Criterium Bike Prep With L39ION

Criterium Bike Prep With L39ION

In criterium racing, you’re in a game of millimeters, where precision is everything and tolerance for error is next to nil. This is very much the case when it comes to perfecting the bike tune, too. Rotor clearance, tire PSI, chain health, hood angles … everything has to be perfect at the startline to go for the win.

L39ION’s Chief Mechanic Zack Foley is well aware of the importance of a pre-race bike tune, especially when you’re as competitive as the lionhearted team from So-Cal. At the iconic criterium weekend in Tulsa, Zack gave us the details on how he gets the team’s fleet of S-Works Tarmac SL7s dialed and ready for the startline.

Tune your ride for primetime with our curated selections of elite tools and bike maintenance gear, and then head over to The Lion’s Den where you’ll find everything L39ION including exclusion fanwear, gear, and more.

The Lion’s Den: https://www.competitivecyclist.com/sc/legion?tabNav=0

Tools & Maintenance: https://www.competitivecyclist.com/bike-tools-maintenance?fl=true

Lubricants & Maintenance: https://www.competitivecyclist.com/lubricants-maintenance?fl=true

Bike Pumps & CO2: https://www.competitivecyclist.com/pumps-co2-inflators?fl=true

Chapters

0:03 – Intro
0:24 – Drivetrain Degreasing
3:30 – Full Bike Clean
8:46 – Race Day Tune
15:35 – Outro

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42 Comments

  1. Ron D on August 5, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    I feel like the bike was fully clean 3 minutes into the video



  2. Jack Ford on August 5, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    This is by far and away the best bike cleaning tutorial I’ve seen



  3. Jonathan Ertz on August 5, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    A dialed bike is fast bike. This is how ya do it!



  4. juan hidalgo on August 5, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Maybe the first thing is dopping!



  5. Jonathan Austin on August 5, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    this dude taught me 99% of everything i know about bike maintenance… dude is the gandhi of bikes! 😘



  6. Jason Prudhom on August 5, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Worked at a bike shop around bikes for a decade previously. A minute in and he’s already making me feel like an idiot. Cut the top off a water bottle? Goodness. Now why haven’t seen that before? Bravo 👏



  7. Igor E. on August 5, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Great stuff. What’s the manufacturer of the big tool roll he is using?



  8. Rich Jones on August 5, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Great tutorial. Learned alot. Superglue on tire divots is a great tip. thx



  9. Bob Shurunkle on August 5, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Had the pleasure of meeting Zack at Harlem Skyscraper. Absolute top geezer, great mindset, super knowledgeable and part of really refreshing setup



  10. Simon Rano on August 5, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Is L39ion that pro level riders team that prefer to stay in amateur crit league to flex with Rapha/Spe sponsorship and instagram followers incomes ?



  11. Tim Taylor on August 5, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    ppl still use chain oil?



  12. productionmastrr on August 5, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Appreciate the information. When you removed the back wheel and had the chain on top of the rear axle, it doesn’t hurt the axle to run the chain over it as you turn the crank?



  13. Matthew Johnson on August 5, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Where do the boxing gloves go?



  14. GC Performance on August 5, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    6.2nm* 😉



  15. James Williams on August 5, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Excellent.



  16. sorrellsmatt on August 5, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    What degreaser sue you use?



  17. D L on August 5, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    That soap turned his boots into Jordans!!! where do I get that soap 🧼🧼🧼



  18. octaviakf on August 5, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    This is amazing my next bike ima do this because the current one I have is some kind of dirty



  19. TheWoogeroo on August 5, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    Degreaser with the wheels on? Yikes.

    If you want to rebuild your hubs and BB every week, you can just use a pressure washer.

    If not, don’t put degreaser near them either.

    It’s 1000x easier and better to clean your chain off the bike.



  20. Larry McGoldrick on August 5, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    This guy is a hack. Don’t use petroleum-based lube in the first place and you won’t need to do all that cleaning. What about the grease points in the derailleurs? The degreaser just cleaned that away… Sheesh! Spraying a road bike with a garden hose? Really…??? Couldn’t watch.



  21. NaturallyMitch on August 5, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    First of all, great video! Secondly, that shoe swap was too clean!



  22. Hayden on August 5, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    The secret to Legions success is a scratched through axel!



  23. Zahava on August 5, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    The best dawn soap is the (park tool) blue colour



  24. Bryce Bettencourt on August 6, 2022 at 12:02 am

    Presenter/mechanic is top notch! Great tips.



  25. Tim Kelley on August 6, 2022 at 12:04 am

    Hey Zack…..great video…..just wondering how you set that Power saddle on Legion bikes? What angle are they set at tail-to-tip?



  26. cisko213 on August 6, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Never lubed it?



  27. Ian Gonder on August 6, 2022 at 12:06 am

    This is a great video!



  28. SolitaryRefinement on August 6, 2022 at 12:06 am

    Downtube, inside of fork & insides of chain/seat stays…they get so much grime under there. Oh, and especially the BB junction at the crank arms. That’s just a distillery of crud & abrasives picked up from the road.



  29. AstrayAgrarian on August 6, 2022 at 12:07 am

    It’s like they chose the worst things to combine all in one video, lmfao

    >Specialized frameset + components
    >shitty paint job design/scheme
    >disc brakes
    >zipp wheels



  30. Kendall Zylstra on August 6, 2022 at 12:08 am

    Can’t trust leaky hoses.. cheers CC!



  31. Jurre Vijn on August 6, 2022 at 12:08 am

    Great video, awesome bike. However I think you are missing the DUB crank removal cap.



  32. HERC55 The 100 Kilo Cyclist on August 6, 2022 at 12:10 am

    This guy is the GOAT…. Seen him in action at the Armed forces cycling classic, true magician….



  33. Chazz Robinson on August 6, 2022 at 12:11 am

    great stuff



  34. jls1337 on August 6, 2022 at 12:12 am

    Don’t forget to check the battery levels of your shifters…



  35. Timmy Alzamora on August 6, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Great video! Quick question, do you dry the bike off? Not sure if it’s important to do so or just let it air dry. Thank you!



  36. Cheron Oliver on August 6, 2022 at 12:14 am

    Wow great stuff



  37. BearInMind on August 6, 2022 at 12:16 am

    This is how to clean a bike that you haven’t personally paid for. I would never let this guy touch my bike.



  38. laxplaysu91 on August 6, 2022 at 12:16 am

    please tell me he is wearing arteryx ski pants to clean the bike lol



  39. BikerBarrett on August 6, 2022 at 12:19 am

    Attach boxing glove holders…



  40. julio_rm on August 6, 2022 at 12:22 am

    L39GION frames>all others



  41. Mike khoh on August 6, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Don’t waste time, dismantle the chain and dip it in diesel for 15 minutes and rinse it and then dry it and lube it



  42. Omar Mahbub on August 6, 2022 at 12:24 am

    The tutorial I never knew I needed. Thanks a ton!