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  • Mechanical Mondays: Pre-Season Equipment Improvements; A Case Study

    The newly improved shifting on this built up Ridley X-Fire. Jeremy Chinn

    The season starts in less than a week — is your bike ready? Mechanical Mondays writer and mechanic Jeremy Chinn walks us through improving the shifting on one specific bike, but you can also look at his advice in a much broader spectrum of bike maintenance, upkeep and constant improvement.

  • Cyclocross at Eurobike, Part Two: More Disc Brake Bikes, New Tires, Tools and Gear

    Meridia showcased their Cyclocross Carbon Team – D bike. Featuring SRAM/Avid disc brakes, the all-carbon rig utilizes internal cable routing and sports a 7.7 kilogram weight. © Jeff Lockwood

    Here at Eurobike, among the fancy carbon mountain bikes, quirky commuter rigs, sexy road bikes, latest cycling fashions and the most diverse group of bike-nerds in the world, is the newest collection of cyclocross rigs and components. Just about every bicycle manufacturer, large an small, has some sort of cyclocross offering here at the 2011 Eurobike bicycle trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

  • Eurobike Trade Show Highlights New Cyclocross Gear

    Shunning what they refer to as “the flashy-ness of the modern carbon fiber” cyclocross scene…meaning both materials and graphic aesthetic, Hispania (out of Spain) is offering a couple unique options for cyclocross bikes in Europe. The Barrizal is built with Columbus XLR8R Scandium and Zirconium Triple Butted. The more bling-ready Cross is a titanium rig with custom chainstays and seatstays. © Jeff Lockwood

    A simple stroll through the Eurobike trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany is impossible. It’s the largest bicycle trade show in the world, and such a distinction means it’s a sensory overload of all things bicycle. Two-wheeled (and three- and four- and one-wheeled) eye candy of all shapes, sizes colors and versions assault the visitor’s senses on several levels.

  • A Closer Look at the Challenge Limus Cyclocross Tubular Tire for Mud

    The Challenge Limus tubular tire, in 700x33c width, 300tpi casing. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Challenge Limus cyclocross tubular tires are making their way across the country, just in time for cyclocross season. We…

  • Mechanical Mondays: When To Repair Your Cleats

    Will your cleats survive the season? Kenton Berg

    OK people, it’s August, races are coming up quick, and ’cross prep is happening around the country. Now that you’ve dialed in the bike parts, shaved some weight off of your frame (bike or otherwise), gotten the tubies set to roll, what’s left? Well, its time to work on the shoes, two of the key contact points with your bike, and remove the opportunity for dirt, sticks, mud, rocks or other debris to get caught up between the shoe sole and your cleat. Face it, you just can’t go as fast or crush your competitors without being clipped in fully.

  • New Product Spotlight: Cole And Rolf Prima Release Wider Tubular Cyclocross Wheels

    With the increased popularity of cyclocross, more companies are coming out with wheelsets tailored to the unique needs of our favorite sport. For tubulars, the recent trend has been to widen the rim to give the tire more support, especially in cornering, and provide a bigger and better gluing surface.

  • Mechanical Mondays: Gluing Tubulars

    Gluing is a tricky, time-consuming process. Jason Gardner

    Gluing tubulars is tricky business. And writing about it is just as difficult, if not more so. After all, everyone has his or her own gluing style, and everyone will tell you that his or her style is the best one. One of our brave mechanics, Jason Gardner of Jinji Cycles, decided to share his expertise with us.

  • New Product Spotlight: Clement’s Cyclocross Tubular Tire Technology and Upcoming MXP, USH Tires

    Clement’s Donn Kellogg has spent a good part of his life around tires, and after relaunching the Clement brand and bringing cyclocrossers the PDX and LAS cyclocross clinchers in 2010, he’s been focused on expanding his tire line-up with both additional treads and tubular tires.

    The result of his efforts? A tubeless, seamless cyclocross tubular that eschews the hand-made construction of cyclocross tubular tires like Dugast, FMB, Challenge and Vittoria, and instead adopts Tufo-like technology but promises a more supple casing.

  • Mechanical Mondays: Gluing Tubies, How Clean Is Clean Enough?

    How much glue should you leave on the rim when cleaning? Kenton Berg

    Gluing tubulars can be stressful enough, and there are so many different “best ways” of getting the job done. This week, we wanted to look at one question that we hear a lot when talking about gluing up tubulars: when gluing new tires on a wheel that’s been used and glued before, what kind of prep should you be doing? And more specifically, how clean do you want your rims to be before gluing on new tires?

