Thursday, April 7, 2011

transiowa v.7 gravel weapon

this is my fourth year making an attempt at transiowa. so far i've ridden noticeable different setups each time and i've been successful once. this year is no different and is probably the most radical change i've made going away from a cross frame and riding an xc frame. i love the geometry of the jabber when riding an endless amount of hours. pics then specs:

frame/fork: vassago jabboerwocky/odis
hubs: hope pro II rear and hope xc front
rims: stan's arches
tires: ritchey speedmax 35c run tubeless at 60psi
headset: hope
stem: raceface cadence
bars: bontrager big sweep alloy flat bars w/serfas barends and esi chunky grips
seatpost: thomson masterpiece
seatpost clamp: salsa
saddle: oe specialized from singlecross
cranks/chainring: white industries w/32t
cog: cheap alloy 15t
bottom bracket: shimano square taper
brakes: formula oro bianco
pedals: shimano A520's
bags: epic ride research feedbag, jandd frame bag, epic designs mountain standard seatpack, camelbak mule
lights: princeton tec corona extreme (older model) headlight mounted to fork, princeton tec quad led head lamp on helmet, planet bike superflash tail light


MG said...

Wow... Nice setup. We have a lot of parallels. Well, except for I'm running gears and drop bars. But other than that, our setups aren't that dissimilar.

One thing that did strike me was the tubeless Speedmax at 60psi. That takes ballz to run 'em that high, but if you're comfortable with it, I'm cool with it. I'm a >50psi roller personally, for a number of reasons.

I'll be back on the Vaya this year, so we'll both be keepin' it real.

Oh yeah... See ya' in a couple weeks.


Neve_r_est said...

Seat bag. For food, eh? You could do TW with that setup.

Hungry hungry hippo.


shockstar said...

you're damn right i'm a hungry hungry hippo dennis. actually the feedbag and frame pack or both for food. seatpack for tools, jacket, toilet paper, etc. oh, and more food.

mg, stans told me i could run up to 50psi on the arches with a cx tire. so i tried 60 and have since november with no issues. thanks for jinxing me though ;)

see you guys soon.

Ari said...

That is a classic Ben setup.
Wife, daughter and I are always itching to make it to Decorah again. We love going there. I hope the weather holds out for us.
see you soon.

shockstar said...

looking forward to it ari! you make the trip to decorah and i'll make time to ride.

Ari said...

Are you running the bike fixed or freewheeling?

shockstar said...

free. the body is having a hard time pushing fixed for any sort of distance.