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Diamondback Haanjenn Complete Bike - 2017 Diamondback Haanjenn Complete Bike - 2017
Redefining where and what a "go-anywhere" bike can really go and do, the versatile Diamondback Hannjenn Complete Bike proves its mettle as a trustworthy commuter, gravel, or XC bike every time you saddle up. Budget-friendly and performance-driven, the Hnjenn is built with a solid aluminum frame and Shimano's ever-improving Sora drivetrain. As with its brother bike, the Hnjo, Diamondback focuses on creating a bike that would adapt to a wide range of terrain, allowing riders to indulge their mid-ride impulses and veer off the pavement in favor of dirt to momentarily check out a new area or trail they hadn't noticed before. In order to do this, Diamondback brought in treated 6061-T6 aluminum to ensure the frame itself achieves the ideal blend of durability, stiffness, and low weight. Then, DB shaped that frame with an endurance geometry--think longer wheelbase, higher stack height, and shorter reach. A geometry that's popularity has skyrocketed recently for obvious reasons; when paired with less aggressive, flat handlebars, the endurance geometry of the Hnjenn achieves a comfortable riding posture and intuitive handling without any of that twitchy jitteriness you'd normally find in a race frame. From winding canyon roads to rolling bike paths, Shimano's two-by, nine-speed Sora drivetrain does what you ask of it without hesistation, enabling you to enjoy your ride without worrying about mechanical malfunction. Like all Shimano groupsets, Sora has received trickle-down technology from its flashier siblings, and it's only becoming smoother and easier to operate with time. Tektro Lyra mechanical disc brakes provide you with reliable stopping power whether you're pedaling through wet mud or down steep grades on smooth roads, and the Hnjenn's alloy rims come wrapped in the Kenda Flintridge tires that handle slippery, loose gravel, mud, and rain-slicked city streets with aplomb.
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Diamondback Haanjo Comp 1x Complete Bike - 2017 Diamondback Haanjo Comp 1x Complete Bike - 2017
While gravel road racing is quickly gaining popularity, the question remains of which type of bike is best suited for gravel. So, Diamondback sought to nip such an issue in the bud by picking and choosing the best parts from all different varieties. Combining the best of road, mountain, and cyclocross designs, the Diamondback Hnjo 1X Comp Complete Bike serves up an economical, yet race-ready bike that'll have you running the course and cruising through town with equal adeptness. Since riding rut-ridden gravel snatches energy from your legs and beats up your core, the amount of comfort, stability, and endurance your bike provides is of the utmost importance. Focusing on such factors, the Hnjo features an Endurance geometry, which offers a relaxed head tube angle in order to reduce strain on your lower back while you're stretched over the hoods. Not only does this improve the fit for riders with less flexibility and pelvic rotation, but it also creates more stability and easier handling compared to most other cyclocross bikes. Meanwhile, the frame itself is constructed from 6061-T6 butted aluminum, which--when tubes are butted instead of featuring a continuous wall thickness--allows the ends of the tubes to be given varying widths. The butted construction removes the stress concentration that occurs in the joints of bikes that aren't butted, resulting in an overall stronger frame. And when you factor in Diamondback's Gravel Disc carbon leg fork that takes the edge off rough road chatter, you have the ideal gravel road bike. This bike's driven by an SRAM S350 X-Sync with 44T Chainring crankset, which has been combined with an 11-speed SRAM PG1130 11-42T cassette and a KMC X11EL chain for smooth gearing in all conditions. Then, the HED Tomcat disc wheels, which are wrapped in Kenda Flintridge 700x40 tires, ensure you cruise over pavement, gravel, and dirt easily. Meanwhile, reliable stopping power is provided by Apex 1 hydraulic disc brakes with a 160mm front ...
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Diamondback Haanjo Comp Carbon Complete Bike - 2017 Diamondback Haanjo Comp Carbon Complete Bike - 2017
Combining the durability of a 'cross bike with the stability of a touring bike or commuter, the Diamondback Hnjo Comp Carbon is the easy choice for serious riders who refuse to let the conditions outside dictate their routes. A completely new, hand-built carbon fiber frame and fork, relaxed geometry, and superior components throughout make this Hnjo an immediate favorite for gran fondos and off-road explorations alike. The Hnjo Comp Carbon's all-purpose functionality starts with, well, its DB carbon fiber frame and fork, which offer substantially lower weight, enhanced compliance on the road, and aggressive versatility thanks to added tire clearance. Complementing the carbon fiber frame, its relaxed Endurance geometry tends toward the long and comfortable end of the spectrum, which keeps you more upright and doesn't handle like a twitchy racing frame. This pairing makes it perfect for riding in a fondo or going on a mellow spin to soak in the scenery, while also being able to keep up in a road race or competitive group ride. A tapered head tube further contributes to the Hnjo's easy handling while reducing front end flex during intensive bursts. Whether for race or recreation, what makes the Hnjo a favorite goes beyond frame material and geometry, but actually lies within its attention to detail. For example, the top tube of the frame is flattened a bit, which makes the bike easier to carry when walking up stairs after commuting or for clearing 'cross obstacles with ease. It also benefits from the certainty of TRP Spyre disc brakes for reliable stopping power when loaded with touring gear or navigating tricky terrain. Finally, touches like the 700c HED Tomcat wheels and 40mm Schwalbe G-One tires make short work of high-speed descents, while its Shimano 105 ST-5800 2x11 speed drivetrain has a gear for every gravel grind and headwind to keep your cranks spinning when the going gets tough. After your first ride, it'll be abundantly clear that this bike i...
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Diamondback Haanjo Complete Bike - 2017 Diamondback Haanjo Complete Bike - 2017
With dependable components and comfort-minded geometry, the Hnjo Complete Bike is a wallet-friendly way to log more miles on the bike and less in the car without ever compromising quality. Diamondback kicks things off with a reliable 6061-T6 aluminum frame, which is a treated version of aluminum that provides an ideal blend of low weight and strength. With a larger head tube angle than traditional road bikes, the Hnjo allows you to stay more upright as you weave through bike lanes and under traffic lights, and the endurance geometry works to alleviate tension in your neck and shoulders, which especially helps when you're riding to the office with a backpack full of gear and your computer. Flat bar handlebars keeps the Hnjo feeling more stable than it would with road drop bars, which work together with the Gravel Disc alloy fork to allow for smooth and consistent steering over a wide range of road and off-road surfaces. Shimano's 9-speed drivetrain and compact Tiagra cassette offer a variety of gear ratios and promise straightforward, consistent functionality whether you're pedaling in to work or heading out for a weekend bike path ride. The Hnjo is well-equipped to handle gravel and smooth dirt tracks in addition to rough roads with its aptly-named 40c Kenda Flintridge tires, and for the days when the weather decides to wait until after your commute starts to turn nasty, trust the Tektro Lyra disc brakes to provide reliable stopping power in a pinch.
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Diamondback Haanjo Trail Complete Bike - 2017 Diamondback Haanjo Trail Complete Bike - 2017
Diamondback has been known to build up their bikes with impressive kits, and the Hnjo Trail Complete Bike is no exception. And while the Hnjo is a bike set up for gravel and multi-surface riding success, it's really the individual components with shining names such as Shimano Ultegra 6800 and HED Tomcat Disc on the drivetrain and rims that will guarantee it. Wholly capable of handling a whole host of terrain, the Hnjo Trail skillfully navigates surfaces ranging from the obvious--asphalt, gravel, grass--to the not-so obvious--dirt roads and light singletrack. This versatility is owed in no small part to its Endurance geometry, which is long and low for added stability that keeps you more upright and secure than a twitchier frame designed for racing. Other elements of the Hnjo's construction recommend it for the recreational and commuting life. These include the top tube, which is shaped for easy shouldering to carry up stairs or across impassable obstacles, and Shimano BR-RS805 hydraulic flat mount disc brakes for stopping power that stays consistent regardless of varying conditions and demands. Whether you're weighed down with touring panniers or caught out in a late spring rain storm, the disc brakes will almost always feel the same. Of course, there's no hiding the race pedigree of HED and Ultegra, so the Hnjo Trail is ready to get up and get going when you're ready to lay down the power.
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GT Grade Carbon 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017 GT Grade Carbon 105 Complete Road Bike - 2017
GT may categorize its 2017 Grade Carbon 105 Complete Road Bike as "enduroad", but we're going to go ahead and classify it as fun. Clipping into a Grade Carbon opens up nearly limitless route potential and licence to spontaneously explore those intriguing side paths that would have a traditional road bike quaking in its spokes. Pairing Shimano's legendary workhorse 105 drivetrain, powerful hydraulic brakes, and Stan's NoTubes wheels wrapped in Clement's lightly treaded Strada USH tires, this Grade is ready to shepherd you through your next all-road adventure.The Grade features GT's All-Day geometry, designed for comfort over long miles on roads less traveled. It manifests as a longer wheelbase for extra confidence and stability, with a taller head tube that sits at a slacker angle than traditional road bikes that further boosts the feeling of stability and confident control.GT shapes the Grade Carbon frame and fork using with its Enduroad carbon, which is reinforced with a glass matrix for equal parts vibration-damping and stiffness to reduce fatigue and wasted watts over long rides. This construction paired with its relaxed geometry makes the Grade Carbon perfect for riding a fondo or heading out on a leisurely spin to soak in scenery, while maintaining its ability to keep up in a road race or competitive group ride. The Grade Carbon also features a slightly more compact rear triangle than other similar frames, owed to GT's Triple Triangle, which is designed to add stiffness and rigidity to the frame using tighter angles and reinforced seatstays.The fork features longer, narrower blades than a traditional road bike, creating extra clearance for the front tire and better compliance over bumps. You'll remain stable on fast descents with the tapered head tube and retain efficient power transfer as you pedal out of the saddle over dirt, gravel, or tarmac.
