The VR5 is built for more than just an hour on the bike path. Centuries, "double metrics" and challenge rides are what this bike is built for.
Felt's VR geometry allows a wide range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable for multi-hour rides with a tall head tube and a long wheelbase. By using their proprietary UHC Performance carbon fiber, Felt combined that geometry with an outstanding chassis, allowing the bike to soak up fatiguing vibration over rough pavement. A ControlTaper tapered head tube and BB386 bottom bracket improves overall frame rigidity, along with 12mm thru-axles for reduced wheel flex in turns. This all combines to make the VR5 very efficient when tackling steep ascents, especially out-of-the-saddle charges.
Felt selected Shimano's recently redesigned 105 components, making the VR5 a precise performer when shifting and braking. An 11-30T cassette and an FSA Gossamer Pro 50/34T alloy crankset brings a huge gearing range for roller-coaster hills. Tubeless-ready alloy Devox Road RLS1.9 wheels are wrapped with 700x28c Vittoria Rubino Pro tires, making for easy acceleration and a confident feel in fast turns and descents. Speaking of descents, the VR5 is equipped with Shimano's latest hydraulic disc brakes, making stopping much more controlled in all conditions, rain or shine. A Prologo Kappa Space saddle sits atop a UHC Performance carbon fiber seatpost, while an alloy Devox stem and Devox Ergonomic road handlebar completes this century-ready machine.
A sense of adventure requires the right bike to help you follow your ambitions. Be it racing or just exploring, the Crockett 7 exceeds expectations.
Cyclocross bikes used to be afterthoughts in the minds of leading bike manufacturers, but that has changed drastically in the last few years. The Crockett 7 is a classic example of how seriously Trek takes this no-longer-obscure end of the sport. Refined geometry, light weight, a smooth ride and innovative design make the Crockett 7 a true standout. Trek's refined cyclocross geometry really shines on twisty courses, but the Stranglehold thru-axle rear dropouts can adjust the wheelbase fore-aft as much as 15mm, improving stability on rough surfaces. Increased tire clearance can be tweaked with a few tools and a few minutes of work. Trek's own 300 Series Alpha aluminum is used to build the Crockett 7, ensuring light weight and quality control at every step. The aluminum has been shaped and hydroformed to provide excellent power transfer, giving the rider confidence on start lines and steep ascents. The now-familiar tapered head tube adds an extra dash of handling precision during high-speed turns and descents. A press-fit BB86.5 bottom bracket anchors the crankset for flex-free power delivery, especially on steep ascents. The Crockett 7's top tube has been flattened for comfortable shouldering and improved ride quality. 'Cross courses are rough and muddy on purpose, and your bike needs to be survivable in that stuff. The mud clearance on the Crockett 7 is generous to say the least, and can accept up to 38mm tires front and rear. Trek's clever Control Freak internal cable routing keeps shifter cables clean and tidy, while an adjustable 3S chain keeper helps prevent frustrating chain drops. Up front, a carbon fiber IsoSpeed fork with a 12mm thru-axle dropout helps keep overall weight low while soaking up fatiguing vibration.
Shifting components on a cyclocross bike experience brutal conditions, and SRAM's Force 1 components are ready for the challenge. A single-ring drivetrain makes total sense in cyclocross racing, helping to reduce overall bike weight further while ensuring reliability, especially on race day. SRAM's 11-speed dual-control Force 1 levers and a medium-cage Force 1 rear derailleur shift the chain across an 11-32T SRAM cassette with a refined feel. An alloy Praxis Alba crankset and direct-mount 40T narrow-wide chainring does power delivery duties.
The Crockett 7's tubeless-ready alloy wheelset is designed for messy, muddy adventures. Bontrager supplies the Paradigm wheelset with a 19.5mm width for a better tire contact patch. 700x32c Bontrager CX3 Team Issue tires bring bags of grip to the Crockett 7, making short work of dirty, muddy and technical courses. Reigning in speed is the job of SRAM's Force hydraulic disc brakes, bringing excellent lever feedback and long service life in all conditions, wet or dry. Flat mount disc brake caliper installation reduces weight and promotes even pad wear as well. A Ti-railed Bontrager Montrose Elite saddle is an excellent component choice compared to ultralight carbon-railed saddles, especially when it comes to durability. Even the best riders make "close-up course inspections"... A 2-bolt Bontrager carbon fiber seatpost also brings race-day durability to the Crockett 7. An accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Pro Blendr stem and alloy Bontrager IsoSpeed VR-CF road handlebar complete this race-ready machine.
The Revolt Advanced 2 is a new from the ground up gravel/adventure machine that caught the eye of many last year. Now there are a few upgrades...
Giant's Revolt Advanced 2 is designed with geometry unique to the model. Predictable handling was a priority with the Revolt Advanced 2, giving the rider confidence when the riding surface changes for the worse. The bottom bracket position keeps the rider's center of gravity low, allowing the rider to feel "in the bike" and between the wheels, rather than just perched on top. A more upright fit was needed for riders that are more interested in simply completing challenging rides and events rather than winning them. But just to make sure it was race-ready, the Revolt Advanced was thrown into the hardest gravel race out there: The Dirty Kanza 200. Giant Factory rider Josh Berry made the podium on one in 2018!
