Today we're checking out Steve Stefko's 2015 Santa Cruz Stigmata CC. Steve rode this rig to 2nd place at Nationals, (40-44 age group, 1st place amateur), 1st place at Colorado MM State Championships, 2nd place in the Rocky Mountain Regional Cyclocross Championships Open race and to numerous top 5s in Colorado Open races, never out of the top 6.  Not bad for an old working stiff.  Steve considers this to be his best overall season yet but feels he's capable of staying with the Open race leaders rather than leading the chase. 


The Build

FRAME: 56cm Santa Cruz Stigmata CC-2015

FORK: Stigmata CC Cyclocross Fork



CRANKSET: SRAM Force CX1, 42t, PF30



BRAKES: SRAM Force Hydraulic Disc w/SRAM Centerline 160mm Rotors

STEM: Zipp Service Course SL 110mm

BARS: Zipp Service Course SL 80 42cm

SEATPOST: Zipp Service Course SL, 27.2mm

SADDLE: Small Ergon SMR3

WHEELS: Reynolds Assault carbon tubular. 41mm

HUBS: Reynolds. 15mm through axle. 


TIRES: 33mm Donnelly/Clement PDX

Today we look at Georgia Gould's Boo Bicycles RS-X bamboo/carbon fiber cyclo-cross bike. Just like every other Boo, Georgia's RS-X was handcrafted by James Wolf in Vietnam before it was sent to BOO HQ here in Fort Collins to be assembled. An now, that assembly is done by Dusty Labarr, Georgia Gould's husband.  After the birth of their daughter this summer, Georgia and Dusty dialed way back on the racing and wrenching with the pro mountain bike and cyclo-cross circuits.  For now, Georgia is concentrating on being a mom, and racing locally when she feels like it.  Dusty is in charge of operations at Boo HQ.  Georgia raced 7 times in 2017 with 2 podiums, a 1st at Cross of the North and a 3rd at Cyclo X Valmont. 



The Build

Frame: 53cm Boo RS-X

Fork: TRP Carbon Cross

Bars: 42cm Pro Vibe 7s

Stem: 90mm Pro Vibe 7s

Saddle: Pro Falcon 

Seat post: Pro Vibe 

Rims: Velocity Major Tom

Hubs: DT Swiss S350

Tires: Clement PDX tubulars

Shifters: Shimano Di2

Brakes: Shimano hydraulic

Front Derailleur: NA

Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2

Cassette: Shimano 11-32

Cranks: Shimano Dura Ace 175mm

Chainring: Wolf Tooth 39 tooth

Pedals: Shimano XTR

Powermeter: Stages

Bottom Bracket: Wheels Manufacturing 


2017 was a breakout season for Fort Collins' Whitney Allison. She went from being a super domestique, chasing breaks, hauling bottles and drilling lead-outs to finishing 8th at Time Trial Nationals, 8th in the Colorado Classic overall and 7th in Cascade Classic overall.  Although she's hasn't publicly announced who she'll be riding for in 2018 she does have a very strong prospect with an official announcement coming very soon.

We thought we'd take a look at her 2016 Bianchi Oltre before she has to send it back to the Bianchi service course. This particular XR1 was her 2016 race bike, now used for training. Her race bike was the same model, only a year newer. 



The Build

Frame: 53cm 2016 Bianchi, Oltre XR1

Fork: Bianchi

Rear shock:

Front derailleur: 2016 Shimano Ultegra Di2

Rear derailleur: 2016 Shimano Ultegra Di2

Brake levers: Shimano Ultegra Di2

Brakes: 2016 Shimano Ultegra

Shifters: 2016 Shimano Ultegra Di2

Cassette: 2016 Shimano Ultegra

Cassette gearing: 11 speed 11-28

Bottom Bracket: 2016 Shimano Ultegra

Pedals: Shimano Ultegra

Chain: Shimano

Front Rim: Shimano (Race wheels are Dura Ace)

Front Tire: Vittoria Rubino Pro 25c

Rear Rim: Shimano (Race wheels are Dura Ace)

Rear Tire: Vittoria Rubino Pro 25c

Saddle: Women’s Selle Italia SLR

Stem: 3T 100m

Bars: 3T 42’

Seatpost: Bianchi proprietary seatpost

Computer: Garmin 510 (I’m old school!)

