As the final lap bell rings, Breadwinner Cycles drops this Holeshot Disc build on us. The Portland framebuilding duo have a few opinions about racing bikes, how they should handle and what components work for the Pacific Northwest’s muddy races, as evident in all those great Cross Crusade videos… Head over to the Breadwinner Flickr to check out more detail photos and as always, holler at the boys for ordering information.
Brooke is an experienced cyclist and when the time came to order a custom ‘cross bike for not only racing but everyday dirt riding in San Francisco, she contacted Aaron and his team at Mosaic Cycles to get her fit on a custom XT1 disc ‘cross.
You see, for someone with Brooke’s proportions, it’s hard to fit on a stock bike from many of the big-named companies, so a custom bike which would be tailored to her body seemed like an obvious choice. She didn’t just want to fit on a bike, she wanted the bike to fit her. The end result was a confidence inspiring feel without toe overlap and enough standover to make unexpected dismounts easy. Key build details are the SRAM Red 165mm cranks (since Force CX1 doesn’t come in that length, that new and fancy TRP thru-axle ‘cross fork and some great I9 to Pacenti wheels.
When Brooke and her friend Tessa were in Los Angeles for a wedding, I met up with them to go on a quick ride and couldn’t resist documenting this bike, but bringing my camera along for a little sunset ride…
Another weekend, another Cross Crusades in the Portland area… Seriously, this one looks so amazing.
Oh man, Oregon knows how to throw a ‘cross race!
This past January, I flew from balmy Vancouver BC to a surprisingly frigid Austin TX to hang out at the US Cyclocross National Championships. The trip itinerary included meeting friends from the internet, watching some racing (the ones that didn’t get cancelled), and most importantly, racing John’s Crash Nationals Race. Unsanctioned “Bandit Cross” style races were new to me at this point in time and I didn’t really know what to expect… (more…)
Maybe there’s a reason ‘cross is so big in Portland…
’tis the season for some ‘cross footage!
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.
“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…)
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.