1. Devinci Wilson carbon downhill
frame; 8. 5 inches of rear-wheel
travel, custom dw-link, size large.
“My frame is exactly what you can
buy, other than the link. Because I’m
a hack, we have a bit more ramping
with the link to allow me to send
things to flat without blowing through
my travel and still keeping the beginning nice and supple.”
2. RockShox Black Box Boxxer.
“The new Black Box fork internals
included the charger damper and new
air side. I really like this new stuff
because it has helped with the small-bump sensitivity, allowing my traction
to be at its best. It’s able to stay supple
while holding me up and supporting
my aggressive riding style.”
3. Schwalbe Magic Mary Super
Gravity front tire; 26x2.35 inches,
“I run tubeless in the front to save
weight, but need the downhill tire
with a tube in the back for support to
stop me from burping air. We run a
tube/tubeless system. The tube inside
is able to pinch-flat but keep air in
the tire enough to get me to the bottom without losing more than a psi or
so. This has happened to me in many
races and helped a lot. Something
about race pace just makes me hit
things too hard, but it doesn’t seem to
happen in practice.”
4. Schwalbe Doc Blue tire sealant.
5. Easton Havoc aluminum rim.
6. Sapim straight-pull,
7. Easton Havoc front hub.
“It’s lightweight, reliable and a very
good-looking hub. My stuff is always
fresh at races, but in the depths of
winter here on the West Coast, my
bikes get a lot of hard riding, and
it’s nice to have lightweight, reliable
8. Easton Havoc rear hub.
9. Avid Trail brakes with
“We use a stock Avid rotor. I use
the bigger-size rotor because it
doesn’t heat up and affect brake
feel on the long, steep tracks.
The Trail has a great amount of
power for how light it is.”
10. Truvativ Stevie Smith
custom bar; 1.2-inch
rise, 29.9-inch width.
“Anyone can buy this bar.”
11. SRAM GXP 83-
12. ODI Ruffian
“I like the Half-Waffle a
lot. It gives a nice soft feel,
and the rubber compound
is a perfect mix for lasting,
while being soft but sturdy
13. SRAM XO Carbon
“I like how strong these cranks are
while keeping a nice, light weight.
The carbon absorbs shocks well,
keeping my feet safe on my pedals.”
14. E-Thirteen 36-tooth
15. Crankbrothers Mallet pedals.
“These pedals are great for shedding
mud, allowing my cleat to find the
spot I need without getting jammed
16. SRAM PC XX1 hollow-pin
“My mechanic likes to have a fresh
17. SRAM X0 Black Box
one for the start of practice, a fresh
one for qualifiers and a new one for
the race. I’ve never broken a SRAM
chain in a race, and I think Nigel is
scared of it, so he changes it all the
time. I’ll run the same chain all winter
here at home on my downhill bike.
Not much pedaling around here, as my
hills are very steep.”
“I’m not sure if there is a new name
or what’s up. With this new derailleur and cassette combo, it allows for
incredibly fast changes, keeping it very
18. Truvativ direct-mount stem, 50