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2011 Orbea Terra Silver, Terra A

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Orbea takes a step into the cyclocross arena with its 2011 Terra Silver and Terra A. For the Terra Silver, Orbea uses ATT Ergonomy System technology and matches this with a monocoque carbon construction to deliver a light, reliable and rigid frame. The asymmetrical horizontal frame and four-point rear triangle provides for better shouldering while the DCR direct cabling system gives less friction, more smoothness and greater precision and comfort while riding obstacle courses through mud.

The Terra Silver has the following specs: frame and fork are Orbea Terra Carbon, FSA GOSSAMER 46×36 BB30 crankset, Semi-integrated 1 1/8″ headset, Orbea Aluminum Pro for the handlebar and stem and Shimano 105 drivetrain.

The Terra A or Terra Alu TTG features almost the same innovations as the Terra Silver. To add, it uses a thick Orbea aluminum material yet optimized to be light as you battle through the mud. Cross carbon AC fork,…

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2011 Merida Cyclo Cross CF 907

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Merida Bikes has engineered a cyclocross bike, the 2011 Cyclo Cross CF 907, that aims to address the demands of the sport. The ‘cross bike features several technologies from Merida’s Research and Development team to ensure a winning ‘cross bike.

The CF 907 features a 1.5 tapered headtube and a BB30 bottom bracket, which helps in reducing the brake stutter commonly experienced in cyclocross. The upper fork section between the crown and brake bosses is made super stiff. However, the fork ends remain soft for easy steering. Made from carbon composite materials, the CF 907 has a carbon fork with a frame reinforced with NANO particles, making it hit-resistant.

To keep all the cabling in place, all rearward cables use a designated tunnel found at the underside of the top tube. The seat and chainstays are specifically designed with Merida’s Flex Stay tech to make vibration damping and comfort a priority.

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Croix De Fer from Genesis

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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…

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2011 Jonathan Page Cyclocross Series

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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…

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Specialized CruX 2011 Cyclocross Bike

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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…

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New Kentucky Cyclocross Course

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new kentucky cyclocross course 300x225   New Kentucky Cyclocross CourseCovington, Kentucky will push through with plans for a new cyclocross race and training park. It will be in Devou Park, situated on the area nearby the Montague and Sleepy Hollow intersection. Covington is second to Louisville to create a venue for year round cyclocross racing in Kentucky.

The project will utilize unused existing road beds to ensure a low ecological impact in the area. Matt Bell, the project head, said that the permanent cyclocross park will take part and enhance Devou Park’s existing network of mountain bike trails, “it was important to me in the course design to beautify and enhance the park as well.” Devou Park hosts the opening day of the Cincinnati UCI3 International Cyclocross Festival each year.

Another goal for the project is to successfully establish Devou Park as a regional and national cycling venue. Helping Bell achieve this is Chad Irey of the International Mountain Bike Association…

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Cyclocross now with Horror at Harding Hill

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Steve White, promoter of the race shares that the 500 acre forest is owned by one of the members of the Sunapee Lions Club. The course was designed to include a technical mix of single, double and road track. There will be one large climb and several tricky areas like “The Root Canal” and “The Pig Sty”. The “canal” route has tree roots along the way while the “sty” has muddy trails.

White further adds, “We have been a Championship Event for EFTA since the start and were the first event to use electronic timing. We have always given money to Experts and usually have a good…

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