5 for Get­ting Muddy

Pick a shiny new cy­clocross bike that you’ll run through the dirt

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Pick a shiny new cy­clocross bike to run through the dirt

Whether you’re a sea­soned cy­clocross vet­eran or new­bie, one of these five bikes will be just the thing for your races this fall.

Can­non­dale Su­perx Di2 $6,700 With a head-tube an­gle of 71 de­grees (for a Size 54), the Su­perx, Can­non­dale car­bon-fi­bre CX ma­chine is one of the slack­est bikes in this bunch, which, with its 1,020-mm wheel­base gives you ex­cel­lent sta­bil­ity when the bike is pointed down­ward. To make sure the Su­perx has some agility in the cor­ners, it has a fairly high fork off­set of 55 mm. The bike comes shod with Vit­to­ria Ter­reno Mix TNT in a Uci-le­gal 33c width. For bumpy, non-sanc­tioned rides, you can run tires as wide as 40c. The driv­e­train is a mix of Shi­mano and Can­non­dale’s Hol­low­gram parts. A stiff Hol­low­gram Si crank with 40-tooth Spi­der­ing chain­ring sends the chain to an 11-34 tooth, 11-speed Ul­te­gra cas­sette and XT Di2 rear de­railleur. ( can­non­dale.com) No. 22 Bro­ken Ar­row (frame only) US$3,199

Toronto pur­vey­ors of ti­ta­nium bikes (via the com­pany’s John­stown, N.Y. fa­cil­ity) have a beau­ti­ful made-to-or­der cy­clocross frame. The Bro­ken Ar­row sports fine es­thetic de­tails, such as the an­gu­lar seat­stay bridge, and pre­cise con­struc­tion, which you can re­ally see in the mounts for the rear flat-mount caliper. The frame fea­tures a 44-mm-di­am­e­ter head tube, which can ac­com­mo­date a va­ri­ety of forks, what­ever taper their steer­ing tubes may have. The bot­tom bracket uses the T47 stan­dard so you can thread out­board bear­ings into the shell. Your crank will be quiet and eas­ier to ser­vice com­pared with other BB stan­dards. To bring some ex­tra bling to the ’cross course, have your frame an­odized. ( 22bi­cy­cles.com) Spe­cial­ized Crux Sport E5 $2,559

The Crux Sport E5 by Spe­cial­ized mixes alu­minum and car­bon to give you a fast ride through the mud. The frame is the com­pany’s E5 Pre­mium Alu­minum with the al­loy top tube shaped to make the bike easy to get onto your shoul­der be­fore you trudge up a run-up. A car­bon fork lets you steer the Axis Sport Disc wheel with all-round Tracer Sport tire through the cor­ners. Shi­mano RS505 hy­draulic disc brakes do an ex­cel­lent job of scrub­bing speed, while the 105 com­po­nents will get you rolling again, race af­ter race. ( spe­cial­ized.com) Liv Brava SLR $2,149

Women’s bike brand Liv has a rig that will get you to your first cy­clocross race and serve you as your skills con­tinue to grow. The Brava’s frame is made from Liv’s high-end ALUXX SLR process for creat­ing the alu­minum tubes. The tubes are 20 per cent lighter than the com­pany’s sec­ond-tier ALUXX SL. The fork with car­bon blades – set in a head tube at a fairly slack an­gle (71 de­grees, size medium) – pro­vide good high-speed con­trol. The bike’s 50-mm fork off­set means you’ll still be able to nav­i­gate the cor­ners with con­fi­dence. SRAM’S Apex 1 group takes care of stop­ping and get­ting you up to speed with its 11-speed cas­sette (11–42 tooth) and rear de­railleur. The SRAM S350 crank with 40-tooth chain­ring moves the chain. The Gi­ant D-fuse seat­post of­fers flex and com­fort on bumpy rid­ers. ( liv-cy­cling.com) Ri­d­ley X-ride A45 $1,975

Get your feet wet, or muddy or sandy, with cy­clocross on the Ri­d­ley X-ride A45. The bike maker is based in the spir­i­tual heart­land of CX, Bel­gium. SRAM Ri­val levers, crank (42-tooth chain­ring) and de­railleur form the base of the driv­e­train. A SRAM PG 1130 11-speed cas­sette with a solid 11-32 tooth range gives you plenty of gear­ing op­tions for the var­ied ter­rain you’ll en­counter. Ri­d­ley’s house brand, 4ZA, is be­hind the stem, han­dle­bars, seat­post and sad­dle, which all sport the Stratos des­ig­na­tion – solid parts for your en­try into ’cross. ( mec.ca)—mp

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