Custom Cyclo-Cross Bikes & Tech At Superprestige Ruddervoorde

Custom Cyclo-Cross Bikes & Tech At Superprestige Ruddervoorde


– I’m here in Ruddervoorde in Belgium, which is a pretty small
town, to be perfectly honest, but today, and for one day only, it’s turned into the
hotbed of Cyclo-Cross. And today I’m going to take look around and check out all the
various bits of equipment that riders are using here. I’m very excited for it, it’s very cold, let’s crack on, let’s
see what we can find. Come on. (electronic music) I’m here with the bike of
Tom Pidcock of TP Racing. TP Racing of course,
standing for Tom Pidcock, after all he’s a former Junior
World Cyclo-Cross champion, as well as Junior World Time
Trial Champion on the road. So, if that’s not enough to
get a team named after yourself then well, I don’t know what is. What about his bike then? Well for this season
he’s gone to Specialized. Previously, he was using
Trek and also Ridley, however a new team quite
often comes new sponsors. What about the bike then? Well first up we’ve got a
Sram Force one bike group set. Now for this race he’s
using an 11/32 cassette and a 42 tooth chain ring there, too. Pedals, they come from Look, and then the extract model,
which is as possible slightly more unusual choice, because
you do tend to see most riders using Shimano’s SPD,
although it does take a very similar pattern, let’s face it. Wheels wise, well, we got some Visions and they’re topped off nicely with these challenge Griffo setter extras. Now, this has got a gold
label on these tires, and that gold is because
there’s little bit of silk inside of it. So that’s gonna give you
a little bit extra plush and comfort over rough terrain. Though admittedly here in Ruddervoorde, the terrain isn’t actually that rough. Pressure wise in them, I think it’s 1.6 buff from
what the mechanic told me, so that’s about 23 to 24 PSI. So slightly on the higher
end actually for Cyclo-Cross. Finishing kit, we’ve got
FSA carbon K-Force seatpost, with a nice bit of orange
detail in there to mach up with the frame, I do like that, reminds me of a Malibu sunset
or something like that, or maybe a fancy cocktail,
Dan Lloyd would know. And then we’ve got FSA
bars and stem on there too. And then interestingly, and
something I think is super cool, bar end plugs, they’re
actually attached in, with little Allen key bolts there too, so there’s no chance of them coming out, if you were to fall, because of course, bar end plugs aren’t just
there for aesthetics, they’re also there for safety too. Nice looking bike. (electronic music) Tire choices for Cyclo-Cross
riders are absolutely critical because a course can
deteriorate over a race, or could actually improve
depending on the weather, so a rider generally has
between three or four different pair of wheels to choose
from on any event, depending, like I said, on the conditions. For instance if the race is in Cocksider, which is a really really sandy course, this tire is actually named
after that race course, it’s called the Cocksider, so it’s got a very very fine tread on it, designed specifically for sand. And if you had a course
that was pretty dry again with sand, and it’s more cornering, a lot of fast corners
well, you could use this. The June, so a very similar profile, but on the edges of the
tire, you’ve actually got these novels on there too
and also, the tread does tend to go a little bit further down on the side wall of the carcass. All this blows me away really, the fine details that riders go into. I mean it’s not just the tire pressures they’re particular about,
it’s also the treads. Then you got things like this one here, the baby Limas, you’re
got, I think we’ve got a Griffo here tucked away,
it’s absolutely incredible. Not to mention the fact that some of them, they nearly start to use
in the carcass of the tire, silk threads instead of cotton, because that is generally
a little bit lighter and does offer a bit of
a better ride, I guess, that’s the easier way to explain it. There’s a little bit more spring in it. I love this. (upbeat music) I’m here with the bikes
of Christine Majerus of Luxenburg and team Boels-Dolman, a rider who rides on
the road all year round, or virtually around, then
goes on to the muddy fields to ride Cyclo-Cross too,
now she is about to actually go out on the bikes, so I’m
gonna have to be as quick as I can, but, check out
that, even got kind of an emoji style thing going
on on the side of her camper. Ultra cool. Now about the bike then, well,
you can’t miss it, can you? It’s kinda like that
Malibu sunset, but this one is amazing I recon, I absolutely
love the color schemes coming out of Specialized this year. But what do we got then? Well, we got the Specialized crux, with these pro Zipp 303’s,
challenge Baby Lima, so that’s the tire choice. Zipp finishing kit there, too, and also, a quirk parameter there, so before do I Shram. Got a 38 tooth chain ring, and it’s 11/32 cassette on the rear. And interestingly you don’t
see a lot of riders doing this. We’ve actually got a
mount here for GPS device on the handle bars, so that’s obviously to get the rider feedback,
both the lap times, as well as for the pair output too. I do like this one, the
colors, they blow me away. (electronic music) I’m here with one of the bikes
of Matthieu van der Poel, it’s a Canyon named CFS LX. As you can see, it’s slightly
different from a normal going Cyclo-Cross bike because
in fact it’s got road tires on there, no, maybe, there’s
a bit of a story behind this, because if we look back
