Nov 28 2010
Chris Horner has never been an adherent to cyclocross orthodoxy. From top-mount levers, to paired-spoke wheels, to a whole lot of other things, Horner has always marched to the beat of his own drummer when racing on the dirt.
Yes, that’s a top tube pad on Horner’s cross bike. Discussion points:
- Is it for handlebar protection—perhaps the new Treks take a bars-to-top-tube impact less well than every Cannondale ever?
- Is it a nod to urban style—could its presence on the bike of a marquee rider signal a new trend in racing machines?
- Is it for actual urban riding—is this rig doing double-duty as a commuter, with a pad to protect the paint from Bend’s many bike racks? If so, why didn’t Trek just give him a Presidio?
- Is it for brand protection—it obscures where the “XO” graphics would be on a stock Trek cross bike, and certainly seems to lack the questionable down-tube cable routing of the XO series.
- Is it for grundle/man parts protection—the importance of this should not be understated.
- Is it for shoulder protection while carrying—Horner has broken a few things up there over the past season or two and may want a little extra padding.
- If either of the last two items, does this mean Horner has rethought the viability of Step-and-Hop Mounts and Hoisting the Ladder, once staples of his unique cyclocross style?