Why ditch all but one gear on your sweet modern carbon hardtail? So that you can go play bikes at Singlespeed Worlds is why! This year #sswc is one state south from me, and whereas I had originally thought I would have to miss it due to other commitments, that became a clearly unacceptable excuse. Add to that a fairly pristine 2019 Honzo CR begging to have its chain stretched and the prospect of a full day of riding on new singletrack with a bunch of friends in the mountains of central Oregon, and it just had to happen.

I’m not sure this bike has anywhere near the panache of other steeds showing up for this weekend’s shenanigans, but it’s my first singlespeed MTB and I think it’s plenty good.

The build is the Factory Endurance Team-Issue spec with MRP suspension, WTB wheels, tires and saddles, Shimano drivetrain, Pro Components and FSA cockpit, and Blackburn accessories.

Frame Size Large, MRP Ribbon 120mm fork, Shimano XTR M9020 drivetrain (w/ Chris King rear cog), XTR M9000 brakes and pedals, WTB Ci24 wheels laced to XT hubs, WTB 2.4 Trailboss/Riddler front/rear tires, WTB Silverado saddle, Pro Components cockpit, and accessories from Blackburn.

Weight? I don’t own a scale. But who cares, it’s a speedy-feeling little bike with absolutely ZERO rattles or clanks! And most importantly, it has only 1 gear, 53 teeth total. I’m looking forward to a sufferfest at 30-140rpm!!

For more on this setup and this weekend’s singlespeed shenanigans, follow @slaxsonmtb