Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leadville Race Bike Details

Here is the bike I intend to ride at the Leadville Trail 100 MTB Race:

The particulars:
  • Santa Cruz Highball carbon frame in size XL, matte finish
  • Fox 120mm front suspension fork
  • Edge Composites wheelset, Chris King hubs, hand built by The Bicycle Lab
  • Shimano XT brakes
  • SRAM 11-36 cassette, X0 front and rear derailleurs, X0/Quarq power meter crankset
  • X0 shifters
  • Thomson Masterpiece setback seat post
  • WTB Rocket V saddle
  • FSA 110mm/6* rise stem
  • FSA XC carbon handlebar
  • Ergon GP-1 large grips
  • Crank Brothers Eggbeater 2Ti pedals
  • Epic Ride Research Feed Bag
  • Backcountry Research AwesomeStrap and Tulbag
This is the bike shown in the foreground, and is a brand new build.  Most of it was done with spare parts I had for the bike in the background, my original Highball.  That bike is similar, but has a 1x10 drivetrain.  I decided for Leadville I really needed a 2x10 drivetrain for lower low gears and higher high gears (since I'll be climbing and descending much larger hills than I generally ride in NC).  I also decided having a complete back-up bike would be a better idea than just spare parts.

 This bike is incredibly efficient, yet comfortable, while still descending very well.  It should be a great bike for an all day epic adventure.  I look forward to finding out just how good this bike is and where it can take me!

(And don't forget, it's not too late to donate to my cause!)

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