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GT Grade Carbon Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 GT Grade Carbon Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
Aggressive race bikes have their place on buttery smooth criterium courses, but some of us want a bike that's a little more versatile and able to match cycling's new go-anywhere attitude. As such, GT categorizes the 2017 Grade Carbon Ultegra Complete Road as "enduroad," which means it feels like a responsive race frame but with endurance geometry and durability that will have you riding in comfort mile after all-road mile. Its Shimano Ultegra drivetrain (the ST-RS685 shift and brake levers are Ultegra-equivalent) and powerful hydraulic disc brakes solidify this bike's reliability, while Mavic's Aksium Disc Allroad wheelset and lightly treaded Clement Strada USH tires put the final touches on its gravel grinding capabilities. GT shapes the Grade Carbon frame and fork using carbon that's reinforced with a glass matrix for equal parts vibration-damping and stiffness to reduce fatigue and wasted watts over long rides. The hallmark of endurance frames, and a major reason for their appeal, is their relaxed geometry. It's perfect for riding a fondo or heading out on a leisurely spin to soak in scenery, but it's still able to keep up in a road race or competitive group ride. The Grade Carbon fits this description aptly, and also features a slightly more compact rear triangle than other similar frames. That compactness is owed to GT's Triple Triangle, which is designed to add stiffness and rigidity to the frame using tighter angles and reinforced seatstays. The fork features longer, narrower blades than a traditional road bike, creating extra clearance for the front tire and better compliance over bumps. You'll remain stable on fast descents with the tapered head tube and retain efficient power transfer as you pedal out of the saddle over dirt, gravel, or tarmac.
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Merlin CrusherTi Frameset Merlin CrusherTi Frameset
The Merlin CrusherTi Frameset began life here in our office-bound daydreams with the eventual aim of producing the ideal gravel racer. The Crusher isn't a grinder made for noodling and commuting. Instead, it's inspired by the new breed of multi-surface races and events that take riders across road, gravel, dirt, and high-altitude granite moonscapes where patches of snow manage to persist even into the heat of July. By adding an ENVE carbon disc fork to Merlin's titanium expertise, we think we've helped establish the new standard, but we'll let your own legs and gravel ambitions be the final metric. By now, you know the standard line about titanium. It's springy, it dampens vibrations without feeling dead, it's responsive, it's lively -- all of which sounds very nice, but the tendency to apply these modifiers to a frame's material alone glosses over the most important aspect of any frame's ride quality: how the damn thing is put together. That's why names like Merlin, who knows how to manipulate titanium in order to excite the above praise, carry so much weight in the cycling industry. That's also why the US-based manufacturer was the only obvious choice to build the CrusherTi. The CrusherTi's head badge indicates that Merlin's company name refers to the bird of prey and not the sorcerous Briton of Arthurian myth. But we know better. There's definitely some alchemy at play in how the frame transforms rough roads and multi-surface punishment into solid gold. Of course, no frame-design magic in the world can elicit descriptions like "springy, damping, etc." from a frame that starts with sub-prime materials, so the CrusherTi is made entirely from double-butted 3Al-2. 5V titanium sourced right here in the US. This alloyed Ti's particular modulus means that, under stress, it expresses less deformity than aluminum and more than carbon fiber -- all of which is the pseudo-engineering talk behind the pseudo-marketing fluff ("springy, responsive") that all sloughs away onc...
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Niner BSB 9 RDO 3-Star Rival 1 Complete Bike - 2018 Niner BSB 9 RDO 3-Star Rival 1 Complete Bike - 2018
Named after the cross mantra of Blood, Sweat, and Beers, the Niner BSB RDO 3-Star Rival 1 Complete Bike satisfies the cyclocross racer seeking a rocket ship for merciless sprints to the finish, slogs across sand pits, hectic hops over barriers, and refreshing beer hand-ups. Designed around Niner's flagship RDO Carbon frame, the BSB 9 RDO imparts unrelenting stiffness and power transfer, so every turn of the cranks equates to forward-surging momentum. For the 2018 model year, the BSB 9 RDO gets flat-mount disc brakes and two opposite colorways for the bold and stealth-minded racer alike. Carrying Niner's Race Day Optimized carbon frame, or RDO for short, the BSB 9 RDO benefits from Niner's Carbon Compaction System (CCS). This carbon manufacturing process uses a rigid internal mold for a tighter, more consistent compaction of the carbon layers, yielding an increase in the precision of wall thickness, as well as a significant reduction of resin pooling. This means the engineers at Niner can tune the BSB 9 RDO with the exact characteristics they're after--namely unrelenting stiffness, strength, and ride quality. Race-ready geometry makes the BSB 9 RDO adept at navigating tight courses with its steep head tube angle lending agility and steering response. Flatly sculpted tubes enhance the bike's torsional rigidity for rocket-like acceleration, as well as making it easier to shoulder the bike when you're hopping over obstacles. Another stand-out, Niner's Carbon RDO Fork delivers high levels of stiffness with its RDO carbon lay-up, tapered steerer, and 15-millimeter thru-axle. Naturally, the BSB 9 RDO is disc brake only, with the newest incarnation sporting flat-mount discs with 140-millimeter rotors for powerful stopping in the nastiest, muddiest conditions. This three-star build kit comes with a SRAM Rival 1x11 drivetrain for no-nonsense shifting without having to deal with a pesky front derailleur. The Stans Grail Wheelset offers an optimal 24. 5-millimeter width f...
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Niner BSB 9 RDO Frameset - 2018 Niner BSB 9 RDO Frameset - 2018
The Niner BSB 9 RDO Frameset is a purpose built cyclocross machine that makes no apologies in its unrelenting quest for speed. Standing for the catch phrase "Blood, Sweat, and Beers," the BSB 9 RDO satisfies the cyclocross racer seeking a nimble-handling rocket for all-out sprints across the finish line, hectic hops over barriers, slogs across sand pits, and refreshing beer hand-ups. New for 2018, the latest model gets updated with flat-mount discs, as well as two opposing colorways for bold and stealth-minded racers alike. Carrying Niner's Race Day Optimized carbon frame, or RDO for short, the BSB 9 RDO benefits from an unbelievably stiff, lightweight construction for uncompromising acceleration the instant you turn the pedals. RDO carbon benefits from Niner's Carbon Compaction System (CCS), in which a rigid internal mold provides a tighter, more consistent compaction of the carbon layers during the manufacturing process. Ultimately, this cutting-edge manufacturing process gives Niner's engineers the ability to dial in the exact traits they're after, namely unrelenting stiffness, high levels of strength, and ride quality. Racier geometry makes the BSB 9 RDO stand apart from the gravel-oriented RLT (Road Less Traveled) model from Niner. You'll find the BSB 9 RDO has a steeper head tube, higher bottom bracket, shorter wheelbase, and snappier chainstays than the RLT, giving it much quicker handling, more pedal clearance, and a racier overall feel. The frame's flatly sculpted tubes enhance the bike's torsional rigidity, and also makes it easier to shoulder over course obstacles. Thru-axles at the front and rear improve the precise tracking of the bike, especially when you factor in the exceptionally stiff Niner RDO carbon fork with a tapered steerer. Internal routing cleans up its overall aesthetic while keeping everything protected from flinging muck and debris. Additionally, it's compatible with electronic drivetrains, adding a futureproof element to this cyclocro...
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Niner RLT 9 3-Star Rival Complete Bike - 2018 Niner RLT 9 3-Star Rival Complete Bike - 2018
As more and more cyclists venture off the beaten path, it's only natural that bike companies would look to inject their technological know-how and understanding of materials to help riders ride longer, faster, and in more comfort. Niner's latest addition to its Road Less Traveled lineup, the RLT 9 3-Star Rival Complete Bike, lets you enjoy the features that challenge the best road bikes with its lightweight aluminum construction, bask in the well thought out geometry 5 hours into an epic gravel grinder, and appreciate the comfort of the frame and large volume tires when blindly following your buddy down a braking bump riddled gravel descent at speed.Since this bike is designed for gravel and comfort, the geometry is a bit slacker, stretched a little longer, and the bottom bracket sees more drop than Niner's BSB 9 which is more at home pinned between the tape and up and over the barriers. The hydroformed aluminum alloy frame is light, efficient, and sharp looking. A custom 15mm thru-axle, tuned for gravel, all-carbon Niner fork has mid-rack mounts and shares the same DNA and safety standards with its legendary mountain bike version. Rear rack mounts further add to the versatility of the frame that is equally at home bikepacking, commuting, and racing gravel.The PF 30 BB shell is geared or singlespeed compatible with Niner's BioCentric 30 for the most masochistic among us. Full-length cable housing keeps grit out of the shifting system in nasty conditions. Housing enters the down tube behind the head tube and exits below the BB for easy set up and low maintenance. If you choose to go Di2 down the road, the frame can accommodate that as well. Proprietary forged dropouts are designed to reduce weight and integrate the low-profile post brake mount with the chainstay with clearance up to 160mm rotors. Designed with a tube set similar to the proven AIR 9 hardtail, the RLT 9's tube shapes are hydroformed to meet Niner's desired ride quality. Comfort and low weight can...
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Niner RLT 9 4-Star Ultegra Complete Bike - 2018 Niner RLT 9 4-Star Ultegra Complete Bike - 2018
Niner's RLT line of bikes is the epitome of the all-terrain bike, and the RLT 9 4-Star Ultegra Complete Bike represents an excellent value with its alloy frame and carbon fork paired with a quality Shimano drivetrain. Together, you'll begin to explore where few bikes go and create some lasting adventures. Back for 2018, Niner has some amazing new colorways that look as good as the bike performs. This bike lives for adventure and the Road Less Traveled ethos shows in its build kit and frame features. Shimano's Ultegra drivetrain always offers precise shifting and is super durable. The 50-34 tooth crank paired with the 11-34 tooth cassette provides gearing that's plentiful for climbing long mountain passes fully laden while having enough gearing so you won't spin out on the way back down. Its 38mm Schwalbe G-One tires are ideal for rolling quickly on pavement while providing just enough security on gravel roads. The frame has clearance to handle tires up to 44mm wide if you see yourself rallying off-road and on singletrack regularly.The frame's geometry takes queues from both the hardtail AIR lineup and the BSB CX frames. Compared to its 'cross-specific frame, the RLT 9 features a slightly longer chainstay, a lower bottom bracket height, and a slacker head tube angle. On the road, the lower center of gravity provides more stability at speed on rough surfaces, more confidence while cornering, and a longer wheelbase that is more comfortable over the long haul. Washboard descents are a little less dicey, the bike always seems to find the right line, and is nimble enough for some mellow singletrack. This bike's versatility is begging to see what you can do with it and the only limitation is you.The RLT 9 aluminum frame pairs up with the Carbon RDO fork and it helps lighten things up and does an excellent job at quelling road vibrations. The fork isn't your typical carbon road fork mind you, its massive 15mm thru-axle anchors the hubs on the roughest roads and the rac...
