As a lover of all things two wheeled and pedal powered (a bike-sexual if you will), I’ve been spending more and more time in the dirt than on the road.
Since mountain bikes and mountain bike parts have become increasingly more technologically advanced and expensive over the years, it pays to do your research and get the right parts the first time.
One of the, if not the (IMHO), most important parts on your MTB is a set of tires. After all, tires do a lot of work keeping you upright and shredding when the going gets gnar. With the ever changing trail conditions of the Pacific NW, it’s best to have a few sets of tires laying around the studio apartment for mud, rocks, dry trail, blue groove, snow, and sandy conditions.
Oh, and one set for night racing on Wednesdays.
But, if you’re on a small budget, all those tires add up. Then you can’t pay rent and you’re living in your Subaru.
Even a single set of high end tires can set you back a few hundred smackers.
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Gevenalle is based in Portland, Oregon and they love cyclocross. Now they’ve got two derailleurs to complement their CX shifters.
The aptly named BURD (Blatantly Upgraded and Rebranded Derailleur) duo is an affordable option for those that need a workhorse in the mud, sand, blood and tears that cyclocross brings each fall.
Available as a braze on front derailleur or a 34.9 clamp (31.8 with included adapter,) it weighs 84 grams, and is bottom pull. It’s a shorter cage, making it stiffer than a road derailleur. Some folks might opt to use it as a chain guide, which Gevenalle fully supports. 9 and 10 speed compatible.
It retails for $49, and if you wreck it, they’ll re-build it for $20, including shipping in the US.
Gevenalle (made up from two Dutch words: ‘GEVEN’ which means ‘GIVE’ and ‘ALLE’ meaning ‘ALL’) is the rebranded Retroshift, who’s CX levers are a smart and burlier alternative to road levers and brifters.
That is of course if you prefer gears to beers. Good on ya Gevenelle. Keep on keepin’ on.
An interesting process with what looks like a lot of quality control. I suppose there is a reason my Campagnolo chains outlast anything else I’ve ridden.
“Sways with every thrust, giving greater reach and power to the rider.” The Brooks Climax saddle from the 1800s was the first saddle to use a cut-out to relieve pressure on those sensitive areas. There are still many opinions about whether or not this style of cut-out is beneficial. Proper saddle positioning and shape are certainly the most important factors in my opinion, but I have talked to many people who swear by saddles with a cut-out. Everyone’s body is unique, I guess you could say different strokes for different folks.
Brooks currently offers a line of saddles with cut-outs reminiscent of their saddles from days past. Check out the line of Brooks Imperial saddles. Personally I think they should have stuck with “Climax”, after all sex sells right?
Vegans rejoice! (Hey Greg, shouldn’t you be posting this instead of me?)
Brooks is soon to be releasing its new C17 saddle (The Cambium). It is reportedly made from a uniquely flexible natural rubber and organic cotton top, enhanced by a thin layer of structural textile for added resilience. A vulcanized waterproof top, which follows the rider’s movements, is supposedly immediately comfortable, maintenance-free, and highly abrasion-resistant to offer the longevity for which Brooks is legendary, without the break in time for which Brooks is also legendary…
Check out the Brooks website for more information and a chance to be 1 of 100 testers of the saddle. It is being released to the public on June 17th, but if you are chosen to be a tester you will receive a free saddle a month early. Sign up here: Cambium, A New Generation of Saddles.
Spotted these prototype solid disc brake rotors for extra muddy and gritty cyclocross applications over at cxmagazine.com. They were designed to give pro rider Ryan Trebon the advantage in the harsh conditions of the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships. I can also see them being a good choice for amateur riders as they prolong your pad life and could potentially save you money on brake pads with only a slight weigh penalty. Check out the original article HERE. Maybe we will see them popping up on more bikes next season.