Alastair's Classic CX

Overjoyed and super impressed with his awesome fast road bike Alastair got in touch again to order something to tackle the mud and sand of the cross leagues in Melbourne. Like his road bike, Alastair wanted to keep it simple. Clean lines and an unfussy design, 1x11 drivetrain for ease of use and maintenance and hydro brakes for reliable stopping. Perfect for cross.

We followed the lines of classic cross geometry, higher BB for hopping the barriers, slightly longer trail for stability and a longer rear-end to keep it rubber side-down. The frame is a mix of Columbus Life and Zona tubes in a selection of smaller diameters in search of passive suspension. Elegant s-bend stays to keep things comfortable at the rear with a curved fork to soak up the bigger bumps.

We opted for the latest 1x11 drivetrain from SRAM, the Apex 1 for sure shifting and best range of gears. A huge 42T cassette guarantees that no hump will be too big while allowing speed on the flat. Fizik steps in again for the finishing kit and the beautiful Hunt Gravel Carbon hoops for the best possible ride. We're sure he'll enjoy it as much as his road bike.

Photos by Nikoo Hamzavi.