Jared's Bike Stable

As someone who enjoys multiple cycling disciplines and bikes of all types, I am always in pursuit of the perfect quiver, or the closest thing to it. I like to mix it up, and I'm always looking for the "perfect" bike for my riding style and our local trails, and at times, something that I've just been dreaming of. At the moment, I like to think I've found the perfect balance of versatility based on the type of riding I mostly do, and what I want deep down in my heart.

Mondraker Raze RR

My Mondraker Raze RR is my version of the do-it-all mountain bike. With 130mm of rear travel & a 150mm Fox 36 up front, this bike pedals incredibly well but isn't afraid to tackle more challenging terrain. The geometry is spot on for a modern trail bike, even perhaps slightly extreme on the reach front, which is why I opted for a size Medium where the reach comes in at a comfortable 475mm. Component wise, I'm running SRAM Code RSC brakes with HS2 rotors & a SRAM GX AXS drivetrain with an X01 cassette along with an AbsoluteBlack Chainring. After trying Berd's spokes on a set of test wheels last year, I was thoroughly impressed by their light weight and compliance, and had a deep desire to have a set of my own. Well, after much internal debate, I pulled the trigger and sent a set of Industry Nine Hydra hubs along with a couple of Revel Wheels RW27 fusion fiber rims to BERD to get laced up. After my first few rides on them, I'm incredibly stoked on how they compliment the feel of the bike on the trail.

Yeti SB165 dh

This bike is definitely less about practicality and more about simply building a bike that I've been dreaming about. I'm a real sucker for bikes with dual crown forks, and ever since I laid eyes upon bikes like Nate Hills' and Reed Boggs' Yeti SB165s, I couldn't resist the deep desire to build one. With this bike, I also opted for a size medium, since I wanted it to be a bit more maneuverable and I'm basically in between sizes based on Yeti's recommendation. Rolling on Industry Nine Enduro 305 wheels wrapped in WTB rubber, a SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain with 5DEV cranks, Code RSC brakes, and a 203mm Fox 40 fork & DHX2 rear shock, I wanted this bike to be all about endless park laps with friends. A Title MTB stem & Trail One Components bar take up cockpit duties, and a rigid RaceFace seatpost and Ergon saddle keep things simple out back. ODI's Elite Pro grips and PNW's Loam flat pedals take care of my contact points. I wanted this bike to be about maximum fun, and it definitely delivers.

open cycles U.p.

Even though we eat, sleep, and breathe MTBs here at WC, many of us own and ride gravel bikes as well. I've found it's a great way for me to mix it up and experience different terrain in different locations as well as maintain my cycling fitness. I wasn't too fond of gravel biking when it was first introduced to me, and I didn't really understand it. Why would someone want to put themselves through such punishment when they could just ride a hardail MTB or a road bike? Why combine the two? One day, it just clicked. Nowadays, I really enjoy being able to create routes that combine mixed surfaces, and ride places that you wouldn't take an MTB or a road bike. Enter my OPEN U.P. - this bike has "opened up" my mind to all sorts of riding, and has taken me places I couldn't ever imagine, including doing my first ever century ride. With this bike, I wanted to keep it simple and not go too overboard with crazy high end components, so I chose a mechanical 1x11 SRAM drivetrain along with some aluminum Easton cranks & WTB wheels and tires. I do have a fancy Easton carbon handlebar wrapped in this nice and cushy Fizik bar tape, and I like to rest my buttocks on a luxurious Fizik Antares saddle. I added an Orucase top tube bag as well as their frame bag for longer rides where I'd want extra food, water, and spares.

September 08, 2022

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