I love cyclocross videos that don’t have music. It really makes you feel like you were there. Nice one, CX Hairs!
With ‘cross season almost underway here in the US, I continuiously receive emails from people looking for lightweight, solid bikes to race on. Raleigh has two new models this season which fit that bill. The first being a race-pedigree SSCX frame, the RXS. Built from 6061 Aluminum, a Gates carbon belt drive, with thru-axles, hydro disc brakes and with a solid price of $1,549, the RXS is a fierce competitor for your local races, or just a good time trail jammer.
Raleigh’s other new bike is not technically a cross bike, but a carbon “all-road” with clearances for a 40mm tire. The Roker Comp is ideal for those of you who might race a few times this season, but prefer to use your ‘cross bike as a vehicle to explore backroads, fireroads and all-roads. This beaut is built with Shimano 105 Mechanical Shifters and hydro discs for $3,299.
Head to your local Raleigh dealer to see these beauts in person.
Fairweather‘s frames blend fashion with functionality and Blue Lug in Japan know how to build them up just right. These frames are made by Toyo in their Taiwan facility, pack clearances for bigger tires and come in three sizes. Unfortunately, because it’s a Japanese company, the largest size they offer is a 55cm, but that doesn’t mean we can’t ogle these beautiful bicycles.
See more at the Blue Lug Flickr.
Inspired by the paint from old Dacorrdi frames, Adam from Stanridge Speed made sure Jen Malik’s race bikes look great before the mud. See more photos of these bikes at the Stanridge Speed Flickr.
If you’ve never witnessed this spectacle, you really should. This season. Go!
Cross is coming! Crosses cumming… something new is coming next week. #CrossesCumming
Photo by Dan Chabanov
Last year, Dan showed us Richard Sachs’ house and studio just before cross season began. Richard calls this weekend “Team Camp,” yet it feels more like a family visit for Dan. This year, Dan returned to North Massachusetts to visit RS once again and wrote a piece about it for his Cross Column.
Check it out at the Athletic.
Dirt Merchant is no joke, especially on a ‘cross bike!
It happens every year. Frame builders get the request for a new ‘cross bike and while it’s not necessarily a bad thing, there’s always that one caveat: “can I have it in time for this year’s season?”
Last year around this time, the Mudfoot team was clamoring for their new bikes and one of the rider’s wife, Crystal, really wanted to get one as well. After some thought and a brief conversation with Megan from Moth Attack she decided to support not only a female builder, but an ex-LA frame builder. Megan re-located to Colorado a few weeks back, but her and Crystal stayed in touch.
The docket was easy: discs, 44mm head tube, an english bottom bracket and red paint! Megan delivered on all fronts and Crystal built up her new bike with Shimano Ultegra, Chris King, an ENVE CX fork and Easton parts.
Personally, I’d like to think this is the kind of ‘cross bike most people would want to order currently and It’s one of my favorites I’ve seen this year. There’s something about its size, simplicity and I love the various logo hits on the bike. Great job, Megan and Crystal, ENJOY!
In Los Angeles, a ‘cross bike’s limitations are self-prescribed. You can ride just about everything on one, as long as you’ve got the right equipment and the willpower. Bigger tires and appropriate gear range are paramount. Things like blinged-out componentry are just added bonuses to the spice of life. And in LA, the spice must flow.
Kelli‘s not necessarily new to cyclocross but this is her first legitimate ‘cross rig. Her husband Ty reached out to Aaron Stinner to make a bike that would embody race pedigree but still be at home in the hills and mountains of Los Angeles county and beyond. When she’s not running her women’s cycling team, LA Sweat, she’s trying to take on more off-road riding and this bike is more than enough motivation to do so.
PAUL Components, 3T, and a Luxe Wheelworks Chris King to H+Son Archtype wheel build all compliment the absolutely mind-fucking beautiful AirGlow paint job by Hill Clarke. If you like to geek out on painting procedure and process, make sure you check out Hill’s Instagram.
Before the comments open up, YES, technically the tires are on backwards here and yet the bike didn’t explode upon hitting the dirt. ;-)