A quick look at the bike that Mark Weir – WTB rider and multiple Downieville enduro DH winner – was riding when he came to visit Singletrack Towers last month.
It’s always good to see the bikes of team riders, because they tend to be particular about different aspects of their machines and are constantly tweaking them to get them just how they like them. The same as the rest of us then, only they’re usually doing it with nicer components.
Here’s Mark’s main bike that he was off to France with to do a couple of Avalanche Cups. It’s a carbon Santa Cruz Nomad with brand new 10speed XTR, new Fox 36s and a smattering of WTB components. There’s also a Gravity Dropper post (with aftermarket cable entry mount) and a trick headset spacer, not to mention non-factory approved 1×10 setup.
Riding with Weir, you start to see how the niche of the 'endurance downhiller' has evolved. This guy can ride uphill and downhill with equal panache.
As happy to 'highpost it' as to whip down the descents.
Pretty trick spacers from Dirt Unity. Stepped spacers that allow a fair amount of adjustment in a small package, Cane Creek XIX tapered headset. And that's a £25 PRO stem there.
We'd just had delivery of some Mucky Nutz Bender Fender 2.0s in and Mark thought he'd give one a try. He seems to love it so far.
XTR Trail brakes and ziptied-on WTB grips
A good view of the XTR trail brake pads with their integral cooling fins.
What tyres for? A 2.2 Wolverine, run on a WTB Stryker tubeless rim with Stan's juice.
Shimano engineers take note. Mark's running new XTR cranks with a single 40T Saint ring and an MRP G2 chain device. (Old SPD pedals though Mark, what's up?)
Always a good one for the camera, Mark gives us his view on the Calderdale riding.
If you can't beat him on the hills, you can at least send him to bed with a Duvel. That helped slow him down a little the next day...