Category Archives: cross bike
Ren Cycles Waypoint
Ren Cycles Waypoint

Ren is Ti Cycles production line. While Ti Cycles makes their frames by hand in Portland, they wanted a more affordable option for those looking to save a substantial amount of money so they started Ren Cycles. Ren embodies the same design and engineering principles as Ti Cycles, just made overseas and at less of a shock to your wallet.

The Ren Cycles Waypoint is their self-described “gravel / commuter” bike. Made with a 44mm head tube, low mount disc brakes, threaded bottom bracket and Di2-ready (check out that head tube port), this bike can be built up for back-country excursions or daily commuting.

With pricing starting at $1,895 for a titanium frame, with a 5-year warranty, Ren’s Waypoint suddenly becomes an option for many wanting to own a ti frame.

I got to check out the Waypoint at the Handmade Bike and Beer Fest in Portland last month and was impressed not only with the frame’s construction, but this unique finishing work. See more for yourself at Ren Cycles.

Oct 28, 2015 16 comments
Seven Months of Shredding on the Santa Cruz Stigmata
Seven Months of Shredding on the Santa Cruz Stigmata

“If Ferrari made an off-road vehicle, that’s what it’d be like to ride the Santa Cruz Stigmata.”

That’s been the simile I’ve used countless times when describing how this bike rides. In fact, I still can’t think of a better way of describing the Stigmata’s handling and capabilities.

Seven months is a long time for a review and honestly, I wanted to get this up before ‘cross season began but with very little expectations to race this season, I quickly realized that I had been using the Stigmata in every other way than it’s market intention. That’s the beauty of ‘cross bikes though, right?

Let’s step back a bit and look at what this bicycle is. (more…)

Oct 27, 2015 50 comments
ENVE Launches New CX Carbon Disc Tubular Wheelsets
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With a 31mm depth, an external rim width of 28mm and an internal rim width of 21mm, it’s obvious ENVE wanted to make a cyclocross-specific wheelset for dedicated ‘cross athletes. Available as tubular-only, these made in the USA carbon wheels were designed specifically for the weekend races and are available in a variety of hub, freewheel and axle specifications. Head over to ENVE for more information.

Oct 26, 2015 Comments are OFF
Noise Ride
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Photo by Dylan VanWeelden

Portland knows how to do two things: party and throw races, but when they mix the two as it often goes, it becomes quite the spectacle. Dylan VanWeelden was there, capturing all the ruckus and it’s not to be missed. Head over to Dylan’s Flickr to see more!

Oct 25, 2015 1 comment
Niner Updates the RLT 9 and RLT 9 Steel
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We loved Niner’s RLT9 Steel ‘cross bike but even in its perfectly capable form, Niner felt like “good” wasn’t enough so they took the entire RLT9 line and gave it thru-axles along with a new fork. This new fork takes a 15mm thru axle as well as new-mid mount rack attachments as well for those wanting to run a rack on their race bike in the off-season.

Overall, these new details add to the versatility of these new bikes, which are shipping now in prices ranging from $1,050 for a RLT9 frame, $2,000 for a 2 Star, 105 11-speed build and up to $5,500 for the Di2 Hydro 5 star build. The RLT9 Steel frame is a bit more, starting at $1,500 for a frame, $2,500 for a 2 Star, 105 11-speed build and up to $6,000 for the Di2 Hydro 5 star build.

Check out more photos below and see more information at Niner.

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Oct 21, 2015 28 comments
The 2015 Richard Sachs Cyclocross Team Photos
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Photos by Carlos Alejandro

For 2015, Team Richard Sachs got together with House Industries once again to design the palette for their bikes. This year’s colors are more subdued, hitting notes of silver, yellows, green and black. Along with their newly-designed team skinsuits, these bikes will continue to rip courses apart throughout the Northeast this season. Check out detailed photos below and be sure to stay in tune with all things ATMO at Richard Sachs Cyclocross.

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Oct 19, 2015 16 comments
Lucas’ Zebra Stoemper Singlespeed ‘Cross
Lucas' Zebra Stoemper Singlespeed 'Cross

Singlespeed ‘cross bikes on a course like Grinduro are no joke. For Lucas, the painter at Stoemper, the pain is part of the fun. The way he sees it, you’re grinning no matter what. Whether you’re spinning on the downhill or hiking up a steep kicker like China Grade, you might as well be enjoying the ride.

This SSCX was easily the wildest bike I saw the entire weekend. So. Much. Character. As I’m setting up the bike to photograph it, Lucas interrupted me, asking if he wanted me to remove the beer holster. “You’re riding it like that right?” “Yeah” “Then leave it!”

Races like Grinduro are best kept light and energetic in spirit. There’s no point in tearing yourself apart on a singlespeed, because you still have to make it to the finish!

Oct 13, 2015 22 comments