Cyclocross

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

WickWerks Cyclocross chainrings

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I just got some cyclocross chainrings from WickWerks. Last season I ran a wide-range 10sp cassette with a 39T or 42T single ring up front. I was pretty impressed with how well that worked while racing or even commuting, but this time I want to go with a double ring setup on a compact crank, 11-28 or 11-25 cassettes. I figured a 44/34T combination would work best for me, since I like to spin. Most of the cyclocross ring combinations are 46/36T. I tried a TA Specialties 44T ring because it was one of the few 44T x 110bcd rings with pickup pins to aid shifting. In actual use, it sucked. If I put any power at all on the pedals, the chain could not be coaxed onto the big ring. Then I found out that Wickwerks makes a 44/34T combo for CX. I guess it makes sense since they sponsor Katie Compton, the most dominant American cyclocrosser ever, who has been using that ratio since before Wickwerks sponsorship (in fact, she used TA rings prior. Coincidence she changed?)

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We like Cross! Do You? Tell us How Much

So that our blog may serve you better, please provide answers to our questions in this form about Cross (after the jump). Our form bots will then crunch all the response into a fabulous report (charts and graphs) that our editorial committee will review. Note: if you send us weirdo/pervy answers, the bots are trained to ignore them. We’re also not spammers.

At the end of the form, you’ll find an offer to follow me on Google+ where I’ve set up the Suffer Faces Circle of Cross. If you’re down with Cross and indicate your “downness,” I’ll put you in the circle where we’re going to offer select content this Season.

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Enve for Cross

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A photo teaser for a bike project we’re working on. That’s the Enve tapered Cross fork. The bike is being built here in Seattle in the brick building on the right by Bill Davidson with design and styling by Mark V.

It’s called the Cross Mode.

Thinking about petite women cyclocrossers and head tubes

5460958891_1abfbb4058.jpg My mind runs pretty random at times, so let’s just jump into the middle of my thoughts about Daphny van den Brand. She’s an 11-time Dutch national cyclocross champion, 1-time world champion. Despite having a subpar season last year, she can be a threat in any race she enters. This is impressive considering the presence of American Katie Compton and multi-discipline killer and fellow Dutch Mariane Vos. Daphny is also kinda a babe and a hottie shorty at 1.58M (5’2”). I saw some of her pictures online and I think I really want to ride her….her cyclocross bike, that is. Because at 1.6M, I would ride the same size frame as her. Her bike sponsor last year was Merida, who are little known here in the states but build the Taiwan frames for just about every brand that doesn’t get their Taiwan production from Giant (hint: Specialized). Merida isn’t imported in the states, so I won’t be riding Daphny’s 48cm stock carbon cx frame. But then again, with a 120mm head tube on top of the 400mm cx fork I would never be able to get the bars as low as I want without resorting to some goofy stem….and I’d only do that if I was paid to ride Merida bikes.

Looking at the photo above, I guess Daphy and I think alike. I love this woman. So does SlamThatStem.com.

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2012 Cross Preseason: Rhonde Ohop

After the unusual Midsummer’s Cross race, my Cross preseason starts tomorrow at Rhonde Ohop. The Ronde is a kermesse style race with a mixture of pavement and dirt. It’s near Eatonville, WA, where we found bike culture too, earlier this year.

I’m swapping bikes from road to cross when we hit the dirt with the 11 Redline Conquest. The new 12 bikes are being shipped and built now and should debut at Starcrossed. More on those later and CrossVegas too.

Early Schedule

Suffer Faces

USGP Portland: More Cowbell

More cowbell

USGP Portland: The Most Cowbell

No, we want the MOST cowbell

When the Season is full on with the cow bells clanking, guts wrenching, and snot flying, follow Suffer Faces. That’s where we’ll feature beginners, masters, women, and the working people of the Sport.

Midsummer Nights's Cross Race 26

Each run up his face twisted more

We’re showing their suffering faces.

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