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Like his senior American compatriot Jeremy Powers, 17-year-old Logan Owen wants a front-row start for the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships that will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. The seven-time junior national champion is now in 5th place on UCI points after the first UCI World Cup on October 21 in Tabor, Czech Republic. The World Cup rounds are critical for juniors' Worlds start grid as the top 16 overall in the World Cup standings will earn the first 16 start positions in Louisville.
Owen is racing a Redline Carbon Conquest Team with an electric Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain, FSA components and wheels, and Challenge Team Edition tubulars.
As a Team Redline rider, Owen has his pick of Challenge Team Edition tubulars. Unlike the currently available Challenge tubulars with poly casings, the Team Edition Challenge tubulars have a suppler cotton casing. On the morning of the Tabor World Cup, Owen pre-rode the course to decide which tires to run.
"I changed my mind about running the Challenge Grifos as the course became much slicker than yesterday when we pre-rode the course," Owen said. "I ended up switching to the Challenge Limus [mud] tire."
Owen's 2013 Redline Carbon Conquest Team frame is a cantilever-brake bike — but the frame is ready to accept a disc post mounts in the rear triangle. The fork is cantilever-only.
A full disc version will likely surface in the next few months. In the meantime, Owen will be gunning for gold in Louisville on this bike.
The Redline Carbon Conquest Team frame was designed to accept both cantilever and disc brakes.