1. Can’t wait to see this!

  4. One of the latest from Bryan at Royal H Cycles.

  5. (Source: fireflybicycles)

  6. Ever since SRAM announced their CX1 group back in March, I have had a sneaking suspicion that the technology debuted in the group had already long since existed in the form of their X9 Type II rear derailleur, which was the keystone of the 1x10 drivetrain I raced last year.

    Well, fast forward 7 months or so and I have finally had a chance to test this theory on a bike I finished building last night. The bike is spec’d with Force 22/CX1 levers, a Wolf Tooth Components chainring, 1170 cassette, and a X9 Type II “10-Speed” rear derailleur.

    And guess what, it works perfectly.

    This might not sound like a huge deal at first, but here are a few numbers to consider:

    CX1 RD - $235 from Competitive Cyclist, 261g (from SRAM)

    X9 Type II RD - $87 (on sale from $116) from Competitive Cyclist, 250g (from SRAM)

    That means that not only does the CX1 rd cost TWICE (or 3x’s with CC sale) as much, it is also 11g heavier. Weight aside, it’s the price that gets me the most, as the cost-of-replacement is always a factor (for me) in selecting equipment for CX. 

    So yea, I’m surprised that no larger website has posted about this sooner, as it really is kinda big news for us “little guys” buying our own equipment.


  7. Danny is at it again…

  8. rosko-cc:

    The master himself. NAGASAWA.


    "As I work, I have an image of a bicycle in my mind (…) and that’s the foundation of everything" - Yoshiaki Nagasawa.

    See the video here

    I could watch this man work all day.

    To get past the country filter thing, click HERE.

  9. Congrats to Jens on an amazing effort today, definitely one of the best ways I can think of to end a career. Chapeau!

    That said…

    I really think the record should be divided into “modern” and “classic” categories, if only to preserve it as a test of human endurance and power…independent of technology. If I were a professional cyclist, I would LOVE the opportunity to “race” Eddy, and the only way to come close to doing that is against the clock, on as level a playing field as possible.

    So, THAT said…call me when someone is rolling on steel and spokes!

  10. This thing is ridonkulous.  Love me a Firefly with some paint on it!

  11. I suddenly find myself with an urgent need for a paul’d out SSCX or 650B mtb…

  12. Well I certainly didn’t see this one coming…but I like it! The auction format will mean these things go for beyond top dollar…but hey, at least all proceeds are going to charity, kinda hard to hate on that.

    Just remember, all you eager bidders out there, before you drop however many K’s on one of these things, there are a lot of small builders near you who would love to build you a ONE OF A KIND frame for the same $$. Just sayin…

    Sure are pretty though, can’t argue with that!


    Though Specialized might lead the industry with bicycle technology, the company definitely hasn’t forgotten about how they got to where they are. This beautifully crafted steel Allez will be going up for auction beginning Sept 8 and 100% of the proceeds will be going to World Bicycle Relief (WBR). More info below:

    "Specialized Bicycles has been lucky to serve the greater cycling community by striving to produce products that and inspire to improve riders lives for 40 years. In the year of our 40th anniversary we simply want to say ‘thank you’ to the riders and give back to one of the best bicycle charities, World Bicycle Relief (WBR). To celebrate, we are revisiting the Steel Allez and sending 100 percent of the proceeds to the WBR. Working with Mark DiNucci, one of our original frame builders at Specialized whose bikes still win global recognition and awards, we wanted to rethink the steel frame from the ground up. The Allez is one of the bikes that started it all for us and in 1981 and stood for the best technology a rider could get. It was part of the very foundation of all of the bikes we have built since. For this ONE-TIME-ONLY run of 74 Frames, every tube, lug, and braze-on has been examined through fresh eyes. “Every lesson we have learned over the last 40 years has been applied to create a totally new and totally modern steel frame” said Bryant Bainbridge, R&D manager for Specialized in the 80s, “Keeping with the 40th theme, we will build the 40th Anniversary Allez in the very factory that created the first Stumpjumper, a factory that continues to produce some of the finest handmade bikes in the world.”

    Auctions starts September 8th: www.ebay.com/40thanniversaryallez

  13. scott’s single speed by royal h cycles on Flickr.

    Pics of the MS Royal H are over on Flickr, head over and check it out!

    Photo by Chris Lee

  14. Certo in profile by Winter Bicycles on Flickr.

    Steel road perfection from Winter…the world needs more bikes like this.

  15. Internally geared Di2 1x11: A relatively new, kinda awesome concept, executed to perfection by Kumo Cycles.

    I am a fan of this bicycle