Category Archives: cross bike
After settling in New Zealand, just outside of Nelson, we awoke to one of Mother Nature’s most memorable spectacles of the year in the form of a full-nuke sunrise. Skies were scorched, clouds were obliterated and as it began to mellow out, I put down my camera and began to grind my coffee beans in preparation for my morning ritual.
When I was first contacted for this media launch, I heard four words: Santa Cruz New Zealand. During what I call the slow and sleepy first of the year, news like this is exactly what I needed to kickstart my stoke for 2015. All I could think of were the sick trails that photographer Sven Martin had been sharing on his Instagram and what HouseMartin seems to be best known for: trekking into insane singletrack and ending rides at the beach.
The original Stigmata marked its territory inside the well stacked lineup of Santa Cruz mountain bikes in 2008. Made in the USA from Easton EA6X tubing, these ultra light race machines were quite the hit. Although, at the time and into the near future, ‘cross was and would be going through some changes. Disc brakes, through axles, pressfit 30, tapered head tubes and other technological advancements were on the horizon, many of which being already implemented by various companies.
This constant evolution and the crossing over of Easton’s tubing no longer being available in smaller batches made the guys at Santa Cruz a bit weary. They decided to sit out from a few cross seasons…
This new spot for Opus Bikes makes my joints hurt just watching it. Yet, there’s something serene and still about winter riding. Check out more information on the Stelle disc cross at Opus’ site.
Cyclocross World Championships – Tábor 2015
Photos and words by Hollis Duncan
The first hint I was approaching Eastern Europe, was receiving a bath-size wet nap prior to takeoff on Air Dolomiti flight 1692 from Munich to Prague. Anyone who has ever whiffed a Bulgarian armpit or endured 34 rows of heavy built men who disavow deodorant can deduce how these would come in handy on a small airplane. As the pilot squeezed the throttle, our Embraer 195 headed east through light snow…
Bombtrack rider Stefan “Fish” Vis took to the 2014 Bike Transalp, a 7 day mountain bike stage race, totalling 600km with 19,000 vertical meters and 1,200 registrants. Unlike the rest of the field, Stefan was on a cyclocross bike, Bombtrack’s the Hook.
As you could imagine, a cross bike would be a better companion on the long road climbs up, but would require a bit of finesse on the downhill sections… Head over to the Vimeo page for more information on this race.
This looks really great:
“The USA Cycling Cyclocross Development Program focuses on international training and racing with the aim to make an impact in World Cup and World Championship competitions. This short excerpt was filmed during the busy holiday race period (December 2014) and shows young American cyclocross racers (Jr Men, U23 Men, Women’s Youth) training near Vorselaar, Belgium and racing in Loenhout, Belgium.
Under the direction of Head Coach Geoff Proctor, the program achieved strong results in its build-up to the world championships in Tabor, Czech Republic in late January, 2015.”
See more at Story House Film.
Perhaps you watched the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Heusden-Zolder women’s race? Perhaps you did not. Whatever your answer is, perhaps you could use some more CX Hairs?
For 2015, Moots introduces a rather interesting model to their extensive lineup. The Moots Routt is made for expedition-style, ultra-lightweight bikepacking and backcountry touring. With disc brakes, 450mm chainstays and a nice bottom-bracket drop, this bike will sail with ease down fire and frontage roads and rip up singletrack. With clearance for up to a 44mm tire, it’ll take whatever you throw at it on trail and tarmac.
Since the Routt is titanium, it’s bound to offer a smoother ride than other materials and since it’s a Moots, it’s backed by their lifetime warranty. Made in Colorado where they know a thing or two about the wilderness.
See more at Moots and head to your local dealer for ordering.
CX Hairs continues the popular Your Moment of SVENNESS series with the Belgian National Championships and the free-agent elites, or “elites without contracts.” As with all CX Hairs videos, the play by play makes an extremely difficult sport look, well, easy.
Simple, straight forward and built with no nonsense parts, this titanium cross is just one example of Lauren Trout’s frames built by hand in Austin, Texas at Saila Bikes. With so many people building with 44mm head tubes, curved stays and disc brakes, it’s nice to see one with a 1 1/8″ fork, straight as an arrow stays and canti brakes. That’s the beauty of custom thought: you get what you want.
Even with SRAM, ENVE and Chris King, you’re looking at a custom, handmade, titanium bike for under $5k as shown, which is a damn decent pricepoint for a frame that will most likely last you for decades and while others charge near that for a frameset, Lauren Trout learned how to weld and wield titanium at Seven Cycles.
Shooting builders in their workspaces is one thing, but their craftsmanship shines when you can photograph the finished product. Just look at those welds… stacking dimes.