|The roll out through Hayward is a sight to be hold|
I haven’t written too much lately about my bike tech or setup but thought I would take a little time to go over my Chequamegon ride and my F-si hardtail. For those not familiar this race is more of a road race on mountain bikes than it is a single track shred session so the race often sees some unique setups. While most of the year I chose my Cannondale Scalpel dual suspension bike as my race rig I had been putting in some good training miles on the new F-si hardtail and was waiting for the chance to race it. While the components, carbon layups, and tech on this bike are all top notch it is really set apart by its unique geometry.
|XC Race weapon|
Short head tube (important for us shorter riders)
Super short chainstays
Slack head tube angle (for an XC bike) and
Large fork offset
I won’t go over the exact numbers here but if you do some digging on the interwebs you can see that this combination is something really unique by Cannondale for this model and represents what I believe is the future in mountain bike geometry. After riding the bike for a year I can see why this is a winning combination. The acceleration is super snappy but what sets it apart is the ride stability on the rough trail or downhills. In some cases it feels even more stable than my full suspension.
It adds up to a perfect weapon for Chequamegon.
I put a good amount of thought and time into my setup, especially for an important race like Chequamegon. The week prior to the race everything is cleaned, assembled, ridden, and re checked multiple times. Tire pressures are dialed down to the 0.5 psi. Bolts are torqued to the N-m.
These are the nitty gritty details of my build:
Frame: Cannondale F-si Hi Mod size medium
Fork: Lefty 2.0. 85 psi.
Drivetrain: SRAM XX1
Crankset: Cannondale Hollogram Si XX1
Chainring: SRAM XX1 36t
Rim: NOX Composites- Skyline 29
Hubs: DT Swiss 240 rear, Lefty Front
Spokes: DT Swiss Revolution. 32 count, 3 cross
Rear Skewer: DT Swiss RWS
Brakes: SRAM XX1
Rotors: SRAM HSX- 160mm F&R. Ti bolts all ‘round
Bars: Truvativ Noir T40. 680mm width.
Seatpost: Zipp Service Course SL carbon
Saddle: Fizik Tundra- carbon rails
Grips: ESI racer’s edge. Right side cut to ½ length for grip shift.
Stem: Cannondale OPI 100mm, -17 deg. No spacers.
Pedals: Shimano XTR
Rear Tire: Schwalbe Thunder Burt 29x2.25- Snakeskin (18.0 psi)
Front Tire: Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29x2.25- Liteskin (16.5 psi)
Bottle cage (1): King Cage stainless
Bike weight as pictured: 19.20 lbs
Rider height: 5’-7”
Rider weight: 133 lbs
|Leading the pack up Firetower Hillclimb|
|Tucking in behind Jordan for a nice draft|