Computer mount: Barfly

Since many of you are getting ready for Zack Allison's Bite the Bullet Gran Fondo this weekend, I thought we should take a look at a bike you definitely won't want to ride the BTB on, Zack's 2017 Argon 18 Nitrogen.  The small Argon 18 with Enve wheels, bar and stem and Sram drive-train comes in at just over 15lbs. 



Full Build Specs

Frame: Small 2017 Argon 18 Nitrogen, 15 ish lbs

Fork: Argon

Front derailleur: Force 22

Rear derailleur: Force 22

Brake levers: Force 22

Brakes: TRP Aargon integrated

Shifters: Sram Force 22

Cassette: Sram 11speed

Cassette gearing: 11-25t 11stpeed

Bottom Bracket: Sram pressfit

Cranks: 172.5 Sram SRM

Chainrings: 53t Sram TT outer, Rotor 39t oval inner

Power Meter: SRM

Pedals: Speedplay zero Ti

Chain: Sram 11speed

Front Hub: DT 240

Front Rim: Enve SES 4.5

Front Tire: Maxxis Relix

Rear Hub: DT 240

Rear Rim: Enve SES smart system 4.5

Rear Tire: Maxxis Relix

Saddle: Prologo Zero C3 CPC Nack PAC

Stem: Evnve 120

Bars: Enve SES Aero Road 38cm top 42cm drop width

Seatpost: Argon

Computer: Garmin 520

Today we take a look at Rodrigo Gil Moreno DeMora's Scott Spark Premium 900.  This race rig is decked out in electronic XTR and carbon, top to bottom (except the hoops, don't get him started on that). Funny story, Rodrigo who was very anti 29er for anyone under 6', ordered the 27.5 Spark but received a 29r.  He decided to keep it and he's glad he did. You'll see by the '27.5' labeled 29r tires that he has reluctantly fallen deeply in love with his new tire size of choice.  We photographed his Spark at his beloved New Belgium short-track course,  a course where he's probably had more starts than anyone in the local scene.  Look for Rodrigo to be going for the hole shot every Tuesday in May and Oct. 

Rodrigo put a lot of work into the routing and setup of his Di2 XTR, read about it below. 

Shifting Info: The SC-M9050 XTR digital display allows the customization of the FD and RD. Once I calculated the my adequate cadence for my riding style, I set up the Synchronized shifting mode to control the front and rear derailleur with the R shifter controller only. I customized the FD to shift to the small chainring (24 tooth) when the RD reaches the 40T cog and I need more shifting. The FD shifts to the 24 T chainring and sequentially the RD shifts one gear down to the 35 T cog. This is call the compensation shift so the cadence don’t suffer a large increase/decrease in resistance due to the jump/decrease in gearing and avoid cross-chaining. On the decnet, as i shift from the 40 T cog down, when I reach the 4th gear (27 T cog) the Synchro mode shifts the FR to the 36 T chainring and compensates by shifting the RD up 2 cogs to the 32 T cog, keeping amore constant cadence and smoother transition from the 24 to the 34 T chainring. This way I avoid the sudden increase in gear resistance in my effort due to the gearing ratio. Clever little system.

Wire routing info: R shifter cable (100mm) is connected with the XTR digital display. From the display, a Di2 cable (1600mm) cable is routed thru the rear suspension control cable hole on the frame for internal routing of the Di2 system. Once I routed the cable down the down tube to the bottom bracket, I connected the cable to the internal B-Junction wire box. There, the connections for the cable from the display, internal battery cable on the seat post, and both cables to the derailleurs are made. The cables for the derailleurs exit the BB via the mechanical cable guide to the appropriate derailleurs. Finding a path for the internal routing of the Di2 cables and internal battery, took some thinking and taking the bike a part but the look of the internal routing is much more clean and functional. With this routing system, I was able to avoid any drilling of the frame. Making holes on a carbon frame did not make me feel comfortable.


