Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Lightweight Cyclocross Bike: Nathan's Stigmata

I got this email from Nathan and a submission about his very cool bike:

Here is my cyclocross WW project for this season. Here is the build list:

Frame Santa Cruz Stigmata 1208
Rear derailleur hanger Santa Cruz 14
BB Guide Nylon bolt cut 0
Rear brake adjuster Shimano 4
Rear brake studs Alloy 8
Fork Alpha Q CX20 (475 uncut w/ race) 446
Headset Crank Bros Cobalt 1 1/8 67
Expander/Noodle CXW hanger 28
Headset Cap+ Bolt Carbon Ti 4
Water Cage Bolts Nylon 1
Spacer Carbon 10mm 4
Seatpost 3T Doric LTD 31.6 (154 uncut) 134
Saddle Arione 241
Seatclamp Woodman 11
Brakes TRP Euro Carbon w/SS yellow 219
Shifters Force (remove guts 30gr) 272
Shift Clamps Force 30
Cables Shift and Brake SRAM Flak Jacket 140
Rear Derailleur Force 178
Cranks Zipp 300 330
Chainring bolts FSA triple Torx 16
Guards FSA carbon 42 44
Chainrings SRAM 39 31
BB Crank Bros Cyan Ti 173
Pedals Shimano XTR M970 (325gr) Ti spindle 291
Chain KMC 254
Handlebars Easton SLX3 199
Bar Tape Deda Cork 50
Stem Rotor S1 10cm 103
Wheels Shimano DA 7801c (F-567gr) Enduro ceramic 1325
Tires Challenge Grifo XS 835
Glue Mastik One 15
Cassette+ Lock Ring SRAM 11 - 26 164


It can still lose another 90 grams by removing the front shifter guts (30 grams), going to an Arione CX Kium saddle (40 grams) and Front cable hanger (22 grams). Any other suggestions?

I just want to say that this is the perfect example of what to send to Plus One Lap! A lot of photos and a very cool laid out table of parts and individual weights. Thanks Nathan!

Lightweight Cyclocross Bike: Steven's Lapierre

Here's one from the Race.cx headquarters. It's really light at 15.5lbs and it's been dependable week in and week out at the races. The stem modification is new for this year and is working
great to keep the front brake really smooth. Enjoy!

Lapierre alloy frame w/ Ritchey WCS fork
Dura Ace carbon tubular wheels
Tufo Flexus tires
Ritchey WCS seatpost and stem
PRO compact handlebar
Selle Italia SLR saddle
Chris King headset
Spooky brakes with swiss stop yellow pads
Campagnolo Record shifters (left one is gutted)
Campagnolo Chorus rear derailleur
Record Chain
Stronglight Pulsion cranks and BB
Single ring setup with 42t chain ring, carbon guard, and Third Eye
Wheels Mfg 11-27 conversion cassette (dura-ace re-spaced for campy shifting)

Lightweight Cyclocross Bike: Eldon's Bianchi

2007 Bianchi Cross Concept Ultegra 57cm
Ultegra Derailleurs
FSA Team Cranks
Paul Brakes
Easton EC90 Bars
Fizik Arione Saddle
Salsa Post
ITM Stem
Token T38 Tubular wheels 1320 grams
Challenge Tubulars
Token Ceramic Coated cassette 10spd 120 grams
XTR SPD Pedals

total 17.9 lbs Race Ready
More light parts coming soon!!! The goal is a weight in 16's!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lightweight Cyclocross Bike: Ben's Redline

Ben sent in photos of his Redline cross bike:

"This is my size 60cm 17.6lb Redline Conquest Pro. The frame and fork are not super light but with a full dose of Dura Ace and Zipp 303 tubulars, it still ends up pretty light.

Conquest Pro frame/fork 60cm, 12cm stem
Dura Ace drivetrain with, XT BB, XTR pedals
46/39 front, 12-25 rear
Zipp 303 tubulars
Challenge Griffos 32
King headset
Specialized Sworks Carbon H.B.
EA70 carbon post
Old Deore front / Avid Tri-Align rear brakes


I tried to like Eggbeater pedals because they are so light, but in the end, I switched back to SPD’s.

I built it from the ground up with the frame I got from Ross at Sun Country Bikes in TX. It has some touches I really like.

Ben's Bike Blog

Friday, September 19, 2008

Lightweight Cyclocross Bike: Josh's Rocklobster

Josh sent in photos of his Rocklobster 2 years ago. Now, he's just built it up with new components take a look.

