The Chili Con Crosso is the bike I'll be using in the Dirty Kanza 200 next weekend. It's fast, light and durable. I built my Chili specifically with gravel road racing in mind.
I'm running DT Swiss RR465 wheels with Chris King hubs and the Continental Speed tires help them roll real nice. Ultegra crankset and derailluers make up my drivetrain with a Salsa carbon Short & Shallow road bar to save some more weight. This bike fits me so well it feels like home when I'm on her.
I'll be running a 50/34 up front and will be absolutely loving the 50 when the hard pack shows up. The 10-speed cassette gives me a range that opens up tons of options for a variety of conditions.
There are a lot of mixed reviews about competing in ultra events with a hydration pack. However, I find that the weight on my back really doesn't bother me and the benefit I get out of the little extras I can stow away in the pack make it worth it. Also, having 100 ounces of fluid on me allows me to go long without the need for refueling.
Knowing my gear is good to go allows me to focus the majority of my efforts on nutritional needs. It all boils down to what's going in the tank. None of this matters if the guy on top can't make the machine go.
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Tim (Eki) Ek
Tim Ek was born and raised in Duluth, Minn., and still calls it home. He’s always had a passion for competition and seeking his own extremes. Tim's true love is the woods: Out in the wild is where he clears his head and finds his peace, and he prefers getting there by bike. Tim Ek: The Eki Chronicles, ekichronicles2.kinetic-fitness.com