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  • #258048

    Singletracks readers, we want to see what you’re riding! We are starting a series, which we’ll be picking out a bike to share with other everyone on the site and on our social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.) If it has a story, is a piece of MTB history, has been through a painstaking color and component matching process, or you think it’s a rad bike worthy of sharing, we’d love to see, and is something we’ll plan on sharing on a monthly basis. We’d like to start by readers posting ONE shot of the bike (photographed clearly), and a paragraph of two about why the bike is interesting. From here, we’ll contact you if your bike is chosen for the feature, so check your messages on your Singletracks account! After that, we’ll follow up with you for more photos, and details on the bike. We’re stoked to see what everyone is riding, so let ‘er rip!

  • #258058

    My 2017 Orange Crush. Probably the only Orange bike in Tennessee. Long, slack, aluminum hardtail made for getting rowdy. The picture isn’t quite up to date; now it has Stan’s Flow mk3 wheels, Deity CZ38 handlebars, WTB Vigilante tires front and back, (27.5 x 2.5, tough, high grip) and a 170mm travel Oneup dropper post. It’s more fun than any other bike I’ve ever ridden and has been rock solid on every ride, from xc to the occasional trip to the Windrock Bike Park. It’s very composed on steep and loose terrain, and corners like a dream. I think that the frame is one of the nicest blues I’ve ever seen on a bike, and it looks amazing with the orange accents. It’s been a year and a half since I got it and I still get excited to ride it. It’s battle-scarred, it’s a little heavy on the climbs, and it rattles my bones a bit on the descents, but it’s still kicking after all the crap I’ve put it through, and it has greatly increased my average smiles-per-mile rating.

    I don’t think I’ve had any other bike that my skills have progressed on as much as this one. I’ve learned a lot about riding smoothly, a necessity with the rigid rear end, and I’ve ridden more trails that I would have been absolutely petrified on two years ago. It’s amazing how much better each ride is when you’re riding the right bike for you.

  • #258211

    BIKE CHECK: check, check check the mike, Boy!

    My bike check will be my back-up hardtail, the 2006 ironhorse maverick team. This poor bike has been through more upgrades and changes, all while carting my ass all over creation on a number of rides: commuter machine to get me to work, eliminating the need and security risk of running my expensive trail bike, enduro bike for days when i don’t wish to take my number 1, for reasons of weather, terrain, or too much climbing…

    All around fun machine for bike path days with wife and son… The list goes on. This beast has been through 4 sets of tires, a chain, brake and drive cables, grips and 3 bars, climbing bars(remember those?) and a couple saddles or 4. This thing is still going strong. Not bad for a 13 year old bike that cost me $347 online with free shipping. HAH! There you go, toots.2006 Iron horse maverick team

     

  • #258319

    As a contributing writer for Singletracks, it may put me out of the running for having a reader bike.

     

    This is my 2019 Salsa Fargo, fully kitted out for bikepacking.

     

    This has Force 1, Cane Creek EEWings titanium cranks, Hope RX4 brakes, WTB KOM light rims built to a SON Dynamo hub and a project 321 rear hub, Xpedo Ti M Force Pedals, Redshift suspension stem, a Thomson dropper wired to the left shifter, and a Gilles Berthoud saddle. It also has custom bags from the Spindle in Atlanta.

     

    This is the bike I’ve ridden CFITT and Tally Tango on. I also plan to do TNGA with it using a Fox 34 Stepcast fork.

  • #258323

    In 2018, I decided to buy a new bike to celebrate my 25th anniversary of riding MTB.  After an exhaustive search I decided to go with the Santa Cruz Chameleon.  Buying a hardtail was a tribute to my beginnings as a rider in the 90s but the LLS geo, plus tires and dropper brought me into a modern setup.  It was a perfect match.

    I have never been an aggressive rider but this bike has surprisingly pushed my limits.  At 37 years old, I’m now learning how to drop and jump in ways I have never attempted.  And on a hardtail! This is also the first time where I have become obsessed with color matching.  Green and purple is pure sexy!  Purple grips, pedals, cable housing, seat post clamp, and rotor.  After getting into it I decided to start throwing some gold into the mix because why the heck not!  Currently waiting on carbon wheels to arrive (with gold nipples).