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Niner RLT 9 Frameset - 2018 Niner RLT 9 Frameset - 2018
If you are looking to curate your own adventure bike, the Niner RLT 9 Frameset is an excellent place to start hanging some parts on to turn your gravel grinding and bikepacking dreams into reality. This RLT 9's aluminum frame and carbon fork chants the Road Less Travelled mantra. If your thoughts of a good time on a drop bar bike includes exploring endless forest service roads and getting away from the norm, rather than flogging yourself to stay in a specific training zone, you are reading the right product description. Fancy some self-supported bikepacking with nary a SAG vehicle available' Rides like this require a light and durable setup and the RLT 9's aluminum construction has you covered.The hydroformed aluminum tubing does a tremendous job of bringing high-performance to a price point that makes building up this frameset attainable. Niner's construction process allows it to be drawn thinner with walls that don't compromise stiffness or impact resistance in key areas. Proprietary forged dropouts are designed to reduce weight and integrate the low-profile flat mount with the chainstay. One ride, and the old myth that aluminum rides harshly will soon be dismayed. Niner's experience in building alloy mountain frames shines through on this design, and a surprising amount of responsiveness, quick handling, and bulletproof durability quickly come to surface shortly after clipping in. The decision to spec a 27. 2mm seatpost helps reduce vibration on rough roads causing fatigue that builds up over the hours.This frame blends Niner's mountain geometry with the barrier hopping 'cross-specific BSB frameset. Compared to the BSB, the RLT 9 is built with longer chainstays, a lower bottom bracket, and a slacker head tube angle. What you will notice is a lower center of gravity that still has plenty of pedal clearance while cornering and a slightly stretched wheelbase for stability. Tire clearance is plentiful letting you clear 44mm meat with ease. The bike is composed o...
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Niner RLT 9 RDO 2-Star Apex 1 Complete Bike - 2018 Niner RLT 9 RDO 2-Star Apex 1 Complete Bike - 2018
Niner's RLT 9 RDO 2-Star Apex 1 Complete Bike is for those looking for a quiver killer when it comes to a do it all drop bar bike. Chase the roadies all summer on the weekly group rides, when the leaves begin to fall, hop barriers and slog through the mud in the local cross series, and in the spring head out on an epic week-long bikepacking trip. The RLT is more than up to all these challenges and will surprise you at how well it excels at everything. Constructed from Niner's legendary RDO carbon fiber, this RLT deviates from its aluminum and steel roots to bring lightweight, stiff, and durable carbon fiber to your next cycling adventure with geometry suited to handle a myriad of conditions you might face.Niner's RLT (Road Less Traveled) lineup features bikes that are a bit slacker, longer, and lower than its 'cross-specific model, the Niner's BSB 9. That longer rear end and lower bottom bracket yields a confidence inspiring ride that doesn't lose the responsive needed to pick a line over rough roads at speed. The RLT possesses more stability and comfort over rough roads, while still able to quickly get back up to speed mashing the pedals at a low cadence out of a corner or standing up to summit a climb you've been chipping away at for the last hour. The list of adventure-ready features is long but a few of our favorites include the integrated rack and fender mounts giving a versatile array of setup options, and the replaceable hanger so if you take a spill on the drive side and snap the hanger, simply replace it and in most cases, you should be good to go.Niner constructs this frame from what it calls Race Day Optimized Carbon Compaction System. This technique fine-tunes the layup and eliminates any material that doesn't contribute to the frame's structural soundness and ride quality. Further enhancing the smooth ride, the RLT utilizes a 27. 2mm diameter seatpost that adds an element of flex to help absorb bumps and chatter so you won't be rattled as you negot...
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Niner RLT 9 RDO 3-Star Rival Complete Bike - 2018 Niner RLT 9 RDO 3-Star Rival Complete Bike - 2018
Eschewing national sanctioning bodies for miles upon miles of desolate gravel roads and embracing self-supported autonomy doesn't mean you have to give up your roadie-inspired love of speedy carbon. Niner's new addition to its Road Less Traveled lineup, the 2017 RLT 9 RDO 3-Star Rival Complete Bike, lets you have it all with lightweight carbon construction, comfortable positioning, and a snappy rear triangle that dances through turns. As expected from an RLT, this bike is a bit slacker, longer, and lower than its 'cross racing cousin, Niner's BSB 9, but also sees a few tweaks compared to its aluminum and steel RLT siblings that boost its snappy profile. Shorter stays tighten up the rear triangle and work in tandem with a lower bottom bracket for a ride that's confidently responsive. This combination lends the RLT 9 more stability and comfort over rough roads while still maintaining the agility to rocket out of turns. The dropouts have integrated rack and fender mounts, which only add to your setup options, and the replaceable hanger means that even if a catastrophic derailleur-related incident ends your ride, your RLT will live to roll another day. Niner uses its Race Day Optimized (RDO) Carbon Compaction System to mold this RLT's frame, fine tuning the placement of carbon and eliminating any material that doesn't contribute to the frame's structural soundness and ride quality. To further enhance the smooth ride, the RLT has a 27. 2mm seatpost, which adds an element of give to absorb bumps and chatter so you won't be getting beat up as much as you'd expect, especially on washboard roads.
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Niner RLT 9 RDO 4-Star Ultegra Complete Bike - 2018 Niner RLT 9 RDO 4-Star Ultegra Complete Bike - 2018
Unsanctioned gravel races have seen a massive influx of disenchanted road racers fleeing from the current state of sanctioned events in search of a more welcoming competitive venue. In addition to boosting numbers, this shift in participation has introduced a demand for high end, carbon fiber race machines that can handle the unique abuse and long-range format of gravel events. For those of us looking to make the jump to gravel, Niner's 2017 RLT 9 RDO 4-Star Ultegra Complete Bike blends lightweight carbon construction, endurance geometry, and responsive handling that'll have you comfortably ticking off the multi-surface miles. As expected from an RLT, this bike is a bit slacker, longer, and lower than its cyclocross cousin, Niner's BSB 9, but also sees a few tweaks compared to its aluminum and steel RLT siblings that boost its snappy profile. Shorter stays tighten up the rear triangle and work in tandem with a lower bottom bracket for a confidently responsive ride experience. This combination lends the RLT 9 more stability and comfort over rough roads while still maintaining the agility to rocket out of turns and carve loose, sketchy descents. The dropouts have integrated rack and fender mounts, which offer a versatile array of setup options, and the replaceable hanger means that even if a catastrophic derailleur-related incident ends your ride, your RLT will live to roll another day. Niner uses its Race Day Optimized (RDO) Carbon Compaction System to mold this RLT's frame, fine tuning the placement of carbon and eliminating any material that doesn't contribute to the frame's structural soundness and ride quality. To further enhance the smooth ride, the RLT has a 27. 2mm seatpost, which adds an element of give to absorb bumps and chatter so you won't be getting beat up as much as you'd expect, especially on washboard roads.
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Niner RLT 9 RDO Frameset - 2018 Niner RLT 9 RDO Frameset - 2018
Niner's 2017 RLT 9 RDO Frameset brings dream build potential to those of us who eschew traditional racing disciplines and instead choose miles and miles of packed dirt and gravel roads as our playground. Featuring Niner's renowned RDO carbon fiber, this RLT breaks from its aluminum and steel roots to bring light, stiff, carbon speed to your next gravel adventure with endurance geometry designed to get you comfortably to the day's destination. As expected from an RLT (short for Road Less Traveled), this bike is a bit slacker, longer, and lower than its 'cross-specific cousin, Niner's BSB 9, but also sees a few tweaks compared to its aluminum and steel RLT siblings that imbue it with slightly snappier handling without sacrificing comfort. Shorter stays tighten up the rear triangle and work in tandem with a lower bottom bracket for a confidently responsive ride experience. This combination lends the RLT more stability and comfort over rough roads while still maintaining the agility to rocket out of turns and carve loose, sketchy descents. Integrated rack and fender mounts on the frame and fork provide a versatile array of setup options, and the replaceable hanger means that even if you take a less than graceful, drive-side, derailleur compromising dive, your RLT will live to roll another day. Niner uses its Race Day Optimized Carbon Compaction System to mold this RLT's frame, fine tuning the placement of carbon and eliminating any material that doesn't contribute to the frame's structural soundness and ride quality. To further enhance the smooth ride, the RLT has a 27. 2mm diameter seatpost, which adds an element of give to absorb bumps and chatter so you won't be getting beat up as much as you'd expect, especially on washboard roads. While Niner's builds spec the RLT 9 RDO with 35mm tires, it has clearance to run tires up to 40mm so you can choose a balance between rolling speed and plush comfort to best meet your riding style and requirements. Finally, we shoul...
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Niner RLT 9 Steel 2-Star Apex 1 Complete Bike - 2018 Niner RLT 9 Steel 2-Star Apex 1 Complete Bike - 2018
It's no secret that the RLT 9 Steel is one of our favorite gravel bikes, and we're excited to see it back for 2017 with some updated colorways and that legendarily smooth and responsive steel ride. The RLT 9 Steel 2-Star Apex 1 Complete Bike is an adventurer at heart, and takes its Road Less Traveled moniker seriously with a build kit that embodies the all-road ethos perhaps more than any other ride. SRAM's economical but no less functional Apex one-by drivetrain gets the nod, eliminating the front derailleur and any mechanical worries it may have brought with it out on the road. The 42-tooth front chainring and 11-42 tooth cassette don't skimp on gears though, providing a wide range of options worthy of all but the steepest of mountain grades. Its 35mm tires are the ideal starting point to manage everything from pavement to light singletrack, with frame clearance to handle tires up to 44mm in width should the adventure call for burlier fare.The frame's geometry is a compromise between Niner's mountain frames and the aggressive disposition of the 'cross-specific BSB frameset. Compared to the latter, the RLT 9 features a longer chainstay, a lower bottom bracket, and a more relaxed head tube angle. This translates into a lower center of gravity that still affords clearance over obstacles and while cornering, and a wider wheelbase for stability over rough roads and long miles. In our own test rides of the geometry, we found that it eats up washboard and is nimble enough for mellow singletrack, so, if you're keen on making the RLT a durable singletrack speedster with zero suspension, then throw on some knobby tires and get to it. This bike's only limit is you.The RLT 9 Steel does make an admirable concession to carbon by including a Carbon RDO fork to further soak up and smooth out road vibrations. The fork is no delicate road race specimen, though-- as evidenced by its trail-inspired 15mm thru-axle anchor--and the inclusion of rack mounts means it also doesn't shy a...
