The Elite ALPHA BICYCLE COMPANY/GROOVE SUBARU Team (L-R) Brannan Fix, Gage Hecht, Turner Ramsay, Katie Clouse (photo credit: Dejan Smaic/Sportifimages)
When was the last time you saw a handmade titanium bike ridden to an elite podium in a major US Cyclocross event? Well, before yesterday it had been a really long time. Maybe back to the Marc Gullickson era and that was a mass produced Sandvik Mongoose. Never the less, back to yesterday…..
(from L-R) Gage Hecht, Stephen Hyde, Curtis White
The Alpha Bicycle Company Groove Subaru has been putting in the hard work of organizing travel, equipment and training for the development team over the past several years. That hard work by athletes and the manager Adam Rachubinski is really starting to show and yesterday landed Gage Hecht onto an elite podium in 2nd place at the Cincy CX weekend. Building on Saturdays hard work and solid 4th place, Gage went onto making the lead break on Sunday and then rode with Stephen Hyde into the last lap alone. There Gage would follow the wheel and even give it a go, finally conceeding 26 seconds at the line for a beautiful 2nd place.
Here at Moots our heart rate went through the roof just reading the race re-count on the internet. We could not be more proud to build bikes right here in Steamboat Springs that take our athletes to amazing highs dualing with the best in the business. We feel the durability, ride quality and attention to detail make all the difference in the world. HUP! HUP! HUP!
What bike was Gage riding? He was onboard one of his Psychlo X RSL’s that is the pinnical of titanium building in our minds. The entire team competes on the same model, same build.
Let’s have a closer look at the very bike he raced:
Frame: MOOTS PSYCLO X RSL size 56cm
Fork: Moots full carbon flat mount, 12 mm thru-axle
Stem: Moots titanium
Post: Moots Cinch post setback (19mm)
Kit: Shimano Ultegra Di2
Brakes: TRP Hy-Road
Wheels: DT Swiss tubular
Tires: Donnelly PDX tubulars F & R
Head set & BB: Chris King
Bart Simpson action figure on front brake line
Features of the PSYCHLO X RSL frame include:
44mm head tube for running a 1.5 to 1.125 tapered steerer tube fork,
Super shaped top tube for shoulder and grasping during a “suit case carry”
Press fit 30 bb for a large landing area for downtube, seattube and chainstays
3D printed rear drop outs that integrate 142 x 12 thru-axle & flat mount disc mount
Internally butted oversized tube set throughout to reduce weight and add stiffness
To check out the PSYCHLO X RSL model page click the link below:
Up next for the team is a big weekend of racing in Lousiville, Kentucky for the Pan-American Championships.
Stay tuned for more updates as the season marches on!