Cyclocross Bike Buyers Guide

FELT F2X
Being on the higher end of the price spectrum, the F2X from Felt features the brand’s premier UHC Performance carbon fiber. Felt’s bestselling cyclocross bike also features the all new SRAM Red Hydro disc brakes and drivetrain, and it rolls on Felt’s own tubeless rims. Available in six sizes.
Price: $4149
Felt Bikes

PIVOT VAULT
Pivot’s new Vault features a fullcarbon frame and fork and runs with TRP disc brakes and a Shimano Ultegra mechanical drivetrain, but it’s also Di2-ready. Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Iron Cross wheels top off the build, and the Vault can be had in four sizes.
Price: $3599
Pivot Cycles


RIDLEY X-FIRE

Belgian cycling company Ridley has a huge presence in the cyclocross world, thanks to multiple World Championships. The newest X-Fire comes in several builds, including this low-priced option that features a Shimano 105 drivetrain and disc brakes.
Price: $2795
Ridley Bikes

FOCUS MARES CX 3.0 DISC
Focus enters the 2014 ‘cross season with a broad lineup of bikes, which includes the Mares series. From the high-end CX 1.0 to the AX 5.0, we found the most changes have occurred in the mid-range bike, the CX 3.0 Disc, a build that is highlighted by the SRAM Rival drivetrain and hydraulic brakes. It rolls on DT Swiss Spline wheels and Schwalbe’s Racing Ralph tires. The full-carbon frame has external cable routing with Focus Concept bars, stem and seatpost. Available in blue and black and in four sizes.
Price: $3900
Focus Bicycles

RITCHEY SWISS CROSS 2.0
Few companies have the street cred in the ‘cross scene as Ritchey, and the Swiss Cross 2.0 remains one of the best looking ‘cross bikes on the market. Carbon? Aluminum? Are you kidding!? This is Tom Ritchey we’re talking about, and so the small diameter tubes are made from good old fashioned steel. Besides the frame, Ritchey also offers a complete line of proven ‘cross components and accessories. Available in six sizes.
Price: $1295 (frameset)
Ritchey Logic


SPOT BRAND RALLYE SS

The Rallye SS is a unique ‘cross bike with a variety of eye-catching features. Resplendent in a highlighter-yellow finish, this single-speed from Spot uses a Gates Carbon Drive system mated to a Shimano 105 crank. The 7005 alloy frame runs with internal cable routing, a carbon fork and SRAM mechanical disc brakes. Available in four sizes.
Price: $2499
Spot Brand


SPECIALIZED CRUX PRO RACE DISC

The Crux Pro Race is now equipped with Roval Rapide CL rims and Specialized Terra tires, along with SRAM’s new Red Hydro disc brakes and shifters. The Crux carbon frame is available in seven sizes, along with several different build options.
Price: $6300
Specialized


CANNONDALE SUPER X HI-MOD DISC BLACK INC.

Cannondale’s top-of-the-line cyclocross bike is now available in the brand’s signature Black Inc. Edition. Not only Cannondale’s lightest ‘cross bike to date, the Super X Hi-Mod comes with the new SRAM Red Hydro disc brakes. Power is transferred through the Cannondale Hollowgram crank with FSA chainrings. The bike rolls on Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Alpha 340 rims with Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires. The matte black and green bike is available in six sizes.
Price: $5960
Cannondale Bikes

TREK CROCKETT 9
World Cup champion Katie Compton helped Trek develop the race-inspired geometry of the aluminum Trek Crockett 9. The Crockett runs with an 11-speed Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and Trek’s own IsoSpeed carbon fork, and it also sports internal cable routing. A component selectio from Bontrager includes the Race Lite IsoZone handlebar, Race X Lite seatpost and stem, and Bontrager Race rims. Available in six sizes.
Price: $2310
Trek Bikes

REDLINE CONQUEST TEAM
Redline’s venerable, top-tier carbon monocoque frame offers the stiffness and durability that many are looking for. The Conquest Team comes with Shimano Ultegra Di2 and an FSA crank. The gloss black frame with red highlights rolls on Shimano RS61 rims and Schwalbe Rocket Ron ‘cross tires. Available in five sizes.
Price: $4699
Redline Bicycles


KONA JAKE THE SNAKE

Kona’s most popular cyclocross ride is the Jake the Snake. The Jake has been slightly modified from the previous year and now runs with rack and fender eyelets for commuters. The Shimano Di2-ready, 7005 aluminum frame has a Kona full-carbon CX disc fork with Hayes CX disc brakes, along with a Shimano mixed drivetrain. Painted with a matte lime finish, the bike is available in six sizes.
Price: $1699
Kona World

GIANT TCX ADVANCED 1
As light as some of the most popular road race frames are, the Giant TCX Advanced 1 has a claimed sub-1050-gram frame weight. Giant’s new cyclocross bike is made from advanced-grade composite carbon fiber and features the all-new SRAM S-series hydraulic disc brakes with a SRAM Force drivetrain. The carbon fork also has a 15mm thru-axle for enhanced front-end stiffness. Available in five sizes.
Price: $4050
Giant Bicycles

JAMIS SUPERNOVA TEAM
Jamis’ latest flagship ‘cross race bike, the Supernova, comes in two versions: the top-of-the-line Team edition and the more budget friendly Elite build. Both bikes sport a carbon monocoque frame and BB386EVO bottom bracket, but the Team edition uses a with a higher-quality carbon layup and component list. Highlights include a SRAM Red 22 drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, and American Classic Argent wheels.
Price: $4600
Jamis Bikes

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