This article first appeared on Bikeradar.
Jonathan Page is America’s European cyclo-cross stalwart. In Belgium, where he lives with his wife and three kids, the sport is all business, the courses are extreme and the racing is cut throat. His Blue Competition Cycles Norcross SL race bikes reflect the environment they’re used in—they’re built practically and to excel in the worst conditions.
Page brought three Norcross SL bikes, from Belgium, to Wisconsin for the 2012 US national championships, but only one set of wheels. “This year I’ve been lucky enough to use Planet Bike’s, well Bob Downs’ wheels,” Page told BikeRadar. “So I flew with only one set of wheels, but three bikes. I figured it might be a little nasty, and thankfully it is.”
Bob Downs the owner of Planet Bike and Page’s personal sponsor handed his own expansive quiver of Enve wheels to Page for the championship race. Downs’ wheels are built with Enve’s 25mm carbon tubular rims and mostly DT Swiss 190 hubs; the wheels are shod in FMB rubber with tread options ranging from the new Super Mud to Challenge’s Grifo tread (on the FMB casing, of course).
The one set of wheels Page brought from Europe have the new, and still exclusive, Dugast ‘33’ 33mm tire with the Typhoon tread pattern.
Page’s Blue Norcross bikes are built with Shimano’s Di2 transmissions that are supported by TRP brakes, in the form of the EuroX Mag, and Enve, which provide the carbon cockpit component and wheels. Page’s Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 crank measures 172.5mm and fit with a Dura-Ace 7800 46-tooth outer ring and Shimano’s prototype chainring nuts, which match the outer profile of the crank.
Other nuances of Page’s bikes include the pedestrian Shimano PD-540 pedals, which are said to clear mud better than the newly styled XTR and XT models, and Page’s super thin, super grippy Belgian handlebar tape. “I couldn’t tell you who makes the tape, it’s the cheapest stuff, it’s from Frankie, my mechanic’s, shop,” said Page. “It’s nothing special, but it’s amazingly good; it’s the best I’ve found.”