Le Peloton #147

Like an Alfa Romeo 😉 Flashing morning with some guys:

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2 groups today, one Kangas group and one for the rest of us. I was unsure if I would ride the CX or roadloop as it snowed yesterday evening so took my Sequoia. Everyone rode the roadloop so keeping up with my 11kg Sequoia was hard, but did alright in our 2nd group and felt like some good training 🙂

Map and stats: Strava

And after work I took out this beauty, think we will be good friends 😀

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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 😀

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:

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

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Including the too be famous #EmileShortcut:

We drank a bit too, Etixx you know:

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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 😀

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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

Roslagshösten

Long time since last post, have been in Canada as you may have seen if you follow me (jonaslundb) on Insta. Now I’m back home and will try to catch up here.

The day before I left me, Emil and Mathias from Sumo did Roslagshösten which is more of an endurance ride/fondo than a race but some guys from Stockholm CK said they took it as a race.

I didn’t and after going around helping with the pacing the first 10km I went back and stayed there, felt a bit fast for me and had to save some energy if I should keep up the 135km. Emil was in the front a lot and took many attacks while Mathias rode a bit more smart and was in the middle, up in front some times.

After 60km it felt a bit easy and I got up and take my turns again. Felt like it was some attacks and I wrong turn made me ride a bit hard to catch the rest again with many trying to hang onto my wheel. 😉

On a small beautiful road Emil and Mathias was in the front and I came passed talking about our supporter 😉 We’re the club supported by Gravity 😀 and it went fast downhill. My CLX64 wheels was really nice when going fast.

Emil had to drop once after having too much cramps and Stockholm CK attacked after attack and when more then half of the group is from the same club it’s getting hard. Was some strong guys trying and I was up bombing to try to catch the first ones a little too. Feels a bit fun riding 45 and having a group of  cyclists just trying to hang on the wheel 😀

In the end I think some got away (last km) and as it wasn’t a race I just tried to hang on the group and didn’t want to stress and maybe crash in the last corners which was pretty hard. One guy almost crashed, just went straight in the corner skidding but he managed to stay on the bike 🙂

Me and Mathias finished in the first group and it was the fastest long ride I’ve done. Felt really good and it was great fun 😀

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Map and stats: Strava

Campagnolo Discbrakes!

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Finally it happens. Campagnolo showes their Tech Lab prototype brakes for Lotto-Soudal, Astana and Sarto to use in the spring classics 🙂 Both post mount and flat mount:

And both mechanical and EPS:

Looking better than I thought and if you want to know more you can read about them and see more pictures here: Bikerumor

3 new groupsets: Sram Force 1, Sram GX and Shimano XT8000

Sram is trying and showing their new groupset Force 1 which also seems to be available as Rival 1. The 1 stands for 1×11:

For a gravelbike, sure. But for a roadbike I would like tighter and more steps, like today.

But Sram is also coming with an even cheaper 1×11 drivetrain for mtb now called Sram GX:

Don’t really know the new things is except it should be heavier and cheaper. But the train Sram also jumps on now is more chainrings on the front, or the possibility to choose. GX is available as a 2×11 drivetrain as well:

for use with the 10-42 cassette. More info here: Pinkbike

And then, maybe the biggest news. Sram now got 4 1×11 drivetrain while Shimano only got XTR. But here it is:

Shimano XT8000:

Available as 1×11, 2×11 and even 3×11. XTR9000 a bit cheaper and way more black. So bigger cassette, bigger platform on the new pedals and wider rims as the big news (and the extra gear).

XT8000 also got 2 cassette optiions. 11-40 or a little bigger 11-42:

More info here: Pinkbike