The Schratz monstercross bike covers gravel, cyclocross, trails & fits absolutely everyone

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The new Fitwell Schratz takes their five sizes and three fits philosophy and marries that with a bike made to fit just about any terrain you throw at it. The result? A bike that works for just about anything and anyone.

Depending on frame size, it’s ready for 27.5″ or 29er wheels with up to 2.0″ mountain bike tires (or 700×35 up to 700×50). The frame comes in three versions, with geometry for racers, enthusiasts and casual riders. Those go from aggressively low position to a very upright one, and it’s actually done with different frames, not just cockpit parts. Throw in suspension corrected geometry for a 100mm fork and this ambitious project might be as close to the elusive one bike quiver we’ve been dreaming of. Oh, and you can grab a frame for as little as $155 during their Kickstarter launch…

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The new Fitwell Schratz takes their five sizes and three fits philosophy and marries that with a bike made to fit just about any terrain you throw at it. The result? A bike that works for just about anything and anyone. Depending on frame size, it’s ready for 27.5″ or 29er wheels with up to […]

Posted in Cyclocross, Gravel Bikes, Kickstarter3 Comments

Review: The comfy Bontrager RXL padded handlebar w/ Prologo OneTouch 2 CPC foam bar tape

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prologo onetouch2 cpc foam handlebar tape review and actual weights

For this year’s cyclocross season, I didn’t have a complete new bike lined up for review, focusing instead on testing a random assortment of new parts on my own bike, a Moots Psyclo-X RSL. Yesterday, it was the IRC Serac CX tires. Today, it’s the Bontrager Race X Lite (RXL) IsoZone handlebar with Prologo’s new OneTouch 2 CPC handlebar tape.

The combination creates a heavily padded perch, combining IsoZone pads stuck directly to the handlebar with a thick foam tape using Prologo’s CPC texture. Both are designed to damp vibrations, and the tag team effort puts about 6-7mm of padding under the palm in key spots. That’s wonderful, and fortunately Bontrager’s handlebar shape is a well designed foundation for it all…

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For this year’s cyclocross season, I didn’t have a complete new bike lined up for review, focusing instead on testing a random assortment of new parts on my own bike, a Moots Psyclo-X RSL. Yesterday, it was the IRC Serac CX tires. Today, it’s the Bontrager Race X Lite (RXL) IsoZone handlebar with Prologo’s new […]

Posted in Components, Cyclocross, Reviews, Road Bike3 Comments

Review: IRC Serac CX tubeless ready cyclocross tires

IRC Serac CX tubeless ready cyclocross tire review and actual weights

IRC Serac CX tubeless ready cyclocross tire review and actual weights

For a couple races this season and plenty of training rides, I’ve given the IRC Serac CX a chance to prove itself on dry to damp conditions across grass, hardpack dirt, layers of leaves and pine needles and plenty of roots. There’s also been long stretches of pavement between the trails. Throughout it all, these tubeless ready cyclocross tires have proven to be a solid general conditions tire.

IRC has been in the tubeless game for a long time, offering road and cyclocross models since it first became a thing to ditch the tubes with skinny rubber. That history shows as the tires seat easily and hold air very well over time. They offer three tread patterns for ‘cross: this all ’round CX pattern, a mud pattern and a file tread “sand” pattern. Here’s how the CX faired on the course…

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For a couple races this season and plenty of training rides, I’ve given the IRC Serac CX a chance to prove itself on dry to damp conditions across grass, hardpack dirt, layers of leaves and pine needles and plenty of roots. There’s also been long stretches of pavement between the trails. Throughout it all, these […]

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Bikerumor Holiday Gift Ideas: Cory’s Wish List

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There’s no denying that winter is here. I rode along frost covered bike paths again with freezing tears on my face to the Bikerumor EU HQ this morning. So it is time once again for my year’s end reflection and dreams of what cycling goodies I’d love to find wrapped up under my Festivus Pole. This year was really a rebirth of gravel for me (and the industry as a whole it seems). While I’ll always be a mountain biker at heart, and cyclocross is my favorite kind of racing, ever since I started riding a road bike about twenty years ago, I never could keep the bike on smooth, dry asphalt. Now after years of having to ride a cross bike with often heavy touring style tires (or getting really good & fast at fixing flats) there are tons of performance road bikes available that fit the plethora of high-end 28-30mm road tires that have given me the freedom to ride any road or track I come across. And with my general philosophy that if it has disc brakes, I can ride it like a mountain bike, there are so many great options to choose from.

So as the last days of the year tick away, I’ll leave this as a summary of what I’ve previewed in 2016 and what I hope to spend more time on in the new year. Much of that tends to be high-end gear that you won’t likely be buying for a riding buddy, but I’ve seen a number of cool things that fit in a more affordable price range, and could still make it to your holiday shopping list while delivering an improved riding experience.