Josh wrote:
"This thing is pretty through the roof. It's the Scandium frame that I've had for the last couple seasons with all Easton's top stuff and shimano. I have the new EC-90 SLX carbon cranks and the lightest carbon tubulars they make so I think the bike is right around 16 lbs. The cranks are really crazy looking.

Frame- Custom Rock Lobster Easton scandium
Fork- Easton EC-90x
Wheels- Easton EC-90 SLX carbon tubulars
Tires- Challenge Grifo 32
Cranks- Easton EC-90 SLX crankset
BB- Easton w/ceramic bearings
Headset- Chris King 1-1/8"
Bar- Easton EC-90 SLX Equipe
Stem- Easton EA-90 100mm
Seatpost- Easton EA-70
Pedals- Crank Brothers 4-ti
Brakes- Paul Neo-retro front, touring rear
Shifters- Shimano DA
Front Der.- Shimano DA
Rear Der.- Shimano Ultegra
Chain- Shimano Ultegra
Saddle- Fizik Airione

I'll go and weigh this thing on a digital scale later today. On a very primitive hanging scale it looks to be 16 lbs. It's freaky to pick it up.

Thanks man- josh"

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lightweight Cyclocross bike: Jesse's Raleigh

I love your site. I am going to flag it on my site (www.thebell-lap.com).Attached are some pics of my cross bike and it weights just under 18lbs.

Frame 57 Raleigh RX1.0
Fork EC90x
Seat SMP Strike
Seat post campy chorus
Wheels Ksyrium SLs
Tires Vittoria Semi Slick
Brakes Kore
Drive Train Campy Chorus
Crankset Truvative Alum
Pedals Egg Beater Chromoly
Hudz red or white with Fizik tape

Best regards,
Jesse G

eBay Game: Guess the Sell Price #3

This week its a 2007 Lemond Proprad disc equipped bike.

It already has two bids (by the same person) and is priced at $890.00

My guess is $1103.10

Go check out the auction and come back and make your prediction in the comments below.

eBay Game: Guess the Sell Price #2

Brooke was right with the "no sale" guess. No buyer at $1300, maybe we'll see it listed lower in the coming week?

Sunday, September 07, 2008

eBay Game: Guess the Sell Price #2

Round 2 of Guess the Sell Price is for this really sweet Litespeed.

Production frames dont get much nicer than this. Plus you get an Alpha Q fork and Thomson seatpost too.

Check out the link, and then come back with your guess on the final sell price and list it in the comments section.

Starting price is $1300, I think it'll sell for $1412.09

Guess the Sale Price Conclusion

Gary was the big winner with a vote of $889.

The frame and fork sold for $1000 a few minutes ago----I was way off!

Stay tuned for the next round!

Monday, September 01, 2008

eBay Game: Guess the Sell Price

So, I'm starting a new little game on +1lap, called Guess the Sell Price. I'll post a cyclocross item that's listed on eBay and in the comments, you guess what the final selling price will be (not including shipping).

This week its a Steelman frame, fork, Chris King Headset and stem.

Notice the track dropouts, perfect for a singlespeed or fixed gear.

My guess is $512.37

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lightweight Cross Bike: Harris' Guerciotti

Total weight with pedals is 16.5 lbs. Here are the specs:

Guerciotti Full Carbon X Crow Frame XL
4ZA Python Carbon Fork
FSA OS99CSI 120mm Stem
FSA Energy 44 Bar
Selle Italia Flite Saddle
Sram Red Drive Train
Sram Red Double Tape Levers
Ultegra 10sp Cassette
Selcof carbon seatpost
TRP Euro X Brakes
Easton EC90 Aero Wheels
Tufo Flexus tires
Egg Beaters SL pedals

Lightweight and Custom: Joe's Desalvo

So here is my custom built Ti Single speed cyclocross bike. It started out as a raffle prize that Mike DeSalvo donated to the Southern Oregon Outlaw Cyclocross series in 2007. Upgraded the frame set to Ti (check out the sweet etching. not a single drop of paint or sticker on this machine!) and built it up as follows.

