Ethan Reynolds, 15, is at the bottom of his age class this season. But the rising star cyclist does not really mind because he's happy to help his 16-year-old teammates out for a year. It also helps that he's already beat adult pro riders in several races, racking up the junior and pro points.
"I really feel like I'm more of an all around rider, but crit results always come out better for me," Reynolds, 15, told us recently. Reynolds rides for the Boise Young Rider Development Squad, or BYRDS, based out of the Endurance Training and Fitness Center here in Boise, Idaho, just down the street from Power Cordz HQ. This is his fourth year racing—Reynolds won the 10-12 Nationals in Bend in criterium and the 13-14 criterium in Augusta, GA last year. More recently, he was the top junior racer in the circuit at Sea Otter in April.
Last year, in Georgia, Reynolds crashed and broke his frame two days before the big race. He replaced his old bike with a Gallium, a top-end racing bike from Argon 18, a Canadian bike maker. Reynolds outfitted the bike with a Shimano Pro bar and stem for a stiffer feel and outfitted the brakes with Power Cordz for a smoother feel.
Reynolds says that steel cables feel like they are pulling through the housing, whereas the Cordz are smoother, lighter, and win style points.