Monday, November 03, 2008

Race Rigs

Now that the season is in full swing..I figure a bike review is in order.

Let's see what KP is riding for 2008/2009.

To start, I am on 2009 Ridley X-Fire Carbon frame sets, size 54cm. These a pretty standard Euro style CX set. A slightly higher BB, top tube mounted cables, full carbon 4ZA fork.

Gruppo is 95% SRAM : and mostly RED or Force parts at that. Shifters are Red, while front and rear deraileurs are Force. One little trick part is the Parlee Carbon front deraileur band on both frames.

Braking duty goes to a SUPER sweet set of TRP Mag Eurox brakes : these are by far the best stoppers I have ever used for CX. Easy to set up, tons of adjustability, and WHITE Sex to boot. I did swap out for the tried and true Swiss Stop pads thanks to my primary sponsor Bikeman.

For wheels, I am using an assortement of Reynolds Status and DV 46 wheel sets, clad in the best CX tires on the planet, Dugast. This are courtesy of my good bro Stu at . Each pair is mounted with the tape and glue method that Stu preaches and the sidewalls are AquaSealed to keep the "bling" throughout the season.

Misc :

Pedals are Shimano XTR

Stem and Post are Alpha Q

Bars are 3T Rotundo Pro

The bikes in race trim are 16.5 pounds (~7.48kilos) : they handle great and look sharp to boot!