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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

In this ongoing SRAM Stories feature we highlight the unusual or extraordinary bikes of SRAM employees. Here we'll take a look at SRAM Road PR Specialist Daniel Slusser's Pinarello Dogma F8.

What’s the greatest movie of all time? The Godfather? Citizen Kane? Star Wars? Casablanca? According to Daniel Slusser, SRAM Road PR Specialist based in San Luis Obispo (SLO), CA, the answer to that question is, “Rad. Hands down.” While the 1986 film about a small town Canadian BMX racer taking on the best riders in the world isn’t widely know for its cinematic excellence, the movie holds a special place in Daniel’s heart. “That was the movie that really drew me into cycling. To be fair, I already loved riding when I first saw it, but after Rad bikes became a passion for me.”

That early love for BMX freestyle, racing, and dirt jumping transformed into a love of mountain bikes in the early 90s and then cyclocross in college. “I first started riding road bikes as way to train for cross, but over a few years’ time road bikes and the culture of road cycling really started to appeal to me. Now I split my time evenly between road bikes, mountain bikes, and adventure riding on my cross bike.”

When Daniel is in road mode, you’ll find him aboard his SRAM RED eTap and Zipp 303 NSW equipped 2015 Wiggins team livery Pinarello Dogma F8. “I love how responsive the F8 is. It carves a really tight line through the corners. It’s also super stiff and the aero advantage it provides is huge.”

If you ride with Daniel, then you’d know that the roads he’s referring to often aren’t paved. “I’m not afraid to take the bike into the dirt, but with the stiff frame and seatpost and 25c max tire clearance, you do have to be a little ginger with it or you are asking for a flat tire.”

Commenting on his component selection Daniel said, "The aero frame was just begging for handlebars to match, so I went with Zipp SL-70 Aero bars. While most people with an aero bike would choose 404s, I went with 303 NSWs because it can be exceptionally windy in SLO, plus we have some steep climbs and a light wheelset can really pay dividends on those roads. The wind and the climbs also influenced my gearing setup. I chose a compact 50/34t crankset and a relatively tight ratio cassette (11-26t) so that I can get the low range I need on the climbs while still having every gear I need when riding hard into a headwind during the SRAM lunch rides."

When he’s not pretending his Pinarello is a gravel bike or hammering along on one of SRAM’s lunch rides, you can often see Daniel cruising around San Luis Obispo with his wife Sara, or his 10-year-old son, Joel. “Riding with Joel is awesome. For kids riding really evokes a sense of wonder and I love to see him experience that wonder and thrill when we ride together. It’s kind of magical. It’s also great to watch him push his limits and break through to a level of performance that he previously thought was impossible.”

Like father, like son, bikes are more than a literal vehicle for Daniel, they are a metaphorical vehicle to a place where limits are erased, wonder is accessible, and adventure is right at your fingertips. “Riding keeps me from losing my mind when life gets tough. No matter how bad I feel I know that getting out on my bike will release some of that tension and put me on the right track again. It’s just too fun for it not to work.” 

Bike Spec

Frameset: Pinarello Dogma F8 57.5cm

Crankset: SRAM RED 50/34 175mm

Cassette: XG-1190 11-26t

Chain: SRAM RED 22

Shift/Brake Levers: SRAM RED eTap

Front Derailleur: SRAM RED eTap

Rear Derailleur: SRAM RED eTap

Brakeset: SRAM RED

Brake Cables: SRAM SlickWire Pro Road

Wheeset: Zipp 303 NSW Carbon Clincher

Tires: Zipp Tangente Course 700x25c

Stem: Zipp Service Course SL 130mm

Handlebar: Zipp SL-70 Aero 44cm

Bar Tape: Zipp Service Course

Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Kit Carbonio

Pedals: Speedplay Zero Stainless

Weight: 7.0kg/15.4lbs

All photos courtesy of Michael Degutis

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