2013 NCCX Series, Week 8

Hendersonville 9 200

Week number eight of the North Carolina Cyclocross series took us to Hendersonville, North Carolina for the only UCI race of the series.  Because it was a UCI race the turnout was larger than normal.  In fact it was the US Grand Prix race as well as the next to the last race in the UCI cyclocross series.  What made it even more important is that in the Pro field, the top three ranked riders were all within a few points. Sunday’s pro race had over 48 riders registered when a normal pro field is 20 or so riders.  All the fields were deep.  Laura Rice of Henderson County Parks and Recreation, which hosts the event each year, said there were 331 finishers on Saturday, and 330 finishers on Sunday.  When you consider that only 34 finished (or 70% of the...

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Raleigh Talus Carbon Pro Single Speed

Raleigh SS - 4

This bike is my cross country single speed race bike. It has a twin sister that is a geared version of the same bike. Raleigh doesn’t make a single speed version of this awesome frame, nor does it come with a BB30 bottom bracket so running an eccentric is not an option. This setup replaces a rear derailleur with a Melvin tensioner. I’m running a Rotor 34t Q-ring up front and KMC hollowpin chain. Wheels are American Classic Mountain 29s, brakes are Hayes Prime, fork is the Fox Terralogic that automatically senses when to lock and unlock, crank is RaceFace Evolve, seatpost is Thompson Elite, and bars are Easton Monkey Lite Carbon. Tires are Kenda Karma 1.9″ and running tubeless. Pedals are Xpedo titanium. The bike weighs in about half a...

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Raleigh Talus Carbon Pro SRAM 1×10

Raleigh 1x10 - 3

This bike is my cross country geared race bike.  It has a twin sister that is a single speed version of the same bike.  This one features a 1×10 XX group with one exception: The rear derailleur is XO with clutch, a feature not available in XX.  This setup is essentially the 10 speed version of the new XX1 11 speed group from SRAM.  I’m running a Rotor 34t Q-ring up front and KMC hollowpin chain. Wheels are American Classic Race 29s, brakes are Hayes Prime, fork is Manitou Tower Pro with remote lock, crank is RaceFace Evolve, seatpost is Thompson Elite, and bars are Easton Monkey Lite Carbon.  Tires are Kenda Karma 1.9″ and running tubeless.  Pedals are Xpedo titanium.  The bike weighs in just under 21 pounds ready to ride and there...

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