Pro Bike Profile: Katie Compton’s Trek Crockett Aluminum Cyclocross Bike

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Compton's new Trek Crockett cyclocross bike. © Cyclocross Magazine

Katie Compton’s new Trek Crockett. © Cyclocross Magazine

When Trek introduced the Crockett as the latest in their cyclocross lineup, the question was: Is this the bike that Katie F-ing Compton will be riding? The answer was a resounding yes, as Mark Legg-Compton walked us through a “tour” of her bike this weekend at Providence and answered, “It’s the Crockett, the straight up Crockett!”

Similar to the aluminum prototype Trek cyclocross bike Compton rode to another National title last year in Madison, though with her own custom National Champ paint scheme, the frame is now available to the masses as The Crockett.

Compton's pink sidewalls aren't just for show. © Cyclocross Magazine

Compton’s pink sidewalls aren’t just for show. © Cyclocross Magazine

One of the noticeable features on the bike, and one that we spotted back in Madison as Compton debated her tire choices, is the hot pink tire sidewalls that stand out on and off the course. Legg-Compton explained that these aren’t just for show. The FMB PRO casing has a purpose. “They protect the tire from tire rot and things like that. They’re way more durable,” he explains.

He continued, “When you run low tire pressure, that’s when you get those folds but these don’t do it as bad. When you ride these, [you can run] like a two or three PSI difference lower compared to a common tire. It works great and they stand out, and that’s the name of the game.”

It goes without saying that any time you add another layer to a tire, whether it is for flat protection or rot protection, there is typically an increase in stiffness and a decrease in suppleness, so reducing the pressure a few PSI to get the same ride makes sense (this is one reason we’re able to ride cyclocross tubeless tires as low as 20 PSI, because they typically are a lot stiffer).

According to Legg-Compton, the white FMB Gripo XL tubular tire is one of Compton’s favorites, though it probably won’t see much use until it gets colder, as the rubber compound is carefully selected for ice and snow.

New WickWerks 42t SRAM Exogram-compatible chainrings. © Cyclocross Magazine

Compton’s new ‘secret weapon’: WickWerks 42 ring. © Cyclocross Magazine

Another noteworthy feature on the bike is the not-yet-publicly-available chainring that Compton is running in the front. Legg-Compton explains, “What we’re doing for this race is a 42 chainring from WickWerks.”

Compton has typically raced with a 44 big chainring. Legg-Compton explains further, “The reason being, last year we ran a 34/44 and 12-27, now we have a 34/42 and an 11-26, so you end up with a little higher gear with the 42 and a little lower gear with the crossover gear. If you ran a 44 with the 11-26, your high end is huge, which is almost an unusable gear. The 42 is perfect. I did the gear calculations and it came out this was much better and WickWerks is now going to do a production run. I was really, really happy. Also, it shifts even quicker!”

This is a different choice than her gear selection at Nationals, where WickWerks provided her then-favorite chainring, a 44-tooth big ring. Compton’s rings are WickWerks models made especially for the SRAM Red (and now Force) Exogram carbon cranksets with a hidden bolt (non-standard BCD).

And as for her new disc brakes? “I have a love/hate relationship,” Compton told Cyclocross Magazine at Providence. “Sometimes I love them, sometimes I hate them. Today they were pretty good. They ran great.”

Check out the gallery below for more shots of Compton’s racing machine, and check out our post-race catch up with Compton as well.

Katie Compton’s Trek Crockett Cyclocross Bike Spec Highlights:

    • Frame: Trek Crockett (aluminum)
    • Components: SRAM Red 22
    • Tires: FMB Gripo XL (cotton with FMB PRO casing)
    • Wheels: Bontrager Aeolus D3 tubular wheel set
    • Chainrings: WickWerks 42/34
    • Cassette: SRAM Red 11-speed (11-26)
    • Brakes: SRAM Red Hydraulic Disc
    • Bars: Bontrager RXL
    • Stem: Bontrager XXX
    • Pedals: CrankBrothers Eggbeater 11
    • Saddle: Bontrager Affinity R
    • Seatpost: Bontrager XXX-Lite carbon seatpost

Katie Compton’s Trek Crockett Cyclocross Bike Photo Gallery:

 

 

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53 comments
UnholyRouleur
UnholyRouleur

@jverheul I knew if I held onto my Kona Major One for long enough, I'd be hip again. Didn't expect it to be just 3 years later though...

VomitZombie
VomitZombie

Man, I could go for a 110BCD 42T chainring. There aren't a whole lot on the market that I've been able to find. I'm running a 34/46 as the small one, and the difference between the two is too much.

Also, the blue Crocketts are sweet as hell.

pgball
pgball

@jverheul Maybe testing geometry on aluminum frames before committing it to carbon?

jverheul
jverheul

@CXHairs I have both. "Matching" 2009 alu Crosswind and carbon X-Fire, identical parts. Can't tell them apart when riding.

jverheul
jverheul

@supcat @WickWerks I'm pretty excited about a 42. I run 44 myself, but coach a number of people who should use 42 big ring.

jverheul
jverheul

@pgball I predict not. I think she stays on them this season.

CapitalCrewBike
CapitalCrewBike

@jverheul @CXHairs i sure can feel the stifness of my ridley over my crux when accelerating rapidly. Love it, not sure it helps though....

pgball
pgball

@jverheul That does seem to be the Trek thing- top athletes on as stock as possible bikes.

supcat
supcat

@jverheul 52-36 made compacts cool because they are PRO (in the Giro, anyway)

supcat
supcat

@jverheul That said, I also don't mind riding with a 46t on the road, for the same reasons a 42 or 44 is nice for CX.

supcat
supcat

@jverheul I actually do sometimes wish for a 39t just for riding around, but man, I also like climbing things and keeping my knees alive.

jverheul
jverheul

@supcat Well, I've been riding compacts since '05, and won a bunch of 1-2 races on them. What more can I do?

supcat
supcat

@jverheul Okay, so you're fixing 'cross. Now can you fix the stigma that compact cranks still have among recreational roadies? :p

supcat
supcat

@jverheul @WickWerks Exactly. Smaller big rings let me use more of the cassette. After all, a cat's gotta know his limitations.

jverheul
jverheul

@supcat @WickWerks 42t is as big as anyone goes AFAIK, so unless you're a top elite...40, 38, or even 36 ought to suffice. Esp with an 11.

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