Ride Reviews

BeFunkyPhotoThe 36th annual Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon started Thursday for the amateur field. Butler Cycling Team p/b Climate Master, based in Fort Collins, took a three man squad to compete in the Category 2 race. The squad’s General Classification hopeful is Nate Taggatz while Nate Prewitt and Grant VanHoose (Grant the Intern- GTI) will look to make some noise in the climb heavy road and circuit races.


Stage 1 Recap Via the Butler Cycling Facebook page: Nate Taggatz is leading the team, taking 14th in the time trial with Nate Prewitt in 39th and Grant VanHoose in 57th. The guys are excited for tomorrow's 97 mile road race finishing up to Mt. Bachelor where the final climb is sure to see a shake up in the general classification.


GTI took some time out to bring you all a quick look at the equipment that he and Taggatz will be rolling on through out stages 2, 3 and 4 in the road race, criterium and circuit race.


Stage Breakdown:

Stage 1- 16 mile out and back time trial, mostly flat with a couple rollers

Stage 2- 97 mile road race around the Cascade Lakes, finishing on a 10 mile climb up to Mt. Bachelor Ski Area

Stage 3- Flat, 4 corner downtown criterium. Tight first corner where it’s common to utilize the sidewalk.

Stage 4- 18 mile circuit, 2’s will race 4 laps. Brutal finishing climb after the finish line changed last year.


Grant 2015 Cannondale Evo, Sram Red


Frame: SuperSix Evo, Ballistec Carbon

Fork: SuperSix Evo

Grupo: Sram Red 22

Cassette Gearing: 11-28, 11 speed

Headset: SuperSix Evo

Bottom Bracket: PressFit BB30

Cranks: Hollowgram SI

Power Meter: Currently without one, garmin cadence sensor for the time being

Pedals: Speedplay

Chain: Sram PC-1170

Front Hub: Standard Boyd

Front Rim: 30 mm Boyd carbon clincher

Front Tire: Continental GP4000 S II

Rear Hub: Standard Boyd

Rear Rim: 30 mm Boyd carbon clincher

Rear Tire: Continental GP4000 S II

Saddle: Bontrager Affinity RL

Stem: Cannondale C2, alloy

Bars: Cannondale C2, alloy compact

Seatpost: Cannondale C1 Ultralight alloy

Computer: Garmin Edge 510


During the 4 corner, flat crit GTI will likely run a 11-25 cassette on an Easton EA90 SLX wheel in the rear.


Nate Taggatz 2014 Cannondale Evo, Sram Red


Matt Skrdla, a team sponsor and rider, lent his new Zipp 202 carbon wheels to Taggatz to help him have every advantage in his GC pursuit.


Frame: SuperSix Evo, Ballistec Carbon

Fork: SuperSix Evo

Grupo: Sram Red 22

Cassette Gearing: 11-28, 11 speed

Headset: SuperSix Evo

Bottom Bracket: BB30

Cranks: Quarq Sram Red, 172.5

Power Meter: Quarq

Pedals: Look Carbon

Chain: Sram PC-1170

Front Hub: Zipp 88

Front Rim: Zipp 202

Front Tire: Contintental GP 4000S, 25 mm

Rear Hub: 188/V9

Rear Rim:Zipp 202

Rear Tire: Continental GP 4000S, 25 mm

Saddle: Selle Italia SL3

Seatpost: FSA K-Force SB32

Stem: Easton EA90

Bars: Cannondale C2 compact alloy

Computer: Garmin Edge 500




      There are very few other people in Fort Collins are as passionate about cyclocross as First City Cycling's Jay Zorn.  He comes from the old school East Coast style of 'cross and brings as much of that style as will be accepted as the Course and Partnerships Director of Cross of the North.   Here's his 17.1 pound 2010 54cm Ridley X-Fire.


          Frame: 2010 54cm Ridley X-Fire
          Fork: Ridley X-Fire
          Grupo: Sram Force shifters & rear derailleur; Rival front derailleur
          Cassette gearing: Sram PG-1070 12-26
          Headset: 1⅛” FSA Orbit CE
          Bottom Bracket: Sram Rival
          Cranks: Sram Rival 172.5mm
          Power Meter: N/A
          Pedals: Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11
          Chain: Sram PC 1070
          Front Hub: Reynolds
          Front Rim: Reynolds DV46 UL tubular
          Front Tire: Challenge Fango 33 w/ Continental REVO sealant
          Rear Hub: Reynolds
          Rear Rim: Reynolds DV46 UL tubular
          Rear Tire: Challenge Fango 33 w/ Continental REVO sealant
          Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
          Stem: Syntace F99 105mm
          Bars: Deda Elementi 215 42cm
          Seatpost: KCNC Ti ProLite
          Seatpost clamp: 4ZA
          Brakes: TRP EuroX cantilever w/ Swissstop pads
          Skewers: KCNC Ti
          Cables: Alligator iLink compressionless
          Computer: Garmin 500
          Weight: 17.1 lbs (7.74kg)

          Never the one to be concerned with the latest and greatest or lightest, Steve Stefko has been clanking heads on this alloy Jet9 for five years. Can you imagine the what he would do on a bike that was 5 pounds lighter?



