A bit geeky I know, but I thought I’d tell you all about my bike for the 2010 season. I was riding a specialized epic, and loved it, but for british racing the suspension isnt really needed, and I found myself dragging around 2kgs extra for no reason. I changed the frame and fork to a Scott Scale and Rock Shox SIDThe Crank Brothers wheels had to stay though, as so far, I havent found any wheels that can match them for stiffness and I’ve ridden a fair few expensive wheelsets!
The 1×9 gearing has been in use for almost a year now and I cant say I’d go back to a triple. I would be interested in trying out a double, so I may get around to doing that if I can find a front mech somewhere. My current gear ratio is 36 x (11-34) and after trying 34t and 37t chainrings, I think its perfect. the last time I ran a 34t chainring was at Snowmass for the Colorado State Champs, and that was certainly needed. Until I head back to CO, the 36t is staying.
Still undecided about tyres; I havent found anything which can beat the Maxxis Crossmarks at the moment, but I’ve been tempted by the Conti race kings and the Maxxis Aspen. Maybe I’ll try them and see how I get along.