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Pro Bike Check: Cannondale Cyclocross World Stephen Hyde’s National Championship winning SuperX

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cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

Local favorite Stephen Hyde got the second call up, just behind Jeremy Powers (check out Powers’ bike here), but it was Hyde who proceeded to dominate the men’s elite race. Word around the pits was he had been out riding the course for the full two weeks prior to race day, and while conditions were drastically different on Sunday, that practice paid off. Some frozen cleat issues on the last lap had everyone on edge, as did a crash and broken derailleur hanger on a flat front tire moments before the finish, but his commanding lead got him across the line first to great fanfare. And he did it all on a nearly stock Cannondale SuperX…

cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

Hyde warms up in his tent while the Elite Women battled it out in the snow. (We checked out Katie Compton’s women’s winning bike too.)

cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

Sometimes we get lucky and folks are riding prototype parts or frames, but this year seemed to be between nearly everyone’s launch cycle. The SuperX was revamped this past summer, and Hyde had six of them prepped and ready to go. This is bike 6 of 6 and the one he started the race on.

cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

A front-end Zipp cockpit with their grippy Service Course bar tape and SRAM Force 1 drivetrain. Note the upward angle of the shifter/levers. We saw about half and half in the pits, with the other half of riders running them mostly level.

cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

The seat post is the SAVE carbon flex post that comes stock on the bike, with a carbon railed Fabric saddle. Fabric is owned by Cannondale’s parent company, as is Sugoi, which outfitted his team with apparel, base layers, gloves, etc.

cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

Hyde swapped in the lighter RED cranks with a 42-tooth 1x chainring and 11-32 cassette. Shimano XT pedals were the only non-SRAM or Cannondale part on the bike save tires…

cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

…which were prototype Team Edition Challenge Baby Limus. These get a 100% cotton casing with thinner protective laminate to make them lighter weight and more supple. Hyde started the race on these, but switched to file tread Dunes a little more than half way through.

cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

Other team bikes in their pits had Team Editions of the Grifo and Limus, too.

cannondale cyclocrossworld stephen hyde national championship winning SuperX cyclocross bike check

Congrats on the win, Stephen!

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codyish
codyish
6 years ago

“…but he finished with a commanding lead…” Must have been watching a different race than I was.

dan
dan
6 years ago

That was my first TV ‘cross race, and it was a nailbiter pretty much in most divisions. Frozen ruts, kids sledding on TV, crashes galore. Hyde’s two second margin of victory with dangling derailleur. Almost like the day was scripted. Good stuff.

dustytires
6 years ago

KFC had a “commanding lead” at end of second lap and it only got bigger. The mens race I saw had Hyde making a lot of mistakes and Driscoll riding smooth and though never on Hydes wheel, close enough for some hope of a battle.

Pete
Pete
6 years ago
Reply to  dustytires

Talk about “What If”s! Like what if the line had been a few meters further = photo finish

Tyler Durden
Tyler Durden
6 years ago

Driscoll was bossing that race for sure. His smooth riding was a pleasure to watch in the second half and while Stephen’s result is well deserved and reflects his season on top, I admit I was a little gutted when Jamie was once again the nearly-man.

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