Specialized Sequoia Expert

Specialized Concept Store Stockholm ordered a new bike for me😀 As I am as I am I couldn’t keep it original,


Specialized has it as a middleway between the Awol and the Diverge. A faster adventurebike that I wanted to have faster😉

Why I wanted this instead of a 1kg lighter Diverge that is faster is: because you always want a steel bike, Rider First Engineered is a thing that triggers me, it got space for huge tires, It’s designed by a Swede and it’s a bike that gets people how dislike the big Specialized brand to like it.

My Sequoia got a Sram Red22 crankset with a 42t Garbaruk Melon chainring, will get a black 46t as the orginal FSA SL-K is so locked as it has 4×110 BCD.

Thought it was a bit high in the front so it got a Zipp Service Course SL -17° 110mm stem.

Wanted an aero handlebar as it’s cool, the Specialized Aerofly was out of stock so got a Zipp SL-70 Aero which also makes it possible to go with a proper stem with its short reach.

Specialized Roubaix bartape as it is simple and okey. Wanted white as it should be but it really doesn’t work with the White Mountain framecolour.


Specialized S-Works Power saddle as I like the Power and too much weight difference to choose a Pro or Expert.

Specialized S-Works seatpost as it’s lighter and looks better than the CG-R which people complained on after I mounted my saddle so far back. Steep seat tube angle on this bike, 75,5°.

Will have 2 pair of wheels, now inbetween. Specialized Trigger Pro 38mm on the light ones which are a lot lighter than the Sawtooth and got some better grip riding fast on Le Peloton.


That’s about it compared to the original. Crank Brothers Candy 2Ti pedals as usual, been with me for a long time now.

Total weight: 10,12kg

Not so light, but it’s nice and I hope to use it a lot😀

Le Peloton #118


There is something special with these autumn Pelotons when the weather starts to be bad and rain is more expected all days. Days when all 15 riders are ready for the CX-loop, people on different levels but all with the same goal (breakfast).

When you meet Niklas, Christian and Michael who rode together with me last year. Was a small grupetto chasing Per or Jonas or whoever who was in front and it was hard fun. This year it’s a bit different but we are still riding. Michael is super fast, Niklas is fast sometimes like today and Christian seems to becoming faster too.

I got dropped in the first climb by some and afterwards it felt like Christian flew by me. But he rode a little wrong in a corner and then we rode ”together” with him sitting on my wheel a bit and I’m chasing him a bit. No real drafting as you go as hard as you can and it can differ depending on places on the course.

Until we came to the Longest Climb on the way back and we hear a bad sound on the top. Christians derailleur hanger broke… I continued alone and passed 6(!) riders before I came back to Sickla. It felt better and better all the way which was good as the beginning felt crap.

Christian with a funny t-shirt as he was the only one who didn’t make it:


Me in usual Café du Cycliste kit with a nice scarf:


and my bike, the bike that will make me faster than ever before. The bike that I aim to take on adventures including Emile’s shortcuts and make my second home:


Map and stats: Strava

1min35seconds slower today than last year at this time, then with 2,6kg lighter bike…

the missing posts


photo by Jessica

Sometimes I just enjoy and not thinking about social media. Like on saturdays cyclocross race here in Stockholm. An awesome event but I was offline.

And I got a new project, or a cozy bike:


that I should write about some day and show you how good it looks.

Trying to make it fast with some light carbon aero bars:


I always liked to try new stuff with a purpose, always liked to optimize and I will never just satisfy with what someone else thinks of something. Like a Sequoia that comes with a 15mm riser bar and I slammed a -17° stem and put an aerobar on to go faster. Maybe I should have gone with a Diverge but I wanted the clearance that the Sequoia has, wanted a cool bike in steel, loved that it is designed but a Swede that has his mind in the future and maybe someone will convince me too ride further…

Le Peloton #117

I can confess that if you can ride later, then it’s easy too sleep a little bit extra and skip Le Peloton at 6.00😉

5th October was my last Peloton and it felt like ages ago, understand why people think it’s hard to wake up so early. You just have to make it a standard and it won’t feel as early as if you just do it sometimes.


