Next gen Cannondale SuperX tackles current state of cyclocross

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Cannondale’s context for the new SuperX is that the sport of cyclocross is changing as it grows in popularity. Seasons have gotten longer, sometimes starting as early as late spring when courses are dry, dusty, and fast. Races are getting faster and more technical. Courses themselves have gotten more extreme, with features resembling downhill courses of the early 90’s.

In this third iteration of the Super X, Cannondale has created the cyclocross machine for the moment. The new geometry is geared around stability and traction from a handling standpoint, as well as control and comfort from the rider’s perspective. It is light-weight (claimed 1000g frame) and possesses massive tire clearance to boot. What is really exciting about this model is in how Cannondale, once again, bucks convention to accomplish everything. More on this, after the jump…

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Cannondale’s context for the new SuperX is that the sport of cyclocross is changing as it grows in popularity. Seasons have gotten longer, sometimes starting as early as late spring when courses are dry, dusty, and fast. Races are getting faster and more technical. Courses themselves have gotten more extreme, with features resembling downhill courses of […]

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G-Form expands body protection for every body with new Pro-B Bib Shorts, Ankle Guards

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G-Form protection bib short liner ankle guard-8

No one ever plans on crashing. In fact, I’m pretty sure I can safely say that most people try to avoid it at all costs. Try as you might though, there is still a good chance that you will go down eventually. That’s where someone like G-Form comes in. With a tagline of ‘protection for every body,’ G-Form’s goal is to make wearing protection less of an uncomfortable experience so when you do actually crash, you’ll be protected rather than wishing you had decided to wear your pads that day.

The company was started back in 2012 by Dan Wyner, after making OEM padding for the motorcycle industry for a few years prior. But the story goes back farther than that. Far from an average entrepreneur, Dan’s first ties to G-form go back to request from NASA to develop a material that was super light, flexible, and still absorbed a large amount of energy. Eventually Dan figured out a way to inject C02 bubbles coated in silicone into a piece of foam inside a mold to create a reactive foam. When impacted, the C02 bubbles expand, absorbing the impact but then return to their normal size. It was because of discoveries like this that Dan has four patents with NASA and is a member of the Space Technology Hall of Fame.

Now, G-Form is taking that same energy absorption and building it into a range of padding not just for cycling, but for a number of different sports. Using improved fits and fabrics, G-Form pads are worth a look, especially if you haven’t done so recently…

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No one ever plans on crashing. In fact, I’m pretty sure I can safely say that most people try to avoid it at all costs. Try as you might though, there is still a good chance that you will go down eventually. That’s where someone like G-Form comes in. With a tagline of ‘protection for […]

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All-new 2017 Scott Spark, Scale redefine lightweight mountain bikes

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Scott has long been known for pushing the boundaries of lightweight on production bikes, and with the new 2017 Scott Spark and Scott Scale mountain bikes, they’ve done it again.

Taking full advantage of recently introduced standards like Boost and Metric Shock sizing, the full suspension Spark RC bikes come in as light as 1,749g… with ALL hardware AND the shock. Considering most full suspension bikes’ frames hit that number without the shock, that’s a very impressive number. And the hardtail Scale measures as low as 849g. Both use a 1x specific design to shave extra grams, but the rest of the bike’s details are where the major weight savings come from and show off the Swiss brand’s talents for making wicked light race bikes…

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Scott has long been known for pushing the boundaries of lightweight on production bikes, and with the new 2017 Scott Spark and Scott Scale mountain bikes, they’ve done it again. Taking full advantage of recently introduced standards like Boost and Metric Shock sizing, the full suspension Spark RC bikes come in as light as 1,749g… […]

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Ellsworth rebuilds the Rogue with completely new design, modern geometry

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Ellsworth Rogue sixty enduro mountain bike 2017 160mm

The last time we caught up with Tony Ellsworth, it was just announced that the company had been purchased by Jonathan Freeman. Moving on from their relationship with BST, Ellsworth was preparing to start a new chapter with Freeman’s help and a new line of bikes.

Six months later at Summer Press camp, Ellsworth unveiled the latest result of the new partnership with a ground-up redesign of the Rogue. In no uncertain terms, Tony made it clear that the three main sources of criticism for Ellsworth bikes – rocker length, chain stay length, and head tube angle, had all been addressed. Starting from scratch, the new Rogue Sixty looks like it could be the catalyst Ellsworth needed for a comeback…

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The last time we caught up with Tony Ellsworth, it was just announced that the company had been purchased by Jonathan Freeman. Moving on from their relationship with BST, Ellsworth was preparing to start a new chapter with Freeman’s help and a new line of bikes. Six months later at Summer Press camp, Ellsworth unveiled the latest […]

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Review: Dare VSR Aero Road Bike – Part Two, with rim brakes

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A little earlier this year, we provided a tech overview of the Dare VSR Aero Road bike -a road bike capable of running disc brakes or rim brakes, with the appropriate fork, wheels, brakes and dropouts installed- and started the long term review . Part One covered the full ride review of the bike as fitted with disc brakes. Here, Part Two demonstrates the process of switching to rim brakes, along with details about weight of individual components, handy information for the component weight conscious cyclist in us. Click on through for Part Two… Continue reading “Review: Dare VSR Aero Road Bike – Part Two, with rim brakes”



A little earlier this year, we provided a tech overview of the Dare VSR Aero Road bike -a road bike capable of running disc brakes or rim brakes, with the appropriate fork, wheels, brakes and dropouts installed- and started the long term review . Part One covered the full ride review of the bike as fitted with […]

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Camelbak reservoirs get big updates; Mule, Hawg, and Luxe get the LR treatment, more

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Looking at the current Camelbak product, it’s hard to imagine that the first bladders were inspired by IV bags. In the past 26 years the bladders have seen major updates every 5-6 years, and based on what we’ve seen at PressCamp, the latest generation is the best one yet.