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Niner RLT 9 Steel 4-Star Ultegra Complete Bike - 2018 Niner RLT 9 Steel 4-Star Ultegra Complete Bike - 2018
Carbon frames have their place in aggressive race venues and the quest for marginal gains, but when we're out in the wilderness in search of serene scenery and gravel-filled adventure, no frame material fits the bill quite like the springy responsiveness and durability of steel. And perhaps no bike embodies the Road Less Traveled ethos more thoroughly than Niner's RLT 9 Steel 4-Star Ultegra Complete Bike, which has Reynolds 853 steel tubing, a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain, and just the right balance of carbon accessories to soften the bumps without overshadowing that prized steel ride. It lives to escape the concrete jungle for the dirt-strewn wilds of coastal mountain ranges, never ending seas of prairie, and country B-roads that may never see the attention of a grader. The frame's geometry is a compromise between Niner's mountain frames and the aggressive disposition of the 'cross-specific BSB frameset. Compared to the latter, the RLT 9 features longer chainstays, a lower bottom bracket, and a more relaxed head tube angle. This translates into a lower center of gravity that still affords clearance over obstacles and while cornering, a wider wheelbase for stability, and tire clearance that lets you plush-out to the tune of 1. 75in (just over 44mm). In our own test rides of the geometry, we found that it eats up washboard and is nimble enough for mellow singletrack, so, if you're keen on making the RLT a durable singletrack speedster with zero suspension, then throw on some knobby tires and get to it. This bike's only limit is you. Despite Niner's love of steel, the RLT 9 Steel does make a reasonable concession to carbon by including snappy CX Carbon wheels, carbon cockpit components, and a Carbon RDO fork to further soak up and smooth out road vibrations. The fork is no delicate road race specimen, though--as evidenced by its 15mm thru-axle anchor--and the inclusion of rack mounts means it also doesn't shy away from carrying its own weight. Niner claims its rigid ...
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Niner RLT 9 Steel Frameset - 2018 Niner RLT 9 Steel Frameset - 2018
While there's always been a certain contingency in the cycling world that's recognized the value of materials besides plastic--err, carbon fiber, the advent of extra-curricular disciplines like gravel grinding and bikepacking have given rise to a new generation of steel-is-real fetishists. The RLT 9 Steel Frameset is built for that Road Less Travelled ethos, and the roads Niner had in mind when they made it aren't the annually repaved surfaces of France's big race. Rather, they're the types of backwoods US "roads" that have never been properly paved and have only seen a grader once. Decades ago. As it passed in the distance on a nearby interstate. When the gravel's flying and the surface promises to betray us the first change it gets, the RLT 9's Reynolds 853 is the only material we want between our legs. The Reynolds 853 tubing at the RLT 9 Steel's heart is one of the latest materials in the venerable manufacturer's catalog. 853's production process means that it can be drawn with thinner, lighter walls that don't compromise stiffness or impact resistance. It's also air-cooled during production, so when Niner later welds the tubes into a frame, the strength of the steel at the joints actually increases. Of course, the real benefit of steel only manifests when you throw a leg over it. Reynolds 853's immediate, springy responsiveness, lively handling, and unrivaled durability prove with each pedal stroke why steel's only real competition in frame building is from marketing handbooks, not the latest wonder materials. The frame's geometry is a compromise between Niner's mountain frames and the aggressive disposition of the 'cross-specific BSB frameset. Compared to the latter, the RLT 9 features a longer chainstay, a lower bottom bracket, and a more relaxed head tube angle. This translates into a lower center of gravity that still affords clearance over obstacles and while cornering, a wider wheelbase for stability, and tire clearance that lets you plush-out to the ...
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Pinarello Gan GR-S Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017 Pinarello Gan GR-S Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2017
For 2017, Pinarello joins the all-road endurance party with its Gan GR-S Disc Ultegra Complete Road Bike. With disc-specific construction, stiff thru-axles, and a proprietary suspension system, the Gan GR-S brings a rare mix of exceptional comfort, classic Pinarello aesthetics, and efficient speed to your next off-pavement adventure. Built up with Shimano's smooth-shifting Ultegra drivetrain and hydraulic brakes and rolling on Fulcrum Racing wheels wrapped in Vittoria's trusty Adventure tires, this bike is ready for almost anything. The Gan Disc features similar eye-catching styling as the top-tier Dogma KS-8, with its signature curves and unique elastomer suspension system. This suspension, dubbed the Dogma Suspension System 1. 0, sits at the seatstay junction to provide up to 10mm of plush cushion to smooth out bumpy roads and cobbles without sapping away power. Pinarello is understandably secretive about the final composition of the elastomer, but it claims that this system effectively dampens vibrations without experiencing excessive movement when riders dump watts into the pedals. Slightly flattened chainstays and seatstays provide additional compliance over the bumps while maintaining lateral stiffness. The most notable difference between the Gan GR-S frame and its high-end cousin is the type of carbon used to make them. While the Dogma KS-8 boasts the top-end of the top-tier Toray T1100 1K Dream Carbon and the Gan S is made of T700 carbon, the Gan GR-S consists of slightly more compliant T600 carbon, which gains weight and sacrifices a tiny bit of stiffness but drops the overall cost significantly. While this carbon is slightly less rigid than the T1100 1K, it remains a high-strength, race-worthy layup designed to handle hard miles over varied terrain. It's every bit as light and stiff as the bikes that many of our cycling heroes (Ulle, Museeuw, Tommeke, etc.) rode to grand tour and monument wins. We should also note that, like most cycling fans, we stil...
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Pinarello Mercurio Sora Complete Road Bike - 2016 Pinarello Mercurio Sora Complete Road Bike - 2016
Though many of Italy's most venerable manufacturers have been slow to embrace road disc brakes, Pinarello proved itself an early adapter with the Mercurio Sora Complete Road Bike. To us, Italy and gravel bikes make sense--see for example l'Eroica, a race across Tuscany's white gravel roads that started as a gran fondo in '97 and quickly grew into a favorite with the top hard men of the peloton, too. We suspect the reason for its immediate success is two-fold. First, its varied terrain of tarmac and limestone makes for a race that's full of opportunities for ambitious racers to blow the field apart (which also makes it a fan favorite). Second, everyone from the pro ranks on down to us aspirational cyclists can agree that this kind of mixed-surface adventure cycling is just a hell of a lot of fun. Gravel bikes are about freedom to explore everything up to and including singletrack and fire roads, and bikes like the Mercurio embody that ethos of exploration. The Mercurio's frame is constructed from a targeted lay-up of 24HMUD carbon, which is spec'd to withstand 24 tons of pressure per square centimeter. It's not quite as light and stiff as the carbon used in the Dogma line, but it's not supposed to be. Rather, the 24HMUD used here is meant to strike a balance between rigidity, low weight, chatter-devouring smoothness, and price. It excels on all fronts, as it's stiff and light enough to meet the needs of everything short of crit sprinters and featherweight climbers but still keeps the price to a point where a dedicated self-sponsored racer could even pick one up as an all-terrain adventure bike. That's not to say it's a slow-plodding, unwieldy urban noodler, though. In addition to benefiting from Pinarello's high-modulus carbon expertise, the Mercurio has the same Onda fork shape that was developed in conjunction with Jaguar for the Dogma F8. The only differences are that it's made from a different material (the same 24HMUD used in the frame) and built-up on the ...
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Raleigh Roker Sport Complete Bike - 2016 Raleigh Roker Sport Complete Bike - 2016
For years now, we've been treating (or mistreating, rather) our road bikes like gravel bikes. Dirt, gravel, patchy weeds--nothing was off limits. The new trend of bikes like Raleigh's Roker Sport Complete Bike promise to save our racing machines from the abuse of all-terrain cycling by combining the punchy responsiveness of carbon fiber with the frame geometry and tire clearance of a bike that isn't afraid to push on when the road ends. Compared to a traditional, all-purpose road racing machine, the Roker's bottom bracket sits about 7mm lower and its head tube is around 1. 5 degrees slacker. While dimensions like wheelbase, stack, and reach are all similarly gravel-minded, the Roker's low slackness are the primary contributors to the bike's confident stability across all manner of surfaces. When paired with the above mentioned carbon fiber and the kind of stiff thru-axles we'd expect to see on enduro sleds, the frame's geometry dispatches stretches of rough terrain with the same ease that it punches up steep forest paths. As with the frameset itself, the Roker Sport's component spec is eminently abuse-able. It's largely composed of Shimano Tiagra with a strong supporting cameo by TRP's Spyre mechanical disc brakes. The build kit's biggest highlight might be the surprisingly sexy finishing touch in the form of Clement tires. Raleigh assures us that the frame has clearance for 45mm tires, but the included 40mm X'PLOR MSO donuts ride so well across everything from smooth tarmac to gravel and washboard fire roads that we can't think of any reason to replace them. A big part of their success are the rims, of course, which boast a 24mm internal (28mm external) width. That Herculean dimension allows the tires to fill out far more than the typical plus-size rims, which top out at just under 21mm internally.
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Raleigh RX 2.0 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017 Raleigh RX 2.0 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017
While smaller statured riders applauded the Raleigh RXW for its range of sizes to accommodate those on the shorter end of the spectrum, the taller riders among us roared approval of its counterpart, the 2017 RX 2. 0 Complete Cyclocross Bike and its sizing options that include riders up to 6-feet, 5-inches tall. Its light and durable aluminum construction keeps costs affordable, while a SRAM one-by drivetrain and TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes make this a race-ready bike that's also chomping at the bit to tackle all-road adventures. The RX 2. 0's sizing range spans from 52cm up to 62cm and encompasses recommended rider heights from 5-feet, 4-inches up to the previously mentioned, towering 6-feet, 5-inch heights. Compared to its RXW counterpart, the RX 2. 0 features a slightly higher stand over height for a more traditionally flat top tube angle. The RX 2. 0's head tube is a little shorter and just a hair steeper, giving this bike a slightly more aggressive stance for snappy responsiveness and confident handling. For riders falling within the crossover sizes of these two models, these tweaks provide welcome options to best match varying levels of flexibility and positioning preferences.It's worth noting that both the RX 2. 0 and the RXW enjoy nearly identical build spec, which means choosing between the two comes down to your stature, geometry preferences, and ride style, with no penalty in componentry on either side of the scale. The main difference in the spec sheets is the chainring--where the RXW gets a climb-friendly 38-tooth ring, the RX 2. 0 utilizes a more race-oriented 42-tooth option, which makes it a powerhouse off the start line, with the versatility to also tackle moderate terrain and gravel excursions.
