In the Dark and Porn

Mid way through the commute home last night HID floodlighting gave way to darkness as the consequences of neglecting to charge the Li Ion battery pack kicked in. Pressing the power button proved futile, the only response were intermittent LED flashes from the headlamp telling me the battery was empty. The final half of the commute was one of those tongue in cheek blasts that pushed the feasibility of centre line riding to the limit. Still once into the final blast through the leafy streets of Victoria Park, like the near miss of the mornings ride in, the potential consequences were eclipsed from thought by the rapidly approaching warmth of home and the ability to get out of the rain.

Planet Cross XS

Over at The Owners’ Club, quite possibly one of the most stunning bikes to date has now been added to the register. It’s a one off cyclocross bike that takes the tried and tested Planet X geometry and the technology from the Carbon and Titanium XS to produce a proof of concept. At over £4000 for just the frame and for a bike that is designed to get muddy and covered in crap, it’s one for the bike junkies who can afford it. The sensible and durable option is a Ti Planet X, but the prototype just has a drool factor…

Author: Cris Bloomfield

Usually mountain biking in the North.

One thought on “In the Dark and Porn”

  1. Hey thanks. It’s a super cool rig, and was a total pain in the butt to produce, but was well worth the wait. It is really incredible how much…. more? it is over regular ti planet x. Which, you must understand, is saying a whole lot. I had ridden many other cyclocross bikes (colnago, trek, redline, ridley, bianchi) in many materials, but the Ti planet cross was by far the best of the lot. Super light, tough, and durable, comfortable. This thing…was just one of those crazy ideas that ended up ok. The xs platform is the best out there at smoothing out the rough stuff, it’s road reviews speak for itself. Turning it into a cross bike was a huge headache, but brought the world famous dampning and handling of an XS into the dirt. A perfect mix, aside from the price..

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