Cross is coming…

…and we’re naturally looking forward to being a part of it.

Speaking personally, cyclocross has always been my favorite discipline of bike racing. In my eyes, it’s the perfect combination of endurance, bike handling, explosiveness, and all-round athleticism. Road racing may be on top when it comes to aerobic capacity, downhill takes the cake in regards to bike handling ability, and track sprinting obviously rewards anaerobic capacity, but to be a successful cross racer one needs to excel in all of those areas.

Further, in my former role as a professional mechanic, I enjoyed working cyclocross the most because I felt like I had more of an impact in my rider’s successes (and failures, sadly). The demands put on a cross mechanic are heavy and there’s not a lot of room for error. The conditions are often miserable, courses are becoming rougher, and it all wears heavily on the equipment leaving lots of work for the mechanic. I became a mechanic because I enjoy working on bikes, so bring it on.

Chris McGovern

I was stoked when Chris McGovern, mechanic for 2017/2018’s USA Cycling Pro CX #1 ranked Tobin Ortenblad, reached out about becoming a Unior USA Ambassador. Tobin’s successes in the 2017/2018 season can be tied directly to the work Chris put in making sure Tobin’s Santa Cruz bikes were in perfect shape for every race. We like to say Great Mechanics Choose Unior and this is further evidence of that.

Like great athletes, great mechanics are always looking for some way to improve. For Chris that meant looking for a high-quality tool partner that could supply both the bike-specific tools he relies on to keep Tobin’s bikes humming and also the non-bike-specific tools like pliers, screwdrivers, and so on that are still high-quality and mesh well with the rest of his tool kit.

You can take our word for it, or you can take Chris’s…

I am so excited to get my hands on some quality tools…  It has been super time consuming to try to find all the right tools that are high enough quality for the job.  Unior ticks both those boxes.

-Chris McGovern

If you’re at any of the major cyclocross races here in the US keep an eye out for Chris and his Unior Pro Kit.