2017 HONC setup

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Hell of the North Cotswolds is this weekend and with the hope of bone dry dusty weather conditions here’s a setup up to hopefully touch the 4 hour mark….It’s not far off a regular cross setup up the major deviation being the addition of 2 waterbottle cages.

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A Hope thick thin 40t chainring mated to an 11 – 28 cassette gives a wide enough ratio to cope with everything that this years route has to offer although this may still get swapped to an 11 – 32 just in case! The thick thin ring keeps the chain in place without the need for a chain device which can clog up like a front mech and slow you down in muddy conditions.

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Here’s the gamble, Challenge CHICANE semi slick tyres, super fast on tarmac, gravel and grass so here’s not hoping for too much dew first thing on Sunday morning! There may be a couple of dicey moments going downhill but I think it’s worth it for the energy saved else where!

Other than that  to give a bit of reprieve on the hands the bike is fitted with Bontrager ISOZONE bars with integrated gel pads under the bar tape.

 

Here’s the full spec:

TREK CROCKET 5 52cm

Shimano 105 drive components

40t HOPE thick thin chianring

11-28 shimano cassette

Challenge Chicane tyres 700×33

Bontrager XXX lite carbon seatpost

Bontrager ISOZONE bars

Selle Italia SLR saddle

If you’re riding Sunday, good luck! Weather looks set to be fantastic…..

See you out there!

@cxrodent ;-)