too soon?

Is it too soon to get pumped up for cyclocross season? I don't think so! Mostly I just wanted an excuse to post some pictures of John's sweet cross bike that's already been through one Crusade season.

We are building some new wheels for it, so it's got some mismatched stuff there, but since he's picking it up to do the Eugene Roubaix this weekend, I figured this may be one of the last chances I have to take pictures of it all cleaned up. The bike has some pretty cool features, like the seat mast. We had Flemming help us taper the inside of a Thomson seat post and fabricate a matching plug that expands the post to keep it tight in the frame.
The design was copied from a much smarter guy, Sean at Vertigo. Sean makes super clean titanium wonder bikes. His build quality can only be described as obsessive, with tig welding so clean it'll make you want to cry. The extended seat tube allowed us to route the rear brake cable through the top tube and keep the cable out of the way when shouldering the bike on run-ups. We also used Paul components direct mount canti posts on the swoopy s-bend rear end to keep the brakes low profile and increase rigidity at the post, this makes for snappy working cantilevers. John's getting two new wheelsets, both are going to be Chris King's new single speed hubs with one set of Mavic Reflex tubulars and one set of DT clinchers. Can you say suh-weet? John and I used to battle it out in the single speed race, but then this year he just got a lot faster than me. It happened to be the exact same time he took delivery of his new signal. Coincidence? Probably.