Jadon let us in on the details of his first cyclocross bike that we’ve just converted to a mean pink road machine after the CX season ended.
Name: Jadon Jaeger
Category: Road Cat 3, CX Cat 4
Type of Riding: Road, dipping my toes in CX
Frame: Gunnar Hyper-X
- “Pink Panther”-colored steel frame made in Waterford, Wisconsin
- A very burly-looking Whiskey No. 5 fork
- Disc brakes
- Chris King disc hubs and headset in matching blue.
- Hand-built wheels (that I laced) with HED Belgium+ disc-specific rims.
- 11-speed SRAM Force
- White bars, stem, seat post, seat, bottle cages, and cable housings.
What are your rides like: My theme for road rides are miles, and lots of them. The odometer hit over 14,000 in 2014. Otherwise my rides usually boil down to going as fast as you can. Probably not the best training strategy…
My CX rides have been limited this season, but in my brief foray thus far, CX is about finesse (working on that), control (working on that), skills (working on that), and high intensity (I’m OK with that). It seems like the trick is to combine all four at the same time for 30-45 minutes straight.
What do you like about the bike: The colors. I like everything about the bike, which I better, since I handpicked all of the components.
What would you change about the bike: No more white, especially the cable housings. I would also convert the drivetrain to SRAM CX1. All I have used thus far in CX practices have been my 36T chain ring and the easier end of my cassette. I would say tubular wheels but I haven’t tried those yet so I don’t know what I’m missing.