identified by its black upper tubes and simple suspension adjustments. While Factory forks offer a Fit 4 damper with independent low-speed compression and both high- and low-speed rebound, the Grip 2 damper seen in performance-level forks is a great option for riders who just want to set and forget their suspension adjustments.
Drivetrain: Shimano’s 12-speed drivetrain has quickly converted many riders back from the big red company. The system was first seen in a top-of-the-line XTR trim and later trickled down to the XT and SLX levels. The latest 12-speed drivetrain to hit the market from Shimano is its Deore group. The Deore 12-speed features XTR technology brought down to a wildly impressive price point. It may not have the same flashy materials and finish, but its performance isn’t far off.
Wheels: We needed a wheelset that could hold up to the type of abuse we had planned for this bike, so we opted for Stan’s NoTubes Flow S1 wheels. Not only does this wheelset offer a great price point, it is tough enough to handle enduro riding and racing. Our wheels came complete with Stan’s Neo hubs with Super Boost rear spacing and Boost spacing in front.
Tires: To ensure our bike was ready to rip, we placed a pair of Kenda’s new Pinner Pro tires in the lighter ATC casing. If this tread pattern was good enough for Aaron Gwin, we had no doubt it would be right for our build.
Sealant: Although we often have great luck with Orange Seal tire sealant, we went with Maxima sealant this time around. Maxima is a leader in oils and chemicals for motocross and has made a strong push into the bicycle market over the past year or so.
Brakes: Shimano’s Deore brakes trickle down from the newer XTR models. They feature a similar design with cheaper materials to keep them within an entry-level price point. Best of all, these brakes offer four-piston calipers for a strong bite.
Handlebar: Deity’s Blacklabel handlebars have been put to the test at World Cup DH tracks, Crankworx and even the Red Bull Rampage. These aluminum handlebars are…