the setback post

Month: January, 2014

The world has ended

Hubris: buy all the things

In hub news, Fair Wheel Bikes have just published the 4th edition of their immensely detailed hub review, perfect bedtime reading for the closet flange worrier. (You know who you are.)

If that doesn’t make your socks roll up and down, watch this:

#SVENNESS 2.13 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

I’m pleased that being a super pro awesomesauce WorldTour rider has done little to diminish Zdeněk Štybar’s abilities on a ‘cross bike, although as a fan of pink bicycles I’m disappointed that he’s no longer riding that lovely Crux.

Zdenek Stybar's Specialized Crux

Photo: Wil Matthews/

He’d definitely have won on pink.

Boone or Boone-doggle? Trek in carbon bike shocker

A month ago, a single image of a prototype Trek ‘crosser leaked to the general indifference of all but the saddest of bike bloggers. Today, said bike has a name, the Trek Boone.

boone 9 800

Photo: Trek

Following on from the Crockett, this is a fitting tribute to the frontiersman and explorer Daniel Boone, who loved nothing more than ironic cowbells and the howl of contaminated rotors on a Sunday afternoon.


He also really, really cared what you thought about tubeless.

Spec-wise the Boone is much as I predicted, right down to the eminently dislikeable BB90 bottom bracket and the IsoSpeed decoupler that’s actually rather a good idea for a ‘cross bike. Naturally, BB90 presents no issue to a pro with multiple bikes and a sponsorship deal but for an amateur who pays for his own bearings, the choice of bottom bracket has to be a consideration.

Sven Nys has already won a race on the Boone as has Katie Compton. For a proper rundown of the bikes features without the relentless negativity on offer here, head over to BikeRumor.

Hubris: Campagnolo C-Record


A measure of balance for that other post lest I be accused of hating. It’s hard to image a more aesthetically pleasing place to put your bearings.