2015 Race Bike

Posted: January 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

Riding off road is hard on bike parts. As a single speed rider I generally have less headache vs. geared riders but parts still wear out. We make trades between cost, weight, and durability. If you train and race on the same bike it is often hard to be sure all the parts are in good shape for race day.

For 2015, I built myself a dedicated race bike.  The race bike is very similar to my training bike but in many cases I am using lighter and potentially less durable “race day” parts.

I ride around 5k miles of training per year on my main bike and occasionally parts fail due to wear and tear. On my main bike I tend to only really deal with issues when something breaks.  The “race bike” on the other hand will see only a small fraction of miles and get more regular maintenance.   On “race day” I want to have a bike that performs well and allow myself the luxury of running some lighter parts.

The training bike is pretty nice with a carbon fork, I9 wheels, race face cranks, tubeless tires, etc. For the race bike, I have an ENVE fork, Race Face carbon cranks, Magura MT-8 brakes, Ritchey Carbon Post, Carbon Saddle, I9 “Ultralight” wheels, and Racing Ralph tires. The other parts are basically the same. The weight differences in the individual parts are pretty small but it adds up to be about 2.25 pounds.

The training bike is 22.5 pounds while the race bike is 20.25 pounds.

Race Bike

2015 Team Kit!

Posted: January 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

The first order of 2015 Race Team Kits are here!

The gear is top quality, from Rouler Sportwear.  Michael Vandy VandenHeuvel from Rouler was a huge help at every stage of the process and worked with the great designs from Corey Fisher.  I could not be happier with the process and plan to order more as we grow the team.

It was 25 degrees today so I got to wear most of the bits of the kit.  I had bib tights, short sleeves, long sleeves, and nice heavy fleece jerseys that are almost like a light jacket.

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Roger’s bike is Lollipop Red and turned out really nice.  The “Lollipop Red” powder is done with a bright base layer and a translucent red candy type top coat for a layered effect.

The bike is built with a great package of components including Industry Nine wheels, ENVE Fork, Race Face Cranks, XT Brakes, and some other nice bits.

He is running Nobby Nic 2.35″ tires front and back.  The beefy tires should make this bike ride great in just about any conditions.

Roger's Bike

Translucent Copper

Posted: November 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Mike’s frame turned out nice with Translucent Copper P-5162S/USS-4482. The more I look at this finish the more I wish it was mine. There is a small upcharge for two stage powder coating to get this sort of effect but really it looks awesome. My camera is not very good so hopefully after the bike is built Mike can get some more photos.

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Construction photos:

# 18
Order 9/29
Frame XL-435
Color TRANSPARENT COPPER
P-5162S/USS-4482
Guides Brake only
Axle DT 142×12

New Decals

Posted: October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

I got some new decals made up.  My decals are done by a small shop in Raleigh.  We use 3M high performance vinyl. The decals are easy to apply and very durable plus they are available in a lot of colors.  We are using green for Bob’s bike.

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Riding Rigid

Posted: October 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

If you want to improve your mountain bike skills consider riding rigid.

The following photos show good and bad techniques for riding rigid.

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Tom on the black bike does a great job of keeping the front of the bike light and getting his weight back behind the saddle when he is landing.

My riding shows poor technique. I am thrown forward as I hit a root but through pure luck I managed to ride it out without crashing. It looks like it was a close call and I would have done much better if my weight was back on the landing.

The key is to keep your weight back and make sure you pay attention to the trail. When you get a hang of it a rigid bike is a lot of fun. Expecially on a single speed you get the direct feeling of power transfer when you pop out of the saddle and mash the pedals. The bike is light and handling is razor sharp compared to a suspension bike. The requirement to pay attention is actually a big part of the experience. If you have not tried rigid, make sure to add it to your mountain bike bucket list.

Pisgah Double Dare

Posted: October 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

Awesome Double Dare, Rigid 32/20 something like 110 miles of Pisgah spread over two days with John H.

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