Dissent socks have been my sock of choice for a few years now. They are a MTB specific compression sock. They fit great look great and your feet never get those annoying hot spots in long events.<br />
Italian produced Canadian designed quality.
The RC PRO range from Scott is race fit comfortable and breathable. I use this line of kit in all races and all conditions and just add an under jersey when I need to. I has a waterproof race radio pocket in the centre pocket that can be used for a phone or whatever you choose. The are just the right length. I wear a medium and am pretty lean but the grippers hold the shorts in a good place with no saggy bits. The jerseys arms are also a good length, I have found other brands arms too short and after them ride up they become uncomfortable but you wont have this problem with this kit. I also has some reflective features on for those caught out riding home at dusk moments.
My scott genius 710 has a carbon front triangle and 150mm travel front and rear. The 700 series is the 650b or 27.5 wheel size depending on your name preference.<br />
It comes with XT gears and anchors. It has the 3 stage lockout switch so it climbs like an xc bike as well as being uber plush on the way down.<br />
When the race season is over this is the only bike I use. It gets my having fun on burlier trails and long adventure rides. You can get the lighter tuned model that weighs in at 24lbs for a med with 150mm as well but I think the 710 bike is great value for the spec and its capability.
I use the Camelbak racebak on longer training days and some races. The vest that holds the bladder goes under your race jersey. It stays in a great position and it never becomes an issue. It can hold up to 2 litres of my go to hydration mix Alete, its a natural product that has everything you need and nothing you don't. The bladder comes with a long pipe that I have been meaning to to shorten so the mouth piece is in a better place for me. Great product to have in the tool kit for the training day or race that suits it.
This is scott's new trail line of clothing for 2015.<br />
The shirt of really breathable and moves easily over the body and comes in a long sleeved as well. The fit is nice too with enough room to move but not too baggy. <br />
The shorts are the trail 20 and scott have a range to choose from some are baggier and heavier material.These ones are the trail20 and feel light and have a couple of pockets in good places. I'll be using them in the gym in the winter as well. <br />
Shot taken after the 6hr hr salty dog enduro in salmon arm, Put on by skookum cycle and ski in Salmon arm. 2nd place this time around. great day 112km of trail's. I'll be back for another go next year.
I have used Ikons for a few years now in all conditions and love them. When it is greasy or wet I lower the pressure for a bigger foot print. I run them between 20 and 25 psi.<br />
They accelerate fast and have a consistent feel when turning and don't give out when you are working them. Like in this picture where I came in way to hot on a small berm on day six of the trans rockies ST6 2014.<br />
I use the 2.2 versions that weigh 590 grams. I put them on tubeless even though they are not the tubeless ready ones and they have never let me down. <br />
I use them front and rear. They are a great xc and marathon tyre where you wont be left behind if the conditions change mid race.
This is my Spark 900sl xc race bike. frame is scott's top carbon offerings in stealth black with glossy decals. If batman raced mountain bikes this is what he would ride. 100mm of fox travel front and rear with 3 stage compression damping thumb switch that use countless times every ride. 2015 will be my 3rd 900sl so I am very used to the compression switch. I use it countless rides to adapt to the terrain. It becomes an integral part of the way you ride the experience. I could not ride without it now. Single front ring 32 or 30 depending on the race terrain or distance/time. xtr brakes that are simply the best available and work like a dream. ,syncros carbon trimmings all over including the wheels. It climbs like a beast weighs 22.5lbs with a drop post, crank brothers egg beater pedals and 2.2 tubeless maxxis ikons that i use 100% of the time regardless of conditions. I may just adjust the pressure for conditions. It handles downhills exceptionally well as it's very stiff laterally and easy predictable to guide. I run a drop post 95% of the time and only take it off for long events 6-9hrs where the course is not too technical or i really want to make a weight saving. This picture was taken on stage 6 of the trans rockies new race format the singletrack 6. which was single track overload. If you like back to back insanely fun trail thats the place to be.
I put this helmet on and forget about it.<br />
Micro fit rotary adjustment that can be opened up to fit a headband or skull cap for colder days. and light at 230g for a med. Comes in a few colour options and i think it looks great. <br />
It's vents are large enough to keep the head cool.