a couple of years ago, when Cocksider World Cycross
champs were called off because of extreme wind. He actually rode all
the way back to Antwerp, or just north of Antwerp, where he lives, so maybe off the race of
that, he’s gonna be doing a little bit extra training, because well, there’s a speed censor
there now on the wheel, there are two, but, nice
looking bike, isn’t it? I’m not really a jewelry man,
so this is a quite unusual necklace anyway, but looking at this bike, check out this, on Van
der Poel’s chain set. He’s actually got a scuff
guard on the side of that, to help prevent any damage
from any possible shoes rubbing on the cranks, which
is a great finishing touch. Don’t really see that from any pros, certainly I’ve never seen it. And then the pedals, little
bit of sneak preview here. Prototype 00 on them, so. I really have no idea what they are. Although the do look
like a pair of Shimanos but that is super cool,
and that’s what’s great about Cyclo-Cross, as you
can get up close and personal with all of the pros’ bikes. Gotta see who else I can find though, on some of the other riders’ bikes too. One of the coolest
things that you can get, in my opinion anyway, is this, it’s not a cordless drill, it’s a pump, so a mini compressor. There’s even a smaller
LCD display screen there so you can just do that
and inflate the tire to the pressure of your choice. From my memory, when I
tried to find one of these on Boch’s website, it’s
actually been discontinued now so if you can find one,
you are very lucky, let me know if you managed to get one, because I am desperate for one. A friend of mine’s got one,
and I’ve never been able to sneak it out of his house quite yet. This one is Matthieu van der Poel’s, I’m not gonna risk taking it. (electronic music) I’ve just managed to grab
this Cannondale Supercross from a bunch of Swedish
lads here at Ruddervoorde, and I absolutely love it. I just love the paint work on
it, it does wonders for me. What’s so special about it then? Well first up, we got a Shimano
Ultegra RX read derailleur, so those of you who may
remember, Oli in fact, did do some science on one
of those a few weeks back, when he tested to see how well it works, ’cause of course you can lock
that ridge railer in place, to try and help the chain stay in position just that little bit easier. Then I had a closer look and
they have in fact used wax on the chain, so in stead
of using normal lubricant, they’ve coated it in wax,
and that actually helps keep your drive clean, nice and clean, as well as attracting less dirt, which is obviously ultra
important when riding Cyclo-Cross. Hydraulic breaks set up,
and then, these pedals too. I haven’t seen a pair
of these in the flesh for quite a while, actually. Pair of blue Anodized XTR SPD’s. Pretty sure they’re only
available for a select few, so I’m gonna have to go and check out which of these riders was that select one. Now the bars, this is where
it’s all got really interesting for me, in fact, at first
I thought this was actually double racked, ’cause it’s big. I don’t have pretty big hands but, well you’re struggling to
really get quite the grip I normally go for. But the pro vibe bar is
actually pretty chunky all the way up to where
the leave is mount on, then they become almost regular thickness. That is nice, I do like
that, especially for a bit of Cross action. Hubs, they come from Tune,
which for those of you who aren’t aware of that,
Tune is a relatively small manufacturer, I guess you could say, but artisan products based in Schwarzwald or the Black Forest, and
they’re in the Germany. So those are gonna be ultra light hubs, and this is a sort of
thing which, if you look really really carefully
and closely at things like the Tour de France,
you do see riders going for the ultra light
version of their products. Let me know what you think of this bike, down there in the comment section. I’m here with the biker Yu Takenouchi, this is his Toyo framed Cyclo-Cross bike. And it’s an absolute
beautiful looking bike, I’ve gotta say, because,
it combines two absolutely fantastic materials for
bikes, in my opinion. Carbon fiber, so you got
carbon fiber top tube, carbon fiber down tube, carbon fiber fork, then the rest of it is steel. Yeah, that’s right, so it’s combining them is absolutely brilliant,
so it’s a loved affair, as you can see, and I love
the red and the chrome, it looks absolutely beautiful. Also worth noting is
actually, the CNC machine bits of material, which allow a
disc caliper to be mounted on the inside of the stay, as well as the rear derailleur
hanger which then goes on to the rear that drop out here. It’s absolutely incredible,
it’s blowing my mind away and when speaking to the rider earlier on, he told me as well,
this paint job is about five to six hundred
euros, it’s that special, and it certainly is. And get this, a good old
reliable old fashioned, yet reliable trusted, tested, outboard bottom bracket bearings. No press fail in this one. So this is Panda. She’s not really pandering
to my attention much, but yeah, how cool is that,
a Dalmatian, I absolutely, Panda, Panda! Come here, come here. I absolutely love a dog,
especially a Dalmatian. But she doesn’t appear to love me much. Oh well, back to the bike tech. A customized kit in Cross is
a pretty big affair, I guess, especially if you’re decent. So in the case of Nikki Brammeier, well, she’s actually got some Zipp wheels, with both blue logos on, with
some orangy red ones too, so that brings out the color of the frame. I absolutely love a bit of custom tech. Especially colors, brings out everything. (electronic music) Managed to get the bike of Marianne Vos and this is a bike I’ve
