Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare is one of North America's top professional and developmental cyclocross team. The six-member pro roster consists of Michael van den Ham, Craig Richey, Dylan Postier, Gunnar Holmgren, Erica Zaveta, and Natasha Elliot. For the third year, the team will be racing on DreamFactory custom painted Garneau Steeple carbon frames. Riders will also be kitted head to toes in Garneau bike helmet, shoes, and custom skin suit kits.
HOW WE OUTFITTED THE TEAM
CUSTOM KITS: THE course skin
We all know the go-to choice for cross is a skinsuit, but all the talk around skinsuits usually focuses on aerodynamics. While the Course Skin can hold its own for those riders wanting time-trial-esque speed, it is also leads in technology for cyclocross junkies.
The Custom Course Skin is perfect for cyclocross for the following reasons:
1. Increased mobility around the stomach area for all the running and twisting in cyclocross.
The Custom Course Skin has a fully detachable zipper in the front so you can unzip the top like a bike jersey, but it is still connected to the shorts at the sides and back like a skinsuit. Connecting the top to the bottoms is a four-way stretchable mesh that dries super quick.
2. The mesh super lightweight side panels are perfect for the hot early season races.
It seems like CX seasons starts earlier and earlier every year. With races on the calendar in August and September, cross skins are no longer limited to thermal skins. Sometimes you need light and breathable pieces for those early-season races. The Custom Course Skin fits this bill.
3. Incredibly comfortable leg and arm grippers which again, only make running, remounting, and twisting easier.
The sleeves and legs are laser-cut and seamless. This makes for a single-layer smooth transition that is compressive enough to avoid riding up. Lack of seams also eliminates the chance of irritation.
4. The 3 rear pockets are handy in warm races when you need somewhere to stash a waterbottle.
With no cages, you can rely on hand ups, you can go 45 minutes without water, or you can stuff a bottle in your back pocket. The back pockets are "floating" so heavy contents won't result in pull at the neck.
DREAMFACTORY cyclocross BIKE: STEEPLE xc
The cyclocross bike Steeple XC has an impressive heritage of mud warriors tackling the gnarliest terrains. Great mud-clearing stays and fork enable rider tire selection up to 45C, opening up access to new grounds. Front thru axle and disc brake equipped, our rides provide unparalleled control, helping build confidence and momentum through every turn.
Race-proven, weather tested, this cyclocross bike will provide year-round versatility.
A selection of twenty-five colors can be used in three locations on the frame with two clear coat options, personal identification, country flag, and color-matched Garneau logos.
2. BIKE Geometry
A tight and nibble geometry makes the bike maneuverable in any condition and the bottom bracket is positioned just right to be able to pedal out of ruts and out of corners. Plenty of clearance inside in the front triangle makes it easy to shoulder on climbs.
3. CARBON FIBER LAYUP
We optimized the carbon layup on the frame for off-road use. This improves durability and comfort while still maintaining good power transfer.
T12 12mm thru-axles at front and back for more confidence while cornering and added security with disc brakes (wheel will not disengage from the drop out).
5. multiple Cabling options
Multiple fittings are included so customer is able to run full housing for protection or interrupted for smoother shifting. All cable run cleanly into the frame.
6. Fender ready
Fender ready for more versatility, makes a great winter or commute bike when cyclocross season is over.