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Pro bike: Meredith Miller's Focus Mares CX

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Few paint jobs are as recognizable as the one found on the Focus Mares CX rigs of the Noosa Professional cyclocross team

Few paint jobs are as recognizable as the one found on the Focus Mares CX rigs of the Noosa Professional cyclocross team (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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The Enve Garmin computer mount can be attached to either the top or bottom set of faceplate bolts depending on rider preferences

The Enve Garmin computer mount can be attached to either the top or bottom set of faceplate bolts depending on rider preferences (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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SRAM's bulky hydraulic road levers once seemed very unsual in appearance but they're certainly more commonplace these days

SRAM's bulky hydraulic road levers once seemed very unsual in appearance but they're certainly more commonplace these days (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Tire clearance is impressively generous all around

Tire clearance is impressively generous all around (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Team sponsor CeramicSpeed provides bottom bracket, hub, and headset bearings

Team sponsor CeramicSpeed provides bottom bracket, hub, and headset bearings (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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The rear brake is safely tucked away in between the stays

The rear brake is safely tucked away in between the stays (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Anyone else has a sudden hankering for some yoghurt?

Anyone else has a sudden hankering for some yoghurt? (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Credit the folks at Victory Circle Graphix for the stunning team livery

Credit the folks at Victory Circle Graphix for the stunning team livery (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Miller's bike is fitted with Clement MXP tubulars but she has at least three different tread designs to choose from on race day – plus an even greater selection for training

Miller's bike is fitted with Clement MXP tubulars but she has at least three different tread designs to choose from on race day – plus an even greater selection for training (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Why use boring black zip ties when you can have highlights?

Why use boring black zip ties when you can have highlights? (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Miller perches herself atop a Fizik Kurve Chameleon saddle

Miller perches herself atop a Fizik Kurve Chameleon saddle (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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The Fizik Kurve Chameleon saddle features trick alloy rails, a composite shell, and tunable shell stiffness

The Fizik Kurve Chameleon saddle features trick alloy rails, a composite shell, and tunable shell stiffness (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Focus includes molded-in chainguide tabs on the Mares CX, in case the course is extra bumpy

Focus includes molded-in chainguide tabs on the Mares CX, in case the course is extra bumpy (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Enve also provides the carbon stem and tidy Garmin computer mount

Enve also provides the carbon stem and tidy Garmin computer mount (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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The SRAM Force 1 levers are clamped on to compact-bend Enve carbon bars

The SRAM Force 1 levers are clamped on to compact-bend Enve carbon bars (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Focus's RAT thru-axle design is likely the fastest of its kind, requiring just a flick of the lever and a quarter-turn of the shaft for removal or installation

Focus's RAT thru-axle design is likely the fastest of its kind, requiring just a flick of the lever and a quarter-turn of the shaft for removal or installation (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Noosa's team-issued Focus Mares CX isn't just a pretty face, however; it's one of the best all-around 'cross racing platforms currently on the market

Noosa's team-issued Focus Mares CX isn't just a pretty face, however; it's one of the best all-around 'cross racing platforms currently on the market (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Meredith Miller recently retired from road racing to focus exclusively on cyclocross – and this is one of the few times you'll see this bike clean

Meredith Miller recently retired from road racing to focus exclusively on cyclocross – and this is one of the few times you'll see this bike clean (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Title sponsor Noosa is a Colorado-based company known for its tasty Australian-style yoghurt (spelled with an 'h'!)

Title sponsor Noosa is a Colorado-based company known for its tasty Australian-style yoghurt (spelled with an 'h'!) (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Team riders Meredith Miller and Allen Krughoff certainly aren't lacking in quality gear. Rolling stock consists of Clement tubulars and custom-built carbon wheels using Enve rims and DT Swiss hubs

Team riders Meredith Miller and Allen Krughoff certainly aren't lacking in quality gear. Rolling stock consists of Clement tubulars and custom-built carbon wheels using Enve rims and DT Swiss hubs (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Meredith Miller races on a new SRAM Force 1 group but trains on a 2x setup for its wider total range

Meredith Miller races on a new SRAM Force 1 group but trains on a 2x setup for its wider total range (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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SRAM can largely be credited for bringing 1x drivetrains to the masses on the mountain bike front, and now it's doing the same for cyclocross

SRAM can largely be credited for bringing 1x drivetrains to the masses on the mountain bike front, and now it's doing the same for cyclocross (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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The SRAM Force 1 rear derailleur is a close cousin of the XX1 unit used by mountain bikers. A clutched pulley cage keeps the chain stable on bumpy terrain

The SRAM Force 1 rear derailleur is a close cousin of the XX1 unit used by mountain bikers. A clutched pulley cage keeps the chain stable on bumpy terrain (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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The lines on the Focus Mares CX frame are simple and elegant

The lines on the Focus Mares CX frame are simple and elegant (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Focus was an early adopter of disc brakes and thru-axles

Focus was an early adopter of disc brakes and thru-axles (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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The boxy head tube area contributes to an incredibly stiff front end

The boxy head tube area contributes to an incredibly stiff front end (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Focus moved away from the heavily shaped tubes on the older Mares CX to more traditional round profiles on this latest version

Focus moved away from the heavily shaped tubes on the older Mares CX to more traditional round profiles on this latest version (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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The carbon fork features asymmetrical blade profiles to better handle the forces created by the disc brake

The carbon fork features asymmetrical blade profiles to better handle the forces created by the disc brake (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)
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Team bikes are built and maintained by The Service Course in Boulder, Colorado

Team bikes are built and maintained by The Service Course in Boulder, Colorado (Image credit: James Huang / Immediate Media)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Cycling team sponsors come from all walks of life, and often from outside the industry. But a yoghurt company? And in particular, one that's so decadent that many would hardly consider it for anything other than a post-ride treat.

