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The tech behind the USA Cyclo-cross National Champions

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Stephen Hyde's Cannondale SuperX

Stephen Hyde's Cannondale SuperX
(Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Jeremy Powers and his Focus Mares

Jeremy Powers and his Focus Mares
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Miller uses Zipp Service Course bars and stem

Miller uses Zipp Service Course bars and stem
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Miller's Mares also has the SRAM hydraulic disc brakes and Centerline rotors

Miller's Mares also has the SRAM hydraulic disc brakes and Centerline rotors
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Miller's Mares also has the SRAM hydraulic disc brakes and Centerline rotors

Miller's Mares also has the SRAM hydraulic disc brakes and Centerline rotors
(Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Amanda Miller's Focus Mares

Amanda Miller's Focus Mares
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Miller's SRAM Force 1 crankset

Miller's SRAM Force 1 crankset
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Miller opted for mechanical SRAM Force 1

Miller opted for mechanical SRAM Force 1
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A bird's eye view of Amanda Miller's Focus Mares cockpit

A bird's eye view of Amanda Miller's Focus Mares cockpit
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Amanda Miller and her Focus Mares

Amanda Miller and her Focus Mares
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Hyde uses a Fabric carbon saddle

Hyde uses a Fabric carbon saddle
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Hyde ran Challenge Dunes en route to his national title

Hyde ran Challenge Dunes en route to his national title
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A look at the rear Force 1 disc brake

A look at the rear Force 1 disc brake
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Miller uses Zipp Service Course bars and stem

Miller uses Zipp Service Course bars and stem
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Jeremy Powers' Focus Mares

Jeremy Powers' Focus Mares
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Powers was running SRAM Red eTap derailleurs

Powers was running SRAM Red eTap derailleurs
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Powers uses Crankbrothers Candy pedals

Powers uses Crankbrothers Candy pedals
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Powers Focus Mares uses a proprietary Rapid Axle Technology system

Powers Focus Mares uses a proprietary Rapid Axle Technology system
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Another look at the SRAM Hydro disc brakes

Another look at the SRAM Hydro disc brakes
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Powers had some FMB prototype tyres but opted for file treads in the race

Powers had some FMB prototype tyres but opted for file treads in the race
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Another look at the SRAM Hydro disc brakes

Another look at the SRAM Hydro disc brakes
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Bike 1

Bike 1
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J-Pow!

J-Pow!
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Another look at Powers' Zipp SL Speed cockpit

Another look at Powers' Zipp SL Speed cockpit
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Another look at Powers' Zipp SL Speed cockpit

Another look at Powers' Zipp SL Speed cockpit
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Powers also uses a Zipp cockpit, but the new SL Speed lightweight model

Powers also uses a Zipp cockpit, but the new SL Speed lightweight model
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Powers opted for a SRAM Red crankset with double front chainrings in 46/36

Powers opted for a SRAM Red crankset with double front chainrings in 46/36
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Hyde's SuperX is detailed with team-specific features

Hyde's SuperX is detailed with team-specific features
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Internal routing is standard for Hyde's SuperX

Internal routing is standard for Hyde's SuperX
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Hyde runs SRAM Force 1 hydraulic brakes with the Centerline rotors

Hyde runs SRAM Force 1 hydraulic brakes with the Centerline rotors
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Compton's Trek Boone has some personal touches - her own logo

Compton's Trek Boone has some personal touches - her own logo
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Compton did the pre-ride on a Clement BOS front but swapped it for the PDX in the race

Compton did the pre-ride on a Clement BOS front but swapped it for the PDX in the race
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Compton's cables aren't zip-tied, they're attached with thin wire to keep them secure on the fork

Compton's cables aren't zip-tied, they're attached with thin wire to keep them secure on the fork
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Compton pairs her Shimano RT-99 rotors with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes

Compton pairs her Shimano RT-99 rotors with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
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Compton uses Clement tyres, PDX in the front

Compton uses Clement tyres, PDX in the front
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Compton switches between these Shimano RT-99 rotors and KCNC Razor rotors when it's dry

Compton switches between these Shimano RT-99 rotors and KCNC Razor rotors when it's dry
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Compton uses Knight Composites carbon wheels and chose Shimano RT-99 rotors for the icy conditions

Compton uses Knight Composites carbon wheels and chose Shimano RT-99 rotors for the icy conditions
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Compton's Trek Boone is equipped with IsoSpeed decouplers to smooth out the bumps

