Michael’s Major Jake was sitting in the BikeFlights.com booth at Sea Otter last week when we spotted it. The pure bling factor of this real deal CX racing machine meant that there was no way we were going to pass up shooting a photo-set for a Dream Build post. We asked Michael for the motivation for the build and some of his favorite parts. Scroll down for all the details and more photos of this super fast CX race bike.
“Shut UP Jens!” This bike was built with cyclocross racing specifically in mind – though it rips on gravel roads as well. The idea was to create a light race bike, without compromise of integrity or components. Starting with the 2018 Kona Major Jake (size 50cm), a full Shimano Ultegra 6800 hydraulic-brake drivetrain was added (except for a 105 front derailleur) and a Pioneer power meter crankset 46-36t. Thomson Masterpiece seat post to match a Thomson 100mm X4 steam. The bars are Easton EC90 SL carbon wrapper with ESI Silicone Aqua tape. The wheels are Industry Nine Classic road hubs laced to 45mm Enve tubular rims with Challenge Tires. What I love about this bike, aside from its look, is how it rides. The bike buttery smooth, fast, comfortable, and tears down descents like a mountain bike – I couldn’t be happier!