Experience

Riding with friends and family is always something I look forward to, and looking back at the year some of the rides that stick in my head were a short weekend mountain biking trip with my wife & kids and a couple of quick road trips with some riding buddies. But one weekend that really jumps out was riding the amateur cyclosportive/gran fondo the day before the Tour of Flanders, then riding out to watch both the pro men & women race the next day. I’ve had a soft spot for the Northern Spring Classics ever since I rode the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix a decade ago, and this gave me the chance to combine a little work & pleasure…

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There’s no denying that winter is here. I rode along frost covered bike paths again with freezing tears on my face to the Bikerumor EU HQ this morning. So it is time once again for my year’s end reflection and dreams of what cycling goodies I’d love to find wrapped up under my Festivus Pole. […]

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Cyclocross, Feature, Gravel Bikes, Mountain Bike, Road Bike1 Comment

Review: Titanium Foundry Flyover CX bike is a versatile, comfortable racer

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If you could pick any material for a cross bike, what would it be? If you’re like me, the racer inside looking for that competitive advantage would say carbon. Foundry doesn’t disagree – two out of three of their cross bikes are made from the stuff. But the newcomer to their line up does things a bit differently. This time, it’s all about titanium. Part of an addition of three new bikes in titanium, the Flyover fills in for the cyclocross segment while the Chilkoot is built for roads, and the Overland is built for gravel.

I’ve ridden enough ti bikes to know that I’m a fan of the ride quality, I just didn’t know how that would translate over to a cyclocross course. Quite well, as it turns out…

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If you could pick any material for a cross bike, what would it be? If you’re like me, the racer inside looking for that competitive advantage would say carbon. Foundry doesn’t disagree – two out of three of their cross bikes are made from the stuff. But the newcomer to their line up does things […]

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Mitas rolls deeper into Gravel & Cyclocross tire game

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Czech tire maker Mitas has a new series of cross tires that it is introducing for 2017 to build up a higher performance range for cyclocross and gravel racing. Recently rebranded from their previous Rubena, Mitas has been making tires in the Czech Republic for more than 80 years, and over the last few seasons have put out some top performing mountain bike tires at reasonable prices. Now they are bringing some of that same tech to slimmed down rubber for a mix of the on & off-road mix of riding that is blowing up in popularity…

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Czech tire maker Mitas has a new series of cross tires that it is introducing for 2017 to build up a higher performance range for cyclocross and gravel racing. Recently rebranded from their previous Rubena, Mitas has been making tires in the Czech Republic for more than 80 years, and over the last few seasons have put […]

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CableLubie puts an oil port inline on your shift cables

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The CableLubie is the product of a UK rider who was tired of even relatively new shift cables feeling sluggish after just a couple months of riding. The United Kingdom is, of course, known for wet weather and mud, hence brands like Hope and their diligently sealed hubs. But with shift cables, there’s only so much sealing you can do, particularly if your frame’s cable stops prevent full length housing.

For that, CableLubie puts a tiny oil reservoir directly into the shift housing, one up front and one in the back ideally. The anodized bit uses a self-sealing rubber sleeve to contain the oil and internal O-rings around the cable to keep it lubing them shift after shift…

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The CableLubie is the product of a UK rider who was tired of even relatively new shift cables feeling sluggish after just a couple months of riding. The United Kingdom is, of course, known for wet weather and mud, hence brands like Hope and their diligently sealed hubs. But with shift cables, there’s only so […]

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Pioneer power meters for Campagnolo, FSA & Cannondale now shipping, MTB coming in December

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Pioneer continues to show they’re serious about cycling by announcing models for Campagnolo, FSA and Cannondale road cranksets, plus options for Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace, XT and XTR models.

The upgrade to working with the latest Dura-Ace R9100 comes as no surprise since Pioneer sponsors several top pro teams and athletes. That one, along with versions for the Campagnolo alloy cranks, is now shipping in both single and dual leg versions. The Cannondale SiSL2 and Si cranks will come in left-side only options for now and are also shipping. Pricing without the crank arms is $499 for single leg and $999 for dual. Single leg measurement comes from the left crank arm and can be upgraded to add right leg at a later date.

The FSA SL-K carbon road version and mountain bike versions will start shipping in December for Trail XT and XTR cranks. That’s not all they showed at Interbike, though, check our coverage for a look at some prototype meters that capture data from the rest of your bike (and you).



Pioneer continues to show they’re serious about cycling by announcing models for Campagnolo, FSA and Cannondale road cranksets, plus options for Shimano’s latest Dura-Ace, XT and XTR models. The upgrade to working with the latest Dura-Ace R9100 comes as no surprise since Pioneer sponsors several top pro teams and athletes. That one, along with versions […]

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Isla Bikes’ youth-sized Greim cyclocross tires now available separately

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Isla Bikes makes some sick kids cyclocross bikes, which come equipped with their own Gréim tires. Now, they’re offering those tires for sale without having to buy the complete bike, and they come in three sizes and two versions. Like the bikes, there’s a Pro version and a Standard one. The Pro model is lighter thanks to a Kevlar bead and 185tpi skinwall casing, which gives it a more supple ride. The Standard version gets a wire bead and 72tpi casing, but adds a Kevlar puncture protection layer. Specs and more details below…

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Isla Bikes makes some sick kids cyclocross bikes, which come equipped with their own Gréim tires. Now, they’re offering those tires for sale without having to buy the complete bike, and they come in three sizes and two versions. Like the bikes, there’s a Pro version and a Standard one. The Pro model is lighter […]

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