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?
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.
Our friends at e r t z u i ° film know how to shoot cyclocross, delivering the best photo gallery I’ve seen so far from the event. Head over to the e r t z u i ° film Flickr for more!
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.
Photographer Andy Bokanev recently compiled a selection of photos from this past year’s cyclocross season into a 45-page zine. The zines will be made in Seattle, in a limited edition of 200 are are only $20 with domestic shipping coming to $3 and international $10 with a late February delivery.
That’s a pretty good deal. If you’re interested in ordering, head over to Bokanev’s site.
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.
For this episode in the LIKEAVOS series, CX Hairs takes us to the Cyclocross World Cup Series in Namur, Belgium for one of the most fun and challenges race courses of the year.
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!