Interbike: Six new race-ready cyclocross bikes

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Sharp looks and unique modular rear dropouts are the hallmarks of the Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie cross steed. Photo by Jason Sumner

Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie

Instead of waiting around for the cycling industry to settle on axle standards for disc brake-equipped road and cyclocross bikes, Van Dessel has devised a novel solution with its redesigned 2015 Full Tilt Boogie carbon ’cross steed. This lightweight racer can be ordered with either a QR or thru-axle compatible fork, and it comes with a set of modular rear dropouts that will fit a variety of current axle standards. Down the road, if you decide you want to swap out your fork, you can order one through the company’s crash replacement program for $450. The Full Title Boogie is mechanical or Di2 compatible and fits tires up to 40mm wide. Framesets run $1799, with fully built SRAM Force CX1 HydroR bike coming in at $4500. More info at vandesselsports.com

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The T.I.X. is the first cyclocross bike from Storck. Photo by Jason Sumner

Storck T.I.X.

For the bog hopper with a bottomless budget, well-regarded German frame maker Marcus Storck has just the thing for you. Meet Storck’s new T.I.X. (this is cross) cyclocross frame dressed with a host of super high zoot composite components. The end result is a 14.6-pound race ready steed that will set you back a tidy $14,000. No word if Storck is giving discounts if you buy two, because you have to have a pit bike, right? Highlights of this glam build include a set of AX Lightness thru-axle disc wheels ($5500 all by themselves), a third generation pair of Stork carbon cranks, and SRAM’s new CX1 drivetrain. Stork has also made modifications to the rear derailleur to shed weight. Fortunately, if 14-large is more than you budgeted for this year’s ’cross campaign, Stork is also offering more modest builds. Mechanical Shimano Ultegra with DT Swiss wheels is $4808, while the upgrade to Ultegra Di2 will put you at $5838. More info at storck-bicycle.cc.

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For the cross racer on a budget the Giant TCX Advanced Pro 2 is a solid choice that can be upgraded down the road. Photo by Jason Sumner

Giant TCX Advanced Pro 2

From the world’s largest bike maker, Giant, comes this workingman’s race-ready rig, MSRP a modest $2350. Highlights include a full carbon frame, vibration damping D-Fuse composite seatpost, and a 15mm thru-axle up front for increased steering precision and control. The thru-axle also helps keep the rotor-caliper interface in line. The Shimano 105 drivetrain and TRP mechanical disc brakes aren’t the lightest components around, but they’ll still perform well and can be upgraded down the road. More info at giant-bicycles.com

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With carbon tubular wheels and a SRAM Red 22 drivetrain, the Fuji Altamira CX 1.1 Disc is race ready out of the box. Photo by Jason Sumner

Fuji Altamira CX 1.1 Disc

The same bike ridden by multi-time U.S. national cyclocross champion Jonathan Page, the Fuji Altamira CX 1.1 Disc comes ready to race with a full SRAM Red 22 drivetrain and a Oval 950CX full carbon tubular disc wheelset wrapped with supple Challenge Grifo 33mm tubular tires. Stopping power is provided by the revamped SRAM HydroR disc system, and the frame is constructed from Fuji’s C10 ultra-high modulus blend to help keep weight low. MSRP: $5579. More info at fujibikes.com

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The 2015 Jamis Supernova team sports hydraulic disc brakes, a 1×11 drivetrain, tubeless wheels and one seriously eye-catching paint job. Photo by Jason Sumner

Jamis Supernova Team

Jamis keeps frame geometry the same as last year, but upgrades its top-end full carbon CX race bike with a 15mm maxle thru-axle fork and SRAM’s new Force CX1 single chainring drivetrain with hydraulic disc brakes. Wheels are American Classic Argent tubeless, which allow you to run lower pressure and swap between various tires without the hassle of re-gluing tubulars. MSRP: $4499. More info at jamisbikes.com

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The new Norco Threshold Carbon 105 is a great starter race bike that can be upgraded with lighter parts when you get upgraded to cat. 1. Photo by Jason Sumner

Norco Threshold Carbon 105

Another great option for the cyclocross racer on a budget, Norco’s new $2115 Threshold Carbon 105 is built around a sub-1000 gram frame and utilizes thru-axles front and rear for increased stiffness and steering precision. Spec includes a reliable Shimano 105 drivetrain, Hayes mechanical disc brakes, and a 27.2mm seatpost that adds a little bump absorbing compliance. More info at norco.com

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2014 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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