Full Build

Frame: Scott Spark Premium 900. 29 inch. Carbon IMP Technology, HMX
Fork: FOX 32 Float Factory Air, Kashima, SCOTT TwinLoc Remote
Rear shock: FOX Nude, 100mm Travel
Front derailleur: Shimano XTR Di2 M9070 Double E-type direct mount
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR Di2 M9050 Shadow RD+ 11
Brake levers: Shimano XTR 9000 Hydro
Brakes: Shimano XTR 9000 Hydro Disc 180 mm front rotor, Disc 160 mm rear rotor
Shifters: XTR M9050 Di2 Programmable 2x11 (set up completer so only one shifter needed to control FD and RD with the R shifter)
Cassette: XTR HG Cassette 11 speed
Cassette gearing: 11-40
Bottom Bracket: Shimano SM-BB94-41A / Shell 41x89.5mm
Cranks: Shimano XTR FC-M9020-2, QF 168mm,
Chainrings: 34-24
Power Meter: Nahhhhh- Heart rate daby.
Pedals: XTR M900 Race SPD
Chain: HG 901 HG-X SIL-TEC 11 speed
Front Hub: DT Swiss 15x110 mm
Front Rim: Syncros XR1.5
Front Tire: Schwalbe Rocket Ron 2.25
Rear Hub: DT Swiss 148x 12 mm
Rear Rim: Syncros XR1.5
Rear Tire: Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25
Saddle: Syncros XR1.5 Orange/Black
Stem: Syncros FL1.0
Bars: Syncros FL1.0 Carbon with Syncros Pro Lock-On integrated.
Seatpost: Syncros FL1.0 Carbon, 31.6mm
Computer: Garmin Edge 520
Computer mount: Garmin


Last week I had the opportunity to photograph the bikes of Zack and Whitney Allison, the fastest couple on the road in Fort Collins. Both are professional road cyclists and are very active in the local scene.  Zack just joined with Team Clif Bar Cycling after several years with Elevate program and Whit will be racing with Team Colavita for her 5th season. First we're going to check out Whitney's 2016 Bianchi Aquila CV time trial bike.  We'll look at both their road bikes in the coming weeks. 

Make no mistake, the Aquila CV is a purpose built race bike.  MSRP on a similar build is $13,449.99.


Full Build Specs

Frame: Small, 2016, Bianchi Aquila CV
Front derailleur: Shimano Di2 Dura Ace
Rear derailleur: Shimano Di2 Dura Ace
Brake levers: Shimano Dura Ace
Brakes: Fouriers Propel Aero V-Brake
Shifters: Shimano Di2 Dura Ace
Cassette: Shimano Dura Ace
Cassette gearing: 11-25
Cranks: Shimano Ultegra with Stages
Chainrings: 53x39
Power Meter: Stages
Pedals: Shimano 105
Chain: Shimano
Front Rim: Fulcrum Red Wind 80mm
Front Tire: Vittoria Diamante Pro
Rear Rim: Fulcrum Red Wind 80mm (We have Shimano Discs for racing)
Rear Tire: Vittoria Diamante Pro
Stem: (brand, length): Integrated
Bars: Vision, proprietary
Seatpost: Vision- proprietary
Computer: Garmin 510 (I’m old school!)
Computer mount: Barfly

CFD design and wind tunnel development. NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) aerodynamic profiles. Monocoque carbon frame. High-modulus carbon frame with innovative Countervail® carbon material to cancel vibrations. Full carbon fork. Dedicated geometry with 76.5° seat tube angle and 72° head tube angle. Adjustable rear dropouts minimize the distance between rear wheel and seat tube to reduce turbulence.. Dual cable routing for mechanical and electronic groupsets. Internal cable routing. Integrated aerodynamic bars and stem. Concealed front brake. Minimized rear brake set-up located at the bottom-bracket area. Weight: 1,30 Kg. Sizes: XS – S – M – L.

This week we take a look at Amanda Miller's 48 cm (XS) 2016 Focus Mares.  By the way the wind kept trying to blow it into Dixon Reservoir while I was shooting, I'd guess it comes in at the high 15 to low 16 pound range. Miller has 4 nearly identical cx bikes to race and train on, this one gets raced locally and in Europe. She's piloted the Mares to several impressive results thus far;  a 4th place at the Cross Vegas WC and 5th place at the Valkenburg World Cup, but she has bigger plans, according to the most recent Warren Cycling Podcast, she's racing for a podium at a World Cup, a podium at Nationals and a top ten at Worlds. Be sure to listen to the full interview embedded below, Amanda's career will be taking some interesting turns in 2017.

