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
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
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.
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,
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
Power Meter: Stages
Pedals: Shimano 105
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.
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 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.
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
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)
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.
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 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
On 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: http://goo.gl/VJ5zdg
Without further ado, I give you Ben's 2015 Salsa Spearfish, size large in Tequila Lime and all his gear.
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
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 (http://www.jpaks.com), Donkey Label (https://donkeylabel.com), ProVelo bikes (http://www.provelobikes.com), 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
Front derailleur: Dura-Ace 10spd
Rear derailleur: Dura-Ace 10spd w/Hawk Racing pulley wheels
Brake levers: 3T
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
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
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.
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
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.
Frame: 54cm, 16.5lbs, 2015, Focus Mares 0.0
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
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
Bars: ENVE compact 42mm
Computer: Garmin 510
Computer mount: ENVE
photos by Logan VonBokel