A look at the newest Van Dessel, the Aloominator. © Cyclocross Magazine
Editor’s Note: This article is from our mud-loving friends at Cyclocross Magazine and originally appeared on cxmagazine.com. It was written by passionate cyclocross racer Molly Hurford. Visit them for your daily cyclocross fix.
We had a look at the new Aloominator frame back in early September at Nittany and a preview at Dealer Camp, and Cyclocross Magazine recently reviewed the updated disc brake-adapted carbon Full Tilt Boogie cyclocross bike from Van Dessel in Issue 21, but the New Jersey-based bike company wasn’t finished finalizing their 2014 models at the time, and the bike we reviewed is already a collector’s item.
Van Dessel, thanks to a recent investment, has reset its lineup and focus and will step away from the carbon Full Tilt Boogie for a year and focus on an American-made aluminum frame with canti and disc options for 2014. We’ve got some photos of Edwin Bull’s personal Aloominator race bike here.
New headbadge on the simple charcoal-anodized aluminum frame. © Cyclocross Magazine
The Aloominator is crafted from USA-made high-end 6061 manipulated aluminum tubing and weighs in at around 1300 grams for a 56 cm frame with a cantilever setup. It features a tapered head tube, oval top tube, Press Fit BB30 bottom bracket shell, and comes in six sizes.
The Aloominator will also be available in a disc-only version with the new Easton EC90XD fork, or cantilever-only version with an Enve Composites fork. The frame’s finish is sandblasted and anodized dark grey. Zen Bicycle Fabrication will manufacture the frame, designed by Bull, in Portland, Oregon. The framesets will sell for $1599 and are available through any retailer.
The Aloominator is available in disc and canti versions. © Cyclocross Magazine
They’re so new that they’re not even on the company’s website, but racers are making the transition from carbon to aluminum as the new frames come in.
Bull told Cyclocross Magazine that after quite a bit of personal experimenting with discs, he’s back to racing cantilevers, and intends to keep cantis as an option for racers for the near future, especially since canti-equipped racers like Nash, Albert and Nys keep winning. Stocking two versions of frames certainly adds complexity, but being able to work a with a domestic builder has given him the flexibility to order smaller batches and tweak designs faster.
The canti version of the Aloominator. © Cyclocross Magazine
The Aloominator is just one example of a renaissance of high-end aluminum frames, as we see bikes like Trek’s Crockett cyclocross bike and Czech-bred Fort Victor [see our full review] emerge, and custom builders like Rock Lobster [see Aaron Bradford’s singlespeed and a custom frame reviewed in our Considering Custom series in Issue 22] and Protek by Carota focus on the material for their custom cyclocross race bikes.
Stay tuned as we aim to get the holeshot on a test bike.
For more information visit VanDesselSports.com.