Pro Bike Profile: Australian National Champion Lisa Jacobs’ Apollo Arctec CX

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Jacobs’ prototype still has the holes to insert cantilever bosses on the fork and seatstays, but Apollo is not trying to compete with Lapierre, Pivot or Redline on frames that can accept disc or cantilever brakes. Production models are disc brake only.

Australian National Champion stripes on her FMB SSC tubulars, and canti mounts if she doesn't like discs. © Cyclocross Magazine

Australian National Champion stripes on her FMB SSC tubulars, and canti mounts if she doesn’t like discs. © Cyclocross Magazine

SRAM Rival cranks are standard on the Arctec CX, but Jacobs opted to run a 42t single front ring over the stock configuration, eliminating a front derailleur. Her stealth, black single ring is without markings but is a wide-narrow tooth ring, similar to XX1 and designs by Wolf Tooth and Absolute Black, used with the goal of avoiding a derailed chain without needing a chain guard or dual ring guards.

A SRAM X9 Type 2, clutch-equipped rear derailleur was chosen over a standard road mechanism and easily accommodates the wide range 10-speed cassette. It’s a setup that’s growing in popularity. We’ve tested a similar setup on the 2013 Marin Cortina  reviewed in Issue 19, and found it effective to reduce chain slap, and SRAM-equipped racer Ryan Trebon has been spotted with a prototype SRAM 11-speed single ring group that also employs a clutch-equipped (Type 2) rear derailleur.

Jacobs’ bike has a specific parts selection compared to the stock offering, including the SRAM X9 type 2 rear derailleur.  © Cyclocross Magazine

Jacobs’ bike has a specific parts selection compared to the stock offering, including the SRAM X9 type 2 rear derailleur. © Cyclocross Magazine

Controls and braking come from 10-speed Force-level SRAM S700 hydraulic shifters mated to SRAM S-700 brakes. Hope Pro2 EVO hubs match up nicely to HED Belgium C2 rims.

Shimano’s pre-XTR M959 SPD pedals handle the power transfer.

Jacobs samples cockpit components from all of Easton’s aluminum line-up, choosing an Easton EA50 seatpost, EA90 stem and EA70 handlebars finish off the build.

As her bike sponsor tells it, Jacobs had previously focused on a road career, but the demands of her career as a practicing lawyer meant shifting race priorities to cyclocross. It seems safe to say that with a National Championship in hand, Jacobs’ move was a good one.

Lisa Jacobs’ Apollo Arctec CX Spec Highlights:

Frame:  Apollo Arctec CX full carbon frameset
Fork:  Apollo Arctex CX full carbon, tapered steerer, 1-1/8 to 1.5
Handlebars: 
East EA 70
Stem: 
Easton EA 90
Brakes: 
SRAM S series hydraulic disc
Rims: HED Belgium
Hubs: Hope Pro2 EVO disc
Tires: FMB 33mm SSC
Shifters: SRAM Hydro
Rear Derailleur:  SRAM x9 type 2
Front Derailleur:  n/a
Crankset:  SRAM Rival
Pedals: Shimano M959
More info: http://www.apollobikes.com/

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Daniel J Curtin Jr works for Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin, Texas and sits on the board of the Ghisallo Foundation, a local cycling non-profit. When not skulking about the shop or writing board meeting minutes, he captains his ’cross team. A recovering lawyer, his primary gig is stay-at-home dad to his 4-year-old daughter/director sportif.
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24 comments
Nathan Roberson
Nathan Roberson

It would make even a better idea if it was a seat mast to give the bike a softer seat tube. And the fulcrum point would be well placed.

John Groves
John Groves

This bike came together pretty quickly for national champs and China. Lisa ride it for the first time in the National Championship race. The end product will be more nicely finished. Black stem, SRAM red cranks, carbon post, carbon wheels and of course no bottle cage for worlds in the snow! Just over 7.5kg makes it a weapon!

Cyclocross Magazine
Cyclocross Magazine

It was pretty hot in China and not everyone had a pit crew...thus the cage.

craigmacintyre
craigmacintyre

While I am not normally a traditionalist just for the sake of looks, I have to say that this might be the ugliest bike I have seen in quite some time....

Jt Fountain
Jt Fountain

You mean because it has a bottle cage?

Cyclocross Magazine
Cyclocross Magazine

Norm Gray, yup that's what we say in the profile. Do you know what brand?

Brad Evans
Brad Evans

How are you supposed to shoulder that thing?

mattsavage
mattsavage

@Brad Evans The same way you would any other cx bike...?


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