Paul Components’ made-in-California Touring and Neo Retro cantilevers are a fixture on high-end hand-built cyclocross bikes from builders like Rock Lobster Cycles and Speedvagen, and the company also released a mini V-brake called the MiniMoto a few years back at NAHBS that the company says is selling really well with cyclocrossers.
At Interbike 2013, the Chico-based company showed Cyclocross Magazine a number of new components that may be of interest to the cyclocrosser, plus new color options that may peak the interest of the fashion conscious mudder.
SRAM’s XX1 single ring, 11-speed setup has been a big hit among mountain bike racers, and a single chainring setup has always been popular among cyclocrossers (Ben Berden and Ryan Trebon have been known to race with one chainring). Paul Components has now adapted its crankset to meet the needs of the 1X crowd, using a machined aluminum spacer to place the single ring right between where the inner and outer chainrings would sit. This allows for an ideal chainline for any rear cog. The complete 1X crankset comes with 32, 34, 36 or 39t chainring options, with the 39t being the logical choice for most cyclocrossers, but if you pair it with an XX1 (or X01) cassette with a tiny 10t small cog, a smaller ring might do the trick.
Speaking of XX1 cassettes, Paul Components didn’t stop with just making a single ring crankset, and has added an XX1-compatible freehub to its lineup. Find yourself enjoying tackling some longer dirt climbs with your cyclocross bike, or just starting out and need a lower gear for that jungle ’cross course? Grab a SRAM XX1 or X01 cassette and enjoy a wide range of gearing with the 10-42t cassette. It comes in both disc brake and standard options.
Twenty five years ago, Paul Components made their own quick releases, and the company has redesigned that product and returned it to their lineup of bicycle components. The quick release features a stainless steel rod, internal cam and lever arm, with a machined aluminum body, handle and end caps.