Earlier this year one of my best pals, Eoghan Maguire and I decided it was time for an ‘cross bike upgrade. Magsy had been stomping along to decent results on his Ridley X-Bow for the past few seasons all the while admiring the comparatively lightweight machine I’d been chasing him on (and even on the rare occasion beating him #theonlyracethatmatters); my CROIS 2012. 2015 was the year for a new weapon and I too was keen to have the disc brake version of my cyclocross race machine, the dCROIS.
Magsy and I share pretty much identical geometry with the exception of a few micro-adjustments in saddle height & setback, bar rotation and shifter position. This made the design and the ordering very easy; two of everything.
Both of us wanted to run 1 x 11 setups so the frame has been designed specifically for that setup removing unnecessary front derailleur ducting cable stops. A cyclocross specific race frame meant that we would also forego bottle cage holes. This all would lead to a slightly lighter build. Internal cable ducting would only be needed for the rear disc brake (DT > CS) and rear derailler (TT > SS). The brake cable (hose) routing was aligned specifically for a LHD (UK style) setup. I personally think this is idealistic for disc-brake setup and also for ‘cross if you dismount on the non-drive side. With the disc-brake on the non-drive side this is an easier route from the right hand shifter to brake caliper. If you dismount to the non-drive side you ideally want your left hand actuating your speed as you come to dismount using your rear brake; using your front brake could see you end up in a right fankle. [note – Magsy decided to go RHD, I guess to embrace the €.]
No bottle cage holes also meant that I could adopt a new graphic layout with a single ‘albannach’ covering most of the upperside of the downtube. A wee #unicrois on the seat tube was a must to match the 2015 SRACX kit.
Both Magsy’s and my dCROIS builds went something like this:
A special thanks to my boy Euan Lindsay (t : @euancx | i : @euanlindsay), painter especiale at Shand Cycles who mixed, matched, basecoated, topcoated, masked, unicroised and lacquered up my 3T Luteus forks to match the purple Hope parts.
dCROIS /krɔʃ/ pronounced cross – in English, cross.
For those interested they were both a ’52’ dCROIS. Details on the geometry can be seen in the table below.