Pro bike: Tim Johnson’s Cannondale SuperX Disc

On the cutting edge with 1x11 and hydraulic disc brakes

Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) has never been one to shy away from new tech trends in cyclocross, but over the last few years his equipment choice has been relatively stable, This season, however, will see some more substantial changes in his setup.

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Johnson is once again racing under the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team banner and as Cannondale hasn’t introduced a new bike for the season, the Red Bull-sponsored rider will stick to his tried-and-true SuperX Disc frameset. Hardly a bad thing, considering it’s one of the lightest on the market, as well as one of the most comfortable.

The cannondale superx disc may look fairly conventional from a distance but its ride quality is anything but: the cannondale superx disc may look fairly conventional from a distance but its ride quality is anything but

The SuperX Disc is not only super light but remarkably comfortable on bumpy courses

Also like last year, Johnson’s bike wears Zipp 303 Firecrest carbon tubular disc wheels and Zipp cockpit components. Little else has carried over though. The previous SRAM Red 22 group has been replaced by the company’s new Force CX1 single-ring drivetrain, Challenge tires are glued in place of the team’s long-running Dugasts, Prologo saddles have been swapped for ones from new company Fabric. Even the pedals are different.

Such upheaval in so many critical areas would throw many riders for a major loop, but Johnson doesn’t seem to think it’s that big of a deal.

“I tried CX1 while it was in development last season and liked the approach,” he said. “I’ve ridden my [Cannondale] Scalpel with [SRAM] XX1 and appreciated the way it worked.

“Watching the process unfold on the ‘cross bike, I knew it was not only going to work, but would be advantageous for the majority of users out there. That said, I still train on my double and will race it when necessary.”