1. Frame: Giant Reign Advanced; XL;
160–180mm front/160mm rear; carbon front triangle, alloy rear triangle.
“The characteristics I like about my
frame are the stability at speed and
stiffness. The harder I push it, the better
it feels, which is the perfect scenario.”
2. Fork: RockShox Lyrik; 160–
180mm; 46mm custom offset; two
tokens; 80 psi; 2–5 clicks of low
speed, seven clicks of rebound.
“The Lyrik fork is the best fork I’ve ever
ridden. The custom offset helps my front-end feel, and the low-speed compression
really allows me to have a very sensitive
feeling in the front end. Each click of
adjustment has a different feeling and
allows me to adjust my traction levels and
high-speed compression in between race
stages for the perfect feel.”
3. Tires: Schwalbe Super Gravity,
front and rear; Magic Mary, 27.5x2.35-
inch front; Vert Star compound; Nobby
Nic, 27.5x2.35-inch rear; Trail Star
compound. Front psi: 23–28. Rear psi:
“The tires are awesome! They are as
dependable as it gets, and I know they will
perform perfectly in all conditions. I have
been playing around with my tire pressures
over the years, and the tire grip continues
to get better and better. Having so much
grip and reliability is an amazing and
4. Inner tubes or tubeless system:
Stan’s tubeless system.
“I prefer the tubeless system so I can
run a lower psi and have a lot more grip.
The puncture resistance is also a key
5. Saddle: Giant Neutral saddle.
Josh Carlson’s Giant
6. Seatpost: RockShox Reverb
dropper post; 150mm.
7. Shock: RockShox Vivid Coil,
57mm stroke; 450-pound spring;
seven clicks of rebound.
8. Stem: Truvativ Descendant, alloy,
9. Brakes: SRAM Guide Ultimate;
180mm rotors, front and rear.
“I like the Guide brakes’ ability to
disperse heat and stay consistent during
a race run or descent. I am more of a
’dragger’ than a ’stabber,’ so I enjoy the
feel of the Ultimates.”
10. Handlebars: Truvativ Descendant
riser bar, alloy, 760mm wide, 20mm
rise, 7-degree back sweep.
“I like the fact that I don’t have to cut
this handlebar at all. The sweep and rise
are nice, and it feels good on the bike.”
11. Bottom bracket: SRAM
12. Grips: ODI Elite Motion, lock-on.
“I like the feel of the contoured grip in
my hand. I have been super picky with
Photo by: Sven Martin