Cross Reviews and News


First Look: Sigma Rox 10.0 GPS cycling computer

The Sigma Rox 10.0 GPS is the first of the Sigma cycling computers to integrate GPS technology. It comes equipped with a GPS receiver, route navigation and ANT+ wireless transmission technology, making it ready for your power meter or indoor trainer.

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All City Stays Committed to Cantis for 2014 and 2015 ’Cross Bikes

The company remains committed to cantilever brakes for the foreseeable future with the old favorites and some new versions including the Macho King, Macho Man and Nature Boy.

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First Look: Xpedo 5.3 ‘cross-specific SPD-compatible pedal

This updated version will retail for $60 with three bearings—no bushings here—makes it look like one of the better bargains in SPD-compatible pedals.

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Challenge unveils Grifo Race clincher, hints at new gravel and fat bike tires, colors

Take a look at some of the new production and prototype tires developed by Challenge Tires.

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Maxxis jumps into the cyclocross tubeless ring with its Mud Wrestler tubeless ready tire

A first-hand look at Maxxis’ first tubeless cyclocross tire, the 700x33c Mud Wrestler, at Frostbike 2014.

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Clement Cycling’s X’Plor USH and MSO tires aim to serve up gravel and dirt adventures

Clement seems to have become the default tire option for gravel bikes, and for good reason due to the six different variations of two gravel-oriented treads.

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New Chain Spy 2 and Battery Mount from Problem Solvers

Want to make sure your race doesn’t end with your chain off the bike while you frantically try to spin it back in place and watch racers roll past you? Enter the Chain Spy 2.

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TRP Brakes unveils improved Spyre mechanical disc brake, new Spyke fat bike brake, and a gravel favorite

What has changed with the Spyre dual piston mechanical disc brake since the voluntary recall in December? Find out here.

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First Look: Velocity wheels targets cyclocrossers with Aileron disc brake wheels

Most exciting for cyclists who ride both mountain and cyclocross is the fact that you can convert the rear from 135mm rear spacing to 142mm to accommodate a rear thru axle—and swap between bikes.

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First Look: Pedro’s unveils new Chain Checker, Chain Pig Cleaner and Burrito Tool Wrap

Pedro’s unveiled some new cleaners and tools (and tool organizers) at Frostbike that may be perfect for the cyclocross racer’s garage and race day pit setup.

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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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