The frame and fork of the Revolt Advanced 2 is built with Giant's own Advanced-grade Composite carbon fiber, ensuring feather-lightness and impressive torsional strength. The Advanced-grade carbon fiber "recipe" soaks up tiring vibration, allowing a rider to cover longer distances in comfort. A tapered OverDrive head tube/steerer tube enhances the bike's handling precision, especially in fast turns and descents. The chainstays have an almost droopy look to them, allowing very wide tires to be used (up to 45mm!) when tackling terrible gravel. 12mm thru-axles not only ensure proper disc brake alignment when installing wheels, but also improve overall torsional strength for improved handling. A press-fit PowerCore bottom bracket anchors the Praxis crankset, providing flex-free power delivery with every pedal stroke. Internal cable routing keeps the bike looking clean and sleek as well as extending shifter cable life in dirty conditions. Even the front disc brake hose runs inside the fork leg. The usual bottle cage mounts are found in the main triangle, but a third bottle mount is found under the down tube for especially long and hot rides. Cool, huh? Giant's clever D-Fuse Composite carbon fiber seatpost soaks up hard impacts with up to 12mm of flex, enhancing ride quality further.
Shimano's excellent 11-speed 105 components are found throughout the drivetrain of the Revolt Advanced 2. The adjustable-reach 105 levers feature an improved hood shape and texture, keeping the rider's hands fresher over broken jeep double-track. The new long-cage 105 rear derailleur is a Shadow-style unit, enhancing shifting performance under load. It even has a 34T large cog capacity. The 105 front derailleur is a new toggle-pivot unit, reducing the effort needed to shift to the large chainring. Cable tension can even be adjusted from the derailleur, eliminating the need for in-line barrel adjusters. Praxis supplies the alloy Alba crankset with a 48/32T chainring combination, bringing incredibly low gearing to the Revolt Advanced 2. Out back, a Shimano 105 rear cassette boasts an 11-34T gearing range. Yes, that's less than a one-to-one ratio for attacking the crazy-steep climbs while loaded down with gear!
Giant's own S-X2 Disc alloy wheels are tubeless-ready and are wrapped with tubeless 700x38c CrossCut AT1 tires that dig into dirt with aggressive tread. Helping to keep speed in check is a pair of Shimano 105 hydraulic disc brakes that work brilliantly in all conditions, rain or shine (or mud). A Giant Contact saddle sits atop the aformentioned D-Fuse seatpost, while an alloy Connect stem and alloy Contact XR D-Fuse road handlebar completes the cockpit of this gravel challenger.
With nimble handling and very low weight, the Crockett 5 Disc will impress on the 'cross course or on the road!
The Crockett 5 Disc was built with cyclocross racing in mind. That being said, all of the Crockett models serve any rider well if they're looking for a spring training bike, lightweight commuter, or "low-intensity gravel" bike. The Crockett 5 Disc is the most affordable machine of the series, built around a hydroformed 300 Series Alpha aluminum frame and all-carbon fork. The frame's tubes have been hydroformed, keeping weight low and torsional strength high. The top tube is flattened, making for easier shouldering on muddy run-ups. Control Freak internal cable routing keeps the Crockett 5 Disc looking clean as well as protecting the rear derailleur cable from dirt and water. A tapered head tube anchors the large down tube effectively, adding an extra level of handling precision during high-speed corners and descents. The BB86.5 press-fit bottom bracket ensures flex-free power delivery with every pedal stroke; a critical attribute when charging uphill towards the finish line. Out back, the Crockett 5 Disc is equipped with an adjustable Stranglhold 12mm thru-axle rear dropout. 15mm of fore-aft adjustability lets the rider tweak the Crockett 5's wheelbase for improved mud clearance or a more nimble feel. Want to switch to single-speed? The Stranglehold dropout is perfect for adjusting chain tension. The 12mm thru-axle also enhances the strength of the bike's rear triangle, reducing lateral flex in the frame. The Crockett 5's IsoSpeed Cross fork is not only light (due to being a fully carbon fiber build from steerer to dropouts), but also soaks up fatiguing vibration. Flat-mount disc brake caliper installation on the frame and fork helps reduce overall frameset weight, but also enhances brake lever feedback and improves pad wear. A 12mm thru-axle at the fork dropouts adds an extra layer of handling precision.
The Crockett 5 Disc needed a drivetrain that could put up with muddy conditions while still getting the job done. Enter SRAM's Rival 1 components.
SRAM's single-ring Rival 1 dual-control levers and rear derailleur make for a lightweight, low maintenance drivetrain. 11-speed shifting across an 11-32T SRAM cassette is done with a single "DoubleTap" button on the right Rival 1 lever. A single 40T chainring is mounted on an alloy Praxis Alba crankset, offering low rotating weight and excellent torsional strength when putting the power down. A set of tubeless-ready alloy Bontrager Affinity Disc wheels are wrapped with race-ready 700x32c Bontrager CX3 Team Issue tires, bringing boatloads of traction on loose surfaces, gravel and mud.
TRP's cable-operated Spyre disc brakes help with speed control in all conditions, wet or dry. Bontrager also supplies the Montrose Comp saddle, durable alloy 2-bolt seatpost, accessory-ready alloy Elite Blendr stem and alloy VR-C road handlebar.
With all this going for it, the Crockett 5 Disc is more than ready for the mud and dirt. Are you?