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Renthal Fatbar Light and Apex
stem: There are certain components
that simply feel “right” when they’re
installed on a bike. Most of my test bikes
see a few rides on the stock cockpit, but then are
swapped for the comfortable and reliable Renthal setup.
The bars are lightweight and stiff and are trimmed to just the
right width for my bike setup at 780 millimeters.
Revolution Suspension grips: These are among the most
comfortable grips I’ve ever used, but they also saved me from
a stint off the bike thanks to their unique suspension design.
No, these grips don’t move like a throttle on a motorcycle, but
they do have a slight amount of movement that’s damped
and keep your hands isolated from vibrations. When I was
recovering from a thumb injury last summer, these were
Smith Squad Chromapop goggles: The Squad goggles feature a
semi-frameless design that allows for plenty of ventilation. The special
Chomapop lenses are designed to bring up contrast and allow you to
see the trail better. When riding in “full Euro enduro” mode, these are
Shimano XT Trail pedals: These are my go-to when it comes
to trail pedals. Simply put, Shimano got it right when they
designed the SPD system, and they sweetened the pot when
they built the Trail version of the XT pedals over five years ago.
They are beat up and well worn but still going strong.