The rest of Millers season includes the final C1 weekend in the USA in Broken Arrow, OK this weekend, then back to Europe for the next 2 World Cups, then Nationals, then Worlds.

Miller's bikes are built with Zipp wheels, bar, stem and post, Clement tires and Sram components. She races professionally for the Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo Cyclocross Team. See the full review below

Warren Cycling Podcast Episode 45

Nov 29, 2016
In Episode 45 Randy and Dean Warren interview Amanda Miller of Boulder Cyclo Sport. Miller is one of the top female cycle-cross racers and discusses her season. She also tells about her path to becoming a cyclist, and her time as a road racer. Amanda talks training, and the difficulty of the great distances to travel to races in the U.S. and overseas. She has some great goals for the rest of the season and will soon be racing World Cup races, then Nationals and Worlds. The Warren brothers continue the discussion on cycle-cross, then talk a little about what is happening in road cycling news. Dean and Randy talk a little training ride etiquette as well.



The Build

Frame: 2016 Focus Mares

Fork: VIP FCBFF-11-L

Front derailleur: N/A

Rear derailleur: SRAM Force 1

Brake levers: SRAM Force HRD

Brakes: SRAM Force HRD (hydraulic) 140 rotors

Shifters: SRAM Force 1

Cassette: SRAM

Cassette gearing: 11-32 11-speed

Bottom Bracket: SRAM

Cranks: SRAM Force 170mm

Chainrings: SRAM Force 1 X-Sync. Single front chainring (normally a 38t, but sometimes a 40t)

Power Meter: Quarq

Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 7

Chain: SRAM PC-1170

Front Hub: Zipp 77D (training)

Front Rim: Zipp 30 Course Disc Clincher (training); Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular (racing)

Front Tire: My training bike is set-up with Clement MXP Tubeless, but I race on tubulars and the model of Clement tires depends on the course.

Rear Hub: Zipp 77D

Rear Rim: Zipp 30 Course Disc Clincher (training); Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular (racing)

Rear Tire: My training bike is set-up with Clement MXP Tubeless, but I race on tubulars and the model of Clement tires depends on the course.

Saddle: Prologo Kappa Evo Pas

Stem: Zipp Service Course SL 90mm

Bars: Zipp Service Course 40cm

Seatpost: Zipp SL

Computer: Garmin Edge 510

Computer mount: Garmin



      Today we're looking at Matt Skrdla's brand spankin' new Giant Trinity Advanced Pro time trial bike.  ProVelo, Matt's shop of choice, just picked up Giant Bicycles and Matt was first in line to order the Trinity. His first time trial bike arrived just in time for the Steamboat Primer Time Trial which he handily won after only 3 rides on his new rig.   Matt has done well in road and crit stages in stage races but has struggled in the GC without a dedicated time trial bike.  I think we're going to see a dramatic improvement in overall stage race results now.  There's also talk of taking a crack at TT Nats next year. 


      The Build: 

      Frame: 2016 Giant Trinity Advanced Pro (Small)

      Fork: AeroDrive TT Advanced-grade composite fork with alloy/composite hybrid steerer

      Front derailleur: SRAM Red eTap Electric

      Rear derailleur: SRAM Red eTap Electric

      Brake levers: Giant Trinity

      Brakes: Giant SpeedControl SL

      Shifters: SRAM Red eTap Electric Aero Kit

      Cassette: Dura Ace 11x25

      Bottom Bracket: Sram BB86

      Cranks: Quarq Elsa RS

      Chainrings: DA (54/46)

      Power Meter: Quarq Elsa RS

      Pedals: Dura Ace

      Chain: DA

      Front Hub: Zipp

      Front Rim: Zipp 404 clincher

      Front Tire: Continental Grand Prix 4000s (23mm)

      Rear Hub: Zipp

      Rear Rim: Zipp Super 9 Disc clincher

      Rear Tire: Continental Grand Prix 4000s (23)

