Merckx Mondays
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Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx? Sure!

In cooperation with Tijdsbeeld & Pièce Montée, 9000 studios will make the new website Mercxickx.be. Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx might be the greatest sports icons Belgium has ever produced. In 2015, both gentlemen are blessed with 70 candles on their birthday cake, which is celebrated with a grand exhibition.

Grand, like the careers of both gentlemen. Eddy Merckx, the best cyclist of all times, won everything there was to win, including five GC victories in the Tour de France, The Giro, The Vuelta and seven times Milaan San Remo. Jacky Ickx is one of the most complete car racers to ever press down a throttle pedal. Amongst other things, he won 8 F1 grand prixs, six times the prestigeous 24 hours of Le Mans and the Paris Dakar rally. Two international sports icons, two proud Belgians. If anyone deserve’s an exhibition, it’s them.

See more at 9000.be. Nice find, Tracko!

Oct 20, 2014 No comments yet
Horse Cycles: White Stallion Production 29’r Hardtail MTB
Horse_Hardtail

Yikes! I didn’t expect to see this beauty when I was catching up on my Flickr browsing. Thomas at Horse Cycles just completed a run of production 29’r hardtails, complete with custom paint, done in house, right down to detailing the Rock Shox fork and ENVE stem. What do I think? Dirty thoughts… like a white horse fell into the mud dirty.

The price? $999 for a frame only, with a 3-4 week lead time. See more at Horse Cycles!

Oct 20, 2014 4 comments
Just a Little Bigger: Surly’s Knard 41c Cross Tire
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It takes a bit of convincing for most people, but after you go with a fatter tire on your cross bike, you rarely will want to go back. Since riding the Nano for around 6 months, I’ve fallen in love with the extra cushion provided by a 40c tire and while I love the Nano, I really wanted to give the Surly Knard 41c a go. If, for any other reason than the allure of a smidge in additional width.

Trails, sure! But racing? For some reason, people are apprehensive about racing a 40+c tire – USAC allows it, so why not? My guess is, that age old myth that a “bigger tire is slower”… Oh but the contrary, with the right PSI, you’ll have the upper hand on just about any course.

I spent the weekend racing on my new Knards and have some thoughts below…

Surely Surly doesn’t make “race tires”, but that didn’t stop me from giving these a go at this weekend’s races. While we don’t get muddy conditions here too often, I’m confident if we did, the Knard’s tread would handle a few inches of slop just fine. What I do notice is the extra tread on well-worn in lines and when there was mud, the tread pattern shed it a lot better than the Nano.

That said, I feel like the Nano wanted to rip through off-camber lines and downhill sections faster, but that’s only because I spent a lot of time riding similar terrain on both, looking for differences.

Even in sand, and hardpack, the Knard just grips and goes. Having some extra width and cushion helps in rough patches, or ruts in grassy corners. Not to mention, the Knard eats sand like none other. Simply coast through it, while others fight against the criss-crossing ruts.

So what gives? Which tire do I like better? Honestly, I don’t think I have a preference and truthfully, I think I’d like the Knard better up front with a Nano on the rear. Am I going to race anything smaller than a 40c from here on out though? Most likely not. I feel like I had an edge on a lot of the other racers who are still sworn allegiance to a 32 or 33c tire.

For the gram counters, the 120 TPI Knard, even with a whopping “1c” additional width, comes in 5 grams lighter than the Nano. Do I notice a difference? Hell no.

You can set these up tubeless, although I haven’t yet and Surly recommends at least a 23mm wide rim. With the supple casing on the 120TPI tire, and too low PSI, I actually rolled a tire off my rim at around 18psi. I run the front at 25 – 30psi and the rear at 30 – 35psi just fine, typically.

The Surly Knard comes in 120 TPI and 67 TPI casing and is available at your local Surly dealer for around $40 a tire.

Oct 20, 2014 33 comments
Some Austin Cross Racing

This video is from opening weekend here in Texas, at the Six-Shooter. In years past, it’s been a lot of fun. This year, I was out of town at a wedding, so I missed out. There’s lots of mayhem at the barriers in this one. Not to mention Tristan’s barrier beef as the last clip…

Oct 20, 2014 5 comments
A Dangerous Commute

No matter how often we complain about drivers or our roads, always remember, there are some with it much worse.

Oct 20, 2014 1 comment
I Hope Everyone Had a Great Weekend of Racing!
Ben-4

Well, it’s Sunday night and that means everyone that races ‘cross probably has at least one day in their legs from the weekend. We had a great time in Austin and you can expect a full gallery tomorrow, but for now, I’m just stoked that ‘cross is here!

Oct 19, 2014 2 comments
CX Hairs: SVENNESS 3.2

Here you go, the second installment of this year’s SVENNESS series from CX Hairs. Just in time to get you stoked on the weekend’s races!

Oct 17, 2014 3 comments
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Merckx Mondays
MerckxIckx

Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx? Sure!

In cooperation with Tijdsbeeld & Pièce Montée, 9000 studios will make the new website Mercxickx.be. Eddy Merckx and Jacky Ickx might be the greatest sports icons Belgium has ever produced. In 2015, both gentlemen are blessed with 70 candles on their birthday cake, which is celebrated with a grand exhibition.

