PDXTI

IVAN PDXTI CX Race Bike

On the heels of a banner year in 2017, including a 3rd place finish at USA CX Nationals in Reno, our brand ambassador and Portland Titanium race team captain Mitchell Trux is ready to hit the barriers running (pun intended). With his beloved OMEN model being discontinued in order for us to concentrate on its more versatile brother IVAN, we set Mitch up with a hot new race bike for 2018, complete with the "Arrows" anodized/etched graphic that we have used on PDXTI race bikes for the past several years.

With early season CX in Oregon being warm, dry, dusty and fast, we kept the Ivan set up with its summer shoes, the Schwalbe G-One tire, a "gravel" tire with almost unlimited applications, including as a dry season cyclocross tire. The rest of the bike build features the PDXTI sponsor product that we know, love, and use on the vast majority of our builds for racers and customers alike. 

REN's PacNW CX Proving Grounds

As the late summer dust slowly settles and the inevitable return of late season rains promise to turn it all to mud, the Pacific Northwest begins to get antsy for cycling's most spectator friendly discipline to come around once more.

Here in the Portland area CX is King, and the season's early races on the north side of the Columbia -- DDCX, Het Meer, Ninkrossi -- are traditionally hot, dry, and fast, calling for file treads and maybe a face mask for the clouds of ultra-fine grit that hang in the air of the gully at David Douglas park. As the good-natured heckling flows weekend after weekend the OBRA Grand Prix Series shakes out and then boom, before we know it, our pit boots are ankle deep in the muck of prime #cyclocross season.

Oregon is undoubtedly a hotbed of cyclocross in America, arguably the heart of it. The OBRA GP races occasionally have a celebrity UCI pro cameo (reigning World Cup Champion Lars van der Haar smoked the field at Het Meer a few years back). The sport's brightest star Sven Nys famously came all the way to Portland to race the now legendary SSCXWCXPDX just for fun. First run a quarter century ago the Cyclocross Crusade, Oregon's largest race series by participation, is also the biggest in the nation.

Washington State has a respectable CX scene as well, and collectively the cyclocross community in the PacNW is large, includes riders from diverse backgrounds, and the racing is both seriously competitive and genuinely jovial. Out here competitiveness and camaraderie go hand in hand. It is a community that we are proud to be a part of. 

Beyond being a good time, PacNW CX is also a fantastic arena to test and refine the most durable, dependable, and decisively high performance bicycles and components. Here in the Upper Left the sport of cyclocross offers a laboratory-like proving ground, cramming into a handful of weeks the equivalent of many seasons worth of "general use" daily bike riding. The sport is literally built around the concept of "road" bike courses so brutally technical and/or obstructed by terrain that bikes are dismounted, shouldered, and remounted many dozens of times in the course of a single hour. A pressure washer is considered standard pit equipment.

Luckily for us CX in our back yard entails everything from high desert sand pits to component destroying temperate rainforest bogs, and from the very first day flying our flag we have had REN bikes out at races, collecting rider feedback and long-term test data from seasoned athletes in abysmal conditions.

Looking back over the results, it turns out our bikes are pretty darn good, just like we planned it.  :)

Over the past 4 years we have been fortunate to have a handful of local legends proving the performance capabilities of our bikes in the sport's Elite field, riding REN bikes to podiums across Oregon, Washington, California, and Nevada, from OBRA Grand Prix Series to the Cross Crusade, from the NW CX Cup to USA Nationals.