Compton's Trek Boone is equipped with IsoSpeed decouplers to smooth out the bumps
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Compton's cables aren't zip-tied, they're attached with thin wire to keep them secure on the fork

Compton's cables aren't zip-tied, they're attached with thin wire to keep them secure on the fork
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Compton uses a Bontrager Pro Blendr alloy stem

Compton uses a Bontrager Pro Blendr alloy stem
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More Enduro ceramic bearings on the bottom bracket of Compton's Trek Boone, and a double Wickwerks front chainring in 44/34

More Enduro ceramic bearings on the bottom bracket of Compton's Trek Boone, and a double Wickwerks front chainring in 44/34
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Compton's Trek Boone awaits the rear wheel choice

Compton's Trek Boone awaits the rear wheel choice
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Jamey Driscoll's Raleigh RXC

Jamey Driscoll's Raleigh RXC
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Driscoll uses Shimano Ultegra Di2

Driscoll uses Shimano Ultegra Di2
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Hyde has a Zipp Service Course SL stem with SL-80 bars

Hyde has a Zipp Service Course SL stem with SL-80 bars
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In case you were wondering, this is Stephen Hyde's bike

In case you were wondering, this is Stephen Hyde's bike
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Hyde opts for lightweight SRAM Red cranks with a 40-tooth chainring

Hyde opts for lightweight SRAM Red cranks with a 40-tooth chainring
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Hyde is one of the few riders who ran a mechanical group, using SRAM 1X

Hyde is one of the few riders who ran a mechanical group, using SRAM 1X
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Jamey Driscoll with his Raleigh RXC

Jamey Driscoll with his Raleigh RXC
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Jamey Driscoll's Raleigh RXC

Jamey Driscoll's Raleigh RXC
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Driscoll's RXC had Clement BOS tyres for the pre-ride

Driscoll's RXC had Clement BOS tyres for the pre-ride
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Driscoll's RXC is equipped with TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, with 160mm rotors

Driscoll's RXC is equipped with TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, with 160mm rotors
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Driscoll runs a FSA SL-K stem and a reminder of Amy D on his top tube

Driscoll runs a FSA SL-K stem and a reminder of Amy D on his top tube
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Driscoll runs FSA SL-K cranks with a 42-tooth chainring

Driscoll runs FSA SL-K cranks with a 42-tooth chainring
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Katie Compton equips her Dura-Ace Di2 with Enduro XD-15 ceramic bearings

Katie Compton equips her Dura-Ace Di2 with Enduro XD-15 ceramic bearings
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The USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships were contested in frigid conditions in Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday, and the racers took some very different approaches to their bike set-ups. Katie Compton won her 13th straight elite women's title over Amanda Miller, while Stephen Hyde claimed his first elite men's stars and stripes jersey. Jamey Driscoll narrowly missed out on passing Hyde at the line and took second, while Jeremy Powers had a dismal title defence.

Compton's Trek Boone was equipped with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic group and hydraulic disc brakes, with Knight Composite carbon wheels and a mix of Clement tires - the tall-knobbed BOS mud tyre and the more versatile PDX.

"I rode a PDX on the front and a BOS on the back," Compton told Cyclingnews. "I rode I think around 19 or 20 pounds in there. It was good, I had some Horsetooth spikes in my shoes. Those have been great, I was able to run the run-ups really well."

While some riders opted for single front chainrings, Compton said her double 44/34 setup was key to her victory.

"I have a two-by set up, so I used all my gears today. It's nice to have a little ring to accelerate quickly on some of those steep, slippery hill sections. Pretty basic technical setup."

Stephen Hyde's Cannondale SuperX, on the other hand, was set up with the SRAM Force 1 single chainring group with an 11-32 cassette, hydraulic disc brakes and Challenge tyres. He switched midway through the race from the all-around Baby Limus to file treads.

Joe Devera, Cannondale mechanic, explains: "He changed tires kind of midway through the race. He started on Baby Limuses at a pressure of 23 and a half front, 24 rear... Then he went to the Challenge Dunes at the same pressure."

There was plenty of debate as to what tyre and gear options would be best, but after much testing, Hyde settled on these options just before the race.

"As the weather started getting worse we started talking about different tire choices and what not. Actually today we decided two hours before the race," Devera said.

Click through the gallery above to get more details on these bikes and on those of runners-up Jamey Driscoll and Amanda Miller, and Jeremy Powers.