Posts in the category Cyclocross

New Chris King Carbon Wheelsets and Thru Axles for Road Bikes, Plus a Shop Apron for the Techs

Chris King R45 disc brake hubs for road bikes

While every manufacturer wants to be known for producing quality products, there are a few companies that have become so highly renowned for particular parts that they’ve achieved legend status in cycling history. Thomson’s superlight seatposts and Profile’s BMX cranks are two examples, and if you ask most riders “Who makes the best headsets in cycling?” I’d bet my last dollar they’d say Chris King.

Of course Chris King produces a wide range of other goodies, all to the same high-performance standard of their ubiquitous and time-tested headsets. The company has just announced some new products including two carbon road wheelsets, thru-axles for disc brake equipped road bikes, and a shop apron to keep you clean through the dirty work of bike maintenance. Click below the break for all the info…
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Niner BSB 9 RDO cyclocross bike gains thru-axle rear, plus new colors & build options

2016 Niner BSB 9 RDO carbon cyclocross race bike upgrades with 12x142 rear thru axle and better build options

Niner’s drop bar bikes fall into two categories: Not Road and Cyclocross.

For Not Road, it’s about the “not road” experience, making bikes that cater to riders that just want to get out and ride. Maybe it’s a mountain biker whose trails are too wet to ride but they still wanna get out there. Or it’s the road rider that’s not looking to race, preferring to just ride. Maybe it’s not even off the pavement, but they want something that’s a little more comfortable and stable than a twitchy crit bike. These types of riders are what’s growing the category as a whole, and Niner now has two versions of the RLT 9 for that – the original alloy frame and the recently introduced steel RLT.

For CX, there’s just one, the BSB 9, and it gets a single but important update: Rear thru axles. Well, that and new colors and more complete bike options…

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Kona Launches New Road Models, Redesigns Cross Country Range

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If the heat wasn’t a solid indicator that summer was here, the wave of new model year 2016 product launches should be. While many brands are content to merely introduce new color ways, Kona is “going deeper.”

With that theme in mind, the traditionally mountain oriented brand has expanded its line of road bikes, redesigned its cross country models, and updated several other MTB models to better meet new and growing riding segments.

Up first is the new Roadhouse, which is a classic steel road frame built with Reynolds 853 tubing, modern touches like disc brakes, a tapered headset, and 12×142 thru axle dropouts…

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Take the Hassle Out of Tubeless, with the Tubeless Tower Pro Workstation

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Believe it or not, there are still those out there that don’t embrace tubeless technology. More surprising, is that at least according to Tubeless Solutions there are even shops out there who are uncomfortable with performing tubeless conversions. Their reasoning? Mostly the potential mess, the amount of time it takes, and the uncertainty of ensuring a complete seal before the tire walks out the door.

Like many stories behind intriguing products, the Tubeless Tower started with the thought that there had to be a better way to install tubeless tires. Roughly three years ago, Tim Voegeli and his brother Phil starting kicking around the idea and wanted to figure out a way to make the process easier. At the time Tim was riding tubeless on every one of his bikes – Phil on the other hand who is admittedly an “anal retentive electrical engineer” was still happily riding with tubes. Eventually Tim convinced Phil to give tubeless a try and after an entire year on his commuter without flats (25 miles round trip), he says he was sold.

After the first prototypes were drawn up, the design has been tweaked, put through design panels at Pitt State University, redesigned with design work and CAD modeling from their friend Byron Loibl, patented, and is finally nearing production form. Almost every step of the way, all of those involved say they were instantly sold after seeing Tim install a tire on the stand. That’s not really surprising. Even we were a bit skeptical, but once you see everything the stand does, you really will wonder why no one has thought of this before…

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Masi Teases the Legacy Project – Limited Edition Columbus Steel Road and Cross Frames Hand Built in California

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Quite a departure from their current line up, Masi is looking to celebrate their legacy. As the brand nears their 90th anniversary, instead of wildly colored carbon creations Masi is going back to their roots of hand crafted steel. While the brand can be traced back to the 20’s with Faliero Masi turning out impressive frames from Florence, eventually manufacturing rights were sold to the U.S. in the 70’s.

The very first bike to roll off the line with a U.S. made frame was the Gran Criterium. In the first of a number of projects to celebrate their history in California and Italy, Masi is kicking things off with the Legacy project which honors that Californian era. What better way to pay homage to that first U.S. made bike than with another U.S. made bike? Two new bikes that will be hand built in California. That’s what. Details are still fairly limited, but you can find basic spec, pricing, and availability after the break…

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Upstart Velocipedo Nails the Finish in Ti and Carbon

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Young German builder Velocipedo has some new bikes that really jump out at us with some subtle but amazing ti frame detailing and not to be missed paint schemes on their carbon bikes. It seems that Velocipedo has been set up with a goal of delivering “attainably-priced” limited edition bikes with an exceptional level of finishing detail, so that customers could be sure to ride away with a unique bike. Most of their standard bikes come in a numbered series of either 15 or 25 pieces before the entire finish and model line will be reworked. And that doesn’t even count the option to fully customize like this CrossingOVER model for a completely one-of-a-kind bike.

Read on past the break to see a couple of Velocipedo’s Unique Cycle line, one of the standard Collection line, but more so just to peep some of the details…

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Turner Opens Cyclosys for Pre-Order With Free Custom Paint, Stan’s Carbon Wheel Upgrades

2016 Turner Cyclosys cyclocross bike

We initially covered the Turner Cyclosys in the run up to and during the Sea Otter Classic. Well, the cross/gravel/every surface machine that has been cooking for the past five years as a personal project of Dave Turner is now ready for pre-order. If you move fast you will have the option to upgrade to custom colors for no extra charge. And if you move REALLY fast, you’ll get a free upgrade from the stock DT-Swiss R32 wheelset to Stan’s NoTubes Carbon Valor wheelset with the Cx1 kit. Get the details next… READ MORE ->

Grava Bikes Brings Revised do-it-all Bike to Market: The Maple Sally

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The original Grava Bikes Maple Sally made its first appearances in and around Western North Carolina, at various ‘cross and gravel races in the area. Since that time, Grava Bikes have continued to enhance the product line, most recently with the release of their USA made steel bike, The Revenuer. But, they’re not resting on their laurels. Cue the next version of the Maple Sally, their carbon do-it-all bike… READ MORE ->

Interview: Adam Clement of Gevenalle

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Gevenalle, or Retroshift as it was known in the Beforetimes, was forged in the cold, muddy pits of Portland cyclocross to address a need for durable, serviceable, cross-specific componentry. Years on, founder Adam Clement continues to charge forward with the fourth version of his iconic shifter and brake lever system as well as a suite of similarly thoughtful and functional drivetrain components designed to keep racers racing in the most extreme course conditions in style…

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