1. Cannondale Scalpel 29er; Carbon
Ballistec Hi-Mod construction, 3. 9
inches of travel.
“The one thing about the ride on the
Cannondale Scalpel 29er frame that
stands out from the rest is the handling.
When I hit my very first switchback on
my very first ride on a Scalpel, I was
caught completely off guard by how
quickly it flew in and out of the turn.
The handling is completely effortless.”
2. Cannondale Lefty Carbon XLR, 3. 9
inches of travel.
“This fork is definitely in a league of its
own, and after my first test ride on it, I
was completely sold. The Lefty’s minimalist design allows it to be lighter than
most race forks without sacrificing performance. The Lefty is not only
smoother, it is stronger and stiffer, creating a sense of security and stability.”
3. Maxxis Crossmark tires, 29x2.0
inches, 20 psi front, 22 psi rear.
“This is my tire of choice because of its
versatility. The center ridge provides a
fast roll on the hardpack, the raised side
knobs offer grip for better cornering, and
when the trails are wet, it knows how to
4. ENVE rim tape and Stan’s
No Tubes sealant.
“This tubeless setup allows me to run
lower pressure for greater comfort and
traction while reducing the risk of flatting.”
5. ENVE 29XC carbon rims.
“The ENVE 29 XC rims are my rims of
choice because they can handle anything.
I do not want to worry about my wheels
when flying through any terrain that
might be ahead on the trail. These
wheels are made for racing. They are
stiff, light and durable.”
6. DT Swiss bladed spokes.
7. DT Swiss 240 hubs, front and
rear, with ceramic bearings.
“These hubs make for a lightweight and
smooth-rolling ride. I like them because
they offer a balance of being lightweight
while providing the ultimate durability
for the longer stage races I compete in.”
11. Truvativ Pressfit BB30 bottom
12. ESI Racer’s Edge grips.
“They allow my hands to stay put,
whether it’s wet or dry. These grips are
slip-proof, and because the silicone conforms to my hand, it provides the ultimate comfort.”
13. FSA K-Force light cranks; 2x10,
14. SRAM XX chainring, 38/24.
15. Crankbrothers Eggbeaters 11
pedals, titanium spindles.
“Not only are these pedals light, they
have been able to withstand all the
abuse that I put them through. Whether
it’s rocks, roots, mud or jungles, my foot
has stayed exactly where I needed it.
They give me an easy exit for a quick
dismount, and the remount is just as
simple, even with a muddy shoe.”
8. Magura MT8 disc brakes, 6-inch
“There are numerous reasons to love
these brakes, and I could get all techy
about the architecture and technology
behind them that makes them stand out
above the rest, but these brakes are light
and have the ultimate stopping power
that allows me to trust in them and
know that I can stop on a dime without
any panic. And did I mention their
9. Cannondale OPI adjustable stem;
negative 15-degree rise, 31.8-mil-
10. Thomson Carbon XC MTB han-
dlebar; flat rise, 26-inch width, 6-
“These bars are also reversible for an 8-
millimeter drop, helping to get the front
end down on the 29-inch bikes. They
are the perfect blend of light weight and
stiffness and are versatile on setup.”
Pua Mata’s Cannondale Scalpel 29er