For the third year in a row Bombtrack bikes are helping make the Singlespeed Cyclocross European Championships (SSCXEC) happen. This time the race will happen late in the season in Berlin, coinciding with the upcoming Berlin Bicycle Week and the Berliner Fahrradschau (BFS or the Berlin Bike Show) in a couple weeks time. Growing each year SSCXEC joins the opening night junkyard cross race of BFS, with more racers registered than ever before. To celebrate the race coming to their home country, Bombtrack decided to build up a custom bike to showcase the unique nature of single speed cross. The custom bike will be exhibited as visitors attend the growing urban and lifestyle show, and when everything wraps up it will get go home with a lucky cyclist. Take a closer look at the one-off build after the jump and see how you might be the one to ride away with it…
While SS CX remains a smaller scene in Europe, it certainly is growing. The diversity of the riders gets well represented in this project bike that pulls in components from around Europe, the US, and a bit of Asia.
As soon as Bombtrack decided to build up the project showbike, it wasn’t long until several companies chimed in to take part. A lot of specialist components add up to an eclectic bike that serves as a good representation of the one-of-a-kind bikes you usually find at the start (and on the podium) of singlespeed cyclocross races.
The bike starts off with Bombtrack’s own Arise frame in a size 51cm, with a custom Berliner Fahrradschau x SSCXEC paint scheme. It adds in the classy Wound Up Composites Gravel X carbon fork with its alloy crown.
Wheels are built up with Fast Forward F4R FCC 32hole carbon clinchers laced to Bombtrack Arise hubs with double-butted Sapim Race spokes and 14mm Hexagonal nipples. Rubber duty is taken care of by Challenge 36mm open tubular Gravel Grinder clinchers.
Cockpit is a mix of a Bombtrack Arise bar, Deda Zero 2 stem and seatpost, and San Marco Aspide saddle. Headset is a Ritchey WCS, brakes are TRP Revox Carbons pulled by Tektro lever, and housing is Jagwire CGX SL in braided gold.
The drivetrain is especially unique with a 38T Osymetric 38t ring on Rotor 3D cranks turning a Dartmoor Core chain on a Surly 15T cog around a Rohloff chain tensioner and through an NC 17 chain guide. No chance of dropping a chain here, we’d guess. Looks like someone at Bombtrack might have lost a race this season after their chain came off.
As for the Singlespeed Cyclocross European Championship event itself, the race will be held on the evening of Friday, March 18 to kick of the Berlin Bike Show’s opening night party. The course is built through the sandy and sketchy junkyard behind the Station Berlin venue and loops inside the hall and across the indoor BMX and jump course before running back up a set if stairs and out of a side emergency exit. Every year we have been at the show it has been an excellent course both to race and spectate, and the races end just after dark on the poorly lit and dodgy track. More info about the race including how to register can be found at: BerlinBicycleWeek.com
And to win the bike, just follow Bombtrack Bicycle Co. @bombtrackbicycleco, Berlin Fahrradschau @fahrradschau, and Berlin Bicycle Week @bicycleweek on Instagram to see how you can post your entry to take the bike home yourself.