by Chance Noble
After his 2013-14 season was ended prematurely due to a broken leg and ankle, Tom Price was unsure about his fitness entering the 2015-16 season. Following a summer of healing and rebuilding muscle, Price had a ’cross season full of travel and good results, although was plagued by a series of minor crashes leading up to nationals. The careful preparation and extended off-season ultimately worked out for Price, who won the Masters 55-59 category in definitive fashion at Nationals earlier this year.
Price, a mechanic at the Trek Bicycle Store in Overland Park, Kansas, races for the Trek Cyclocross Collective. Along with the rest of the team, Price was piloting Trek’s Boone 9, which won our most recent Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Dream Bike.
Price’s bike has consistent branding throughout. This, coupled with wide, bridgeless seat stays, disc brakes, and a single chainring gives the bike a clean, almost airy appearance. Composed of 600 Series OCLV Carbon, defining features of this frameset include Trek’s IsoSpeed decoupler, Ride Tuned seatmast, and a disc brake arrangement. The IsoSpeed decoupler allows the seat tube to move independently from the top tube, and was originally designed for the brand’s Domane road frame.
For components, Price is using a straightforward SRAM Force 11-speed drivetrain with a single 40t SRAM X-Sync chainring. SRAM Force 22 hydraulic disc brake/shift levers are mounted to Bontrager bars and stem. The ever popular Clement MXP tires were used on Bontrager’s Aeolus 3 disc wheels for his winning race in Austin.
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