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Raleigh RXC Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017 Raleigh RXC Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017
The latest version of the RXC Complete Cyclocross Bike really needs no introduction. The previous model became a staple at start lines because it combined the pedigree of one of 'cross' most storied brands with the early adapter innovation of twin thru-axles. Now, a host of upgrades further cements the CXR's status, including shorter chainstays, flat-mount disc brake mounts, and a threaded bottom bracket. The addition of a threaded bottom bracket deserves special callout for the added precision and reduced creaking, popping, and wear. This added durability--along with the future-proof flat-mount brakes--highlights the RXC's intended use: cyclocross racing for years to come. The RXC has more aggressive stack but a slightly longer wheelbase than the RX 2. 0, dimensions that recommend it both for the tight quarters and frantic accelerations of 'cross and the abuse of the new breed of gravel races. The riders on Raleigh Clement take this recommendation to heart, relying on the RXC frameset throughout the year for all manner of mixed-terrain events. Despite those slight alterations in geometry, the RXC and RX 2. 0 remain fairly similar in profile. The real difference is in materials, with the former's full carbon fiber construction. You know the benefits of carbon (stiffer, lighter, more aesthetically pleasing joints), so we'll jump straight to Raleigh's approach to the material. Raleigh eschews monocoque builds in favor of Direct Connect, which involves first making the carbon tubes and then building the frame in a jig. In addition to satisfying our retro fetish (Who doesn't love seeing frames in jigs'), this process allows Raleigh to create a precisely targeted lay-up schedule that layers the right types of carbon in the right places. Rather than juggling the joints and overlap of different materials, Direct Connect lets the engineers focus on the frame's different areas separately. These tubes are joined with a high-modulus overwrap that secures the tubes and creat...
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Raleigh RXM Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017 Raleigh RXM Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017
The 2017 Raleigh RXM Complete Cyclocross Bike is a modern answer to the whirlwind of new materials and ever more expensive cyclocross setups that seem to forget that steel is a favorite for a reason. Basking in tradition, the RXM, or RXMetal as Raleigh dubs it it, brings a mix of springy responsiveness, lively handing, and unrivaled durability that those high-priced plastic bikes can only dream of achieving. Built with Shimano's workhorse 105 drivetrain and TRP mechanical disc brakes, this bike is ready to jump off the line and tackle nearly any terrain. Modern geometry gives the RXM the versatility to expand beyond the 'cross course. The 72-degree head angle, 73-degree seat angle (based on the 54cm model), and a 65mm bottom bracket make a geometry that falls neatly between traditional Euro-'cross high and road-racing low, catering well to American-style 'cross courses. Off the course, it's just as confident and composed grinding over gravel fire roads or exploring mellow singletrack. The RXM does make one admirable concession to carbon by including Raleigh's carbon fiber cross fork. Its blend of stiffness, a thru axle, and vibration dampening prowess lend an added dose of comfort and confident handling on any terrain. As an added touch, rack and fender mounts let you quickly outfit your bike for all manner of weather and travel capacity.
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Ridley X-Night 40 Disc Rival 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017 Ridley X-Night 40 Disc Rival 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017
The 2017 Ridley X-Night 40 Disc Rival 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike comes prepared for it all with a blend of technology and classic design to tackle the snow, sleet, rain, or random hot and sunny days of a given 'cross season. Ridley kits this build out with SRAM's workhorse one-by Rival 1 drivetrain and powerful hydraulic disc brakes for an affordable package that doesn't skimp on the race-worthy functionality. A 42t chainring pairs with an 11-32t cassette to provide exceptional mid-range gearing options suitable for almost any terrain. To round things out, a set of DT Swiss R24 Spline DB tubeless-ready wheels come wrapped with Clement's versatile MXP tires. The X-Knight is made from 24t high-modulus carbon fiber that seamlessly transfers power into forward motion while soaking up jarring vibrations. Internal cable routing gets the cables out of the way for easy shouldering on run-ups and un-rideable muddy sections. Race-specific European cyclocross geometry pairs with wide tire clearance to create a frame that can handle everything from dusty, hardpacked SoCal dirt to the rain soaked courses of the upper East Coast. The X-Night's fork boasts a few little details to increase durability and just make life easier. The Oryx Disc carbon fiber fork utilizes a 12mm thru-axle for a solid ride, with a barely perceptible asymmetry to counter the torsional forces applied to the left fork leg during braking. Stainless steel inserts at the dropouts protect the carbon from damage, and a scuff plate on the inner left fork legs protects the surface from rogue discs during hurried wheel changes in the pit. Less wear and tear leads to a longer fork lifespan, so you can look forward to many seasons of fun on this bike.
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Ridley X-Night Disc 105 HD Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Night Disc 105 HD Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018
Cyclocross' best racers compete week in and week out across the muddy fields and sandy courses along northern Europe. The courses are brutal and the teams have to have material to get them to the finish and throughout the season. Long a staple on the European circuit, Ridley is one of the winningest 'cross bikes and the X-Night Disc 105 HD Complete Cyclocross Bike is now ready to help you tackle your local series. Used by the pros on the Marlux-Napoleon Games team, the X-Night is always poised on fast and rough courses and the classic Euro geometry shines best when conditions are at their worst.This Ridley X-Night frame is constructed from 24-ton, high modulus, unidirectional carbon fiber. That allows the bike to be exceptionally stiff in the drivetrain, but also has compliance built into mellow the ride when the pace is anything but. This results in a bike with an instant pedal response right after clipping in and makes cornering on rough, bumpy corners manageable. The ultrathin seatstays, like the ones seen on the Helium, give the bike a smoother ride. A tapered headtube keeps the bike tracking over the worst ruts and the PF30 bottom bracket adds rigidity to eliminate frame flex and increase power transfer. Internal cable routing helps keep mud from fouling up your shifting and keeps the cables out of the way when portaging the bike on your shoulder on the runups. The Oryx full carbon fiber disc fork is super stiff with its 12mm thru-axle dropouts, and once pointed to the intended line, keeps the bike between the tape. The flat mounts keep the lines clean and allow for 140 or 160mm rotors to be used. The components on this bike are fitting for the intended purpose and continue to add value to the package. Ridley spec'd the X-Night with Shimano's workhorse 105 11-speed drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes, with an FSA 46x36 crank. That provides plenty of gear on the race course with Shimano's excellent durability and reliability. The disc brakes provide plenty ...
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Ridley X-Night Disc Rival 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Night Disc Rival 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018
The 2018 Ridley X-Night Disc Rival 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike is ready to do battle with its perfect blend of new technology and classic Euro design in any cross conditions. Slather on the sunscreen and get out the file treads for the early season hot and dusty events and trade that out for the embrocation and mud tubulars for the later season rain, sleet and mud fests. This is Ridley's second tier cross bike, and they wisely spec it with SRAM's workhorse 1x Rival drivetrain and powerful hydraulic disc brakes for a value-packed group that doesn't sacrifice on race-worthy functionality. The Rotor 3D30 crank with 42t chainring pairs with an 11-32t cassette to provide exceptional gearing for any terrain you will find on the course. Anything that's too steep for that gearing is better tackled on foot anyway. Getting the power to the ground is a set of DT Swiss R24 Spline DB tubeless-ready wheels sporting Clement's fast rolling and grippy MXP tires.The X-Night is constructed from 24t high-modulus carbon fiber that channels all of your pedal power into forward motion while preventing rough sections of the course from reaching the rider to leads to fatigue. Internal cable routing gets the housing out of the way for easy shouldering on the run-ups and sandpits and prevents cables from becoming contaminated. The race-specific European cyclocross geometry offers quick handling and makes picking lines on tricky, technical courses a breeze. The generous clearance allows tires to easily pass through the chainstays, be it on a dry grassy course or a peanut butter mud-filled one in the Pacific Northwest parcours.The X-Night's fork is new as well with flat mounts for the disc brake calipers and a 12mm thru-axle for a solid ride, with a slight asymmetry to counter the torsional forces applied to the left fork leg when slowing down. Stainless steel inserts at the dropouts protect the carbon from damage, and a scuff plate on the inner left fork legs protects the carbon surface fr...
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Ridley X-Night SL 10 Disc Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017 Ridley X-Night SL 10 Disc Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017
A staple in the European and American cyclocross scenes, Ridley bikes have been a common sight atop world championship podiums for over a decade. The 2017 X-Night SL 10 Disc Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike brings that winning tradition to your doorstep with top-tier design and componentry built to compete at even the highest levels of the sport. This particular build boasts SRAM's venerable Force 1 drivetrain and powerful Force 1 hydraulic disc brakes for precise gear changes and confident stopping power. A 42t chainring pairs with an 11-28t cassette to provide exceptional mid-range gearing options suitable for almost any terrain. To round things out, a set of 4ZA Cirrus Pro T30 rims laced to DT Swiss 350 hubs roll wrapped in a set of versatile Clement MXP Tubular tires for solid traction across a wide variety of course conditions. Ridley builds the X-Knight SL from a mix of 30T and 24T high modulus carbon fiber. This is similar to that found in its cobble-stone conquering Fenix frameset, so it sops up fatiguing vibrations and tenaciously transfers every watt into forward motion for a fast yet cushy ride worthy of even the harshest race conditions. Its internal cable routing makes for a clean, streamlined look, with the added bonus of eliminating pesky cable pinches when shouldering your bike up a steep wall of limestone stairs. Classic European cyclocross geometry gives the X-Night SL a fast, aggressive feel while its wide tire clearance accommodates rubber for tackling everything from snowy Northeast mud to dry West Coast dirt and challenge for the win. At the front, Ridley outfits the X-Knight SL with its Oryx Disc carbon fiber fork, which incorporates a few details to reduce stress out on the course. It boasts a 12mm thru-axle for a solid, stable ride even when navigating tight, twisty elevation changes and a barely noticeable asymmetry that counters the extra torsional forces applied to the left fork leg when scrubbing speed. The dropouts include stainle...
