Being There: QBP’s Frostbike Show, part 2

February 28, 2013
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Ridley’s Frostbike display included two cyclocross race bikes used this season by Kevin Pauwels and Jens Vandekinderen. 

Quality Bicycle Products’s (QBP) annual Frostbike dealer expo featured some incredible displays chock full of gorgeous bikes, parts and accessories (click here for RBA‘s first round of coverage from Frostbike). And one of QBP’s biggest-selling bike brands is Ridley, the Belgian outfit known primarily for its multiple world championships in cyclocross, as well as its sponsorship of the Lotto-Belisol pro road team. It’s fitting, then, that among a host of new road and ?cross bike builds on tap for 2013 sat two dirty ?cross racers recently flown over from Europe: the bikes of Kevin Pauwels and Jens Vandekinderen.

Kevin Pauwels’s Ridley X-Night was put on display ‘race fresh’ with some dirt still visible on the frame, wheels and tires. And speaking of the tires, the front displayed the name of Klaas Vantornout, current Belgian ?cross champ and runner-up at the 2013 World Championships. Might Pauwals have borrowed the tire from his Sunweb-Revor teammate?

The Ridley Fenix road bike is an all-new model for 2013 and its sales have been so strong that QBP has optioned an additional build to keep up with demand. The latest Fenix Force build features a SRAM Force drivetrain, Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels and components from 4ZA. It sells for $3395 while the frameset can be had for $1795. Ridley boasts that the Fenix’s compliance chops are so strong that the Lotto-Belisol team will be riding it at this year’s Paris-Roubaix.

(Video courtesy of Frostbike).

Ritchey was showing off a few new parts at its Frostbike booth. But its biggest draw was undoubtedly the beautiful BreakAway cyclocross bike nestled in the corner.

Salsa is another one of QBP’s best-selling brands, and for 2013, Salsa is offering a wide range of touring and gravel platforms. The versatile, titanium Fargo Ti (right) is designed for long-distance touring and gravel racing and sells for $2199 (frameset).


The variety of displays at Frostbike never ceased to amaze.

All-City is another QBP ‘house brand,’ with a variety of low-cost, no-frills bikes ideal for gravel riding, cyclocross racing or just getting around town.

All-City’s name may be a bit deceiving. The brand’s display featured a variety of bikes built up with 25-30c, knobby tires, and some even included disc brakes.

 Ask any Frostbike attendee to list their highlights from this year’s show, and most will probably mention Campagnolo’s limited edition, 80th Anniversary groupset. Similar in function and construction as the company’s fabled mechanical Super Record gruppo, the 80th Anniversary kit is set apart by matte black and red graphics, custom logos, a diamond-like coating on the alloy components, and it comes in a svelte, foam-lined display case. Retail price is set at $3765, and Campagnolo will be taking orders for the gruppo through May 31, 2013. After that, production will cease, so you better call ?em up now.

(Video courtesy of QBP/Frostbike).

Although it’s already been out in the wild for some time, Campagnolo showed off its EPS (Electronic Power Shift) time trial gruppo at Frostbike. The aerobar ends include moving levers that, when actuated, electronically shift the derailleurs. No buttons here, as the TT system mirrors the EPS road shifters in execution.

The EPS TT brake levers also include shifters, making for easy gear changes wherever your hands happen to be.

Stan’s NoTubes is one of the major players in the tubeless tire game, and they were showing off some previously-unveiled road tubeless wheelsets and accessories.

Mechanical Threads is a small, start-up clothing brand from QBP that offers simple designs with a cycling theme. The company’s Frostbike display was pretty clever, with a vaerity of t-shirts framed inside bike tires.

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