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

                  Today we're going to take a spin on my 52cm Veloforma Team CCX. 

                  This is a fantastic bike but the coolest thing about Veloforma is that it is now based here in Fort Collins. Mark Duff moved the company here from Portland a few years ago. Don't be fooled by his somewhat dated website, Veloformas are state of the art. Mark has been so busy getting the brand up and running in Fort Collins and adding custom carbon to his lineup that he hasn't had much time to fiddle with the internet.  Veloforma isn't just another company importing frames from China.  His designs and molds have been used by dozens of major manufacturers and one grand tour racer even rode a blacked out Veloforma TT rig to a Tour de France podium.  


                      Frame: 52cm Veloforma Team CCX setup Single Speed
                      Fork: Veloforma Team CCX
                      Bars: 42cm 3T Ergonova
                      Stem: 110mm 3T ARX II Team
                      Saddle: Ergon SRX3 Pro-medium
                      Seat post: 3T Ionic-carbon
                      Rims:Carbon Cycles 25mm width and 40mm depth
                      Hubs: Novatec
                      Tires:Clement PDX 33mm
                      Brake Levers: Sram Rival
                      Brakes: SRam Rival hydraulic. 160mm rotors
                      Front Derailleur: NA
                      Rear Derailleur: NA
                      Cassette: Rennen 17 tooth cog
                      Cranks: Sram Force 172.5
                      Chainring: Sram CX1 Narrow wide 42 tooth
                      Pedals: Crankbrothers Eggbeater 3s
                      Computer: Garmin Edge 510

                      This week we checkout Suzie Livingston's 2015 Specialized Crux.  Suzie is a consistent top ten finisher in the Senior Women's Open category racing for the Fort Follies.   She had an especially impressive 3rd place result at Cross of the North #3. She's also been known to mix it up with the guys in the Single Speed races. When Suzie isn't riding, she's convincing others that they should be as the manager at Lee's North. 


                          The Build

                          Frame: 52cm, 2015, Specialized Crux Alloy Disc

                          Fork: Specialized FACT carbon

                          Front derailleur: (brand, number of rings) N/A, single

                          Rear derailleur: SRAM XO

                          Brake levers: SRAM Force

                          Brakes: TRP HY/RDs, cable actuated hydro

                          Shifters: SRAM Force

                          Cassette: (brand) SRAM

                          Cassette gearing: 10 speed, 11-32

                          Bottom Bracket: Enduro bearings, BB30

                          Cranks: SRAM Force 170mm

                          Chainrings: Race Face narrow wide 38

                          Power Meter: nope

                          Pedals: Shimano XT

                          Chain: KMC

                          Front Hub: Stan’s 3.30

                          Front Rim: Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Iron Cross team

                          Front Tire: Clement MXP 33mm

                          Rear Hub: Stan’s 3.30

                          Rear Rim: Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Iron Cross team

                          Rear Tire: Clement MXP 33mm

                          Saddle: Bontrager Ajna Elite

                          Stem: Specialized 90mm

                          Bars: FSA 440mm

                          Seatpost: FSA SL-K zero offset

                          Computer: Garmin 510

                          Computer mount: the dinky one that comes with a Garmin


                          This week on Ride Review we check out Meredith Miller's 2015 Focus Mares 0.0. Meredith and teammate Allen Krughoff have been racing the Focus Mares since the duo launched Noosa Pro CX at the beginning of last season.  


                              The build

                              Frame: 54cm, 16.5lbs, 2015, Focus Mares 0.0
                              Fork: Focus
                              Front derailleur: N/A
                              Rear derailleur: Force CX1
                              Brake levers: Force CX1
                              Brakes: Force CX1
                              Shifters: Force CX1
                              Cassette: pg 1170
                              Cassette gearing: 11-32
                              Bottom Bracket: CeramicSpeed
                              Cranks: Force 172.5
                              Chainrings: 40t (or 38t)
                              Power Meter: Stages
                              Pedals: Shimano XTR
                              Chain: red22
                              Front Hub: DT Swiss 240S
                              Front Rim: ENVE XC
                              Front Tire: Clement PDX
                              Rear Hub: DT Swiss 240S
                              Rear Rim: ENVE XC
                              Rear Tire: Clement PDX
                              Saddle: Fizik Kurve
                              Stem: ENVE
                              Bars: ENVE compact 42mm
                              Seatpost: ENVE
                              Computer: Garmin 510
                              Computer mount: ENVE

