JT's Raleigh RXC Pro front end tube junction.
If you’ve seen the current issue (#15) of Cyclocross Magazine
, then you’ve heard of the Fountain brothers. Or maybe you’ve had the pleasure of lining up with JT or Louie Fountain in an Elite race in the Northwest only to get schooled by the singlespeed-spinning brethren. For a quick intro, check out our report on the amazing event
that the Fountains promote every year at Sky Ranch, their family’s property in Moscow, Idaho.
The Singlespeed event, now an official title event for just the second time, will be the first race at Nationals in Madison with a jersey on the line. J.T. will be among the favorites – he took second last year behind pro rider Adam Craig. We got an up close look at his Raleigh RXC Pro bike, an interesting choice since it’s not purpose-built as a singlespeed rig. Get a good look at it now, since it’ll be a blur of speed come the SS race on Wednesday, January 4th. And don’t be surprised if you see J.T. piloting the one-geared rig in a Masters title race (he was fourth last year in the 35-39 division), or perhaps even against the Elites.
J.T. Fountain with his Raleigh RXC Pro.
Other interesting tidbits about Fountain’s rig, and why it’s fun to look more closely at how riders put together their steeds: He chooses an All City Gonzo saddle (perhaps a remnant from Fountain’s 2010 All City Nature Boy race bike); the gear on board during the shoot was a relatively light 39×17; and he has “customized” his Egg Beater pedals with electrical tape, although Crank Brothers does make a shim kit designed to fill the same need.
J.T. Fountain’s Raleigh RXC Pro Bike Specs
Frame: Raleigh RXC Pro, size 55, SM/MD
Fork: Enve Carbon Monocoque Cross
Headset: FSA Orbit Z-CX
Stem: Pro Vibe 7S
Handlebar: Pro Vibe 7S compact OS, 42cm
Brakes: Avid Shorty Ultimate
Brake levers: SRAM Carbon 900
Cassette: 17T Cog w/ spacers
Chain: SRAM PC-850
Crankset: Shimano CX70, 172.5mm
Chain ring: Sugino 39T
Bottom bracket: Beer Components Eccentric for BB30 w/ Phil Wood bearings
Pedals: Crank Brothers Egg Beaters
Wheelset: Rolf Prima VCX clinchers
Tires: Michelin Mud 2
Tubes: Challenge latex
Saddle: All-City Gonzo
Seat post: Thomson Elite
Rider’s height: 175.3cm/5ft 10in
Rider’s weight: 69.09kg/152 lbs
Saddle height from BB, c-t: 73.7cm
Seat tube length: 53cm
Tip of saddle to center of bar: 52.5cm
Center of front hub to top of bar: 57.8cm
Head tube length: 13cm
Top tube length (effective): 54cm
Total bike weight: 16.2lbs
Check out Issue #15 of Cyclocross Magazine, for plenty more on J.T., his brother Louie and Sky Ranch Cyclocross, and read CXM Labs’ review of the Beer Components BB30 eccentric bottom bracket in Issue #13.