you to our test of the multi-surface FABike road bike. During that time we had the chance to spend a few months with the bike, but also had a couple of separate occasions to meet up with the bike’s designer and sales director to do a bit of riding with the FABike team. This let us talk a bit more about what we though of the bike, to really get a good hands-on experience of the bike in several of its different setup iterations, and to discuss how the company is going forward with the bike. One topic that might interest our readers is the good discount on their current stock through the month of March.

Follow me across the break, and find more details and see our overall thoughts of the bike…

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Reworked iSSi Pedals Offer Improved Release Angle, SPD Compatibility, and New Colors

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First introduced at Frostbike 2014, iSSi was back at Frostbike 2015 with a reworked line up offering better performance across the board. For the first go around, iSSi pedals would work with SPD cleats, but they weren’t a perfect match. Good news for anyone with multiple bikes that already have Shimano SPD pedals, the new iSSi pedals are all SPD compatible offering a much better feel when used with SPD cleats. The improvements don’t just apply to SPD cleats however, as the guts of the pedal have been redesigned to offer better function and feel with the included cleats from iSSi.

Of course color is a big part of the iSSi story as well and there are a few new options like the blingtastic gold pedal above…

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Whisky Shows off New No.9 Carbon Thru Axle CX forks with Incredible Retrotec Build

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Sometimes things don’t work out quite the way you hoped. That seems to be the case with the original Whisky No.9 disc fork which was pulled after their supply chain couldn’t keep up with the demand. Going back to the drawing board along with a completely new vendor, Whisky took the chance to rework the No.9, building on the success of the original. Now with an increased front to rear compliance of 15% while increasing torsional stiffness by 17%, the fork is better than ever and ready for a full relaunch.

Following up the incredible Inglis fat bike build we saw out at Saddle Drive, Whisky Brand Manager Matt Larson had this absolutely gorgeous Retrotec on hand to show off the No.9 fork. More than just a beautiful bike though, Matt incorporated some touching tributes to his and his wife’s late grandfathers which take the build to the next level….

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Reynolds Cycling ATR gets official, new carbon wheels for gravel & cyclocross!

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We first spotted these at Interbike last year where they were hidden behind the desk as a spiff for dealers that signed on to stock Reynolds wheels for 2015. Plans for production were nonexistent, but interest must’ve been pretty high because now they’re available to all.

With the burgeoning participation in gravel riding and cyclocross racing, the new Reynolds ATR (All Terrain Road) disc brake carbon wheelset is their answer to the varied terrain those disciplines see.

The wheelset uses their tubeless ready Trail carbon mountain bike rim drilled with a lighter spoke lacing pattern and their road disc brake hubs. That means lighter weight than if you were to use a 29er MTB wheelset, and the wide profile rim should provide plenty of durability over rough and loose terrain and let you run low, tube-free air pressures for more comfort and traction… READ MORE ->

Review: Louis Garneau WINDTEX Eco-Flex II cold weather gloves

Louis Garneau Windtex Eco-Flex 2 gloves

Back when I was a BMXing teen in Ontario, I decided a good pair of cold weather gloves would be worth buying. A car was still a few years off, and the weather wasn’t going to keep me from hanging out with my friends in June, October or January. I bought a pair of Louis Garneau winter gloves and instantly loved them for being thin but surprisingly warm.

Unfortunately, I lost one of those gloves and missed them dearly for several years. After finding a new home in Pemberton, B.C. and diving into the MTB scene, I finally decided to get another pair for last fall’s final trail rides. I found the updated gloves, now known as the WINDTEX Eco Flex 2 and reunited myself with an old friend. As suggested by the above photo, I’m quite happy with them.

Find out why the Eco-Flex 2 deserves two thumbs up after the jump…

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Ritchey Logic C260, C220 & 4-Axis Stems – Weighed & First Impressions

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At Eurobike and Interbike last fall we got a first glance at some new stems from Ritchey but wanted a deeper look. Their range of stems now includes three variations on how much the stem body wraps around the 31.8mm clamping surface of your handlebar. The thinking goes that the more the wrap, the smaller the faceplate needs to be, the lighter the faceplate bolts can be, all while creating a stem/bar interface that is lighter and stronger. The only problem is that more wrap creates some mounting complications. To test out how user-friendly each stem was and how they worked on various bars, Ritchey let us try one of each: the 180° wrap carry over 4-Axis stem, the 260° wrap C260 that was brought to market back in 2012, and a newly introduced 220° wrap C220.

Follow past the break to see what our experience has been and how we’ll likely use each type…

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Bontrager Aeolus aero carbon wheels get lighter, wider & tubeless, plus disc brake options!

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Combining all of our favorite features into one, the new Bontrager Aeolus D3 wheels are looking like category killers by going wider and lighter and adding disc brake compatibility.

Across the entire line of depths ranging from 30 to 50 to 70 to 90 millimeters in depth, all of the clincher rims get lighter by up to 110g per pair. And, the clincher rims increase to a healthy 19.5mm internal width between the bead hooks (27mm external) and get their proven TLR (TubeLess Ready) design. All depths come in both clincher and tubular options, and the 3 and 5 series get disc brake options with hubs ready for Shimano’s CenterLock rotors.

All of them use the D3 shaping to improve aerodynamics on both leading and trailing edges, and they’ve got a detailed white paper (PDF) that explains their aero shaping, theory and test results. The short of it is pretty standard for modern aero wheels: it’s designed to reduce drag on both the tire-leading and rim-leading sides while also improving stability in crosswinds. In this day and age, those are simply the minimum requirements to play ball, it’s the other features that make ‘em worth a look…

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