                              photos by Logan VonBokel

                              Fix racing the US Open of CX at Valmont BIke Park in Boulder.  Photo by Matt FixFix racing the US Open of CX at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder. Photo by Matt FixFort Collins U23 racer, Brannan Fix is having an impressive start the 2015/2016 cyclocross season. His consistent top ten results are a sign that the hard to come-by win is on the horizon. He had this to say when asked about his season thus far  "Very happy with the start of the season, my new team Alpha Bicycle Co.-Vista Subaru is full of great people that take racing very seriously but we still have a great time doing it." "I'm content with what I've achieved so far but I still have a long way to go to achieve my goal for the season which is making the World Champs team in Zolder next January"  I tried to get him to tell me how it felt to be beating riders like Steve Stefko and Gage Hecht, two riders that have historically always been slightly faster than him, but he wouldn't bite. "I'm just enjoying being a part of the races now as opposed to chasing people all race, it's cool to have such fast peers this year, it's really helped me reach a higher level".  Brannan's next travel block will send him to Cincinnati for Pan-American Champs, and Louisville. After that it's CXLA and possibly Jingle Cross.  If all goes well, its off to Europe for Euro Cross Camp during Christmas. 

                              After racing Boo's for several years, Brannan will be on the Moots Psychlo-X RSL this season. He has two identical race bikes and a training bike. Have a look at his A bike below. 









                                  Frame: 2015 Moots Psychlo-X RSL 56cm 
                                  Fork: TRP Carbon CX Fork
                                  Front derailleur: N/A
                                  Rear derailleur: SRAM Rival long-cage clutch
                                  Brake levers: SRAM Red 22
                                  Brakes: TRP Spyre SLC
                                  Brake Rotors: TRP-25 Centerlock 2-Piece Rotor
                                  Shifters: SRAM Red 22
                                  Cassette: SRAM
                                  Cassette gearing: 11-32
                                  Bottom Bracket: Green Chris King Press Fit 30
                                  Cranks: Rotor 3D+
                                  Chainrings: Rotor QX1
                                  Chainring # of teeth: 40
                                  Chain Catcher: N/A
                                  Pedals: TIME Atac 6
                                  Chain: SRAM PG-Red 22
                                  Front Wheel: DT Swiss RC 38 Spline Tubular db
                                  Front Tire: Clement PDX Tubular
                                  Rear Wheel: DT Swiss RC 38 Spline Tubular db
                                  Rear Tire: Clement PDX Tubular
                                  Saddle: Fizik Antares
                                  Stem: Moots TI Stem
                                  Bars: PRO Vibe 7s
                                  Seatpost: Moots Cinch TI
                                  Headset: Green Chris King NoThreadset
                                  Cables: Gold Jagwire Road Elite Link Shift


                                  C Bike Model: 2015 Moots Psychlo-X
                                  Power Meter: Rotor Power on C-bike
                                  Training wheels: DT Swiss R 23 Spline db

                                  Loveland powerhouse, Walter Durrer, rode his 17.4lb 2012 Specialized S-Works Shiv to second place finishes in both the US and Swiss Masters National Time Trial Championships.  Dual citizenship allowed Walter race the 45-49 US race in Ogden and the 35-50 Swiss race in Chalet à Gobet, just down the road from UCI HQ. 1st place in the Swiss TT won Masters Worlds with the fastest time of the day later in the season. 




                                      The Build

                                      Frame: Specialized S-Works Shiv TT 2012 17.4 pounds Complete
                                      Fork: S-Works
                                      Front derailleur: Sram Red Yaw
                                      Rear derailleur: Sram Red
                                      Brake levers: Sram Red
                                      Brakes: Specialized, Sram Carbon pads
                                      Shifters: Sram R2C
                                      Aero extensions: Specialized S-bend
                                      Cassette gearing: 11-23
                                      Bottom Bracket: BB30
                                      Cranks: S-works
                                      Chainrings: KCNC 58/44 130mm
                                      Power Meter: Quarq
                                      Pedals: Speedplay Stainless steel
                                      Chain: KMC X10SL
                                      Wheels: Zipp Super9 tubular/Zipp 808 Firecrest tubualr
                                      Front Hub: Zipp 188
                                      Front Rim: 82mm 808 Zipp
                                      Front Tire: Zipp Tangente SLSpeed tubular
                                      Rear Hub: Zipp 188 Disc Hub
                                      Rear Rim: Disc
                                      Rear Tire: Zipp Tangente SLSpeed tubular
                                      Saddle: Prologo Nago Evo TTR Nack
                                      Stem: S-works
                                      Bars: S-works
                                      Seatpost: S-works
                                      Computer: Garmin Edge 510
                                      Computer mount: Barfly
                                      Anything else? Various swiss decals for added awesomeness

                                      Mike Williams rode his 2010 Specialized Shiv to a 5th place in the Masters 50-54 National championships last month with a blistering pace of 45:25.  His time was good enough for 11th place out of all categories.  Not only is Mike one of the fastest Masters time trialists, he's one of the fastest in the state at any age.  His 2015 State Championship ride would have put him in 4th place in the pros. If you've ever been in a break with him, you know he produces and enormous amount of power and provides very little draft. His time trial position is remarkable. He looks like a rocket going down the road.

