Today, we offer a Pro Bike Profile of the Specialized S-Works cyclocross bike that he used in both races.
As a California Giant rider for cyclocross, Owen has a dedicated combination of Specialized and SRAM/Zipp branded parts on his bike. One of the most dissimilar and unique products he rode with was K-Edge’s prototype chainwatcher designed specifically for a single chainring setup. Both he and Danny Summerhill implemented this prototype with success in Austin, and even five months later, the product has not yet been made available to the public nor is advertised on the K-Edge website. (For a close up view, be sure to navigate through our slider below).
Coupling a Quarq Elsa power meter to a SRAM 42t X-Sync chainring, Owen’s choice for a singlering drivetrain was the more popular choice by all the winners at the National Championships. On the other end, Owen was in the minority with his preference of Shimano’s XTR pedals, which looked as if they saw more than their fair share of mud on the course.
Finally, although Challenge and Clement were the popular two choices of tire brand, Owen’s ride is equipped with Dugast Rhino tubular tires. His tire width (700×33) and tread design (mud-oriented) were the overwhelming favorite on the week, even before the harsh rain of Friday night transformed the course into a mud pit.