Pro Bike Gallery: Jeremy Powers Focus Mares CX

National champion's 'cross race bike full of patriotic flare

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Boulder-Cup-Powerss

Powers dominated in Colorado, running away with a pair of race wins. Photo by Jason Sumner

After finishing a strong third at CrossVegas, reigning U.S. national champion Jeremy Powers stormed a weekend of racing in Colorado, taking wins at the U.S. Open of Cyclocross at the Boulder Reservoir and the Boulder Cup at Valmont Bike Park. Carrying Powers to his first two victories of the 2014-2015 ’cross campaign was the new Focus Mares CX, a bike we first profiled at the Sea Otter Classic last spring. Here’s a fresh look at the disc-brake equipped race rig, which has been updated with lots of patriotic flare, plus some very special wheels from Zipp.

Powers-Focus

Powers new bike is adorned with lots of national champion-inspired patriotic flare, plus a set of prototype Zipp 303 Firecrest disc wheels. Currently Zipp only sells a disc-compatible 202s, but it looks as though that may be changing soon. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-Zippz

Wrapped around those prototype wheels are FMB’s 33mm Super Mud tubular tires. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-Nametag

Like any top pro, Powers gets his name on his bike. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-RAT

The other significant feature of this bike are Focus’ unique Rapid Axle Technology thru-axles, which provide the stiffness and consistent spacing of a thru-axle, but operate much the same way a traditional quick release does. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-Red-Crank

Powers is running SRAM’s single chainring CX1 Force group, but swaps in a Red 22 crank and bottom bracket both to shave a few grams and because it has slightly more heal clearance. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-Red-Pedal

Pedal sponsor Crank Bros. got into the color-coded act with these custom Candy 3 pedals. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-Cockpit

Powers runs a full Zipp cockpit with a little more red-white-and-blue flare thrown in for good measure. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-Seatpost

Powers’ seatpost is a Zipp SL Speed with height appropriately marked with national champion inspired tape. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-Lever

While many SRAM-sponsored pros at the Boulder Cup were still running mechanical disc brake systems because they’re still waiting to receive 2015 hydraulic models, Powers’ rig is up to speed with the revised version of the SRAM HydroR brakes that were recalled late last year. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-Tire

These highly-regarded tubular tires are handmade in France. The pink is not just a style statement, but a reinforcing coating that repels water and is abrasion resistant. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-Tread

The FMB Super Mud tread is a fast roller, evidenced by the fact that Powers ran this set-up on a bone dry day in Colorado. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-Saddle

Saddle of choice is the carbon-railed Fizik Aliante VS with its wide center channel and appropriate color scheme. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-Top-Cap

No mistaking who this top cap belongs to. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-$$

Each time Powers wins a race he gets one of these dead presidents stickers on his bike. George Washington is for UCI C2s, Abraham Lincoln comes out for the C1’s, and if he happens to win a World Cup, look for Ulysses Grant to make an appearance. Photo by Jason Sumner

Powers-T-Hop

Not all the stickers relate to the rider. “Dialed by T-Hop” is in deference to Powers’ personal mechanic, Tom Hopper, who does occasional bike testing for RoadBikeReview. Photo by Jason Sumner

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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