Editor's Note: This article is part of our Cyclocross Race Bike Shootout series, which also includes reviews of top competition steeds from Trek, Jamis, and Specialized, as well as tests of SRAM's Force CX1 HydroR groupset, and several wheelsets and 'cross tires.
The Lowdown: Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie cyclocross frameset
While general geometry measurements carryover from v1.0, New Jersey-based bike builder Van Dessel has incorporated a number key enhancements into the second gen version of its popular Full Tilt Boogie full-carbon cyclocross frameset. This race-oriented rig is now disc brake only, which means tire clearance up to 40mm for those truly nasty days. Water bottle mounts have also been added, cable routing is fully internal, and the new Full Tilt Boogie frameset can be ordered with either QR or thru-axle compatible forks. The rear dropouts of the full carbon monocoque frame are modular to accommodate a variety of axle standards.
Our test rig was built up with a SRAM Force CX1 HydroR drivetrain with QR front and rear. Despite not fully embracing available technology, the Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie delivered a razor sharp race day ride. While there were some obvious finishing issues with this first production run, the latest iteration of the Full Tilt Boogie is on point for competitive 'cross racing or general two-wheeled adventuring - and we believe it will only get better with time.