Many pro riders have used the lull between World Cups to come to Whistler's CrankWorx to race and enjoy the mountain, including Team Monster Energy Specialized's Brendan Fairclough
. We caught up with Brendan and got a personal tour of his 2011 Specialized Demo 8 race machine. Inside you can see all the photos, as well as listen to Fairclough talk about his bike setup and disdain for flat bars!Read on...Brendan Fairclough's 2011 Demo 8 Race Bike
We sat down with Team Monster Energy Specialized rider Brendan Fairclough to get the lowdown on his brand new 2011 Demo 8 race bike. He rides a full production frame, the very same that regular folk like you and me will be able to buy come October, with only the addition of a few titanium shock bolts to shave a few grams. Brendan's bike certainly has some very special components on it though, including the slick black legged World Cup Boxxer and his custom SDG saddle. Last week you got to read about his 1 x 6 gearing that uses a 31 tooth chainring and an extra small 9 tooth cog
, now you can hear what Brendan makes of this trick setup by listening to the audio below.
Brendan's 2011 Specialized Demo in full race trim. He rides a standard production frame that you'll be able to purchase soon... But there is a good chance that his will go faster than yours!
An impressive third place in Champery during some gnarly conditions proved what Brendan can do. There is more to come, but in the meantime we all enjoy watching him get more bent than a teenager taking his dad's Camero out for a joyride! In the audio Brendan tells us about his challenging season thus far. Listen up, being a top World Cup racer is not all unicorns and rainbows.
During our Sea Otter coverage we showed you some prototype seats from SDG made especially for Sam and Brendan that featured rubber grippers molded into the seat to prevent sliding around when conditions are terrible. They didn't get a lot of love from the readers, but it sounds like Brendan has been loving his, even using it when the track is dry and dusty. Listen to the audio to hear Brendan talk about his very special seat
Fairclough's '11 Demo only has six cogs out back, which isn't news... but the fact that the small cog only has 9 teeth is damn interesting. Last week you read all about his special 1 x 6 cassette and 31 tooth chainring, now you can listen to the audio as well.
New on Fairclough's machine are these sick Renthal bars. Not only did they feel comfortable when I sat on the bike, I also found myself making involuntary moto sounds as I pedalled! We've got a set of these in the office, so stay tuned for a writeup, but in the meantime you can hear what Brendan thinks about them by listening to the audio below.
I was amazed at just how stiff Brendan's suspension is on his race bike, I knew it had to be much
stiffer than a chump like me would ride, but I had no idea. The lines that top riders can take
and the speed at which they do it means that their suspension has to be run in a way to keep them
in control. Listen to the audio to hear his take on it.
A RockShox Vivid complements his custom Boxxer World Cup. A titanium spring and shock mounting bolts are used to lose some precious grams.
You and your gang may be trying to see who can get their bars the lowest, but Brendan is of the
opinion that enough is enough. His '11 Demo not only sports a proper riser bar, but also
a healthy amount of headset spacers under his crown. Then again, he is riding steeper, burlier,
and harder tracks a touch faster than you. Just a touch... Listen to the audio to hear what
the Monster Energy Specialized rider thinks about those fashionable flat bars.
Hidden behind the modified guard is a 31 tooth ring that works with Brendan's 9 - 21 cassette (the 21 is locked out) to provide the appropriate gearing while having more clearance and still being able to hit 88 mph during race runs. There were many comments on the 1 x 6 story we ran last week that it must surely be a typo that the Specialized team bikes use 30 and 31 tooth rings with a standard 4 bolt 104 mm bcd crank - it wasn't a typo and they do run 30 and 31 tooth rings. But how?
Always a flat pedal rider, Brendan uses Crank Brother's pedals with some extra long pins in place to keep his feet in place.
We'll have more info on Specialized's 2011 Demo 8 coming up soon, including some riding impressions, but for now you can check out Curtis Keene's race bike for more info
!Are you lusting after Brendan's 2011 Demo 8? Tell us what you think about it below!