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Framed Bobtrax Carbon adventure bike review


Mtbr tested this “adventure bike” that’s billed as being equally capable on trail, dirt road, and even pavement. Find out how it fared.

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  • b88888 says:

    Seems like the main issue wasn’t the Framed bike, it was that stupid fork. For going in straight lines over gravel it seems like a fine choice but any kind of precise handling / hard steering on that thing looks terrifying, flexy, undamped mess. For a few hundred less you could have built it up with a Reba or Recon and it would’ve been a perfectly capable bike.

    I guess it’s nice that Framed lets you pick different forks, but the Lauf doesn’t really belong on anything other than dirt roads.

  • Mrob says:

    Just seems like the answer to the question no one is asking. Do we need ANOTHER category/subcategory of bike?

  • Tom says:

    I think the purpose of this bike is to bring John Tomac out of retirement…

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DT Swiss Interbike 2017


With three main MTB wheel families (XC, all-mountain, enduro) and multiple price points within each family, DT Swiss has all your riding bases covered.

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  • Larsv says:

    The guy looks a bit confused.. So many names/numbers and wheelsets!

    I wonder why DT still uses the 1200/1501/1700 numbers. Wouldn’t it just be easier to ditch those numers and rename them to their classic hubs number? 180/240/350. They would save money on decall plastic too. 🙂

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Fat Chance updates Yo Eddy, debuts new cross bike


To say that the cycling world was ready for Chris Chance to make a comeback would be an understatement. The reception to his Kickstarter campaign aimed at resurrecting the much-loved Fat Chance brand was exceptional and since then Chance has quickly ramped up production of the Yo Eddy.

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Pivot Cycles Interbike 2016


Pivot Cycles long ago earned its title as an award-winning mountain bike manufacturer. But the best never stop evolving. For 2017, Pivot launches several new mountain bike models and updates a few classics.

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Praxis Works introduces carbon wheels and cranks


Santa Cruz, California-based Praxis has gotten into the wheel game, launching the new C32 carbon wheelset for trail and all mountain use.

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Sea Otter: Xpedo’s new GFX clipless DH and CXR cross-specific pedals


Check out these highlights and new products from Xpedo including the all new GFX and CXR pedals.

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Video: For the Love of Mud – A Film About Cyclocross


British film maker Benedict Campbell is exploring all the aspects of the cyclocross scene in his latest documentary ‘For the Love of Mud’.

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Giving Thanks: A cyclocross story of redemption


Giving Thanks: Cassie Maximenko went to 2012-13 cross nationals in hopes of scoring some hardware. She came home with the wrong kind. See how she’s gone from the depths of despair to the top of the podium.

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  • Eryk says:

    It is awesome to hear a story of recovery from an injury such as Cassie’s. I broke my ankle in 3 places in August 2014, after a surgery, 13 screws and a plate installed, physical therapy and a removal of 2 screws, I’m hoping to be able to get back on a mountain bike in the spring. I have already spent trime on a bike in a trainer, and pedaling again felt awesome – I’ve lost a lot of myscle mass, but it’s coming back. In fact it feels like biking right now is easier for me than walking. Seeing stories of people with similar injuries to mine, successfully coming back to the sport and doing so competitively is truly inspirational for me, and I am thankful that you have chosed to share your story Cassie at this special time!

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Interbike: 2015 Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie cyclocross bike


Interbike: UK-based KitBrix introduces modular gear storage and transport system at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo.

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First Look: 2015 BMC Crossmachine CX01


The cyclocross racer’s BMC dream has been fulfilled as BMC announced the race-ready Crossmachine CX01. It sports the company’s SLR pedigree but it is firmly suited for cross racing.

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  • Trancer says:

    Bike looks great….little confused on the weight though…in the body of the article, first paragraph under “Ride Impressions” there is a confusing sentence that reads “Without weight 7.99kg / 17.41lb.”

    Then in the summary at the end the weight is listed as 16.97 lbs. Is 16.97 without pedals? and 17.4 lbs with pedals?

  • scentofreason says:

    This ‘one ring up front fad’ can not die soon enough. I suppose if you live where there are no mountains 1 ring would work ok. But in the pacific northwest, we have mountains. Need smaller gearing for the harder climbs, and need bigger gearing for the long descents. Oh, as you might of ascertained, I use my cross bike for more than just cross racing. You know, winter training, gravel grinding, etc. 1x up front limits this bike to cross racing only….

    • Josh Matta says:

      if you use your cross bike for more than just cross racing then just run a 9-42 cassette and MTB rear derailluer.

