Ariane Lüthi's Kross Earth Team Edition
- FrameKross Earth Team Edition (Medium)
- ForkDT Swiss OPM O.D.L 100 Race
- ShockDT Swiss R 535 One
- Remote LockoutDT Swiss Two-In-One
- WheelsDT Swiss XRC 1200 SPLINE (25mm)
- TyresMitas Scylla
- HandlebarFSA K-Force 720mm
- StemFSA K-Force 90mm
- GripKross Silky
- SeatpostKS Lev Ci
- SaddleSpecialized Mimic
- BrakesShimano XTR
- Brake rotorsShimano SM-RT99
- ShifterShimano XTR M9100
- Rear derailleurShimano XTR M9100
- CassetteShimano XTR M9100 12-speed 10-51T
- Crank armsShimano XTR M9100
- Power meterINPEAK Powercrank
- ChainringShimano XTR M9100 34T
- Bottom BracketShimano
- PedalsShimano XTR
- Bottle cagesKross
- Race weight (including spares etc)11.8 kg
The Kross Factory Racing team ride on DT Swiss suspension. The front suspension is a OPM O.D.L 100 Race fork in the Gold Standard colourway. Controlling the single pivot rear suspension is a R 535 One shock with trunnion mounting and metric measurements. Both the fork and shock are controlled simultaneously by a DT Swiss Two-In-One lockout lever.
Shimano's latest XTR M9100 has been in short supply on shop floors but the professional athletes at the Cape Epic seem to have managed to source the goods. Lüthi's bike is kitted with a full XTR 12-speed groupset (including brakes) featuring a 10-51T spread on the cassette. She has elected to ride with a 34 tooth chainring.
The non-drive side crank arm has been modified by INPEAK to include a power meter, in a similar fashion as Stages. Like Kross, INPEAK is also based in Poland.
Lüthi's controls include a carbon stem and handlebar pairing from FSA's K-Force range. The KS Lev Ci dropper seatpost also boasts a carbon fibre mast. Lüthi rolls on a set of DT Swiss XRC 1200 Spline carbon wheels and Mitas Scylla tyres.
Holding the scale in a field, Ariane's bike weighed in at fairly good 11.8 kilograms. Race-ready Cape Epic bikes are never as light as you might expect from the shop floor. In this case, the bike includes pedals, a healthy dose of sealant, number board, and spares like a tube, pump, and Slug Plug.