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BC Dealers

Barking Spider Mountain Bikes
1024 Broadway Ave S
Williams Lake, BC
V2G 1A2
250-392-5177
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Bikes On The Drive
1350 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC
V5L 3X6
604-215-7433
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ChainLine Cycle
1139 Ellis Street
Kelowna, BC V1V 1Z5
250 860 1968
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Cycle Therapy
#102-360 Duncan Street
Duncan, BC
V9L 3W4
250 597 0097
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Cycles West
100A Burnside Road West
Victoria, BC
V9B 3R5
250 474 2477
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Fairfield Bicycle Shop
1275 Oscar Street
Victoria, BC
V8V 2X6
250-381-2453
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Favorit Cycles
12-9th Avenue
Cranbrook, B.C
V1C 2L8
250 489 3532
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Freedom
533 Main Street
Penticton, BC V2A 5C6
250 493 0686
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H.K.'s Bicycleitis
2905 Shawnigan Lake Road
Shawnigan Lake, BC
V0R 2W1
250 733 2288
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Island Cycle
5-114 East Hirst
Parksville, BC
V9P 2G9
250 248 0647
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Mac-Talla Cycles
2626 E Hastings
Vancouver, BC
V5K 2H2
604 707 0822
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Marty's Mountain Cycle
#1 - 1258 Esquimalt Road
Esquimalt, BC V9A 3P3
250 383 3337
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Mighty Riders
10 East Broadway
Vancouver BC V5T1V6
604-879-8705
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More Bikes
3332 Shrum Lane
Vancouver, BC
V6S 0B9
(604) 558-1528
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NorKam Lock & Cycle
178 Tranquille Rd
Kamloops B.C.
V2B 3G1
250 376-7822
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North Shore Bike Shop
1831 Lonsdale Ave
North Vancouver, BC
Canada V7M 2J9
604-929-6727
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Outpost Bike Company
3202 Happy Valley Road
Langford, Victoria, BC V9C2V8
250 478 8359
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Ozzies
4256 10th Ave
Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 4X3
250.724.6556
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Pacific Rim Bicycle
2129 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC
V9S 1H8
250 758 2118
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Pedalsport
1-9020 Young Rd.
Chilliwack, BC V2P4R8
604 795 2453
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Pemberton Bike Co.
#1 - 1392 Portage Drive
Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0
604 894 6625
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Performance Bicycles
3949 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC V8X 1J5
250-727-6655
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Reckless
110 Davie St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2V4
604 648 2600
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Reckless
1810 Fir Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 3B1
604 731 2420
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Rick's Recycling
RR #1, Box 10
Bella Coola, BC V0T 1C0
250 982 2722
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Ride On Again
2255 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC
604 736 7433
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Ride On It
8722 Granville St
Vancouver, BC
778 379 4055
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Ride On Main Street
2180 Main St
Vancouver, BC
604 738 7734
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Rock N Road
2260 Stillingfleet Road
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 7Y9
250 860 1984
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Ruckus Skis, Boards & Bikes
3110 15th Avenue
Prince George BC
V2M 3A5
250 564 3335
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Salt Spring Adventures
#7-126 Upper Granges Road
Salt Spring Island, BC
V8K 1B2
877-537-2764
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Smokey's Bike Shop
Heriot Bay Rd, Quathiaski Cove
Quadra Island, BC V0P 1N0
(250) 285-2447
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Sooke Mountain Cycle
2075 Anna Marie Road
Sooke, BC
V9Z 0A4
250-642-3123
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Sun Country
#102 1340 Kal Lake
Vernon, BC V1T 6V2
250 545 8775
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The Broken Spoke
420 Fitzgerald Avenue
Courtenay, BC V9N 7N2
250 871 2229
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The Original Bike Shop
434 East Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC
604 524 3611
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TOF Cycles Co.
660 Sharp Rd, PO Box 862
Tofino, BC
V0R 2Z0
250 725 2453
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Village Bikes
3891 Moncton ST
Steveston, BC V7E 3A7
604-274-3865
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Wenting's Cycle and Mountain
33245 N. Railway Avenue
Mission, BC
V2V 1E4
604 826 1411
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Blog

