2016 Trek Boone, Crockett cyclocross bikes get spec, color updates and more disc brakes

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Now that the 2015/16 cyclocross season is a wrap, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming cyclocross season. After all, that’s when most of us are actually pinning on a number, so it’s always in the backs of our minds. And, with the growing interest in alternative ways to ride a road bike, it’s on a lot of manufacturers’ minds, too.

While some other brands have made dramatic changes to their CX bikes recently, Trek’s carrying forward the frames unveiled for the 2015-16 season unchanged save for their dress and spec, but you’ll find much fewer cantilever rim brake options unless you’re at the top of the Boone line. Yes, the very tip top of the line is the Sven Nys Race Shop Limited model, which shaves grams by eschewing discs, which worked quite well for many of Sven’s World Cup wins over the years. Of course, even he’s upgraded.

The Crockett lineup goes to all disc brakes, all the time. Both models continue on with 15mm thru axle forks and standard QR rear dropouts. Hop on down for a quick overview of models and specs…

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Bombtrack breaks the Hook down into 3 specialist cyclocross machines

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About a year and a half ago Bombtrack bikes stepped out of their fixie comfort zone and offered a steel framed cyclocross bike to broaden their horizons. In that time the original Hook cross bike outreached their expectations and everyone from their development team to their customers began to take the bike more and more off its intended track. So now Bombtrack has added two more bike to the Hook line. A new entry level steel bike steel bike becomes the 1, last year’s Hook carries over as the 2, and an all carbon Hook 3 makes its debut, with more shots and details across the fold…

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Darrel Williams of Thrive Cycles

Road to NAHBS 2016: Darrel Williams of Thrive Cycles
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Photo by Stacey Schmitz

Darrel Williams and his brand, Thrive Cycles, hail from the small town of Savannah, Missouri, a place with many quiet roads lovely for riding but “about the furthest you can get from being a cycling town.” Being an entirely self-taught builder, Darrel has already gotten attention in forums for his process, routing techniques, and juicy fillets. His bikes have a clean, minimalist aesthetic that is reflective of his brand’s motto, “deliberately simple,” as well as his polite eschewing of the flashy paint jobs and elaborate metalwork that he feels can be distracting from the machine. Jive with the drive behind Thrive Cycles after the jump…

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Shimano patent shows silent ring drive hub internals that could be the next Dura-Ace

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shimano scylence freehub ring drive ratchet design delivers silent drag free performance - prototype patent drawings

Thanks to rumor and hearsay from a Bikerumor fan and our own digging, we hear Shimano’s working on all-new hub designs. one that could offer quick engagement, more durable freehub bodies and nearly silent, drag-free coasting. And we found a few patents to back it all up.

The biggest update to their current designs is the switch to a ring drive ratchet system. DT Swiss has proven it with their Star Ratchet, but Shimano’s filing actually references Chris King’s RingDrive patent, but there’s a major difference in the way Shimano’s design moves the ratchet rings. And that difference is what eliminates the buzzing bee sound during coasting, creating quiet, fast hub that might just be the heart of XTR and Dura-Ace’s next generation hubs…

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Matt Appleman of Appleman Bicycles

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Matt Appleman’s story is a little different than many of those featured in the Road to NAHBS series. Rather than approach the trade in the traditional way of studying under an established frame builder or taking a class, a college-aged Matt bought a bunch of tooling and built his first cyclocross frame in his dorm room and went for it. Entering his sixth year of building full time, Matt has refined his product and process to cater to any rider (though his product is most locally recognized as a weapon of choice among the elite men’s field). See how Matt’s bikes have evolved to be the Appleman of so many riders’ eye after the jump…
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Project321 Boost hubs do it different, plus new singlespeed, cyclocross & Lefty hubs!

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To take advantage of a Boost frame or fork, most hubs usually grow by 6mm in the rear and 10mm in the front. Project321’s new Boost hubs’ shells do just that, but they left some of those gains on the table when moving the flanges.

“Everyone’s just taking the extra 10mm and pushing the flanges out by 5mm per side,” says Jake Lyles, Project321’s product designer. “But, on the front, we kept the right side where it was and only pushed the left (disc brake) side out. That means the flanges only spread by 5mm. So the bracing angle on the right didn’t grow like it would on some other hubs, but this gave us a more even angle on both sides. Just because we could take the full 10mm, we didn’t necessarily think we should.”

