Bike Reviews > Cyclocross

Giant 2011 TCX Advanced SL

pinit fg en rect gray 20   Giant 2011 TCX Advanced SL

giant 2011 tcx advanced sl 300x200   Giant 2011 TCX Advanced SLGiant introduces its 2011 cyclocross lineup just in time for the ‘cross season to start. This includes the TCX and the TCX Advanced SL composite bike. The TCX Advanced SL uses Shimano Dura-Ace, FSA and Giant components and will retail for $6,700.00.

The new frameset uses Giant’s Advanced SL composite material. From the raw T-800 carbon fiber, the C-Tech composite material is infused, resulting to a stiff frame, much like those used by Rabobank road professional riders.

The TCX Advanced SL has smaller diameter tubes but after applying the Finite Element Analysis (FEA), the product is a bike which can be handled easily and is more compliant to the rigors of cyclocross. It also has the integrated seatpost, overdrive headtube and fork steerer. Bearings are at 1-1/8 inch top and 1-1/4 inch bottom.

The development of the new lineup was hatched after Giant became partners with Rabobank. Its product development team…

Read More…

2011 Giant TCX Women Cyclocross Bike

pinit fg en rect gray 20   2011 Giant TCX Women Cyclocross Bike

2011 tcx w cyclocross bike 300x200   2011 Giant TCX Women Cyclocross BikeGiant unveils its first women cyclocross bike called the 2011 TCX W. Giant Factory Off-road team rider Kelli Emmett, helped in the product development by giving valuable input to make the TCX W a shoo-in for women cyclocross. The TCX W will be release on August 2010 at a retail price of $1,650.00.

Abby Cooper, product developer, explains how the new frame came to be. “Everyone knows that women generally have different proportions than men. So the goal was to address women’s unique needs and provide them with a ’cross bike that would improve their experience whether they’re racing or just riding a mix of road and dirt.”

Emmett adds,” I thought a bike with a shorter top tube would handle much better for women, especially on steep drop-offs and other tricky terrain that’s such a big part of cyclocross racing. The 2011 Giant TCX W is a little…

Read More…

Van Dessel Full-Tilt Boogie Cyclocross Bike

pinit fg en rect gray 20   Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie Cyclocross Bike

full tilt boogie cyclocross bike 300x179   Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie Cyclocross BikeThe Full-Tilt Boogie is a carbon cyclocross race bike from Van Dessel Cycles which will be available in the middle of August. It took the company two years to come up with this bike, surpassing skeptics and critics with a design inspired from the Gin & Trombones cyclocross bike.

The Full-Tilt Boogie features smaller tube diameters with a 1.5’ tapered headtube. It has a BB30 bottom bracket shell and no area for water bottles since the bike is made to be fast and slick. It promises excellent performance over rough terrain and weighs between 1,150 to 1,250 grams. It comes in five sizes of 50, 52, 54, 56 and 58 cm. Vittoria XM tubular will be made available in all complete bikes.

The top tube was hardened in the center area where possible bars can collide should there be an accident. The wall diameter was adjusted to accommodate a thickening…

Read More…

Croix De Fer from Genesis

pinit fg en rect gray 20   Croix De Fer from Genesis

croix de fer from genesis 300x135   Croix De Fer from GenesisThe Genesis Croix de Fer is a versatile bike that can be used by cyclocross racers and other terrain rides. It has a Reynolds 725 heat-treated Cr-Mo frame and Cr-Mo forks with disc brakes. The Croix De Fer can be used with 28c road slicks and guards. You can also customize it to fit 35c’cross tires.

The frame itself is light and springy to make rough rides go smoothly. The Reynolds 725 Cr-Mo frame also comes in sizes of 52, 54, 56, 58, and 60 cm. A down tube gusset solidifies the area of the frame where it gets most stressed. This would be a good place to mount the gear cable guides as well. The seat stays are designed to a minimum and a slighty higher head tube.

The Croix de Fer has Shimano Tiagra components and Shimano BR-R505 disc brakes. It has ventilated microfiber grips and stainless spokes with a…

Read More…

2011 Jonathan Page Cyclocross Series

pinit fg en rect gray 20   2011 Jonathan Page Cyclocross Series

2011 jonathan page cyclocross series 300x191   2011 Jonathan Page Cyclocross SeriesAvailable in August, Blue Competition Cycles releases its 2011 Jonathan Page Cyclocross bikes. The series has the NorCross SP, which is an alloy bike that has a full carbon steer tube and a tapered head tube. It is BB30 compatible and costs $1,700 for a complete built with SRAM’s Apex. The frame will go for $600.

The NorCross EX has a monocoque carbon frame built with SRAM Apex components. It has an 1100 gram frame, BB30 compatible and fork is similar to the one Jonathan Page used to race in the World Cup. The complete bike retails at $2400.

The NorCross SL has a carbon dropout on the fork. It is Still BB30 compatible and Blue Competition Cycles redesigned the chainstays for better clearance. Just over 1000 grams, it has a tapered steer tube and gives you a lighter and stiffer frame with BB bottom bracket.

All bikes will have Jonathan Page’s signature…

Read More…

USADA’s First Quarter Doping Stats

pinit fg en rect gray 20   USADAs First Quarter Doping Stats

usadas first quarter doping stats 300x130   USADAs First Quarter Doping StatsThe results are in for the first quarter of 2010. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency releases its report on tests made and a number of violations per sport. Out of the 1,868 doping control tests, a total of seven violations were gathered. Out of the seven, three were taken from non-analytical positives, one was found for a stimulant, another was found for an anabolic agent, one more for both (anabolic and stimulant) agents and lastly, one positive for marijuana.

In the cycling scene, only David Clinger was caught while the rest were mostly from the track & field sport. Clinger was sentenced to a two-year ban after having tested for synthetic testosterone and modafinil.

Val Barnwell, a Masters track & field athlete, was also caught positive with testosterone prohormones. This is indicative that testing for doping should not be limited to Elite levels alone.

On the report, it is interesting to note that…

Read More…

Specialized CruX 2011 Cyclocross Bike

pinit fg en rect gray 20   Specialized CruX 2011 Cyclocross Bike

specialized crux 2011 cyclocross bike   Specialized CruX 2011 Cyclocross BikeThe Specialized Crux cyclocross bike will soon make its way to the market for 2011. The bike shares similarities with Specialized’s other cyclocross bike, the Tricross bikes, but deviates from the Specialized Tricross with its shorter head tube, chainstays and steeper angles.

Made with an alloy frame and internal cable routed through the downtube, the Crux Comp is sleek in its design. Luc Callahan, Specialized engineer says, “We found ’cross racers want their ’cross bike set up similarly to their road bike.” This led to the Crux’s design looking a lot like the Tarmac, Specialized’s top road bike.

The Crux redesigned its fork, making it stiffer and ideal for cyclocross racing. It uses traditional cyclocross features like a flat portion on its frame for shouldering the bike and road-inspired dropbars. The bike comes in carbon and aluminum.

The Crux Comp is cheaper than that of the Tricross, around $2800 retail price, yet…

Read More…

Page 18 of 26« First...10...1617181920...Last »