REN MEANS EXCELLENCE
IN ALL CONDITIONS

Sea Otter Classic 1st Place 2018 (Seth Patla / SSCX Men / REN IVAN)
Oregon #1 Best All-Around Rider 2017 (Seth Patla / SS Overall / REN IVAN)
Oregon #1 Best All-around Rider 2017 (Max Ritzow / Elite CX Overall / REN IVAN)
Oregon #2 Best All-around Rider 2017 (Andrew Coe / Elite CX Overall / REN OMEN)
Oregon #2 Best All-around Rider 2017 (Seth Patla / Men SSCX Overall / REN IVAN)
Oregon #2 Best All-around Rider 2017 (Andrew Coe / Elite Men Overall / REN OMEN)
Oregon #4 Best All-around Rider 2017 (Mitchell Trux / Elite CX Overall / REN OMEN)
Oregon CX Grand Prix GPCM Series 2017 1st Place Overall (Andrew Coe / Elite Men / REN OMEN)
Oregon CX Grand Prix GPCM Series 2017 3rd Place Overall (Seth Patla / Elite Men / REN IVAN)
Oregon CX Grand Prix GPCM Series 2017 4th Place Overall (Max Ritzow / Elite Men / REN IVAN)
Oregon CX Grand Prix GPCM Series 2017 1st Place Overall (Seth Patla / SS / REN IVAN)
USAC Masters CX Nationals 3rd Place 2017/2018 (Mitchell Trux / 35-39 / REN OMEN)
USAC Masters CX Nationals 7th Place 2017/2018 (Andrew Coe / 35-39 / REN OMEN)
Sea Otter Classic 2nd Place 2017 (Seth Patla / SSCX Men / REN IVAN)
Sea Otter Classic 3rd Place 2017 (Seth Patla / 35+ CX Men / REN IVAN)
Cross Crusade Series 2017 3rd Place Overall (Mitchell Trux / Elite Men / REN OMEN)
Cross Crusade Series 2017 5th Place Overall (Andrew Coe / Elite Men / REN OMEN)
Portland Trophy Cup Series 2017 3rd Place Overall (Mitchell Trux / Elite Men / REN OMEN)
NW CX Cup Series 2017 5th Place Overall (Andrew Coe / Elite Men / REN OMEN)
2017 Washington State CX Championships 2nd Place (Mitchell Trux / SS Men / REN OMEN)
2017 Washington State CX Championships 5th Place (Andrew Coe / Open Men / REN OMEN)
2017 Washington State CX Championships 7th Place (Mitchell Trux / Open Men / REN OMEN)
2017 California Central Coast CX Championships 7th Place (Mitchell Trux / Elite Men / REN OMEN)
2017 California Central Coast CX Championships 9th Place (Andrew Coe / Elite Men / REN OMEN)
Oregon #1 Best All-around Rider 2016 (Andrew Coe / Men Overall / REN OMEN)
Oregon #1 Best All-around Rider 2016 (Seth Patla / SS Overall / REN IVAN)
Oregon #1 Best All-around Rider 2016 (Andrew Coe / Elite CX Overall / REN OMEN)
Oregon #3 Best All-around Rider 2016 (Jeremy Russell / Men Overall / REN OMEN)
Oregon #3 Best All-around Rider 2016 (Mitchell Trux / Elite CX Overall / REN OMEN)
Sea Otter Classic Champion 2015 & 2016 (Andrew Coe / 35+ CX Men / REN OMEN)
Sea Otter Classic Champion 2015 & 2016 (Seth Patla / SSCX Men / REN IVAN)
Oregon #1 Best All-around Rider 2015 (Jeremy Russell / Elite Overall / REN OMEN)
Oregon #3 Best All-around Rider 2015 (Andrew Coe / Elite Overall / REN OMEN)
Oregon #2 Best All-around Rider 2014 (Seth Patla / Elite CX Overall / REN OMEN)
Oregon #4 Best All-around Rider 2014 (Andrew Coe / Elite CX Overall / REN OMEN)

The racers our bikes have carried to victory are the same small group of Elite cyclists that REN has relied on for research and development field testing since the brand's inception. REN is proud to be the official bike sponsor of the PDXTI Race Team. Having such outstanding athletes proving our equipment year in and year out is fuel for our irrefutable passion for excellence.

Great racers know great equipment.

#rideREN

IVAN SLCSSCX Anodized + Etched

The lead up to this fun project for a new customer in Utah began 18 months ago when he spotted a PDXTI team bike (this one) in the TRP display at the North American Handmade Bike Show in Salt Lake City. Those wheels! The tan hoods! Those blue iSSi pedals!

With the customer's specifications and some general guidance we developed a plan: a clean and simple belt-drive single speed with a striking finish and tan hoods on the Hylex. When fleshing out the details of the cosmetic finish our customer expressed an affinity for mountains and trees, and handed it off to us.

Mountains and trees figure prominently for us; it is where we live and where we ride.  Of late we have been doing custom finishes with more and more layering of etching, media blasting, and anodizing. With spring splitting at the seams with colored blossoms and foliage around us there needed to be plenty of color. But not necessarily flashy. Instead something bright but not loud, something clean and linear but also varied and marbled, something defined and organized but somehow chaotic. Classy but not boring. And lots of color. But not too tidy, and not too much  :)

We are thrilled with how the bike came out. It is cool and stately but striking; it has mountains and trees and tan hoods; it is dark and bright both; it is kind of everything at once.