Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Race Bike

2009 Giant XTC Advanced
FRAME:  Advanced-Grade Composite
FORK:  Fox F100 RL, 100mm travel
SHIFTERS:  Shimano XT Rapidfire
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano XT Shadow, top normal
BRAKES:  Avid Elixer R 160F/160R
BRAKE LEVERS:  Avid Elixer R
CASSETTE:  SRAM PG990 11/34, 9-speed
CRANKS:  Shimano XT, 22/32/44
BB:  Shimano XT, External
RIMS: Stan's ZTR Crest 26"
HUBS:  Stan's 3.30
SPOKES:  2.0/1.5 DT Revolution
TIRES:  Continental X-King Protection, 26x2.2 Folding
HANDLEBAR:  RaceFace NEXT Flatbar
SEATPOST:  Thompson Setback 30.9
SADDLE: Fizik Tundra with Carbon Braided Rails color Orange
GRIPS:  Ergon GX2 Leichtbau Carbon color white
PEDALS:  Crank Brothers EggBeater SL

Not sure the exact weight, but it's somewhere between 22 and 23 lbs with pedals.  Some of my favorite components are the Fizik Tundra saddle, Ergon GX2 grips, Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset, and Continetal X-King Protection tires.  The Fizik Tundra is the most comfortable saddle I've found so far.  Long hours in this saddle is no problem at all.  And it's bright orange!  Added bonus!  Orange highlights on the site, orange saddle, my teams color is orange so the team kit is orange... yeah, there's a bit of color scheme going on here.  The Ergon GX2 grips also makes the long rides a lot more comfortable.  They are awfully stylish in color white.  Yes, they are a bit of a pain to keep clean, but totally worth it!  No matter what Ergon grips you choose, they are a must for any endurance racer.  I'm a bit of a fan boy for the Topeak Ergon Racing Team.  Dave Wiens, Jeff Kerkove, and Sonya Looney are all awesome endurance racers!  Jeff Kerkove's blog was an inspiration for me to start my own.  The Stan's ZTR Crest Wheelset matched with Continetal X-King Protection tires have shed pounds off the bike.  Although light, the wheelset is super stiff!  Can really feel it when I get out of the saddle.  The X-King Protections are a light tubeless ready tire, but the sidewalls are tough enough to run at crazy low psi!  The rolling resistance on them is awesome to without sacrificing any grip.  It's not the sub 20 lbs race machines the pros have, but without any sponsorship help (yet) it's what I have to work with.  No worries though since my 'Porsche' (that's right, I call it my 'Porsche') still can get the job done!