Jules de Kock has constructed the last word bike for seashore racing utilizing a Canyon Exeed body, labeled hubs and a $1,600 customized cockpit.
The 25-year-old races at UCI stage 1.2 for the International Biking Crew and just lately received the Grand Prix Al Masirah in Morocco.
However the Dutchman makes a speciality of sand, the place he represents the Beit Biking Membership.
European seashore racing champion Iver Slick’s victory within the 2022 Unbound 200 gravel race highlighted the self-discipline.
Seaside racing primarily takes place within the Netherlands and overlaps with the cyclocross racing season.
Chatting with BikeRadar, De Kock says: “You want aerodynamic place for the high-speed components of the race, when you additionally want the bike to deal with properly by means of the technical sand sections of the race. “
De Kock’s wacky and lavish technical selections replicate these distinctive calls for.
Customized Canyon Exeed Seaside Racer Spec
De Kock’s bike is built around a Canyon Accid frame. The brand’s all-out XC racing hardtail boasts a claimed curb weight of 835g in its highest grade carbon.
He’s spray-painted the frame in Beat Cycling colors and drilled out the carbon forks to allow for internal cable routing.
Mountain bike frames have clearance for wide, tubeless tires to give you traction in loose sand.
De Kock runs Schwalbe G-One Speed tires, which we’re told are 64mm wide when inflated on 35mm-wide internal rims from Classified Cycling.
The custom-built, deep-section wheels use Classified PowerShift technology, a wireless shifting system held within the hub and designed to replace a front derailleur.
“The ability to shift under load is a wonderful addition to a beach bike,” explains De Kock, referring to the PowerShift system’s claimed ability to shift regardless of how much torque is being applied through the drivetrain.
He adds: “Almost all beach race bikes come equipped with no front derailleur, because these things work worse when dragged along in a beach environment with sand, water and salt.
“However, you need a bigger gearing range.
“Classifieds Hub is ideal for this.
“In a winter storm with the wind behind you, the race speed exceeds 50 km/h, but you have to drag yourself up the sand dune at almost walking speed.”
On that note, De Kock uses Shimano SPD pedals, because beach racing requires the cyclocross skills of moving with the bike at slow speeds when pedaling fails.
The custom gravel cockpit from Speco is straight out of gravel racing. De Kock is the co-founder and product engineer of the brand that specializes in integrated aero handlebars.
Jan-Willem van Schip has been disqualified from the 2021 Tour of Balois Belgium for using Speco Aero breakaway bars.
The brand says that everything about the bars, from width to flare, can be personalized for the rider.
De Kock has added wide, flared drops to aid in control on sandy singletrack, with integrated, narrow extensions to get aero on the open beach.
There’s an integrated mount for his Wahoo Elemnt Bolt, which he connects to an SRM power meter.
De Kock uses SRAM Force eTap AXS wireless shifting. He says that the “harsh beach environment” will cause cables on a mechanical groupset and Shimano Di2 plugs to corrode.
A SRAM Super Boost crank enables him to run a single 52T chainring from Garbaruk on a mountain bike frame.
De Kock sits on a Shimano Pro Stealth off-road saddle.
He says he tried the ISM time trial saddle for the extra aerodynamic advantage, but “painfully found out they are not suitable for off-road use”.
According to De Kock, the total weight of the bike is around 10 kg.
Custom Canyon Exeed Beach Racer Build in Full
- frame:valley more
- fork: custom carbon fork
- brake: SRAM Force Hydraulic Disc
- shifter: SRAM Force eTap AXS
- crankset: 52T Garbaruk, SRAM Super Boost Cranks
- handlebar / stem: Custom Speco GR Cockpit
- centers: Graded PowerShift
- wheels: Custom Classifieds Cycling
- Tire: Schwalbe G-One Speed, 64mm
- paddle: shimano spd
- saddle: shimano pro stealth offroad