              Frame: Large 2010 Jet9 (Kermit Green)

              Front shock/Fork: RockShox SID World Cup w/ remote lockout 100mm

              Rear shock: Fox RP23 Pushed

              Grupo: Sram XX, XO rear derailleur

              Brakes: Shimano XT 160mm front and rear

              Cassette gearing: 11-36

              Headset: Cane Creek Forty

              Bottom Bracket: Sram XX GXP

              Cranks: Sram XX 2x10, 39x26

              Power Meter: n/a

              Pedals: Shimano XT

              Chain: Sram 1071

              Front Hub: Stan’s 3.30

              Front Rim: Stan’s Crest

              Front Tire: Continental X-King 29 x 2.2

              Rear Hub: Stan’s 3.30

              Rear Rim: Stan’s Crest

              Rear Tire: Continental X-King 29 x 2.2

              Saddle: Fizik Aliante VS

              Stem: Easton EA70 110mm

              Bars: Niner Flat Top Carbon cut down to 685mm

              Seatpost: Thomson Elite

              Computer: Garmin 810

              WeberHeadshotThere's more than meets the eye with Mike Weber's custom built Klunker, it's not just another beach cruiser. Much like the original Klunkers from the late 70s and early 80s that inspired the build, it's made up of miscellaneous bike parts found laying around to allow it to handle the trail better than the neighborhood.

              Here's what Mike had to say about it.

              "The frame (with the cranks installed) came through a used bike shop in which I worked in high school and college. That frame design, with the flat parallel bars beneath the top tube, was only made for two years and I thought it was cool. I mentioned I liked it, so my employer / partner gave it to me in 1985 after it sat around the shop for a few weeks and we didn't get around to building it for sale. I had the rest of the parts on a cruiser my friend had built from his dad's 1950's Schwinn 3 speed and then had sold to me.

              Frame, fork, cranks, handlebars, grips, stem, chain, and seat post are all as I installed them when I built the bike in 1985.

              Wheels were changed as I ran across what I thought were better options, when I found them at little or no cost. It started with chrome plated steel rims on old hubs, then went to a set of vintage steel tandem wheels. The durability was awesome, but they weighed a ton. Current rear wheel was given to me for parts by a customer of mine at my shop in Summit County after it was taco'ed in a crash. I straightened it by jumping up and down on it and then truing it and have been riding it ever since. Front wheel came off a $5 craigslist vintage bike purchase.

              Saddle came from my old Bridgestone MB-1 when I went to a lighter Ti saddle on that bike.

              Headbadge came from my mom's mid-'50s Schwinn Racer she got when she was a kid.

              Tires have always been whatever I have lying around. Rear tire was a swap purchase from Georgia Gould. When I ripped a sidewall, I wasn't confident using it on my MTB , so I patched the sidewall and threw it on the cruiser."


              Build List

              Frame: 1964 Schwinn Typhoon

              Fork: 1982 Cyclepro 26” BMX cruiser

              Headset: 1” generic BMX

              BB: 1 piece American to 3 piece cotterless conversion

              Gearing: 44 x 18

              Cranks: 1980 Shimano Tourney BMX 170mm w/ 44 tooth chainring

              Chain: Generic single speed

              Pedals: 1st generation Ritchey Logic SPD compatible clipless

              Front Hub: Suzue sealed bearing

              Front Rim: Specialized GX20 26 x 1.5

              Front Tire: WTB Velociraptor 26 x 2.1

              Rear Hub: Shimano CB­E110 Coaster Brake w/ 18 tooth cog

              Rear Rim: Red anodized SUMO 26 x 1.75 (Copy of ARAYA 7x)

              Rear Tire: Maxxis CrossMark eXCeption Series Silkworm 26 x 2.1 kevlar bead

              Saddle: 1988 Selle Italia Rolls

              Stem: 1982 Diamond Back BMX

              Bars: 1982 steel paperboy style

              Seatpost: 3⁄4” chrome plated steel

              Seatpost clamp: 1985 Tioga BMX seatpost clamp

              Grips: Early ‘80s Taiwanese knock off of Grab­on MX2


              Mickey and the Beanstalk bell

              Odells IPA beer coaster in rear spokes


                  SuperXonstairsMy SuperX on the stairs of the slowly deteriorating USGP flyover. YGR will be working to relocate the flyover in the very near future. Keep an eye out for how you can help.

