It’s just breaking into cyclocross season in the southern hemisphere, which is a great time for dialling in your rig. And it’s the off season in the northern hemisphere, which is also a great time for dialling in your ‘cross rig. Gevenalle Components, formerly Retroshift, is right on time to announce an updated range of incredibly simple and innovative additions to their range.
From the press release: “Founded by Adam Clement in 2011 as Retroshift in Portland OR, the first product offerings were the CX1 and CX2 shifters and soon after followed by the BURD (Blatantly Upgraded Rear Derailleur) cyclocross specific derailleur. The company focus is providing solutions for cyclocross. All products are built in Portland using both Taiwanese and American made parts.”
“The CX1 and CX2 Hydraulic Shift Levers will retail for $399 and $449 a pair, complete with calipers and rotors. The CX1 covers single chain options while the CX2 provides front and rear shifting. CX Shifters are backed by an amazing crash replacement policy, charging only 75 dollars a lever (including worldwide shipping!) to replace or repair.
• Shimano Road Compatible 9, 10 and 11 speed
• Available for single or double chainring set up
• Ships with calipers and rotors (Choice 140 or 160)
CX2 Hydraulic with brake hose and brake calipers 850G
CX1 Hydraulic with brake hose and brake calipers 800g
CX2 Hydraulic retails for $449
CX1 Hydraulic retails for $399
“Also launching today is the HOUP (Halo Of Ultimate Protection) cassette adapter. The HOUP is designed to give more clearance between the rear spokes and rear derailleur to lower the incidence of catastrophic derailleur failure that is a common occurrence in muddy Cyclocross races. A precision cut, laser engraved spacer is inserted behind the cassette. This, combined with the removal of the under-utilized for cyclocross 11 tooth cog, provides much needed extra clearance for the derailleur.
“In addition to the adaptor itself, we are offering a titanium 21-24-27 spider. Combining the HOUP and spider with your existing cassette turns a mid-level cassette into an affordable high performance product. Our set up is as light as other companies highest end cassettes, for a fraction of the cost. Retail for the HOUP adaptor is just $20 dollars, the HOUP with Titanium spider will retail for $85.
• 10 Speed Version compatible with Shimano 5700 and 6700 Cassettes.
• 11 Speed version compatible with Shimano 6800 Cassettes (not yet tested with 5800 Cassettes).
• Includes aluminum lockring to accommodate either 12T or 13T.
• Titanium options includes replacement 3 ring spider with largest cogs 21-24-27T
5700 standard cassette 11-28 = 250g
6700 standard cassette 11-28 = 234g
5700 with HOUP = 237g
6700 with HOUP = 229g
5700 with HOUP Ti = 195g
6700 with HOUP Ti = 192g
(For reference a Dura Ace 7900 10 Speed cassette is 188g (105 cassette plus HOUP Ti just 7g off and far more affordable and will keep derailleur safer!)
HOUP retails for $20
HOUP with Titanium Spider Retails for $85″
Innovative products and companies like these keep me inspired. Head to the Gevenalle website for more information.