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Ridley X-Night SL 25 Disc Ultegra Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017 Ridley X-Night SL 25 Disc Ultegra Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017
You've caught the cyclocross bug and are all in on the racing game, but not quite ready to limit your bike's utility off the course by dropping a heap of cash on a one-by drivetrain. Enter the 2017 Ridley X-Night SL 25 Disc Ultegra Complete Cyclocross Bike, which pairs Ridley's storied 'cross race pedigree with Shimano's much-loved Ultegra double drivetrain and powerful hydraulic brakes. Add in a set of DT Swiss wheels wrapped in Clement's versatile (and now Tubeless-ready) MXP tires, and this is a bike that's set to scream off the line while maintaining the versatility to go beyond the tape to handle your gravel and multi-surface aspirations. Ridley fashions the X-Knight SL from a mix of 30 and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber. It's a similar blend to that found in its cobble-conquering Fenix, so you can rest assured it's capable of sopping-up fatiguing vibrations and tenaciously transferring every watt into forward motion. It's a fast yet cushy ride worthy of even the harshest race conditions. Its internal cable routing makes for a clean, streamlined look with the added bonus of eliminating pesky cable pinches when shouldering your bike. Classic European cyclocross geometry gives the X-Night SL a fast, aggressive feel while its wide tire clearance gives it the versatility to tackle everything from sloppy mud to dry grass. At the front, Ridley outfits the X-Knight SL with its Oryx Disc carbon fiber fork. It features a 12mm thru-axle for a solid, stable ride and a barely noticeable asymmetry that counters the extra torsional forces applied to the left fork leg when scrubbing speed. The dropouts include stainless steel inserts to protect the carbon from scratches and a scuff plate on the inside of the left fork leg fends off errant discs during frantic, mid-race wheel changes to keep the fork free of unwanted wear. This means more fun in the mud, and less time worrying about the integrity of your bike's front end.
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Ridley X-Night SL Disc Cyclocross Frameset - 2017 Ridley X-Night SL Disc Cyclocross Frameset - 2017
We've been able to spend a lot of time on Ridley's road bikes, and we've certainly enjoyed them, but the Flemish brand's real pedigree lies in cyclocross. The brand is a Belgian staple; the sport is a Belgian obsession--the connection is a given. That means that, as Ridley's flagship 'cross model, the X-Night SL Disc Cyclocross Frameset is shaped by the traditions at the heart of European cyclocross. If you're after a gravel bike, then the X-Trail has the big footprint and borderline XC geometry you're looking for. The X-Night SL, on the other hand, is a pure Euro' 'cross, through-and-through. A cursory comparison between the X-Trail, a gravel adventure sled, and the X-Night SL proves that point. The X-Night is much more compact with a slightly steeper head tube and a drastically shorter wheelbase. It's also got a higher bottom bracket, which adds to the immediate responsiveness and makes for more generous clearance. Despite that compact footprint, the frame's generous main triangle still provides plenty of room to comfortably shoulder the bike on Belgian stairs. The classic European cyclocross geometry gives the X-Night SL a fast, aggressive feel, but it's paired with a non-traditional, wide tire clearance. This adapts it for tackling everything the New World can throw at it, ranging from snowy Northeast mud to dry West Coast dirt. As with the previous generation, Ridley builds the X-Knight SL from a mix of 30T and 24T high modulus carbon fiber. This is similar to the blend found in the cobble-stone conquering Fenix frameset ridden in Roubaix and Flanders, so it sops up fatiguing vibrations and tenaciously transfers every watt into forward motion for a fast yet cushy ride worthy of even the harshest race conditions. Its internal cable routing makes for a clean, streamlined look, with the added bonus of eliminating pesky cable pinches when shouldering your bike up a steep wall of limestone stairs. At the front, Ridley officially bestows its Belgian benediction ...
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Ridley X-Night SL Disc Cyclocross Frameset - 2018 Ridley X-Night SL Disc Cyclocross Frameset - 2018
Ridley's brand pedigree lies in cyclocross. A Belgian brand creating bikes for a sport where the obsession has no equal must produce a frame that is competition-worthy and the brand's flagship 'cross model, the X-Night SL Disc Cyclocross Frameset is shaped by traditions at the heart of European cyclocross and some modern features too. If you're after a gravel bike, then the X-Trail has the geometry and demeanor you're looking for. The X-Night SL, on the other hand, is pretty much as Euro' 'cross as it gets.Still on the fence between the X-Trail, a gravel adventure sled, and the X-Night SL the cross thoroughbred' Let's break it down. The X-Night is much more compact with a slightly steeper head tube and a drastically shorter wheelbase. It's also got a higher bottom bracket, which aids in preventing touchdown of your pedals on snot-slick off-cambers and allows you to get right back on the gas after braking ever so slightly to initiate a turn. The frame's generous main triangle, with provisions for only one water bottle cage, provides plenty of room to comfortably shoulder the bike on steep run-ups or relentless stretches of sand. The classic European cyclocross geometry gives the X-Night SL a fast, aggressive feel and it still has plenty of room for mud. This adapts it for tackling everything from sticky Northeast mud to dry West Coast dirt.As with the previous generation, Ridley builds the X-Knight SL from a mix of 30T and 24T high modulus carbon fiber but the frame went on a diet and now comes in at an unheard-of 850g. This is similar to the blend found in the cobble-stone conquering Fenix frameset ridden in Roubaix and Flanders, so it sops up fatiguing vibrations and tenaciously transfers every watt into forward motion for a fast yet cushy ride worthy of even the harshest race conditions. Its internal cable routing makes for a clean, streamlined look, with the added bonus of eliminating pesky cable pinches when shouldering your bike up a steep wall of limeston...
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Ridley X-Night SL Disc Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Night SL Disc Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018
Perhaps no other bike brand understands the passion of cyclocross quite like Ridley. The Belgian brand got its start building competition-worthy CX bikes before branching off and building high-quality road and MTB bikes. The X-Night SL Disc Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike is all-new this year with some modern features without losing some traditional Euro touches that make their bikes so popular. If you're looking to pin a number on a skinsuit and slog through muddy stretches, attack sand pits, and shoulder your bike up calf searing run-ups, this is your rig.Ridley makes no bones about the fact that this bike is made for a power hour between the tape and over the planks. It has other bikes that are more competent for gravel events. Compared to those bikes, the X-Night is much more compact with a slightly steeper head tube angle and a drastically shorter wheelbase. It also has a taller bottom bracket, which prevents pedal strikes when negotiating off-cambers slopes and lets you get back on the power to create a gap on tight turns. The level top tube offers a generous main triangle for plenty of room to comfortably shoulder the bike on steps or unrideable stretches of sand. It is important to note that the frame is so 'cross centric, it only has one water bottle cage mount on the downtube. The classic European cyclocross geometry gives the X-Night SL a nimble and agile ride making quick work of technical and twisty courses. The bike always finds the right line throughout all the accelerations and decelerations that define cyclocross. The frame is plenty adaptable for fast and dusty West Coast races and has plenty of clearance for sticky New England mud.As with the previous generation, Ridley builds the X-Night SL from a mix of 30T and 24T high modulus carbon fiber and adds in 40T for weight reduction that tips the scales at a super svelte 850g. This blend of carbon sops up fatiguing vibrations and tenaciously transfers every watt into forward motion for a fast, y...
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Ridley X-Night SL Disc Ultegra Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Night SL Disc Ultegra Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018
When you're ready to up your 'cross game and are looking for a no-compromise bike that is up to the demands of the weekend mud fests and sandpits during the season, along with training on the road or gravel throughout the rest of the year, look no further than the Ridley X-Night SL Disc Ultegra Complete Cyclocross Bike. This build takes Ridley's proven race lineage and builds it up with Shimano's durable and reliable, mechanical Ultegra double drivetrain and powerful hydraulic brakes. The Marlux-Napoleon Games Professional Cyclocross team counts on this frameset as they campaign the demanding courses across Europe during the fall and winter. Fulcrum's lightweight and resilient Racing Sport wheels are shod with Clement's versatile MXP tires and this bike is built to tackle technical courses. Ridley constructs the X-Night SL from a mix of 40t, 30t, and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber that helps dampen rough courses and reduces vibration induced fatigue, while still plenty stiff to transmit every lactic-acid induced effort into propelling you forward. You'll have plenty of matches in your book to launch race winning blitzes or respond to a foe's attack. The internal cable routing creates a clean and streamlined look while getting the housing out of the way when lifting the bike over the barriers, or while trying to find a foothold on a steep and tricky run-up. As a bonus, the design prevents the shift cables from becoming contaminated in muddy conditions. The classic European cyclocross geometry gives the X-Night SL a fast, nimble, and aggressive ride while the massive clearance gives muddy tires room to spin and prevents detritus from building up on the chainstay/BB area. At the front of the bike, Ridley drops in its carbon fiber Oryx disc fork into the headtube. It features a 12mm thru-axle to anchor the hubs in the dropouts for precise steering and a superior interface when on the disc brakes. The barely noticeable asymmetry counters the extra torsional forces appl...
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Ridley X-Ride Disc 105 HD Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018 Ridley X-Ride Disc 105 HD Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018
The smell of embrocation, ringing cowbells, and falling leaves signal cyclocross season. If you are looking for your first 'cross bike or a worthy pit bike, Ridley's X-Ride Disc 105 HD Complete Cyclocross Bike is an excellent choice. The aluminum frame adds value without skimping on performance and the Shimano 105 drivetrain and hydraulic brakes don't leave much to be desired on this complete. Fulcrum Racing Sport wheels and Clement's renowned MXP tires are ready to tackle all the off camber slopes, relentless sandpits, and mud bogs on your quest for a podium position.Ridley constructs the X-Ride from triple butted 7005-T6 alloy with specially shaped seatstays to damp energy robbing vibrations while out on the course. The Belgian brand routes cables internally inside the frame for clean lines and reducing the chance that mud contaminates the shift housing, another bonus is the housing is out of the way when suit-casing the bike over the barriers or when shouldering your ride up a steep run-up. Geometry honed by working with some of the sports best is paired with wide tire clearances and allows ample room for mud-caked tires, so you can ride longer if you don't have a pressure washer or a second bike.The X-Ride frame sees an Oryx Disc carbon fiber fork to take the edge off rough courses while contributing to a stiff and responsive front end. This fork features a barely perceptible asymmetry that counters the torsional forces applied to the left fork leg during braking to reduce flex and promote a long fork life. You'll find stainless steel inserts in the dropouts that protect the carbon from damage, and a scuff plate affixed to the inner left fork leg to fend off errant discs during hurried wheel changes and prevent gouging or scratching. Thru-axles front and rear add rigidity on both ends and ensure rotors stay aligned with calipers every time the wheels are installed.
