Purchased from a friend to delve into the world of CX, I envisaged this bike to be the vehicle to take me to semi-off-road C grade glory. The try before buy test ride was conducted on the golf course across the street from Soup Boys HQ, and given it's vibrant colour way, it became affectionately known as (Sir) John Daly.

While the glory and the fame may not have necessarily come with its purchase, the party vibes most certainly have. We've been through a lot together, countless CX races in the best and worst of conditions. DNF's, commutes, pump tracks, podiums. Sitting uniquely in a place that marries both the past (canti brakes) with the future, or moreso the present (discs...if only written on the frame for some reason) this bike is the ultimate racer disguised as the do-it-all, capped off with custom edition finishing touches that leave this bike in as fine shape as its namesake. Here's to you John Daly.


FRAME: Focus Mares CX Disc-non-disc special US National Chumps edition

CRANK: Rotor 3d+ with 40t q-ring

GROUPSET: Shimano Ultegra shifters and long cage derailleur paired with 11-32t cassette capable of escaping any bunker or patch of rough

BRAKES: Shorty Avid Ultimates in red, set up Euro style

COCKPIT: White Easton alloy stem with limited edition John Daly decals, ultra dropped Factory Stock bars

SEATPOST: Black Thomson Elite with 0 setback

SADDLE: ProLogo Zero II Nack Ti

WHEELS: Factory Stock disc hubs laced to Factory Stock rim brake rims

TYRES: Challenge Limus clinchers

PEDALS: Crank Bros. red Candy 2's


Shot on location at 1st hole of the Riverside Golf Course, Ascot Vale. Words & photos by Adrian.

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