Lifestyle photos by Chris Blott
Shand calls the Stoater a “cross bike for people who don’t race cross” and here in the States, bikes like this get labeled “gravel grinders” or “adventure bikes”. I like to think of them as all-road bikes.
The Stoater can be run as a singlespeed, geared or Rohloff. Shand achieves versatility through using a PF30bb, so it can accept a Beer Components EBB and the Paragon Polydrop dropouts with interchangeable inserts. This, along with modular cable routing, drivetrain swaps are easy. Built from Reynolds 853 with Deda and Columbus stays, the Stoater can take what you can throw at it.
See more of the Stoater at Shand Cycles.
If you’re in the UK, you should really check out this deal. Kinoko is having a frame blowout sale and one of them is a steal. For £925.0 you can get a Cross Classic frame. That’s frame, fork and matching King headset. The only catch is, it’s a 54cm. Head to Kinoko for more information.
This weekend is the Red Hook Crit Milano and following suit with all RHC races, the official prize bike looks great. If you want to see more, head over to the Red Hook Crit Facebook.
If you’re an industrial or product designer, who dreams of working in the industry, you should really check this out. These new Firefly dropouts were machined at Cantabrigian Mechanics and solve the many disc-related problems that have arisen since road bikes adapted the braking technology.
I don’t wanna spoil the fun, so head over to Peter Verdone’s blog for the full story!
Reviewing bikes like the Cielo Road Racer is easy. Well, sort of. Isn’t the whole idea about a bike review to critically assess its potential for the market? That means looking and discussing honestly the strengths and the weaknesses.
Luckily, for Cielo, these were apparent after the first ride and continued to hold strong throughout the several weeks that the Road Racer Di2 was in my possession. Some of my critiques are merely aesthetic or tied in with the build kit on this particular bike.
Whatever my thoughts are, I can tell you, it’s gonna be tough to send her home.
I know a lot of you have expressed an interest in a sub $1,000 cross bike complete. If you asked me back in 2010 when the Fairdale Parser was first launched, I wouldn’t have even considered it as an option, but now, the 2015 Parser is exactly that: a singlespeed cross bike for under a grand.
Head over to Fairdale to read more and look for the 2015 Parser in your local Fairdale dealer, any day now.
This is a project I’m looking forward to and have been sold to secrecy. All I can say is the new Velo font is launching soon and there are a few surprises in store… Check out the House blog for more updates!
The third new offering from Twin Six is arguably one of the most in-demand offerings: a steel, disc cross bike. The Standard CX is made from 853 and comes with a carbon fork. It’s sold as a frameset only and will be released next spring, unfortunately missing this year’s cross season but as readers of this site are well aware, a cross bike lives in the woods year-round.
See more details and photos below!
This weekend, we took a look at the Twin Six Standard 29r and already, people are talking about this frame: their Rando frameset.
Traditionally, randonneuring frames have rim brakes, 650b wheels and quill stems, yet Twin Six opts for disc, 700c x 43c (perfect for a tire like the Bruce Gordon RockNRoad) and other modern technologies like PF30BB. Personally, I’d just call this a light touring bike since stylistically, it’s pretty detached from a traditional randonneuring bike.
At any rate, Twin Six’s offerings thus far are affordable, stylish and best of all: METAL.
These will be available as frames only and will retail for around $600 for either black or $650 for green with matching fenders. Due out by the end of 2014…
See more below.