I own several bikes, as a full time guide I think it is important to have the right tool for the job at hand. In general I run a lighter, snappier shorter travel bike as my trail bike, I have an “enduro” style bike for the more challenging trails in Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton and I have a pump track bike for fun and a fat bike to keep me rolling (and sane) in winter, here they are:
The Trail (Chilcotin) bike: This year I updated to a 2019 Norco Sight C9.1 Custom build as part of my bicycle garage. Once again it is an XL frame, this time in Metallic Forest Green (with pink highlights). As a departure from my norm this bike has a full SRAM/ Rockshox build. It has a 2019 Rockshox Lyrik 150mm with 42mm offset (short) with a Fox DPX2 Factory K rear shock has essentially adjustable low speed compression and still delivers a well balanced, high traction ride. The drive train is the new SRAM Eagle X01 AXS (wireless shifting) with a non-boost, steel X-Sync 2 30T chain ring, XX1 Eagle Gold chain and XG-1299 Gold 10-50T cassette. I continue to run a OneUp Components V2 Chain bash guard. I have recently switched to Crankbrothers Mallet E LS pedals as they seem to be the best pedals to deal with the Chilcotin lava ash. The wheel set remains my We Are One Insider 29 wheel set (inner width 27 mm), built with Sapim CX-Ray spokes to DT240 hubs. The tyres are my ever reliable Continental Der Baron Projekt Protection Apex 2.4″. The controls are a SQ-Labs 30x 20 mm rise carbon handle bar which has 12º sweep (trimmed to 780 mm) mated to a 9point8 Stout 50 mm (0º rise) Stem. I have switched grips to Chromag Factor single lock ring for their tackiness in all kinds of weather. I have a SQ-Labs 611 Active (hard elastomer) S-tube 13cm saddle. Saddle height is managed by a Rockshox Reverb AXS 31.6 mm x 170 mm dropper. Finally braking is provided by SRAM Code RSC brakes with metal pads and six bolt Centreline rotors. Brake adaptors are from North Shore Billet and everything, as far as possible, is assembled with Ti bolts, from Toronto Cycles, to reduce the chance of rust and seizing. This bike handles even better than the 2018 version despite no major changes which I have to attribute to a slightly longer and more plush fork, better rear shock and more time on this bike.
The Whistler “Enduro” bike: I have also recently added a 2018 Norco Range C9.1 to my bicycle garage. It is an XL frame with a Fox 36 Factory K RC2 160 mm fork that has been fitted with the Vorsprung Luftkappe. The Fox Float X2 Factory K rear shock has had all its volume bands removed to open up performance. The drive train is based on a Shimano XTR M9020 crankset, OneUp Components provide the 30T Oval chain ring and Chain bash guard. There is an e*thirteen TRS+ 9-46T 11 speed cassette on the We Are One Agent 29 wheel set (inner width 30 mm), built with Sapim CX-Ray spokes on Project321 “quiet” hubs. It is all connected by a Shimano XTR CN-M9100 11 speed chain and driven by Shimano XT M8020 Trail pedals. The tyres are my ever reliable Continental Der Baron Projekt Protection Apex 2.4″. The gearing is shifted by Shimano XTR M9050 Di2 GS RD with a M9050 RH Shifter and M9051 Controller and the controls are a PRO Tharsis Di2 Carbon handle bar (trimmed to 780 mm) mated to a PRO Tharsis Di2 35mm (0º rise) Stem. I hold onto Ergon GE1 Slim grips and support my pedalling with the WTB Silverado Team Saddle. Saddle height is managed by a 9point8 Fall line dropper 175mm w Digit Remote. Finally braking is provided by a hybrid Shimano set up consisting of XTR M9000 levers matched to Saint M820 callipers, a H03C finned metallic pads and six bolt RT-86 Ice-tech rotors. Everything, as far as possible, is assembled with Ti bolts to reduce the chance of rust and seizing. This bike is a descent pounding monster as well as being a very capable climber. The scales of reality have told me that it is sitting at 32.5 lbs/ 14.75 kg, which is not bad for a no-holds barred XL ‘enduro’ bike.
The Pump track bike: My 2012 Jackal is a pump track and farting around bike. I do not dirt jump (other than the kiddy line at the Riverside jumps) so it gets a fairly easy life. So many days in our riding year are spent on either my Chilcotin or Whistler bikes that this little gem might only get used for 30 days. It is well built (probably overly well built but it benefits from parts changes and the consequent trickle down from my other bikes), reliable and there is no sensible reason to replace it. There is something fun about having a “big kid’s” BMX bike (with gears and good brakes) that only these little bikes deliver so well.
The Fat Bike: After being advised not to ski (as a result of a knee injury/ surgery), and a season of incredibly high snowfall, which meant that even the trails in Squamish that normally remain rideable during the winter were not available, I had to do something bike related. In the interest of mine and everyone else’s sanity I found a fat bike being sold second hand for a fair price. There was no particular brand preference; simple, a fair price and available now was the selection criteria, which is not my normal way of deciding on a bike.
I promised myself that I was not going to tinker with it and avoid the every present challenge of “upgrade-itis”. I failed. I did not like the handle bars it came with so I swapped in some of my ‘spare’ parts and before I knew it it had an Answer Pro Taper carbon handlebar and a Raceface Turbine dropper post. It is a fun way to extend one’s riding season. I have had some good days out on this tank during the past two winters. Slow and fun and playing the snow. Perfect.