Jeremy Powers’ National Championship Focus Mares Cyclocross Bike – From 2012 to 2014, Not Much Changed

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From 2012 to 2014, technology in cyclocross bikes has changed quite a bit. From mechanical, hybrid and hydraulic disc brakes to many more electronic drivetrain and 11-speed options and wider rims, there are so many more component choices for consumers and pros alike. [See also: 2015 Focus Mares cyclocross bikes get major update, and are lighter, longer, and higher.]

Yet a quick look comparing Jeremy Powers’ two winning bikes from the 2012 and the 2014 Cyclocross National Championships shows that Powers changed very little in his bike of choice to win the Cyclocross National Championship.

We’ve profiled Powers’ bike quite a bit, including a disc brake version at the 2012 Cross Vegas, and earlier this season Powers relied on the SRAM RED 22 HydroR brakes and levers. But with the HydroR recall, and Powers’ upcoming stay in Europe, he found it convenient to switch back to a cantilever option of his Focus Mares carbon cyclocross bike.


Jeremy Powers' National Championship-Winning Focus Mares Carbon Cyclocross Bke - 2014 (top) and 2012 (bottom)

Jeremy Powers’ National Championship-Winning Focus Mares Carbon Cyclocross Bke – 2014 (top) and 2012 (bottom)

Why cantilever brakes for Europe? Most of us think of heavy mud and steep descents when thinking of European cyclocross races, but for Powers, it’s a question of maintenance and his wrenching skills. “I’m going to Europe, I’m going to have to be working on my own equipment for the next two weeks in February,” he told Cyclocross Magazine. “I just wanted to keep it simple. Run what I’m most capable of fixing when I break it!”

While keeping it simple may be the main motivation, we’ve also gotten wind of rumors about a Focus Mares revamp coming soon. Could Powers be on a new bike for Worlds? Stay tuned.

Powers has kept his Easton EC90 SL wheels, EA90 stem, and Crankbrothers Candy 11 pedals.

We counted a number of small changes between the 2012 bike (bottom) and the 2014 bike (top). Can you identify them all? Drop a comment below to test your bike geek skill and your eagle eyes. See full-sized image here.

For all the best Cyclocross Nationals 2014 coverage, including bike profiles, race reports, results and video interviews, check out our 2014 Cyclocross National Championship Page here.



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Ea70 post to ec90

Red to red 22

Ea70 bar to ec90 slx3

Aliante saddle to aliante vs


LoL at bring canti bike for simplicity!!!   I thought that disc was the ultimate in simplicity, set it and forget it, awesomeness?!?! 

Peter Dy
Peter Dy

Has his position has changed? Newer frame looks smaller, shorter stem and lower stack height. Also might be running shorter crank arms and tighter handlebar drop.


Powers is hitting the Worlds without Hopper?!

Daniel Wade
Daniel Wade

wasn't Ryan Trebon using prototype CX1?

Pete Simpson
Pete Simpson

impossible, how could he win a race without disk brakes? #sarcasm


2014 vs 2012...

33 Typhoon vs 32 Rhino

Red 22 vs Red Black

Arione "VS" vs Standard Arione

Zero setback seatpost vs slight setback (10mm?)

Custom CrankBrothers Pedal body on 2014.

cyclocross moderator

@dmro227 Pretty good attempt! Wrong saddle though, and the seatpost - it's a newer version, different model and material. 

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