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
(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
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
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
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
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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