been keen to take a look at, because, well, for start,
using cue rings down there, which is pretty unusual, I’ve got to say, especially in the case of Cross bikes too. Now, mounted on to the chains
are also, Pioneer power meter which then, obviously we’ve
got a mount up here too on the handle bars in order for Marianne to actually see her power, look at that. I’ve never been interrupted
before by Marianne but I have now and well, it’s a pleasure. I’m at a loss of words,
don’t know what to say. I’ve lost my train of thought totally but interestingly too, not
using the new Ultegra RX rear derailleur or anything like that, we stick here with a Jaw race two by setup front and rear, love it. Other things worth shouting out as well. Check out these, a pair
of Prototype 00 pedals, so my guess, that’s
possibly a Shimano pedal, ’cause it looks like it to me. Yeah. But, let’s not forget though,
there’s quite the stem going on there, it’s
obviously slightly throughout a small frame but still have
the bars in a fairly up right position there too, but, with
the palm arrows of Marianne I’m not gonna advice her on
any sort of bike position, because well, she lets
her legs do the talking. Now something I’ve seen
on a lot of Sobato bikes, as well as these release of
Marianne Vos, is actually this. Now this certainly comes
into it’s own I think, in a Cyclo-Cross environment. What is it though, well,
we’ve got the standard seat climb assembly here. When I say seat climb assembly, I mean, where it actually attaches into the frame, but there is in fact a
secondary device and it has two great functions in my opinion. Firstly, this really helps if
you’re transporting the bike and that seat post is going
in and out of the bike all the time, you know exactly
where the saddle has to be or the seat post rather, in the frame, because you can just drop
it in, and then you know, you’re not gonna be adjusting
the saddle hight whatsoever because this actually
climbs onto the seat post rather than the frame. Secondly, if that was
to fail, the bottom one, so the main one, maybe this one here, would actually do a
job, certainly for a lap or half a lap to actually keep the saddle in the same height. So, one of the most important
things for a mechanic is obviously to prepare
the bikes for the riders and every rider, they
actually like to go and ride on the race bike, prior to
actually racing for the day, so when they come back,
it has to be cleaned up and then dried off, ready
for the actually race, so here you can see two mechanics here working ferociously in the background on Quinten Hermans’ bike,
they’ve got an air compressor so it actually blasts off
the water as fast as possible and also some micro fiber
cloths to dry it off too. I don’t envy them today,
’cause it’s bitterly cold. (electronic music) So I just walked past this Colnago and I always stop and
have a look at a Colnago. Check out this here, on the
outer cable length here, we’ve actually got an
extra piece of rubber here, so it’s got like a rubber
band, which then sits inside of the frame, and that
prevents any grit or water, anything like that from going back inside and possibly affecting
the shifting performance, obviously shifting pretty
critical in Cyclo-Cross, you don’t wanna be left in the wrong gear because when the going get
tough, the tough gets going as a band once said. There’s something else which is great about Cyclo-Cross races, as you get to see all these weird and wonderful custom tech. This, I don’t know if it’s
weird or wonderful or what, but I think it’s cool,
is a chain guide, so, traditionally we see these
on mountain bikes, don’t we, with those people over on GMBN, but this one here is
actually gonna help the chain stay in place, if you’re
riding a really rough terrain because it’s a one buy setup. I like the look of that. (electronic music) So, the race is over
for the women and well, these guys’ jobs have just
about started in fact, ’cause they’ve now got the big cleanup. It does help if you’ve
got a petrol powered jet washer like they have here. And also a motor home
or a van full of water with gallons and gallons of this stuff, because you are gonna get
through it across the race. And also, an air compressor
too, to dry off those components or parts, in this case, shoes, as quickly as possible, well
she’s finishing the shoes, she’s too quick for me. But if you are racing the
next day you are gonna want your components and shoes in
that case to be dry and ready. A mechanic’s job isn’t that
easy when you are on the road. All this stuff has to be
traveling along with you in the back of a van or a camper van. (electronic music) Right there we are a look at
some of the tech on display here in Ruddervoorde in
the Cyclo-Cross event. I absolutely loved it, I could
have looked at it all day and believe me there were
riders saying John just go away, I’ve got to go and race, so there we are. Anyway let me know what’s
your favorite bit of the tech that I have spotted down
there in the comment section down below and I’m sure as
ever to be reading through them and replying to you,
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goodies for you to check out. Now after all this
action, I certainly need some refreshments and
also something to eat too, so there’s a hamburger over there, I’m gonna go grab myself
a mineral water, but also, don’t forget to check
another video just down here. Now I’m gonna go in there, bye. Come on!