                  During the course of the 2014/015 cyclocross season, I've had several people ask about my Cannondale SuperX so I figured I'd do a ride review on it.  The guys at ProVelo took a standard 52cm SuperX and converted it to single speed for me.   It worked flawlessly. Enjoy.











                      Frame: 52cm Cannondale SuperX set up Single Speed

                      Fork: Cannondale
                      Bars: Cannondale C1 42cm
                      Stem: Cannondale C1 100mm
                      Saddle:  Ergon SR3- medium
                      Seat post:  Cannondale C1
                      Rims: No name Chinese carbon fiber. 25mm width and 38mm depth   
                      Hubs: Novatec 
                      Tires:Challenge Fango 33mm
                      Brake Levers: TRP Hylex
                      Brakes: TRP Hylex hydraulic.140/160 rotors
                      Front Derailleur: NA
                      Rear Derailleur: NA
                      Cassette: Rennen 16 tooth cog
                      Cranks: Sram Force 172.5
                      Chainring: 39 tooth Tangent BMX chainring
                      Pedals: Crankbrothers Eggbeater 3s

                      Computer: Garmin Edge 510


                      Logan Raliegh2

                       As many of you know, Fort Collins local, Logan VonBokel is a tech reporter for Velo News.  That means he gets to test a lot of nice bikes and equipment.  When he settles on something for personal bike, it's worth noting. This season Logan has been doing a fair amount of single speed cx races and has been pretty successful at it.  Here we have his 15.6lb Raleigh Hodala SSCX. 








                      Frame: 54cm Raleigh Hodala SSCX

                      Fork: Enve Cross
                      Bars: 44cm Thomson Katie Compton Cross
                      Stem: Enve 120mm
                      Saddle:  San Marco Zoncolan
                      Seat post: Oval 
                      Rims:  Bontrager Aeolus 5 
                      Hubs: Bontrager — DT Swiss Internals
                      Tires: FMB Pro Super SSC
                      Brake Levers: TRP RRL
                      Brakes: TRP RevoX Carbon - Reynolds Cryo-Blue Brake Pads
                      Front Derailleur: NA
                      Rear Derailleur: NA
                      Cassette: Niner Cogalicious 18t
                      Cranks: Power2max Type S Rotor 3D
                      Chainring: SRAM CX1 42t
                      Pedals: Shimano XTR




                          Gould cx bike 2014Local Luna Chix pro, Georgia Gould is riding a new cyclocross rig this season and the Orbea branded carbon steed isn't as it appears. For 2014, Orbea Bicycles, the longtime sponsor of the Luna Chix pro team, decided not to produce a cyclocross bike. This gap in the lineup left the powerhouse team looking for a new frame to compete on.  Management decided to purchase several Ibis Hakkalugi frames and build them up with sponsor correct bits (mostly). Star riders like Georgia and Katerina Nash are on the new Ibis frames while other riders are on last year's Orbea Terra bicycles. 

                          Frame: 53cm Ibis Hakkalugi

                          Fork: Enve Cross Disc

                          Bars: 42cm Pro Vibe 7s

                          Stem: 90mm Pro Vibe 7s

                          Saddle: Selle Italia SLR XC Team Edition. 

                          Seat post: Pro Vibe 7s

                          Rims: Shimano Carbon Tubular Prototype. 

                          Hubs: Shimano CX75

                          Tires: Clement PDX tubulars

                          Shifters: Shimano Dura Ace R785

                          Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace R785

                          Front Derailleur: NA- E13 chainguard

                          Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 9070 Di2

                          Cassette: Shimano Dura Ace 9000 Dura Ace 11-28

                          Cranks: Shimano Dura Ace 9000 Di2 172.5

                          Chainring: Shimano Dura Ace 9000 39 tooth

                          Pedals: Shimano XTR

                          Powermeter: Stages.


                              2014 Fuji SupremeThis week we take a look at Amanda Miller of Team Tibco's 50cm 2014 Fuji Supreme. Miller lives here in Fort Collins and races professionally for Team Tibco. 

