What’s New: SRAM Force CX1

When the box carrying the SRAM Force CX1 groupo for Scott’s cross bike arrived a few weeks ago, all of us here at Big Ring Cycles were more than a little excited to finally see the groupset in person.  And, just as we had expected, they looked and felt great.  Fast forward a few weeks to the point where we’ve got the groupo installed on Scott’s yet unfinished bike, and the aesthetics (we’ll get to the functionality soon enough…) of it all is amazing.

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Clean.  It’s clearly the only adjective that can adequately describe the aesthetics of a bike sepc’d with SRAM CX1.  However, given that this is a cyclocross bike, ultimately it will be covered in dirt, grime, mud, and beer (hopefully), so the way it looks is ultimately unimportant.

SRAM has adopted the catchphrase “One Less Barrier” for CX1.  While yes, it is somewhat melodramatic, it certainly is true.  The beauty of SRAM CX1 is in it’s simplicity.  A single chainring effectively neutralizes the possibility of your chain falling off in the middle of a your race.  In addition, the rear deraileur also has a one-way clutch that keeps tension on the chain, reducing chain slap on the chain-stay, making for a much quieter ride.  Another benefit, although not particularly important, is that having a single chainring obviously eliminates the need for a front deraileur, cutting the weight of the groupset significantly (try just under half of a pound…).

If there is anything that one could say is a downside of CX1 (and in reality, there isn’t…), it would be the gear range, as every cross course is different.  This is the nature of the beast when it comes to having a single chainring upfront,  however this problem can be alleviated by purchasing multiple chainrings (they run 38, 40, 42, 44, and 46t) or cassettes (11-25, 11-26, and 11-32).

So what kind of rider is SRAM CX1 meant for?  Anyone who values simplicity.  And going fast.  And who is seemingly unimpressed when their chain falls off.

End of the Season Demo/Rental Sale!

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Looking for a new bike, but don’t want to pay full price?  Here’s your opportunity to get a lightly used high-end bike at prices so low,  we can’t even advertise it!  Effective immediately, all demo and rental bikes here at Big Ring Cycles are on clearance!  This includes 2014 Cannondale Scalpel 29’er 4’s, 2012 Trigger 1’s, 2012 Trigger Trigger 2’s, as well as 2014 CAAD10 Ultegras!  Or, you can get  a 2014 Jamis Dakar AMT, XCT 650b, or XCR 29!

Please call us at 303.216.2000 for more information or availability!

Whats New: Cannonadle CAADX 105

With the road season winding down, we’re already looking forward to our second favorite time of year…

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…cyclocross season.  Because we love fun.  And what could be more fun than riding bikes through dirt, mud, rain, snow, while looking ridiculous and taking handups?  That’s right, nothing.

Oh wait, correction, doing all of the above on a brand new 2015 Cannondale CAADX Disc 5 with Shimano 105 components.  At this point in time, you might be thinking, “Hmm, why this bike?  What makes it so special?”  This is what makes it so special: $1,450.00.  Yep, that’s right.  The CAADX Disc 105 is a  WHOLE LOT OF BIKE for the price.  First off, the frame is fantastic.  Cannondale’s expertise in producing aluminum frames is very much evident in the CAADX.  It’s light, stiff, and very comfortable…all of which is to be expected from Cannondale.  Where does all of this goodness come from?  The shape of the chain and seat stay tubing was inspired by the CAAD10 (another excellent bike from Cannondale)  and the CAADX’ s big brother, the SUPERX: its flattened shape gives it excellent absorption of the terrain, all while maintaining lateral stiffness for excellent power transfer.  Add to that Shimano 105 11-Speed groupo. What what what?!?!  That’s right, trickle down technology!  The new Shimano 105 11-Speed  is absolutely fantastic.  Shifts just as smooth as Ultegra, but significantly cheaper.  Finally, Cannondale tops off the CAADX with mechanical disc brakes, giving it superior control and stopping power.

 

What does all of that jargon mean?  This bike is outstanding for the cost.  It’s an excellent choice for anyone just getting into cyclocross, as well as the seasoned racer.  And its low price means that upgrading the stock wheels to something awesome (say, ZIPP 303 carbon tubies??) isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.

 

All in all, we give the Cannondale CAADX 105 Disc a 4 out of 5 stars.

