One Is The Loneliest Number…Dirty Six

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 (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,


Dan B. | May 28th, 2010

I found that the Camelbak was a big plus during the Almanzo.  Have 100oz of water handy was a good thing.  The downside, though, is that it allowed me to overpack and I had way too much shit that I was schlepping around.

I’ll use it again next year, but I’m going to resist the “kitchen sink” mentality.

MG | May 28th, 2010

Lookin’ forward to riding with you at the ‘Kanza, Eki.  Have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon.


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Andrew | May 29th, 2010

It is nice to see you have a very similar set-up to what I am running. I love it.

Ari | May 29th, 2010

Your bike is so Hott! I hope you burn up that gravel at the Dirty.
I will be roaming the driftless zone with the wife and daughter between Fennimore Wisconsin and Decorah Iowa.

Steve Fuller | June 2nd, 2010

Tim, I use a Camelback Mule for all of my endurance events. I’ve found that I don’t mind the weight of the water on my back. Switching over to a frame bag mounted hydration system might change my mind, but I haven’t found a compelling need to go down that path yet. I keep food in my Jannd frame bag where its handy to get at rather than in the camelback.

quinn | June 4th, 2010

Good Luck Tim

I love the Con Crosso

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