Horst bites into weight savings with titanium CX toe spikes

horst engineering titanium toe soikes for cyclocross shoes

Horst Engineering has added a lighter weight option to their original, patented stainless steel toe spike collection. President Scott Livingston says they’re 40% lighter than the stainless steel spikes. They’re also about 40% more expensive. The Pro Kit, which includes four sets covering  all conditions, is $125.49 versus $83.49 for steel. Or get just the size you need for less. These shoes belong to Art Roti, Horst’s GM and product designer/chief engineer, which also got the sheet metal screw treatment just in case the ground is icy.
The spikes were designed here in Hartford, CT, for this particular type of mud. Their HQ is just across the river from the USAC Cyclocross National Championships course, and they were the first to put on a race at this park years ago. 



Horst Engineering has added a lighter weight option to their original, patented stainless steel toe spike collection. President Scott Livingston says they’re 40% lighter than the stainless steel spikes. They’re also about 40% more expensive. The Pro Kit, which includes four sets covering  all conditions, is $125.49 versus $83.49 for steel. Or get just the […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Set an alarm to register for the 6 hours of Warrior Creek – There are those events that riders like so much that they sell out every year. Then there are ones like the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek that sell out in a matter of minutes. The popular race ripping through 13 miles of berms, dips, lake views, and all around good times will return this year on April 1, 2017. But the important date that you need to not forget is tomorrow morning at 9:00am EST. That’s when registration goes live at BikeReg.com and you need to be on the ball if you want to get in on the fun. 6HoursofWarriorCreek.com
    Check some other great events that are in store for this spring, plus a few other goodies…

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Set an alarm to register for the 6 hours of Warrior Creek – There are those events that riders like so much that they sell out every year. Then there are ones like the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek that sell out in a matter of minutes. The popular race ripping through 13 miles of berms, dips, […]

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The Wyman Method of picking cyclocross tires – Part 2

Yesterday we featured the tire pressure ‘rule of thumb’ of 9-time British Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman as we lead up to a weekend of Cross Nationals around the globe. As the pros get ready to face off for their most important end-of-season races we’re sharing some key tips we’ve gleaned from the racers, mechanics, and tire makers to get the most traction in a discipline where wet, muddy, sloppy conditions are actually what make it so much fun. Now that you have committed to testing tubular pressures down in the 20s, lets see that you pick the best tread for the course and conditions…

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Yesterday we featured the tire pressure ‘rule of thumb’ of 9-time British Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman as we lead up to a weekend of Cross Nationals around the globe. As the pros get ready to face off for their most important end-of-season races we’re sharing some key tips we’ve gleaned from the racers, mechanics, and tire […]

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Video: CXNats Slip-N-Slide

Looks like proper cyclocross course conditions for the 2017 USAC CX National Championships in this video from USA Cycling’s twitter feed. Bikerumor is headed up there this weekend to check out the pro bikes and watch the muddy madness. Stay tuned on our IG, FB and right here!

And for now slide past the break for a couple more slick video previews care of USA Cycling…
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Newton’s law: What goes up must come down (sort of). .#cxnats pic.twitter.com/Y96qWslQOY — USA Cycling (@usacycling) January 3, 2017 Looks like proper cyclocross course conditions for the 2017 USAC CX National Championships in this video from USA Cycling’s twitter feed. Bikerumor is headed up there this weekend to check out the pro bikes and watch […]

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Review: Cannondale Slate “all road” bike is just too much fun

Cannondale Slate Force CX1 all gravel road bike review and actual weight

Cannondale Slate Force CX1 all gravel road bike review and actual weight

The promise of gravel bikes is freedom. The ability to dive off the paved road and into the unknown. To explore those backroads, short cuts and secret paths. Or to just stave off boredom. The Cannondale Slate delivers on all those promises with one of the funnest bikes I’ve ever ridden.

When it first debuted, I (and likely you) questioned the logic of using a 650B wheel and tire for a “road” bike, but after riding it, I’m satisfied with the answer. It makes sense, and it makes for a great ride. It may not look traditional, but if you’re looking for an alternate to your standard road bike, it doesn’t get much more alternative than this…

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The promise of gravel bikes is freedom. The ability to dive off the paved road and into the unknown. To explore those backroads, short cuts and secret paths. Or to just stave off boredom. The Cannondale Slate delivers on all those promises with one of the funnest bikes I’ve ever ridden. When it first debuted, […]

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The Wyman Method of setting proper cyclocross race tire pressure – Part 1

courtesy Helen Wyman

This coming weekend marks many of the individual countries’ Cyclocross National Championships as the international race calendar winds down to the remaining two World Cups and then the World Championships in Luxembourg at the end of January. If you’ve made it this far in the season (competing at Nats) you’ve probably already dialed in your tires. But for the remainder of us who will be watching from the sidelines (or at home) we thought we’d reach back to a discussion we had with 9-time British Champion Helen Wyman about how she ensures she has the right tires and pressure dialed for race day…

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This coming weekend marks many of the individual countries’ Cyclocross National Championships as the international race calendar winds down to the remaining two World Cups and then the World Championships in Luxembourg at the end of January. If you’ve made it this far in the season (competing at Nats) you’ve probably already dialed in your tires. […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years and showed how to be a badass (#BeTough in Ridley-speak) on the track by stepping up and racing with the elites at the six days of Gent. Another is U23 CX World Champ Eli Iserbyt, or 15 year old Luke Verburg who won the first 12 of 19 races on his X-night this season. Ridley-bikes.com

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Ridley building the next generation of racers – Sure most bike companies are out supporting pro riders. But Ridley actually sponsors 10 youth development teams. Not only does their R&D division work with pros on cyclocross, road & track, but also with young talents. Take 19 year old Robbe Ghys, who’s been riding on Ridley for several years […]

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Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 wheels in detail: wider carbon, tubeless & road disc brakes

We had a pretty good look at the new Dura-Ace R9100 group when it was unveiled over the summer, adding a proper top-level set of hydraulic disc brakes to Shimano’s premium road race groupset both in electronic Di2 and mechanical shift options, as well as an integrated power meter crankset among other drivetrain redesigns. But less attention has been paid to the accompanying Dura-Ace wheels.

Shimano has effectively added two new wider carbon rim families the C60 & C40, that will join the carry-over C24 to mesh with the new groupset. But even then with options for tubular, tubeless & clincher rims and both rim & disc brake setups, there are a lot of different wheelsets coming in the R9100 & R9170 groups. Get the details including claimed weights & pricing, plus another good look at those new disc rotors, and a sneak peek at what looks to be Shimano’s own quick release thru-axle solution…

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We had a pretty good look at the new Dura-Ace R9100 group when it was unveiled over the summer, adding a proper top-level set of hydraulic disc brakes to Shimano’s premium road race groupset both in electronic Di2 and mechanical shift options, as well as an integrated power meter crankset among other drivetrain redesigns. But […]

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross, MI

Another look back at warmer days. Reader Dennis Willyard sent in this great shot he took of his “friend and teammate Todd Greene carving a smooth corner” during the Alma, Michigan Snap Fitness Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross & 5K back at the start of September. “With just a bit of rain, the course was perfect.”

We always love seeing photos from where you are riding and are happy to share them with our readers around the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your pics with a brief description here.



Another look back at warmer days. Reader Dennis Willyard sent in this great shot he took of his “friend and teammate Todd Greene carving a smooth corner” during the Alma, Michigan Snap Fitness Alma Grand Prix of Cyclocross & 5K back at the start of September. “With just a bit of rain, the course was perfect.” We […]

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