In June 2014 one hundred riders set off for the inaugural Trans Am: a self-supported, trans-continental, ultra-endurance race covering 4,233 miles through ten American states. The race was won by UK rider Mike Hall, with his compatriot, Ed Pickup, finishing third. Both chose a Pivot Vault cyclo-cross chassis to meet the extreme demands of the event.
The carbon fibre Pivot Vault is based on a ‘new school’ cyclo-cross geometry, with a lower bottom bracket and shorter chainstays than traditional machines. Convertible dropouts mean the Vault can be equipped with either disc or cantilever brakes, while the frame is also Di2-comatible, and a tapered headtube and BB386EVO bottom bracket keep things stiff and responsive in the heat of a race. Hall and Pickup pieced together custom road builds for the Trans Am and the frameset is available for £1,800, while this off-the-shelf cyclo-cross spec with Shimano Ultegra, FSA SL-K Light chainset, TRP HY/RD cable-operated hydraulic disc brakes and Stan’s wheels costs £3,600.