Called the Crux Reservoir, Camelbak has focused on a few key areas to improve the bladder’s usability but also improve the performance of the hydration packs themselves. Combined with new LR versions of their most popular larger packs, Camelbak continues to provide excellent options for hydration…

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Looking at the current Camelbak product, it’s hard to imagine that the first bladders were inspired by IV bags. In the past 26 years the bladders have seen major updates every 5-6 years, and based on what we’ve seen at PressCamp, the latest generation is the best one yet. Called the Crux Reservoir, Camelbak has […]

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Smith Route & Rover helmets make Koroyd protection more affordable for road and mountain

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Smith helmets have a lot of things going for them, but they’re probably best known at this point for their use Aerocore. That’s the green material above from Koroyd that sort of looks like a bunch of drinking straws glued together. Made from thousands of extruded co-polymer tubes that are thermally welded together, the Koroyd material crushes upon impact and is said to absorb the energy in a better and more controlled manner.

The only issue? The Koroyd material itself is pretty expensive. That’s a large part of why the Forefront and Overtake helmets are so expensive. In order to offer similar levels of protection to more riders, Smith set out to create a new helmet platform that still offered excellent protection – just at a more attainable price…

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Smith helmets have a lot of things going for them, but they’re probably best known at this point for their use Aerocore. That’s the green material above from Koroyd that sort of looks like a bunch of drinking straws glued together. Made from thousands of extruded co-polymer tubes that are thermally welded together, the Koroyd […]

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Review: First Impressions of the Mavic XA Wheelset in Basque Country

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Mavic Wheels in the Basque Country
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For a company that has long relied on aluminum for their mountain bike wheels, Mavic’s new XA Carbon wheels were pretty big news. As part of their Wheel Tire System, the XAs are a UST tubeless, hookless carbon wheelset that supposedly allowed Mavic to justify the move to carbon fiber. We first got a chance to test them out during the press launch in the Basque Country – which is fortunate considering I run guided tours here with my company basqueMTB. While I was the guide for the press launch, I also had a chance to ride the wheels so I had more time on the them than most, and also had an advantage since I know the trails and have ridden them on many different wheels and bikes over the years. I tested the wheels on my Orbea Rallon, which I have previously ridden with the Mavic Crossmax XL wheels and also with DT Swiss E-1700 wheels.

I have to state up front that I’ve tried several other wheels and am not a massive fan of carbon wheels currently. Sure, I love the weight and snappy acceleration they provide, and I love the way they hold a line and lend a bike a degree of precision. What I don’t like about carbon wheels in general is the harsh feel they have when pressing on in rough terrain. Someone once told me that the best way to improve a bike’s small bump compliance is to take 5psi out of your tyres, well, I often think that carbon wheels add 10psi back on!

I listened to Mavic´s press launch carefully and was impressed that they had really focused on increasing lateral stiffness but the engineers obviously understood that decreasing vertical stiffness was the way forward. You can find all of the technical information in our tech break down on the Mavic XA wheels, however the figures suggest I should have a wheel which is as stiff or stiffer than most leading carbon wheels but more vertically compliant than my Crossmax XLs . Would I be able to feel it? Would these wheels be any different from the other carbon wheels I’ve tested? Read on to find out…  Continue reading “Review: First Impressions of the Mavic XA Wheelset in Basque Country”



For a company that has long relied on aluminum for their mountain bike wheels, Mavic’s new XA Carbon wheels were pretty big news. As part of their Wheel Tire System, the XAs are a UST tubeless, hookless carbon wheelset that supposedly allowed Mavic to justify the move to carbon fiber. We first got a chance […]

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Interview: Alchemy Bicycles with Ryan Cannizzaro and Matthew Maczuzak

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In a world where almost all production carbon fiber is made overseas, Alchemy Bicycles has soldiered forth not only producing frames, but really leveraging their Denver, Colorado facility and many decades of in-house carbon manufacturing experience to push the envelope of what can be done in the medium.

The Arktos, their latest creation, is the culmination of years of intensive in-house development, allowed the company to really flex their capabilities for everyone watching in the community. Alchemy claims, after all, that the Arktos is the first domestically manufactured, production, full suspension, carbon fiber frame.

The story of the Arktos is really the story of Alchemy to this point. In order to understand more about the Arktos, we sat down with Alchemy founder, Ryan Cannizzaro, and brand product development designer/engineer, Matthew Maczuzak, at their impressive south Denver facility to understand how a brand that started in steel and titanium only eight years ago could evolve so quickly…

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In a world where almost all production carbon fiber is made overseas, Alchemy Bicycles has soldiered forth not only producing frames, but really leveraging their Denver, Colorado facility and many decades of in-house carbon manufacturing experience to push the envelope of what can be done in the medium. The Arktos, their latest creation, is the culmination of years of intensive […]

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