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HOW TO: Building a Pro/Cat 1 race bike on a budget

by Anthony Little |

Kris, our head tech is also a Cat 1 road racer and is heading off for the Tour of Gila next week. For the past year he has been lucky enough to race a hand built for him Pegoretti Marcelo. Even though he feels it was by far one of the best bikes he's ever ridden, it not the lightest. He used an SRM which didn't help and his bike in race trim was well over 18lbs. Usually not the biggest deal as it's the legs that really matter, but when racing against Lance Armstrong and Co. you need every little thing you can get. So, enter his new race bike, a few years old (but never ridden) BMC Team Astana replica Pro Machine. What follows is a little photo essay of how to build a race bike using whatever you can when you don't have a Pro Tour bike budget...



Kris at last years Tour of the Gila, making Horner smile in pain and Lance grimace during the crit. Some big names in that race. Same thing this year... Also, last year the Above Category Racing team had 5 full time racers while this year it's thinned out a bit to uhhh, one. Yep, Kris is going to take on the race as the sole representative for the shop.



Edge 45 front wheel and 65 in the rear. Thanks to Edge for the full sponsorship of the team last year. The wheels are strong enough to make it through all of last years thrashings and into this year. We also use Continental Sprinter tubulars as they are sticky, fast, pretty durable and much less expensive than the Compititions. Crucial when on a budget and replacing tires a lot during the season.



Edge also sponsored the team with forks and handlebars, so Kris re-used one on the front end of the BMC as the Edge product is pretty much the best made and adds a lot of front end stability. This frame is from a few years back before Easton beefed up it's EC90 SLX fork... Perfect match as well.



The Edge handlebar, usually we replace bars yearly and for sure after every crash, but these are pretty damn strong parts and Kris felt in good enough shape to last the rest of this year...



One of the few brand new parts, a white Deda Zero 100 SC stem. Kind of splurged here, but looks are sometimes worth spending a little extra on!



Another swap from stock, a zero set-back Thomson elite seat post to get the saddle in the right position for putting out some serious power...



Love the BMC squared off top tubes...



Becoming one of our favorites, the Hive REVL brake calipers. The TRP's Kris used last year were trashed, so a nice little upgrade was in order...



Can't really see it because I took a crappy photo, but this is a chorus front derailleur. 1g heavier than record so a no brainer...



But a heavily used and crashed on Campagnolo Record rear mech is being used. Also, for the 10spd Campagnolo we generally use Shimano Cassettes. Little less expensive to replace and since most neutral wheels use Shimano, wheel swaps are a little more painless.



K-Edge chain catcher is coming, you can see Kris has already dropped the chain a few times and in fact dropped out of the winning break w/ a few Bissell guys earlier this year due to a dropped chain...



And no, I have no idea why he's using a Dura-Ace crank! But he had one lying around and his SRM is Dura-Ace so why not. I do know Kris likes alloy cranks better and I agree, very nice looking. ummm, shiny... Oh, Speedplay pedals, a shop favorite as well.



What else?! King Ti Cages. Light as anything, stronger than most, handmade in Colorado...



The completed bike, not too shabby though in a little over the week it'll look a lot more battered after killing it on the roads in New Mexico. Good luck Kris!




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