Pro Bike Profile: 2014 World Champ Zdeněk Štybar’s 2014 Specialized S-Works CruX Cyclocross Bike

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Update: Zdeněk Štybar won the 2014 Cyclocross World Championships in Hoogerheide, just his seventh cyclocross race of the season. See the bike he used to win his third world title below: 

Zdenek Stybar at the front of the 2013 Heusden-Zolder World Cup. © Cyclocross Magazine

Zdenek Stybar at the front of the 2013 Heusden-Zolder World Cup. © Cyclocross Magazine

After his successful cyclocross season debut during Christmas week, Zdeněk Štybar, the two-time World Champion from the Czech Republic said he would remain open to racing the 2014 World Championships in Hoogerheide, but would make a last-minute decision. Now the former World Champ is back at Worlds again after skipping Louisville last year.

The last time the World Championships was held in Hoogerheide, way back in 2009, Štybar finished a strong second, just 22 seconds behind winner Niels Albert, and ahead of Sven Nys.

Zdeněk Štybar wanted to decide at the last minute on his Worlds participation, party due to potential road obligations and partly due to not wanting to race in really sloppy conditions. Although a steady rain is expected Friday night, “Styby” should still be one of the favorites, and five years later after the last Hoogerheide Worlds we could possibly see a repeat of the same podium, with all three racers returning to the Dutch city to battle this Sunday.  [See our 2014 Cyclocross World Championships men's preview and favorites here.]

In Hoogerheide we snapped some photos of Štybar’s bike right before course inspection. The Czech rider is now is a full-fledged star on the road with Omega Pharma – Quick Step, where he rides Specialized road bikes, and he returns to cyclocross also on a Specialized bike in the form of the S-Works CruX.

Zdenek Stybar's Specialized S-Worlks Crux cyclocross bike with SRAM Red 10-speed, Zipp 404 wheels and Service Course SL cockpit, and Avid Shorty Ultimate cantilevers. © Thomas van Bracht / Cyclocross Magazine

Zdenek Stybar’s Specialized S-Works CruX cyclocross bike with SRAM Red 10-speed, Zipp 404 wheels and Service Course SL cockpit, and Avid Shorty Ultimate cantilevers. © Thomas van Bracht / Cyclocross Magazine

In the two years since his departure has a full-time cyclocrosser, technology has changed quite a bit, with disc brakes, 11-speed and SRAM Yaw front derailleurs, but Štybar eschews all of those “upgrades.”

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16 comments
The_Chagelstine
The_Chagelstine

This new carbon bike is a lot smaller than the pink one, look at the seat tube.  I think it is to help lower the bars.  I find the pros are riding smaller and smaller frames?

Thomas Forde
Thomas Forde

Specialized are the best bikes. The results speak for themselves on the Road, MTB and now in Cross.

Will Lewis
Will Lewis

Except for the French handmade Dugasts.

Jean-Sebastien Vecten
Jean-Sebastien Vecten

Geoffrey, it was the same helmet as what they use by OMQS on the road...Specialized Evade aero helmet

Geoffrey Grosenbach
Geoffrey Grosenbach

What helmet was Styby wearing? It looked like some prototype of a non-TT road aero helmet.

Ryan Can
Ryan Can

I liked the green machine better in second place :)

BillGregory
BillGregory

I wouldn't go that far.  They make great bikes, don't get me wrong, but at the top level it's more about the rider you put on them.  You could say the same thing about many of the top bike makers.  Trek and Cannondale dominated the Classics last year, the Giro was won riding a Cannondale, the Tour a Pinarello, and the Vuelta on a Trek.  Rui Costa won worlds on a Pinarello last season as well.  The last MTB World Championships was won on a Scott.  They were successful with their TT bikes, but saying the results speak for themselves is a bit much.  If you work for them, then keep on with it.

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