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2018/09/27 Bike Review - Helen Wyman
Rider & Team: Helen Wyman – Xypex / Verge Sport
Frame: KindHuman Kudu Disc ()
Group: Shimano DuraAce Di2 Hydraulic
Wheels: FFWD F3D DT240 Tubular ()
Braking: SwissStop / Shimano XTR ()
Gearing: 44/34 – 11/28 Shimano / WickWerks ()
Cockpit: Easton EC90 SLX ()
Crank: Easton EC90 SL 172.5mm ()
Pedals: CrankBrothers Eggbeater 11 ()
Comments & Details
These are special edition KindHuman Kudu. The top tube shows the 12 championship victories Helen has had in her career (10 UK Titles and 2 European Championships).
A standard DuraAce Di2 Hydraulic group is adjusted slightly with XTR Calipers, and an Easton EC90 SL crank. The crank is paired with a Stages L Power Meter.
The Easton products continue with a full cockpit, seat post and tape.
Crankbros once again provide the pedals by way of the EggBeater 11.
“I put a major focus on weight of the bikes this year. Knowing I’d have my bikes early allowed me to focus on a few details. The XTR Calipers, Easton Crank and Kogel BB all great gram savers. Weight is no substitute for function though, so I’ve stuck with familiar pedals, and identical bars, stem, post and saddle from previous seasons. I run exactly the same items on my road and gravel bike, so there is never a period of getting used to new items. FFWD F3D wheels are the perfect balance of strength and weight. I’m familiar with them now, and this is my 3rd season using this model from FFWD.”
“I’ve continued with Challenge Tires, who I feel provide the markets leading product. Most of the season will be on S3 Team Edition, but there will be certain events I’ll be using the Silk (Seta) tubular products. A final new item will be the Kogel ‘Narrow Wide’ derailleur pulleys. I’ve been using them on the road and gravel in training since Sea Otter in April. They’re a fantastic product and fit straight onto the standard cage, so a pretty smart upgrade.”