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We wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't cover our current National Champion's bike, and Powers was proud to chat about his bike. The custom-painted Mares CX of Jeremy Powers was one of the nicest custom jobs I've seen in quite some time. In my brief chat with Jeremy, he was clearly excited about the work Focus has put into the finish, and obviously proud to sport the stars and bars.
Hanging off of the Mares frame was SRAM's Force CX1 group that we've reviewed favorably so far, with the exception of using a SRAM Red crankset.
Zipp provides the rolling stock in the form of their 303 Firecrest disc wheels, as well as the Service Course cockpit. Crank Brothers Candy 11 pedals were on the bike in Vegas, though it appears Powers has something a bit new to remount to.
A major change for Powers was moving to FMB tires, a change which we obviously condone. With treads ranging from file to mud, Powers will have a complete quiver on race days.
Powers managed a very solid 3rd place at CrossVegas against an exceptionally strong field. After taking more than his fair share of pulls and attacks on the front, he crossed the line only seconds behind the #1 and #2 ranked riders in the world. One hell of a start to the season if we say so.
Big thanks to Tom Hopper for letting us borrow the champ's bike for a bit and Powers for being the consummate professional in walking us through the bike and the special graphics he was so ecstatic to be representing.
photos and words by Brandon Elliott