December 9, 2009

Jeremy Powers is one-third of the powerful Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com team and in the last two seasons has become one of the top riders on the North American circuit. 2009 has seen the Hadley, Massachusetts, resident win races coast to coast and he is considered one of the hot favorites to win the national title this weekend in Bend, Oregon. With less than a week to go before Powers makes his bid for the stars and stripes jersey, Road Bike Action takes a close look at his Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com team bike.

Powers’ 52-centimeter team bike is built on Cannondale’s top of theline CX9 cyclocross frame. The CAAD9 frame features butted and ovalizedaluminum tubing, with a BB30 bottom bracket shell. Up front the maintubes are oversized with Cannondale’s “Power Pyramid” bi-axial downtubemated to an externally butted headtube that houses an internal1.125-inch Cane Creek headset. The rear triangle features oversizedtubing with wishbone seatstays and a replaceable rear derailleurhanger. A full carbon Easton EC90X fork completes the frameset.

Other than the J Pows sticker on the wishbone seatstays, Powers' racebike uses the same CX9 frame found on Cannondale's production models.

The Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com team is sponsored by SRAM, whichprovides the team with Red drivetrain components. On Powers’ bike thereare two deviations from a complete Red setup. One is the rear cassette,which is a Force level PG-1070. Unlike the Red PowerDome, the PG-1070allows for individual cogs to be switched out if custom gearing isneeded. The second deviation comes at the front derailleur. While thederailleur is Red, the titanium cage as been replaced by the steelversion from SRAM’s Force group. This was done to increase shiftingprecision and durability in muddy conditions.

Stopping duties fall to custom painted, in team green, TRP Euro X Magnesium brakes with SwissStop carbon specific pads.

For gearing Powers runs a 46/39 front chainring setup mounted on172.5-millimeter cranks with an 11-26 cassette. To keep everythingshifting smoothly in the mud the team uses sealed Gore derailleurcables.

For the 2009 season the team switched from Mavic wheels to Zipp andthroughout the season Powers has been running Zipp's new wide-profile303 carbon tubulars wrapped in Dugast tubular tires. We shot Powers’bike before Saturday’s USGP in Portland, Oregon, with Dugast Rhinos.Powers ended up racing on Dugast Typhoons, before switching to DugastPipistrellos on Sunday.

The cockpit on Powers’ bike is provided by ControlTech and features a42-centimeter aluminum Viento handlebar wrapped in fi'zi:k bartapewith a 100-millimeter Scored 99 Scandium stem that features a carbonfaceplate.

The Control Tech seatpost is carbon with a zero offset aluminum head.The cockpit is rounded out with a custom team green and black fi'zi:k'sAliante.

Along with team colored brakes and saddle, Crankbrothers provides Powers with custom team green Candy 4ti pedals.

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