August 19, 2019

If you grew up in The Netherlands, chances are you were captivated by two sports as a child: cycling and speed skating. Ted-Jan Bloemen was a natural at both, but started to show exceptional talent on ice as a teenager. He started with regional teams, then joined the national program, and was also picked up by commercial teams in Holland. “Being a speed skater, when you turn 14-15, cycling becomes a big part of your training,” Bloemen says. “At first a couple times a week, then all the time.”

Long track speed skating is like the Dutch equivalent to baseball or football in America—it captivates young minds, the talent pool is endlessly deep, and it’s a source of national pride.

“When my parents first put me on skates I just loved it—the gliding,” Bloemen says. “All I ever wanted to do was become a professional speed skater.” But he never really found the right foundation for him to grow as a long track skater in his home country. The competition was phenomenally deep, with current stars taking precedence over developing young talent in the country. Bloemen felt he was missing his opportunity to evolve into a world-beater, so he started to explore his options. “I was too stressed about trying to find a decent team, to be able afford it, and qualify for world-class competitions.”

When he was 27, Bloemen decided to take control of his future, which meant doing something radical. His father was born in Canada, and Bloemen had dual citizenship. So he packed up his skates and his bike and moved to Calgary, a city at the epicenter of Canada’s winter Olympic sports programs. In the summertime, Calgary is also a cyclist’s training paradise as it sits at about 3,400 feet above sea level, has plenty of smoothly paved roads, and is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Bloemen’s bold choice has paid off. In his second season in Canada, he broke a world record.

“From the start, the Canadian team wanted to have me, and we have ended up making each other stronger. I’m still really motivated,” he says. In 2018, at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, all those years of hard work on the oval and on a bike paid off, and he became an Olympic champion in the 10,000m, and silver medallist in the 5,000m.

Bloemen is now setting down roots in Calgary, with he and his wife starting a family there. Cycling in and around the city is a significant part of his life. He goes out for a ride twice daily—typically a focused aerobic or anaerobic set of intervals, depending on the training period, and then a three-hour easy spin in the afternoon. “I always like to have a nice bike,” Bloemen admits. “It makes me want to train more, and I enjoy training more.” But finding the right bike, especially one that can satisfy his world-class training demands while being comfortable and versatile, has been a challenge.

As a professional athlete, Bloemen travels a lot. He also brings a bike wherever he goes, in order to get his training rides in, as well as explore an area around where his team are either racing or getting in a training camp. The problem was for years that Bloemen’s primary bike was carbon. “With a carbon bike, I’d feel uncomfortable with it,” Bloemen says, fearful of the wear and tear on the frame. “So I would often travel with a second bike.”

Frustrated, and longing for that one perfect bike to solve all his problems, Bloemen started talking with teammates about titanium.

“Titanium bikes are bulletproof, super light and just beautiful,” Bloemen says. And because he was getting a chance to ride on mixed terrain both out his front door in Calgary, as well as other spots around the world, he started looking into a gravel bike that could still perform alongside his teammates while doing hard intervals on the road. He started looking at a Drifter, and then became aware of the new Drifter X, which sounded like a bike designed specifically for him. So he put in an order, and fittingly became the first-ever Drifter X owner.

“With the disc brakes and bigger clearance, it means I can take it anywhere,” Bloemen says of his Drifter X. But when it came to big, aggressive training efforts, he feels the bike really shines. “I’m still doing a lot of travel on the road; I wanted to have a really good road bike, and the Drifter X is perfect.”

The first few weeks with the Drifter X coincided with a significant amount of daily cycling on Bloemen’s training program, and gritty early-season weather, something he’s all too familiar with from his years growing up in The Netherlands. “There was lots of rain, and with the electronic shifting and clearances, it’s been great,” he says of his initial impressions. “It soaks up the vibration better than alloy and has been stiff, fast and solid from the moment I rode it.”

Bloemen got rid of his other bikes, and now just rides on his Drifter X, both for training and also commuting. “I found some gravel roads I take on it nearby,” Bloemen says. “Where ever I take it, it feels like the right bike for the job.”

Design was also paramount to Bloemen’s decision to go with the Drifter X. He requested some fittingly custom elements for his one-and-only bike.

“They asked me if I wanted some memories on there,” he says of his process of selecting the details for his Drifter X. “What No. 22 does with anodizing is amazing. I put my name on it, as well as the Olympic rings under the seat and rear chainstay.” Bloemen’s Olympic gold medal race is of course one of his best memories as an athlete, so he included the date and his Olympic time on the seat tube. “But I didn’t want put my world record on there because I plan to break it. These are just nice, subtle touches. I just like that they are on there.”


