Saturday, July 24, 2010

Which Cross Bike For 2010? Disc Brakes? Carbon Jumping Machines?

With disc brakes now being allowed for Cyclocross bikes on a UCI level, and bunny hop board sections being recommended by the UCI for most courses, it will be very interesting to see how bicycle manufactures piece together the 2010/2011 Cross bikes. Cyclocross Magazine always has up to date info on the most trick rides & newest equipment from the worlds leading Cyclocross manufactures. Below I put together a few links to study up on as the 2010-11 Cross season becomes a reality in a few months time. Yet some of the reviews are only a few months old and already seem ancient. The 2011 Cross bikes will be amazing and I am sure Northern California will have some of the most sweet Cross rides available before too long. Nor-Cal is all about bike porn, with competitors racing on Pro Tour level equipment even in the beginning divisions of the sport. It will be very interesting to see what transpires with Cross equipment design in the near future and beyond...

Cyclocross Bicycle Review


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brakes are spelled b-r-a-k-e-s. Just sayin'.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah and so?
anonymous 6:04 pm
seems everything is spelled correct??

but sayin is not spelled correct-

just s-a-y-i-n-g'


6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually if your concerned about Brakes, have a look at this, Cause These Are The Breaks-

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the UCI didn't RECOMMEND bunny hoppable boards for MOST courses. They simply allowed for a bit more leeway when setting the height and distance between the boards.

Will this mean that hopping will become a required skill like dismount/remounts for cyclocross? Time will tell. These rules are for UCI races anyway, and since we have no UCI events in the bay, I can only imagine our local promoters will opt to keep things a bit more traditional since the intermediate and beginner classes pay the bills.

In our area, it seems like there are usually about 4 or 5 male racers at each race who can hop the boards when they're placed so hopping is possible. Everyone else has to get off, even when the boards are low and far apart. My guess is that the average crosser in norcal would be indifferent to the "new" must-have course feature of jumpable boards at every race.

Will hopping skills eclipse fitness and tactical sense as the critical abilities needed to win 'cross races? I guess we'd better set up some boards and start practicing.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I seconded what previous person said, the UCI has not recommended bunny hoppable barriers. Only that the height of the barrier no longer has to be 40cm from the ground to the top of the barrier. Something Nor-Cal has rarely paid attention to anyways, with most being lower. It would be a shame to see the sport change with a bunch of hoppable barriers. One of the things that makes cross so cool and challenging is the rhythm change caused by dismounts. This key element is what keeps cross...cross and not just a dirt crit. Dusty show some restraint when putting your courses together. I know its tempting but lets focus on courses that are gong to help Nor-Cal riders win a national this year. More side hill and off camber turns something almost unseen here in Nor-Cal.

9:38 PM  

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