                              Frame: 2014 Fuji Supreme

                              Size: S (50cm)

                              Fork: Fuji Carbon FC440

                              Headset: FSA

                              Wheelset: Reynolds Carbon Clincher 46 (or 32 if it's a hilly race)

                              Skewers: Reynolds

                              Rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 11spd electronic

                              Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra electronic

                              Shifters: Shimano Ultegra 11spd electronic

                              Brakes: Shimano Ultegra with Reynolds carbon pads

                              Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 11spd (50/35t)

                              Pedals: Look Keo Blade Carbon

                              Seatpost: Oval Components 910

                              Saddle: Prologo Kappa Evo

                              Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 11spd (11-25t, 11-28t for hilly races)

                              Tires: Maxxis Cormet One 70

                              Stem: Oval Components 713

                              Bars: Oval Components 700s


                              Indy Fab snow
                              We continue with our shop owner bike review series with Justin Newberg's 2007 Indy Fab Crown Jewel. Justin owns the Bike Recyclery and sells vintage bikes and bike parts to customers all over the country via his website, http://www.bikerecyclery.com/. The Bike Recyclery  operates out of the basement of Justin's house in Old Town. The space doubles as a shop, showroom, photo studio and warehouse.  
                              Here are the other two bikes from the series. 
                              Here's what he rides when he's not shipping Campy derailleur's or Dean frames out the back door. 
                              Frame: 2007 Independent Fabrications Crown Jewel, Reynolds 853 steel
                              Fork: Reynolds Ouzo Pro
                              Headset: Chris King
                              Size: 56cm
                              Wheelset: Mavic Open Pro on Campagnolo Record
                              Skewers: KCNC
                              Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Record 10-speed carbon/ti
                              Front Derailleur: Dura Ace 7800 (The Record FD is simply inferior)
                              Shifters: Campagnolo Record 10-speed carbon
                              Brakes: Campagnolo Record
                              Crankset: Campagnolo Record 10-speed 53/39t
                              Pedals: Shimano XTR PD-M959
                              Seatpost: Onza NADS tool-less seatpost
                              Saddle: Brooks Professional 
                              Cassette: Campagnolo Record 12-26t
                              Tires: Continental Gran Prix 4000s
                              Stem: Thompson 
                              Bars: Reynolds Ouzo Pro

                              Archies DomaneThis week as we continue our series of shop owners bikes, we take a look at Archie Solsky's 2013 Trek 6 Series Project One Domane. Archie is the owner of all three Lee's Cyclery locations.  As you may have guessd, Trek is their bread and butter brand. Even in a 58cm frame, Archie's ride comes in at 15.10lbs w/ pedals, cages and computer. 

                              The Build
                              Frame: 2013 6 Series Trek Domane- 600 Series OCLV Carbon, E2, BB90, performance cable routing, DuoTrap compatible, Ride Tuned seatmast, IsoSpeed 
                              Size: 58
                              Fork: Domane IsoSpeed full carbon, E2 asymmetric steerer 
                              Headset: Cane Creek IS-2, integrated, cartridge bearings, sealed, alloy, 1-1/8" top, 1.5" bottom 
                              Stem: 110mm Bontrager RXL
                              Handlebars: 44cm Bontrager RXL 
                              Front brake: SRAM Red 
                              Rear brake: SRAM Red 
                              Brake levers: SRAM Red 
                              Front derailleur: SRAM Red 
                              Rear derailleur: SRAM Red WiFli 
                              Shift levers:  SRAM Red 10 speed
                              Cassette:  Sram 11x32
                              Crankset: Sram Red 50x34
                              Pedals: Chromoly Speedplay Zero
                              Wheelset: Mavic Sys R
                              Front tire: Conti Grand Prix 4000 23mm 
                              Rear tire: Conti Grand Prix 4000 23mm
                              Saddle: Specialized Toupe RBX Expert
                              Seat post:  Bontrager Ride Tuned Carbon seatmast cap, 20mm offset


                              01Owning a bike shop is a tricky business but  it comes with certain benefits and one of those benefits is having access to the latest and greatest bicycles available from the manufacturers you carry.  Over the next several weeks, YGR will highlight some of our local bike shop owners favorite bikes. 
                              This week we start with Greg Thornton's 2014 Pinarello Dogma.   Greg owns ProVelo Bicycles and has access to bikes from Cannondale, Jamis, Pinarello, Santa Cruz.

                              The Build

                              Frame: Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2
                              Sizes: 53
                              Fork: Pinarello Onda Carbon 65HM1K
                              Headset: Pinarello, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" tapered
                              Stem: Pinarello Most 120
                              Handlebars: Pinarello Most 42
                              Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton dual pivot
                              Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton single pivot
                              Brake levers: Campagnolo Ultra-Shift Super Record EPS
                              Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
                              Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
                              Shift levers: Campagnolo Ultra-Shift Super Record EPS
                              Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record, 11-26T
                              Chain: Campagnolo Record 11s
                              Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record Ultra-Torque CT, 39/53T
                              Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Ultra-Torque OS-Fit
                              Pedals: Look Keno Blade 2 Ti
                              Wheelset: Campagnolo Shamal Ultra
                              Front tire: Continental GP Grand Prix 4000, 700x25mm
                              Rear tire: Continental GP Grand Prix 4000, 700x25mm
                              Saddle: Selle Italia SLR ti
                              Seat post: Dogma