  • twain says:

    That would be the world’s most epic commuter bike!

  • Harrimore says:

    Ready for use all XC

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Sea Otter Video: Masi CX Comp 2014


Masi’s versatile steel framed cross bike is geared toward daily commuters, gravel racers, cross riders and even the light-duty touring crowd.

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  • T. says:

    Tested the CX Triple this morning and loved the feel but am not sold on the components. The CX Comp is next as well as a Surly Cross Check. I heard that some Masi frames are manufactured in Taiwan. Do you know where the CX Triple and CX Comp frame is manufactured?

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Handmade Preview: Ritchey unveils Swiss Cross Disc CX bike at NAHBS


Ritchey gives us a sneak peak at what they’ll be showing at this weekend’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, starting with the new Swiss Cross Disc.

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  • aaron says:

    i would take a tom ritchey build cx disc, but these are all made overseas. just don’t get how ritchey can get away with being and showing at nahbs. Oh ya, they build a one off and then gets their card punch to the show. what a joke.

    • Brandon says:

      I do get your point on how Ritchey found the loophole to be able to attend the show; they do produce in very low numbers and models in part of their defense. What gets me is that most people overlook the fact that alot of carbon bikes and steel bikes are still “hand made” although it may be from the far east. At the NAHBS there are builders from Italy, Czech, Japan, Canada and many other places. I would take that Taiwan built Ritchey over some of the bikes I have seen pictures of at the show.

    • Don says:

      They claim “Tom Ritchey filet brazed it himself” and it’s a prototype. That means it fits the rules. Unfortunately, 95% of the frames out there are made in Taiwan, most of the rest in Asia and a few in North America. If you want a hand made north american frame, find a custom tubing builder with a shop in his home. True North makes some, as do Brodie last I checked. Lynskey and Litespeed do too.

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Review: 2014 Specialized CruX Elite EVO Rival Disc


If you could have one – and only one – bike, the CruX Elite EVO might just be the choice.

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  • Teleken says:

    This gives me flashbacks to John Tomac racing XC with drop bars.

    Mmmmm- flashbacks….

  • mr.habanero says:

    I bought a chinese carbon road frame anf looking back l should of bougjt a cyclocross frame just for all the reasons you gave.

  • Kjeld says:

    Mellow singletrack? I’m pretty sure one could rail that on all but the gnarliest singletrack.

  • Roger says:

    I’m I in the right web page, MTBR right?

  • Captain Cobb says:

    Cute… I thought this was a mountain bike website? It doesn’t even have mounts for bikepacking gear.

  • William Gibson says:

    So, 21 lbs for $3200… ,”18lb” with flexy Stans wheels with a 185 lb weight limit and road tires? Now you’re at $3750.
    Meh indeed!

  • Angry Singlespeeder says:

    Yes you are on the right website. And when I blow by you on a singletrack downhill riding this bike, you’ll realize that this bike is every bit worthy of being reviewed on MTBR. Just because it has drop bars and narrower tires, don’t be so closed-minded and write it off as a road bike.

    – ASS

  • Shawn says:

    I’m guessing the response from Captain Cobb has to do with the fact that you prefaced a review of a cross bike on an MTB website with the statement ‘If you could have one – and only one – bike, the CruX Elite EVO might just be the choice’. It’s a statement that was designed to get a response like you got from Captain Cobb. You can review anything you want, but the bottom line is this is not what the majority of your audience on this website has an interest in. And you’re response – quintesential ASS. Could you be any more full of yourself? Why would he care if you blow by him with this bike or not? What is the relevance? You obviously both ride much more than the average recreational biker and have exeptional fitness and skills since you can effectively ride singlespeed. So, most probably you could blow by the average mountain biker on any bike on most trails. That fact does not make it a ‘worthy’ option for a mountain biker. I like to play tennis, but Raphael Nadal could beat me with a frying pan. That doesn’t mean I expect or would be interested in reading a review on a tennis website for the latest non-stick cookware with the preface ‘If you could only have one – and only one – thing to both cook pancakes with and hit a tennis ball, ‘Uber-pan’ just may be the choice’.

  • Larry says:

    Cool bike; thanks for reviewing it.

  • duder says:

    Hey ASS, I think you have a Hakkalugi Disc (what I am currently rolling). Any significant contrasts noticed (outside of the things like hydros)?

