Great Britain’s Helen Wyman of the Kona team is having the cyclo-cross season of a lifetime with several podium placings in major races, including a win at the prestigious Koppenberg Cross in Belgium last Thursday (November 1) and then topping that with the European cyclo-cross title at the weekend in Ipswich (November 3).
Cycling Weekly were in Ipswich to see all the action and took the opportunity to check out the bike of the now current European and national cyclo-cross champion.
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Riding for the Kona Team, Wyman has a team issue 56cm carbon Kona Major Jake CX frame at the heart of the machine.
The all-up weight of Wyman’s bike is a gramme or two over the UCI 6.8kg minimum weight limit.
Wyman’s Kona Major Jake CX framed machine complete with post race dirt. Note the Easton EC90 Zero seat post(2013 edition). Wyman gets the preferred position on the bike with no lay-back to the post. Sella Italia SL saddle
Kona head-tube badge
Kona’s Magnesium bodied EuroX brakes front and back with SwissStop pads for carbon rims give the desired stopping power
Challenge tyres supply Wyman with handmade tubs. Cotton carcasses with a unique tread pattern on the 33 section tubs are the only pair in the world at the moment as they are at a prototype stage in their development. They were used at the Koppenberg event too
The central section is lightly treaded for less resistance on the flat sections of courses. The side wall profile section to the tyre has a unique nobble pattern for all the necessary cornering traction Wyman needs. Here they are fitted to Easton EC90SLX carbon rims
Easton EC90 alloy stem and Easton EC90 carbon aero bars
Pedals are Crank Brother’s anodised gold Candy 11’s
SRAM Red crank with a Thorne 44T chain ring. Inner ring is 39T
SRAM Red levers
SRAM Red front derallieur with chain catcher
SRAM Red rear mech
Helen Wyman in action on the bike