Posts in the category Cyclocross

Actual Weights: Kona 2016 Mountain Bike Line up (Plus a Fat Bike and CX Model)

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Over the past few days we’ve been hanging out with a crew of dealers and product managers at #KonaWorld to test ride the latest and greatest products.

We have a slew of great content coming your way, but in the meantime – here’s a full gallery of weights for several new and existing models. Please Note that some of these bikes may have had tubes in them and most had water bottle cages installed.

Up first is the totally redesigned Kona Hei Hei DL Trail. Retail for this model is $3,299 and the size medium weighed 28 lbs / 12.70 kg. (We also recently showed you Spencer Paxson’s 11.3kg World Cup setup of the same bike with XTR Di2 and Fox iRD suspension, including pedals.) READ MORE ->

Wide Range Road on the Cheap – Lindarets and WTC Team up for the Roadlink


Just like the recent march towards 1x drivetrains for mountain bikes, we’re starting to see similar interest in dropping the front derailleur for road bikes as well. Also just like the mountain bikes, many riders are looking for inexpensive ways to modify their existing drivetrains to see what it’s all about without buying a full set up. However, due to the limitations of most road derailleurs, you can’t just stuff a bigger cassette into the rear wheel.

Enter the new Roadlink. A joint venture between Lindarets and Wolf Tooth Components, the Roadlink picks up where the Goatlink for mountain biking left off. Thanks to this clever little device, you can bolt on 43% lower gearing than your average 11-28t cassette without losing the high-end…


Seven Introduces Max 45 Tapered Carbon Disc Fork for Maximum Tire Clearance


Known for their high end custom titanium frames, Seven also has their own line of components to help build out their bikes. Since more and more roadies are riding their road bikes off road as much as on, when it came to introducing a new carbon fork it had to be as versatile as possible. Calling it the best in class tapered disc fork on the market, the Max 45 blends massive tire and fender clearance with a lightweight form shadowing their 5E road fork. The only catch? For now, it’s quick release only…


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Polygon adds alloy Collosus N6 enduro & new DH models, plus their first cyclocross bike


Thus far, all of Polygon’s Collosus full suspension all-mountain/enduro bikes have been full carbon with high end spec. Now, there’s a more affordable version called the Collosus N6. It shares the same 160mm travel and carbon rear end, but pairs it with a new alloy front triangle.

The 140mm T-series, which uses the same suspension layout, will also get a T6 model with alloy frame. Both are spec’d with SLX and Mavic Crossride wheels.

Details and more new bikes below…


Long-term Test: 3T Team Cockpit – ARX stem, Ionic post, Ergoterra Bar


We’ve passed the summer solstice and with each passing week the earlier sunsets are reminding us that cyclocross season is on the way once again. With that in mind, we are going to start to wrap up some long-term tests that have been in the works to get ready for a new cross season. We’ve got a few things that trickled in at the end of the last race season and others that spread to spring gravel and dirt riding and are helping us get back in shape for upcoming racing. One such kit that ticks all of those boxes is the mostly carbon Team cockpit from 3T that promises to stand up to the rigors of cross. We’ve put a bit different kit to the test on one of our project bikes, although that is more of a road setup.

The carbon Ergoterra handlebar, carbon Ionic seatpost, and aluminum ARX stem have seen some more aggressive testing on a couple of cross bikes and made it through their share of muddy and snowy crashes without being worse for the wear. Follow us past the jump to see what we thought of each piece, to get some real weights, and to think about this season’s cross builds…


Cinelli Develops Mash Work Frame Set For All Your Messengering, Urban Racing Needs


Developed to serve as a versatile, all-street bike, the singlespeed Cinelli Mash Work is designed with feedback from messenger and Mash rider Chas Christiansen to be a silver bullet. The frame set is designed with a geometry nimble enough to bomb through an alley cat and but has the fixings to be a dedicated ‘cross racing machine. Skitch on through to the other side for all the deets… READ MORE ->

SwissStop cools off with new EXOTherm finned disc brake pads for road, mountain bikes

SwissStop EXOTherm finned disc brake pads

Building on their reputation for excellent brake pads, SwissStop is now adding thermo-regulation to their stopper strategy with the new EXOTherm disc brake pads.

The new pads use an aluminum backing plate with a raised section containing cooling fins to pull heat out into the air stream, helping it dissipate rapidly. They say once properly bedded in, brake fade practically disappears. The pad material is based on their Disc E compound, which was originally developed to handle the extra stopping power required by heavier e-bikes, but with a focus on improving road and mountain bike braking performance. They claim the material also helps reduce noise and vibration.

It’ll be available in late fall 2015 in eight models (15, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31 and 32) to fit popular disc brakes from Shimano, Formula, SRAM, Avid and Magura. Check their website for exact brake fitments based on model number. Retail will be €38.40 with an 20% discount offered for a limited time at launch.

Canyon Heads Down Under with New Distribution to Australia & New Zealand


News out of Canyon’s headquarters today that they have put together a new team based in Melborne to deliver their consumer-direct bikes to cyclist throughout Australia and New Zealand. Bikes will be assembled in German before being shipped direct. The new Canyon Australia & New Zealand market group joins recently added South Korea and Japan, as Canyon continues to expand its global reach out of its Europe base, and will be open by the end of this year to make their complete new 2016 range of bikes available on a new continent. No other new markets as of yet, but they did suggest that we stay tuned for more..

Click past the break for some excerpts from their press release…