      Saddle: Undecided

      Stem: AeroDrive TT stem

      Bars: Trinity TT composite handlebar with composite extensions

      Seatpost: Giant Trinity Composite

      Computer: Garmin 500

      Computer mount: Sram

      Extras:AeroVault downtube water bottle


      Today we're looking at Taylor Warren's 2016 Cannondale CAAD12, yeah, it's aluminum! Gasp! This frame comes in at a mere 1,098g and an Ultegra build will cost about $2200.00. A similarly built Supersix (carbon) will cost you $2500.00.  Taylor's bike has tubeless wheels, upgraded, powermeter crank, saddle bars and stem. Nothing super fancy but it seems to work pretty well for him.  You can tell from the photos that Taylor believes his bike is a tool, not a jewel and rides it hard.  It's covered in scratches, scuffs and dents. 

      Photos by Dean Warren.

      The build:

      Frame: 56, 2016, Cannodale CAAD12, 1098g

      Fork: Cannondale Ultra carbon 

      Front derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 2x

      Rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra

      Brake levers: Shimano Ultegra

      Brakes: Shimano Ultegra

      Shifters: Shimano Ultegra

      Cassette: Shimano

      Cassette gearing: 11x28

      Bottom Bracket: Shimano Ultegra Pressfit BB30a 

      Cranks: SRAM Quarq Cin

      Chainrings: FSA Pro 53x39

      Power Meter: Quarq Elsa R

      Pedals: Shimano Ultegra

      Chain: Shimano Ultegra

      Front Hub: American Classic

      Front Rim: American Classic

      Front Tire: IRC RBC Road Tubeless 25mm

      Rear Hub: American Classic

      Rear Rim: American Classic

      Rear Tire: IRC RBC Road Tubeless 25mm

      Saddle: Specialized Romin 143mm

      Stem: Zipp, 120mm

      Bars: Easton, 40cm

      Seatpost: Cannondale Ultra Carbon

      Computer: Garmin 510



          salsa300jpgOn Sunday, Ben Miller will start the 550 mile Colorado Trail Race, leaving Denver and arriving in Durango nearly a week later. Ben will be riding 19 hrs a day, sleeping on the trail and refueling at restaurants and gas stations along the way. He's been working since November to compile lightweight equipment, custom bags and a bike designed for adventure racing. He's been logging 8hr rides, and even put his vegetarianism on hold so he can consume the necessary amount of calories while out on the trail. Everything pictured in the following essay was selected after extensive research.

          Not only does Ben have to focus on his race but he's conducting, in his words, "a case study on what the energetic and physical demands of a multi-day event at high altitude does to muscle and muscle mitochondria structure and function. Blood and muscle biopsies will be taken before and after the event as well as during a period of “normal” training at a later date for comparison". Did I mention that Ben is a Director of the Translational Research on Aging and Chronic Disease Laboratory at CSU?


          More information on the CTR, who from NoCo is racing and how to follow them can be found here:

          Without further ado, I give you Ben's 2015 Salsa Spearfish, size large in Tequila Lime and all his gear. 

          The Build: 

          Frame: 2015 Salsa Spearfish
          Fork: RockShox SID 100mm
          Rear shock: RockShox Monarch RT3
          Front derailleur: Sram X7
          Rear derailleur: Sram X9
          Brake levers: Sram Guide R
          Brakes: Sram Guide R 160mm rotors
          Shifters: Sram X7 10 speed
          Cassette: Sram 1050
          Cassette gearing: 11/36
          Bottom Bracket: Sram
          Cranks: Sram S1000
          Chainrings: 22/34
          Power Meter: NA
          Pedals: Crankbrothers Candy
          Chain: KMC X10
          Front Hub: Sram Roam 30
          Front Rim: Sram Roam 30
          Front Tire: Maxxis Ardent
          Rear Hub: Sram Roam 30
          Rear Rim: Sram Roam 30
          Rear Tire: Maxxis Ardent
          Saddle: WTB Silverado Comp
          Stem: Salsa Guide
          Bars: Salsa Salt Flat 2
          Seatpost: Truvativ Stylo T20
          Computer: Garmin eTrex Touch 25
          Pump: Cannondale with electrical tape and gorilla tape wrapped


          Inside the Bags

          Joe Tonsager of J.Paks custom produced each of the 5 bags that Ben will use during the race. He has a bolt on frame pack, a seat pack, a top tube bag and a two part handlebar role. Joe traced Ben's 2015 Salsa Spearfish frame to ensure the frame bag fit perfectly. 