Grand, like the careers of both gentlemen. Eddy Merckx, the best cyclist of all times, won everything there was to win, including five GC victories in the Tour de France, The Giro, The Vuelta and seven times Milaan San Remo. Jacky Ickx is one of the most complete car racers to ever press down a throttle pedal. Amongst other things, he won 8 F1 grand prixs, six times the prestigeous 24 hours of Le Mans and the Paris Dakar rally. Two international sports icons, two proud Belgians. If anyone deserve’s an exhibition, it’s them.

See more at 9000.be. Nice find, Tracko!

Oct 20, 2014 No comments yet
Horse Cycles: White Stallion Production 29’r Hardtail MTB
Horse_Hardtail

Yikes! I didn’t expect to see this beauty when I was catching up on my Flickr browsing. Thomas at Horse Cycles just completed a run of production 29’r hardtails, complete with custom paint, done in house, right down to detailing the Rock Shox fork and ENVE stem. What do I think? Dirty thoughts… like a white horse fell into the mud dirty.

The price? $999 for a frame only, with a 3-4 week lead time. See more at Horse Cycles!

Oct 20, 2014 4 comments
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Just a Little Bigger: Surly’s Knard 41c Cross Tire
Surly_Knard_Tire-41c-1

It takes a bit of convincing for most people, but after you go with a fatter tire on your cross bike, you rarely will want to go back. Since riding the Nano for around 6 months, I’ve fallen in love with the extra cushion provided by a 40c tire and while I love the Nano, I really wanted to give the Surly Knard 41c a go. If, for any other reason than the allure of a smidge in additional width.

Trails, sure! But racing? For some reason, people are apprehensive about racing a 40+c tire – USAC allows it, so why not? My guess is, that age old myth that a “bigger tire is slower”… Oh but the contrary, with the right PSI, you’ll have the upper hand on just about any course.

I spent the weekend racing on my new Knards and have some thoughts below…

Surely Surly doesn’t make “race tires”, but that didn’t stop me from giving these a go at this weekend’s races. While we don’t get muddy conditions here too often, I’m confident if we did, the Knard’s tread would handle a few inches of slop just fine. What I do notice is the extra tread on well-worn in lines and when there was mud, the tread pattern shed it a lot better than the Nano.

That said, I feel like the Nano wanted to rip through off-camber lines and downhill sections faster, but that’s only because I spent a lot of time riding similar terrain on both, looking for differences.

Even in sand, and hardpack, the Knard just grips and goes. Having some extra width and cushion helps in rough patches, or ruts in grassy corners. Not to mention, the Knard eats sand like none other. Simply coast through it, while others fight against the criss-crossing ruts.

So what gives? Which tire do I like better? Honestly, I don’t think I have a preference and truthfully, I think I’d like the Knard better up front with a Nano on the rear. Am I going to race anything smaller than a 40c from here on out though? Most likely not. I feel like I had an edge on a lot of the other racers who are still sworn allegiance to a 32 or 33c tire.

For the gram counters, the 120 TPI Knard, even with a whopping “1c” additional width, comes in 5 grams lighter than the Nano. Do I notice a difference? Hell no.

You can set these up tubeless, although I haven’t yet and Surly recommends at least a 23mm wide rim. With the supple casing on the 120TPI tire, and too low PSI, I actually rolled a tire off my rim at around 18psi. I run the front at 25 – 30psi and the rear at 30 – 35psi just fine, typically.

The Surly Knard comes in 120 TPI and 67 TPI casing and is available at your local Surly dealer for around $40 a tire.

Oct 20, 2014 33 comments
Some Austin Cross Racing

This video is from opening weekend here in Texas, at the Six-Shooter. In years past, it’s been a lot of fun. This year, I was out of town at a wedding, so I missed out. There’s lots of mayhem at the barriers in this one. Not to mention Tristan’s barrier beef as the last clip…

Oct 20, 2014 5 comments
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A Dangerous Commute

No matter how often we complain about drivers or our roads, always remember, there are some with it much worse.

Oct 20, 2014 1 comment
I Hope Everyone Had a Great Weekend of Racing!
Ben-4

Well, it’s Sunday night and that means everyone that races ‘cross probably has at least one day in their legs from the weekend. We had a great time in Austin and you can expect a full gallery tomorrow, but for now, I’m just stoked that ‘cross is here!

Oct 19, 2014 2 comments
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CX Hairs: SVENNESS 3.2

Here you go, the second installment of this year’s SVENNESS series from CX Hairs. Just in time to get you stoked on the weekend’s races!

Oct 17, 2014 3 comments
SOLD OUT: The Radavist Decal Pack
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I’ve been meaning to restock this pack for a while…

$12 for (6) decals, varying in 1″ and 5″ in length, shipped world wide. Made from the highest quality, blackest ever black matte vinyl that won’t fade.

PLEASE limit one pack per customer to ensure everyone has a chance to order this time! If you order more than one pack, you will only receive one pack!

Sorry, sold out!

Sorry sold out!

Oct 17, 2014 6 comments
Engin’s All-Road Bicycles
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You know what? I think Drew at Engin’s work is some of the finest in the world and when it comes to mountain frames, his titanium trail rockets are the things dreams are made of, so why wouldn’t he be able to make a sick cross bike, or all-road rig? Look at the body language and stance on that thing!

These bikes look the part and although I’ve never ridden one, I bet they rip just fine.

Check out more at Engin.

Oct 17, 2014 7 comments
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