A Look at the Predator Cross

The Predator Cross is one of the three fundamental models that make up the Predator Power Hungry Carbon Family. As a cyclocross frame, it represents one of Predator Cycling’s first foray into this fast-growing category—and it’s already moving toward the front lines, with its latest model being the first Predator Cycling bike to boast an initial showing in a gallery in New York.

As a fully customizable, hand-built frame, the ‘Cross is designed to be stiff enough to handle the explosive power required to dominate the sport of cyclocross while remaining light enough to effortlessly carry it over the barriers and run-ups. Predator fans will recognize many of the features; a press-fit 30 bottom bracket shell, tapered steerer tube (1.125″ to 1.5″), optional internal Di2 cabling as well as an optional integrated 34.9 (OD) seatmast. This fully-custom ‘Cross frame is now available for purchase on the Predator Cycling website, with a starting price of just $3,995.

Painted in a stunning red and black, the Predator ‘Cross featured in the photos, built for Hern Montenegro, has the optional ISP and is a single speed, belt driven, disc brake bike. The Frame weight of this model is just 1.080g —or less than the weight of a box of oatmeal. This bike came in at 16.5 pounds. It

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Predator did its homework when designing and building the new ‘Cross frame. They worked closely with seasoned cyclocross racers and top mechanics, all while doing their research to learn which design innovations netted the best cyclocross bikes. As a result, the Predator ‘Cross is built with the strength and care needed to help each rider outperform his or her competitors.

Each and every ‘Cross frame is hand built in Southern California (like all Predator bikes and accessories) at their Santa Monica facility. Like their other recently released models, the ‘Cross features a 3D carbon lay-up in all of the joints. Predator Cycling is one of the first bicycle manufacturers in the world to use it, calling it their “Trifecta” process, Predator uses the highest grades of raw carbon fiber alongside the finest epoxies available. Each joint is laid with three different types of bond—one on top of the next—giving the frame unparalleled strength and durability. Unidirectional carbon fiber is applied first, then each joint is wrapped and lastly coated with a final layer. Throughout the layup process, all ‘Cross frames are endowed with both chemical and mechanical bonds in every single joint—maximizing stiffness, strength and durability, without compromising on total frame weight.

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