Dan Timmerman’s Team Richard Sachs Cross

“I’m heading to the pits now, do you want me to clean it off?”

The way I look at it, a perfectly-assembled, brand new bike always looks a bit weird being shot outside of a studio. While I prefer to document bicycles outside, using mostly natural light, there’s something eerie about a pristine example of a velocipede not at least a little dusty.

At ‘Cross Nats, it wasn’t hard to find dirty bikes, but once the races were postponed, the sea of custom steel bikes dwindled to a handful, the most recognizable being Dan Timmerman’s Team Richard Sachs cross bike.

As Dan exited the course during a pre-ride, I went over and asked if I could shoot some photos of it, caked with our particularly sticky, clay-ridden, Texas mud. Once I was done shooting photos, even the pit crew shouted “we haven’t had mud like this before” over the loud pressure washers…

The fact that Dan still cleans people’s clocks on a 20lb steel bike, while they’re on 16lb race bikes is a testament to the rider’s fitness, yet, you have to consider the mojo boost from a handmade bike, right? At any rate, this one’s not to be missed…

  • Ian Guignet-Simpson

    so dope

  • Tim Guarente

    it’s a really well balanced build to stand up like that all by itself – Do all RS bikes pose so nicely?

  • Robert

    I felt his back and forth battle with Stephen Hyde was the most exciting of the race, once Powers had pulled away.

    • Kevin

      ^Totally agree!

  • Leslie

    Honestly, my steel frame was way easier to carry up those steps than my aluminum bike. Hell, I enjoyed it. There’s about a 3-4 lb difference. Maybe it’s the geometry, but it’s easy to toss that thing on my shoulder. Makes me think twice about my choices for a new cx bike next year.

  • kasual

    love the juxtapostion of the wear on the right lever vs the left, just looks so right.

  • AwestinTX

    While it doesn’t look out of place in these photos, the rake of the fork is very dramatic when you see it racing beside five “modern” carbon forks.

    • That fork probably has the same rake / offset as a carbon fork. It’s just not a straight blade – “curved” forks dampen bumps a bit better than a straight blade, but the fork’s rake is probably the same as a carbon cross fork’s rake.

      • AwestinTX

        I didn’t mean to imply that it had a different offset. I saw him coming by the pits on the 3rd lap with a little group and the only thing I could look at was his front wheel. That’s how different it looks now vs. what we’d have seen in 2001 or so where it’d be much more common place. Right about that time was the transition to straight blade forks/carbon incorporation. I had Redline Conquest Pro that had a steel fork with an aluminum steerer, top of the line when it came out. Some lady was racing that bike this year here in Austin.

  • bboston88

    Love my steel cross bike. And love this one too.

  • Lee

    Interesting that he’s running 1 x 10 with the X9. Such a great bike.


  • Dan Steinle

    All of those super shallow shots of the stays / tires…$$$. Very nice.

    • Ace Metric Cycles

      thought the same!

  • Goog Smells

    Gear Q: What’s going on with the the little section of cable on the rear derailleur with the barrel adjuster? Is this a cyclocross trick or is the threading stripped on the derailleur?

    • Mike

      the derailleur itself just doesn’t have a barrel adjuster and isn’t threaded for one. so they added inline.

      • Goog Smells

        Cool, thanks. I don’t think I realized an X-9/MTB derailleur. Makes sense now.

  • charlesojones

    I love all the new stuff…but I never get tired of looking a nice lugged steel frame.

  • recurrecur

    Great gallery.

    I do wonder if this bike is really 20lbs. Seems like lots of boutique steel push well below that, especially without the extra heft of disc brakes.

    • It’s lugged, so it’ll be heavier than fillet or tig. Steel fork vs carbon, etc etc.

    • shezz

      I recently weighed my lugged ciocc with columbus SL, force22 and heavier wheels than those coles with 28mm tubulars and it came in at 18lbs.

      • Aww come on, there’s a pound of mud on it at least…

  • Salim Riley

    That fork is hawt!

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  • David

    Maybe bike weight is a played out, boring topic that has limited real-world relevance when we’re talking about 2% of an overall weight package that can be easily made up by a million other factors (skill, environmental, rider, luck, etc) on any given moment.

  • Andy Moore

    So great to see some top finishes on custom steel and ti in this year’s CX Nats.

    I too, salute your superb use of depth of field, Mr Watson. This is one hell of a beautiful bike/gallery (enhanced by seeing it in its natural habitat)!

  • StEvO

    Sweet bike and sweet photos. Love the homegrown CX-1 setup with the X9 rear derailleur.
    Do my eyes deceive me or are the brakes setup in reverse? Not sure I’ve ever seen that before…

    • Alex Steinker

      Some people call it “moto” routing. Right lever front brakes on a motorcycle. I don’t think particularly common but people do run this set up for a variety of reasons. None of which have ever piqued my interest to try this set up.

      • Rogan

        or everyone in the UK!

        • Alex Steinker

          I don’t live in the UK.

      • Juanito B

        Moto? never heard that before. it’s called “English”

        • Alex Steinker


        • It’s called Moto because that’s how people ride their motorcycles.

        • Chipps Chippendale

          It’s how all brakes in the UK, New Zealand and Australia are arranged. Plus it’s how many ‘cross racers run them for the reasons that Em pointed out.

          • Juanito B

            yes, i know. i run my road bike like that as well. i never heard i called “moto” before.

          • Yeah, it’s mostly called that in the US, due to motocross brakes being routed that way.

    • Alex Steinker

      If you drive side dismount and your left hand is set up for the top tube carry and your right hand is braking. I can imagine modulating with right hand on front wheel would work well with moto routing.

      • Em

        ? He does a ‘normal’ nds dismount, and moto routing allows to scrub speed if needed with the left/rear brake. Modulating with the front while hanging off the side of the bike is not so good.

  • SmokeyDaBerre

    Is he running a Rival crank arm on the non drive side? I’m assuming it’s for an integrated power meter.

    • Mom’s Spaghetti

      RSCX is sponsored by Stages, Their power meters need an aluminum crank to function properly and because sram S900, Force and Red cranks are carbon most people run a rival crank on the NDS.