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Michael Van Den Ham's Giant TCX Advanced Pro Cyclo-cross Bike: Canadian Champs Edition


(whooshing sound) (electronic music) – I am here with Michael van den Ham, the 2019 Canadian National Champion's custom painted Giant TCX Advanced Pro cyclo-cross bike This bike is unique because it has several different unique insignias that make it really special

This bike is a complete one off There are no others available and this is the only that Michael has It's unique paint scheme came from a shop up in Toronto called Velocolour And they took a lot of what Michael loves and gets him to tick each day and put it into the frame set Obviously the red is the Canadian national color

They red maple leaf, you can see, is kind of put throughout the frame set But it also has a wheat straw kind of tattered through out this frame And that's significant to Michael because of the area that he grew up in, in Manitoba, Canada The local hockey team is called "The Wheat Kings" And Michael's family are wheat grain farmers as well

(electronic music) Moving up to the top of the bike It has Giant's proprietary D shaped seat post which is integrated and really clean It also has the SDG Duster saddle with carbon rails Okay, this is Michael's 11 speed Force gruppo, it's fantastic Michael's running a Easton EC90 SL crank set with a one by system up front and a 40 tooth chain ring

He's got a classic 11, 32 SRAM cog set and he's running SRAM Force CX1 He's got Crank Brothers Candy SL pedals And he's running a KMC X11SL chain set He's running classic Force CX1 brakes and rotors (electronic music) Michael's running the EC90 SL carbon deep dish wheels from Easton

And he has mounted up to it Vittoria Terreno Wet tires, size 33 mil He's running the carbon EC90 SLX bars at 44 centimeters He has a proprietary Giant stem at 100 millimeters, to keep it nice and short, that good for cyclo-cross you don't want to be too stretched out, too far He also has a unique touch from his mechanic which is that he's shrink wrapped the two cables so that when he's racing cyclo-cross the cables aren't going all over the place, he's not hitting his knees on anything or getting it hooked on stuff The shrink wrapping is a nice touch

No pro bike is complete without doing a weight check Michael's is no different, let's see what we've got here It's quite windy 17 pounds on the dot (electronic music) So this is a really cool bike

Probably the thing that means the most to me when people would ask, "What is a pro exactly?" well basically if your name's under the clear coat then you're a pro So something to aspire to I hoped you guys liked this bike If you do like this bike, please give it a thumbs up Leave a comment below, what you think of this unique paint job

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