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Video: Transition Offers Unique Take on Cyclocross and Training


While some might be surprised to see them doing a cyclocross bike, their promo video for the bike –the Rapture CX–seems like a fitting introduction.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Cyclocross – The Suck Science


It’s that time of year again. Where mud-caked mayhem and masochism come together in a sport we all lovingly refer to as cyclocross.

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  • Learux says:

    That was a great, very enjoyable piece.

    Growing up in Europe I saw it a lot on television.

    Seeing those guys race the muddy half frozen ground in 30 degrees, we called it the sport from hell.

  • Thomas says:

    You forgot to mention belgiums dominance in cyclocross

  • MP says:

    nice article and i’m sure that in sourthern Cali this could be fun but racing in mud and sand is just above “herpes” on my “fun” list 🙁

  • rynoman03 says:

    I’ve been yearning to give this sport a go on the mountain bike.On a nasty muddy event it seems the SingleSpeed would dominate. I’ve already watched a few events and while it looks like a muddy time it also looks like 30-45 minutes of pure hell. But it has its cold frothy amber rewards at the end right? No pain, no gain?!?!

  • MP says:

    you can have a cold frothy amber reward after a run to the store on your road bike or in the car. when it’s 30degrees outside, you’re covered in mud, cold and miserable, the cold frothy amber liquid may not be that desirable after all.

  • Guyute says:

    Hey ASS, what’s up with your handlebars? Just curious, not trying to be a dick.

  • Angry Singlespeeder says:

    Hey Guyute,

    They’re MTB riser bars turned upside down, cafe racer style. Been rocking them on my SS like that for about seven years now. Love the way they feel. Gets you nice and low for better aerodynamics and handling while still giving great leverage and control in technical sections. For an SS, you can’t beat the added leverage of a wide MTB bar.

    ASS

  • Tom says:

    Nice piece. Bonus points for the Avogadro reference!

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How To: Make a Perfect Espresso and Capuccino


The espresso shot is the most perfect expression of coffee. And a great espresso is a cyclist’s friend as it wakes up the mind and the body and gets it ready for the cycling adventure ahead.

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  • Tom says:

    Would rather have beer.

  • Mindless says:

    Turkish style is the perfect coffee. Espresso is a hack.

  • tw says:

    Perfect shot at home: get a great grinder. Grind is the most important component behind the beans. 18 grams is ridiculous, it should be 7-9 grams tops for a single. Prime your machine”: run a shot thru and let it sit to remove the metallic taste of the group. You do not need to weigh the final product. shorter will be stronger and longer more acidic.
    The grind will change based on humidity, therefore check it if it goes from damp to dry outside. Use a tiny bit of sugar to enhance the experience.

  • EricWest says:

    I love to enjoy homemade espresso from my cofee machine . With this coffee it makes a hot cup of creme coffee. I only use 1 scoop of coffee grains not the two which it recommends and for my taste this is just right for me.

  • andholt says:

    I typically avoid caffeine before a ride since it’s a diuretic. Always wondered how many people had coffee/espresso before a long ride.

  • Evil E says:

    Nothing like a hot cup of Sanka before a ride…yum!

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How To: Five Tips To Get Ready For Cross Season


Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld’s Tim Johnson and Jamis Cyclocross Team’s Ben Jacques-Maynes know a thing or two about cyclocross. Here’s their pro advice on getting prepped for season ahead.

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2014 Schwinn Rocket 3 27.5 hardtail and Super Sport CX Gravel Grinder


Highlighted here are a couple of Schwinns that are new for 2014. The Rocket 3 is a 27.5 hardtail and the Super Sport CX is a cyclocross/gravel grinder with disc brakes.

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  • madsedan says:

    Wow, Schwinn finally getting back into the game and away from cheap department store bikes by offering us….a…well uh….a cheap sporting good store bike?!?!

  • SpinM says:

    Reading the first paragraf and the first half of the second it sounded that there might finaly be some good news from Shwinn. Alas, not so. Honestly I doubt that customers will even notice such a slight increase in quality.

  • Patrick says:

    Well, this approach didn’t work well for Mongoose in the US market. I wish Schwinn better, but I don’t think confused branding really helps things. Especially with bike snobs (like me…).

  • joe says:

    Nice to see some lower priced bikes highlighted. There are so many bikes that are reviewed that are out of reach for many. 3 to 5 grand is a bit steep I think for most riders. I’d like to see more bikes in the $1200 to $1700 range reviewed. Yeah the top dollar bikes are nice to drool over, but most of us have a budget and maybe do a few upgrades over time.

