How many more weeks?
Words and photos by Morgan Taylor
Pristine. That’s how every bike starts out. Every build has its moment of perfection before it succumbs to a life of abuse – cross bikes especially so.
When I walked into Kelowna, BC’s The Lions Cyclery, recently opened by former Vancouverites Meshkat Javid and Ryan Lidstone, that moment of perfection was oh-so-apparent. These two are building the shop’s reputation on “a higher standard of fit and function” – and having worked with both of them in the past, I know that means an obsessive attention for detail during the bike building process. (more…)
Bay Area people, dwellers of Santa Cruz and San Jose listen up: the crustacean king at Rock Lobster is throwing a pre-season cyclocross cup on August 29th at the Bonny Doon Airport. There’s something for everyone, so if you can make it out, do so!
Julie got her 44 Bikes Hunstman (huntswoman?) last winter and built it up this spring. Kris from 44 had never seen it complete until recently, when she allowed him to photograph it. As far as ‘cross bikes are concerned, this might be one of the slickest to ever grace this website. The white paint, juxtaposed with the sour apple green is so attractive. Also, those Ashima Ai2 rotors look amazing on this bike, especially with the sour apple Chris King R45 disc hubs.
See more drool-worthy ‘cross goodness at the 44 Bikes Flickr.
With an ever-increasing popularity of the sport, many mountain bike companies have ventured into cyclocross bikes in the past few years. For David Turner, owner and founder of Turner Bikes, his personal race rig prototype has finally hit the public market. David has spent the past five years designing the ideal ‘cross bike. One that can take on everything from hour-long races to day-long “all-road” rides. The Cyclosys is the brand’s first non-suspension bike, ever.
As an introductory offer, Turner is selling the Cyclosys with a custom Powder-coat color finish as a free upgrade option to the First 50 Pre-Orders and a free upgrade to Stans Carbon Valor wheels to the first 25 pre-orders. Have yours in time for ‘cross season, in the color you want, with race-ready wheels…
See more information at Turner and more photos below.
Eric from Imshi Cycles continues to hone his skills as a framebuilder with this hot pink and white ‘cross bike. See more details at the Imshi Cycles Flickr!
For Niner, there are two sides to their cyclocross coin: one, an all-rounder that can take bikepacking trips on and still be race-worthy and on the other side, the race-pedigree machine that is the BSB 9 RDO. The latest version of the BSB now sports a 142mm x 12mm thru-axle, locking in the stays to the hub and keeping the frame rigid when it’s needed most: during acceleration.
Paired with clearances for up to a 40mm tire, short chainstays (425mm), this stiffness will take on everything from sandy corners to rutted off-cambers and with the reliability of disc brakes, you’re in for maximum control.
Because you’ll want to hold onto this one for a while, Niner backs the BSB 9 RDO with a five year, C5 warranty.
Pricing begins at $2,300 for a frame, $3,000 for a 2-star build and up to $6,500 for a 5-star build. See more of the BSB 9 RDO below and more information at Niner. Available in late July or early August.
Cross is coming, cross is coming! But then cross is over, just as quickly as it came and you’re left with a bicycle that is only alive for about an hour on a closed course, right? I’d sure as hell hope not. Strap some bags on it, take it on singletrack, shred it on gravel. Cyclocross bikes are incredibly versatile and with so many options out there these days, it’s hard to sift through them all.
That’s where brand recognition helps. For those of you who have ridden Niner’s bikes, you know they’re thoughtful, ripping machines and when they announced the RLT 9 Steel earlier this year everyone’s interest was piqued including mine. Let’s face it, there aren’t a lot of high-grade steel ‘cross frames out there. There are a lot of “custom butted” or “special recipe” tubesets, which have a place for sure but there’s something recognizable about the words “Reynolds 853.”
As the Transcontinental Race approaches, riders all over the world are getting their equipment dialed in. Jeff from Factory5 is taking on the Vlaanderen to Istanbul course on top of a new disc cyclocross bike the shop has been developing. He’s running a super tight setup with Revelate bags, a SON hub, the Plug and other essentials. Head to Factory5’s blog for more information and best of luck, Jeff!
Anyone looking for a do-it-all bike with a Rival 22 build for $2,000 should check out the Twin Six Standard Rando completes that just landed. With clearances for a 43mm tire (spec’d with a Panaracer Pasela 32mm), 160mm rotors, steel fork and a nice geometry, these are surely a contender for an all-rounder. See more at Twin Six.