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Bike Check: U23 CX World Champ Joris Nieuwenhuis


Joris Nieuwenhuis took the cyclocross world by storm last year, dominating the men’s Under-23 category with a breakout season. At 20 years old, the Dutch talent won just about every race that mattered, taking the Dutch national championship, the World Cup overall, and finally, in the crowning achievement to his season, the U23 World Championship title.

Nieuwenhuis has been riding Giant bikes for most of his racing career. He started the 2016-2017 cyclocross season as part of the Rabobank Development Team, which was sponsored by Giant, and then moved over to the Team Sunweb Development squad for 2017. The former BMX rider wasted no time, winning the world title on a muddy course in Luxembourg last January, which at the time marked the first-ever rainbow jersey for Team Sunweb.

This year Nieuwenhuis has made the jump up to the elite ranks for select races. Still just 21, he is going against the best pros in the world, and showing he has what it takes to challenge at the top levels in Europe. He made his 2017-2018 season debut in late October at Round 3 of the World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium, finishing just outside the top-10 in 11th. He has continued his battle in the elite ranks over the past few weeks at Superprestige races, while building momentum in the U23 category at World Cup races. 

This season Nieuwenhuis is racing on his trusty TCX Advanced Pro team bike, the same setup he rode to the world title last January. It’s built on a lightweight and super-stiff Advanced-grade composite frameset and features a number of Giant components including a carbon Giant WheelSystem, D-Fuse seatpost, Contact SL cockpit components and the Contact SL saddle. Nieuwenhuis also trains and races with a Giant Rev helmet.

Here’s a detailed look at the bike that Nieuwenhuis is racing throughout the 2017-2018 cyclocross season.

Frame: TCX Advanced Pro, Size M/L

Fork:  Advanced-grade composite with full composite Overdrive 2 steerer

Stem: Giant Contact SL, 110mm

Handlebar: Giant Contact SL, 420mm

Handlebar tape: Giant cork, black

Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170

Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150

Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150

Shift levers: Shimano Dura-Ace R9170

Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 11-28T

Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace HG901-11

Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, 49/39, 172.5mm

Pedals: Shimano XTR M9000

Front Wheel: Team-Issued Giant Carbon Tubular, CenterLock Disc

Rear Wheel: Team-Issued Giant Carbon Tubular, CenterLock Disc

Front Tire: Challenge Grifo T.E 33mm

Rear Tire: Vittoria Corsa 25mm

Saddle: Giant Contact SL Forward

Seatpost: Giant D-Fuse

Other accessories: Fouriers 3-port Di2 junction holder

Wednesday, November 22, 2017