Edwin Bull gets quoted on Cycling News discussing disc breaks for cross…..
“In most conditions disc brakes are great – they offer great control and great feel, and are obviously the future, However if looking to tackle a hardcore full season of racing in all conditions – without a pit crew and with equipment currently available – I advise people to stick with cantis for now.
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“I recommend the Gin & Trombones to any rider seeking a ‘cross bike with versatility for racing, light-duty trail riding, and commuting. This bike has opened my eyes to the world of disc cyclocross bikes. After riding a ‘cross bike designed specifically for discs, I’ll never go back to canti’s.”
“Some ’cross bikes have bosses for bottle cages and some don’t. It may seem like a minor point of frame design—or even an odd omission—but to those with experience in the discipline, it’s a key distinction. A ’cross bike without those bosses—like the Full Tilt Boogie, built by New-Jersey based Van Dessel—is a bike that’s about racing without compromise.”
“The Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie is the purebred of this trio of bikes. Its carbon frame and fork have large cross section tubing that deliver a stiff ride, tempered only by the plush tubulars that Van Dessel supplied with the bike. The loud and proud Belgian colors of the FTB look great, even if the bike is built in Asia and designed in New Jersey. But what better inspiration than the Mecca of cyclocross?
Our test model came without water bottle cage bosses, though they can be added when ordering the bike. The aggres¬sive geometry of the FTB, coupled with the tapered and oversized bottom bracket area, encouraged sprinting out of corners and late braking into them. The TRP EuroX brakes have great adjustability and work sufficiently for race applications.
The shape of the top tube, flat on top and a rounded V-shape underneath, made suitcasing the bike comfortable. The top tube routing for the rear brake and rear derailleur make good sense, keeping them away from mud. So too does the down tube routing for the front derailleur, as pulleys rarely work well.The mix of SRAM Red and Force work as you’d expect, quite well. The aluminum tubular Revolution
wheels have a wide gluing surface and machined brak¬ing surfaces. All said, the bike is extremely well executed. — NICK LEGAN”
“The Rivet is a full carbon fiber frameset that utilizes a state-of-the-art, tube-to-tube wrapping technique that allows Van Dessel to create a lighter, stronger frame. The oversized down and top tubes combined with the slightly bowed-out chainstays are designed to create a stiff yet comfortable ride. The Rivet was one of the first frames to be available with a BB30 bottom bracket shell and 1.5-inch lower headset bearing.”
“The Gin and Trombones has been Van Dessel’s flagship bike for many years, only this season being dethroned by the full carbon Full Tilt Boogie. Over the seasons, the frame has undergone many minor adjustments as pro racers such as Adam Myerson and Adam McGrath gave race-tested feedback. “We work with a lot of riders, and take their input very seriously,” said Edwin. “Adam Myerson had a lot to do with the original geometry and design, and it has just evolved from there. Geometry is mostly unchanged, but things such as the tapered headtube, tube shapes, etc. continue to be tweaked.” What we have today is a frame whose geometry has been fairly solidified over the past few seasons, with new additions – such as last year’s switch to BB30 – continuing to add improvements.”