Bike of the week

Long time, and it’s a bit said but this bike is too good not to show:

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Annika Langvad’s new Specialized S-Works Era with world champ colors and all the latest by Specialized. Silver flake and Dark Red showing the Danish colors, Cosmic black bottom which is a color that have to be seen irl to understand it. Sram XX1 Eagle with a Quarq crank as standard for the Sramsponsored pro’s. But the new Magura brakes is a bit more different. And all small blue tunings with Carbon-Ti started by Sauser for the S-Racing 🙂 Ceramic Speed bearings of course, danish speed.

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The Blue Lightning! a.k.a Specialized Epic HT

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With a borrowed stem and handlebar I finally could start my build today. Have been looking forward to this since first parts was ordered in November 🙂 My budget simple hardtail ended with getting the lightest mtb at work and start racing again. I’m a fan of innovation like the new style XC geometry with a bit slacker headangle while keeping it fast, Boost and of course I want a good damping fork. Wanted to build a light bike without the extra things you don’t really need like a super big cassette. Love the custom features of a Specialized S-Works crank (like Cannondale Hollowgram) and always dreamt of a set of Avid XX WC brakes.

My favorite color is blue.

It ended like this (just need to set up the right saddle height):

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A black and blue Specialized Epic HT with a Fox 32 Stepcast fork. Sram 1×10 Sram X0 drivetrain with an S-Works crank with oval Garbaruk chainring.

Black and Blue as bottom and with some silver parts to lighten it up.

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Pretty stoked over how it looks. And with a really heavy handlebar and just a plain stem I thought it would end up at 8,2kg.

But it is: 8,10kg 😀

When fast becomes perfection

As I written before my Camber is awesome,  it’s flying. But there has been one thing, when using the smaller cogs on the cassette there has been a sound like once a lap of the chain. Thought it was a stiff link or something but today after I washed my bike and checked the gears at work I found it. One ring that rolls against the cog and chainring in the chain was broken and lost. That’s why it sounded and felt strange. So instead of a KMC X11 chain I mounted a Sram XX1 chain instead.

All ride with Magnus afterwork the bike worked flawless 😀

Rode a bit on some small not so well used singletracks for a bit more than 20min today before we rode back to Hammarbybacken and Magnus planned 10 1min intervalls with 2min rest. 1min is a odd time, it’s not so short so you can just sprint up nor it’s long so you can find a pace and go at that. Best in the beginning of some intervalls where I stood up and accelerated, feels like my bike just flies, nothing except me who stops it. Let’s just hope my bike will get satisfied with me too going faster and not just me satisfied with it. Love both ways 🙂

Map and stats: Movescount

Rode with my lovely Gelatosocks today. Thought of taking a picture with them and the new chain but missed it. So instead an old picture from last year:

Sörmlandsleden, 3 parts of it

Being free from work a friday a sunny day have a ”date” planned with an awesome women riding mtb then you know it’s going to be a good day.

Met up Jessica at work (yes, I had a day off) and after a bit of talking with my boss everything changed, he came with a suggestion to ride Sörmlandsleden to Haninge instead of riding in Hellas and crossing the city to Lidingö for the end.

Riding a very small part of Sörmlandsleden before and it is good. There are some fast sections:

Sometimes thinking of where we are in the middle of a tree:

Sometimes enjoying some sick slickrock riding:

But a lot of the ride was about tackling roots, roots, stones, roots and more roots. Every root is at Sörmlandsleden trying to stop every bit of flow we could found. Every! But with a Camber and an Era we tackled it. My Camber felt absolutely perfect and could climb better than any mountain goat that would find its way to Stockholm.

The small minus with my Camber is the rider on top, he’s not so good sometimes 😉 Charged to much twice and first time I was dropping half a meter but it went ok. Second time my front wheel slipped of the dry singletrack and I crashed so I got a couple of small wounds and a mark on the top tube. But that’s mtb.

Came to Tyresta by, filled up with water and thought about time. Jessica had a training camp to reach so we skipped the last planned section and used our 10t rear sprockets more and got back to Stockholm on gravel and asphalt roads.

Home again after many hours, 3h26min riding time on my Suunto, 3h34min according to Strava. Tired and satisfied with my day of work. 🙂 Motivation is good as long as I have someone to ride with now (easy in Stockholm) so enjoying life the good way.

Map and stats today: Movescount If you follow me on Strava you can see I got a KOM (of 2015) today too 😀