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.
Did you guys catch this concept paint job over at the Scott Facebook? While the pattern is not that original, it’s interesting to see a bike like this being raced at the UCI ‘Cross Worlds. Even if it did get covered in mud after the first lap.
This is one of the best SVENNESS episodes this season. Check it out as CX Hairs takes us to Erpe-Mere for the Belgian National Championship race…
Also, how about that Worlds race? So good. See some highlights at UCI’s Youtube channel.
The Arise is Bombtrack’s singlespeed drop bar bike, with clearance for bigger tires, canti or v-brake studs and a geometry dialed in for off-road riding. Its versatility is heightened even more by its removable cable guides and rear derailleur hanger, added to the track end dropouts. Need more information? Head to Bombtrack.
I tell ya, these Mosaic XSS-1 cross bikes are unforgettable. Except, I kinda forgot about posting this one. Sorry guys! Aaron and the crew at Mosaic do a superb job on these bikes, which they make for some of their local racers on a team they’ve come to call Team Single Barrel. There’s also Team Small Batch, but Single Barrel is their SSCX team. It’s a pretty rad concept, which you can read up about at Mosaic.
Now onto this bike. Daimo is, from what I could gather anyway, quite a character. The first thing he said to me was something along the lines of, “don’t forget to photograph the best finishing tape job on the team.” All It needs is some shallac! Anyway, Daimo’s bike came together great but it wouldn’t have been possible without support from Shimano USA, Chris King and PRO Bike Gear… and yes, tying off the bar tape was a nice touch. It’s not too early to be thinking about a custom cross frame from Mosaic. Holler at the boyz. For more inspiration, check out Aaron’s own suped-up XSS-1.
No 22 Bicycles grew from a longstanding framebuilding tradition in Upstate New York. By keeping production of their frames Stateside, they’re able to tweak geometries easily and even develop new models. Their latest addition to the No 22 family is the Broken Arrow disc cyclocross bike.
Developed with the help of Wilis Johnson of Deluxe Cycles, the Broken Arrow was designed to be a racing frame, but as we all know, a cross bike’s versatility is quickly realized as the season comes to a close.
Wilis raced ‘Cross Nats on this bike, as well as shredded trails while he was in town. The subtle branding and black componentry really give this bike a beautiful silhouette and I can’t think of a more appropriate bike for that Cadence x Ritchey stem. Photographing titanium outdoors can be difficult, especially on an overcast day, but these photos came out great. Those who raced Crash Nationals will recognize the bamboo tunnel…
Photo by Marty Wood
The Crash Nationals night race was a huge success and even with all the nighttime shenanigans, had a good amount of photographers out, documenting the fun. It’s always a great feeling knowing that people thoroughly enjoyed your race, especially from such a fun city like Minneapolis.
Jeff from All-City shared his thoughts on Crash Nationals at the All-City Blog, head on over and check it out for some more great photos by Marty Wood!