  • Are Deep Section Rims Really Better in Mud? CXM Labs Puts Them to the Test

    issue 13 cyclocross magazine

    In Issue 13, we take a look at some “Mud Myths” that, as racers, you’ve surely heard from coaches, old racers, mechanics and spectators. In particular, myths exist about deep carbon rims and their effectiveness when the terrain gets soggy. One of three myths lined up to be confirmed or busted in this issue was, “Does a carbon rim really track better in mud?” We wanted answers, so we took some time in the “CXM Lab” (read: muddy course) with these myths and some serious gear in mind, all for science’s sake.

  • Mechanical Mondays: Weight Saving Tips For Your Cyclocross Bike


    This year, you’ll be faster. You’ll train harder and you’re going to maximize every pedal stroke, and in order to do that, your bike has got to be lighter. There are a few easy ways, a few hard ways and ways that cost more than others to make that happen.

  • New Product Spotlight: Shimano CX70 Cyclocross Components – Video, Photos

    Shimano unveils their new CX70 cyclocross crankset with 36/46t rings and Hollowtech 2 technology. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Cyclocross Magazine grabbed an exclusive preview of the new Ultegra-level CX70 cyclocross components while at the Raleigh Dealers symposium. The Shimano mini-group includes a front derailleur sized and tuned for the smaller chainrings used in cyclocross and available in a top-pull and bottom-pull cable configuration.

  • Mechanical Mondays: Upgrade Your Bike For Under $100

    bike shop

    It’s that time of year again: time to pull your cyclocross bike out of storage, take a good, long look at it and think, “Well, now what does it need?” Because we’re bike racers. And our bikes always need something, preferably something shiny and new. However, if you’re on a strict bike budget, there are some sneaky ways to upgrade or update your bike for the season, there’s an easy solution: accessories. (And yes, we realize that this piece reads like a fashion magazine article on making that Little Black Dress look brand-new by simply adding new jewelry or shoes.) Still, if you’ve been racing on — or just bought — a stock bike, we have some suggestions for how to dress it up so it stands out in the field (hopefully because you snagged the hole shot.)

  • Tire Review: Clement LAS Semislick Cyclocross Clincher

    Clement LAS Semislick Cyclocross Clincher Cyclocross Magazine

    Clement made its return to tires and cyclocross in 2010 with the new PDX and LAS cyclocross clinchers. PDX, of course, is the airport code for Portland, and LAS the code for Las Vegas. As one might guess, the LAS is designed for gamblers, and the PDX is designed for bike commuters.

  • Tour de Tires Stage 21: Finish Strong With The Clement LAS Cyclocross Clinchers

    Stage 1 of the Tour De France

    As the Tour de France continues, so does our Tour De Tires! For every stage of the Tour, we’ll be bringing you a review of a tire. Since it’s just about time to start gluing up tubulars or deciding what type of clinchers you’ll be riding this season, the timing couldn’t be better.

    Ideally, the tires we feature will be tires deemed advantageous to an off-road version of the stage of the Tour De France, though we’re more interested in the dirt than the roads of France!

  • Tire Review: Panaracer CrossBlaster Cyclocross Tire

    panaracer cross blaster cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Like the Cinder-X, the CrossBlaster has a versatile tread that does well on all types of terrain, but its narrower width handles grass better than its bigger brother.

  • Tire Review: Kenda Tomac Small Block 8 Cross DTC Clincher

    Kenda Tomac Small Block 8 Cross DTC cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The beauty of clincher tires is that changing tires is a snap. Plan to hit the dirt on the cyclocross bike? Got a dirt or gravel road on your commute?

  • Tire Review: Schwalbe CX Pro Sport 26” Tire

    Schwalbe CX Pro Sport 26” cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Schwalbe’s CX Pro Sport is one of the few ’cross tires available for 26 inch wheels, making it a great choice for mountain bikers looking to try out cyclocross, or for a 26” wheeled ’cross bike.

  • Tire Review: Vittoria Cross XG Pro 34 Clincher

    Vittoria Cross XG Pro 34 cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    With a similar tread to the Challenge Grifo, the Vittoria XG Pro has a universal tread pattern that’s been proven over the years.

