Anneke Beerten's GT Sanction - Bike Check

Aug 2, 2016
by Mike Kazimer  
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.

After an illness forced her to sit out round four of the Enduro World Series in La Thuile, Italy, Anneke Beerten was back in action in Aspen, bringing home a 5th place finish once the dust had cleared. This is the Dutch racer's first season riding for GT Factory Racing, a sponsorship change that saw her trade in her Specialized Enduro 29er for a 27.5” wheeled GT Sanction. We caught up with Anneke and her mechanic, Tom Duncan, to find out exactly how the bike was set up for race day.


Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
A 170mm RockShox Lyrik up front...
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
...and a Monarch Plus RC3 out back.


Suspension Setup

Anneke typically runs 65 psi in her RockShox Lyrik, with 5-7 clicks of low-speed compression damping, and 2-3 Bottomless Tokens installed in the fork's air spring side. For faster, smoother tracks the air pressure is increased slightly, and the low-speed compression is backed off by a few clicks. For her 130 pound (59kg) weight those settings are on the stiffer side, but don't forget that Anneke has multiple 4X World Champion titles under her belt – she knows a thing or two about hard cornering and pumping through obstacles.

The size medium Sanction's 165mm of rear travel is handled by a Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir, inflated to 160 psi. Depending on the course, either three or four volume spacers are installed, with four spacers in place for the higher speed tracks in Aspen.


Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
That 50-tooth cog probably came in handy when tackling climbs at 8,500 feet above sea level.
Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
A 34-tooth chainring is mounted on SRAM's X01 carbon cranks.


Drivetrain

Aspen was Anneke's first race aboard SRAM's 12-speed Eagle drivetrain, and she elected to run a 34-tooth ring up front to go with her 10-50 tooth cassette. According to her mechanic, she regularly experiments with different chainring sizes depending on the course, even going so far as to practice with a smaller ring and then go up a size for her race runs.

Wheels / Tires

Stan's new Bravo carbon wheels are shod with 2.4” Vittoria Goma tires, with 20 psi in the front and 22 psi in the rear. A DH casing is used for the rear tire, and a lighter, folding bead in the front, but for rougher courses where the chances of a puncture are higher, DH casings are used for both tires.


Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Vittoria's 2.4" Goma tires are mounted to Stan's Bravo carbon wheels.


Colorado USA. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Pre Race Routines

Every racer has their own routine that they go through as race day approaches, and for Anneke that involves putting on her own number plate. It may seem like a trivial thing, but for many athletes, adhering to the same pre-race ritual helps them remain calm and focused as they prepare to battle it out on between the tape. Anneke also checks her brake lever angle with an app on her phone to make sure that they're at exactly her preferred position. Fumbling around to fix a flat or some other mechanical can make or break a race, so Anneke places her spare tube, chain link, and tools in the exact same place on the bike at every event, minimizing the chances that she won't be able to find what she needs for a trail side repair. As a final touch, she has a list of reminders written on her top tube, including the most important tip of all - have fun!



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MENTIONS: @GTBicycles, @SramMedia, @vittoria



84 Comments

  • 32 1
 Ha, love the note on the top tube! Would be cool to see that kind of "note to self" from more pro riders--the ones they have in their head if not written on the bike somewhere.
  • 45 2
 Mine would say something like

