SOC16: Upcoming WTB Ranger tire covers fire roads to trails with Road Plus, 26″ Plus options

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If ever there were a tire that looked like one thing but was intended for something else entirely, it might just be the new WTB Ranger. Spotted at their booth as a very, very early leak was the 27.5 x 2.0 “gravel / cyclocross” tire. Elsewhere at Sea Otter, several new bikes were fitted with 26 x 3.0 “plus” mountain bike tires of the same name.

We’d heard rumor that WTB would soon have a much more aggressively knobbed “road plus” tire to join the very slick Horizon 27.5 x 47c and the mid-height knob Riddler. This could be it, and so much more…

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If ever there were a tire that looked like one thing but was intended for something else entirely, it might just be the new WTB Ranger. Spotted at their booth as a very, very early leak was the 27.5 x 2.0 “gravel / cyclocross” tire. Elsewhere at Sea Otter, several new bikes were fitted with […]

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SOC16: 2017 Focus Mares CX cyclocross bikes get flat mount disc brake updates, more

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By way of introduction, Focus’ owner simply said “Cyclocross is in our DNA.” And with Jeremy Powers, currently ranked #8 in the world, racing on their bikes and very happy with the frames, its somewhat fitting that they carry over mostly unchanged for 2017.

The big change is the move to flat mount disc brakes on both carbon and alloy frames. And all of the carbon forks, which are spec’d on every model, were redesigned with internal brake hose routing. There’s a foam channel inside to guide the brake hose through it. Since that required a complete redesign, they used that opportunity to switch from 15mm thru axles to 12mm, dropping a few extra grams. The exact amount of weight savings for the fork is TBD.

Other than the flat mounts, the frame stays the same really since that change didn’t require new molds. It’s still sub 900g for the carbon frame. Graphics and spec are all updated, check out the complete line below…

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By way of introduction, Focus’ owner simply said “Cyclocross is in our DNA.” And with Jeremy Powers, currently ranked #8 in the world, racing on their bikes and very happy with the frames, its somewhat fitting that they carry over mostly unchanged for 2017. The big change is the move to flat mount disc brakes […]

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SOC16: Vittoria bolsters Plus & DH mountain bike tire spread, plus new cyclocross tire & more

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Vittoria’s new Cross-XS tire will come in both tubular and TNT tubeless-ready clincher versions and will use their next generation Corespun cotton casing. That casing has the same tpi as the original but uses a new construction process that’s closer to how they make their track tires and makes it more supple. Beyond that, Vittoria’s reps weren’t giving up any details until closer to the product’s actual release.

Fortunately, that release should be before cyclocross season’s completely under way. Available in fall as a 700×33, they’ll possibly do a wider one for gravel, too…

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Vittoria’s new Cross-XS tire will come in both tubular and TNT tubeless-ready clincher versions and will use their next generation Corespun cotton casing. That casing has the same tpi as the original but uses a new construction process that’s closer to how they make their track tires and makes it more supple. Beyond that, Vittoria’s […]

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SOC16: Stages adds GXP power meter arm, more mountain bike spindle options

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Stages introduced their own carbon fiber crank arms at Eurobike last year, offering spindles for BB30 (Red22 and Force/Rival) and BB386 Evo (FSA) arms, using separate spindles to retrofit their cranks to those brands’ driveside. Now, they’re offering spindles to fit an OE version of SRAM MTB cranks that are wider than the standard, and a CINCH-style spindle to fit Race Face cranks.

For standard SRAM-equipped bikes, they have a new GXP compatible carbon fiber arm with power meter attached for $629. There’s a version for road and mountain bikes…

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Stages introduced their own carbon fiber crank arms at Eurobike last year, offering spindles for BB30 (Red22 and Force/Rival) and BB386 Evo (FSA) arms, using separate spindles to retrofit their cranks to those brands’ driveside. Now, they’re offering spindles to fit an OE version of SRAM MTB cranks that are wider than the standard, and a CINCH-style spindle to […]

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SOC16 – New Challenge Dune cyclocross tire floats on sand, all Team Edition tubular CX tires updated

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Challenge has updated all of their Team Edition tubular cyclocross tires with all new coatings and cotton casings. The primary change is in the tread with a new compound and durometer, and they some also got a change in thickness of the base rubber. The new rubber is softer and grippier, but lasts just as long. That lets you run lower pressure for better cornering grip, and it’ll be more supple for better overall traction while still being just as fast on the straights.

The coating on the sides used to be a latex formula, and would wear faster, so many riders would put an aqua seal on it. The new coating is still latex based, but is thinner, more UV resistant and more durable. It’s also more flexible and more waterproof.

