It’s nice to know that, with such a strong crew coming out for AIRprentice this year, we’re certain to get a deserving rider in the saddles of these bikes. This year’s bikes are a new high water mark in terms of sheer sexiness and performance. From the Sam Hill-approved DT EX1750 wheelset to the Boxxer Team fork, WTB Aviator saddle, SRAM XO drivetrain, Maxxis tires and the Demo frame… You see what I’m getting at. There’s not a weak link anywhere on these machines. The Demo in particular is pretty much ready to be tossed down a World Cup DH course.
The just-finished 2010 Specialized Demo 7 AIRprentice Edition. These builds were completed at Obsession:Bikes And they nailed it of course.
The Specialized SX we built up should be lightning fast – particular under the chosen one.
We’ve got tubes in there – don’t you worry.
I’ve never used a rear changer that comes close to the reliability and durability of the SRAM XO.
My favourite thing about WTB Pure V saddles is that they are as light as some hard, thin arrow you might find on a road bike – but they are amazingly comfortable and well-padded.
To save some weight the spindle on Truvativ Holzfeller pedals doesn’t extend the entire width of the pedal. I wasn’t sure about the skinny pins but they are nice and grippy without holding onto your 5Ten shoes too tightly.
Avid Elixir CR brakes are ridiculously light – XC light – but the provide all the stopping power and modulation you could want in any situation.
A Rock Shox Vivid coil shock provides the Demo 8’s spring while a Truvativ Boxguide manages the chain retention.
These are cheating. DT Swiss EX1750 wheels are ridden by top World Cup pros Sam Hill, Jared Graves and Aaron Gwin – to name just a few.
These are cheating. DT Swiss EX1750 wheels are ridden by top World Cup pros Sam Hill, Jared Graves and Aaron Gwin – to name just a few. And Maxxis tires are all over the World Cup circuit – under team Monster Specialized and the Santa Cruz Syndicate for example.
There we have them! One rider will hoist these bikes, one at a time preferably, on Sunday afternoon and then take them home. Not a bad weekend’s work. Huge props and thanks to John, Lou and of course James Wilson at Obsession:Bikes for the sick build work! The boys know their stuff!
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