Bike of the Day #11 - Boo CX mutant
[caption id="attachment_1062" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Spends most of the day being smooth, before unleashing his fury."][/caption] In honor Cross Season, and of Paul's
less-technical more-relaxed BOTD posting, I'll stick with words - not numbers - to describe this extra special beauty, our BOO CROSS MUTANT. Yes, Boo...as in real bamboo tubes, hand-picked in Vietnam, methodically cured for months on end, bored to variable diameters, and then assembled painstakingly with high-modulus carbon lugs - to full custom geometries and detailed build demands. For under $3000.
[caption id="attachment_1065" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Chris King headset w/ a Pro Stealth Evo carbon front end, ENVE CX fork and TRP CX-9 brakes - schwing"][/caption]
The Details: Boo CX cross machine - size 58 - 16.3 lbs
Vietnamese-American baby: The brain-child of U.S. pro-racer, Princeton-grad, and all-around super guy, Nick Frey, Boo bicycles are designed for real world race conditions.
The Build: King Headset, Dura Ace 7900, TRP CX-9 brakes, Pro Stealth Evo bar/stem, KCNC collar, Yokozuna cables, Prologo Scratch Nack saddle (that Paul stole from me). Built as a Franken-bike CX / Road all-rounder.
[caption id="attachment_1064" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="The most sophisticated bamboo/carbon interface on the planet. "][/caption]The Ratings… Ride-quality/Comfort: So damn smooth it blows your mind. That's bamboo for you. Better than steel, if you can believe it. Front End Stiffness: Adequate, though I've never found a cross fork that I am totally in love with, and that includes the C'Dale Super X tapered monster. BB Stiffness: Old skool. Stiff, but with some feedback, like an old Litespeed or Merlin ti bike...quite choice. Style/Aesthetics: Eco-tech. Does your cx-bike have a top tube that is hand-carved for ease of carrying? I didn't think so. Technology/Weight/Value: It is a steamroller, built to your exact expectations. In road, cross, commuter, single speed...whatever. For less than most monocoque bikes that come out of a mould. Winning. Total: Renegade with a conscience.
[caption id="attachment_1066" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Is it a real race bike? Are you as bad-ass tough as Tyler Wren?"][/caption]The Good: Totally unique, ride quality that most people will never experience, and support for an awesome young bike builder doing amazing things. The Bad: About 100 grams heavier than an all-carbon frame. That's about it. The Skinny: Stiff, light, smooth...choose all three, and add durable to the mix. [caption id="attachment_1063" align="alignnone" width="576" caption="Still chillin...smooth as can be."][/caption] Check out the Cyclocross Magazine review of Tyler's bike HERE, the Boo website for specs, pics and build options, or call us to get started with you own Boo dream build. Oh, and yes, this exact frameset is for sale at a special price - just scroll down here.