Providence will be Katie's first big 'cross race of the season and she is choosing a SRAM hydrolic disc equiped Crockett for the weekend.
Subtle and classy red, white and blue paint with stars down the fork legs honor Katie Compton's National Championship win in Madison last January.
Nine stars, each represiting a National Championship Title.
Aeolus D3 tubular rims laced up to XXX hubs with DT-Swiss internals offer Compton reliable performance with fast engagement.
After a wet Friday in Providence Compton will be using FMB Gripo XL tubulars. After testing different sidewalls Katie decided on the pink Pro sidewalls offered by FMB. Mark Compton mentioned the pink sidewalls ofer better duability, the tires last longer, and the don't fold or roll while diving through corners. They just happen to look awesome also.
A new SRAM Red 22 front derailleur with a sealed cable system handles the shifting up front. Katie's husband and mechanic, Mark Compton, uses heat shrink instead of cable crimps to keep cables from fraying.
Katie is among the select few that get her name printed on custom tubulars.
Last season Katie used a 46/38 Wick Werks chainrings with a 12-27 10sp cassette. With her new SRAM 22 group Katie is running 42/34 chainrings with an 11-26 11sp SRAM 22 cassette. The Wick Werks 42/34 chainrings are not listed on thier site, but we expect to see them available to the general public soon.
A Bontrager XXX carbon seatpost keeps the weight down and secures a Bontrager Evoke saddle. The rear brake cable exits the top tube and runs externally down the non-driveside seatstay to the caliper.
Crank Brothers Eggbeater 11 pedals help shed the mud.
A Red 22 rear derailleur handles the shifting up and down the 11-26 11sp cassette. Sealed cables keep debris out of the housing and heat-shrink cable ends keep it looking clean and 'pro'.
The SRAM Red hydralic system is Compton's first use of a disc system for 'cross season. After speaking with Mark he mentioned that Katie likes the ability to brake later into corners, but plans to race with a cantilever system at the World Cups. She will keep a disc-equipped bike in Europe to test under the severe conditions offered overseas.
Note the friction tape added on the shift lever.
Silicon is added to the cable stops to keep water a debris out of the frame.
42cm Bontrager RXL handlebars and a 120mm Bontrager XXX stem complete the cockpit.
This weekend will be Katie Compton will be battling with a talented field including Katerina Nash, Mereidith Miller and Elle Anderson. Even though it's Compton's second 'cross race of the season (her first being a local race in Colorado) it's impossible not consider her a favorite for the top step on the podium. Be sure to check out all the action LIVE all weekend in Providence.