Blacklabel 275 AM
Holding their own in the lightweight
division, yet still burly enough to
resist my worst line choices, they do
a great job of keeping the tires rolling
fast without any hiccups.
Tires: Continental Trail
King; 27.5x2.4 inches both
front and rear.
Plenty of traction for a
diverse set of trail conditions
in a package that won’t start
balding after a few days on
the course. The Continental
Der Kaiser Projekt would be
an alternative for courses with
really rocky and loose terrain.
Cockpit: Race Face SixC bars and stem
I’m surprised 35-millimeter handlebars haven’t taken over
quite yet, but it may happen in the near future. The same
amount of handlebar stiffness with a minimized amount of
weight? I’ll take it!
With 160 millimeters of travel, a low-slung center of gravity
and a wheelbase that
excels at Mach
speeds, it’s easy
to see it as a
Brakes: SRAM Guide RS
One of the few brakes available
that has the ability to stop a tank
without carrying the weight of a tank.
Modulation for the whole spectrum of
braking, yet the ability to lock up when
a switchback sneaks up sooner than
Fork: Fox 36 Float RC2
After a few years in a slump, Fox has
emerged from an overgrown trail with one
fork to rule them all. It’ll take a flawlessly
outstanding product to pull the title from it
any time soon.