BikePorn: Paul Oldham’s Cyclo-Cross Bike

VeloUK takes a look at the bike used by the National Trophy series leader, Paul Oldham.

Link: Pictures and results from the National Trophy in Southampton

It’s tradition now that anyone wearing a yellow jersey, or even a green or polka dot one, has to pimp their bike up and Paul Oldham (Hope Racing Team), leader of the National Trophy for Cyclo-Cross has certainly done that. His Dedaccia frame with Hope branding and yellow go faster stripes is certainly striking to look at and to keep it balanced, the Hope wheels are also well pimped when it comes to looks.

Paul on his custom bike with lots of Hope goodies on it including disc brakes.

It is though the brakes that stand out. All cyclo-cross bikes tend to have one thing in common and that’s the cantilever brakes which differ to a brake used on a road bike. On Paul Oldham’s bike though are disc brakes, front and back.

The UCI changed the regs last year so that riders can use disc brakes for cyclo-cross but as yet, very few, if any other than the bikes Hope are using, are taking full advantage. “We’re one of the first to make the brakes and got some frames this year to fit them to and they work really well” says Paul.

The National Trophy leader explained that the bike is fairly standard other than the disc brakes and that they were careful not to go too light with the frame because they don’t want things breaking. Asked what else Hope make on his bike, he says “stem, bottom bracket, rims, headset, hubs, quick releases and things like that.”

Here’s a look at the bits on Paul’s bike …

Caption: The  carbon frame for the Hope bike Dedaccia has disc specific frame mounts

Caption: The wheels on Paul’s bike are Hope 24 hole 50mm carbon rim on  Hope XC6 hubs. Tyres are Dugast 32 mm Typhoons or Rhinos

Caption: The disc brakes are Hope V twin remote master cylinder (cable to hydraulic, above) X2 calipers, 140mm rotors front and rear.

Caption: Groupset is SRAM Force 1×10 drive train  (44 tooth front ring, 11 – 27 rear cassette)

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