Wednesday, September 12, 2012

(Cyclo)Crossin: SS FTW

Instead of trying to explain why you should want a single speed cross bike, I'll let you watch the video below.

SSCXWC 2011 from mark colton on Vimeo.

All-City Nature Boy
All-City Nature Boy. Photo via All-City's Flickr

A complete Nature Boy will set you back $899 while the frameset comes in around $549.This bike is more than enough to get you racing with a steel frame and fork as well as enough clearance for tires as large as 38c without fenders. It comes with an internally routed rear brake cable and a rust resistant finish to keep you rolling for years to come. The only downside is that it still utilizes cantilever brakes and a straight 1.125" steerer tube. If you like what you see check out All-City's dealer page.

Felt Breed
Felt Breek. Photo via Pedal Room
One of the rare offerings from a larger more commercial company, the Breed offers a great package at decent price to get you started on your cyclocross endeavors. It comes right out of the box ready to race with an all aluminum frame, carbon fork and tried and true cantilever brakes. The complete bike will set you back $949 but brings a high overall build quality with it. If you're looking to pick up your own, check out Felt's dealer page.

Civilian Le Roi Le Veut
Civilian Le Roi Le Veut. Photo via Civilian Bicycles
The other heavy hitter in this segment is the Civilian Le Roi Le Veut. This bike comes out swinging with a steel frame, tapered full carbon fork, and disk brakes. One of the nicer features of this bike is the adjustable dropouts with an integrated derailleur hanger, giving you the ability to upgrade to gears down the road or keep it a single speed as originally intended. The tapered carbon fork and disk brakes negate any fork chatter. This multi-purpose machine will set you back a cool $1049 at Competitive Cyclist. The only downside seems to be the price but the extra features put it back in our good graces.

1 comment:

  1. that video made me smell patchouli