Bike of the Month
Foundry Valmont Rival 1
Foundry makes a pricier version of this bike, the Valmont Force 1, but Foundry is all about the blue-collar ethic of grassroots racers who have to buy their own gear. They build affordable highend, full carbon bikes that are ahead of the curve in spec with 1x11 drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes and thru-axles front and rear. The Valmont Rival 1 has amazing spec for the money and makes an awesome race bike. Don't want to race? It will serve you well as a gravel trail bike, an early season trainer and all-rounder for you next epic* ride. Cross bikes are the Swiss Army Knife of bikes and can handle a wide variety of surfaces. And since faster is funnerTm why not get a good one.
Valmont Rival 1: $3899.99
Vlamont Force 1: $4499.99
* The word "epic" is used here wholly without the permission of Specialized Inc.