Every year we ask the same question — where has ‘cross gone? Who took it away? Will it come back?
Fear not, the hashtags preach the truth and ‘cross season has truly, undoubtedly, definitely arrived. And here to kickstart your season of suffering are seven cherry-picked bargains from around the web.
Kona Private Jake (2016) —
The Jake is a longstanding model in the Kona line Wiggle
The Jake has been a staple of the Kona line for years and the range topping Private Jake is currently on sale for £1,199.20 from Cycle Store, a saving of 20 percent on the RRP.
This alloy steed comes with a carbon fork and is tied together at both ends by thru-axles. A SRAM Rival drivetrain gets things moving with TRP Spyre’s stopping them again.
With clearance for 40mm tyres, this looks to be a very versatile, year-round steed.
Vittoria Latex Inner Tube —
Latex tubes are a quick way to improve the ride quality of your tyres Chain Reaction Cycles
Latex inner tubes are most often found inside high-end tubular tyres and are known to make a big difference to the ride quality of regular clincher tyres.
As well as being lighter weight, they allow you to run a considerably lower pressure as they are less prone to pinch flatting.
For a penny under £8 per tube it’s well worth trying a set out.
Avid Shorty Ultimate Cantilever Brakes —
£85.00 £53.49 – £55.99
Yes, cantilever brakes are still available and these are among the best you can buy Chain Reaction Cycles
Cantilever brakes are still popular among elite-level ‘cross racers and sado-masochist’s, citing their low weight and huge mud clearances as the primary reason that they still exist at all.
So canti-lovers you have permission to rejoice as these Avid Shorty Ultimates, long considered to be among the best you can buy, are reduced to £55.99 at CRC.
Craft Be Active Long Sleeve Baselayer —
This Craft baselayer is a bargain at £16.50 Evans
As a winter sport, cyclocross is not known for being a sunny, warm affair. As such, you’ll want to invest in a decent base layer to keep the chill off during an event.
These Craft Be Active baselayers are a bargain at £16.50 from Evans.
Schwalbe CX Pro 700x30c Tyre –
These Schwalbe tyres are a reliable, cheap ‘cross tread Tweeks Cycles
While it’s always worthwhile investing in good quality rubber for racing, a cheap set of training tyres are worth having for everyday, drop bar hooliganism.
These dependable treads from German tyre giant Schwalbe are down to a very reasonable £16 at Tweeks.
Shimano Ultegra 6800 Double CX11 Speed Chainset —
These Ultegra cranks are a very worthwhile upgrade for any ‘cross machine Chain Reaction Cycles
Cyclocross racers favour closely stepped gearing over more conventional compacts seen on road bikes, with the 46/36t combo being most commonly specced.
These Ultegra 11-speed cranks are an absolute steal at £141.99 and are sure to drop some weight from your ‘cross weapon.
Gear4Music 6 inch cowbell —
Cowbells and cylocross go hand in hand Gear4Music
And if you’re in the mood for spectating but still want a bargain you could do as cyclocross tradition dictates and pick up this cowbell, buy a pack of reduced beer and make a racket while your local racers turn themselves inside out for an hour of muddy suffering.