          Depending on your screen size captioning space under the photos is limited so here is the full breakdown of what Ben will be taking.


          Top Tube Bag: Topeak ratchet tool, CO2 cartridge (x2), CO2 holder, chapstick, Leatherman Style multi tool, spare bolts (cleat, chainring, misc), charger (holds 2 phone charges).

          Frame Bag: 2 L bladder with extension and magnet, electrolytes, spare tube (road to save space and weight), Donkey Label chamois cream, Rock and Roll chain lube, $200 cash, trail map.

          Seatbag: Montbell lightweight down jacket, long underwear and top (Craft), lightweight fleece (Melanzana), spare shoe bag for extra food, inflatable pillow, shock pump, legwarmers, Sealskinz waterproof gloves, Donkey Label long sleeve merino wool jersey, Donkey Label wool socks, buff, Donkey Label bib shorts, spare tube (road), spare parts (shifter cable, derailleur hanger, zip ties, chain breaker, chain quick links (x2), upholstery needle, floss, patch kit, tire boot), first aid kit..

          Handlebar Bag: Showers pass pants and jacket, REI minimalist bivvy, thermarest neo-air xlight pad, Enlightened Equipment 40 deg sleeping bag and hood.

          Smaller Handlebar Bag: Squeeze water filter, wet ones, meds, sunscreen/toothbrush/saddle care, toilet paper, Black Diamond Spot 200 lumen headlamp, Fenix Flashlight with mount.

          Wearing: First City Cycling Team team issue baggies, Mavic arm warmers, FCCT cap, Donkey label merino wool jersey/bibs/socks/undershirt/lightweight vest, Mavic shoes, Rudy Project Helmet.


          The following companies assisted Ben in various ways as he selected his gear; JPak bags (, Donkey Label (, ProVelo bikes (, and all the FCCT team sponsors.


          Jim Dickerson's 2105 Boardman Air TTE is a combination of state of the art technology and tried and true tt equipment. Time saving features where it counts, dollar saving features where it doesn't. The aero frame with integrated cockpit, seat post, brakes, fork and hidden cables save seconds yet the the Ultegra cranks and Dura Ace 10 speed shifters and derailleurs save hundreds of dollars yet realistically dont affect performance. 

          Interestingly, at 5'10" Dickerson rides a small Boardman, "The Boardman has 51 cm top with  a tallish headtube and steeper seat tube… So I have seat all the way back adding to top tube length and I didn’t want the front end up another 2 cm by going with a medium… In the end I am a MUCH better fit on the small that I would have been on a medium."

          Have a look at his full build below.  He'll be racing States in August and is taking a crack at the 40k record in Moriarty NM New Mexico in Sept. 


              Frame: 2015 Boardman Air TTE, small
              Fork: Boardman
              Front derailleur: Dura-Ace 10spd
              Rear derailleur: Dura-Ace 10spd w/Hawk Racing pulley wheels
              Brake levers: 3T
              Brakes: TRP
              Shifters: Dura-Ace non-indexed
              Cassette: Dura-Ace 10spd
              Cassette gearing: 10spd 11-23
              Bottom Bracket: Hawk Racing
              Cranks: Ultegra 175
              Chainrings: FSA aero 54-42
              Pedals: Speedplay X-1
              Chain: Dura-Ace w/speed wax treatment
              Front Hub: HED w/View Speed aero skewer
              Front Rim: HED TriSpoke
              Front Tire: Veloflex Record tubular
              Rear Hub: ZIPP w/View Speed aero skewer
              Rear Rim: ZIPP 950 disk
              Rear Tire: Vittoria Record Chrono
              Saddle: Fizik chrono (old style)
              Stem: Boardman integrated
              Bars: Boardman
              Seatpost: Boardmam
              Computer: Garmin 500 with computer mount aided by Ace Hardware