Bike Profile: Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige

Yara Kastelijn's Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine

In recent years, Stevens Super Prestiges have been a regular in our collection of bike profiles.

Mathieu van der Poel and Sanne Cant both rode the bike in the fall of 2017 and then Wout van Aert picked up the company as a sponsor during his Fall 2018 of turmoil. We also saw Cant’s bike again at Superprestige Gavere in the Fall of 2018.

Van der Poel has moved on to the Canyon Inflite and Van Aert the Bianchi Zolder Pro, and since Cant opted to skip the U.S. World Cups, this season, we have only espied the bike from the German company underneath Gianni Vermeersch.

Another team currently riding the Stevens Super Prestige is the 777 outfit that boasts World Cup overall winner Annemarie Worst, European Champion Yara Kastelijn and Alice Maria Arzuffi as team members.

We got the chance to check out Kastelijn’s Super Prestige a bit earlier this season (note the leaves on the ground) for a pre-Worlds bike profile.

[caption id="attachment_146189" align="aligncenter" width="1140"]Yara Kastelijn's Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine[/caption]

Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige

Not to be confused with the Colnago Prestige and similar to the Bianchi Zolder, the Super Prestige pays homage to the long-running series of Belgian races. (I, for one, eagerly await a French company to release the Nommay Pays de Monbeliard model. Just sayin’.)

Stevens is based in Hamburg, and the Super Prestige is the company’s flagship carbon cyclocross bike. The high-modulus carbon frame is light, with a claimed weight of 1,000g. The fork has a bit of a boxy design and it bends forward at the bottom to help provide the 45mm of fork rake.

[caption id="attachment_146193" align="aligncenter" width="1258"]The fork on the Super Prestige has a bit of a boxy appearance. Yara Kastelijn's Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine The fork on the Super Prestige has a bit of a boxy appearance. Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine[/caption]

One notable aspect of Kastelijn’s bike is her drivetrain. We have seen a million Shimano-sponsored Euro bikes running Dura-Ace doubles—or in the case of Eli Iserbyt, the rare Dura-Ace 1x—but Kastelijn is the first rider we have seen follow the North American trend of running the Ultegra RX clutch rear derailleur.

It is unclear if the decision is based on a conscious decision to run the clutch derailleur as much as it is that Stevens specs the stock Super Prestige with a Di2 Ultegra RX drivetrain.

[caption id="attachment_146184" align="aligncenter" width="1140"]Kastelijn is the first Euro we have seen run the Shimano Ultegra RX805 clutch rear derailleur. Yara Kastelijn's Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine Kastelijn is the first Euro we have seen run the Shimano Ultegra RX805 clutch rear derailleur. Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine[/caption]

The 777 squad counts Easton as a sponsor, and she ran an EC90 SL crankset with 46/39 WickWerks rings designed for the Easton crank. Her front derailleur was a Shimano Ultegra R8050 Di2 model.

[caption id="attachment_146192" align="aligncenter" width="1140"]Kastelijn ran special WickWerkx 46/39t chain rings designed for her Easton EC90 SL crankset. Yara Kastelijn's Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine Kastelijn ran special WickWerkx 46/39t chain rings designed for her Easton EC90 SL crankset. Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine[/caption]

Easton also provided Kastelijn’s cockpit. She ran a carbon EC90 SL handlebar held by an alloy EA90 stem.

[caption id="attachment_146186" align="aligncenter" width="1140"]Kastelijn's team is sponsored by Easton, and she ran an EC90 SLX carbon handlebar. Yara Kastelijn's Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine Kastelijn’s team is sponsored by Easton, and she ran an EC90 SLX carbon handlebar. Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine[/caption]

In the rear, a zero setback EC90 SL ISA carbon seatpost held her Fizik saddle. Shimano XTR M9100 SPD pedals rounded out her contact points.

[caption id="attachment_146183" align="aligncenter" width="1140"]Kastelijn held her Fizik saddle with an Easton EC90 SL zero-setback seatpost. Yara Kastelijn's Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine Kastelijn held her Fizik saddle with an Easton EC90 SL zero-setback seatpost. Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine[/caption]

Kastelijn’s wheels were DT Swiss CRC 1100 Spline 38T carbon tubulars that held 700c x 33mm A Dugast Rhino mud tubulars.

[caption id="attachment_146194" align="aligncenter" width="1140"]Kastelijn had A Dugast Rhino tubulars mounted when we saw her bike. Yara Kastelijn's Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine Kastelijn had A Dugast Rhino tubulars mounted when we saw her bike. Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine[/caption]

Kastelijn’s Super Prestige will be in action again this weekend in Saturday’s Elite Women’s World Championships, where she joins a number of other Dutch riders with podium aspirations in Switzerland.

For a closer look at her bike, see the photo gallery and specs below.

Photo Gallery: Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige

Yara Kastelijn's Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine

Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige Cyclocross Bike. © E. Haumesser / Cyclocross Magazine

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Bike Profile: Yara Kastelijn’s Stevens Super Prestige