The Focus Mares Powers rode to victory is the identical frame he rode to win the 2012 National Championship, but with a National Championship-themed paint job complete with stars and stripes. It was a paint job that certainly made one Californian jealous enough to borrow twelve of them.
Despite riding and racing his cantilever brake bike, as with every other American SRAM-sponsored cyclocrosser, Powers has a disc brake bike at his disposal in the form of a disc brake Focus Mares Disc prototype. Don’t rush to your store or our cyclocross bike directory to check it out yet though, as Focus representatives have told us that there are no plans to offer this model this season.
We took a look at both Jeremy Powers’ disc brake and cantilever brake models. His main bike relies on Avid Shorty Ultimate cantilever brakes, while the disc model is stopped by Avid BB7 SL disc-brakes. This disc-brake equipped rig rolls on Vittoria tubular tires, while the more traditional cantilever brake bike features the Dugast Typhoon tubular tires. Both spin on Easton carbon rims, with the cantilever model using EC90SL carbon tubular wheels, while the disc model uses Easton EC90 rims paired with the company’s M1 mountain bike hubs.