  • RyRy says:

    Just a name now..still just a pacific design, not owned by hardcore mountain bikers trying to push and improve the sport.

  • Luis says:

    Just not enough of an upgrade, and price is not that appealing either. Motobecane is a better option.

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Ride Report: Swallowing the Dirty Kanza Half Pint


Like every other bike journalist in the world, this was the year I tried gravel grinding and the Dirty Kanza was where I did it. I’m sure they all collectively outperformed me/kicked my ass, but I had an adventure I’ll remember for perpetuity and will be back for more.

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  • Learux says:

    Awesome write up. Almost makes me want to go do it,

  • Pierre says:

    Very nice report – didn’t even know there was such type of ride, long distance flat-ish gravel rides. The help-other-riders-in-trouble attitude sounds great!

  • Greg says:

    Great read and story! One of the best things about these kinds of events is the camaraderie that develops out on the trail! People are racing, but they are also not leaving anyone behind.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: The Swiss Army Knife of Bikes


If you could only have one bicycle, which one would it be? Is it a bike currently in your stable or is it another bike you envision but do not own yet?

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  • THB says:

    Surly Cross Check. It’s build to be the multi-purpose bike: CX racer, commuter, bikepacker, touring bike, road bike, SS urban assault vehicle. Just swap a few components and it’s a different bike. Jack of all trades? YES.

    Lots of great examples in this thread of all of those above categories:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/surly/cross-check-pics-please-539505-26.html

  • Flavio Colker says:

    There are other bikes which are way more versatile than your carbon disc Ibis. BIkes that carry loads on racks and can be set as touring/ explorer machines.
    Otoh, your cx bike can go along the road ride but is no match for a proper road bike nor to a proper mountain bike on technical steep situations.
    we’ve heard all this before from Scot NIcol about the hakkalugi 12 yrs ago. the fact you are conected w/ Ibis on a pro level deal is just a coincidence, right?
    I like your writting but not the infomercial.

  • Ayyggss says:

    That’s not exactly a “fleet” there isn’t one bike with a rear shock in the whole bunch . Now I know what your gonna say , real men ride … Blah blah . But what about us that own everything from full blown 38lb DH bikes to 30lb 1×10 dropper post enduro machines to SS 9ers and A sub 20lb road bike . Now I know I’m not the “norm ” usually guys I rode the lift with will never ride road and guys I go on centuries with will never ride the lift . So what would be my “one ” do it all bike ? Because I can tell you as dope as a CX bike sounds . It isn’t gonna fit the bill where I ride .

  • Kurt Gensheimer says:

    Hey Flavio, if you the last two paragraphs, you’ll see what I think the ultimate do-all bike is. I didn’t say its the Hakka. I even said that any disc brake cyclocross bike with tubeless tires – not just the Hakka – can be extremely versatile. No, I am not on a pro level deal with Ibis. I am far from a pro level rider. I believe in their product and love the brand because of the quality and their approach to building a proper bike (who else takes five years of extensive R&D to release a frame design?). They are one of the oldest MTB brands in existence, therefore I buy their products. Is there a problem with that?

    Ayyggss – who says a fleet has to include a bike with a rear shock? I’ve had rear shocks before, but didn’t feel like dealing with added maintenance and hassle, so I got rid of my full suspension bikes. My fleet is always changing.

    Your ultimate do-all bike is naturally gonna be different than mine, I’ve just discovered that if you can have only one bike and you want to ride the widest cross-section of terrain, CX bikes are about the best you can get. Either that or an ultra-light 29er MTB with a rigid fork.

    • Ayyggss says:

      Apparently you ride mostly on the road . Although I log the most miles on my road bike I spend the most amount of time on my dh or trail bike . Both full suspension .

      You can drive a monster truck on the road but you can’t off road a car 😉

  • Tony says:

    Raleigh Furley. Although it’s not a road bike in the sense that most ride road bikes, but it’s fun.

    I like the posts up above that fail to notice that you gave just as much love to the “free” yard sale Bianchi as the Ibis carbon super crosser. Also, I’ve ridden with a former pro downhill rider… the guy could beat you down the hill on a tricycle, much less a hardtail… which he did often. (That would be a 26er hardtail.)

  • czrt says:

    Here are the two all rounders I have fixated on lately:
    1. Van Dessel WTF (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot),
    2. Spot Brand Mod

    Both cyclocross, but I have the additional criteria that I want a belt drive when it is setup as a SS rig. Great question to ponder though!

