|Thanks to HED Cycling & Trek Bicycles|
Today I'm going to start with the bike & the wheels....maybe the most critical part of the equation.
|The XO2 before my first trip to Belgium in 2008|
|The NEW CRONUS w/ E2 & BB90|
Most noticable of the new features is the BB90. This bike accelerates! My favorite new feature is the internal cable routing...its a clean look and I hate being my own mechanic. The internal routing keeps the cables working like day 1 for a long time!
Next up on the list is HED Wheels! They definately add to the ability for the bike to accelerate. For the dry fast races I have Dugast Typhoon tires mounted up the the HED Stinger 5's, a full carbon tubular, with a 50mm deep rim w/ an extra wide raised rim bed so you are guaranteed a good glue job. The wheels are light and fast. This past weekend at the USGP in Louisville I was rocketing down the start stretch with a full blown cross tailwind thinking to my self these wheels rule! They also sliced through the sand like nobody's business. Depending on the course I also have some Stingers 5's front wheels mounted up with a slightly more aggresive front tire...the FMB Grippo. I have actually raced that set up more ofter than not. Pretty awesome that HED sent out 2 extra front wheels....awesome sponsors rule!
|AL Ardennes SL from HED = stopping power!|
My favorite part about my new partnership with HED Cycling though is, when the going gets tough and cross gets muddy, knowing that I have a new weapon. The HED Ardennes tubular. These wheels actually stop in the mud! Imagine that....They are light enough, they are stiff enough, and when it gets really nasty and when you really need to rely on your brakes to go as fast as possible you know the wheels will stop. I've done two nasty muddy races this year and with Jingle Cross on the horizon I know the Ardennes will come in handy. I have the Dugast Rhyno's mounted up to two sets of the best aluminum wheels I have ever used. They are way less expensive than carbon, they are light, and they really could be considered a great all around wheel for everyone to use in even the fast dry races. Check them out if you get a chance.
That's all for today so again a huge THANKS to Trek Bicycles and HED Cycling...check back soon for the rest of the details on the bike!