Tag archive for ‘brakes’

  • Initial Impressions: Kettle Cycles SICCC Super Feather Light Disc Brake Rotor Review

    Kettle Cycles SFL SiCCC disc rotors. © Clifford Lee

    by Clifford Lee When Kettle Cycles’ launched their Kickstarter project with the goal of creating a carbon-ceramic composite disc brake rotor, cyclocross tech geeks had a field day. After all, with the launch of disc brakes on all levels of…

  • TRP Stops Niels Albert and Joachim Parbo with the RevoX – Interbike 2012

    TRP's new 2012 RevoX carbon cantilever cyclocross brake, in Neox color. ©Cyclocross Magazine

    TRP Brakes has been churning out a number of brakes recently, with the Parabox hydraulic disc brake conversion kit, the new CR959 carbon cantilever brakes ridden by 2012 World Champion Niels Albert, and now the RevoX long-arm, low-profile cantilever brake,…

  • Mechanics Weigh In: Disc Brakes

    Shimano's new CX75 Cyclocross and Road Mechanical Disc Brake

    Disc brakes have really struck a cord with readers, racers and mechanics as everyone starts planning out what new gear to invest in for the coming season. We got a lot of feedback on our last Mechanical Monday topic of…

  • Cyclocross Gift Ideas and Reviews: Get a (Better) Grip with New Brake Pads and Bar Tape

    The Carbon Red compound pads are one great gift option from Kool Stop. ©Cyclocross Magazine

    The holidays are a perfect time to celebrate the gift of cyclocross, and what better way to whoop it up than to share some last-minute ’cross love with others? Give a teammate a must-have tool (that you can borrow), introduce…

  • Mechanical Mondays: Mechanical Disc Brake Adjustments

    Setting up disc brakes correctly is going to be a big new part of cyclocross. Jason Gardner

    There is no denying that disc brakes are gaining in popularity among cyclocross bikes. One look at the ’cross bike photos from the recent Eurobike and Interbike trade shows is enough to show that disc-brake-equipped ’cross bikes are the wave of the future. Their benefits are well known; tire clearance is now only a matter of the frame. They are more powerful with more control and they are not so nearly affected by water and mud. Apart from all these benefits though, the tighter tolerances associated with disc brakes lend themselves more easily to poor adjustment, and improper adjustment on disc brakes can ruin your race more easily than a poorly adjusted cantilever. Too loose and you lose your braking altogether; too tight and your brake drags the whole time. The down side is these poor conditions happen a lot easier to disc brakes than to cantilevers.

  • Interbike 2011: FSA Brakes, Cranks & BBs

    FSA has suddenly gone from one model of brakes to three, to fit various adjustment needs and price points. The previously released SL-K brakes now serve as the midpoint between the top K-Force and least expensive Energy models.

  • New Product Spotlight and Review: Avid Shorty Ultimate Cantilever Brakes

    by Clifford Lee The Avid Shorty Ultimate cantilever brakes have been in development for several years, and we’ve been anxiously awaiting our chance for a review since we first learned they were coming. After prominent cyclocrossers, including US national champion…

  • New Poll: Women’s Pay; Old Poll: Mud Clearance Is Key

    With all the recent chatter about Compton, Bruno-Roy and Vardaros’ search for sponsors for ‘cross season, our new poll focuses on the disparity in women’s salaries and prize money.  We want to know your thoughts.  Should everything be equal? Should…

  • Vintage Product Spotlight: Hogan Cyclocross Brakes

    Hogan Cantilever Cyclocross Brakes from the 90s, Made in USA

    While we love all new cyclocross products, we also have a deep appreciation for old skool, vintage gear that made early ‘cross bikes so unique. To pay our respect to the products of earlier generations, and to compliment Jason Prince’s…

  • New Cyclocross Gear from Sea Otter, Part I

    Day 1 of the Sea Otter Classic Expo came and went, and for the second year in a row, the crew at Cyclocross Magazine found there was plenty of new cyclocross products to see. You just needed to know where…

  • Sea Otter Has Cyclocross!

    The 2008 Sea Otter Classic, despite offering almost every type of cycling event, does not have an official cyclocross event. But there’s no shortage of  cyclocross love and eye candy at the event, with numerous vendors at its festival, and…

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