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Jeremy Powers' Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale Cyclocross

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The top tube is just slightly flattened for easier shouldering.

The top tube is just slightly flattened for easier shouldering.
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Powers' choice of a traditional-bend bar is also shared by teammate Tim Johnson.

Powers' choice of a traditional-bend bar is also shared by teammate Tim Johnson.
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Cannondale pioneered the oversized BB30 bottom bracket standard so it's no surprise to find one here.

Cannondale pioneered the oversized BB30 bottom bracket standard so it's no surprise to find one here.
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TRP EuroX Mag cantilevers feature ultralight weight, a wide-profile design for mud clearance, and premium materials.

TRP EuroX Mag cantilevers feature ultralight weight, a wide-profile design for mud clearance, and premium materials.
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Gore Professional cables make for silky-smooth shifting and longer maintenance intervals - both key in 'cross.

Gore Professional cables make for silky-smooth shifting and longer maintenance intervals - both key in 'cross.
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Powers' bike is fitted with SRAM's second-tier PG-1070 cassette for better performance in mud.

Powers' bike is fitted with SRAM's second-tier PG-1070 cassette for better performance in mud.
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The all-aluminum frame likewise features aluminum dropouts plus a handy replaceable hanger.

The all-aluminum frame likewise features aluminum dropouts plus a handy replaceable hanger.
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Both the chain stays and seat stays are medium-sized for a stout rear end.

Both the chain stays and seat stays are medium-sized for a stout rear end.
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Powers opts for the security of an aluminum bar and stem.

Powers opts for the security of an aluminum bar and stem.
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BB30-edition SRAM Red crankarms are fitted with athlete-only SRAM 'cross-specific chainrings.

BB30-edition SRAM Red crankarms are fitted with athlete-only SRAM 'cross-specific chainrings.
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Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team bikes use Easton's lightweight EC90X carbon 'cross fork.

Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team bikes use Easton's lightweight EC90X carbon 'cross fork.
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Lawyer tabs' may be good for keeping unscrupulous litigation at bay but in race situations they only slow things down so they're filed clean off.

Lawyer tabs' may be good for keeping unscrupulous litigation at bay but in race situations they only slow things down so they're filed clean off.
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Powers' SRAM Red front derailleur is actually built with a stiffer - though slightly heavier - steel cage from a Force derailleur.

Powers' SRAM Red front derailleur is actually built with a stiffer - though slightly heavier - steel cage from a Force derailleur.
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Zipp's new hubs use more widely spaced flanges and user-adjustable bearing preload.

Zipp's new hubs use more widely spaced flanges and user-adjustable bearing preload.
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According to Cyclocrossworld.com's Stu Thorne, the new larger radius rim edges on Zipp's latest 303 really does help prevent pinch flats.

According to Cyclocrossworld.com's Stu Thorne, the new larger radius rim edges on Zipp's latest 303 really does help prevent pinch flats.
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Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) nabbed two second-places finishes in Colorado aboard this stealthy-looking Cannondale Cyclocross rig.

Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) nabbed two second-places finishes in Colorado aboard this stealthy-looking Cannondale Cyclocross rig.
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Thorne pays an awful lot of attention to detail on his team's bikes, including boring out brake housing ferrules and fabricating custom noodles for some of the smoothest and lightest-feeling 'cross brakes we've encountered.

Thorne pays an awful lot of attention to detail on his team's bikes, including boring out brake housing ferrules and fabricating custom noodles for some of the smoothest and lightest-feeling 'cross brakes we've encountered.
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Cannondale uses a straight 1 1/8" front end on its top-end 'cross frames.

Cannondale uses a straight 1 1/8" front end on its top-end 'cross frames.
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SRAM provides the team with Red transmissions and drivetrains.

SRAM provides the team with Red transmissions and drivetrains.
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Power recently took delivery of these custom colored Crankbrothers Candy 4ti pedals.

Power recently took delivery of these custom colored Crankbrothers Candy 4ti pedals.
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The SRAM Red rear derailleur held up well to Saturday's mud - roughly two dozen other riders throughout the day's series of races weren't quite so lucky though as heavy mud clogged drivetrains.

