This is a 46tooth chainring for Dura Ace 7800. Shimano introduced this item without any fanfare, but this is the first item that Shimano ever produced specifically for cyclocross.
Thursday night I attended the Shimano tech seminar in Portland, and I learned that this chainring is not a fluke. Shimano recognizes that cyclocross is no longer a fringe sport for kooks; it is a serious growth sport and a viable market. Shimano will have more products for cyclocross.
If you’d like to become a Baryshnikov over the Barriers, faster on the runups, and placing in the results, check the videos and related posts. Featuring Tim Rutledge (OG Cross racer), we cover the basics and disclose secrets from the Redline Vault of Cross Knowledge.
Seriously, I pretty much watched every tutorial video ever made for cyclocross and the ten minutes or so you captured is the most valuable advice I found anywhere.
You should put a page up on bikehugger somewhere with all of the Cyclocross tips videos with Tim embedded
Done! And while we were out this year having fun, being part of the community, and trying to stay on course, knowing that it’s better to “tip the bike over the barriers instead of carrying it” definetly helped (mistakenly thinking you had a flat for 2 laps did not!).
The most popular video we’ve made on Cross is this one.
In 2011, we’ve launched a new Suffer Faces blog where we’ll feature the working men and women of Cross. Those that are out there every weekend racing their bikes cause they love it. We’re also featuring Cross-related content on G+