Turning orange into red, white and blue
By James Huang
A machined aluminum driveside
chain stay stub
Clean top tube routing
offers a direct path
This is no camera trick,
Socket-type dropouts offer
more weld surface
A stock Alpha Q CX20 fork
takes care of business up front.
Trebon's lengthy FSA FR-200
One look at the bike of newly crowned US national cyclo-cross champion
Ryan Trebon is enough to give pause.
At a lanky 1.96m and 76kg (6' 5", 174lb), Trebon sets his saddle height
at more than a full meter when measured from the pedal at bottom dead
center and requires a 420mm seatpost even with the 63cm frame. There
is a roughly 30cm differential from the saddle to the tops of
the handlebar; add another 15cm or so to get to the drops. Though his
frame uses a standard Alpha Q CX20 carbon 'cross fork, not much is taken
off of the 300mm-long steerer tube to accommodate the 195mm-long head
Thanks to rangy 177.5mm-long crankarms, Trebon's feet travel over 100m
further than someone on more common 172.5mm arms over a typical one-hour
'cross race- and that's assuming a relatively sedate 60rpm. If a thief
were bold enough to try and ride away with the thing, they'd have a
better chance fitting inside the main triangle than straddling
the top tube.
Talk about a dream to draft behind.
Not surprisingly, team sponsor Kona doesn't offer its all-aluminum
Major Jake 'cross racer in a stock size to fit. However, its largest
62cm model is admirably close and Trebon's custom frame is stretched
just a single centimeter in both height and length. According to Mark
Matson of Kona, the frame is otherwise identical to production offerings
save for the team-only paint job and omission of water bottle bosses
on the seat tube. Conveniently, fellow 'Twin Towers' teammate Barry
Wicks also uses the same frame geometry.
Matson says Trebon's Major Jake is built with "the same Race Light
Scandium butted tubing material, shape and design as the production
Major Jake." As such, it also includes the same machined aluminum driveside
chain stay stub for increased chainring clearance, an asymmetrically
machined head tube to save a few grams, socket-type rear dropouts for
more weld surface area, and a slightly flattened top tube for more comfortable
shouldering. In spite of the extra material, Trebon's giant bike is
still a highly competitive 8.3kg (18.3lb).
Kona supplies Trebon with three new frames per season: two for mostly
domestic racing and one exclusively for European events. Naturally,
each is outfitted with an identical mix of components to maintain a
Team co-sponsor FSA adds some carbon fiber to the mix with its RD-488
tubular wheels and SL-K Light cranks (with MegaExo Ceramic bottom bracket);
more 'cross-friendly aluminum is used for the FR-200 seatpost, Energy
T traditional-bend bars and OS-99 stem and a conventional Orbit Xtreme
Pro headset rounds things out up front.
Shimano's Dura-Ace label is affixed to the STI Dual Control levers,
both derailleurs, chain and cassette and Trebon also taps the Osaka
giant for its XTR pedals. The rest of Trebon's machine is filled out
with Challenge tubulars (he used Grifo 32s to win in Kansas), KORE Race+
wide-profile cantilevers with SwissStop Yellow King pads, and Lance
Armstrong's favorite saddle, the Selle San Marco Concor Light.
With the US national and NACT (North American Cyclo-cross Trophy) titles
in the bag and the USGP (US Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross) series now behind
him - where he finished second - Trebon is looking ahead to his bigger
goals for the season on bike number three: success in Europe on the
highly competitive UCI World Cup circuit and a top-ten finish at the
UCI World Championships in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.
Watch out, Europe. Something big is looming overhead.
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