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Cyclocross Handbook hijacked Nikki Brammeier’s crew on its way to the start, to get some shots of what the reigning British Champ would be riding to retain her title.

The Crux is a couple of years old now, but still looks sharp, especially in glittery pink, white and black.

Nikki ran Dugast Rhinos for the grip and tread clearance in the sticky Bradford mud. National Champs are  UCI races, so tyre width rules were tightly enforced.
S Works carbon road cranks are the best fit for Spesh’s unique oversized bottom bracket, but have a five armed spider that will run a SRAM chainring. It looks like Nikki is using a 34t SRAM Force chainring on this bike.

Deore XT pedals are Shimano’s MTB pedal, designed with a bit more clearance and a higher tolerance to clogging than their similar road SPD pedal. The PROTOTYPE pedals on Mathieu’s Stevens suggest a CX specific pedal might be on its way.


SRAM’s 1×11 drivetrain is designed to allow a significant range on the cassette. Here all the way up to a 32t for the steepest parts of a challenging and heavy running course. 

SRAM Force disc brakes on very nice Zipp 303’s which make this a noticeably lightweight bike.

Cage mounts are something you don’t see on most cross bikes, but are super handy as long as they don’t get in the way when it’s on your shoulder. 

There was 0% sunshine in Bradford, so the speckles of gold in the paint don’t really pop. It is there though, promise. Full Zipp cockpit on this bike, and someone has taken the time to make sure all the spacer logos are straight, so everything is right in the world.