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Ridley X-Ride Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike Ridley X-Ride Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike
Falling leaves and scattered rainstorms mean one thing: it's cyclocross season. You spent last autumn clanging cowbells and cheering on your friends, and this year you're jumping into the fray with Ridley's X-Ride Force 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike. Aluminum frame builds at this price point usually come outfitted with more entry level components, but Ridley goes big and outfits this X-Ride with SRAM's Force 1 drivetrain and hydraulic brakes, which can be found gracing the machines of many a pro on the international circuit. Adding in DT Swiss wheels and Clement's renowned MXP tires, this bike arrives ready to tackle all the twisting grass fields, loose sandpits, and leaf-shrouded single track the local promoter can throw your way. Ridley fashions the X-Ride from triple butted 7005-T6 alloy with seatstays carefully shaped to mop up energy-zapping vibrations out on the course. The Belgian brand also incorporates internal cable routing along the frame for crisp, clean lines that eliminate annoying cable pinches when grabbing the top tube to navigate a set of barriers or shouldering the bike for a long slog through the sand. Race-driven geometry paired with wide tire clearance means this bike is roaring to go fast, with ample clearance for mud-caked tires if the clouds roll in and you find yourself navigating a sloppy mess. The X-Ride comes outfitted with an Oryx Disc carbon fiber fork for a plush ride and a stiff, responsive front end. This fork features a barely perceptible asymmetry that counters the torsional forces applied to the left fork leg during braking to reduce flex and promote a long fork life. You'll find stainless steel inserts in the dropouts that protect the carbon from damage, and a scuff plate affixed to the inner left fork leg to fend off errant discs during hurried wheel changes and prevent gouging or scratching.
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Ridley X-Trail A20 105 Complete Bike - 2017 Ridley X-Trail A20 105 Complete Bike - 2017
Even in the age of graphene, we find that aluminum has its place in the world of cycling. That place is several dozens of miles beyond cellphone reception with nothing but freeze-dried camp food, a sleeping bag, and Ridley's X-Trail A20 105 Complete Bike for company. The frame's triple-butted 6061-T6 aluminum is heat-treated to further improve its fatigue resistance, so it's much better suited to the abuse of pannier-laden bikepacking than the latest wonder materials. Save the carbon climbing bike for five hour rides, and take the aluminum X-Trail for rides lasting five days. Though the frame is aluminum, Ridley equips the X-Trail A20 with the same fork on the full carbon model. The legs of the Oryx Disc fork are shaped from a blend of 30t and 24t high-modulus carbon fiber, which add a bit of chatter-absorption while stiffening the front end in the event your bikepacking route leads straight up a steep fire road. The steerer is still aluminum, and the left leg is built-up in order to offset the twisting forces applied by disc brakes. The fork is equipped with a mountain-grade thru-axle, too, further reinforcing the overall structure against braking forces and the general lumps of all-terrain cycling. The X-Trail's geometry is something of a melting pot, but the end result resembles a road bike more than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night. It's got a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that leaves riders in less of a shoulder-intensive, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extended the X-Trail's head tube by 10mm, bringing riders into a more upright position to accommodate longer training rides rather than racing exclusively. It's only slightly more aggressive than the Fenix, in fact, but unlike its endurance road cousin, the X-Trail is designed to be run with tires up to 40mm.
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Ridley X-Trail C40 105 Complete Bike - 2017 Ridley X-Trail C40 105 Complete Bike - 2017
Few brands enjoy Ridley's dominance on the European cyclocross scene, but those tight geometries and steep angles aren't so necessary in the wide-open landscapes of the new world. The X-Trail C40 105 Complete Bike adjusts accordingly, sitting long and slack for stability across everything from North Western chip-seal to Kansas gravel. It's built up with Shimano's 105 drivetrain and a set of 105-equivalent hydraulic disc brakes, which--when combined with that big, stable geometry--makes the X-Trail a far cry from the compact cantilever frames that come to mind when we think of traditional 'cross. It's still perfectly suited to the sand pits and run-ups of fall, but it transitions equally well to the weeklong, pannier-fueled gravel epics of spring. Ridley shapes the X-Trail C30's frame using ultralight unidirectional carbon, equipping the frame to offer quick accelerations and a stiff, responsive ride for everything from pannier-laden weekend trips to off-road grinduro segments. The Oryx Disc fork is reinforced on the left leg to allow it to more efficiently bear twisting forces applied by disc brakes, and with a 12 x 100mm thru axle in front and a 12 x 142mm in the rear, the frame achieves confidence-inspiring stiffness throughout. The X-Trail is something of a melting pot of frame geometries, but the end result resembles a road bike more than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night. It's got a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that leaves riders in less of a shoulder-intensive, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extended the X-Trail's head tube by 10mm, bringing riders into a more upright position to accommodate longer training rides rather than racing exclusively. It's only slightly more aggressive than the Fenix, in fact, but unlike its endurance road cousin, the X-Trail is designed to be run with tires up to 40mm.
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Ridley X-Trail Ultegra Complete Bike - 2017 Ridley X-Trail Ultegra Complete Bike - 2017
All-surface adventuring is having a moment, building from a niche discipline and morphing into a popular mainstream activity that has opened up a whole new perspective on cycling. This is unquestionably a positive shift in the industry that's getting more people on bikes and generating more available bike options, but we also understand that the sudden popularity has left some of us searching for a way to find our own unique ride to stand out among the crowds. To address this, we've partnered with Ridley to bring a special edition of the 2017 X-Trail Ultegra Complete Bike to life in two unique colorways that are guaranteed to shine no matter where your ride takes you. As with the standard X-Trail Ultegra, this bike pairs the legendarily precise and reliable shifting of Shimano's Ultegra drivetrain with powerful hydraulic brakes. The combination breaks free from the limits of pavement to embrace all manner of tarmac, gravel, and even washboard single track. Despite its big, gravel-bike footprint, it's important to stress that the X-Trail isn't a dumpy noodler. Ridley shapes the X-Trail's frame using ultralight unidirectional carbon, equipping the frame to offer quick accelerations and a stiff, responsive ride for everything from pannier-laden weekend trips to off-road segments in gravel/enduro hybrid races. Subtly asymmetrical, the Oryx Disc fork is carefully reinforced on the left leg to allow it to more efficiently bear twisting forces applied by disc brakes, and with a 15 x 100mm thru axle in front and a 12 x 142mm in the rear, the frame achieves confidence-inspiring stiffness throughout. As implied by the above, the X-Trail is a melting pot of frame geometries. The result resembles a road bike more than a classic cyclocross bike like the X-Night; it has a lower bottom bracket, shorter chainstays, and a stack/reach combination that leaves riders in less of a shoulder-intensive, slammed racing position. In contrast to its road racing frames, Ridley extends th...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon CC Cyclocross Frameset - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon CC Cyclocross Frameset - 2017
While rolling through the parking area of nearly any American cross race venue over the past year, we'd inevitably encounter at least one (often times many) eye-catchingly bright, ENVE-bedecked Stigmata. For 2017, Santa Cruz Bicycles brings back its standout Stigmata Carbon CC Cyclocross Frameset with updated colorways to fuel your 'cross racing and all-road dreams. Underneath the aesthetics, this version of the Stigmata sports Santa Cruz's top-shelf CC carbon lay-up, which delivers robust strength and stiffness alongside lightweight efficiency. Up front, the Stigmata CC Cyclocross Fork uses this same high-end carbon for uncompromising stiffness and strength when you need it most. A modern geometry places the Stigmata Carbon CC solidly in contention with the herd of high-end 'cross bike options, with a 72-degree head tube angle, 73. 5-degree seat tube angle (based on 56cm model), and a 69mm bottom bracket drop that falls neatly between Euro-'cross high and road-racing low and caters well to American-style cross courses. Its stable geometry also allows for versatility beyond barriers and tape fencing; it's just as confident and composed grinding out long stretches on gravel back roads or exploring light-duty singletrack. While cross racing imposes limitations on tire width, venturing off the course opens up myriad possibilities of plush. With this in mind, Santa Crux designs the Stigmata to accept tires up to 41mm in width, allowing you to drop the pressure (especially when running tubeless) for a more comfortable ride through rougher terrain. Conversely, toss on a set of skinny road tires to throw down on the local group ride or noodle through the city on a Sunday social. Thru-axles at the front and rear add poise and confidence for better tracking across rutted-out backroads and gravel-strewn surfaces. Add in the ability to accept 140 or 160mm discs, and you get a sprightly ride that also slows down in a hurry when you need it to, no matter how mucky or wet t...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon CC Cyclocross Frameset - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon CC Cyclocross Frameset - 2018
Santa Cruz does things a bit differently than most cycling companies, especially when you consider the Northern California company spent the better part of the last decade refining their carbon fiber construction on mountain bikes before bringing this insanely stiff and durable material to the Stigmata Carbon CC Cyclocross Frameset. This means the Stigmata benefits immensely from all the research and design poured into Santa Cruz's mountain bikes, ranging from the earliest carbon Tallboy and Blur XC, all the way to their newest models, such as the iconic Hightower and 5010. Translated to cyclocross racing and adventurous gravel grinds, you'll find the Stigmata Carbon CC is lightweight without sacrificing one ounce of strength or stiffness you've come to love from Santa Cruz mountain bikes. For 2018, the Stigmata is only available in Santa Cruz's highest level Carbon CC, which means it's extremely lightweight without forgoing the incredible power transfer of carbon fiber. Santa Cruz achieves a lower frame weight by utilizing a lighter, stronger, and more expensive carbon in key areas to reduce weight without sacrificing its structural integrity or stiffness. This high-end carbon construction extends to the Stigmata's fork, which maintains stiff tracking for a precise handling bike without a noodly front end when you're riding over bumpy gravel and rutted-out courses. Modern geometry places the Stigmata Carbon CC in solid contention with the current crop of high-end 'cross bikes dominating the market. The 72-degree head tube angle, 73. 5-degree seat tube angle (based on 56-centimeter frame), and 69-millimeter bottom bracket drop fall neatly between European 'cross high and road-racing low, making it a great contender for American-style cyclocross. And even with its racy geometry cues, the Stigmata's geometry broadens its versatility beyond the cyclocross race course. In fact, it's just as confident and composed grinding down gravel roads and exploring light-duty ...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon CC Rival 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon CC Rival 1 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018
Santa Cruz Stigmata CC Rival 1 complete cyclocross bike is just as happy hopping barriers on Saturday and as it is doing multi-hour all-road adventures on Sunday. The beautiful carbon frame is built up with a simple 1x drivetrain with a wide gear range, powerful hydraulic disc brakes, and generous tire clearance. This Stigmata can toe the line at any CX race, grind some gravel, and trade out pulls on the Tuesday nighter with a simple tire swap.The Stigmata started life as a cyclocross race weapon, but as the season ended, people began to take note of the bike's versatility on other terrains. One feature that is quickly appreciated is the massive tire clearance. Turns out, when you factor in space for muddy 'cross tires, the extra room works well for larger gravel rubber too. The trend to lower bottom bracket heights in 'cross, offering a lower center of gravity and better cornering, is also a benefit on gravel as it offers better stability at speed. Provisions for two full-size bottles in the front triangle continue the list of features that make this bike such an all-around favorite.Santa Cruz calls this bike "the 'cross bike for mountain bikers" and we tend to agree. If you are a dyed-in-the-wool roadie, this won't replace your dedicated road bike, but if you are more of a singletrack junkie that wants a do-it-all drop bar bike that can dabble in gravel racing, mellow trails, and road riding, this is your bike. Skinny seatstays and seattube that houses a 27. 2mm post quell road chatter, while the large downtube and oversized PF30 bottom bracket shell provide plenty of stiffness to propel you forward with any input to the pedals. Short chainstays and seat and head angles don't deviate from the norm seen on dedicated CX bikes and keep things agile for negotiating hairpins and off cambers. Swap out the tires to some more road appropriate rubber, and you won't have any trouble keeping up with the shaved leg set on fast group rides. This build comes with Maxxis R...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon CC Rival Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon CC Rival Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018
The Santa Cruz Stigmata CC Rival complete cyclocross bike may have been born on the 'cross course, but it's more than earned its stripes as one of the most coveted all-road adventure bikes available today. With a massive gear range, powerful brakes, and serious tire clearance, the Stigmata is ready to race 'cross, ride gravel, and even mix it up in your local crit series with little more than a change of tires. Although it's come to be regarded as one of the most versatile drop bar bikes to date, the Stigmata was born to do battle on a cyclocross race track. That means a few things--namely that it's built to be rugged with plenty of clearance for mud. Following the current trends in 'cross geometry, the Stigmata forgoes the high bottom bracket and relaxed head angle that once defined the genre, in favor of a lower, steeper geometric concept that's found favor in recent years. But in spite of the Stimata's intended use as a 'cross racer, the team at Santa Cruz knew that it would see plenty of use outside of the confines of course tape. To that end, the Stigmata was built to accommodate two full-size bottles in the front triangle--a feature that 'cross purists will argue is unnecessary, but which is invaluable for those taking the Stigmata in a different direction. The Stigmata has endeared itself to riders of diverse backgrounds in part because the very features that make it such a formidable steed on the 'cross course lend it serious functionality for covering ground on gravel roads, singletrack trails, and in a paceline. Although you might scoff at the idea of the Stigmata replacing a dedicated road bike, it's done precisely that for a growing number of skeptics--including several members of the Competitive family. The finely-tuned flex significantly reduces road chatter, while the massive downtube and chainstays channel your efforts to the back wheel with enthusiastic efficiency. The modern 'cross geometry is quite similar to what you'd find on a World Tour-deri..