Nevertheless, Colorado company Noosa tossed its hat into the cyclocross scene last year and looks to be having a heck of time in the process. Meet here the equally decadent Focus Mares CX of team rider Meredith Miller.

The Noosa team comprises just two racers: Miller and fellow Coloradoan Allen Krughoff. Yet despite the very short roster, the pair is exceptionally well outfitted with bikes that even top-shelf teams would find droolworthy. 

There may just be two riders on Noosa's cyclocross team but they sure aren't hurting for equipment

Forming the backbone of the team's bike is the latest Focus Mares CX, a carbon frameset that's both exceptionally lightweight and remarkably comfortable and efficient. In addition, it's also one of more progressive designs available with its disc-specific layout and quick-to-operate RAT thru-axles. Focus has even provided the team with full custom paint, featuring a striking red, black, and yellow scheme with custom artwork by local outfitter Victory Circle Graphix.

Wheels are custom built using Enve 29XC carbon tubular rims and DT Swiss hubs, all wrapped with Clement tubular rubber. Enve also provides the full-carbon cockpit and seatpost, as well as carbon clinchers for training duty.

Wheels are handbuilt using Enve carbon tubular rims and DT Swiss hubs and spokes, all wrapped with Clement tires

Meanwhile, SRAM fills out the bulk of the componentry list with Force 1 groups for racing and two-chainring groupsets for training.

"I use a double chainring on my training bike," says Miller. "For much of the year I use it as my road, gravel and 'cross bike, so I need those two chainrings (46/36t) to get over all the rolling terrain in Colorado. I also use the Clement Strada LGG 32 for most of riding because I can use it on just about any ride – pavement or dirt. The versatility of this bike is one of my favourite features!"

Miller and Krughoff both race exclusively on SRAM Force 1 single-ring drivetrains

Filling out the rest of the spec sheet is a Fizik Kurve Chameleon saddle, Shimano XTR Race pedals, a suite of low-friction bearings from CeramicSpeed, and SRAM handlebar tape – which Miller insists on wrapping herself despite full mechanical support from The Service Course, a local service-only boutique shop manned by two former pro team mechanics, Daimeon Shanks and Eric Greene.

"All I ask of Daimo is that I wrap my bar tape myself," says Miller, "which he doesn't like since he considers himself the best 'wrapper' alive."

It's not often that a racer insists on wrapping the bars themselves, particularly when there's a pro mechanic at their disposal

Total weight is a scant 7.46kg (16.45lb) – especially impressive when you consider that SRAM's Force 1 group isn't the lightest around.

One can't help but wonder, however, how this team even came to be. After all, yoghurt and cycling doesn't necessarily seem like a natural combination.

"In late May of 2014 Allen and I had a chance meeting on the way up to Ned[erland – a small mountain town in Colorado] to ride mountain bikes," Miller explained. "At the time we were both looking to make some changes for the upcoming 'cross season but didn't have any answers yet. At that moment the idea was conceived to start our own team. It really couldn't be that hard, right?! Of course, we needed a cash and product sponsor to make it all happen, so the search began.

"In no time, Noosa Yoghurt had signed on to be our title sponsor. Noosa was already a sponsor of the 1st City Cycling Team and various cycling events in Fort Collins so cycling was not new to them. I suppose they already knew just how insane-in-the-membrane cyclists are for Noosa and, hey, it may be just me and Allen but we know how to put the 'H' in yogHURT."

Complete bike specifications:
Frame: Focus Mares CX P2T 10 Carbon Disc, size S/54cm
Fork: Focus Mares CX P2T 10 Carbon T4 Disc
Headset: CeramicSpeed 1 1/8-to-1 1/4in tapered
Stem: Enve Composites, 90mm x -6°
Handlebar: Enve Composites Compact Road, 44cm (c-c)
Tape: SRAM
Front brake: SRAM Force 1 hydraulic disc w/ 160mm Centerline rotor
Rear brake: SRAM Force 1 hydraulic disc w/ 160mm Centerline rotor
Brake levers: SRAM Force 1 DoubleTap
Front derailleur: n/a
Rear derailleur: SRAM Force 1
Shift levers: SRAM Force 1 DoubleTap
Cassette: SRAM PG-1170, 11-32T
Chain: SRAM Red 22
Crankset: SRAM Force 1, 172.5mm, w/ 38T SRAM X-Sync chainring
Bottom bracket: CeramicSpeed PF30
Pedals: Shimano XTR PD-M9000
Rims: Enve Composites 29XC tubular, 28h
Hubs: DT Swiss 240s Centerlock
Spokes: DT Swiss Aerolite
Front tire: Clement PDX tubular, 33mm
Rear tire: Clement MXP tubular, 33mm
Saddle: Fizik Kurve Chameleon
Seatpost: Enve Composites
Bottle cages: n/a
Other accessories: Enve Composites Garmin computer mount

Critical measurements:
Rider's height: 1.73m (5ft 8in)
Rider's weight: 68kg (150lb)
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 742mm
Saddle setback: 79mm
Seat tube length (c-t): 540mm
Seat tube length (c-c): 490mm
Tip of saddle nose to midpoint of bars (next to stem): 534mm
Saddle-to-bar drop: 84mm
Head tube length: 130mm
Top tube length (effective): 544mm
Weight: 7.46kg (16.45lb) 

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