Cyclocross may be the perfect application for electronic shifting, and Shimano's new Ultegra level components are going to adorn many, many cross bikes we think, owing to its massively appealing functionality and relatively affordable price tag. We built this bike up with Ultegra Di2 parts and modified the frame for internal shift cable routing. The rest of the build was purely custom: Zipp's new 303 Firecrest tubular wheels use wide rims which are aerodynamic and light, but most importantly very strong. Avid's Shorty Ultimate brakes are light and strong, and Zipp's Service Course SL bar, stem and seatpost round things out for a remarkably light and race-worthy bicycle.
Stevens Team Carbon bicycle in the 2012 nude carbon paint scheme with German flag accents.
A 52cm frame bears Ultegra Di2 with internal cable routing, Zipp 303 tubulars and a top-flight finishing kit.
Carbon cross-top levers add the ability to break from the tops of the Zipp Service Course SL handlebars.
Ultegra Di2 shift levers have a small profile owing to the absence of moving shifter parts within.
A single wire goes from the Di2 junction box to the front and rear derailleurs and the Di2 battery.
An Ultegra Di2 drivetrain with 11x28 cassette. Zipp's new 303 Firecrest tubular wheelset is an ideal choice for serious cyclocross racers.
Compact chainrings from Wickwerks are highly machined, feel very stiff, and shift extremely well with the Di2 front derailleur. A SRAM Force crank is used for its low weight and ease of compatibility with the Wickwerks rings.
A small electronic wire emerges from the frame and goes immediately to the the rear derailleur with no excess cable flopping about.
Embrocation label FMB SSC tubular tires are among the best all-rounders available.
Zipp's new 303 Firecrest tubular wheels now have black hubs and spokes in their 2012 iteration.
A Chris King bottom bracket is a fitting upgrade for this bike and will keep rolling smoothly for years to come.
Lizard Skins tape in black is extremely grippy and thus the perfect choice for cyclocross. It also matches the texture of the Shimano Di2 hoods quite well.