chose her dual-suspension S-Works Era 29 for Vallnord's World Cup XC race this weekend - the very same orange and blue bike that she raced in the Olympic XCO in Brazil. The current World Champ's bike looks quite conservative compared to many of the wilder cockpit arrangements we are used to seeing in the cross-country pits. With one exception, the components are split between Specialized and SRAM, with an Eagle XX1 transmission, sporting a 34-tooth chainring; Level Ultimate brakes; and a RockShox SID 29 Brain-equipped fork. Annika's wheels, seatpost, handlebar, and saddle are carbon fiber goodies plucked from the high-dollar shelves at the Big S's Morgan Hill headquarters. The Era 29's Brain-equipped SID fork is paired with a Brain-equipped Fox Float Kashima shock, giving the Danish ripper a possible advantage on the Vallnord course, as she will not be wasting time and concentration flipping levers to firm up her suspension for the climbs. The Brain's mass valves do that job admirably and automatically.
All tallied, Annika's S-Works Era 29 may be a conservative build, but considering the Danish rider's penchant for airing drops and jumps, it showcases her skillset. The stripes on her kit tell the rest of the story. specialized.com
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