Frame: DeSalvo Ti Single speed with track dropouts (spaced to 135mm)
Fork: Alpha Q CX 20
Wheels: Chris King Single Speed laced to Mavic Open Pro 32hole
Tires: Kenda Small Block Eight (with spinskin tire liners)
Cranks: FSA SLK light with a 38t Chainring
Seat post: Thompson Masterpiece
Stem: Thompson X2 90mm
Handlebar: Salsa Bell lap
Grips: ESI silicone grips-(heavy but very effective in wet/muddy conditions)
Brake Levers: Cane Creek
Brakes: front-Paul Neo Retro rear-Paul Touring Canti
Saddle: Selle San Marco Aspide Ti
Pedals: Crank Bros 2Ti

Final Build weight with heavy grips, tire liners, & pedals etc......16.71lbs


Lightweight and Custom: Owen's Kelly

My new Kelly, comes in just under 18lbs.

Frame: 50cm Kelly Knobby X, 1-1/8" Head Tube, True Temper Platinum Ox

Wheels: Planet X Pro Carbon 50 Tubular, with American Classic Hubs, bladed spokes.

Tires: Challenge Grifos, 32mm

Drivetrain: Campagnolo Record QS 10spd Shifters/Campagnolo Record Rear Derailleur/ Campagnolo Record Front Derailleur/Campagnolo Record UT CT Crankset /Campagnolo Record Bottom Bracket

Front: Paul Neo Retro w/ SwissStop Yellow King
Rear: Paul Touring w/ SwissStop Yellow King

Seatpost: Campagnolo Record Carbon

Saddle: Selle San Marco Racing Replica (Ti)

Stem: Ritchey WCS

Bar: 3T Prima 199

Tape: Cinelli

Headset: Cane Creek 110

Extras: Deda Dog Fang chain watcher

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Reader's Question: Cross Pedal interference?

Hey, love your blog. Hope an update is coming soon. I will send you a picture of my kelly when my new pedals are here.....on to that....

I have a pair of candy pedals, but the platform interferes with my sidi dragon's tred. What in your opinion is the best/lightest pedal choice for cross that has a low profile? I am also trying to keep cost in mind, considering the money tree is not in bloom. I was going to go with the eggbeater SL, but someone told me they were not all that great. Any suggestions? Thanks,

Patrick---thanks for the comment, and your question brought about the update, fancy that!

Anyway, I have always had issues with this myself as I have primarily used the Candy's as well. My solution is to grind/shave some of the tread where the Candy platform touches the shoe. Clip your shoe into your pedal at your house and see where the shoe is making contact with the pedal platform. Make a mental note, pull out the Dremel and grind away a little tread. This is what many people do.

Additionally, Crank Brothers supply cleat shims for this purpose as well. I sometimes have had to employ both methods as the shims dont do enough shimming for some shoes.

Thanks for the question, anybody else have any insights, put it in the comments!

UPDATE: Patrick let me know that the shims supplied by Crank Bros worked great!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Question from a reader

Greetings from Portugal!

I loved seeing photos from your excellent Colnago conversion. It looks great! but, how does it work in the mud? Have you tried it out?

I am asking you this because I have the opportunity to get an 80's stylo road frame, much like your Colnago. All I have to do is weld the canti bosses and possibly dimple the chainstays...
Is it worth it, or should I just get a Surly?

Keep up the good work, Pedro

Well, the "worth it" question is one of personal taste. A Surly may be cheaper. But uniqueness is another concern. I love the pantographs on my Colnago and those you cant find on a Surly. Also, the fun and enjoyment I had in building the bike up and choosing the colors and restoring the bike couldnt be matched by buying a stock bike.

Not all bikes will have room for bigger tires. I know that bikes designed for 27" wheels such as 80's Nishiki's work well. They are the best converts in my experience.

I am actually writing an article for CX magazine on this very subject, so I will save much of my ammunition for that article. So if you arent a subscriber, do it now.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Cyclocross bike weights

Reader, Tim, sent us some weights for some new cross bikes and fork:

Redline 2009 Conquest Team scandium frame—54cm 1480g

The new 12K weave 2009 Redline Conquest Team carbon fork is 450g

And the new 2009 Lapierre full carbon FDJ ‘Cross frame—57cm---1247g

Thanks, Tim!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

KCNC Skewers another update

So, this is the deal...

The KCNC skewers are super lightweight at 42 grams a pair for road and 44 grams a pair for MTN. Dura Ace skewers weigh about 3 times that.

I have the following colors and sizes in stock:

Road Black
Road Red
Road Gold (1 pair)

MTN Blue (1 pair)
MTN Black

The MSRP went up. They are now $70 shipped in the USA. If you would like to order a set, please email me at plusonelap @ gmail.com

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Skewers finally here!!

I got the skewers today. For those that have been waiting, they will ship tomorrow.

For others interested, I have limited colors and numbers. The price is $70 shipped within the Continental USA.

