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On-One is one of the brands of the off-beat British bike retailer Planet-X, and is designed and assembled in-house in Sheffield, England. The On-One brand already has the Dirty Disco carbon disc cyclocross bike that we reviewed in Issue 19 last year as an affordable carbon disc cyclocross bike.
Even more upscale, On-One brought the titanium Pickenflick to Sea Otter to show off, and it is an eye-catcher with its beautifully tapered headtube blending into the carbon fork.
The titanium Pickenflick is not simply a titanium version of the Dirty Disco. Some geometry changes were requested by On-One sponsored riders to address the wide variety of riding the Pickenflick would be put through, including ’cross racing.
Geometry includes clearance for up to a 44C tire, with 43cm chainstays that are flared. The consequence of the clearance is that chainring choice is limited, and though the bike on display had a Shimano Ultegra 6800 crank with a 46/36 combination, it was just about as big a ring you could go and still clear the stays.
On-One designed actually the bike around a mountain bike crank with 42/28 chainrings, so maximum tire clearance could be had with minimal ovalizing or lengthening of the chainstays. The bottom bracket drop of 67mm is 3mm higher than the Dirty Disco’s, but the headtube angle remains neutral (72 degrees for the M-sized frame). Both the fork and left seatstay have disc brake caliper post mounts, with the latter reinforced by a frame truss. No eyelets are present, though double bottle mounts are, indicating the race orientation of the design.
The Pickenflick at Sea Otter was equipped with Ultegra 6870 Di2 with the frame drilled for internal wiring. The frame does not come like this, but can be drilled by customer request. The Pickenflick is available as a limited edition from On-One as a frame and fork fork for $1324 USD.
More info: on-one.co.uk
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- As a result of queries regarding a disc wheel I have for sale elsewhere in the forum, I would like to pose the following questions to the region's time trialists. This is about TT bikes, not road bikes.
1. Do you have compact or standard (or Tony Martin monster sized 56 tooth) rings on your TT bike?
2. Do you have an 11-21, 11-23, or 11-25 cassette on your race wheel?
3a. If you currently have a 10 speed TT bike, do you feel that your speeds/times are limited by missing the 16 / 17 / 18 tooth cog that 11-speed would get you?
3b. If you already have an 11 speed TT bike and 11 speed race wheel, do you feel your speed / time is better than what you would have had if you had not had that extra cog?
4. How often do you find yourself switching from the big ring to the little ring during a race?
I know I am interested in the results, and I suspect others will find the information useful too.
GENT, Belgium (VN) — Ian Boswell rushed to empty his refrigerator and pack his bags when he heard his travel plans. Team Sky had called, asking him to race Amstel Gold, the Giro del Trentino and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
“I got the full package!” Boswell told VeloNews via telephone while leaving his base in Nice, France. “Six days of racing over eight days. Afterwards, I’m flying to LA for a 21st Century Fox press meeting, home to Oregon for a few days and then back to support Brad Wiggins in the Tour of California.”
The 23-year-old — the only rider scheduled to race the triple this year — spoke with pride about the upcoming week. In his sophomore year as a pro, he debuts in the Ardennes classics, races he holds highly as he placed second in Liège in 2012 as an under-23 rider.
Boswell’s job is not to win, but to help others do so. He will support Geraint Thomas, Edvald Boasson Hagen and Ben Swift in Amstel Gold, Wiggins in Trentino, and Chris Froome and Richie Porte in Liège.
“I do Amstel Gold, fly to Trentino the next day for a team time trial and three road stages, the next day fly up to Belgium and do Liège. With the U.S., it’s a month-long trip,” Boswell said.
“I don’t mind, my fitness is good. I want to do well in these races in the future anyway.”
Boswell traveled alongside Australian Nathan Earle. Last year, he was in the same shoes as Earle, debuting in the first division and riding with a foreign team. Now, he has his chance to race the Ardennes classics. And he says he feels confident in his abilities to perform.
“The team noted that I’m leaps ahead compared to last year: I’m set up in Europe, I understand how the team works, my role in the team, how my body’s adapted to the training. Last year, I had to fight my body just to get through the training rides and meet the demands of training for the WorldTour. This year, it’s much more manageable for me.
“I know the team and know what’s expected of me. I’ve taken a big step forward by knowing what I need to do to be at the level they want me to perform at. My training’s been spot on and I’ve had consistency.”
Boswell will spend Saturday training on the Dutch and Belgian roads around Sky’s base in Maastricht. Though he rides now in Sky’s black and blue kit, he covered these roads on the U.S. national team at the 2012 world championships.
The worlds circuit used the same famous Cauberg climb that Amstel uses each year. In fact, the Amstel pushed its finish line 1.8km down the road to match the worlds course. Boswell also returned to Maastricht last year to visit the team during its Ardennes campaign and rode the roads again.
“These classics require experience. Like Amstel, it’s inherently dangerous with its turns and the wind. Mathew Hayman rode Paris-Roubaix 10 to 15 times and is still perfecting his way. It’s the same with the Ardennes, just getting experience and building fitness,” Boswell said.
“Sky didn’t get a win in the classics beforehand, but it’s going well. I hope to help the team win in Amstel or Liège. I’m not going for a result, but to be a part of a successful team.”
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