Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lightweight Cross Bike: Harris' Guerciotti

Total weight with pedals is 16.5 lbs. Here are the specs:

Guerciotti Full Carbon X Crow Frame XL
4ZA Python Carbon Fork
FSA OS99CSI 120mm Stem
FSA Energy 44 Bar
Selle Italia Flite Saddle
Sram Red Drive Train
Sram Red Double Tape Levers
Ultegra 10sp Cassette
Selcof carbon seatpost
TRP Euro X Brakes
Easton EC90 Aero Wheels
Tufo Flexus tires
Egg Beaters SL pedals

Lightweight and Custom: Joe's Desalvo

So here is my custom built Ti Single speed cyclocross bike. It started out as a raffle prize that Mike DeSalvo donated to the Southern Oregon Outlaw Cyclocross series in 2007. Upgraded the frame set to Ti (check out the sweet etching. not a single drop of paint or sticker on this machine!) and built it up as follows.

Frame: DeSalvo Ti Single speed with track dropouts (spaced to 135mm)
Fork: Alpha Q CX 20
Wheels: Chris King Single Speed laced to Mavic Open Pro 32hole
Tires: Kenda Small Block Eight (with spinskin tire liners)
Cranks: FSA SLK light with a 38t Chainring
Seat post: Thompson Masterpiece
Stem: Thompson X2 90mm
Handlebar: Salsa Bell lap
Grips: ESI silicone grips-(heavy but very effective in wet/muddy conditions)
Brake Levers: Cane Creek
Brakes: front-Paul Neo Retro rear-Paul Touring Canti
Saddle: Selle San Marco Aspide Ti
Pedals: Crank Bros 2Ti

Final Build weight with heavy grips, tire liners, & pedals etc......16.71lbs


Lightweight and Custom: Owen's Kelly

My new Kelly, comes in just under 18lbs.

Frame: 50cm Kelly Knobby X, 1-1/8" Head Tube, True Temper Platinum Ox

Wheels: Planet X Pro Carbon 50 Tubular, with American Classic Hubs, bladed spokes.

Tires: Challenge Grifos, 32mm

Drivetrain: Campagnolo Record QS 10spd Shifters/Campagnolo Record Rear Derailleur/ Campagnolo Record Front Derailleur/Campagnolo Record UT CT Crankset /Campagnolo Record Bottom Bracket

Front: Paul Neo Retro w/ SwissStop Yellow King
Rear: Paul Touring w/ SwissStop Yellow King

Seatpost: Campagnolo Record Carbon

Saddle: Selle San Marco Racing Replica (Ti)

Stem: Ritchey WCS

Bar: 3T Prima 199

Tape: Cinelli

Headset: Cane Creek 110

Extras: Deda Dog Fang chain watcher

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Reader's Question: Cross Pedal interference?

Hey, love your blog. Hope an update is coming soon. I will send you a picture of my kelly when my new pedals are here.....on to that....

I have a pair of candy pedals, but the platform interferes with my sidi dragon's tred. What in your opinion is the best/lightest pedal choice for cross that has a low profile? I am also trying to keep cost in mind, considering the money tree is not in bloom. I was going to go with the eggbeater SL, but someone told me they were not all that great. Any suggestions? Thanks,

Patrick---thanks for the comment, and your question brought about the update, fancy that!

Anyway, I have always had issues with this myself as I have primarily used the Candy's as well. My solution is to grind/shave some of the tread where the Candy platform touches the shoe. Clip your shoe into your pedal at your house and see where the shoe is making contact with the pedal platform. Make a mental note, pull out the Dremel and grind away a little tread. This is what many people do.

Additionally, Crank Brothers supply cleat shims for this purpose as well. I sometimes have had to employ both methods as the shims dont do enough shimming for some shoes.

Thanks for the question, anybody else have any insights, put it in the comments!

UPDATE: Patrick let me know that the shims supplied by Crank Bros worked great!