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.
Celebrate this weekend, get rowdy on the trails, rip apart the roads, throw some skids and even some #RubberSideUp. Happy birthday, America. See you guys on Monday!
Forging Ahead on the Foundry Overland
Photos and words by Ryan Wilson
A couple months ago Foundry sent over their new titanium cross/gravel bike, dubbed the “Overland“, for me to spend some time running it through the wringer. From long mixed-terrain rides, endless dry/dusty Southern California fire roads, through alpine snow storms (two), bike park single track, and trekking through wilderness with it strapped to my back. This versatility is really what the Overland is built for. Foundry’s slogan may be “racing matters”, and I’m sure this bike would perform well in a frantic one hour burst on a cross course, but it is perfectly at home traversing backroads and exploring some off-the-beaten-path single track.
I got food poisoning. My allergies are killing me. I have a fever. It must have been the shrimp I ate. Whatever the excuse was people all over the world got sick today, calling into their jobs and taking the morning off to ride bikes. The idea is genius and also a bit sketchy. You could get fired! Or you could just spend a day on your bike instead of in an office. That was the intention anyway.
When Sean from Team Dream Team first brought up the idea of #GetSickDay – which at the time was called “fuck work day” – I thought it was brilliant. After a bunch of emails behind the scenes, he organized a bunch of group rides in cities all over the world. Portland, SF, Los Angeles, NYC, London… the list goes on and on.
I happened to be home in Austin, so I led a mixed terrain ride and Andre led a road ride, both leaving from Mellow Johnny’s downtown this morning. We rode around 40 miles after determining the original route would take even longer. Rides like this take forever and that’s the intention.
Take your time, eat tacos, drink a beer and hit a few swimming holes!
Our friends down in the deep south at Rouler Cycling teamed up with Wraith Fabrication to make a video showcasing their Paycheck cross bike. This video, along with their blog post makes for a great supplement to the review we pulled together last year. Be sure to check out more at Rouler Cycling.
Bombtrack’s popular cyclocross bike the Hook returns in 2015 with some upgrades, including Mavic’s Crossone wheelset.