Gaulzetti Cabròn Cyclocross

Gaulzetti Cabròn

One booth at NAHBS I meant to spend more time at was Gaulzetti. Known for their fast road bikes and loud colors, the crew recently debuted their first cyclocross race bike known as the Cabròn at the 2013 NAHBS. Don’t get me wrong – they’ve been producing ‘cross bikes for a few years, though, this year they’re turning up the heat.

The Cabròn, unlike many other ‘cross bikes, has almost identical geometry to a road race bike. The front triangle is identical to the Corsa and the only difference in the rear is the bent stays to accommodate mud. Be sure to read all the details in the press release below and check out a few more photos while you’re at it.

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The 2013 edition of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show was the official debut of our cyclocross race bicycle, the Cabròn.  Unofficially, we’ve been building Gaulzetti cross bikes for a few years now but we’ve been reluctant to bring any focus on this product, as our road bike line was the primary focus for the first few years of operation.  We’ve matured, smoothed out our process and now we’re ready to bring the Cabròn to cross courses everywhere. 

From a materials and philosophical perspective, the Cabròn is remarkably similar to our flagship Corsa in that it’s a no-frills, all-out race bike made from our ultra high quality Dedacciai 7005 aluminum tube set.  Obviously we’ve made some adjustments to the Cabròn in order to make it a cyclocross purist.  While the front triangle of the Cabròn is an identical spec to the Corsa, the rear stays are of a different shape, designed to facilitate tire and mud clearance while retaining the Gaulzetti stiffness standard.  We’ve mated these stays to the Press Fit 30 bottom bracket shell, also a standard on the Corsa

Our geometry selection is informed by our direct experience with a wide variety of European cyclocross race bicycles.  We’ve taken the elements we find pleasing and have discarded with those we’ve found troublesome.  The Cabròn geometry is a time-tested mix of angles and tube lengths that result in a stable platform that balances high speed stability with low speed handling prowess.  We’ve situated the bike lower to the ground than some cross bikes we’ve found that feel tippy in the corners.  We favor a slightly steeper head angle than on some cross bikes, because this brings the wheelbase in tighter for faster, more precise turning and a more responsive feel under power. 

As on the road bikes, we’ve made efforts to keep the wheelbase short, so our top tube lengths are not disproportionately long for a given size.  We eschew the notion that cross bike geometry should be a world apart from road bike geometry – this notion that for the same sized bicycles, cross bikes should necessarily have taller front ends than their road-going cousins doesn’t make sense to us at all.  We’ve kept the stack and reach figures more or less the same on the Cabròn as on the Corsa and Cazzo road bikes across the size range.   The idea here is that if you ride a 54cm Corsa, you should be able to set up your 54cm Cabròn with identical cockpit setup for identical fit parameters. 

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