Overall, weights stayed within 5-10 grams of the originals, but are generally a bit lighter because of the thinner coating. They’re already in production and shipping to distributors, so should be available by end of April. Pricing says the same.

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Challenge has updated all of their Team Edition tubular cyclocross tires with all new coatings and cotton casings. The primary change is in the tread with a new compound and durometer, and they some also got a change in thickness of the base rubber. The new rubber is softer and grippier, but lasts just as […]

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Verve RevUp drops the magnets for Infocrank power meter cadence sensing

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We’ve been testing Verve’s Infocranks  in the harshest conditions you could drum up for a power meter, from rough gravel roads to the mud and pressure washers of cyclocross. But the only real issue after several seasons of testing had been with the magnets needed to ensure accurate cadence reporting. Now up-to-date and accurate cadence measurement is a huge deal in power meters. Since the Infocrank actually measure stress in the cranks and equates torque out of that, it needs cadence (or its analogue of angular velocity) to calculate power. Now Verve after working on the issue for a couple of years, both in the lab and with their pro-team testers, have managed to get accurate cadence data with the existing sensors in the crank and without the use of magnets. Check out the details below and how to get this over the air update now…

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We’ve been testing Verve’s Infocranks  in the harshest conditions you could drum up for a power meter, from rough gravel roads to the mud and pressure washers of cyclocross. But the only real issue after several seasons of testing had been with the magnets needed to ensure accurate cadence reporting. Now up-to-date and accurate cadence measurement is […]

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NAHBS 2016: No22 drops new carbon cyclocross fork, Drifter gravel bike & other updates

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No22 Bicycles’ Broken Arrow gained a disc brake thru axle option at last year’s show thanks to the then-new TRP fork. Now, they’ve done it one better by designing their own carbon fiber fork that’s built around flat mount disc brakes.

The titanium frame also gets a few updates, including a switch to (or the option of) the new T47 threaded bottom bracket standard and flat mount rear brake mounts, too. They’ve also used it as the platform for their new Drifter gravel road bike…

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No22 Bicycles’ Broken Arrow gained a disc brake thru axle option at last year’s show thanks to the then-new TRP fork. Now, they’ve done it one better by designing their own carbon fiber fork that’s built around flat mount disc brakes. The titanium frame also gets a few updates, including a switch to (or the […]

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Roubaix Tech: Scicon brings semi-custom pro Race Rain Bag to amateurs as well

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While it might not be quite as custom as the Bikerumor Rain Bags that we reviewed last fall and then gave away to a couple of lucky winners in our annual reader survey, Scicon has made good on their promise to bring availability to all cyclists. The new bags actually are even nicer than those we tested, with the new version getting some fabric and zip upgrades, and we spotted this new edition already in the back of the Etixx – Quick Step team car for the Spring Classics. Scicon is still customizing the consumer bags with the rider’s name though. And now even easier with their new online shop, it lets you pick your flag from a pull down that even includes Sufferlandria. Our Bikerumor Rain Bags get more use in our race and travel prep than any other bag we’ve used up to now. It just has been so convenient to know everything is packed well and easy to get to at the last-minute when the weather shifts. Take a closer look at the new bags after the break, and get pricing and availability…

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While it might not be quite as custom as the Bikerumor Rain Bags that we reviewed last fall and then gave away to a couple of lucky winners in our annual reader survey, Scicon has made good on their promise to bring availability to all cyclists. The new bags actually are even nicer than those we tested, […]

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Trek Bicycle and Sven Nys Announce New Partnership

With two world championships, seven world cups and over 140 victories, 39 year old Sven Nys is considered one of the greatest cyclocross racers of all time. Not only that, he’s a very capable mountain biker, with five Belgian championships and two appearances at the Olympic games.

Trek Bicycle Corporation and Nys, aka “The Cannibal from Baal”, have announced a partnership that includes support for the forthcoming Baal-based Sven Nys Cycling Center, sponsorship of Nys’ Telenet-Fidea cyclocross team, and a brand ambassadorship that will keep the former World Champion aboard the brand’s bikes in retirement… Continue reading “Trek Bicycle and Sven Nys Announce New Partnership”



With two world championships, seven world cups and over 140 victories, 39 year old Sven Nys is considered one of the greatest cyclocross racers of all time. Not only that, he’s a very capable mountain biker, with five Belgian championships and two appearances at the Olympic games. Trek Bicycle Corporation and Nys, aka “The Cannibal from […]

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