Here is the bike that Jack Pullar is hoping will help him reclaim the national hill-climb title on October 26.
Pullar (Starley-Primal) took the crown two years ago in Lancashire on the Rake and his defeat on the comparatively long Stang in last year’s championships ended his run of 13 consecutive wins in the discipline.
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Although he has yet to visit the South Yorkshire climb of Pea Royd Lane that constitutes this year’s championships (“I’ve seen it on Strava, but that means little to me,” he said), he is well suited to the 1,200-yard distance.
There are hill-climb events every weekend from now until the end of October, but Pullar will likely start his quest for a second title at the Sheffrec CC Monsal Head event on October 5.
Wheels and tyres
“I’m using Enve 25 carbon tubular rims, with Chris King hubs. They weigh just over 1kg for the pair, which is a saving of 150g compared to what I raced with in 2012. I’ll put a Continental Pro Limited on the front, and one of their Podium TT tubs on the back.”
“A friend has leant me his AX-Lightness Phoenix saddle, which weighs 60 grams. In the past, I’ve drilled holes in saddles to reduce weight, but I probably don’t need to this year. In 2012, my modified saddle still weighed 90 grams, so I’ve made a saving already. I don’t think my friend would be impressed if I started drilling it, either!”
“I’ve removed the top-cap and star-cap from the headset, so the stem and fork are held together by the stem bolts. I got my Cannondale Super Six Evo down to 12.2lb when I won the title in 2012 — I reckon I can come pretty close to that once again.”
“I’ve got a single chainring at the front, with a 11-25t cassette at the back. It’s what I’ve always ridden for hill-climbs. I think it’s best to stick to what I know. The bike has a Rotor 3D+ crank, and one of their 39-tooth Q-Rings.”
“It’s a Starley AO, their aero bike that was launched at the start of the year. It’s 54cm, and is the same bike that I rode at the Commonwealth Games, so it comes with the custom blue paintjob. I don’t think that will add more weight; it’s spread across the bike, as opposed to being in one position on it.”
“I’ll probably shorten the chain length to improve its tension. Eight links came out in 2012. The front mech will come off. I’ll hack some of the handlebars off, making them as short as I can make them to use. Adding a lighter rear brake is also on the list.”
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