Posts in the category Cyclocross

Just In: Zipp 202 Firecrest Clincher Disc Brake Wheelset

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According to Zipp, it was the need for better braking in cyclocross that inspired the creation of their first disc brake wheel. After introducing the disc brake 303 to the world in 2013, Zipp started working on a new creation that would appeal to the growing road disc segment. Slotting in underneath the 45mm 303 Firecrest rim, Zipp’s 32mm 202 Firecrest wheelset adds the ability to run disc brakes while keeping things as light as possible.

Just as you would expect from any carbon wheelset coming out of Indianapolis, the 202 Firecrest Disc Brake wheels offer an extremely high end level of fit and finish as well as an impressive weight – for a price.

Details plus actual weights next…


PBE14: Paragon Machine Works Adding Syntace X12 Dropouts and 10mm Axle Toggle Drops

Paragon Machine Works Syntace x12 dropouts for handmade bicycle builders

For those considering a custom bike in their near future, Paragon Machine Works has two new dropout options to consider when discussing the bike with your favorite handmade builder.

Above are the new Syntace X12 dropouts. They marry that axle standard with a Shimano Direct Mount rear derailleur standard. If you want a regular derailleur mount, you (or your frame builder) will have to order that piece directly from Syntace or a stocking dealer.

The dropout is machined from chromoly so it can be welded like normal onto any steel frame. Paragon’s Mark Norstad says they’re making it in response to demand from several builders, namely Curtis Inglis. Until this, the main option was one from 2souls, but it’s a cast piece and so needs to be brazed onto a frame. That, and it had to be ordered from Europe, so PMW’s option should make things much easier on North American frame builders all around.


Layer Up with New Cold Weather Accessories from Bontrager

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It’s only November and we’ve already seen cold and snow. Time to bundle up. There are a ton of different cool and cold weather clothing options out there but there is a common theme – layering. Not only does it make it easier to achieve the right temperature balance for varying conditions, layering also makes it easier to regulate heat as the ride goes on.

When it comes to layering the best place to start is the bottom, naturally. A base layer is an easy way to expand the temperature range of your favorite kit. Not all that long ago it seemed like base layers varied only by sleeve length. Now, companies like Bontrager offer an entire range of undershirts that offer a perfect mate to your favorite jerseys and jackets.


Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


  • In case you weren’t one of the 3500 people who were lucky enough to score a ticket to the Red Bull Dreamline last month then you’re in luck. NBC will be airing the event this Saturday at 5 PM EST. The Red Bull Dreamline, which is part of the Red Bull Signature Series, was held at the Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The event featured a field of 32 of the world’s best BMX dirt jump riders.
  • Here’s one more reminder that if you’re in the Philadelphia area this weekend then be sure to check out the Philadelphia Bike Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It will be held November 8th and 9th. Purchase your tickets in advance and save $$$!
  • After the incredible turnout last year, the Chiltern Cycling Festival has grown into two events. First off will be The Chiltern Cycling Festival on July 12th. The next date for your calendar is the Chenies Velo Classique on August 31st. Entries open on November 6th via
  • Get ready for next season’s riding by training indoors over the winter with the ultimate cycling video experience. The Sufferfest - creators of the world’s best cycling, running and triathlon training videos – have launched a licensing program which is set to transform the indoor cycling experience for facilities, instructors and participants.
  • Put that training to good use by taking a cycling tour through beautiful Tuscany. Imagine spending several days cycling through the Italian countryside, riding past vineyards and Roman castles, then stopping overnight in hilltop towns to enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and wine at the end of the day. Lifecycle Adventures, a cycling vacation company known for its customized bike tours in California, Hawaii, Washington’s San Juan Islands and Oregon, is now operating cycling tours in Tuscany, Italy.
  • Do you live in New York City? Want to know the ins and outs of bike commuting in the city? Bike New York offers free Bike Commuting 101 and Winter Riding 101 classes to empower cyclists to become year-round bike commuters.
  • Mario Cipollini, Tour de France multi-stage winner will be visiting California from November 12 to 15 for several meet and greet events at  Cipollini dealers. Visit for dates and times.
  • Funkier Bike Apparel is now available in the USA! Torcano Industries has become the exclusive U.S. distributor for Funkier Bike Apparel. Check out the story HERE.
  • Swiftwick’s Sock of the Month for November are these really cool Turkey Trot socks. I can’t think of anything better to wear on my piggies on Thanksgiving Day. Look for mine propped up on the end of the couch while I take my tryptophan nap. Click HERE to get yours today.