                                      Here's a look at his modified 2010 Specialized Shiv. You'll notice his aero bar extensioins are very custom.  Here's what he had to say about them "I have had three sets of custom bars.  First I melted off the un-adjustable stock extensions and modified some carbon HED Lazy-S extensions to get a fit that was somewhat like my old one on my Transition.  That was a ton of work and didn’t work very well.  Next I had James Frames in Boulder weld me up different set of extensions that worked well, but were not very clean.  Then I had Brian Rodriguez ( who worked at the North Peloton location) weld up some bars I bent and cut in my garage. They worked well until one cracked.   Now I am building the 4-6th iterations in my garage.  They will be an aluminum bar wrapped in carbon fiber.  I will make one set of bars to replace what I have.  I also want to experiment with using a 1X11 gearing next year, so I will make a set that make my hand position narrower.  The third set will be a little higher and longer, just to see if that works better (cause they dropped all the positioning rules for Masters last year)."  


                                          The Build: 

                                          Frame: Small 2010 Specialized Shiv
                                          Fork: S Works

                                          Weight: 19.25lbs

                                          Front derailleur: Campy Chorus 10 sp
                                          Rear derailleur: Campy Chorus 10 sp with a RalTech aero cage, 15 tooth jockey wheels, ceramic bearings
                                          Brake levers: Sram
                                          Brakes: Specialized (actually made by Tektro) Swiss Stop yellow pads)
                                          Shifters: Campy alloy 11 sp
                                          Aero extensions: Aluminum tubing I bent with a vice in my garage.
                                          Cassette gearing: BBB cassette with 11-23
                                          Bottom Bracket: Specialized BB30
                                          Cranks: Vision aero
                                          Chainrings: Rotor Q-ring 54 / Vision round 39
                                          Power Meter: PowerTap
                                          Pedals: Speedplay X  Series
                                          Chain: YNB with a Molten Speed Wax
                                          Wheels: Specialized Tri-spoke (early 1990’s vintage), HED Jet disc
                                          Front Hub: Specialized with ceramic bearings
                                          Front Rim: Specialized
                                          Front Tire: Continental Super Sonic 20mm with latex tubes
                                          Rear Hub: PowerTap
                                          Rear Rim: HED
                                          Rear Tire: Specialized cotton open tubular 24 mm
                                          Saddle: Bontrager
                                          Stem: Specialized
                                          Bars: Specialized modified by removing the upturned ends and re-wrapping with carbon fiber
                                          Seatpost: Specialized
                                          Computer: Garmin 500
                                          Computer mount: electrical tape


                                          Here we have Brett Rindt's BMC Crossmachine, one of the more unique cross rigs in town.  There's probably not that many of these in the state actually.  Brett is a one of the stronger roadies in town but I guarantee that once he get's the whole cornering thing figured out, he'll be a force to reckon with in 'cross too. 


                                              The Build:

                                              Frame: BMC Crossmachine-size 57
                                              Fork: same
                                              Grupo: Sram Force CX1
                                              Cassette gearing: 1 (40T) x 11-32
                                              Bottom Bracket: BMC integrated
                                              Cranks: Force 172.5
                                              Power Meter: N/A
                                              Pedals: Shimano XT
                                              Chain: Sram
                                              WHEELS: Chinese- Carbon Cycles  
                                              Front Hub: Novatec
                                              Front Rim: Chinese carbon fiber. 27mm width and 38mm depth
                                              Front Tire: Clement PDX Tubular Cyclocross Tire, 700x33mm
                                              Rear Hub: Novatec
                                              Rear Rim: Chinese carbon fiber. 27mm width and 38mm depth
                                              Rear Tire: Clement MXP Tubular Cyclocross Tire, 700x33mm
                                              Saddle: Bontrager Montrose Pro Carbon
                                              Stem: BMC RST 3
                                              Bars: BMC RDB 3
                                              Seatpost: Compliance post, carbon, TCC, 3mm offset
                                              Seatpost clamp: BMC

                                              Spare wheels: DT Swiss R23 Spline DB with Continental Cyclo X King, 700 x 35C tires


                                              Photos by Brett Rindt