2007/05/03

SI Hollowgram on a Specialized



After a few seasons aboard Cannondale bikes, Christoph Sauser was tempted by the big money of Specialized and switched teams during the 2005-2006 off season... money sure talks.

Being a notorious weight freak, Christoph's bikes usually feature the lightest parts he can find or even make himself. Titanium bolts, road components and other weight savers all over. But, at this year's first round of the XC World Cup in Houffalize, he had an interesting bike as always. Pictured above was beleived to be his training bike but it turns out it's Katrin Leumann's bike. Thanks for the correction Christoph.

Now some may wonder how did Katrin managed to fit the bigger bottom bracket of the super stiff and light SI Hollogram crankset on a regular frame... Apparently, Katrin's mechanic/boyfriend custom fitted the crankset to her standard Epic but when you are regularly on the podium at World Cups and World Championships like Christoph, you get special products or early prototypes. Contrary to Specialized who would charge and sue everyone else if they owned the patent, Cannondale has opened their BB30 standard to others so everybody can use it for free. Specialized started to use it this year on some high end road bikes and already has Carbon Epic frames with the bigger BB shell for their team riders. So Katrina can use a Cannondale Crankset and Christoph and Liam Killeen both use a Specialized road crankset. Word is Orbea will also use it and since the standard opens the possibility to make lighter yet stiffer cranksets, it may become more and more popular...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is that a 700cc wheel and tire on the back?

Dan Gerous said...

Yes, it looks like a Mavic Ksyrium road wheel, The bike is on rollers to warm up before he went on to race to a 3rd place.

Christoph Sauser said...

This is not my bike!! It is owned by Swiss rider Kathrin Leumann. Her boyfriend adapted the cranks into her bike.
If you would look closer to my bike, I ride the super light and stiff integrated Specialized carbon road cranks. Which are lighter and stiffer then the hologram Cannondale!

Dan Gerous said...

I should have known, 3 chainrings and the Eggbeaters don't look like 4TI's...