Katerina Nash’s Orbea rebranded Ibis Hakkalugi carbon disc cyclocross bike was one of the more interesting builds we saw at the 2014 CrossVegas race. From the rebranded frame to the makeshift 1X drivetrain, Nash’s bike certainly isn’t an off-the-shelf ride.
But not everyone is sponsored by SRAM, and yet many want to shed the extra chainring and shifter and enjoy less (or zero) dropped chains. Nash and her Luna team are sponsored by Orbea and Shimano, and within those sponsorship agreements, the team got creative in adapting existing products to adopt cyclocross tech trends. Sure, Orbea still offers the cantilever-equipped Terra cyclocross frames (see our profile of Nash’s previous Orbea Terra cyclocross bike), but the Luna team wanted to make the move to disc brakes.
To ride one chainring, Nash simply used a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 chainring (38t) with an E13 XCX chainrguard we previewed here and are testing now. No wide/narrow chainrings, no clutch rear derailleur. This way, she was able to still use the Dura-Ace 9000 (crank, ring, chain) and 9070 Di2 (rear and front derailleur) and R785 (STI levers and brakes).
Nash’s prototype Shimano wheels are also interesting, as the both rims are asymmetrical carbon tubular disc rims designed for disc brakes, with an offset rim shape to accommodate the rotor’s impact on dish as well as braking forces. One side of the rim (left side on front, rear driveside) almost look like they have a brake track.