"Each climb = another beer"
  • 26 4
 I like putting a sticker on that says "S Wirx" and I pretend that I'm riding a $10,000 bike. Huge confidence booster.
  • 11 8
 I do the same thing on my bike, but mine says "dont case" That is a super nice bike. one thing I would change is i would put 26 inch wheels on it.
  • 4 0
 Brb with my shock pump.
  • 4 17
flag fecalmaster (Aug 3, 2016 at 0:58) (Below Threshold)
 I feel bad she has to ride a GT this season.
  • 8 0
 @bikerguy24: Shouldn't your name be bikerguy26?
  • 1 0
 only women do that...
  • 16 1
 Keep it up GT and Anneke
  • 4 6
 What ever happened to that other GT girl? The blonde American, who wasn't quite fast enough and kept crashing like all the time?
  • 2 0
 @zepper: Rachel Throop, the girlfriend of Kyle Strait. She's only done 2 EWS events this year - Argentina & Colorado.
  • 8 0
 Anneke is one of those riders I'd love to see a self-documentary video series from. When I saw the aftermath of her at the Whip Offs... Last year? I instantly had a lot of respect for her, ignoring how accomplished a rider she is.
  • 2 0
 Aftermath? Do you have a link to pix or a story? Im not familiar with it.
  • 1 0
 @cwatt: oh damn. She's tough as nails.
  • 6 0
 Everytime I see a female bike rider it puts me in a good mood. I remember as a teenager on the local ski hill at the top there was a guy and his girlfriend on DH bikes, and I was pretty jealous.
  • 4 1
 High pressures in her fork, I realize the racers like stiffer setups. Curious what the PB peanut gallery runs in their pikes? List your weight, PSI, and tokens. I'm 210lbs, run 80-85 psi, and 2 tokens. Thinking of trying 3 tokens.
  • 3 0
 Or Lyrics
  • 3 0
 I'm 160lbs without gear running 85psi, and one token in my Lyrik.
  • 1 0
 160mm pike, 180 lbs nakey. 95 psi and 3 tokens. Monarch plus, debonair with 3 bands
  • 2 0
 160mm Pike. I weigh 180 currently and run 65 psi and 3 tokens with 5 clicks of LSC and 6 clicks of rebound.
  • 1 0
 I'm 6', 155lbs without pack. In my 150mm Yari I run 70PSI, 2 Tokens, 4 clicks of rebound and 5 clicks on the compression. Out back the Monarch Plus get 2 bands, 158PSI, 3 clicks on rebound, M/M tune.
  • 1 0
 50-55 psi on a l80 lyric with no tokens. i'm about 185'ish with gear and like to ride in the downward direction.
  • 1 0
 150, not sure about gear weight (3-4 lbs?) 160 pike 88 psi, 1 spacer. Compression and rebound close to the middle. Rear float ctd w/ corset sleeve 215psi 2 spacers. Sb-66
  • 1 0
 160mm Pike, 200lbs geared up, 68-73 psi w/ 2 tokens and all the compression.
  • 3 0
 160mm pike here, I'm 160lbs and run about 58psi and 3 tokens in my fork.
  • 1 0
 I went with 2 tokens. Back to 1 .
  • 1 0
 215lbs, 75-80 psi with 3 tokens and 3 clicks of LSC
  • 1 0
 170mm Lyriks. I'm 200lbs with gear on, 100psi, 3 tokens.
  • 1 0
 @kes2903: 160 mm pike. Two tokens. 155#. 70psi.
  • 1 0
 170mm Lyrik, 2 Tokens, 58 psi @ 65kg without gear.
  • 1 0
 I can't remember and cba to check, but I'm on 2 tokens. I found it night and day better to go with a slightly lower pressure and quicker ramp up when it comes to small bump compliance, which the increased number of tokens allows you to do... A bit of experimentation works wonders.
  • 1 0
 155lbs. 160mm pike. I go between 55-60psi, with two bottomless tokens, and 2 clicks of LSC at 60psi. At 55 I run about 7 clicks of LSC. I'm not sure what clicks my rebound is, but around the middle to slightly slower. I tinker each ride, and still dialing it in what I like best.
  • 1 0
 I'm 190lbs, 160 Pike no tokens, 70psi, LSC in the middle, 4 clicks of rebound from full open. Rear CCBD-CS 170psi no bands. Too many adjuster knobs to describe, but it works nicely.
  • 1 0
 @bicimane: Is that LS compression with the Motion Control damper on the Yari? Or HS? How do find it affects the ride?
  • 1 0
 I'm around 55 to 65 kgs( sorry for rough estimate but my scales are broken xD)
200mm boxxer 3 progression tokens 0 to 5 clicks of compression dependant on track 82 psi ( i think? )
10 percent sag
  • 6 0
 rear mech is soo low..or is just me?
  • 2 0
 May just be the gear she's in, but yeah, it seems like in 1st gear it will be scrubbing the ground.
  • 3 0
 I've seen a few articles stating 165mm of rear squish, but GT claims 160mm on their site... You won't feel a 5mm difference, but what gives?

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  • 24 1
 ***cough cough***
That's what she said.
  • 3 1
 I suspect that there is the difference due to the I-drive. Because the bottom bracket is moving relative to the front and rear triangle, there are two different references you can measure to. The bottom bracket is moving up through the suspension travel, leading to the 160mm figure, and the rear axle moves upward/ radially by 165mm when measured to the center of the main pivot.
  • 3 0
 @Droppah-post-kid: well that clears that up then
  • 4 0
 Vittoria Goma tires are seriously sketchy in loose or wet terrain
  • 1 0
 Heck yeah they are.
  • 2 2
 Depends on the rubber compound. They make some seriously sticky stuff.
  • 1 0
 @bogey: My tires said "sticky" right on the sidewalls
  • 3 1
 According to Stan's - the Vittoria brand is not compatible... Must have some big ass levers cause I know they fit tight.
  • 1 0
 I've put vittoria tires on stans rims and let me tell you, it took a lot of effort! Super tight bead fit.
  • 1 0
 Indeed. It's the only tire that I haven't been able to get on a rim!
  • 7 1
 As a shop mech, fuck vittoria.
  • 1 0
 @mnorris122: I mean, some of their treads are pretty nice, but those beads. They've always insanely tight on rims, except for the one that I had that was so loose it didn't want to seal up tubeless.
  • 5 2
 No chain guide?
  • 2 0
 Last paragraph, I thought it said, "Pre race Poutine".
  • 2 0
 Aluminium? 170mm Lyrik upfront? Braaaap!!!!
  • 2 2
 Interesting that Anneke is still on the Monarch Plus (as opposed to a Super Deluxe).
  • 7 0
 That will be because the Sanction was designed around a shock with imperial measurements. To change to a metric shock halfway through a season is a big deal for the company as they would have to create a custom linkage just to fit the shock, which would potentially change the geometry. You would then have to do a substantial amount of testing and possibly make a new swing arm to get the geo the riders want. probably a bit too much effort for middle of their season.
  • 3 2
 would she benefit on a carbon frame?
  • 5 0
 The benefit of carbon is the stiffness to weight ratio, it's not a performance enhancing wonder-drug. If they made a carbon Sanction, she would likely be on it.
  • 1 1
 @ski-or-die: My point; GT doesn't have one yet.
  • 3 2
 @likeittacky: The GT Force is carbon, which is an awesome looking bike. I personally like it better than this one.
  • 1 0
 wheels are round, they roll just fine.
  • 2 0
 Drop what?
  • 6 0
 I'm guessing 'shoulder', but took me a couple of minutes to get it.
  • 8 0
 chain. She learned that from Gwin
  • 1 0
 Doesnt she know that isn't a girls bike.....doh. /sarcasm.
  • 1 0
 20 psi , no roll ?
  • 1 0
 59 kg, DH casing (on rear), 2.4" tyre on a 26.6mm internal width rim. She uses precision, timing and pressure control so no problem with tyre roll.
  • 6 0
 She only weighs 130lbs
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