Here’s why that matters…

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Cycling photographer Hamvas takes to Kickstarter to fuel this year’s Cyclocross album

Cycling photographer Hamvas takes to Kickstarter to fuel this year’s Cyclocross album

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The Cyclocross 2015/2016 season ins’t quite over, with the much anticipated Zolder World Championships to come in just over a week and a half, but photographer Balint Hamvas is already looking forward to his annual photo album of the sport. Hamvas made a pretty significant move to cover more of women’s pro cycling throughout the year over the last couple of seasons, but still keeps a muddy place in his heart for cross. This year he has decided to look to Kickstarter to raise money for Cyclocross 2015/2016, so he can continue to work on documenting cycling, but have a bit more assurances of the sales for the essentially one-man operation that is the planning, photographing, writing, and production of the annual publication.

This year marks Hamvas’ sixth edition of the cyclocross tome. He has a special section in the works devoted to Sven Nys, longtime cross master who is retiring from competition after the season, with a look back at his career through stories and archive images. The rest of the 240 page book will include his best photos from all of the major European races with sections devoted to: the World Cup, the Superprestige, the BPost Bank Trofee series, and the upcoming World Championships.

Over at Kickstarter, £30 will preorder a copy of the book for you with delivery in July 2016. For a few more quid you can get your name in the book as a supporter or a limited-edition print. There’s even one £500 spot left that includes a day at the races with Hamvas next season. And a nice, new by-product of the Kickstarter campaign, for just a £5 contribution you won’t get the book, but will get a small A5 print of your choosing from his catalog.

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Origin Stories With Don Walker of Don Walker Cycles

Photo by Nathan Roberson
Photo by Nathan Roberson
Photo by Nathan Roberson

We are mere weeks away from the twelfth installment of the North American Handmade Bike Show and the Bikerumor.com “Road to NAHBS 2016” Pre-Show Coverage Crew is furiously gathering interviews from show attendees for your reading pleasure. This year’s pre-show coverage will focus on the origin stories of the those bringing bikes to the show. What better way to kick off that coverage than by talking to the kingpin of the whole NAHBS operation, Don “The Don” Walker? 

It takes a very special individual to assemble, year after year, the exciting personalities that comprise the domestic frame builder community. In a lot of ways, we take the show for granted. The show has endured over a decade, meaning that there is now a generation for whom both NAHBS and the now robust frame builder community it has championed have always existed in their adult enthusiast life. And where it was predicted decades ago within the industry that traditional fabrication methods and materials for frame building would go the way of the dodo, we now find these traditions not just surviving but thriving and innovating, due in large part to the platform that this show has given the trade.

It is impossible to deny the innovation that has been fostered by these builders or the rise of now popular segments that were nurtured and developed first and exclusively by this body as big industry looked on. Whether or not you have purchased a bike from a builder at the show, or follow frame builders at all, your cycling landscape has been undeniably shaped by the growth and rise in popularity of this community. And for all of this, we owe some thanks to Don.

Don really has two origin stories. The first story is about Don and his personal introduction to frame building (via track racing). The second origin story is that of the show and how it came to be and how it has grown.
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Review: SKS Twentyniner large barrel floor pump

Review: SKS Twentyniner large barrel floor pump

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A lot of companies have started making ultra low pressure pumps recently to cater to the needs of fat bikers, and SKS has been among them with their Big Wheel pump. The biggest selling point of those pumps is the ability to read small pressure changes on their dials and to have accurate (or at least repeatable) measurements down in the 10-20 psi range. And while that is great for a fat-only pump, a lot of times the gauges miss out by not going up quite enough to give a broader spectrum of use for other low-pressure tires like the 20-30 psi range for cyclocross and the 23-40 psi range for mountain bikes. So that’s why we looked to the next SKS pump up the line, the Twentyniner. It’s an oversized barrel pump with an easy-to-read gauge that goes up to ~85 psi/6 bar. That’s a bit higher than we might have initially hoped, but in the end let us cover even more ground. Check out how it has done for us after the break…

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