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It's Nats week and to help celebrate the biggest week in U.S. cyclocross, we are profiling the bikes of the two defending Elite National Champions. First up is three-time defending Men's Champ Stephen Hyde. Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 15 years, you know whose bike we will be featuring on Tuesday.


When Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) takes the start line in Lakewood on Sunday, he will do so aboard the third iteration of his National Champion's Cannondale SuperX.

This season, Hyde faces a tough challenge in earning his fourth champ's bike with teammate Curtis White (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) and Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano) blazing up the national scene, and other young riders such as the Donnelly / Aevolo crew of Gage Hecht and Lance Haidet riding strong as well.

After each of his three national championships, Hyde has embraced the opportunity to work with Cannondale to customize his bikes to celebrate his accomplishments. The first iteration, earned after he left folks hanging in suspense at the end of the race at the 2017 Hartford Nationals, featured one red, white and blue colorway with some stars incorporated into the design.

Stephen Hyde's 2018 Cyclocross National Championship-winning Cannondale SuperX fresh off his win in Reno. © Cyclocross Magazine

Stephen Hyde's 2018 Cyclocross National Championship-winning Cannondale SuperX fresh off his win in Reno. © Cyclocross Magazine

After title number two in Reno, Hyde went all-in on his National Champ's bike, opting for three different colorways with graphics special to him. Those included a record player to celebrate his greatest hits, a Raccoon to honor his tenacity and a chain ring logo that paid homage to his BMX days.

Stephen Hyde's second bike is white and has a BMX theme. Stephen Hyde's 2018/19 Cannondale SuperX Cyclocross Bikes. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Stephen Hyde's second bike is white and has a BMX theme. Stephen Hyde's 2018/19 Cannondale SuperX Cyclocross Bikes. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

After outdueling White in the mud at Louisville Nationals last December, Hyde opted to go back to one design for his 2019 Cannondale SuperX. The bike is still very much red, white and blue, and it features some of the graphics that made debuts last season.

Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

We took a closer look at Hyde's bike for this pre-Nationals bike profile.

Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX

At this point, both cyclocross and gravel-fan readers of Cyclocross Magazine likely need no introduction to the Cannondale SuperX. With its healthy tire clearance and Out Front geometry as well as ’cross-course nimbleness, it has proven a popular choice for both disciplines.

Earlier this season, we profiled Curtis White's SuperX after he picked up a smashing win on Day 2 of the Rochester Cyclocross weekend, and we also profiled Lauren De Crescenzo's bike from the Dirty Kanza 200 gravel race this summer.

The SuperX moved to its current design for the 2017 model year, and the new model represents the fourth generation of the company’s workhorse bike. The Out Front geometry gives the bike a slacker front and increased fork rake compared to the typical cyclocross bike. Cannondale achieved more tire clearance in the rear with its Asymmetric Integration that moves the drivetrain outward.

If we are being honest, champion's bikes are interesting in large part because of their colorways. There's no time like a national championship for bike painters and graphic designers to go wild.

Whereas last year's bike featured darker, matte hues of red and blue, Hyde's 2019 bike is painted to stand out. The down tube and fork are blue, with stars adorning the fork. Much of the rest of the bike is primarily red, with white streaks interspersed throughout.

The Stars part of Stars and Stripes is represented on Hyde's fork. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

The Stars part of Stars and Stripes is represented on Hyde's fork. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Two of last year's graphics make repeat performances. The record player is at the top of the down tube, this time noting Hyde's three national championships.

Hyde's record reflects his three national championships. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde's record player reflects his three national championships. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

The feisty raccoon waving the American flag is on the back of the seat tube above the bottom bracket.

The feisty raccoon returns this season above the bottom bracket. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

The feisty raccoon returns this season above the bottom bracket. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde's "Hyde" logo also returns on the top of the top tube.

Hyde's personal logo returned to the top of his top tube this year. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde's personal logo returned to the top of his top tube this year. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

The Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld team has long-standing relationships with many of its sponsors such as Zipp and SRAM, so the team's setups tend to be consistent from year-to-year.

The biggest change for Hyde and the team this year was a switch to the electronic SRAM Red eTap AXS groupset. Hyde had long run the mechanical Force 1 gruppo, but this year, he went electric.

In the front, he ran a 1x setup with a SRAM Red 1 AXS power meter crankset and 42t X-Sync 2 chain ring.

Hyde switched to an electronic groupset for 2019. He ran the SRAM Red 1 Power Meter crankset with a 42t X-Sync 2 chain ring in the front. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde switched to an electronic groupset for 2019. He ran the SRAM Red 1 Power Meter crankset with a 42t X-Sync 2 chain ring in the front. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

In the back, he went with the Red eTap AXS rear derailleur and a 10-33t Force cassette for improved mud clearance.

Hyde went electric this season with a SRAM Red eTap AXS rear derailleur. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde went electric this season with a SRAM Red eTap AXS rear derailleur. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

The derailleur and the Red eTap AXS HRD disc calipers paired with the Red eTap AXS HRD shift-brake levers up front.

Hyde went with the 1x SRAM Red eTap AXS groupset, including the HRD shift-brake levers. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde went with the 1x SRAM Red eTap AXS groupset, including the HRD shift-brake levers. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

As in past years, Hyde rolled on Zipp 303 Firecrest tubulars this season. Vittoria returned as the team tire sponsor for a second year, and when we saw Hyde's bike, he had Terreno Dry tubulars mounted.

The Vittoria Terreno Dry has a fish-scale like tread. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

The Vittoria Terreno Dry has a fish-scale like tread. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Zipp also chipped in with Hyde's cockpit. He ran a Service Course SL-80 alloy handlebar held by a Service Course SL stem. He spec'd those with a Tange Seiki Terious headset.

Hyde's build included a Tange Seiki Terious headset. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde's build included a Tange Seiki Terious headset. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

In the back, a zero-setback Service Course SL seatpost held Hyde's Fabric Scoop saddle. The newish Shimano XTR M9100 pedals rounded out Hyde's contact points.

The SuperX eschews a seatpost clamp for a hidden. integrated seatpost binder. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

The SuperX eschews a seatpost clamp for a hidden. integrated seatpost binder. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde's Cannondale SuperX returns to action this Sunday in Washington at the biggest U.S. race of the season. There, Hyde looks to make it four-straight national championships and perhaps more importantly, earn the right to design a new national champ's SuperX for the 2020/21 season.

For a closer look at Hyde's SuperX, see the photo gallery and specs below.

Photo Gallery: Stephen Hyde's Cannondale SuperX

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The Stars part of Stars and Stripes is represented on Hyde's fork. Stephen Hyde's 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

The Stars part of Stars and Stripes is represented on Hyde’s fork. Stephen Hyde’s 2019 Cannondale SuperX. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

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