This may be the best part of signing up for a new race…. Getting and shopping for new gear. Since I do not own a bike with any shocks, it might be time to get one.
Technology has changed so much over the past five to ten years, I feel like I am starting at the beginning of the learning curve. Here are my notes as I figure out the best bike for me for the Butte 100.
Hardtail or Full Suspension
Initially I was thinking a hardtail, but the more I researched and learned about the Butte 100 and taking on 100 miles on a mountain bike, it seemed it is in my best interest to make it a little easier on my body and go with a full suspension.
Please let me know your thoughts on any of the bikes and what works well for riding 100 miles with over 16,000 feet of climbing.
Here is a thread at MTBR forums I started
Since the bike store closest to my house is a trek dealer, this was the first shop that I was able to see any in person.
They reccomended a Trek Fuel EX 8.
This bike looked pretty awesome and seemed to be a fantastic value for the money.
This company has a long and rich history in mountain biking and I think it would make a good documentary, if one does not already exist.
After looking at their range of bikes the Yeti SB4.5C is probably the best bike for the Butte 100. It is a full suspension with a shorter travel. The reviews, posts and people I spoke with have nothing but good things to say about the SB4.5C.
- Rear Shock Travel: 4.5” (114mm)
- Front Fork Travel: 140mm
- Frame Weight: 5.28 lbs (2.40 KG)
- Wheel Size: 29”
- Frame Size: SM, MD, LG, XL
- Rear Shock: 7.5” X 2.0”
- Bottom Bracket: PF92
- Rear Wheel 148mm X 12mm (Boost)
- Front Derailleur: None
- Seat Post: 30.9mm
Stock Build Options
Essentiall the bike has two frame options Carbon and Better Carbon. The better carbon is actually called the Turq frame. I think when it is all said and done the TURQ option is about 1 pound lighter, but is not all just about the 1 pound. You get more carbon, like a carbon handlebar, and other higher end components.
TURQ (better carbon)
- Shimano XT $6,399
- SRAM Eagle X01 $600 upgrade so it is $6,999
- SRAM Eagle XX1 $1,600 upgrade so $7,999
- Frame Only $3,400
The TURQ also has a carbon wheelset upgrade option. For $1,300, you can go from “DT SWISS 350W/XM421 RIM” to “DT SWISS XRC 1200 25MM”
*Prices above are all from 2018
Reviews and Articles
post comparing 4.5 to 5.5
They have several full suspension bike options.
RIP 9 RDO — Enduro Bike
150mm for rear shock (may not the best for the Butte 100)
Jet 9 RDO — Trail Bike
120mm travel in rear shock Carbon Frame
Price ranges from $3,750 to $8,900
There is an aluminun version, not sure about the weight
RKT 9 RDO — XC/Performance
Carbon 90mm travel in rear shock
Price Range $3,800 to $7,300
Great post about the different Specialized Mountain Bikes