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Pro bike: Ryan Trebon's Cannondale SuperX Hi-Mod Disc

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Ryan Trebon rides a custom SuperX Hi-Mod Disc that is slightly larger than Cannondale's largest stock offering

Ryan Trebon rides a custom SuperX Hi-Mod Disc that is slightly larger than Cannondale's largest stock offering (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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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

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 (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Trebon runs an assortment of Clement treads. The PDX is one of his favorites

Trebon runs an assortment of Clement treads. The PDX is one of his favorites (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Zipp's textured handle bar tape helps Trebon keep his grip in wet and muddy conditions

Zipp's textured handle bar tape helps Trebon keep his grip in wet and muddy conditions (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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The lanky racer runs a 130mm Zipp Service Course SL stem

The lanky racer runs a 130mm Zipp Service Course SL stem (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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The SuperX Hi-Mod Disc has slender seatstays to take the edge off rough and rutted courses

The SuperX Hi-Mod Disc has slender seatstays to take the edge off rough and rutted courses (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Zipp does not make a 400mm seatpost, so Trebon runs an aluminum Truvativ Stylo T40

Zipp does not make a 400mm seatpost, so Trebon runs an aluminum Truvativ Stylo T40 (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Trebon's saddle of choice is the Selle San Marco Concor Lite

Trebon's saddle of choice is the Selle San Marco Concor Lite (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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At the back end of the drivetrain Trebon has a SRAM Red 22 rear derailleur and a SRAM PG-1170, 11-26T cassette

At the back end of the drivetrain Trebon has a SRAM Red 22 rear derailleur and a SRAM PG-1170, 11-26T cassette (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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The SuperX Hi-Mod Disc frame has post mounts for a 140mm rotor

The SuperX Hi-Mod Disc frame has post mounts for a 140mm rotor (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Trebon runs his SRAM Red 22 levers very high on the handlebar

Trebon runs his SRAM Red 22 levers very high on the handlebar (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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This season Trebon is running a Zipp 303 Firecrest wheelset with Zipp disc hubs

This season Trebon is running a Zipp 303 Firecrest wheelset with Zipp disc hubs (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Trebon is running the same custom geometry as last season

Trebon is running the same custom geometry as last season (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Trebon's SuperX Hi-Mod Disc

Trebon's SuperX Hi-Mod Disc (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Up front, there's a SRAM Red 22 front derailleur

Up front, there's a SRAM Red 22 front derailleur (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Trebon is running a 46/36T chainring combo

Trebon is running a 46/36T chainring combo (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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The Cannondale SuperX Hi-Mod Disc uses a BB30 bottom bracket

The Cannondale SuperX Hi-Mod Disc uses a BB30 bottom bracket (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)
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Thanks to several component upgrades Trebon's rig is 235g lighter than the bike we profiled last season

Thanks to several component upgrades Trebon's rig is 235g lighter than the bike we profiled last season (Image credit: Josh Patterson/Future Publishing)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

Like many of his fellow racers, last season was Ryan Trebon's (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) first full season aboard a disc-equipped ‘cross bike. Trebon's race rig appears to be a bit more refined (and lighter) this season, as team sponsors introduce purpose-built, disc-specific components.

Trebon spent much of last season on Avid's mechanical BB7 Road SL disc brakes. This season, he's made the leap to SRAM's Red 22 group with full hydraulic disc brakes.

"The BB7 SLs were great last year, and I wondered how much of an improvement [SRAM] could make on the hydro," Trebon said.

"I am beyond happy with Red 22. The braking performance and feel is vastly smoother with better modulation. I have also come to like the lever shape of the hydro better as well," Trebon added.

Discs are steadily replacing cantilever brakes in cyclo-cross, though not without presenting their own set of challenges. Excessive pad wear in poor conditions has been a hurdle for professional and amateur racers alike. The Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team experimented with different rotors and pad compounds last season with mixed results, but feel they have settled on a reliable set-up for this season.

"It was a bit of a learning curve for us last year to see what pad/rotor combo would work best in muddy races. Pad wear can be an issue, but if you know you are going to be racing in the mud why would you run organic pads? I think that was the major issue people were having—they just showed up to the race and rode what they had been riding all season. And of course they wore quickly," Trebon explained.

While some racers swap between organic and metallic pads depending on course conditions, Trebon tends to use metallic pads all the time, as he likes the harder bite.

"Even with some of the wear issues I still would always ride disc—the braking performance and control in all conditions is vastly superior," Trebon said.

Drivetrain and brakes were not the only components to get upgraded. Wheels, too, have been revamped. Last season Trebon raced on Zipp 303 Firecrest tubular rims laced to reliable but heavy SRAM Rise 60 hubs. This season Zipp has an off-the-shelf wheelset offering in the 303 Firecrest Disc.

These refinements bring the weight of Trebon's sizeable race bike down to 16.86lb (7.65kg), which is approximately 235g lighter than the bike Trebon raced last season.

While the drivetrain, brakes and wheels have changed, Trebon's frameset remains the same. The 6ft 5in racer is still riding a Cannondale SuperX Hi-Mod Disc frame with custom geometry. 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.

Complete bike specification

Frame: Cannondale SuperX Hi-Mod Disc, custom sizing and geometry
Fork: SuperX Disc, tapered 1.125in to 1.25in
Headset: Cane Creek 110, integrated 1.125 to 1.25in
Stem: Zipp Service Course SL, 130mm x -6 degrees
Handlebar: Zipp Service Course SL, 44cm (c-c)
Tape/grips: Zipp Service Course Bar Tape
Front brake: SRAM Red 22 HRD, 160mm rotor
Rear brake: SRAM Red 22 HRD.
Brake levers: SRAM Red 22 Hydro Shifter
Front derailleur: SRAM Red 22
Rear derailleur: SRAM Red 22
Shifters: SRAM Red 22 Hydro Shifter
Cassette: SRAM PG-1170, 11-26T
Chain: SRAM Red 22
Crankset: SRAM Red 22 BB30, 177.5mm, 46/36T
Bottom bracket: SRAM Red BB30
Pedals: Shimano XTR PD-M980
Wheelset: Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular
Front tire: Clement PDX, 33mm
Rear tire: Clement PDX, 33mm
Saddle: Selle San Marco Concor Lite
Seatpost: Truvativ Stylo T40, 400mm

Critical measurements

Rider height: 1.96m / 6'5"
Rider weight: 79.3kg / 175lb
Saddle height: 930mm
Saddle setback: 105mm
Tip of saddle nose to center of bar: 656mm
Saddle to bar drop: 177mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 630mm
Seat tube length, c-c: 580mm
Head tube length: 193mm
Top tube length: 610mm (horizontal)
Head angle: 72.5 degrees
Seat tube angle: 72.5 degrees
Wheelbase: 1061mm
Chainstay length: 430mm
Fork offset: 45mm
BB drop: 65mm
Total bike weight: 7.65kg / 16.86lb