Category Archives: cross bike
Adam Craig’s Limited-Edition Giant TCX SLR SS

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!

Jun 18, 2014 9 comments
Milwaukee Bicycle Co: The New and Improved Mettle Disc Cross Racer
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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.

Seriously, this bike looks amazing. Head over to the Ben’s Cycle Blog for more information and contact Milwaukee Bicycle Co for ordering.

Cross is coming but this thing wants to shred trails now!

Jun 10, 2014 2 comments
The Speedvagen Integrated Cross Stem Still Rules
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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.

Jun 6, 2014 4 comments
Absolute Black’s New Singlespeed Cogs – Made in the EU
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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!

Jun 6, 2014 4 comments
Retroshift is Now Gevenalle

Sometimes you need a rebrand… Retroshift is now Gevenalle, which when loosely-translated from two Dutch words, means “Give All”.

To coincide, they’ve introduced an expanded and updated product line: Hydraulic Shift Levers and Cassette Adapters both designed to address the specific needs of shifting in the mud and dirt.

While the brand clearly markets to cross, don’t forget they’re great for touring and commuter bikes. See more at Gevenalle.

May 13, 2014 7 comments
All-City: Chevron Bibs and Jersey in Stock
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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.

Still, Kyle shot some great photos of him anyway – and they’re probably better this way! Head to All-City for specs on the Chevron bibs and Chevron jersey, in stock now through your local dealer.

Head over to the All-City Flickr for more gnarness!

May 9, 2014 8 comments
As the Crow Flies

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.

May 6, 2014 1 comment
Monster Cross It: WTB’s Nano 40c Tire
Beefier rubber on my Geekhouse.

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.

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May 5, 2014 39 comments
Ride Along: Crihs and His Legor Singlespeed Cross
Ride Along: Crihs and His Legor Singlespeed Cross

As we continue our “Hot Boyz of Cycling” series – that’s what I’m calling it anyway – I caught up with “Dominican Crihs” in Los Angeles en route to a local unsanctioned cross race. Which he lost to Hern if I recall. His Legor is one of my favorite singlespeed cross bikes I’ve had the chance to photograph. Crihs is a good friend of mine and one who is always quick to call me out on whatever he so pleases, so I put him on a spot a bit.

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May 4, 2014 6 comments