Santa Cruz Hightower setup with Cedric Gracia

Date Jan 16, 2017

Most bike checks are the kind of drivel that put me right to sleep. It’s usually just a chance for a sponsored rider to walk through a generic laundry list of parts and give shout-outs to their sponsors. So we don’t show them very much. I’m not going to pretend Cedric Gracia doesn’t give a lot of sponsor shout-outs in this bike check, however, he also provides a lot of insights and detail about his setup and why he sets it up that way, from carbon vs. aluminum componentry to rotor size and brake lever positioning. For that reason, this is worth a look if you’re curious about how he does things, or to get an idea or two to play with while you fantasize about next summer.

Yep, Cedric is still a ham, but he also has a deep knowledge pool to draw from, as well as racing success in a lot of formats. It’s good to see him trying his hand at vlogging, and he’s already put out 50 videos. Some are more interesting than others, but he does take the time to answer a lot of comments and questions.


By the way, 2.1 BAR is about 30.5 psi and 2.2 BAR is a hair under 32 psi.

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robert-cole
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Robert Cole  - Jan. 16, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

@CG - or anyone who knows him and watched this great bike check video

Please have an experienced bike fitter visit with you and sort out your "duck feet" (perfect normal - we all show interesting asymmetries, whereas a bicycle for all intents is symmetrical.

When riding clipped-in, its important to have a great fit, especially for professional riders needing to develop maximum sustainable power and prevention of long term injury due to constant training and minimal rest days.

I have LLD (leg length difference) which is corrected on the left shoe (LLD shims under cleat) for my road bike with great comfort and performance increase. I got this so dialled that the SPD's on my 29'er then felt horrible - I ended up going back to flat pedals and Five Ten shoes where the body automatically makes corrections on foot placement as its not locked with a cleat, and generally more standing pedalling allows the pelvis to float like when walking/running

I went through so much trouble over the years with the LLD issue and other sport injuries, that it lead me to train with Tony Corke in Bath, UK as a Bikefit Professional bike fitter where I've started applying my experiences to assist others in getting the most from their two-wheeled fun!

cheers, and happy trails! RC

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matt
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Matt  - Jan. 17, 2017, 12:24 a.m.

DONT get a bike fitted to your body if you've got bio-mechanical issues. Get them sorted. Bit like adjusting your riding your style because you're running 80% sag!

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robert-cole
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Robert Cole  - Jan. 17, 2017, 6:42 a.m.

@Matt: 'DONT get a bike fitted if you have "bio mechanical" issues?'

Can I ask, What do you think bike fitting aims to resolve?

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whatyouthink
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whatyouthink  - Jan. 18, 2017, 6:20 a.m.

ya! just grow your left femur out a bit. dammit!

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tim-robson
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Tim Robson  - Jan. 16, 2017, 6:16 p.m.

Love it. Deets are great. Funny bloke.

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