A while back, I featured Andre, my new intern’s Stoemper Cross. Well, since then, he got in a wreck and folded the top tube in half. He was pretty bummed, as you might imagine, but luckily for him, a friend who used to work at Co-Motion had this magenta Lucifer frameset sitting in his garage since the 2005 Interbike when he bought it…
This is why Adam Craig will probably win SSCXWC in Kentucky this year and no, it’s not the bike. It’s his training! You see that Four Roses? Dude means business. Although being in the bourbon mecca might put a damper on those roosts!
Nao at Tomii Cycles has been working on pulling together a cross team for this year’s season and we all know that paint can make, or brea… ok, nevermind. What I’m trying to say is that paint is very important to a team bike.
Damn. The newest from Milwaukee Bicycle Co is a head turner for sure. The Mettle is their new and improved disc cyclocross bike. It features a tapered head tube, large diameter top and down tubes, stainless disc dropouts, a stainless stay protector, Whisky parts fork and a slick, classic paint job. These frames are made in the USA by Waterford Precision Cycles from True Temper OX Platinum Tubing.
Cross is coming but this thing wants to shred trails now!
Ever since I first got to use one of Speedvagen’s Integrated Cross Stems, I was in love. After deciding to “archive” the CX Worlds Edition, I commissioned Speedvagen to make me an all-black version. As long as my cross bikes use cantilever brakes, one of these stems will be resting atop of the steerer… especially since they look so good in all-black!
It’s such a simple design, on a high-tech component. It greatly improves the usability of a cantilever cross bike, for a small upcharge to the retail price on a standard ENVE stem and right now, Speedvagen is offering free Shipping on all Speedvagen Integrated CX stems for 1-week. Use code: SHIPMYSTEM at the Vanilla Cycles Boutique.
Absolute Black not only has one of the best names, they claim to have the best singlespeed cog. Designed in the UK and manufactured in Poland, these cogs offer up quite the blast beats for your buck. As far as I can tell, they’re the first people to adopt and adapt SRAM’s “narrow wide” tooth to a singlespeed cog, which seems like a no-brainer for cross.
These beastly cogs fit Shimano freehub bodies, offer up a thick, 7mm base to prevent freehub damage and are constructed from cnc machined 7075 Txxx Aluminum, with a steel option on the way for the bigger riders.
18t is in stock for $39 with 16t and 20t on back-order until the 25th of June.
See more at Absolute Black and praise the Necronomicog.
Thanks for sharing this, Chris!
Sometimes you need a rebrand… Retroshift is now Gevenalle, which when loosely-translated from two Dutch words, means “Give All”.
While the brand clearly markets to cross, don’t forget they’re great for touring and commuter bikes. See more at Gevenalle.
Photos by Kyle Kelley
Male models have it tough. People throw a new kit on you, put a bike under your legs, and send you flying down a fire road. Sean from Team Dream has been known to turn a trick for money once and a while, although sometimes the trick turns him. At least I think that’s what happened on this All-City kit photoshoot gone bad.
Head over to the All-City Flickr for more gnarness!
I love videos like this for the scenery and roads, but at the same time, I feel like everyone is always saying the same thing in them. Just once I want the video’s landscapes to do the talking. Nothing against this video in particular, of course.
That said, this looks like an awesome ride.
Anyone who hangs their cross bike on the wall when season ends is missing the point. A cyclocross bike is one of the most well-rounded rides you can own. I’ve said countless times before that my Geekhouse Mudville is my favorite bike I own. If only because I’ve made so many fond memories while riding it, in pain, covered in sweat, hating life, on a ride, not racing it.
For some reason, I never once thought to beef up my bike post-season. Well, I did, but I couldn’t fit my Bruce Gordon Rock and Road tires on it – the derailleur hanger clamp gets in the way. That was well over a year ago however.
Ok, the real reason why I never monster cross’d my cross bike is because there aren’t a whole lot of 40c cross tires on the market. In fact, just the other day I was planning on buying some of Surly’s 41c Knard tires when these 40c WTB Nano tires showed up in the mail.