Cross Reviews and News

First Look: iSSi pedals offers colorful, spindle length alternatives to Shimano SPD clipless pedals

iSSi is QBP’s new pedal brand, and they’re providing a compelling, colorful alternative to Shimano SPD pedals, but they’re not Shimano SPD cleat compatible.

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Pro Bike: Newly-minted singlespeed national champion Tim Allen’s Foundry Harrow

Foundry bikes have a winning history, from Mackenzie Woodring’s win at the Barry Roubaix gravel race last year to Tim Allen’s singlespeed that rode him to victory at Nationals this year.

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First Look: All-City Cycles unveils the Macho King – Reynolds 853 steel, disc brake cyclocross bike

This year at Frostbike, All-City promised to “unveil our latest ’cross creations to the world” and they didn’t disappoint.

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Pro Bike: Justin Lindine’s Redline Conquest Team carbon cyclocross bike

A mix of components from many brands, including the cable-actuated hydraulic TRP HyRd disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra Di2 6770 10-speed electronic shifting, Novatec CXD alloy tubulars, and a gold KMC X10SL chain.

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CatEye Padrone cyclocomputer – making all your numbers bigger

The Padrone is 85% bigger than CatEye’s popular wireless computer the Urban Wireless, weighs just 39g for the computer and mount, and it’s 22% thinner than their Urban Wireless as well.

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Pro Bike: Marianne Vos’ worlds-winning Giant TCX Advanced

Vos’ bike is slightly different than production models, and even prior to this model, the perpetual World Champ rode a custom version.

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Kali Protectives using technology to improve safety of helmets

Kali Protectives Founder Brad Waldron is obsessed with making helmets even safer, and has put his aerospace engineering background towards this goal.

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How To: Ride sand or any loose surface (video)

Sand sections are one of the biggest challenges in cyclo-cross, requiring a deft mix of power, finesse and a little bit of luck. And while you may not encounter beach-like conditions on every ride or race, the skills required to ride sand are transferable to nearly any loose surface conditions.

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Reynolds Cycling adds 2014 carbon tubular, tubeless and disc brake wheels for cyclocrossers

At Winter Press Camp, Reynolds Cycling showcased plenty of existing tubular, tubeless and clincher wheels that may appeal to the cyclocrosser.

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The (sweet) music of bicycles, and nothing else

Steven Baber took his love for bicycles and created full songs with just his bicycle, by recording sounds from every component, from presta valves to freehubs.

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First Look: Boardman Bikes CXR 9.0, 9.2, 9.4 cyclocross bikes

Boardman Bikes is now entering the States, and is bringing three of its Elite series cyclocross bikes over in the from of the aluminum 9.0, and the carbon 9.2 and 9.4 bikes.

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Tested: 2014 Specialized CruX Elite EVO Rival Disc

If you could have one – and only one – bike, the CruX Elite EVO might just be the choice.

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Cross Worlds: Neils Albert’s Colnago & 10 Riders to Watch

The last major cyclocross race of this season is this weekend, and it’s the biggest of them all — the 2014 world championships in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands. To get you prepped we have a look at Neils Albert’s Colnago Prestige, plus our 10 Riders to Watch and race predictions.

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Tested: Diamondback Steilacoom RCX Pro Disc ‘Cross Bike

If you’re looking for an attractive, affordable and durable workingman’s cyclocross bike with disc brakes, the Diamondback’s Steilacoom RCX Pro Disc is worth checking out.

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Bike Profile: Junior Men 9-10 National Champion Paul Haley’s Redline Conquest Team Cyclocross Bike

With four years of bike racing already under his belt, Paul Haley seized the moment, to take the National Championship title.

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Bike Profile: 2014 Junior Cyclocross National Champion Peter Goguen’s Specialized CruX Carbon Pro

Goguen, who rides for C.F. Racing, came into the 2014 Cyclocross National Championships as the default favorite in the Junior Men’s 17-18 race.

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Jeremy Powers’ National Championship Focus Mares Cyclocross Bike – From 2012 to 2014, Not Much Changed

Powers changed very little in his bike of choice to win the Cyclocross National Championship.

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Pro Bike: Katie Compton’s Trek Boone 9 – 2014 Cyclocross National Championships

Compton’s new bikes differ greatly from Sven Nys’ Trek Boone bikes not only in size and color scheme, but in component and brake selection.

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Pro Bike: Martha Iverson’s Unique Ridley X-Fire – 2010 and 2014 Versions

Flash forward over three years and we were anxious to see what other unique mods would be on Iverson’s bike, and much to our surprise, she had replaced the left pedal with a matching Eggbeater pedal.

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U.S. Cyclocross Nationals: Best of the Best Do Battle

For five often mud filled days, Boulder, Colorado’s Valmont Bike Park was the epicenter of U.S. Cyclocross racing. But the big show didn’t come until this past weekend, when the best under-23 and elite racers in the country took to the testing track that demanded equal parts power and skill.

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U.S. Cyclocross Nationals: Groms (and Wind) Attack

Competitors — including a host of brave kids — battle high winds during day three of cyclo-cross nationals in Boulder.

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U.S. Cyclocross Nationals: What The Old Guy Rides

We usually get all hot and bothered looking at pro bikes when the reality is that many of us regular folk are much more likely to end up on a bike such as the one ridden by Master’s Men 50-54 winner Frank Gonzalez.

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U.S. Cyclocross Nationals: Mud, Ruts and Pee Wee Pride

Three things gleaned from the first day of the U.S. Cyclocross National Championships in Boulder, Colorado: disc brakes work great, disc brakes don’t work great, and Pee Wee Herman skinsuits increase your popularity exponentially.

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Video: Transition Offers Unique Take on Cyclocross and Training

While some might be surprised to see them doing a cyclocross bike, their promo video for the bike –the Rapture CX–seems like a fitting introduction.

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U.S. Cyclocross Nationals: Snow Falling, Beer Flowing

Need another reason to get excited about this week’s U.S. cyclocross national championships in Boulder, Colorado? We have two: snow and beer!

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