Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My new road bike. I don't care about weight - Not the bikes weight anyway:) :(




Specialized Tricross Triple ! This is a touring / cyclocross  bike measures 57cm. I picked this up a few weeks ago to replace the Surly Cross Check that I had built 2 years ago. The Crosscheck was killer but the 54cm frame I selected was just to small. If I have my choice I would have went with a Tricross with the disc upgrade but I was lucky to find this as 2008 "  New Old Stock" bike and paid a very fair price. The V-brakes have great stopping power but I need to adjust them as the front wheel stutters if braking into a turn. Might just need to get broken in. I have done 3- 20 miles rides and though the bike is def heavy compared to my Giant TCR Carbon race bike it is a pleasure to ride.


Mtbr Visits Orbea and Test Rides the New Occam 29

Mtbr Visits Orbea and Test Rides the New Occam 29
After 3 years of development, Orbea unveiled their Occam 29 full suspension bike. Orbea is located in Spain, in the heart of Basque country. We were privileged to be invited to their launch venue and enjoy the full Basque hospitality. It was quite evident that the Spaniards were highly engaged in this project. It was designed for XC endurance racing and trail riding.
Orbea has been in the business of building bikes since the 1930’s. Primarily a road bike company early on with the Euskaltel-Euskadi team. But in the last 5-10 years their mtb athletes have been winning World Cups. Julian Absalon has been their poster boy. The Luna Chicks have also been representing at World cups with dominance. This new bike isn’t necessarily designed for the world cup competition, but more for longer endurance style races or general XC trail riding.
They didn’t just take the success of their 26 spec’s and make them fit the 29er wheels, they developed this as a separate platform. Targeted for the endurance/trail crowd they really took time to address the common 29er issues. They wanted a bike that didn’t give up agility and stiffness.(mas stiffer) After much design efforts they developed his bike with shorter chain stays to keep it quick and nimble on the trail (445 mm).They had a prototype last year, but wanted to perfect it. They really worked on keeping it stiffer. So it may not fit their current world cup athlete’s needs, I think this bike is going to compete nicely with the other 29er fs bikes on the market in the US.
After following the TdF for so many years I’ve always loved when the race got down into the Pyrenees and into Basque country. It always seemed like something exciting in the race would happen. The mountains were steeper than the Alps. The Basque people showed up in their orange colors and reeked some craziness into the race. My perception was soon changed as I met the guys behind the new Occam 29er project. These guys were hard core mt bikers. They truly were passionate about the sport. Their presentation was methodical in their approach to a new platform. They’ve had great results from the elite mtb team on the World cup circuit on the 26 platform, but they designed this 29er Occam platform from ground up. Don’t look for Julian Absalon to ride this at the Olympics. The Olympic course isn’t going to be conducive for a 29er. It’s a full on 26 hardtail type of course. But look for the Occam to show up at races like the Cape Epic and other marathon events next year.
As soon as I threw my leg over the S10 Occam I could feel how solid the bike felt. The Mas Stiffer effect of Orbea’s goal was evident. I’ve ridden most of the brands in the US in this category and the Occam meets the expectations of what you want in a 29er XC rig.

Salsa Road Bike with Disc Brakes

I really like Salsa bikes and I still do not get why road bikes do not have disc brakes . Salsa just announced a sweet Ti bike with Discs. The weight savings with standard brakes can't be that dramatic. Take a look at this great bike.




The road specific carbon fork was developed by Enve for Salsa for 140mm rotors (with cable actuated disc brakes). The Colossal sports Hed Belgium rims (blacked out w/new graphics). The rotors are SRAM HSX Centerlock rotors. The frame is double-butted seamless 3/2.5 ti. The tubes are shaped for the chainstays and seatstays to provide a smooth ride.