Cyclocross season in the Pacific Northwest is coming to a close for the most part- much to the chagrin of my mud covered, drunken team mates. Myself, I only made one race in Anchorage, and none in Seattle or anywhere else. I hope that is different next season. It seems that cross has been gaining popularity day by day, and it seems like a great thing. How could it not? There are races for all age groups and skill levels, the community is generally friendly and it’s more spectator friendly than many other disciplines of cycling. Though you can get into cross with any bike you have laying around, eventually you’ll want to upgrade. Say hello to Civilian.
Always on the lookout for US made products, I’m liking what I’m seeing here. Based in Portland, owner Tyson Hart is making a competitve and versatile bike available to the masses at a price that won’t break the bank. The Vive Le Roi B is their single speed bike- with rocker adjustable dropouts which make it belt drive compatible- or you can change the hanger and use the braze-ons and have yourself a geared cross bike. The bike is made with True Temper OX Platinum tubing and comes with a 15mm thru-axle carbon fork and is designed with disc brakes in mind (160mm front, 140mm rear.) The frame set MSRP is $1400 for this US Made steed. It’s also available as a complete for $3200 with a Gates Belt Drive.
As a committed single speeder, I don’t have a use for the cable braze-ons but part of the ethos of Civilian is to give the customer options if they want to change it up down the road. At least the hanger can be changed out, cleaning it up a bit.
I’m in the market for a disc compatible SSCX bike with S&S couplers so I can travel, and this bike is closer than I’ve seen many options get- minus the S&S of course.
So good on you Civilian- I hope to see some of these and other US made frames on the course in the future.
Also check out their Vive Le Roi G– with the complete geared version coming it at $3400.