GAVERE, Belgium (VN) ─ World champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) lost his Superprestige series lead to Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) last weekend in the deep mud at Hamme-Zogge. The Czech is down but not out and will fight back against the nine-time overall winner on his quiver of Ridley X-Team carbon bikes.
Ridley lays the X-Team up in 30 and 24-ton high modulus carbon with an oversized tapered head tube (1.5-inch at the base). The BB30 bottom bracket keeps lateral flex to a minimum and power transfer for the short, angry burst of `cross to a maximum.
Instead of using numbers to differentiate each of Stybar’s bikes this season, his mechanics chose to emblazon each frame with the site of a 2009-10 race win. Stybar doesn’t have a favorite rig yet, but at the Czech national championships he will pull out the Ridley “Tabor,” named for his elite world championship win in his home country, out for the first time. Stybar will ride the special machine only at the championships and his mechanics joked that he will likely choose it as his favorite.
Stybar relies on a SRAM Red drivetrain with Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes and 4ZA integrated cockpit and rims. Cables are internally routed through Kevlar guides and Stybar uses the classy gold medal Jagwire L3 housing.
A stable of Dugast tires done up with custom world champion sidewalls grace the rig when it is in the stable, but were not his tires of choice this weekend.