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Former two-time Danish national cyclo-cross champion Joachim Parbo

Former two-time Danish national cyclo-cross champion Joachim Parbo (Image credit: James Huang)
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The bottom bracket shell and chain stays

The bottom bracket shell and chain stays (Image credit: James Huang)
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More clean lines are found at the rear end

More clean lines are found at the rear end (Image credit: James Huang)
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Parbo's top goals this year

Parbo's top goals this year (Image credit: James Huang)
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Former two-time Danish national cyclo-cross champion Joachim Parbo is racing this season aboard a new CX1 carbon 'cross bike from Leopard Cycles.

Former two-time Danish national cyclo-cross champion Joachim Parbo is racing this season aboard a new CX1 carbon 'cross bike from Leopard Cycles. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Parbo says the main things he looks for in a 'cross bike is light weight and high strength and he says his new CX1 provides him with both.

Parbo says the main things he looks for in a 'cross bike is light weight and high strength and he says his new CX1 provides him with both. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The Leopard Cycles CX1 foregoes fancy tube shapes in favor of tried-and-true round pipes.

The Leopard Cycles CX1 foregoes fancy tube shapes in favor of tried-and-true round pipes. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The included carbon fork features a beefy crown and legs for accurate steering and braking.

The included carbon fork features a beefy crown and legs for accurate steering and braking. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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More clean lines are found at the rear end with the wishbone-style seat stays.

More clean lines are found at the rear end with the wishbone-style seat stays. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The CX1's tube-to-tube construction method leaves no visible joints.

The CX1's tube-to-tube construction method leaves no visible joints. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The housing stop for the rear brake is securely riveted on to the monostay and includes a handy barrel adjuster.

The housing stop for the rear brake is securely riveted on to the monostay and includes a handy barrel adjuster. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Both ends feature gobs of mud clearance which is good as Parbo says he prefers nastier conditions for racing.

Both ends feature gobs of mud clearance which is good as Parbo says he prefers nastier conditions for racing. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The bottom bracket shell and chain stays are built as a single unit on the CX1 for more rigidity. There's also no shelf aft of the bottom bracket to collect mud.

The bottom bracket shell and chain stays are built as a single unit on the CX1 for more rigidity. There's also no shelf aft of the bottom bracket to collect mud. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Parbo was using Challenge's fast rolling Grifo XS tubulars when we caught up with him during his brief stay in Boulder, Colorado.

Parbo was using Challenge's fast rolling Grifo XS tubulars when we caught up with him during his brief stay in Boulder, Colorado. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Apparently these particular tires were set aside just for Parbo.

Apparently these particular tires were set aside just for Parbo. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Zipp completely redesigned its hubs for 2009 and Parbo supposedly has one of the first sets of so-equipped 404 tubular wheels.

Zipp completely redesigned its hubs for 2009 and Parbo supposedly has one of the first sets of so-equipped 404 tubular wheels. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Parbo's Selcof bars are cocked skywards as we've often found with many 'cross racers.

Parbo's Selcof bars are cocked skywards as we've often found with many 'cross racers. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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A SRAM Red rear derailleur handles gear changes out back.

A SRAM Red rear derailleur handles gear changes out back. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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An 11-26T SRAM OG-1090 cassette offers wide-range gearing though we can't help but wonder how its unique PowerDome construction handles thick mud.

An 11-26T SRAM OG-1090 cassette offers wide-range gearing though we can't help but wonder how its unique PowerDome construction handles thick mud. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The SRAM Red crankset is fitted with 'cross-appropriate gearing.

The SRAM Red crankset is fitted with 'cross-appropriate gearing. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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TRP's EuroX Mag brakes have been upgraded this year with more adjustment in the pads and a built-in cable tension adjuster.

TRP's EuroX Mag brakes have been upgraded this year with more adjustment in the pads and a built-in cable tension adjuster. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Parbo says he knows that he could save a lot of weight by swapping to a different set of pedals but is unwilling to forego the superior function of his current Shimano XTRs.

Parbo says he knows that he could save a lot of weight by swapping to a different set of pedals but is unwilling to forego the superior function of his current Shimano XTRs. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The surprisingly cushy BBB UltraBase DTL saddle provides Parbo with a soft landing when remounting the bike.

The surprisingly cushy BBB UltraBase DTL saddle provides Parbo with a soft landing when remounting the bike. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Selcof provides Parbo with its carbon-wrapped stem, white carbon' seatpost and aluminum handlebars.

Selcof provides Parbo with its carbon-wrapped stem, white carbon' seatpost and aluminum handlebars. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The red-and-white color scheme carries through right to the bar tape.

The red-and-white color scheme carries through right to the bar tape. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Parbo obviously doesn't race with bottle cages so the mounts are plugged with gold-anodized aluminum bolts.

Parbo obviously doesn't race with bottle cages so the mounts are plugged with gold-anodized aluminum bolts. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Parbo's top goals this year are to reclaim his Danish national title and a top-20 finish at this year's world championships.

Parbo's top goals this year are to reclaim his Danish national title and a top-20 finish at this year's world championships. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)

Pro bikes, December 9, 2008

Alie Kenzer’s Richard Sachs CYBC Signature

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