The Trail bike: I have recently added a 2018 Norco Sight C9.1 to my bicycle garage. It is an XL frame with a Fox 36 Factory Fit4 140 mm fork that has been given the Vorsprung Luftkappe and FIT4 Fractive Tune. The Fox DPX2 Performance rear shock is essentially non adjustable for compression and will be replaced as soon as supply allows. The drive train is based on Shimano XTR M9020 crankset w Stages power meter, 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 e*thirteen TRSr carbon 31 mmm wheelset with DT240 hubs. It is all driven by a KMC XSL11-TiN chain. The first set of tyres are e*thirteen TRS Race and Plus Enduro models. 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 45mm (0º rise) Stem. I hold onto Ergon GE1 Slim grips and support my pedalling with the Ergon SME3 Pro Carbon Saddle. It 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, metallic pads and RT-86 Ice-tech rotors. The first few rides are impressing me with how well is handles the trails.
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 trail or DH 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 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 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 just simple, fair price and available now was the selection criteria, 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 a carbon handlebar and a Raceface Turbine dropper post. It is a fun way to extend one’s riding season.
The Downhill bike: I still have my 2013 V-10.5 (I know! How can I ride anything given I am so limited by those 26″ wheels?!?!), this category of bike does see a lot of use and generally I would replace it after two years of use (my two years is 220-250 days of guiding). However a serious skiing injury prevented me from riding this very much and I am not spending enough time in the bike park to justify a new downhill bike. It has a great set of components such as a Shimano Saint drive train, DT Swiss/ ENVE DH wheels and BOS suspension.