Pro Bike Profile: J.T. Fountain’s Raleigh RXC Pro Singlespeed
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.
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.
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@followadam @mrkaztro Would be pretty swell if "the team" could get them as a bike sponsor... just sayin'
@Ryan_Kephart @followadam @mrkaztro You have my blessing to contact @Raleighs_Sally on @CrosshairsTeam behalf. Cc: @JnnyBrns
@CXHairs @followadam @mrkaztro @Raleighs_Sally @CrosshairsTeam @JnnyBrns Well that gained some traction (no Larry, not a tire discussion)