I am more excited about my bikes this year than ever before. Thanks to the support of all my sponsors I have been able to custom build the raddest, lightest, and rowdiest bikes I’ve ever owned. I have been getting a lot of messages about my set-ups over past few weeks, so I thought I should put together some proper bike checks to highlight these weapons I’ve been riding everyday.
Frame: 2014 Kona Operator Carbon, Size Medium with custom Straya’ Pride decals I cut for myself.
Suspension: Rock Shox Boxxer World Cup and Rock Shox Vivid Air R2C
Wheels: Spank Bikes Spike Race 28 front and rear.
CockPit: Race Face Sixc Carbon Bar with 1/2″ rise and 31″ (785mm) width. Race Face Atlas DM Stem and Race Face Half Nelson grips.
Drivetrain: Race Face Sixc Carbon Cranks with 36T Wide/Narrow chain ring and Sram X9 Type II rear derailleur. 10 Speed cassette minus the top 3 rings. Race Face Atlas pedals.
Seat/Post: Race Face Sixc Carbon I-Beam post and Atlas I-Beam saddle.
Tires/Brakes: Maxxis Highroller II 2.4 on both wheels and Avid Code R brakes (200mm rotor front and 180mm rotor rear).
Weight: 34 Pounds
Frame: 2014 Kona Process 153 DL Size Medium
Suspension: Rock Shox Pike RCT3 Solo Air and Rock Shox Monarch RC3 Plus
Wheels: Spank Bikes Spike Enduro 28 (27.5″)
Cockpit: Race Face Sixc Carbon 35 Bar with 20mm rise and 785mm width. Race Face Atlas 35 stem and Race Face Half Nelson grips.
Drivetrain: Race Face Next SL Cranks with 30T Direct Mount Wide/Narrow chain ring and Sram XO Type II rear derailleur. 10 Speed cassette with a 40T OneUp top cog. Race Face Atlas Flat Pedals.
Seat/Post: Rock Shox Reverb Post with 125mm travel and the stock Kona saddle that happens to match my bum so comfortably I don’t even need to wear a shammy.
Tires/Brakes: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.3 EXO Front and Maxxis High Roller II 2.4 EXO Rear. Shimano Xt Brakes with 203mm front rotor and 180mm rear rotor.
Weight: 28 Pounds
Frame: 2009 Kona Lacondeguy/Shonky Frame size Long
Suspension: Rock Shox Argyle RCT Solo Air 100mm
Wheels: Spank Bikes Subrosa 30
CockPit: Race Face Atlas 35mm bar with 35mm rise and 785mm width. Race Face Atlas 35 Stem with Race Face Chester Grips.
Drivetrain: Race Face Atlas Cranks with 32T Wide/Narrow chain ring. Single speed with 13T rear cog. Kona Wah Wah Pedals.
Tires/Brakes: Kenda Small Block 8 (2.3 front/ 2.1 rear) and an old Shimano Saint with 160mm rotor.
Weight: 25 Pounds
Personal Set Up Tricks Between all 3 bikes: My suspension has firmer compression tunes for the high speeds and big airs in Kamloops. I have a lot of confidence in the Wide/Narrow chain rings so I am not running chain guides. I file thumb ruts into my grips so I don’t have to squeeze as hard to hang on.
Thanks to Kona, Race Face, Spank Bikes, Rock Shox and the Bicycle Cafe Kamloops for helping dial these bikes in, and also to Bell Bike Helmets and Dissent Labs for the additional support!