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2019 Geometry Charts

Great Divide Rim Brake

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 495 510 525 545 560 580 600
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 445 462 490 518 540 565 590
Head tube length (mm) 90 100 120 140 160 180 200
Seat tube angle (deg) 75 74.5 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 71.0 71.2 72.2 72.5 73 73
Front center (mm) 567 574 584 586 594 609 623
Chain stay length (mm) 412 412 412 415 415 415 418
BB drop (mm) 78 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 357 364 370 379 383 397 406
Stack (mm) 506 517 534 558 578 597 617
Standover (700x28mm tires) 730 743 767 793 813 836 858

 

Great Divide Disc

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 495 510 525 545 560 580 600
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 445 462 490 518 540 565 590
Head tube length (mm) 85 95 115 135 155 175 195
Seat tube angle (deg) 75 74.5 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 71.0 71.2 72.2 72.5 73 73
Front center (mm) 567 574 584 586 594 609 623
Chain stay length (mm) 418 418 418 418 420 420 422
BB drop (mm) 78 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 356 364 369 378 382 397 405
Stack (mm) 508 520 536 560 580 599 619
Standover (700x28mm tires) 731 744 768 794 814 837 858

 

Drifter

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 502 510 526 545 560 575 595
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 460 478 503 520 535 552 577
Head tube length (mm) 105 115 130 150 165 185 205
Seat tube angle (deg) 74.5 74 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 70.5 70.8 71 71.2 71.2 71.5
Front center (mm) 572 576 589 603 612 627 640
Chain stay length (mm) 430 430 430 430 432 435 435
BB drop (mm) 73 73 73 72 70 70 70
Reach (mm) 353 353 365 374 379 389 398
Stack (mm) 529 538 553 572 585 604 624
Standover (700x38mm tires) 762 775 795 813 828 845 861

 

Drifter X

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 502 511 525 545 560 575 595
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 460 478 502 520 535 552 576
Head tube length (mm) 110 120 135 155 170 190 210
Seat tube angle (deg) 74.5 74 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 70.5 70.8 71 71.2 71.2 71.5
Front center (mm) 571 576 589 603 612 627 640
Chain stay length (mm) 427 427 427 427 430 432 432
BB drop (mm) 73 73 73 72 70 70 70
Reach (mm) 355 356 363 376 382 392 400
Stack (mm) 521 530 546 564 577 596 616
Standover (700x38mm tires) 758 772 790 809 824 842 863

 

Reactor

Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 515 530 545 565 580 595
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 456 475 496 514 545 568
Head tube length (mm) 100 120 140 160 190 210
Seat tube angle (deg) 74.5 74 74 73.2 73 73
Head tube angle (deg) 72 72 72.8 73.2 73.2 73.2
Front center (mm) 571 582 586 595 608 623
Chain stay length (mm) 410 410 412 412 415 415
BB drop (mm) 72 72 72 70 68 68
Reach (mm) 374 379 388 395 400 409
Stack (mm) 503 522 545 564 590 609
Standover (700x25mm tires) 739 757 779 800 829 850

 

Aurora

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 495 510 525 545 560 580 600
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 445 462 490 518 540 562 588
Head tube length (mm) 100 110 130 150 170 190 210
Seat tube angle (deg) 75 74.5 74 73.5 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 71 71.2 72.2 72.5 73 73
Front center (mm) 567 574 584 586 594 609 624
Chain stay length (mm) 415 415 415 418 418 418 420
BB drop (mm) 78 78 75 75 75 73 73
Reach (mm) 355 363 369 378 382 396 405
Stack (mm) 510 521 538 562 582 601 620
Standover (700x28mm tires) 731 745 770 795 814 838 859

 

Broken Arrow

Size 48cm 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 505 510 525 545 560 575 590
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 467 490 510 533 545 567 590
Head tube length (mm) 90 100 120 140 150 160 180
Seat tube angle (deg) 74 74 73.5 73.3 73 73 72.5
Head tube angle (deg) 70.5 70.5 70.5 71.3 71.3 71.5 71.8
Front center (mm) 571 577 588 594 607 620 627
Chain stay length (mm) 425 425 425 425 425 425 425
BB drop (mm) 68 68 68 68 66 66 64
Reach (mm) 353 355 360 371 381 392 396
Stack (mm) 524 533 552 576 583 593 611
Standover (700x32mm tires) 763 778 797 820 830 846 867

 

Little Wing

Size 50cm 52cm 54cm 56cm 58cm 60cm
Effective top tube length (mm) 515 525 540 555 575 590
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 477 499 524 552 575 596
Head tube length (mm) 100 120 140 160 180 200
Seat tube angle (deg) 75.5 75 74.5 74.5 74 74
Head tube angle (deg) 72.5 73 73 73.5 74 74
Front center (mm) 566 569 579 590 601 613
Chain stay length (mm) 393 393 393 396 396 396
BB drop (mm) 58 58 58 58 58 58
Reach (mm) 382 383 387 397 407 416
Stack (mm) 506 527 546 567 588 608
Standover (700x23mm tires) 765 785 806 830 851 871

 

Old King

Size Small Medium Large Extra Large
Effective top tube length (mm) 580 605 622 642
Seat tube, center-center (mm) 380 410 445 481
Head tube length (mm) 100 110 120 140
Seat tube angle (deg) 73.5 73.5 73.5 73.3
Head tube angle (deg) 70 70 70 70
Front center (mm) 655 680 698 719
Chain stay length (mm) 435 435 435 435
BB drop (mm) 58 58 58 58
Reach (mm) 401 423 437 451
Stack (mm) 599 609 619 637
Standover (29x2.3" tires) 799 816 838 863