Going into TSE at MACH4

Fact: I have never done a stage race.

Fact: I have never ridden in PA.

Fact: This is going to be awesome!!

As I get ready to leave (literally, like in less than 8 hours) for the Translyvania Epic MTB Stage race I am filled with excitement and a little bit of nerves, but most importantly I am 100% confident that my Pivot Mach 4 is dialed and ready to tackle whatever PA throws at us. Here is a more in-depth breakdown of my bike build for this week:

THE CHASSIS

Pivot Mach 4 – size small with 115 mm of travel in the rear

Fox 32 Float Stepcast – 100 mm travel

ROLLING BITS

Spēd Precision Sparth XC 27.5 – These wheels are lightweight, bomb-proof, and incredibly responsive; all things that I will be needing this week!

Kenda Tire Honey Badger XC Pro – The terrain is basically binary. You have crazy gnarly rock climbs, descents, flats and then more tame double track/ gravel connector trails. The Honey Badger don’t give a *insert appropriate noun* and will give me both traction in the tech and minimal rolling resistance on the smooth!

Orange Seal Regular Tubeless Tire Sealant – I am going to be tired. I am going to hit things. Probably sharp pointy rock things. BUT Orange Seal has my back and luckily I won’t have to worry about flats and can focus on riding.

DRIVETRAIN

Shimano XTR Di2 – Not only is it smooth but also I love the little *bzz bzz* noise when I shift.

Shimano XT 32t Chain Ring – Easy spinning on the climbs but a big enough gear not to spin out on the flats.

Shimano XTR 11 spd 11-40 Cassette – Lightweight. Great range. enough said.

Wend Waxworks – I just discovered waxing my chain this year and consider me converted! Wend Wax is super portable and easy to put on — plus you can also opt for putting pretty colors on your chain’s side plates. Here, I did a mix of orange and red to make my chain pop!

SIT, STAND, SHRED

Smanie GP 137 Carbon Saddle – I prefer a narrower saddle on my mountain bike and love the shape of the GP for cross country (and CX) riding.

KS Suspension Lev Ci Carbon Dropper Post – 125 mm of drop and 100% necessary for taking my riding to the next level. The slight increase in weight far outweighs my awkward rigid descending without it.

125 mm of drop and 100% necessary for taking my riding to the next level.

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