The SRAM Red rear derailleur held up well to Saturday's mud - roughly two dozen other riders throughout the day's series of races weren't quite so lucky though as heavy mud clogged drivetrains.
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The fi'zi:k Aliante saddle is a popular choice among 'cross racers for its generous flex pattern and ample support.

The fi'zi:k Aliante saddle is a popular choice among 'cross racers for its generous flex pattern and ample support.
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The carbon and Kevlar shell offers up a surprisingly amount of give.

The carbon and Kevlar shell offers up a surprisingly amount of give.
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The seat cluster is a straightforward wishbone affair. Only the rear brake cable is routed across the top tube.

The seat cluster is a straightforward wishbone affair. Only the rear brake cable is routed across the top tube.
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Powers ran aggressive Dugast Rhino tubulars for Saturday's mudfest.

Powers ran aggressive Dugast Rhino tubulars for Saturday's mudfest.
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Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com teammates Tim Johnson, Jeremy Powers, and Jamey Driscoll put on a virtual clinic during a weekend's races in and around the Boulder, Colorado area with dual podium sweeps in dramatically varied conditions. Aside from the athletic achievement this represents, though, the trio's success continues to demonstrate that aluminum is still the dominant frame material in US domestic 'cross racing.

All three machines are built around Cannondale's top-end CAAD9 BB30 Cyclocross frame with its heavily swaged, butted and shaped aluminum tubing, the company's trademark BB30-compatible bottom bracket shell, and smoothly filed welds throughout for a clean appearance and light 1.5kg weight. A dramatically flared 'Power Pyramid' down tube and medium-sized chain- and seat stays (the latter using a stout wishbone-style yoke) suggest good front triangle and drivetrain rigidity, too, while the straight 1 1/8" head tube maintains some cush up front.

Indeed, there's nary a scrap of carbon to be found in the frame – aside from the Easton EC90X all-carbon fork – no tapered head tube, no integrated seat mast, and no radical shaping as is often found in spendier carbon rigs.

The business-like chassis is augmented by a wealth of top-range componentry used by all three teammates, including a complete SRAM Red transmission and drivetrain (apart from the more 'cross-friendly PG-1070 cassette), Zipp's latest wide-profile 303 carbon tubulars, supple Dugast tubular tires, Control Tech cockpit components and fi'zi:k's popular Aliante saddle. Brakes and pedals differ slightly between the three riders, however, with Johnson and Driscoll preferring narrow-profile TRP CR950 carbon brakes and Shimano XTR pedals and Powers opting for lighter TRP EuroX Mag wide-profile cantilevers and Crankbrothers Candy 4ti pedals (in matching green, of course).

In full race-ready trim, Powers' bike weighs a highly competitive 7.39kg (16.29lb) but it's not the bike's stiffness, weight, or fancy componentry that make it special. Instead, it's the meticulous attention to detail that Cyclocrossworld.com proprietor – and team mechanic – Stu Thorne puts into each machine. To say that the team bikes were clean and tuned would be a gross understatement; to say that they were obsessively polished, impeccably adjusted and utterly perfect in every way would be a bit more accurate but still not representative of the level of fastidiousness seen in person.

Tire sidewalls were neatly coated in Aquaseal latex sealant, brake housing ferrules were bored out for reduced drag, and even the stainless front brake hanger noodles were custom fabricated for a cleaner cable path, adding up to some of the smoothest and lightest-feeling 'cross bikes we've encountered. Toss in the sealed Gore Professional derailleur cable set and it added up to a weekend of mechanical-free racing in some decidedly ugly conditions (at least on Saturday) and three dominating performances as icing on the cake.

Whatever amount of carbon flare these machines lacked was more than made up after this weekend's performances and few can debate their ability to efficiently – and effectively – get the job done. Just more ammunition to the argument that even the lightest and fanciest of race machines can be little more than dead weight if it breaks down and you have to carry it across the line.

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