Turns out not everyone is all in on disc brakes for cyclocross. While all three men on the final podium of last weekend's Boulder Cup were using rotors to slow down, the top woman, Trek's Katie Compton, opted for traditional cantilever brakes. After the race Compton told RoadBikeReview she simply felt the disc brakes were "too strong" and that her canti set-up provided her better modulation. "And of course there's the weight issue," added Compton. "I may use [the disc bike] at some point this season, but right now I'm more comfortable with the old set-up."

That's too bad from a photo op standpoint. The bike Compton raced in Boulder has a standard stock paint job, while her two disc-equipped back-up bikes are fully adorned in national champion's colors, an honor Compton secured for the 10th time at least season's national championships, which were also held at Boulder's Valmont Bike Park. We got a look at both bikes after her most recent triumph. Have a look.


Compton slipped a pedal at the start and fell behind early, but by the midway point of the Boulder Cup she was off the front and pulling away (on her cantilever-equipped bike). The triumph was her second of the weekend. She also won the U.S. Open of Cyclocross Race at the Boulder Reservoir on Saturday. Photo by Jason Sumner


After the race, Compton cooled down at her modest team tent and explained that for now she still prefers cantilever brakes. Photo by Jason Sumner


Compton runs a set of Shimano stoppers on her primary bike and says they provide her better modulation than the disc set-ups on her back-up bikes. Photo by Jason Sumner


After years riding SRAM, Compton switched over to Shimano this year. She's running Dura-Ace Di2 and says that while she's still getting used to the electronic shifting system, she loves the sprint shifters. Photo by Jason Sumner


Compton's back-up bike at the Boulder Cup was this sharp-looking national champ's Trek Boone 9 Disc. Photo by Jason Sumner


Like Trek's popular Domane endurance road bike, the Boone utilizes an IsoSpeed decoupler at the junction of the top tube and seat tube to soak up bumps. "K F C" is a nod to the bike's "f__king" owner. Photo by Jason Sumner


Compton had some initial struggles with miss-shifts, so her mechanic (and husband) Mark Legg-Compton used some sand and superglue to increase the tactile feel of the Di2 shift buttons. Photo by Jason Sumner


All Compton's bikes are outfitted with Bontrager's new XXX integrated bar/stem that was launched at the same time as their new super light Émonda road bike earlier this summer. Photo by Jason Sumner


The new bar-stem combo features a nifty integrated attachment for bike computer head unit mounts, which simply screw into a port on the front of the bar. Photo by Jason Sumner


The Boone 9 uses a seatmast set-up, which helps cut down on weight but doesn't require frame cutting like a fully integrated seatpost. Photo by Jason Sumner


Slammed is an understatement. Legg-Compton says this is the only was his star rider (who uses 175mm cranks) can get her knee centered over the pedal spindle to maximize power transfer. Photo by Jason Sumner


Compton is a 10-time U.S. national cyclocross champion. Photo by Jason Sumner


The Boone comes stock with an integrated chain catcher. Photo by Jason Sumner


Compton runs a standard 46/39 cyclocross chainring set-up. And you can bet she gets plenty of use out of that big ring. Photo by Jason Sumner


Wheels are 35mm carbon Bontrager aeolus 3's. Photo by Jason Sumner


When you've won as many races as Compton, you get your name on all your tires. These are FMB Pro Super SSC natural cotton casing tubulars hand made in France. Compton of course gets hers for free. The rest of us will have to shell out $155 per tire. Photo by Jason Sumner


Mechanic Mark Legg-Compton has a no zip-tie rule and instead uses fishing line to keep the front brake hose in place. Photo by Jason Sumner


These 140mm rotors provide stopping power, but their added weight is part of the reason Compton opts to race on her trusty canti bike instead. Photo by Jason Sumner


Ever reliable Shimano SPD pedals provide a secure contact point for all that power output. Photo by Jason Sumner