Bikes of Unbound Gravel: Jess Cerra’s Pinarello Grevil

by Dan Cavallari

photography by Dan Cavallari

Jess Cerra’s talents meet in a very neat Venn Diagram consisting of mountain biking, triathlon, and food. She’s a chef on top of being a pro racer, and with a background in disciplines both on and off the pavement, her strengths seem tailor-made for gravel. Cerra finished the 2021 edition of Unbound Gravel with 10th place in the women’s field.

Cerra’s ride is a Pinarello Grevil, the same model of bike as fellow competitor Amity Rockwell. However, where Rockwell’s bike is built with parts from Easton and Shimano, Cerra’s is obviously different. Like so many of her competitors, Cerra has opted for a SRAM eTap AXS ‘Mullet’ drivetrain that combines an Eagle rear derailleur and 10-50 cassette with a Force crank with a 42-tooth ring.

Other components, including wheels and cockpit, come courtesy of Enve. She has chosen a low-profile rim in the Enve G23 wheels, and a unique tire choice: René Herse Hurricane Ridge tires (700×42 mm). 

A close look at Cerra’s handlebars reveals the use of TOGs Road which act as small thumb rests when in the drops. This offers Cerra stable hand support as the rugged terrain of the Flint Hills wears away at her palms, arms, neck, and shoulders in the latter miles of the race.

See below for a look over Cerra’s ride.

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