    This obsession has definitely gone over the top, but hey, what better way to celebrate 25 years of pure joy.

  • #258378

    2018 Calibre Bossnut Evo

    Love this bike. I’ve only upgraded the pedals.

  • #258384

    My main bike. Picture taken at Graham Swamp, between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

     

  • #258388

     

    My XL Scott Genius 900 Ultimate with:

    Fox 36 / 160 Kashima FIT 4 w/TwinLock

    DMR Vault Lacon Pedals – These pedals get all the love when a new rider pulls up to chat!

    Eagle XX1

    (Not Pictued, Magura MT7 Brakes w/203 rotors)

    WTB Volt Saddle and Wahoo Bolt.

    Bars are 800mm Syncros 35mm

    Rollin on the Schwalbe Nobby Nic 29’s.  –

    Custom Black Oil Slick Scott Decals. (more photos in Bio)

    This bike is awesome because I ride it. I ride it every week, sometimes 2-3 times per week, 40-50 miles. But as many here will talk about the components and why their bike is the quiver killer, I believe the bike is only part of the equation. Nothing on earth can give you the experience of hanging with your buddies, shredding the gnar, dropping into a new trail run or poppin’ a cold beer discussing Strava segments after a hard ride. These rolling foothills are just a 3 minute ride from my front door and with some of the best trails, canyons and drops within a few hundred miles, my fellow riders and I are so spoiled to have this much beauty and space to ride within arms reach. And my LBS are all riders so before the shop opens or when they close down the shop for the evening, they are out here pedaling with everyone, having a great time. We get to meet many riders that have driven hours to ride here. Not to mention a ton of motocross and super cross pros that come here and shoot sick jump shots all day long. Having the open space to ride freely for hours on end, with your buddies that challenge you to be a better rider and have fun doing it, on a bike that fits not only your body but your style and 90% of the terrain you will be riding….that my fellow riders is the trifecta. The Holy Trinity. Its this combination that makes us a mountain bike rider. Thanks to Singletracks for keeping us informed, engaged and envying the new gear whenever something awesome is released. Keep the Singletracks podcasts coming!

     

  • #258393

    My favorite bike along with my favorite sign.

    Hey Singletracks, I’m a life long rider who just turned 57 (yikes) a week ago and though I’m getting older I’m still progressing in my skills. I’m riding harder, stronger, faster and ever more technical trails than at any time in my life and this is the bike that takes me there. A Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon 29er. I’ve made some upgrades to the bike that make it one Rad Ride, just checkout the spec’s.

    This bike has taken me all over California to ride from “Demo” to Downieville, Skeggs to Mr Toads, North Star to Mt Wilson in SoCal., and places in between.

    I grew up drinking and doing drugs, but in my late twenties I turned my life around, quit a that stupidity, married the most incredible woman and started a family. Life is fantastic, I’m truly livin’ the dream! So now my drug of choice is Mountain Biking. I get a joy out of riding that is unmatched by any other activity in my life, I’m addicted (in a good way). Ha!

    Peace

    Jeff “Banzai” Brooks

    Livermore, Ca.

     

    Specialized Expert Carbon 29er

    Specidfications:

    Color: Black over white with orange pinstripe.

    Frame type: Carbon, size large.

    Fork: Fox Factory 36 TALAS with Kashima coating

    Shock: Fox Factory X2 with Kashima coating

    SRAM: Eagle 1×12

    Chain guide/bashring: Truvativ

    Brakes: Shimano Saint with Icetech rotors

    Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb Stealth with Wolftooth remote.