Lots more Friday Roundup after the break!


EB14: Roundup – Road & Cyclocross Bikes to Amaze & Amuse


CKT by Virenque offers frames and branded cockpit parts to assemble a frameset, with a range of road bike models to suit most tastes. The 589 was the real eyecatcher, with a monocoque frame, integrated seatmast and integrated TRP mini V-brakes. The color matched wheels and spokes didn’t hurt it visually, either.

If this one looks fast, there are plenty more below that look even faster…


Hands On: American Classic Argent Tubeless Road/CX Disc Brake Wheels

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Ask most serious cross racers what equipment they’re running and disc brakes are becoming much more prevalent. But tubeless? It seems that many still cast a dubious eye towards the tires that stay on the rim without any glue.

Like anything though, with time products continue to improve. Thanks to the introduction of improved tubeless cyclocross tires, the feasibility of racing tubeless seems better than ever.

This is where products like the American Classic Argent Tubeless Disc wheels come into play. One of the biggest advantages of tubeless over tubulars is the ability to quickly change out tires based on conditions without having to have multiple wheelsets glued up. For the average privateer that means the ability to run race worthy wheels and tires without a huge investment.

Details, actual weights, tubeless set up, and more next…


Spotted! Prototype TRP Hylex 11 Speed Di2 Compatible Shifters and Hydraulic Brakes

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In early 2012 when disc brakes were really coming on strong for road and cross, TRP was working on a project called HyWire. Combining the braking power of a full hydraulic system with built in Shimano Di2 shifting compatibility, HyWire was looking like a very attractive option. That was until Shimano went 11 speed and left companies like TRP in the dark. Without support for the new shifting standard the trail for HyWire went cold.

In the mean time TRP has been working on awesome road and cross disc brakes like the Spyre and HyRd, leaving us to think the Di2 project was dead in the water. That is, until we spotted this latest prototype on one of Ben Berden’s Raleigh RXC Pro Discs. Appearing to be a modified version of their HyLex single speed hydraulic levers, it looks like TRP might be closer to an 11 speed Di2/hydraulic lever set than we thought…


Video: SSCXWC14 – In Case You Missed It, or Just Don’t Remember It.

Good friend and someone I don’t talk about much, Kevin Weirdorf, (Neidorf incase his mom checks the ‘Rumor), headed to the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in and record what was probably the best party of, well, EVER!  Louisville, which has to be the capital of everything ‘cross nowadays since they have hosted TWO cyclocross world championships did not disappoint. (despite my forgetful experience at Cross Worlds a couple of years ago, I do recall this place being the bee’s knees for cross).  So sit back, partake in your favorite 10am half bottle of Kentucky bourbon, and experience all that was SSCXWC14.

Bonus points for pointing out friends at various time points and tagging them on our facebook page for their mothers, co-workers, and spouses who thought they really were going just to race, to see.  Don Walker, the godfather of NAHBS, at 2:08 for example.

Ritte Unveils Updated 2015 Crossberg Cyclocross Machine

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While most of the country’s cross inclined are gearing up for a big weekend of racing, Ritte just sent over this chocolate morsel. Stepping in to replace the current Crossberg, the 2015 model sees slight changes to help you reach the podium without going broke.

The 2015 Crossberg continues Ritte’s quest to design a frame that has neutral manners and will fit a wide range of riders. Combining a shorter top tube, 425mm chainstays, and a “tighter than average” front center, the Crossberg claims to be agile yet stable through the entire size range. Still born from aluminum, the frame does make a departure from 6061 for the stiffer 7005 alloy which should handle all the punishment you can dish out.