Verita Stewart

Writer, blogger, social media | Racer of bikes with Specialized Women's Racing Team|

Meet Candy – CRUX EXPERT STYBAR CX

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Candy is my new, new baby. She was born  at Total Rush, Richmond on the 18 January 2013.

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Almost an impulse buy, Candy came to me out of luck. I had mentioned to the guys at TR that I was interested in getting a cx bike, then like magic, they clicked their fingers and a pink XS frame was in my hands. You will come to realise that I have a thing for pink. So as soon as I laid eyes on Candy, she was mine. It was almost the most expensive impulse buy i’ve ever made, lucky I was in the market for a cx bike – so it was NOT an impulse buy. She is tagged with “bunny hopper” on the frame, and when I picked her up last week – I did bunny hop all the way home.

Candy gained her name from a Facebook poll. Obviously she is very candy coloured, so the name fits very well. You could almost eat her.

She has two purposes. 1. for me to commute to work on, 2. to race cyclocross. Summer commuting, winter cross. Compared to the Watermelon (90s steel framer), Candy commutes like a dream, she sucks up all the bumps of St Georges Road, and can go uphill with me carrying a 10kg messenger bag. There is no turning back, sorry Watermelon. I can’t wait to put her through her real paces, cyclocross.

You will be pleased to know that I have not retired my old commuter, the Watermelon – It will kick on as my pub bike. I love it to bits and would never sell it. More on it later.

CRUX EXPERT STYBAR – Skinny’s build
Total Rush, Richmond

FRAME
Stybar Special edition Specialized E5 aluminum, fully manipulated tubing, smooth weld, semi-compact race design, shaped TT, integrated headset, 1-1/2″ lower bearing, internal cable routing, OSBB

FORK
Specialized FACT carbon legs, alloy steerer, 1-1/2″ lower bearing

HEADSET
1-1/8″ upper and 1-1/2″ lower Cr-Mo cartridge bearings integrated, w/ headset, 8mm cone spacer, w/ 20mm of spacers

STEM
Specialized SW Clip, 3D forged alloy, 12-degree, 4-position adjustable, 4-bolt, 31.8mm clamp

HANDLEBARS
Specialized Womens Expert 38, alloy, short drop

HOODS
PINK SRAM

GARMIN MOUNT
SRAM black

TAPE
Zipp CX gel wrap

FRONT BRAKE
Avid canti w/ adjuster

REAR BRAKE
Avid canti, w/ adjuster

FRONT DERAILLEUR
SRAM APEX WHITE

REAR DERAILLEUR
SRAM APEX white

SHIFT LEVERS
SRAM APEX WHITE DoubleTap, 10-speed

CASSETTE
SRAM Apex, 10-speed, 11-28t

CHAIN
SRAM APEX

CRANKSET
FSA SL-K Light BB30 carbon

CHAINRINGS
SRAM CX 46/34

BOTTOM BRACKET
SRAM BSA TO BB30, sealed bearings

PEDALS
SHIMANO 540

FRONT WHEEL
Shimano R501

REAR WHEEL
Shimano R501

FRONT TIRE
Specialized ALL CONDITION, aramid bead, 700x28c

REAR TIRE
Specialized ALL CONDITION, aramid bead, 700x38c

INNER TUBES
Lightweight, 60mm, presta

SADDLE
Body Geometry OURA PRO, CARBON rails

SEATPOST
Specialized Sport, alloy, 27.2mm

SEAT BINDER
Forged alloy, 31.8mm, brake stop

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Author: Verita Stewart

Cyclist for Specialized, Instagramer, blogger, desk sitter, coffee lover, recycler

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