  • Tangnar says:

    Salsa Warbird Ti looks to fit your description, except it’s Titanium, not carbon.

  • Pk says:

    Something steel, something with parts that can be found anywhere. Nothing worse than being in W Nebraska and needing some dumb part available only thru QBP. Ever have a bike get knocked over and wait 3 days in a hotel for a brifter? If I cannot roll into a tiny mom/pop shop and find parts, it is a nogo.

  • Swamper says:

    Good and informative article.To each his own!Lots of haters out there.I’ve been a full time messenger mtber,single speed enduro racer,roadie,tourer, since 89 and ridden just about every brand ,flavor and configuration of two wheeled bike out there and to me they were all perfect two wheelers(with or without gears).It all boils down to what you get used to on a daily basis.

  • Span says:

    Fat bike. Winter. nuff’ said.

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Video: Cyclocross Ballet – Sand Trap Crashing in Super Slo-Mo


Have you ever been to a ballet? I’m not ashamed to say that I have. Okay, well, maybe I’m a little ashamed. But it was the Nutcracker and it was during the holidays and I really needed to have some brownie points for an epic ride the following weekend. Festive music, colorful costumes and beautiful […]

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  • bryan says:

    I’m amazed anyone on skinny tires was even able to ride through that, it would’ve been hard enough on a mtb. It kills me how the guy who chose to run couldn’t make it either.

  • geephlow says:

    That dude at 2:35 was the schizznit…hucked it, then did a massive frog hop over his bars to a running dismount. Exactly the drunken extreme rad-ness I expect from CX!

  • Slow Joe Crow says:

    I wasn’t at this race, although I’ve been to the park. I did race the Zaandercross the following week at Frenchman’s Bar park which is about a mile away on the Columbia instead of the lake and everybody in the lower classes was just dismounting and running when we hit the beach. So we missed out on the ballet but we had fewer DNFs.

  • PMac says:

    Just as amusing as some of the mad-handling skillz that some of these ‘heads display (I suspect road racers during the summer, hence, seriously challenged in the handling skill dept.) is the “body by Fritos and Budweiser” the bubba in the white t-shirt (or is that a boat cover?) is rocking. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this took place in the midwest with that physique.

    And for you clowns trashing on cx, just try it! It’s a blast, in the redzone for the better part of an hour; and I’ve never done any other type of racing where the spectators hand you greenbacks, beer, and bacon just to mix it up. Just have a look at the video for 2012 SSCXWC. Pure insanity, huge fun!

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Ibis introduces the Hakkalugi Disc


There is nothing better than a fresh new Lugi. Just after the USGP of Cyclocross Elite men’s race in Fort Collins, Ibis officially unveiled the new Hakkalügi Disc. The bike is compatible with disc brakes, and gets some tweaked geometry, tapered headtube, press in bottom bracket, and wider chainstay’s to run fatter tires.   Ibis […]

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Kabush Begins Cyclocross Campaign at Cross Vegas


Geoff Kabush will transition to Cyclocross season beginning at Cross Vegas Scott Athlete will contest select CX races with the Scott-3Rox Racing Team Scott-3Rox racer Geoff Kabush had an amazing MTB season finishing top North American at both the Olympics (8th place) and the World Championships (18th place). Kabush will now shift his focus in […]

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Sneak Peak – Marin 2013 Mount Vision XM8 and Cortina CX


At the recent Downieville Classic Race and Festival, Mtbr was on hand to snap a few spy photos of two new 2013 models from Marin Bicycles. Shown here are the Mount Vision XM8 and the Cortina cyclocross bike with disc brakes. We will have more info on the complete line-up of new Marin bikes at […]

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  • Shaun says:

    I have been riding a 2011 Vision 5.9 for a few years and it is fantastic. Marin do not bob up and down like most other bikes. I can’t wait to test the new Quad Link system. I for one can’t see Marin stepping backwards. Here in the UK Marin are renowned as a top XC mountain bike manufacturer. and the Mount Vision seems to get lighter, and stronger every year!

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On-One Dirty Disco Carbon Cyclocross Frameset


On-One Dirty Disco Carbon Cyclocross Frameset Preorder On-One’s dirty secret is finally ready! The “Dirty Disco” is On-One’s brand new disc compatible carbon cyclocross frame and already it is causing a stir on the cyclocross circuit. It’s available to pre-order now… http://titus-bikes.myshopify.com/products/on-one-dirty-disco-carbon-cyclocross-frameset-preorder An appearance with Dave Haygarth at the UK’s premier cyclocross event the Three […]

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