Many cyclocrossers prefer older, non 10-speed drivetrains due to the wider spacing of the cogs for mud clearance and what some consider stronger chains. But as SRAM and Hudz’s colored brake hoods grow in popularity, style-conscious 8-speed and 9-speed ‘crossers are left in the black.

Perhaps those days in the dark will be ending soon. Cyclocross Magazine contributor Dan Werle dreams in color and contacted Hudz to see if the company was open to making 9-speed compatible colored hoods. To his delight, he found Hudz open to the idea if there is sufficient demand. So if you too have ‘cross dreams in color, drop your comment on this thread and we’ll pass it along, or contact the company directly to let them know what model shifter you’d want a colored hood for.