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What’s New: Mavic Ksyrium 125 ans

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2014 marks the 125th anniversary of French wheel manufacturer Mavic, so to commemorate their long-standing presence in the peloton and their impressive list of riders who raced and won on their wheels, Mavic has produced 6,000 special edition Ksyrium wheelsets, dubbed the Ksyrium 125 ans (125 anniversary).  Weighing in at an impressive 1370g for the pair, the Ksyrium 125 ans is one of the lightest alloy clinchers that can be found out on the road, making it an excellent choice for those who fancy riding skywards.  Not only is the Ksyrium 125 ans low in weight, but it’s also marginally more aerodynamic due to the milling process the wheels go through, dubbed ISM4D.  As with all Mavic wheelsets, the Ksyrium 125 ans come as a system which includes tires; in this case, the newly updated Yskion 125 ans.  The Ksyrium 125 ans also features Mavic’s very own Exalith 2 braking technology, which performs as it should in all weather conditions.  Finally, the black on black color scheme cut with the yellow looks clean and classic.  The whole wheelset system (wheels and tires) runs for $1850, and with a grand total of 6,000 being produced, our pair won’t be here at the shop for long.

What’s New: Pinarello Dogma F8

The new Pinarello Dogma F8, spec'd with Campagnolo Super Record EPS and Bora wheels. Photo by Vince Deveney

The new Dogma F8 spec’d with Campagnolo Super Record EPS and Campagnolo Bora Wheels.  Photo by Vince Deveney

 

Pinarello has, one again, outdone themselves, this time with the help from automobile manufacturer Jaguar, two-time Tour de France victors TeamSKY, as well as the PinarelloLAB.  The result of this combination is the new Dogma F8: lighter, stiffer, and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, the Dogma 65.1 Think 2.

The frame, made from Torayca T1100 1K carbon, which until now has been exclusively used in the aircraft industry, takes Pinarello’s philosophy of asymmetrical frame design to the next level.  The new design of the F8 is not only 16% more balanced than the Dogma 65.1 Think 2, but 43% more balanced than traditional non-asymmetric frames.  Why is this important?  Simply put, better power transfer making you go faster.  Not only is the F8 more balanced than its predecessor, but its also 12% stiffer while being 120 grams lighter.  What does this mean?  The new F8 is more lively and responsive than its predecessor as well.  It does all of this while still maintaining that indescribable ride quality that only comes with a Pinarello.  There are 13 different sizes ranging from 42cm to 62cm with multiple color options.

Look for it this year at the Tour de France as SKY Pro Cycling attempts to take the maillot juane for the third year in a row!

Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL Rally Edition Review from Pinkbike.com!

For those of you who don’t know, Big Ring Cycles has started carrying Rocky Mountain bikes this year!  If you’re looking to purchase a mountain bike this season, or upgrade your current, we would strongly encourage you to consider trying out a Rocky Mountain.  If you’re unfamiliar with Rocky Mountain bikes, you can find a a great review of the Altitude 770 Rally Edition here.  We have a several different models built and ready to ride here at the shop, including the Altitude 770 and the Altitude 799, so come in today and check them out!

WINTER SERVICE CLASSES START SOON!

Learn how to maintain, repair, and overhaul your bike properly, safely, and efficiently from the skilled professionals at Big Ring Cycles. 

Class #1Jan. 7, Feb. 4

·        Proper Bike Cleaning

·        Safety Inspection

·        Fixing Flats

·        Tube + Tire

·        Pedals

Class #2Jan. 9, Feb. 6

·        Wheel Tech

·        Wheel True

·        Spoke replacement

·        Chain care / Install + Remove

Class #3Jan. 14, Feb. 11

·        Derailleur systems

·        Brake systems

·        Install Cables + Housing

·        Brake + Derailleur Adjustment

·        Cleaning + Lubrication

Class #4Jan. 16, Feb. 13

·        Crank + Bottom Bracket

·        Headsets

·        Hub Overhaul + Adjust

·        Install + Remove Chain-rings

Feedback Sports Logo$90 each  -  All four classes $300              

25% off in stock Park Tools                    20% off select products

Take all four classes or pick from one or two.                                 

Classes will be approximately one and a half  hours. ( 6:30 – 8:00pm )

All tools supplied.                                       

Must bring your own Bike!!!

 

Small Business Saturday!

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Come shop with Big Ring Cycles on Small Business Saturday, November 30th!