By Steve Frothingham
Katie Compton, four-time national champion and worlds silver medalist, does not have a component sponsor.
Compton and her mechanic husband Mark Legg, are not entirely pleased about this state of affairs, but the pair does enjoy the freedom to choose the parts they prefer.
For this season so far, and for Compton’s World Cup win at Koksijde, Belgium last Saturday, Compton ran 10-speed Campagnolo Chorus levers, with a 2004 Campy Record rear derailleur and a Shimano Dura-Ace front derailleur. Legg said the older rear derailleur, with aluminum cages, is stiffer and has better mud clearance than more recent models with carbon cages. And he says the Shimano front derailleur works better than a Campy model.
Compton prefers Campy’s under-tape shift cable routing, and may switch back to Shimano levers soon, since the new Dura-Ace group features under-tape routing.
The à la carte drivetrain also features a Dura-Ace SRM crank, an all-titanium Campy cassette and Enduro ceramic bearing bottom bracket and derailleur pulleys (Enduro is a sponsor). Legg uses a Parlee carbon front derailleur mount and a ceramic bearing front derailleur cable pulley from Enduro. The cable pulley is now an Enduro production item, but Legg made his first one out of a derailleur pulley.
Compton uses a KMC SL-10 chain, and, making use of the company’s Missing Link masterlink, Legg pops a brand new, pre-cut chain on Compton’s bike just before race starts.
For the Koksijde World Cup, Compton used 34-millimeter Challenge file tread tires for the course’s notorious sand sections.
Compton is using the same Primus Mootry frame she raced on last season. It features scandium lugs and stays with Edge carbon fiber top-, down- and seattubes. This year she has a new Edge carbon fork with carbon drop outs.
The full specs:
Frame: Primus Mootry, custom, scandium and carbon fiber
Fork: Edge carbon
Headset: Chris King
Handlebars: Zipp carbon
Bar tape: Zipp
Wheels: Edge 68 1.0 with DT 190 Ceramic hubs and DT Aerolight spokes
Tires: Challenge tubular
Shifters: Campagnolo Chorus 10-speed
Cross brake levers: TRP
Seat post: Thomson Masterpiece
Seat: WTB Silverado, ti rails
Pedals: Crank Bros. 4-Ti
Skewers: USE Spin Stix
Brakes: TRP Euro-X magensium
Crank: SRM Dura-Ace
Bottom Bracket: Enduro Zero ceramic
Rear Derailleur: 2004 Campagnolo Record
Rear Derailleur pulleys: Enduro ceramic bearing
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace
Front Derailleur clamp: Parlee carbon
Front Derailleur cable pulley: Enduro with ceramic bearing
Cassette: 13×26 Campagnolo titanium
Wattage meter: SRM