Pro Bike: Yannick Eckmann’s Specialized S-Works Crux
As the current U-23 National Champion, German-Born Yannick Eckmann has been taking his carbon Specialized Crux to the top of the podium quite a bit here in the US. When it came to Worlds, Yannick was riding for his German homeland to a 16th place finish.
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It was pretty much either Dura Ace Di2 or Sram Red out there on the course, and as a SRAM athlete, Yannick was on Red. Typical high mounting position with a Zipp Service Course SL Bar and Stem.
Specialized’ disc specific fork up front with Zipp 303 Tubbies built to SRAM straight pull hubs.
Yannick runs a Sram Red crank as well, but forgoes the Red rings in favor or Throne rings in a 38/44 combo – which probably the reason for running an older, non-yaw Red front derailleur. That’s a Challenge Limus tubbie behind the seat tube.
The newer SRAM Red derailleur is found out back with ceramic pulleys.
Yannick is on discs with Avid BB7 Road SL disc brakes doing the stopping. 140mm rotors front and rear. It also looks like the Specialized mechanics are only using half of the CPS washers – the half on the bottom.
Like a lot of cross racers, Yannick is still riding the older generation Shimano clipless pedals – in this case XT 770s. We’ve been told anything from they’re better for mud shedding to they have fewer broken axles. Cross is hard on bikes.
Finally, a Zipp Service Course SL seatpost supports a Specialized Romin Saddle.