In 2009 I’ll be riding and racing the new Ironhorse Bootleg 3.0. It’s perfect for an endurance racer who leans further towards the trail bike side of the fence. It’s a clean, elegant single pivot design that is light but not fragile; quick from A to B but not compromised in technical situations. The Rock Shox Monarch 4.2 activated rear end matches the Reba Race forks perfectly to give a velvety smooth ride.
This is roughly the build I will be running for my big rides next year; a 24 hour attempt at the English Coast to Coast in May (St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay) and the Adrenalin Solo 24hr World Championships. I will also be riding this bike in some 10 and 12 hour races. It will need to be capable in a variety of situations. I’ve already pushed the bike hard in the techy rock trails of the Lakes and the sinuous twists of Kirroughtree and the balance and handling of the bike is spot on. The active single pivot design suits this type of rocky riding perfectly.
As you can see, I’ve pimped the bike up with some tasty personal spec choices. The emphasis has been firmly placed on strength, reliability, and durability to reflect the nature of the rides I’m planning in 2009; it is going to be punishing on bike and body.