For those who don’t know me, I’m a bit of an equipment nut. I source the parts and assemble most of my bikes myself. Not a fan of out of the box, pre-assembled bikes. This ensures I know what’s going into the bike, and have myself to blame when something screws up on the bike. I also hate riding the same stuff as everybody else; it’s cool to have a unique bike.
I’ve yet to learn how to build my own wheels, because I’m lazy, but in most instances, I am using American Classic wheels, which are virtually handbuilt wheels any. I eschew proprietary spokes and that sort of rubbish. I choose reliable equipment, with parts I can easily replace. I tote along spare parts (or a spare bike) to most races, so no worries there. Onto the bike…
Colnago C50 Cross as setup for the Dirty 40 UltraCX Race
Sven Nys approved, to ride more than one hour at a time.
Frame: Colnago C50 Cross, 53.5cm on the top tube. Colnago measurements are strange. FYI, I scored this frame and fork super cheap. Insanely cheap actually. Still pinching myself.
Fork: Colnago all carbon, straight blade.
Headset: Cane Creek 110, USA made.
Seatpost: Campy Record, 27.2mm with USE .8mm shim to work with the frame.
Saddle: Fizik Arione Titanium rail (saddle is well used).
Wheelset: American Classic prototype tubeless rims, Dura-Ace 7700 hubs, 32 spokes front and rear. Alloy nipples everywhere, barring the drive side. DT Revolution spokes everywhere, barring the drive side, DT Competitions there.
Tyres: Hutchinson Secteur 28mm, tubeless with spooge inside.
Handlebars: Kestrel Carbon EMS, 40cm, 26.0mm clamp.
Stem: Ritchey WCS, 84 degree, 110mm.
Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with climbing shifter.
Derailleurs: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 10 speed.
Battery: Shimano Di2 external.
Crankset: Campy Record Compact, 172.5mm, 50/34 rings – YES, I AM RUNNING A SHIMAGNOLO GROUP. Purists, start cringing.
Bottom Bracket: Campy Record square taper, 102mm, Italian thread. SUPER smooth.
Pedals: Shimano XT.
Cassette: JOM home-made. Not pictured, my race cassette was a 12-29 consisting of parts from Miche, Cycle Dynamics (Ti) and Shimano. 12-13-15-17-19-21-23-25-27-29, two cogs steps all the way.
Brakes: Avid Shorty Ultimate Cantilevers – love these brakes. Powerful and highly adjustable.
Bottle Cages: King Cage Titanium – the best, they never drop bottles… just jinxed myself.
Additional Brake Levers: TRP Carbon Cross Top.
Titanium bolts just about everywhere.
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