by Brandon Grant
After 25 years of racing, 4 national championships, and the United States’ only Men's Elite Worlds podium, Jonathan Page needs no introduction. The KindHuman KÜDÜ he is riding during his last season as a professional, however, may. With Cincinnati likely being Page's last UCI race before Nationals, we made sure to take at his latest, and final, professional steed.
Page connected with KindHuman founder Adam Abramowicz reached out to Page after both suffered family tragedies. Despite the time difference, with Page still living in Belgium, the two began talking on a regular basis to help each other and their families stay positive during their mutual tough times.
Page eventually offered to ride a Kindhuman after his contact with Fuji expired. Said Page, "I said, 'When my contract is through with Fuji, I will ride your bikes. It doesn't matter if you pay me one dollar.'"
"I just wanted him to know I really appreciated it. KindHuman really means kind humans."
The partnership was on display in Cincy when Page took to the start line both days. KindHuman created a special paint job for Page, which they also offer as a made-to-order option.
The cantilever KÜDÜ cyclocross frame, which we reviewed a few years ago, is made of unidirectional Mitsubishi Rayon M40 and M60 carbon fiber and sports Page’s own paint and graphics. Most notably, it was the only cantilever-equipped bike in the UCI Elite field at Cincy, even though KindHuman also produces a disc version of the KÜDÜ.
As a long time sponsor, it is not surprising to find Shimano components and wheels on Page's bike. Shifting is handled by Dura-Ace ST-9100 mechanical levers, which actuate the R9100 front and rear derailleurs as well as the BR-CX70 cantilever brakes. Page uses special, pro-only, 46/39 chainrings designed to interface with an FC-9100 Dura-Ace crankset and an 11-30t Dura-Ace cassette.
"Those are fancy rings," he told Cyclocross Magazine, "I’m a lucky guy."
Page’s crank spins on a special edition Kogel bottom bracket with the phrase "Go Jonny Go Go Go" laser inscribed on the cups. The PF30-24 conversion bracket features Kogel’s own silicon nitride bearings and cyclocross specific seals. According to Ard Kessels of Kogel, there are only 5 of these bottom brackets in existence and were specifically produced for Page's bikes.
In Cincinnati, Page was riding Dura-Ace WH-R9000 C24 carbon tubular wheels with Challenge Baby Limus 700x33mm tubular tires.
His contact points keep it in the Shimano family with PRO Vibe 7s aluminum handlebars, a PRO aluminum stem, and a PRO Turnix saddle with hollow Ti rails mounted to a PRO Vibe carbon seat post.
As he has for years, Page still uses Shimano SPD pedals for their reliability. At Cincy, he was running the M8000 Deore XT pedals for improved mud clearance over the XTR model.
The photo gallery below has all the details of Page's cantilever-equipped KindHuman KÜDÜ.
Jonathan Page's KindHuman KÜDÜ Specifications
Frame: KindHuman KÜDÜ, cantilever, carbon
Fork: KindHuman KÜDÜ, cantilever, carbon
Shifter/Brake Levers: Shimano ST-R9100 Dura-Ace mechanical dual control levers
Brakes: Shimano BR-CX70 cantilever brakes
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-R9100 Dura-Ace mechanical shadow rear derailleur
Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-R9100 Dura-Ace mechanical front derailleur
Crankset: Shimano FC-9100 Dura-Ace crankset
Chainrings: Shimano pro-only, 46/39, 4-bolt
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, 11-30t
Chain: Shimano CN HG701 XT/Ultegra chain
Stem: PRO Vibe
Handlebar: PRO Vibe 7 7000 series aluminum
Seatpost: PRO Vibe carbon
Saddle: PRO Turnix, hollow Ti rails
Pedals: Shimano PD-M8000 XT Deore
Wheels: Shimano WH-R9000 C24 Tubular
Tires: Challenge Baby Limus 700x33mm tubular tire