Cross Reviews and News


Sea Otter: Scott launches revamped Addict CX

New Addict CX claimed to be lightest bog hopper on market. Also has modern tube shapes and clever cyclocross-specific touches.

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Zipp unveils 30 Course tubeless-ready alloy wheelset

New disc-only, aluminum hoops from well-regarded wheel maker aimed at gravel, adventure and cyclocross riders. Come in clincher and tubular models.

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Niner launches RLT 9 Steel gravel road bike

Fort Collins, Colorado-based maker of all things 29er lifts curtain on new gravel grinder-oriented drop bar bike constructed with much-revered Reynolds 853 steel.

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Trek’s Boone and Crockett CX bikes upgraded for 2015

Thru-axle forks, updated paint schemes, and revised spec highlight new cyclocross rigs.

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NAHBS 2015: And the winners of this year’s show are…

Each year, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show brings together a unique and talented assortment of frame builders and bike enthusiasts. Some builders went above and beyond the rest and were recognized at the awards ceremony for their creativity, vision, and craftsmanship. Here is a run-down of some of this year’s winners.

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NAHBS 2015: Gravel and cyclocross bike gallery

The gravel-racing scene has exploded in the U.S. and this trend was unmistakable at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Salsa launches redesigned Warbird gravel race bikes

New bike comes in one composite and two alloy models and features specially shaped seatstays that have a tall, thin, vertically oriented profile to promote vertical compliance by allowing them to “flex” outwards on impacts.

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Santa Cruz launches new Stigmata carbon cyclocross bike

Made from Santa Cruz’s lightweight CC carbon fiber blend, the Stigmata features post mount disc brakes, front and rear thru-axles, and internal cable routing. Frames come in five sizes and two colors.

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Review: Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie cyclocross frameset

Despite some cosmetic issues with this first production run, the revamped Full Tilt Boogie frame is on point for ’cross racing or general two-wheeled exploration.

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First Look: Ridley Noah SL carbon race bike, X-Night SL cross bike and 4ZA carbon wheels

Some highlights from Belgian brand Ridley for 2015 and 2016 including the Ridley SL carbon race bike, the X-Night SL cross bike and carbon wheels from 4ZA.

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Review: SRAM Force CX1 drivetrain with HydroR disc brakes

SRAM’s cyclocross-specific groupset and road hydraulic disc brakes are put to the test. Find out if they delivered top-tier race day performance or fell off the back.

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Review: Specialized Roval Rapide CLX 40 Disc Tubulars

Race ready disc-compatible carbon tubular wheels from Specialized deliver top flight performance and durability.

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Video: U.S. National Cyclocross Championships

One day after the marquee events of the 2015 U.S. National Cyclocross Championships were nearly cancelled due to extremely muddy conditions that threatened the health of several “heritage” trees, racing resumed a day later at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. Watch a complete replay here.

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Video: The chaos of cyclocross (an inside look)

Side-by-side-by-side POV race footage reveals the mass mayhem of racing ‘cross.

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Review: Vittoria Cross XL Pro TNT cyclocross tire

Tubeless ready cyclocross mud tire a solid performer in varied conditions.

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Video: Chris Akrigg’s revenge of the curly wurly bars

Trials savant pushes the boundaries of what a cyclocross bike can do.

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Video: For the Love of Mud – A Film About Cyclocross

Teaser for new film captures beauty and fun of cycling’s dirtiest discipline.

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Pro Bike: Adam Craig’s TCX Advanced Pro cross bike

Top level mountain biker makes waves in ‘cross too. Here’s a look at his disc-brake equipped machine.

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First Look: Fezzari Foré Cyx cyclocross bikes

New line-up of bog hoppers feature updated frame design and variety of disc brake-equipped builds.

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Bike Check: Rodeo Adventure Labs Trail Donkey 1.0

Not everyone fits into cycling’s traditional niches. Sometimes you need a bike design for the riding on — and off — the beaten path.

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Giving Thanks: A cyclocross story of redemption

Giving Thanks: Cassie Maximenko went to 2012-13 cross nationals in hopes of scoring some hardware. She came home with the wrong kind. See how she’s gone from the depths of despair to the top of the podium.

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In the Queue: What’s new in the RoadBikeReview test bin

This week’s sneak peek at the RoadBikeReview test queue centers on the Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie, the final entrant in our ongoing Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout series. We’ll also preview its top shelf build kit from SRAM, Zipp, Challenge and fi’zi:k.

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Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout: Trek Boone 9 Disc Review

Versatile bike with exceptional compliant ride and top-end parts that can do double duty as ‘cross race and adventure roadster.

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Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout: Specialized Crux Pro Race Ultegra Di2 Review

Race ready rig delivers great handling, sublime shifting, and stop-on-a-dime braking. But price may be too tall a barrier for some.

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Video: Inside look at relationship between Jeremy Powers and his mechanic

The relationship between professional cyclocross racer Jeremy Powers and mechanic Tom Hopper is unique. Check out this video for an insider’s look.

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