Mid September through October may just be the finest time of the year for cycling. You get to enjoy long mornings with coffee and a leisurely breakfast without worrying about beating the summer heatwave, you get to indulge your inner fashionista with long sleeve kits and stylish cool weather accessories, you get to enjoy the changing seasons, and perhaps most importantly for all of us whose office computer wallpapers are pictures of Compton or Nys year round cyclocross is starting up. As you make the transition from road or singletrack to the hybrid course, make sure you're ready for whatever the season has on offer with Pinarello's FCX Frameset. Pinarello's stated aim with the FCX is to give cyclocrossers a machine that mimics the ride of a Pinarello road frame with a few adaptations for 'cross specific use. The FCX's construction starts with 30HM12K carbon, a modulus that offers enough responsiveness for out of the saddle hammering but won't hammer you back when you're rumbling over courses that are singletrack in all but name. Pinarello's engineers use their SOE System to perfect the layup in a virtual lab, performing the initial stages of engineering using technical software. This means that when they start producing material framesets, they've already worked through the initial prototype stages. All of this pre feedback equates to a more efficient and durable frameset. The virtual design space also gives the engineers freedom to explore the effectiveness of unlimited tube shapes and angles. Pinarello doesn't limit itself to conventional standards, which goes some way toward explaining their bikes' striking frameset shapes and inimitable ride quality. In line with Pinarello's effort to recreate the road experience for the 'cross course, the FCX's geometry is nearly identical to its roadie siblings. Compared to Pinarello's Dogma F8 and the cobblestone inspired ROKH, the FCX's fork rake and seatstay length are tweaked to give it a slightly longer wheelbas...