Ride Gradient – Skeletor Romax Build

Brodie b-Team Ambassador Nicholas Kupiak has had a heck of a season in BC, and we’ll get to his palmares when he writes his season wrapup. The steed that took him to podium after podium this season, culminating in a 3rd place at BC Provincials, was the Brodie Romax. Here’s some notes on his geared build – Skeletor:

From Ride Gradient

There are many nuances to a cyclocross bike that can make a huge impact on how you ride. Just like training though, it always comes down to what works best for you individually. Lessons that can only be learned through trial and error over the course of multiple seasons, equipment changes, and experiences. My last two Romax builds were prime examples of how something seemingly subtle can completely alter the feel of a bike.

After spending a few seasons learning everything I could about cross on my Ti Romax it was a difficult decision to put it up for sale. It represented my first chance to build something from the ground up and with each passing season it was slowly upgraded into a bike I was really proud of. The final iteration had everything I could have wanted, but the arrival of my SSCXWCVIC Edition Romax changed everything.

Two bikes that shared the same geometry, yet one seemed to just float beneath me and lean through corners unlike anything I’d ridden in the past. After painstakingly crunching the numbers (literally just had to load two web pages) and consulting with MEAT it was decided that the only difference was the rake of the fork, which lengthened the wheelbase of the aluminum framed single speed I had started to fall for. After three podiums in its first four appearances I knew this was a set-up that could work for me.

Choosing a drivetrain was the easy part of this build. Hydraulic discs were necessary after finally experiencing them last fall, and even with Di2 receiving stellar reviews I knew I wanted to stick with mechanical shifting for the long adventure rides after the CX race season. Cable pull Ultegra was something I felt comfortable working on and the thought of a battery dying while out on the backroads for longer than expected had me a little apprehensive.

With Easton releasing their EC90SL crankset just in time for cross season they already had my attention, and their depth in the accessory game made it seem only natural to kit the remainder of the build in a similar fashion. The technology and simplicity of running a 1x drivetrain had already proven itself to me over the last two race seasons, but this crank had taken it one step further with the direct mount chainring leaving nowhere for mud or sand to build up. My only past chain drop was due to mud accumulating from the chainring teeth all the way down to the bolts where it finally had something to press against before forcing the chain free.

Continuing with the carbon theme both the bars and seatpost are also from the Easton EC family. Having less weight near the top of the bike really gave it that sure footed feeling and offers a little extra confidence when throwing the bike into a technical line. If it wasn’t for my 4’11” equivalent legs and my 6’2″ equivalent torso then I would have opted for the matching carbon stem but unfortunately I require a -17degree to make any bike fit me properly.

The final result is a bike that handles like a roller coaster, and goes like a Lambo. Diving into corners faster than ever and even when I’m sliding around the feel and control is still predictable. It will take some time to familiarize myself with gears again but flying along wide open gravel roads in the 40×11 is a sensation that couldn’t have come soon enough. Welcome to the family, Skeletor.

Frame: Brodie Aluminum Romax

Fork: TRP Carbon Thru Axle Disc

Hoops: Easton EA90SL

Hubs: Easton M1

Tires: 700×33 Specialized Terra (Tubeless Ready)

Crank: 170mm Easton EC90SL

Chainring: 40t Easton EC90SL Direct Mount N/W

Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace CN-HG901-11 w/ quicklink

Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra RD-6800

Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 11-28t RD-6800

Pedals: Shimano XT

Levers: Shimano Ultegra RS685 Hydraulic Dual-Control

Calipers: Shimano Ultegra BR-RS785 Hydraulic

Rotors: Shimano 160mm Deore XT

Post: Easton EC90 300/27.2 SP ZERO

Saddle: Fizik Antares

Bar: Easton EC90 SLX 42cm

Stem: Easton EA70 90mm / -17d

 

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