This article originally published on BikeRadar
Ryan Trebon's bikes are always easy to spot in the pits, as is the 6ft 5in rider. Trebon's custom cyclo-cross bike is a bit larger than the stock SuperX Hi-Mod Disc we recently tested, though even with disc brakes it still weighs a very respectable 7.8kg (17.2lb).
The 31-year-old Trebon has a long history of running made-to-measure frames. Prior to joining the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team in early 2012, Trebon raced for Felt on a super-sized version of the company's flagship F1X.
Before his stint with Felt, Trebon rode a number of custom Kona Major Jakes, first built from aluminum and later from carbon. "I have been extremely stoked with the Cannondale so far," the pro told BikeRadar. "It's a nice balance between what I really liked about the Kona Major Jake (ride quality and handling) and the felt F1X (stiffness and weight)."
Compared to the largest production SuperX Hi-Mod Disc (a 58cm frame), Trebon's bike has an effective top tube that's approximately 20mm longer, a 0.5-degree slacker seat tube, and a 9.3mm taller head tube.
Trebon's lengthy history of riding custom bikes has allowed him to hone in on the geometry and fit that suit his needs, which made developing his custom SuperX Hi-Mod Disc a relatively quick process.
The bike's spec is very close to stock, with a SRAM Red drivetrain and Avid mechanical disc brakes. The most notable exceptions are the cockpit – Zipp and Truvativ in place of house-branded components – and the wheels, which consist of SRAM Rise 60 disc hubs laced to Zipp 303 tubular rims.
Trebon rolls on Clement tires. Trebon's long-time mechanic, Dusty LaBarr, noted that the racer is a fond of pairing the grippy PDX up front, with the fast-rolling LAS file tread in the rear.
New team, new brakes
Fellow Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team member Tim Johnson experimented with disc brakes during several 2011/2012 races, and was the first rider to win a UCI Category 1 event on discs.
This season, the entire team has committed to riding disc-equipped bikes. This is a welcome upgrade for Trebon, who splits his time between racing mountain and cyclo-cross events. As such, he's already well-acquainted with the benefits of disc brakes:
"Honestly, I do not want to ever race – or even ride – a CX bike without disc brakes. Mechanical or hydraulic, I don't care, the performance is that much better compared to cantis."
The Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team is running Avid's BB7 SL disc brakes until SRAM's hydraulic Red group is ready