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A question for the wise sages of this Board.(9 posts)

A question for the wise sages of this Board.snwbdrhoon
Jan 17, 2003 6:26 AM
A friend of mine told me that Travis Brown was using a converted Trek OCLV 9.8 Mountain bike with 700c wheels for cyclocross.

Does anyone have any details on this or better yet know the article where this came from?

No sage, but will report what I think I sawjhr
Jan 17, 2003 6:52 AM
There was a guy (Trek sponsered) at Granogue and Monkey Hill (A or Elite race) on what appeared to be a Trek 9.8 with drop bars and disc brakes. I never looked closely enough to determine actual wheel size, but I supposed they could have been 700c. It certainly could have been Brown since I think he did those two races.

I must confess the set up looked goofy (my recollection [which may be completely wrong] was that it had a suspended front fork causing me to think it was a Mtb somebody had put drop bars on). I didn't spend a lot of time checking it out, though. I was too busy trying to figure out what Tim Johnson's "Lemonds" really were (Ridley's for anyone who cares).

No sage, but will report what I think I sawsnwbdrhoon
Jan 17, 2003 7:13 AM
Ridleys eh? I was wondering what he was actually riding.
No sage, but will report what I think I sawatpjunkie
Jan 17, 2003 10:48 AM
His Lemonds from 2 yeras ago were empellas. I think Lemond for their pros just outsources their cx frames.
You are correctjhr
Jan 17, 2003 2:07 PM
Johnson's 2001 bikes were Empella's (there was no mistaking them)I got a good look at them at Nationals in Baltimore. This year they were the top of the line Ridley (you could tell by the chainstay shape and the oversized Deda Blackstick seatpost in 32. whatever it is). This year they didn't even have a true Saturn paint job, they were just a single color Red, not the Saturn red and yellow. I believe Cyclocrossworld must comp them for him since both years (2001 and 2002) his bikes have appeared for resale on E-bay but advertised on the Crossworld cite (I also think the seller id was c-world related). Based on Johnson's cross season (very limited season, bikes on e-bay this year said used only in 6 races) this year and his failure to attend worlds, I don't think Saturn is very supportive of Johnson's cross ambitions.

You are correct SATURNatpjunkie
Jan 17, 2003 3:34 PM
no they aren't. Yes I think cx world helps with most his cx sponsorship. He's focusing on the road hence his absencefrom the worlds (much akin to Dunlap's act to focus on MTB). Saturn is fine, Johnsons ambitions lie more on the domestic road front (for now)
Travis's CX bikeTB
Jan 20, 2003 6:03 PM
I saw the bike you are talking about last year at a local CX race here in Colorado. It looked like a 9.8 carbon frame with the canti bosses reset for 700c. The bike he was riding at that race had a rigid fork, drop bars and canti brakes. It looked wierd though as it had the sloping top tube of a MTB. If it really was a converted MTB frame I wonder what the 700c wheels and 700c fork did to the geometry...

Speaking of Trek, Lance Armstrong did a CX race in Texas a few weeks ago (he won of course) It looked like he was riding a stock XO-1 in the photos I saw.
Lance's CX bikesnwbdrhoon
Jan 22, 2003 5:24 AM
Thanks for the info on Travis' bike. I wonder how hard that would be to do on your own...

In regards to Lance's bike. It's labeled as ZR9000 Al rather than the standard SL Al on the stock Trek XO1. Perhaps Trek will get its butt in gear and take some of that OCLV technology and put it to 'cross use.
Other OCLV cross bikeflyweight
Jan 22, 2003 11:28 AM
Many moons ago (early 90's) Don Myrah competed aboard a one of a kind OCLV cross bike. It was basically an OCLV mountain frame with a cross fork and repositioned canti mounts.