The Best New Cyclocross Bikes

Steilacoom RCX Carbon Pro Disc

The cyclocross season is officially underway and we're itching to ride these seven new bike showcased at Interbike before winter officially hits.

Diamondback isn't a name normally associated with high-end race bikes, but the RCX Carbon Pro Disc may change that. With a beefy front fork for precise steering and a monocoque design, the frame impresses. And Diamondback didn't skimp on the parts—it's outfitted with Easton carbon wheels and SRAM disc brakes. We can't wait to ride it.

Giant Brava SLR

With few companies offering high-end disc-equipped models for women, we were pleased to see Giant showcase the Brava SLR. Weighing in at only 1,200 grams in a size medium, this frame has a beefy front end for precise steering and asymmetrical chainstays for a smooth ride.

Cortina T3 CX

Marin is making a comeback, and the Cortina T3 CX is leading the effort. It's a supremely well constructed bike, with internal routing for either mechanical or electronic shifting. And to keep things clean, the battery is in the seatpost—though it can be charged from the stem.

Lapierre Cross Carbon

Lapierre has jumped aboard the disc brake bandwagon, but not without reservations. The Cross Carbon can switch between disc or traditional cantilever brakes without a fork change. But with 135mm rear spacing, your wheel choices will be limited if you choose to go with rim brakes. And unlike most cross bikes, the Lapierre lacks a flattened top tube for easy carrying.

Pivot Vault Cyclocross Disc

If you think the Pivot looks familiar, you're right. The frame also appears as the BH RX Team Disc. When Pivot sold its stage in BH U.S., they retained the intellectual property rights to produce this frame. It feature interchangeable rear dropouts, allowing you to swap between disc and cantilever brakes with a simple spacer. With a low bottom bracket and short chain stays, we can expect a lively ride from the Pivot.

Calfee Manta Pro

Ok, this Calfee isn't exactly a cyclocross bike. But the boutique manufacture plans to implement the pivot-free suspension design shown here into a cross bike in the near future. Instead of the traditional solid rear triangle, the Manta's rear wishbone is outfitted with an elastomer ball, allowing the frame to absorb bumps as the chainstays flex. But unlike other designs on the market, each chainstay is stiffened by a stainless steel-enclosed carbon truss. With a suspension inside the carbon wishbone, Calfee claims the Manta softail will supply greater traction and comfort to racers.

(Courtesy Manta)

Calfee Manta Pro

A closer look at the rear suspension, which can be locked out for smooth roads.

(Courtesy Calfee)

Focus CX Mares 3.0

Featuring the same carbon layup as used in last year's cantilever-equipped bike, the new Focus cyclocross should make for an able racer. Unlike other cross bikes on the market, the frame will only accommodate disc brakes. Outfitted with Rival components, expect to pay just under $4,000 for the complete bike.

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