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The $1000 Cyclocross Bike Review Showdown: 5 Best Options

Cyclocross Bike Race

Can You Get A Race Worthy Cyclocross Bike For $1000?

Cyclocross racing is one of the fastest growing sports in North America and across parts of Europe. Merging the speed of road racing with the handling technique of mountain biking, it offers an exhilarating way to spend fall and winter as the mercury starts to drop.

Cyclocross bikes are extremely versatile. Yes they can be used as a thoroughbred racing machine through winter but their adaptability means that you could fit some fenders and some road tires to use one for comfortable, quick commuting. Alternatively, you could fit a rack and head off touring with minimal additional investment.

We’re going to take a look at some of the best low-cost cyclocross bikes around the $1000 price mark which represents the lower end of the marketplace. With a selection of different options depending on rider preference and individual style it should be possible to pick up a bargain.

This review will focus on Raleigh’s Furley singlespeed cyclocross bike ($799) which features disc brakes for reliable stopping, Internet retailer Nashbar’s Steel cyclocross offering which features an impressive Shimano 105 groupset ($849 at time of review), Diamondback’s Haanjo ($900) featuring a flat bar and aluminum frame, Tommaso’s Bestia with Tiagra groupset and excellent price ($849), and the Redline Conquest ($1089) which features a performance orientated aluminium frameset.

This review will focus on whether the bikes are tailored towards cyclocross racing and if $1000 can buy you a race-worthy cyclocross bicycle for beginners or those on a budget.

The $20 Cheap Road Tire Review: Schwalbe Lugano VS. Vittoria Zaffiro

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Riding on the Cheap: $20 Road Bike Tire Comparison & Review

If you don’t have a ton to spend on rubber, don’t dismay: you still have options. So what are the best inexpensive road bike tires anyway? Today, we’ll be looking at two surprisingly viable options in the ~$20 range.

In the blue corner, weighing a respectable 255 grams and fighting out of Germany is the Schwalbe Lugano. In the red corner weighing a slightly more heavyweight 340 grams and rolling out of Thailand with an Italian passport is the Vittoria Zaffiro.

While this battle may not be Rocky Balboa versus Apollo Creed, it still has the potential to crown a worthy $20 road bike tire champion!

Vredestein Fortezza Senso All Weather – Road Bike Tire Review

Vredenstein Fortezza All Weather Tires

One set of tires for year round racing, training and commuting?

The Fortezza Tricomp tire has been around for years and I’m still as happy to race on them today as I was ten years ago. For many riders they’ve become a first choice road bike tire for winter training, fast commuting and racing where an all-weather competition tire is a requirement.  The Fortezza Senso is the latest 2014 development of the much admired Fortezza Tricomp and features the original tread pattern with an updated compound. The Vredestein Fortezza Senso reviews as one of the best road bike tires for riding year-round.

Schwalbe One Review: One of the Best Road Bike Tires for Training & Racing

Schwalbe One Road Racing Tire

Is The Schwalbe One Better Than The Almighty Ultremo ZX?

As a road racer I’m always on the lookout for something that’s going to give me a performance edge at a relatively low cost. Tires seem to be one of the options where spending an extra few dollars can make a significant difference in the grand scheme of things. Having just started racing on new Schwalbe One road bike tires it’s a great time to review their performance so far having previously loved their Ultremo ZX racing tires.