Bicycle, Gear, Portland

Gevenalle CX

You may remember Retroshift- the still somewhat new brand offering an alternative to brifters for your geared cyclocross bike?  Well they have a new name, and have jumped headlong into more solutions for cross racers that feel the need for more than one gear.  Founded by Adam Clement in 2011 (as Retroshift) in Portland- the first product offerings were the CX1 and CX2 shifters and soon after followed by the BURD (Blatantly Upgraded Rear Derailleur) cyclocross specific derailleur. The company focus is providing solutions for cyclocross. All products are built in Portland OR using both Taiwanese and American made parts.

The CX1 and CX2 Hydraulic Shift Levers will retail for $399 (CX1) and $449 a pair (CX2,) complete with calipers and rotors. The CX1 covers single chain options while the CX2 provides front and rear shifting. CX Shifters are backed by their crash replacement policy, charging only 75 dollars a lever (including worldwide shipping!) to replace or repair.
  • Shimano Road Compatible 9, 10 and 11 speed
  • Available for single or double chainring set up
  • Ships with calipers and rotors (Choice 140 or 160)


  • CX2 Hydraulic with brake hose and brake calipers 850G
  • CX1 Hydraulic with brake hose and brake calipers 800g

Gevenalle CX and Shimano STI comparison. from Gevenalle on Vimeo.

Also new is the HOUP (Halo Of Ultimate Protection) Cassette adapter. The HOUP is designed to give more clearance between the rear spokes and rear derailleur to lower the incidence of catastrophic derailleur failure that is a common occurrence in muddy Cyclocross races. A precision cut, laser engraved spacer is inserted behind the cassette. This combined with the removal of the underutilized for Cyclocross 11 tooth cog, provides much needed extra clearance for the derailleur.  In addition to the adaptor itself, Gevenalle is offering a titanium 21-24-27 spider. Combining the HOUP and spider with your existing cassette turns a mid-level cassette into an affordable high performance product. Retail for the HOUP adaptor is  $20 dollars, the HOUP with Titanium spider will retail for $85.
  • Can be used singly with removal of smallest cog or doubled up by removing two smallest cogs.
  • 10 Speed Version compatible with Shimano 5700 and 6700 Cassettes.
  • 11 Speed version compatible with Shimano 6800 Cassettes (not yet tested with 5800 Cassettes).
  • Includes aluminum lockring to accommodate either 12T or 13T.
  • Titanium options includes replacement 3 ring spider with largest cogs 21-24-27T

Gevenalle Cassette Spacer (HOUP) install from Gevenalle on Vimeo.

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