Raleigh’s single-speed CX at Cross Vegas

Cross Vegas 2012

Team Raleigh single-speed: carbon RXC Pro Disc with Enve fork. What’s interesting is that the team is using the most expensive integrated lever that Shimano currently sells, the electronic shift system Dura Ace 7970 Di2, just as a brake lever. One can only assume that the riders must really like the ergonomics. The bikes also use TRP’s stem-mounted Parabox hydraulic adapter for the disc calipers. The RCX Pro is a multispeed frameset with vertical dropouts and a derailleur hanger, but mechanics have fitted the crank to an eccentric adapter (apparently from FSA) in the Press-fit BB30 frame, so as to tension the chain.

Another interesting choice is using the 46T outer ring of the crank and a large cog, rather than using a 42-ish ring and a smaller cog. This reminds me of my track days when there was the belief that for a given gear inch, big cogs and rings ran smoother than smaller.

Seattle cycling sensation and all-around great guy Craig Etheridge rode a similar Raleigh to a convincing overall win in the Industry division.

Cross Vegas 2012

Cross Vegas 2012


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