Stages Dash

I like data. This doesn’t mean I ride around single trail looking at my bike computer to make sure I’m on the perfect wattage or cadence. But it does mean that whatever is counting those somewhat important numbers, while I’m pedalling away up a climb or sprinting down a descent, …

Pro Stealth Saddle – Is the grass greener?

One of the most important jobs done by a bike part for me over the last few seasons has been a Specialized Romin. That job is to carry my bum over mountain passes and around XC race tracks all across the world! Bike saddles are one of three contact points …

Looking the Part – Spin Cycle Clothing

Setting up my own racing program for 2017 was a little daunting at first. Organising a bike and equipment and all the little details along the way might have taken a bit of time and a lot of energy. But in the end, I’m extremely happy and grateful for how …

Norco Revolver 9.2 FS 29er 2017

How do you decide what bike to buy? Maybe how it looks or what build kit is on it, or maybe something more practical like price. I could go on but the right answer is how it looks, so let’s move on and check out the ‘ridonculously’ looking Norco Revolver 9.2 FS 29er! Ok, I’m a little biased being sponsored by Norco, so there is that, but really, this bike is my dream bike and I’m extremely grateful for everyone who has helped put this weapon together. So let’s take a look at what makes this weapon tick!

Shimano XTR M9000 groupset. For racing an 11-40 rear cassette and an 11-42 for training. Up front the chainring is switched from a 32 to a 34 depending on the course.
A Stages M9000 power meter measures the all important watts! The Gen 2 pod has made big improvements over the Gen 1 and any issues with water ingress or battery life have been addressed.
The MRP V3 Carbon Chain Guide adds additional security along with the specially designed XTR chainring teeth.
The A.R.T suspension of the Revolver is controlled by the Fox Float shock with no remote lockout.
The handle bars are MT Zoom Ultralight Carbon in 720mm. The Ultralight’s offer a 9 degree bend and weigh in at 134g!
The Fox Remote Lockout offers a two-stage setting for the three-stage 32-SC fork. I have it set to lockout and medium settings and I forego the open setting. 
Shimano XTR M9000 Race brakes handle the stopping. No I-Spec clamp for the front brake and shifter means the shifter can be located more inboard for a custom fit.

 

Front bouncy bit is the super light Fox 32 step-cast fork. The weight savings over the previous F-32 are substantial. This makes the front end much lighter and easier to manoeuvre in tight single track. Wheels are Stans Notubes Valor Pro with Stans new Neo Ultimate Pro hubs. Maxxis take care of the tyre department with the Ikon model in 2.2 the go to choice for most races. 

 

 

 

POC, AVIP, MIPS – What does it all mean?

That thing bobbling around on top of our necks is apparently pretty important. It houses a nice set of eyes, ears, a mouth and something called a brain. A squidgy lump of matter that many of us take for granted in our day-to-day lives. Thanks to our brains, we can …