“I’d had my eyes on Adeline’s gorgeous CX builds for years before I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at a very muddy November off-road ride in Manchester. Not only was her attitude to riding and technical ease inspiring, but it was immediately obvious that she’s quite a character herself too.
I’ve always loved rebelling against gender stereotypes, so when I learnt more about Adeline’s life as a woman of steel, I was just fascinated. Let alone the output, this was the sort of person that I wanted to support.
A few years later I’d saved up enough to take the plunge and ask Adeline about a cyclo-cross bike for myself, after eyeing up many of our friend’s Mercredi bikes at rides and races with some envy.
We worked closely together to design something that was totally suited to the kind of riding that I enjoy; addressing the issues I’d had with cyclo-cross fit on off-the-shelf bikes but also capable of larger tyres, and comfortable for big days in the saddle with bags a-plenty.
That’s exactly what Adeline delivered.
Just three-months deep, we’ve had so many adventures; bikepacking from Wales to Sheffield, exploring the Midi-Pyrenees, racing in the local ‘cross leagues, enduro-style gravel races and on home-turf club dirt rides.
It feels so much different to any of my other bikes, especially as my first build in steel. It’s certainly not as heavy as I’d feared, and by far the most fun bike I’ve ridden. Now the poor road bike isn’t getting much of a look-in at all…” – Katherine.
As with every Mercredi design, we kicked things off by finding the best body position for Katherine. Tony Corke started from scratch and fine tuned all the contact points to provide Katherine with the most efficient motion and position. The bike was designed to take on both ‘CX racing and bike packing. A super roomy front triangle gives lots of room for a full size frame bag or a half size bag and two bottles still with room for shouldering. If you’re not that tall, you know the struggle to fit your kit inside small frames! All the jazzy bags were made by KM Made This
The paint was developed with Rob from Colourburn Studio and inspired by the landline phone of Business as Usual and a lot of other equally colourful and good-mooded examples collected by Katherine. It surely doesn’t go un-noticed – but those who have ridden off road with Katherine know that together they make the perfect super-stoked pair!
Mark Sterland was the mechanic extraordinaire.
Tube set– Columbus Life/Zona
Forks – Deda
Groupset – Shimano Di2 Ultegra/XT
Bearings – Chris King
Finishing Kit – Easton
Wheels – HED Belgium on Chris King, built by Mark Sterland
Custom bags – KM Made This
Photographs: Katherine Moore