Email me at plusonelap @ gmail.com I accept Paypal

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

KCNC skewers--update

The skewers still have not arrived. KCNC is having production issues and assures me that they will be here shortly. Email me to get on the list to get a set for yourself.

Friday, February 01, 2008

KCNC Skewers

KCNC has just come out with some new super lightweight quick release skewers.

ROAD and MTB Skewers

a. Skewers lever material - made from 7075 AL with KCNC hollow patented design

b. Axle – 6/4 Titanium with two stainless steel springs

c. Colours available - Black,Blue,Green,Silver,Red, Gold (not pictured).

d. Road Skewer Front length - 100mm, Rear length - 130mm, Weight - 42g.

e. MTB Skewer Front length - 100mm, Rear length - 135mm, Weight - 44g,

Price: $65 with free shipping in the USA. Will ship internationally for extra dollars.

Email me at plusonelap @ gmail.com if your interested in purchasing.

These will be available around the end of March 08. Thanks

Friday, January 25, 2008

Make $$ in the +1lap Affiliates Referral Program

Hey all, in case you needed another good reason to buy your KCNC brakes from me instead of anyone else out there on the internet this is it: the +1lap affiliates referral program.

This is the deal: anyone who buys a pair of KCNC brakes from +1lap at the MSRP of $300 will be eligible to be enrolled in the affiliates program. What is it?

You will earn $10 for every friend you send to me that also buys a set of KCNC brakes and says that you sent them. Yes exactly, $10 for every referral you send me that buys a set of brakes. I will send you your referral bonus via Paypal immediately after your friend buys a pair.

To sweeten the pot, I will send another $50 to you after you refer the sale of 20 pairs of brakes.

Your friend also becomes eligible to be enrolled in the affiliates program as well. This is a selling point that you can mention to them when they weigh their options about where to purchase these fine braking instruments. No other cycling retailer I know of offers this wonderful opportunity.

Pyramid scheme? Hardly. I will send out the dough immediately to you once the purchase is made. Think of it as my advertising campaign. Amazon does it.

To enroll, you must first purchase a set of the KCNC brakes yourself and then ask to be placed in the affiliates system.

Refer the sale of 25 brakes and you make back the $300 you spent on your own pair!

Email me at plusonelap at gmail dot com with questions.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

KCNC brakes

Another thing I've been working on is importing some of these sweet brakes from KCNC.

The brakes are going to kill the Zero Gravity market. Their lighter and the lucky few whom have ridden them state-side say that they stop better. Oh, and their cheaper.

I am running a pre-sale on them currently. Meaning, I have placed my order with KCNC and am just awaiting them to come across the ocean from Asia.

They are going to be the next hottest thing in the low weight bike world. I have placed a small order with KCNC, if you would like your name associated with one of those few sets email me at plusonelap at gmail dot com. I have black and a few silver sets coming. Let me know which color you want.

The price is $315. Compare this to Zero Gravity's which are selling on Ebay for $330 plus $10 shipping, and you'll see the bargain.

Again, email me at plusonelap at gmail dot com to place your order and/or find out more info about these brakes.


Hey guys and gals, well not much posting lately on +1lap. I know.

I got accepted to Boston U. and Babson College business school for next fall. I was spending the last weekend in Boston touring both campuses and am fairly certain that BU is where its going to be.

So yeah, been busy with that. Also, preparing for the coming season, and am planning to race the Portland Spring Duathlon and Vancouver TT series.

So, with that, keep checking back in for updates, especially with Worlds next week.


Saturday, January 12, 2008

Catalog scan of my Colnago

BTW---not sure if I posted this before, but found this scan of a Colnago catalog from 1988. And I think its my bike.

There are many Colnago's out there. With very small deviations in each model.

Why do I think this is mine?

  1. The right chainstay and rear dropouts are chromed.
  2. Fork is chromed (my bike has a chrome under the white, but I had them powdercoat over it because the chrome was in very bad shape).
  3. The fork crown has the C with the clover inside of it.
  4. 2 cable guides on the top tube.
  5. Non fluted seat stays with the Colnago panto'd into them.

Thats about it. I haven't found another Colnago that had all of that in common with my frame. As I can see now, my decals aren't "accurate" for the Super Sprint. But thats okay with me. I love the poser WC stripes. I'm not worried anyone's going to confuse me with a World Champ anyway.

If anyone has any information about the 1988 Super Sprint such as a price list etc, that'd be great. Email me at plusonelap at gmail dot com