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Saxon Cross racing…embracing change!

by on Feb.22, 2012, under Whyte CROSS, Whyte News, Whyte Racing

We love getting race feedback from riders, especially when we are “pushing the envelope” with our designs.

The Saxon Cross is a great example, with it’s non-conventional Cyclo-Cross geometry and disc brakes (although more common now, we were among the 1st to spec them on a drop handlebar CX bike).

Never shy at challenging ourselves and the rider in the search for the ultimate ride experience, it’s great when feedback comes back which affirms the ride ethos.

Many thanks to Calum Anderton for putting the Saxon Cross through it’s paces on the race scene.

“Calum went out on the Saxon Cross for a few hours on Saturday to see how the bike felt, before racing on Sunday. He made one alteration only, just flipping the stem to lower the bars. He loved it, and that really is saying something as he loves his current race bike and has spent many hours getting it to ride how he likes it”.

“The course on Sunday being very technical, Calum opted to start the race on the Saxon Cross. He felt that the benefit of a slightly more upright position and the use of disc brakes would be an advantage. The only downside being the use of clincher tyres over tubulars which he normally rides, but the ground was pretty hard in places and Calum said that the tyres handled really well, and that he couldn’t feel the difference between those and his tubular tyres, so its all positive and a great thumbs up for the bike”.

“It certainly drew a lot of attention, at one point there was quite a large crowd gathering around the bike, all taking it in turns to pick the bike up and feel the weight, as only cyclists do”!

“Unfortunately Calum woke up on Sunday feeling pretty lousy, we seem to have all been suffering with a sore throat and cold recently and Sunday it decided to hit Calum. As it was the Team Championship’s Calum couldn’t let his team mates down, he had to race. Dosed up on medication Calum still managed a respectable 3rd position, a position that was later echoed at the League presentation. 3rd overall in a competition stretching from September to February, over 14 rounds is pretty decent in my eyes, not to mention his promising results in the National Trophy Series. With the 2012/13 season in mind, and Calum staying in the same age category, next season will hopefully prove to be very fruitful”.

“Obviously, with the Cyclo-cross season at an end for now, focus moves to this years Road Racing and Mountain Bike campaign gets underway. Calum still intends to get out on the Saxon Cross as often as he can, intending to add a Cyclocross session into his training to get some time in on the bike. He’s quite keen to try the bike with a longer stem, but he wanted to try the bike in its ‘intended’ state to begin with, and I think he proved that the bike is more than capable of racing despite it going against ‘the rules’ of a traditional Cyclocross frame”.

- Will Anderton, Calum’s Dad.

 

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