    Cranks: Raceface Turbines

    Bars: Santa Cruz carbon 800mm

    Stem: Raceface 50mm

    Pedals: Shimano XT caged clipless

    Saddle: Specialized BG

    Wheels: Bontager (prototype) carbon 29er

    Tires: Schwalbe Hans Dampf

    SWAT: mini tool & chain breaker

  • #258405

    2018 S-Works Stumpjumper 29er, Industry Nine Torch hubs and Enduro 310 Carbon rums, Hopetech Tech 3 E4 brakes, Hopetech 200/180 mm floating rotors, Bike Yokes Revive 160mm dropper post, Deity Blade Runner pedals, Specialized Phenom Anza saddle. Drivetrain and suspension is stock… SRAM XX1 cranks and tear deraileur, Ohlins RXF36 fork (which I LOVE), Ohlins STX shock. I think it’s very pleasing to look at, but more importantly very fun to ride. Probably unique because not many people go through the hassle to upgrade a bike that only comes complete, but  picky about what I like.

  • #258416

    This is my 2017 Norco Sight C9. My whole life I had ridden mtbs or 26ers and this is my first modern bike with big wheels.
    I am a chronic disease fighter who saw life almost slip by in 2017, this bike has literally saved my life… through MTB I found ways to recover my mental stability, get my body in motion and fight back to those things that will never change. Enough about me though and let’s get to it… Why is this bike special?

    There are quite a few neat things about this bike. Here are a few:

    • This bike used to belong to the one and only, berm slasher Bryn Atkinson. Bryn and I got in contact through a bike selling forum and he was super kind and understanding of my situation. I got this bike for a steal… like… literally a symbolic amount!
    • When I went to buy the bike he has not available to come to meet us so instead we met with Jill Kitner who happens to be an amazing person!
    • Some parts of this bike are quite unique for example: The serial code on the fork will say this is a “black fox 36” – this is one of those forks of the wave when orange was exclusive to pro riders and Fox did not have a serial modifier for Orange versions
    • The rear shock has the inscription: “Kitner” engraved on it. According to my mechanic (who is a suspension guru in the PNW) Fox does that to shocks specifically tuned for their sponsored riders
    • The bike is mounted on full Shimano parts but I have added some personal tweaks and customizations that make it special to me including a Wolfcage extender to run a 49T rear cog (this helps me in climbs since I have a fused rib cage)

    Hope you guys like the build. I will be happy to share more (:

    Cheers!

  • #258428

    Here’s my 2018 Scott Contessa Spark 910 – the same bike Sonya Looney raced last year!

    This bike has taken my to amazing places and helped me achieve big goals. It has raced and ridden in Texas, North Dakota, New Mexico, Arkansas, and this June will be headed to Mexico to train in the Carmen Mountains for my 2nd attempt at a 100-miler at the High Cascades 100 in Bend, OR in July.

    I race Cat 2 XC events, XTERRA triathlons, and endurance events and this bike has been like a friend to me. Comfortable, loyal (even though I wrecked her on my first ride and bent the derailleur hanger!) She’s comfortable, reliable, and always up for adventures!

    This bike is my tool for empowerment as well. I currently mentor for Little Bellas, a young girls’ program that teaches confidence through mountain biking, and lead rides for Ride Like a Girl, a women’s-only program of our local IMBA chapter that gives women of all skill levels a safe and welcoming place to grow in the sport. I even have a “Ride Like a Girl” decal on the side that my Bellas think is soooo coool (which is great, because it’s hard to get kids to think you’re cool!)

    I’ve added pink ODI grips, DIRT Components Rough Country 29er wheels with pink I9 hubs and pink spokes (and sparkly pink decals, ‘natch.), and pink ISSI pedals to make it just loud enough for its presence to be known. It’s definitely the one thing I’d save in a house fire! Love my bike!

     

  • #258484

    This was my first full squisher. It’s a 2015 Motobecane Fantom Pro 6by6. This pic is not the latest iteration, but mostly how it still looks. Since this pic, I added a Chromag Fubar 780mm with Ergon grips. I’m still rockin’ a wide geared 10spd cassette by Sunrace (11-40), Shimano SLX shifter and brakes. RS Revelation fork and Monarch shock. RS Reverb dropper with WTB Volt saddle and Wolftooth B-Rad dual bottle adaptor. I recently added a strap for spare tube/CO2 cartridge/tire lever, 203mm front rotor and a Maxxis Minion DHF. Great bike and it has handled EVERYTHING I threw at it.

  • #258488

    My older Specialized Epic Expert Carbon from 2011, bought it gently used from a former racer. Light and quick. 

