Pro Bike Profiles and Last-Minute Bike Builds: Bikes from Powers, Wells, Mani and Emmett
Todd Wells' 2012 Specialized Crux Expert being built the day before Cross Vegas 2011. © Cyclocross Magazine
Every year, there’s a mad scramble to get the cyclocross pros their new bikes for the season, but often that rush is split between happening before the first big races of the season (often UCI Nittany Lion Cross in Pennsylvania or StarCrossed in Seattle) and for some, just before CrossVegas.
With CrossVegas moving up a week and ahead of StarCrossed and the Rapha-Focus GP, more mechanics were scrambling inside their tents and trailers on Tuesday at the Outdoor Demo to put together their racers’ new bikes in time for the next last night’s CrossVegas race.
We witnessed Joachim Parbo slowly piecing together his German-based OCCP frameset, saw the Giant team assemble Kelli Emmett’s new TCX Advanced carbon cyclocross bike, watched Todd Wells’ Specialized Crux Expert come together, and captured Jeremy Powers’ freshly-assembled Focus Mares carbon cyclocross bike outside the Circulus, waiting for its owner and its first ride. French National Champion Caroline Mani also showed off her brand-new Felt F1X cyclocross bike, ready for its first race.
Check out the photo gallery and bike profiles of each of these below, and check out our full coverage of all cyclocross-related news and gear from Interbike and CrossVegas 2011 here.