by Nathan Heronen, Ambassador and member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team.
The 2015 Rim Nordic Enduro Race Series attracts a wide variety of racers from all different backgrounds. The sometimes technical, sometimes pedal-y, always fun stages drive riders to make some pretty specific choices on bike setup. Here is an inside look in to a few of the racers’ bikes at the Aug 15, 2015 race at the Rim Nordic Ski Area in Running Springs, CA.
The Path Bike Shop local Geoff Knight running a large Kona Process 111 29er with a Rockshox 140mm Revelation fork. Drivetrain is handled by a WolfTooth modified 1×10 Shimano drivetrain with a 28t ring and a custom inner chain guide. Wheels are Stans ZTR Flow wheels with meaty On One tires. Seatpost duties taken care of by a 150mm KS Supernatural dropper. Brakes are the always trusty Shimano XT. A modified seat bag attached with an Awesome Strap keeps the tools and spares for racing in place, and a water bottle is well secure by a Salsa stainless steel cage.
Jill Hamilton of Petal Power was rocking the Turner Czar with Rockshox Sid Fork and Fox Float rear shock. Wheels are the ever lusted after Enve Carbons wrapped in WTB Bronson TCS tires. Drivetrain is handled by SRAM 1×11 with a 28t front ring. Jill is also running a KS Lev dropper seatpost to coax out the enduro abilities of her XC rig.
The Path Bike Shop’s own Megan Welch on her generally stock 2015 Giant Trance SX. Tires are Maxxis 3C EXO High Roller II rear and WTB Vigilante TCS Light FR Front. Taking advantage of her travel adjustable fork, Megan ran some of the tighter stages in the lower 130mm travel position of her Rockshox Pike fork. Seatpost is a 125mm Rockshox Reverb with a SQ Labs ergonomic saddle. Her setup worked well as she took the win in the expert class, shooting the course blind.
The Path Bike Shop Factory Team Racer Dr. Thomas Rambacher runs a carbon Intense Carbine with a Cane Creek DB CS Air. Wheels are I9 Torch Enduro wheels with a rear Schwalbe Rock Razor SG and a front Magic Mary SS tire. Drivetrain is a Sram 1×11 With a 32t Absolute Black oval ring. Thomas also uses a trick Works Components 1 deg angle set to slack out the 160mm Pike Fork. Braking is handled by Shimano XTs with 180mm rotors.
David Turner of Turner Bikes racing his more trail oriented Medium Turner Czar with a 120mm Sid Fork. Cockpit has a shorter stem and 730mm bars, which are slightly wider than his typical XC race-oriented Czar. Wheels are DT Swiss hubs with ENVE 60 wheels wrapped in Schwalbe Nobby Nic Snakeskin Tires. Drivetrain is a SRAM 1×11 with a Absolute Black 30t oval chainring. Brakes are SRAM XO Elixirs with the new SRAM Centerline rotors for smooth quiet braking. Dave is one of the few running a regular seat post because his dropper wasn’t ready for his freshly built trail-oriented Czar.
The Path Bike Shop Ambassador and Racer Nathan Heronen ran a Santa Cruz Solo CC (5010). Wheels are Nextie 40mm carbon rims on Chris King hubs. Tires are Onza Lynx Rear and a WTB TCS Light FR front. Drivetrain is a 1×11 with a 30 WolfTooth ring and a Black Spire chain guide. Needing a little more room, stem is a 80mm with 760mm Gravity Light bars.
The Path Bike Shop and Fly Racing Pro rider Amy Rambacher was rocking a hot off the custom paint presses Intense Tracer T275. Fork is a two step RockShox Pike (soon to get a matching custom paint scheme) and rear shock is a Cane Creek DB Air. Wheels are are a stylish I9s with carbon rims. Tires are Schwalbe Rock Razor SG in the rear and the new Michelin Rockr in front. Drivetrain is powered by a 1×11 with Hope cranks with a 32t chainring. This bike was definitely turning some heads on race day with the awesome color coordination.
The Path Bike Shop Pro racer Chis Heinrich ran the much loved Santa Cruz Tallboy. Fresh off the Downieville race, this bike has a Bontrager XR3 rear tire and Schwalbe Racing Ralph front tire wrapped around some I9 wheels. Drive train is handled by a SRAM 1×11 Race Face Next SL cranks and a 34t chainring. Chris’ bike has a 120mm Fox Float fork and a RockShox Reverb dropper post to make it a formidable enduro racer.
Always the life of the enduro party, Gabe Zink ran his super special custom Foes Shaver with an Avalanche Modified Rockshox fork and Avalanche rear coil shock, both with high low and mid damping adjustments. His KS Lev dropper seatpost is actuated by a custom XT shifter lever direct mounted to his Shimano brake lever. Drivetrain is a tried and true Shimano 1×10 with a WolfTooth 38t chainring. Wheels are Stan's Flow on Hadley ceramic bearing hubs with Schwalbe Rock Razor SS rear and Maxxis Minion EXO 3C tire in front.