  • #258512

    2019 Evil “the Offering”

    After 5 years of riding my XC bike with 100mm travel (front & rear) I was looking to upgrade to a more capable bike.  As much as I wanted to have more travel to shred downhills, as someone that takes pride in climbing I didn’t want to compromise too much on the climbs.  What really intrigued me about some of the new bikes is the modern geometry with fairly slack HTA and steeper STA.  With the GX package the Offering checked virtually all the boxes.  Ride-wise I have not been disappointed.  This bike climbs very well but it’s when you point it downhill that it really shines.  It rides like a bike with more than 140mm of travel.  But what really stands out is its playfulness.  Can’t wait for spring so I can really test the limits of this baby!

  • #258532

    Totally stock 2018 Diamondback Release 5C. Ridden hard for 8 months now and not a problem! Pictured here above Salida Colorado right after Christmas.

  • #258581

    This is my 2014 Merida Big Nine. I owned it for a few years as a commuter, but decided to give trail riding a go early in 2018. I use this beast as a daily driver on local trails, since it seems capable of taking a serious beating. What makes this bike special is that it’s not pretty, carbon, expensive, or top shelf. It’s a solid workhorse of a marathon-oriented hardtail. Weighs approximately 15kg with all the aftermarket parts. I’m not out for podiums, or to count grams. XC courses in Wellington (NZ) can be pretty gnarly, with sharp rocks, steep descents, and thick mud, making the old girl perfect for the odd race.

    Since picking her up, she’s gotten a few upgrades or tweaks. I’ve specced a dropper to save me on long chunky descents. 780mm Specialized bars (100mm more than stock) with a 60mm stem flipped to -8 degrees, to keep weight relatively forward. Deity Grips (nice and tacky.) The brakes have been upgraded to Shimano Deore from Tektro. Since I’m pretty casual, I’m using GR500 flat pedals, which provide a solid platform. Some things, like the drivetrain (3×9 Shimano) and the 20mm rim width wheel set, are stock. The rear tyre is a Merida Race 2.1 tyre, as per stock. I’ve found them to be tough at low pressures and pretty fast rolling. I’m also not able to spend big on high end rubber. However, on the front I have a WTB Ranger. Good sized cornering knob rows, excellent mud clearing (essential), and good tacky rubber.  Very versatile as a front tyre. This bike isn’t your top end Yeti SB100. She’s been crashed multiple times, slogged through swamps, dragged through countless rivers, plus shaken half apart over fist sized gravel. A real survivor.</p>

  • #258595

    2011 Tallboy One

    With over 5,000 Colorado miles on her, she deserved a make over. New bearings, bushings, saddle, and new paint… matte pale sage. What makes her special is quick 70.5 degree headtube handling with a 120mm fork, very stiff roval control carbon wheels, a stiff 10mm rear axle, and fresh brake and shift tune. Going on year eight the fit is perfectly dialed and the ride is sublime.

  • #258656

    My dream bike – 2018 Tallboy

    CC Carbon, Factory front and rear, XX1 Eagle, i9 Torch hubs.  I installed Invisiframe on frame and forks….and it only took 8 IPAs.

  • #258795

    Well here it is!!! All new for 1998, the KONA Hahanna, It was around &400.00 brand new, rode the crap out of it for 10 plus years, then got out of the bike kick for a while, I moved to the shore. The I decided to rebuild it into a KONA/AUDI beast of the east bike, painted to match my Audi color scheme!!! Put a lot of ching into it. Rides great except for that stupid back brake and cheap front shock. This bike is older that most of the readers here!!!

    I actually attempted to enter a downhill race at Thunder Mountain in Mass, Got kicked off the course, they said I will kill myself!!  Oh well!! The smaller pic is the before one!!

  • #258889

    Here’s my Ellsworth Absolute Truth at last years Brutal loop at Mulberry  Gap. I love this bike, the red frame with carbon weave looks like artwork. I gave it the reverse mullet treatment with a Fox 34 140mm then had to match it with the factory Transfer post. Full XT with Race Face & ENVE/DT240’s, what’s not to like?

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