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Check out Rob Jebb’s Three Peaks-winning Scott Addict CX

Take a look at the bike and components required to win the world’s toughest cyclocross race

Rob Jebb of Hope Factory Racing won the classic Yorkshire Three Peaks Cyclocross race on Sunday for the 13th time – yes, the 13th time – and this is the Scott Addict CX that he rode to victory. Rob Jebb first won the event way back in 2000. A lot of bike tech has changed since then.

The world's toughest cyclo-cross race is back: inside the legendary Three Peaks

The Peaks is renowned for its category-defying route. It’s three-times longer than a traditional cyclocross race, rougher than any gravel race, and has long sections of grassy, pathless riding.

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As you’d probably expect, virtually everyone was using disc brakes at the 2022 edition of the race, but less common were the factory-only hydraulic cross tops run by Rob and other Hope Factory riders. While many cyclocross racers find the power of modern disc brakes negates the need for levers on the tops, Rob uses these levers almost exclusively on the rough descents of the Peaks.

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Rob used a SRAM Eagle 10-50t cassette with a direct mount 40t chainring on his Hope RX crankset, giving a 4:1 gear at the big end and a 1:1.2 for the steepest inclines.

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He used a SRAM Force 1 derailleur that can usually work with a maximum sprocket size of 42t, but a new derailleur cage from Ratio Technology allows the use of this big cassette.

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Ratio Technology says this is the lightest way to achieve a 500% drivetrain range thanks to the absence of batteries and motors – an important concern when large sections of the route involve carrying the bike.

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Since Rob and Paul Oldham’s domination of the race in recent years on Schwalbe G Ones, these tyres have become a common choice throughout the field. However, Rob bucked the trend this year, switching to another fast rolling gravel tyre in the Vittoria Terreno Dry 35. Out of sight are Vittoria Air-Liner inserts front and rear, meaning that any punctures wouldn’t be race-ending.

Check out our review of Vittoria Terreno Dry gravel tyres 

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Rob’s bike rolled on Hope’s 20Five wheels with stopping handled by SRAM Force levers with Hope RX4 4-pot brake callipers and 160mm rotors.

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At the contact points, Rob ran relatively conventional 44cm bars (flared bars are banned under race regulations) and a Fizik Antares saddle, tilted slightly upwards.

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The Addict CX, despite its age – Scott introduced it in the middle of 2015 –  is slack and long by the standards of dedicated cross frames with a 71° head angle in Rob’s large size.

Scott launches new Addict CX with disc brakes and thru-axles 

This, combined with a particularly stiff fork and front end, goes some way to explaining the bike’s popularity at the Three Peaks.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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Miller | 1 year ago

> (flared bars are banned under race regulations)

Surprised at this, is this some sort of old school CX rule? "Never shall a gravel bike sully the purity of the 3 Peaks!" kind of thing?

DaveC replied to Miller | 1 year ago
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Pretty much, though the original reason was to exclude mountain bikes.  And the easiest way to do that was to adopt the UCI definition of a CX bike.

Simon E replied to Miller | 1 year ago

It's an old school event - max 44cm drop bars and and 35mm tyres, no flat/flared bars and only 12mm thru-axles or QR are allowed.

But I wouldn't fret, there are plenty of gravel events to enter and trails to ride where the rules aren't so specific.

IanEdward | 1 year ago

Yes! The Terreno Dry getting the recognition it deserves, great tyre for virtually everything.

I'm also slowly replacing all my saddles with the Antares, they've got something just right with the 'T' shape and flat top.

Interested to see him running the inserts, I tried some (Rimpact) in my 40mm Terreno tyres. They seemed to worsen the ride quality a bit (felt more wooden) and the rear tyre was spitting out more on corners. I think the Rimpacts are wider than the Vittoria Airliners though and press against the inside of the sidewalls, perhaps worth trying a thinner insert ...

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