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


                              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