Dirty Kanza Preview: The Bikes That Will Get Us There

Over the course of the last three years Team RBA has run through five different project bikes and a bucket full of products and accessories to race test at the Dirty Kanza (click here to see them).  Without a doubt the Dirty Kanza gravel race is ultimate test of both rider and machine and it’s that type of product testing legitimacy that we strive to bring our readers.

For 2017 Road Bike Action will be entering three Kanza rookies; editors Troy Templin and Jon Hornbeck, and contributor Janel Holcolm, each not only attempting the Kansas race for the first time, but also, riding 200 miles in a single effort. Below are the two bikes being ridden out of the RBA office, neither which will be in the same condition come this Sunday.


Bike: Niner RLT 9 RDO
Fork: Fox 32 Step-Cast AX 40mm
Wheels: WTB Ci24 carbon rim laced onto White Industries CLD hubs
Tires: Terrene Elwood light 700X40c and sealed with Slime Tubeless sealant
Stem: Easton EC70
Handlebar: Easton EC70 AX
Crank: Easton EC90SL with 42t ring and Cinch power meter
Drivetrain: Shimano ST-RS685 shifters and brakes, XTR RD-M9000 rear derailleur, XT CS-M8000 11 speed cassette 11-46 and a Jtek Shiftmate 8A shifting adaptor.
Saddle: SQLab 612 Ergowave active carbon
Seatpost: Easton EC90 Zero
Computer: Stages Dash
Bartape: Lizard Skins DSP 2.5mm
Pedals: Speedplay Syzr
Additional: Bottle cages from Elite and Topeak with the Topeak also housing our multi-tool and tire levers. We are also installing the Wolf Tooth Components B-RAD Mounting Base for an additional cage mount.
Gaerne also supplied a set of their Carbon G.SINCRO MTB shoes for the epic day.
For chain lube, we applied Smoove
The whole bike was then built from the frame up for us by H&S Bicycles, thanks Rob and Steve.



Bike: Orbea Terra
Wheels: ENVE Carbon Cross Wheelset
Tires: WTB Nano 700 x 40c
Stem: Giant SLR OD2 100mm stem
Handlebar: 3T Ergoterra 42mm 
Crank: FSA SLK Light 172.5
Drivetrain: Shimano Ultegra Di2
Saddle: Fizik Antares Custom Carbon Saddle
Seatpost: Zipp Aluminum
Cogset: Shimano 32 T
Computer: Wahoo ELEMNT
Bartape: Zevlin Custom Road Bike Action Tape
Pedals: Shimano M540 Pedal
Hydration: Osmo Nutrition



Bike: Focus Mares with custom headset to get that stem slammed
Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium Pro Disc Allroad UST Wheels
Power: SRM Power Meter
Drivetrain: SRAM Force 1x (42 chainring, 10-42 cassette)
GPS: Wahoo ELEMNT computer for navigation
Tire: Maxxis Rambler 38c tires
Pedals: Shimano XTR pedals
Additional:  Lezyne Flow Cage SL bottle cages w/ Lezyne Pressure Drive pump. Lezyne CO2 mounted on downtube, Jet Roll  Wild Weasel JOKER 2.0 saddle bag.


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