Pro bike: Ryan Trebon’s Cannondale SuperX Hi-Mod Disc

A custom carbon cyclocross bike for the tall rider

Ryan Trebon’s bikes are always easy to spot in the pits, as is the 6ft 5in rider. Trebon’s custom cyclocross bike is a bit larger than the stock SuperX Hi-Mod Disc we recently tested, though even with disc brakes it still weighs a very respectable 7.8kg (17.2lb).

The 31-year-old Trebon has a long history of running made-to-measure frames. Prior to joining the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team in early 2012, Trebon raced for Felt on a super-sized version of the company’s flagship F1X

Before his stint with Felt, Trebon rode a number of custom Kona Major Jakes, first built from aluminum and later from carbon. “I have been extremely stoked with the Cannondale so far,” the pro told BikeRadar. “It's a nice balance between what I really liked about the Kona Major Jake (ride quality and handling) and the felt F1X (stiffness and weight).” 

Custom details

Compared to the largest production SuperX Hi-Mod Disc (a 58cm frame), Trebon’s bike has an effective top tube that's approximately 20mm longer, a 0.5-degree slacker seat tube, and a 9.3mm taller head tube. 

Trebon's lengthy history of riding custom bikes has allowed him to hone in on the geometry and fit that suit his needs, which made developing his custom SuperX Hi-Mod Disc a relatively quick process.

Although trebon is sponsored by zipp, the company does not make a seatpost long enough for the tall racer. instead, he opts to run a 400mm truvativ stylo post:

Trebon runs a 400mm Truvativ Stylo seatpost, which suits his height

The bike's spec is very close to stock, with a SRAM Red drivetrain and Avid mechanical disc brakes. The most notable exceptions are the cockpit – Zipp and Truvativ in place of house-branded components – and the wheels, which consist of SRAM Rise 60 disc hubs laced to Zipp 303 tubular rims.

Trebon’s long-time mechanic, Dusty LaBarr, noted that the racer is a fond of pairing the grippy Clement PDX upfront, with the fast-rolling LAS file tread in the rear.

New team, new brakes

Fellow Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team member Tim Johnson experimented with disc brakes during several 2011/2012 races, and was first rider to win a UCI Category 1 event on discs.

The cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com team is running avid's bb7 sl disc brakes until sram's hydraulic red group is ready:

The team is running Avid's BB7 SL disc brakes until SRAM's hydraulic Red group is ready

This season, the entire team has committed to riding disc-equipped bikes. This is a welcome upgrade for Trebon, who splits his time between racing mountain and cyclocross events. As such, he's already well-acquainted with the benefits of disc brakes: 

“Honestly, I do not want to ever race – or even ride – a CX bike without disc brakes. Mechanical or hydraulic, I don't care, the performance is that much better compared to cantis.”

Complete bike specification

  • Frame: Cannondale SuperX Hi-Mod Disc, custom sizing and geometry
  • Fork: SuperX Disc, tapered 1.125in to 1.25in
  • Headset: Cane Creek 110, integrated 1.125 to 1.25in
  • Stem: Zipp Service Course SL, 130mm x -6 degrees
  • Handlebar: Zipp Service Course SL, 44cm (c-c)
  • Tape/grips: Lizard Skin DSP 2.5mm Bar Tape
  • Front brake: Avid BB7 SL w/ 140mm rotor
  • Rear brake: Avid BB7 SL w/ 140mm rotor
  • Brake levers: SRAM Red DoubleTap
  • Front derailleur: SRAM Red w/ steel cage
  • Rear derailleur: SRAM Red
  • Shifters: SRAM Red DoubleTap
  • Cassette: SRAM PG-1070, 11-26T
  • Chain: SRAM PC-1091
  • Crankset: SRAM Red BB30, 177.5mm, 46/39T
  • Bottom bracket: SRAM Red BB30
  • Pedals: Shimano XTR PD-M980
  • Wheelset: Custom Zipp/SRAM blend
  • Front hub: SRAM Rise 60
  • Rear hub: SRAM Rise 60
  • Rims: Zipp 303 Tubular
  • Spokes: Sapim straight pull
  • Front tire: Clement PDX, 33mm
  • Rear tire: Clement LAS, 33mm
  • Saddle: Selle San Marco Concor Lite
  • Seatpost: Truvativ Stylo T40, 400mm

Critical measurements

  • Rider height: 1.96m / 6'5"
  • Rider weight: 79.3kg / 175lb
  • Saddle height: 930mm
  • Saddle setback: 105mm
  • Tip of saddle nose to center of bar: 656mm
  • Saddle to bar drop: 177mm
  • Seat tube length, c-t: 630mm
  • Seat tube length, c-c: 580mm
  • Head tube length: 193mm
  • Top tube length: 610mm (horizontal)
  • Head angle: 72.5 degrees
  • Seat tube angle: 72.5 degrees
  • Wheelbase: 1061mm
  • Chainstay length: 430mm
  • Fork offset: 45mm
  • BB drop: 65mm
  • Total bike weight: 7.8kg / 17.2lb
Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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