After two days out in the dessert, Interbike moved inside the Sands Convention Center where manufacturers from all corners of the globe brought their new cyclocross wares to put on show. Museeuw Bicycles brought out their top-of-the-line MF Cross bike, while Kore showcased a new and improved Race+ Cantilever brake and Traitor Bicycles had a fancy steel single speed ‘cross bike on display.
Museeuw MF Cross
Johan Museeuw knows a thing or two about bicycles, both racing on them and designing them. Musseuw brought along his MF Cross bike to the Interbike show, the same bike that he is supplying to the Mongolian cyclocross team that is hoping to get to the UCI Cyclocross World Championships this year. The MF Cross is the only cyclocross bike in Museeuw’s line and they cut no corners in making this the most race ready bike they can offer: the price tag reads a whopping $4600, and that’s just for the frame and fork!
Kore Race+ Cantilever
For 2010, Kore set about reworking their Race+ cantilever brake into a truly race-ready pair of stoppers. To improve the Race+’s stopping power, Kore redesigned the pad compound which will allow for greater braking power and significant squeal reduction, without having to toe in the brake’s pads. Adjustability is also significantly increased by the addition of a barrel adjuster on the brake arm. The barrel adjuster accepts a standard round cable head, meaning you no longer have to throw out your seemingly useless cables – you can use them as a Kore straddle cable! In order to make the Race+ easier on mechanics Kore has pulled the lever arm farther forward on the brake, moving the brake shoes away from the fork’s legs, allowing the brake’s pads to move about unhindered. Mechanics will now be able to replace wheels without having to deflate tires, making for quicker wheel exchanges. The brake’s movement away from rim will also be limited, preventing the brake arms from recoiling back and into the wheel.
Traitor Cycles, out of Ferndale, Washington, brought out their Crusade single speed ‘cross bike to show off how a small company can make a significant mark on the single speed cross market. The Crusade will be produced out of Columbus Maxlight steel, which will yield a frame with a weight of approximately 4.25 pounds. As pictured, with FSA components and Velocity wheels, the Crusade tips the scales at 17.5 pounds. Traitor prides itself in the ability to create one-off custom frame geometries, if their stock geometry is not to your liking (for an up charge, of course). While pricing has not yet been set, the Crusade should cost you between six and eight hundred dollars for a frame and carbon fork. That’s a pretty sweet deal that should threaten many custom builders.