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon CC Ultegra Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018 Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon CC Ultegra Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2018
Few remember the first aluminum Stigmata that graced Santa Cruz's lineup for just four seasons starting in 2007. The Bay Area has always been a hotbed for 'cross in the US and, in much of the same spirit of the early days of mountain biking, local builders fabricated frames with more progressive 'cross geometry then what was the norm of the day. Many of the angles and tube lengths seen on those California barrier hopping bikes are reflected in the geometry of CX bikes that we see today. We were quite surprised when Santa Cruz dropped the bike from the line but figured with Santa Cruz moving many of their mountain bike frames to carbon fiber and the influx of disc brakes on CX bikes, it must have a Stigmata redux on their hands. After sitting out five cross seasons, the release of the new Stigmata represented just what we expected in a new drop bar bike from Santa Cruz: carbon fiber construction, disc brakes, and geometry versatile enough to tackle tarmac, mud bogs, and the burgeoning gravel scene.We often think of the Stigmata as the mountain biker's road bike. It's plenty capable of hanging with the shaved leg set when pedaling perfect circles and racking up base miles, but if the idea of linking up endless forest service roads while looking at a topo map, or pinning a number to a skinsuit in the fall tickles your fancy, all you need is a simple tire swap and the Stigmata is happy to oblige. Even though most of the road bikes kicking around here at Competitive Cyclist have rim brakes, we can see the benefits of disc brakes on the road and we can't fathom riding 'cross or gravel without discs. The fork's 15mm thru-axle and 12 x 142mm rear dropouts keep the axles anchored in the dropouts whether we were blurry eyed in braking bumps or shooting for the holeshot off the line. The Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and Ultegra drivetrain provide miles of trouble free use. The group is elegant and beautiful enough for road use but not afraid to kick up a little dust or...
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Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon Rival 22 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon Rival 22 Complete Cyclocross Bike - 2017
As much as we would love to have a fully kitted out, top-end rig specifically dedicated to each of our road, cross, and gravel adventuring dreams, that isn't exactly a realistic option for most of our bank accounts. Luckily, the 2017 Santa Cruz Bicycles Stigmata Carbon Rival 22 Complete Cyclocross Bike covers all the bases as a multi-strada savant that can easily handle all manner of road, gravel, singletrack, or cyclocross excursion. Dressed up in SRAM's workhorse Rival drivetrain with a road and gravel oriented 50/34 compact chainrings, powerful hydraulic brakes, and versatile Maxxis tires in a washboard-smoothing 40mm width, this bike is ready for whatever surface the day brings your way. The Stigmata Carbon's modern geometry hits the sweet spot between super aggressive race rocket and overly calm endurance rig, with a 72 degree head angle, 73. 5 degree seat angle (based on 56cm model). Its 69mm bottom bracket drop falls neatly between European 'cross high and road racing low, providing comfortable clearance for unexpected obstacles. Even with its race-inspired naming convention, the Stigmata's geometry allows for versatility beyond the barriers, meaning it's just as confident and composed grinding over gravel back roads or exploring light-duty singletrack. Santa Cruz designs the Stigmata to accept tires up to 41mm in width, allowing you to drop the pressure (especially when running tubeless) for a more comfortable ride through rougher terrain. Conversely, toss on a set of skinny road tires to throw down on the local group ride or noodle through the city on a Sunday social.The Carbon C features a full carbon fiber frame boasting the same stiffness, durability, and strength as Santa Cruz's top-line Carbon CC frame. It's just made with a slightly less costly carbon fiber that carries a tiny bit more weight and brings a big reduction in overall price.Thru-axles at the front and rear add poise and confidence for better tracking across rutted-out straightaways ...
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Storck T.I.X. Pro Cyclocross Frameset - 2017 Storck T.I.X. Pro Cyclocross Frameset - 2017
By now, it's expected that a frameset emblazoned with Storck's logo is going to be ridiculously light, and the 2017 T. I. X. Pro Cyclocross Frameset is no exception. For riders looking for a unique, high end steed that can push beyond the boundaries of pavement to gravel, packed dirt, and the occasional local cross race, the T. I. X. is right up your alley. It begs to go fast, and Storck's proven stiffness-to-weight expertise makes it a bike that, with the right engine, displays remarkable energy across the challenging conditions of all-road adventuring. Storck shapes the T. I. X. Pro with carefully layered unidirectional carbon fiber to create a frame with a notably low claimed weight of just 940g. The featherweight T. I. X. frame is constructed with Storck's hallmark Directional Depending Stiffness design, which involves shaping transverse-oval tubes in a carbon layup to equip the frame to hit muddy ruts and uneven terrain without sacrificing expert handling. This balance of rigidity and comfort means the T. I. X. Pro can hold lines and absorb fatiguing chatter while maintaining a ride quality that doesn't feel painfully rigid. The T. I. X. Pro receives its own unidirectional carbon fork design as well, the Storck Pro Fork. The Pro is specifically fine-tuned to complement the frame's adept handling and enable you to take advantage of the T. I. X.'s eager acceleration without sacrificing precision. Storck does this by engineering the fork to flex when forces are applied from the trail or course, but the inclusion of a thru-axle means it won't yield under braking forces, resulting in steadfast control with some added smoothness. It's worth noting that the T. I. X. Pro utilizes a front 9 x 100mm thru-axle and rear 10 x 135mm thru-axle combination. It's a unique design choice in comparison to the more standardized 12 or 15mm front and 12 x 142mm rear combo, so you'll need to do some research on available end caps to make sure your favorite wheels are compatible ...
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Wilier Jareen 105 Disc Complete Road Bike - 2017 Wilier Jareen 105 Disc Complete Road Bike - 2017
Your Wilier road bike has been a trusty steed for years, and though you love it, you're intrigued by this gravel grinding phenomenon currently taking over your newsfeed and would really like something to give the roadie a break in inclement weather. Stay in the Wilier family and channel the company's impeccable design ethos in an all-road ready package with the 2017 Wilier Jareen 105 Disc Complete Road Bike. Its durable aluminum construction maintains a lightweight, snappy profile without the full-investment price tag of a steel or carbon frame, allowing you to dip your toes into miles of dusty gravel and unpredictable weather without worries of crushing your wallet.The Jareen hits all the features a newly minted gravel enthusiast requires with Shimano's legendary workhorse 105 drivetrain, powerful cable-actuated disc brakes, and cushy 42mm tires to smooth out the ride. A sub-compact crankset belies its all-road focus, with a 48-tooth large ring and 32-tooth inner ring working in tandem with an 11-32 tooth cassette to provide a massive gear range and low enough gearing to handle the punchy, loose terrain you'll come across in the wild. As a final touch, the Jareen will accommodate mudguards as well as front and rear racks, allowing it to transition easily from unfettered day trip to fully packed wilderness adventures.
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Wilier Jaroon 105 Disc Complete Road Bike - 2017 Wilier Jaroon 105 Disc Complete Road Bike - 2017
Wilier has built itself a stellar reputation for creating impeccably designed road machines, so it's no surprise that the company's foray into gravel is just as on point. The 2017 Wilier Jaroon 105 Disc Complete Road Bike hits all the features a gravel enthusiast requires with Shimano's legendary workhorse 105 drivetrain and powerful hydraulic brakes all tacked onto a frame that--in keeping with the do-anything, go anywhere ethos of gravel--is made from smooth, responsive, and durable steel.Of particular note, Wilier utilizes a welding technique that contains the welding material inside of the Jaroon's tubing for an outside aesthetic that is nothing short of crisply clean. Wilier also combats the often unwieldy appearance of disc brakes by adopting the new flat-mount standard to minimize the size and obtrusiveness of the caliper without impacting braking power. Wilier does make one concession to carbon with the inclusion of a carbon fiber monocoque fork, which we applaud as a thoroughly modern touch to help manage road vibrations without taking away from that coveted steel ride. As a final touch, the Jaroon will accommodate mudguards as well as front and rear racks, allowing it to transition easily from unfettered day trip to fully packed wilderness adventures.
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