  • Tire Review: Hutchinson Piranha CX Tubeless Ready Tire

    Hutchinson Piranha CX Tubeless Ready cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Hutchinson Piranha is currently only one of three ‘cross tires officially made for tubeless use, but you’re able to run the tire with a conventional tube as well.

  • Mechanical Mondays: Avoiding The Dreaded DNF

    A bent derailleur is easy to miss but can hurt your race results. © Jason Gardner

    The sad reality is that most catastrophic failures in cross racing result from very simple factors. I have compiled a small list of race ending mechanical problems that could have been avoided with a small dose of precaution and a dash of extra care. These are not all or even the most common mechanical issues in cross racing but these all have two things in common: 1. They can absolutely end your race, giving you a regrettable DNF. 2. They can easily be prevented.

  • Tire Review: Michelin Mud2 Clincher Cyclocross Tire

    Michelin Mud2 cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Michelin’s Mud2 replaced the famous green Mud tire six years ago with an updated black tread and sidewalls, but not everyone thinks the changes were upgrades.

  • Tire Review: Maxxis Larsen Mimo CX Cyclocross Tire Review

    Maxxis Larsen Mimo CX tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Steve Larsen-designed Mimo CX looks like an old Vittoria Tigre on steroids and LSD. The round knobs vary in size and surface, with ramped center knobs surrounded by small, smooth knobs and flanked by rows of medium- sized knobs with X cutouts.

  • Tire Review: Kenda Kommando Folding 35 Cyclocross Tire Review

    Kenda Kommando Folding 35 cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Kenda Kommando was the biggest surprise of this group. With such an understated tread and small, short knobs, this tire is fast and begs to be raced on a dry grass or hardpack dirt course.

  • Tire Review: Specialized Tracer Cyclocross Tubular, 700x33c

    Specialized Tracer Cyclocross Tubular Tire, 700x33c © Cyclocross Magazine

    Specialized has been working on a new line of cyclocross tubular tires for several years now, and with input from riders like 2010 National Champion Todd Wells, it developed several prototypes last season. The Specialized Tracer cyclocross tire comes in three configurations: the 290tpi, 423g Tracer Tubular, the folding 282g Tracer Pro clincher, and the Tracer Sport wire bead clincher (weights are average of early prototypes, as measured by Cyclocross Magazine) . All three models are listed at 33c to fall within UCI regulations. Our early tubular versions measured out at 32c, and Specialized informed us that the production versions will have slightly larger casings.

  • Quick Hits: UVEX Boss Race Helmet Review

    UVEX Boss Race Helmet

    A crash in a mid-week crit suddenly made my review of UVEX’s Boss Race helmet a lot more thorough than I’d originally planned.

  • Tire Review: IRD CrossFire Clincher Cyclocross Tire

    IRD CrossFire cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    Tired of black tires? How about red, blue, or pink? That might be enough of a selling point for some. But rest assured, this miniaturized version of Panaracer’s Fire XC-Pro tire isn’t just designed to look pretty.

  • Newbie News: Racing Cyclocross on Mountain Bikes

    Katie Compton Winning Mountain Bike Races to get Ready for Cyclocross

    Fortunately it was pretty easy to make one of my mountain bikes ‘cross worthy, and that was enough to get me by for a few seasons. I think any cross-country oriented mountain bike will work for cyclocross racing, with a few caveats. A hardtail is best, but a full-suspension bike isn’t a deal breaker. It’s like bringing combat boots to a 5K run. The equipment will work, but will probably put you out of contention for a podium spot. That being said, I’ve seen some sub-20lb, super-efficient, “no-bob” full suspension bikes with traditional front triangle designs, which would be fine to take to the starting line.

  • Tire Review: Maxxis Raze Cyclocross Tire

    maxxis raze cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    The Raze is Maxxis’ newest cyclocross tire. At a svelte 322 grams and with a versatile tread, it’s well-suited for many types of courses and terrain.

  • Tire Review: Hutchinson Bulldog CX Tubeless Ready Cyclocross Tire Review

    Hutchinson Bulldog CX Tubeless Ready cyclocross tire. © Cyclocross Magazine

    n Transitions, the ’cross movie, we witness former pro and former Hutchinson guy Marc Gullickson clipping some of the knobs off his old Hutchinson clincher before a race to get ready for the “peanut butter” mud he expects to encounter. Perhaps the Bulldog is the type of tire he was trying to create at the time.

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