Pinarello Dogma, a frame that has been getting better and better through the versions. Dogma65.1 Think 2 is the best frame I’ve worked with, quality and great features for headset, wiring/cableing. It is available in plain boring colors and if someone thinks of Pinarello racing bikes they think about Team Sky. A team that got it all, lots of it. Except they aren’t cool, like an Audi. Same class is Alfa Romeo that isn’t got it all, but they are so cool so you don’t care. A Pinarello version of Alfa Romeo is Movistar. A spanish team with fast riders, a top team and they got style like italians (or maybe better sometimes) and they got the nicest Pinarello bikes ever produced.
Campagnolo Bora and Super Record on a cool bike.
But then it happens, the end of sponsorship and changing for another brand. Movistar is for 2014 riding Canyon (!)
Sad moment in cycling history. If you want to know more it says here: Cyclingnews
Why not starting the week with some nice videos. First from Team Sky Service Course:
Then a nice Czech ride with Giant Trance 27,5:
Ending with how you could ride All Mountain without walking, carrying and thinking that the trails are to technical. Chris Akrigg shows:
A free sunday without much rain is perfect for riding a bike. Thought of riding around 3h with my SuperX today but when I woke up I didn’t feel for it all. So changed my mind as I was alone and rode the other way up to Hjortland to try a gravel road up in the mountains. Legs felt like crap without power but maybe my training shows why 2 weeks since last bikeride.
Anyway, got up, even when it was hard standing and pressing all I could on 36-25 for a bit. Great with 34mm tires with grip then The road ended like this and I turned:
Back down and tried another way down to Åsane. Should go to make a proper CXcourse at Flaktveit school I think. Then home but going up Munkebotn to get some more training. Great power with my Avid Shorty Ultimate too, best cx brakes I’ve used. Specially with Campa levers that fits my short hands great.
Map and stats from today, with 45m to low altitude stats: Movescount
Many got a aluminium road handlebar with carbon where you don’t have any bar tape, all to look like a carbon handlebar. ControlTech thought different and got a carbon handlebar with Titanium at the clamp:
235g and pretty cool if you ask me. More info here: ControlTech
Was today but still I can’t find any great videos from it Anyway, as usual my favorite won it. Zdenek Stybar:
Let’s just hope it does some greater CXraces this season too. Like those between Christmas and New Year and of course the World Championships in Hoogherheide in january.
But until that we can hear some about Klaas Vantornout’s Dugast tires:
A video from Sunweb-Napoleon Games training camp including a nice crash that Kevin Pauwels saves well standing with the bike in his hand
Couldn’t show the video here but you find it here: cyclo-cross
More CXnews: Cyclo-cross.info
First some inside info if you have a tight frame and want to improve the q-factor even more than normal. Cannondale Hollowgram SiSL crank with a 114mm Sram spindle gives you a q-factor of 154mm (2mm tighter than the slimmest XX1) but is 123mm on the inside so was a bit to tight for my Scalpel.
Sram XX1 spider, chainring bolts and a 36t chainring:
104mm Cannondale road spindle:
Sram XX1 crankarms, 175mm Q156 with spiderbolts and crankarmbolts. For comparsion my Hollowgram SiSL with crankarmbolts and spider lockring is 293g.
Left arm with spindle and a bottom bracket cover:
Rest of the crank, so the right side including spacers (had to put a 2,5mm on the left too to get it in the middle):
So left (245g)+right(297g)+bb(49g) gives me a 592g crankset with a great chainline and q-factor. All smiles
Have a little bit to long chain but thinking of getting a 38t later and works well so satisfied with my Cannondale SuperX. (Got a Chorus rear derailleur on the way for it too).