As the world is turning its back on cyclocross’ most iconic trademark, the canti-lever brake, it is up to a wild bunch to keep the flame alive and pass the torch. The obsession of the cycling world with disc brakes is total, frames such as this have practically dissapeared over night from the offerings of bike manufacturers much to our own disappointment. If you think about it the canti-lever is to CX bikes what 1” headtube is to track bikes: an iconic symbol of a romantic and superlative era where #sveness is all you had to have to be king of the mud.
So this could be said is one of the last of the Mohicans.
Taking first things first this bike was repainted from its original all-black to this fade purple-to-raw paintjob reminiscent of Californian gradient design to match some of the best parts that you can find at 48×17.
We laced White Industries T11 hubs on Archetype wide rims and fitted Continental Cyclocross tyres on. For crankset we used a carbon 130 BCD Sram Red with an Absolute Black wide/narrow ring. Shifting is done by 1×10 Gevenalle shifters on a Durace long cage rear deralleur with a 11/34 cassette. Rest is a mix of parts that go around on builds like this – Thomson seatpost, BLB CNC stem, Salsa Cowbell bar and Fizik Test saddle.