Pro Bike Check: Cannondale Cyclocross World Stephen Hyde’s National Championship winning SuperX

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cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

Local favorite Stephen Hyde got the second call up, just behind Jeremy Powers (check out Powers’ bike here), but it was Hyde who proceeded to dominate the men’s elite race. Word around the pits was he had been out riding the course for the full two weeks prior to race day, and while conditions were drastically different on Sunday, that practice paid off. Some frozen cleat issues on the last lap had everyone on edge, as did a crash and broken derailleur hanger on a flat front tire moments before the finish, but his commanding lead got him across the line first to great fanfare. And he did it all on a nearly stock Cannondale SuperX…

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Local favorite Stephen Hyde got the second call up, just behind Jeremy Powers (check out Powers’ bike here), but it was Hyde who proceeded to dominate the men’s elite race. Word around the pits was he had been out riding the course for the full two weeks prior to race day, and while conditions were […]

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Pro Bike Check: Jeremy Powers Rapha Focus Mares CX bike (and teammate Ellen Noble, too!)

jeremy powers rapha focus mares cx cyclocross race bike check

jeremy powers rapha focus mares cx cyclocross race bike check

Jeremy Powers (aka JPow) needs no introduction, but just in case, here’s the short of it: He’s 4x US National Champion and has more than 60 UCI race wins to his name. He’s also a super nice guy, infinitely approachable in the pits. Check the video below and detail shots of his bike (including some prototype FMB tubulars), followed by a few shots of teammate Ellen Rose Noble’s race bike, too…

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Jeremy Powers (aka JPow) needs no introduction, but just in case, here’s the short of it: He’s 4x US National Champion and has more than 60 UCI race wins to his name. He’s also a super nice guy, infinitely approachable in the pits. Check the video below and detail shots of his bike (including some prototype […]

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Pro Bike Check: Tobin Ortenblad’s shiny new custom painted Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

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santa cruz racing tobin ortenblad stigmata cc cyclocross bike check

Tobin Ortenblad is on a streak, winning the last 11 races he’s entered. That’s put him 2nd overall in pro points for USA Cycling and 26th for UCI worldwide. To celebrate, his mechanic and coach, Chris McGovern, called in a lot of favors to piece together an all new bike complete with custom paint…all in about a 10 day span. On the flight into Connecticut, he couldn’t keep it a secret any longer (especially with Tobin wondering why Chris had packed a bike for himself…ain’t no pro mechanic got time for that!), so he showed him a pic on his phone.

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Tobin Ortenblad is on a streak, winning the last 11 races he’s entered. That’s put him 2nd overall in pro points for USA Cycling and 26th for UCI worldwide. To celebrate, his mechanic and coach, Chris McGovern, called in a lot of favors to piece together an all new bike complete with custom paint…all in […]

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Review: Riding the BH bikes G7 Disc over cobbled classics, dirt roads & racing the clock

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The BH G7 Disc was introduced back leading into Eurobike 2015 and offered the promise of a pro-level aero road bike with a bit more versatility. As one of the first companies to commit to going disc brake-only for their top road bike redesign, BH put their neck on the line as their French Pro Continental team Direct Énergie was preparing to race the bike in the 2016 Spring Classics. That didn’t pan out, but nonetheless the vast majority of us don’t race under the UCI (although rounded rotors are coming back soon), so the thought of a pro-level aero bike built with tire clearance and disc brakes for the Classics certainly sounded like something we wanted to try. So we spent more than half a year testing the G7 from the pavé & bergs of Flanders to our own home cobblestones and back roads. We even did some non-UCI racing on it too, and were quite pleased with its fast ride…

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The BH G7 Disc was introduced back leading into Eurobike 2015 and offered the promise of a pro-level aero road bike with a bit more versatility. As one of the first companies to commit to going disc brake-only for their top road bike redesign, BH put their neck on the line as their French Pro Continental team Direct Énergie […]

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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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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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Review: Rolling into the new year with airless tires on the Specialized Alibi Sport

Maybe your new year’s resolution is to lose a little weight. Riding can be a great way to get yourself out the door and on the way to fitness, but you actually have to get the bike down from that hook in the garage and do it. I’m assuming that for most of us reading the site on a regular basis, the threat of a puncture and the need to inflate your tires on a regular basis isn’t a deterrent to getting out for a ride. But for a large chunk of the population who ride far less often, flats and under inflated tires are a big deal. In fact, Specialized cites a study from German Sport University Cologne that claims up to 90 percent of cyclists ride with under inflated tires, and 55 percent of riders have at least one puncture per year. That may not sound that bad, but when you lack the ability or desire to fix a puncture yourself and you end up having to bring it to a shop (or having the shop come to you), all of a sudden your quick ride becomes an ordeal.

Rather than dwelling on the rider’s ability to fix a flat, with the help of Tannus, Specialized is taking a completely different approach – airless tires. This certainly isn’t the first use of airless tires in the bicycle world (technically, the very first tires were airless as solid rubber). But just like all the other components of the bicycle, the technology has drastically improved with the times. Tannus announced their newest airless tire back in 2015 with their Aither 1.1 which promised better ride characteristics while maintaining the completely flat free feature.

Now, that same technology is available on the Specialized Alibi for a truly maintenance free tire that never goes flat and never needs air…

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Maybe your new year’s resolution is to lose a little weight. Riding can be a great way to get yourself out the door and on the way to fitness, but you actually have to get the bike down from that hook in the garage and do it. I’m assuming that for most of us reading […]

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One Ride Reviews: Extra long Pole Evolink 150 27.5 LD & 140 29 EN

Pole’s take on mountain bikes is a bit unique in the industry. While the recent trends of contemporary trail-ready geometry has pushed most bikes out with longer toptubes and slack head angles, Pole still stands apart with some of the longest wheelbases of any bike maker out there. All of their bikes look almost exactly the same, whether for XC or DH and everything in between, and they all share in the same philosophy that longer is better.

We’d covered the Finnish 110mm cross-country bike and 140mm trail bike back when they were introduced at the start of 2016, but later in the year, we took the opportunity to hit some gravity-fueled, lift-assisted trails in the Austrian Alps on some of the more enduro-focused bikes. Back before the snow fell on some familiar trails, we took the 29er Evolink 14o EN and 27.5″ Evolink 150 LD into the woods to give them a proper thrashing and see how those long wheelbases would react through the berms, technical trails, and rooted switchbacks…

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Pole’s take on mountain bikes is a bit unique in the industry. While the recent trends of contemporary trail-ready geometry has pushed most bikes out with longer toptubes and slack head angles, Pole still stands apart with some of the longest wheelbases of any bike maker out there. All of their bikes look almost exactly the […]

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