How many more weeks?
Bay Area people, dwellers of Santa Cruz and San Jose listen up: the crustacean king at Rock Lobster is throwing a pre-season cyclocross cup on August 29th at the Bonny Doon Airport. There’s something for everyone, so if you can make it out, do so!
Julie got her 44 Bikes Hunstman (huntswoman?) last winter and built it up this spring. Kris from 44 had never seen it complete until recently, when she allowed him to photograph it. As far as ‘cross bikes are concerned, this might be one of the slickest to ever grace this website. The white paint, juxtaposed with the sour apple green is so attractive. Also, those Ashima Ai2 rotors look amazing on this bike, especially with the sour apple Chris King R45 disc hubs.
See more drool-worthy ‘cross goodness at the 44 Bikes Flickr.
With an ever-increasing popularity of the sport, many mountain bike companies have ventured into cyclocross bikes in the past few years. For David Turner, owner and founder of Turner Bikes, his personal race rig prototype has finally hit the public market. David has spent the past five years designing the ideal ‘cross bike. One that can take on everything from hour-long races to day-long “all-road” rides. The Cyclosys is the brand’s first non-suspension bike, ever.
As an introductory offer, Turner is selling the Cyclosys with a custom Powder-coat color finish as a free upgrade option to the First 50 Pre-Orders and a free upgrade to Stans Carbon Valor wheels to the first 25 pre-orders. Have yours in time for ‘cross season, in the color you want, with race-ready wheels…
See more information at Turner and more photos below.
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.”
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.
As I’m pedaling away from Mellow Johnny’s on Ben’s bike to photograph it, I couldn’t help but try to think of some clever way to describe it or at least the back-story. These days, custom paint is divided into a few categories with the most prominent being either high-concept or merely aesthetic. Truthfully, I’m not sure where this one sits on that spectrum.
When I look at this orange, yellow and black steed, it reminds me of some menagerie. It was painted by Dustin at Violet Crown Finishing in Austin, Texas. Close my eyes. Open them. I see a koi fish. Or a tiger. Moreseo, a koi though. Perhaps it’s the sparkles? Tigers don’t have sparkles. Was that Dustin’s inspiration? Who knows. Ben, the owner (a mechanic at MJ’s) has a lot of traditional Japanese tattoos.
When you ride a bike like the Specialized Crux, it’s hard to stand out from the other fish on the field. They’re literally a dime a dozen. Affordable, performance-minded, lightweight and they look great, right out of the box. Sometimes though, you want something a little more flashy, without springing for a custom frame.
The frame was a cheap pickup, actually a trade. The Giant wheels came from a friend, for free. The rest of the parts were scrapped from a free bin, save for the Pro cockpit and post. I don’t want to tell you how much money Ben has invested in this frame, because it’ll make you mad. That and his friend Dustin wanted to really paint a bike.
You don’t need to go custom to have the custom experience. Painters are just as talented as builders and they have the ability to transform even a bike like the Specialized Crux into something that will truly stand out from the other fish in the school.
Case in point… wow.
For those of you who had questions regarding his personal Rock Lobster cross bike, here’s a video of him walking you through his build… I’m really enjoying these. Keep ‘em coming!