Cyclocross

We're so into Cyclocross that we made this special page for it. Also publish a Tumblr about Suffer Faces.

Davidson Switch CX Parts

Also makes for a nice, metal shot and highball glass

A couple of key parts to the new Davidson Switch CX arrived yesterday and are shown here on a stool in Davidson’s bike shop. That’s a HUGE head tube and OS bottom bracket, a 44 ID head tube and press fit BB30 shell, to be exact. Both are internally and externally relieved titanium and will get welded to Feather Tech tubes with Paragon dropouts. The dropouts will allow a switch between single and geared modes.

The Switch is a concept bike we’ve been working on and a Cross iteration of the Modal. That’s another concept bike for travel that accommodates fixed, single, geared drivetrains.

While I’m into beating up 15 pound bikes, Ti is still very relevant and especially in Cross. We’ll get light and stiff with the tubes and that naturally sprung ride that carbon can’t deliver.

Paragon had some issue with its CNS machine, so these parts arrived late for 11, but maybe I’ll have the Switch out before the season ends. It’ll get built-up with maximum bling with help from our bros at ENVE, SRAM, and lots of discussions with Bill D and Mark V.

The Parlee Went Weeeeeeeeee!

First this happened

hugga down

Man down! Photo: DBCPhoto

Then this

Suffering and then some

and it went blurry for the rest of the race with a constant chase of these guys.

blurry

All a blur in that race looking up and ahead

I’ve got a curse at Steliacoom. That’s a local, legendary course, and I’ve crashed twice there this season. On Sunday, 45 seconds in and at turn 3, a racer in front of me loses his front wheel. I rode over him, launching off his hip, and onto the ground. After taking a pit lap, I raced with course-tape-guided tunnel vision, and an angry stomach, until someone told me to stop.

What I learned in that race is if you’ve got anger to work out on the bike, the Parlee CX H will take every bit of it, and ask for more with a loud weeeeeeeeeee on the descents. When hugga went loco, I took risks, drifting the turns and driving it for a who knows what placing. Only after backing it off, did I realize how well the bike worked. Cause a good cross bike, a great one, pulls focus from itself to you.

View from the cockpit

This Parlee ain’t no Fondo bike. It’s a modern cross bike. One I’ll race on, and punish, for the rest of the season. It’s on loan from Ben at Parlee, as a demo, and it’s gonna go back a different bike. Psychologically damaged, I predict.

Note: Thanks again to Redline, Tim, and Joe for the help in the pits.

Hevics: a Mavic Hed Wheel Hack

I’ve mentioned Hevics in a few previous posts and Mark V hacked together another pair for this Cross season. In my racing wheelset quiver, this is the extreme mud tubular wheelset with the Challenge Limus.

Jedi Wheel Builder

I’ve met a few Jedi Wheel Builders and Mark V is one of them. Building a wheel set from an old Ksyrium Elite hubs and spokes with Hed’s C2 rims is an advanced, alchemic process.

2nd-gen Ksyrium Elite (1st & 2nd-gen had non-assymetrical rear rim), original Mavic spokes modified and shorten by 2mm (cut and threaded down), DT Prolock nipples.

Mark arrived at the Hevic idea, once he learned that Hed sells their C2 rims separately. He had an epiphany about ride, hub quality, and an infinitely rebuildable wheel. The first set of Hevics are on my rain bike, another on the Hodala SS, and now the Parlee CX H (for Hugga).

The Ride

Wide rim, reasonably stiff for a low spoke count, and easy to work on hubs are the features, but it’s the ride really. I describe it as “fast and smooth.” Also note that as much as I like the Hevics my new fav is the R-Sys SLRs.

More Wheel Hacking Posts

Three Generals

Replace Suffer Face!

More fun with Suffer Faces and props to replaceface on Tumblr. Full size here.

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Don’t Drop Baby Into Randy’s Crack

Now that’s dedication, can’t find a sitter, BabyBjorn the boy up! But don’t drop it into Randy’s crack …

Must not crash with baby

Steady, Steady,

Cleared It

The entrance to Randy’s Crack, a new course feature, was tight and hard for the first MFG Cyclocross fields of the day at Magnuson Park. The crack was an access road between grassy knolls and we’ll post more photos after a ride today.

Randy’s Crack was popular

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