Kona 2017: Joe Gambles' Quintana Roo PRSix
article & images by Nick Salazar
Sep 30, 2017  hits 22,739


It's a brisk day in Louisville, Colorado when I meet multiple Ironman Champion Joe Gambles at a quaint little bakery for his mid-ride snack. Joe is just two weeks out from another turn in Kona, where he is aiming for a top 10 finish. The four-time Boulder 70.3 winner is as cool a customer as they come. You'd never imagine he is less than fourteen days away from the biggest race of the year. But that's his usual attitude - casual and calm. The Australian-born athlete orders a small quiche and a coffee, ensuring it's vegetarian-friendly. Gambles is a lifelong vegetarian, and we bond over that little fact (I've been vegetarian, and nearly vegan, for about two years, and completely love it). Yes, vegetarians get enough protein, and no, we don't have to do anything special to get it. Plants have protein! Ironically, the greater risk is in being iron-deficient, but Ironman Gambles proves this is no barrier to superlative athletic performance. (Hint: eat green leafy vegetables like Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, etc. - plenty of iron)

I'm up to shoot some photos of Joe's new bike, the Quintana Roo PRSix. We previously did an in-depth review of the PRSix, noting what a good option it is, as a straightforward aero rig in today's ever-more-complicated landscape of integrated framesets. Gambles' bike is spec'ed out pretty simply: Shimano gearing, TriRig brakes, PRO bar, and a few cages tucked well out of the wind. Joe has always been willing to listen to good advice regarding improving his equipment and position, and it shows. This bike is locked and loaded for race day, with the exception of course of the wheels, which were just trainers for today's ride.

Check out the full gallery below for lots more details on his rig. Thanks for reading, and good luck Joe!


  • Joe Gambles is all smiles and ready to race.
  • Joe Gambles is all smiles and ready to race.
  • Joe Gambles is all smiles and ready to race.
  • Joe Gambles is all smiles and ready to race.
  • The PRSix of Joe Gambles
  • The PRSix of Joe Gambles
  • Joe's front end: PRO bars, XLAB hydration, 51 Speedshop Cups.
  • Joe's front end: PRO bars, XLAB hydration, 51 Speedshop Cups
  • Joe's front end: PRO bars, XLAB hydration, 51 Speedshop Cups
  • Joe's front end: PRO bars, XLAB hydration, 51 Speedshop Cups
  • ISM seat, XLAB rear cage.
  • ISM seat, XLAB rear cage.
  • Joe has been riding the Omega X brakes all year, and had very kind things to say about them.
  • The Omega X keeps Joe's front end nice and clean.
  • Joe says the Omega X 'feels like a road brake.'
  • Joe has been riding the Omega X brakes all year, and had very kind things to say about them.
  • The PRSix now features centerpull cable routing to keep the housing out of the wind.
  • The PRSix SHIFT frame attempts to divert wind to the non-drive side.
  • The PRSix SHIFT frame attempts to divert wind to the non-drive side.
  • Shimano Di2 8170 for Joe.
  • Shimano Di2 8170 for Joe.
  • Shimano Di2 8170 for Joe, plus CeramicSpeed bearings and OPWS.
  • CeramicSpeed OPWS.
  • Joe's PRSix rig.
  • Wedge-style seatpost clamp.
  • The MASSIVE non-drive chainstay.
  • CeramicSpeed bottom bracket.
  • 55t in the big ring for Joe. And 42t in the small ring!
  • 11-28 rear cassette.
  • Nice big storage pack on the PRSix.

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