Not as many today but all on cx/mtb so the roadseason seems to be ended🙂 As I’m not as fast as I want at the moment I tried to be faster with my aero Evade, a Danger speedsuit I got a couple of days ago and aero handlebar…

It didn’t work and I got dropped on the first flat section from the 1st group. Thought of trying one of the shorter loops but I got closer and closer to Karl who was riding the loop for the first time. Caught him just before Erstaviksvägen and same time as my light blinked and indicated 25% left. We rode the golf course loop together but dropped a bit at the long climb back on Erstaviksvägen. And then my light died. It became really dark so was extra happy when we met Claes who dropped his bottle and had turned around to get it.

Rode in front of his light all the way to the adventure course happy to see a bit. Down the Feel like Peter Sagan descend it was a bit scary without a light and just afterwards I rode off the road a bit as I didn’t see it. No crash as it was grass there. Claes got a gap but now it was a bit lighter and I could chase him without making any stupid things and caught him in the end😀

Happy to have survived when my light died we rolled nicely to Le Mond for great breakfast with the others

Map and stats: Strava

riding starts over 40

You know the feeling when your friends is going for a ride and you don’t have a bike that suits?

Then Stockholm is perfect because it’s always someone else riding something else. Today I missed a nice gravelride but found Emil and got a nice roadride instead🙂

Going out to Strömma on Värmdö in easy tempo with Emil doing some intervals and even as it was wet and my bike ended like this,


it was a nice ride with roads getting dryer and dryer and our bikes was quiet even with all sand on them. As said Emil did some intervals and I kept his wheel while he did them and it felt nice cruising in 35-40km/h without a too big effort. On a couple of downhills when the pace went up I got feeling and ”attacked” a little. My Roval CLX64 is really nice when it starts to go a bit faster and the bike begs for attacks😉


Happy life on new roads for me. Exploring new places with friends on a bike is my favourite. Love to see new places and you see so much more riding a bike compared to driving a car.

On the way back I got to ride the new bridge to Kvarnholmen too, not sure if it was so nice but Stockholm with islands and all water is beautiful:


A great start of my wednesday while having free from work. Perfect weather for Café du Cycliste’s rain clothes too. Warm, dry and tight so felt fast🙂

Map and stats: Strava

Swedish autumn

Riding on trails full of leaves. Dry gravelroads with colourful trees:

Thinking about summer and beaches:

Dreaming about big houses next to a lake:

And having a fika at the best café:


Had a nice autumn ride with Emile yesterday as you can see.


Including the too be famous #EmileShortcut:

We drank a bit too, Etixx you know:


And finally we found the light in the darkness:

We ended up on gravelroads where you just have to push a bit extra. Rode asphalt for the fika and tried how good cyclocross is on rocky trails. The only thing we really missed out was riding on big roads with a lot of traffic. But that’s okey😉 It took us 1,5h too meet the first car on a road. I’m impressed how good gravelroads there are just outside Stockholm🙂

Map and stats: Strava

My Crux 4 you

My cross season is over without a single cross race. But there is still time for you to race on a great raceready bike😀


Specialized Crux E5 bought 16th September 2016 (same as 2017). Size 54
Specialized Expert alu bar 40cm
Specialized 90mm stem adjustable between 13° and 21°
Specialized original alu seatpost (not even mounted yet)
Specialized Toupe Expert saddle
Sram Force 1 brakes, levers and rear derailleur
Shimano 105 11-32 cassette
Shimano Dura-Ace chain
FSA SL-K BB30 crankset with a new 42t Sram Force1 chainring (not pictured)
Novatec 38mm carbon tubulars (1500g)
Challenge Grifo 33mm tubulars

If you want I can send you the Fabric bottle and bottle cage (on the picture) with.

Sold without pedals and under 8kg. Just add pedals and race

Price: 15000SEK for you my readers