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Tony is the boss man at Cycle Art, our wheelbuilder, and our ‘cross expert. He was recently crowned the CXNE Veteran champion for the 2013/14 season – so it’s clear he knows a thing or two about ‘cross.
Tony races 2 near identical Ridley X-Night cyclo cross bikes, both painted in the Belgium colour scheme. The Belgium theme continues throughout the bike, with various little touches that make his rides stand out from the crowd – when they aren’t covered in mud that is…
This particular X-Night is the higher specced of the two, with a full SRAM Red drivetrain, Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes (no discs here), Fibrelyte carbon chainrings, Mavic Cosmic Ultimate wheels shod with Challenge Limus 33 tubs (which can be run as low as 10-12PSI), Pro Stealth Evo carbon bar & stem, Crank Bros pedals, and a San Marco saddle. Neat little touches include the Belgium colour coded headset spacers, gold chainring bolts, Lizard Skins dual colour bar tape (red and black) and a gold KMC X10SL chain. For some reason Tony opted for blue skewers, although he reassures me he has black ones to put on…
The spec on the bike is more than cosmetic. With all Tony’s years of ‘cross racing experience, every part has been carefully selected. He runs a particular 10 speed cassette that doesn’t clog with mud like other cassettes. He uses Crank Bros pedals because not only are they light, they have 4 entry points as opposed to just the 2 on SPDs and they also don’t clog up too easily. He uses cantis because he doesn’t think discs are at a standard suitable for ‘cross racing just yet. Almost every part of the specification is there for a purpose – and it proved to be a winning combination.
This build actually weighs 6.7kg (just under 15lbs) and if it were a road bike (which Tony will be quick to point out that it isn’t) it would be UCI illegal (the limit is currently 6.8kg)
Full gallery of Tony’s X-Night can be seen here.