Jared has been working through these changes with RockShox's Jon Cancellier, a name that might ring a bell to those familiar with SRAM's BlackBox program that's reserved for only their top riders. One thing that hasn't changed is Graves' preference for quite a lot of ramp-up through the fork and shock's stroke.
''I like my front and rear end set up with volume spacers to the point where I rarely even get full travel out of them, so that's what I've done with both the fork and the rear end.'' You can imagine how progressive his setup must be if a guy as fast and aggressive as Jared isn't hitting bottom that often, all thanks to a handful of Bottomless Tokens.
That also includes the new MRP SXg chain guide and its no-contact lower element that he'll bolt on when the course demands a bit of extra protection. Don't expect the close-ratio X01 DH seven-speed cassette to be on his bike when it's time to race enduros, though, as he'll likely mount up a much wider range XX1 block for big days on the bike.
Graves was coy when it came to anything else he might be changing up, saying ""We also have the Stumpjumper as well, and we've got a few sneaky things in the works that I guess we can't talk about right now. I think it's going to be pretty cool, the things we have planned for the start of the EWS," but he stopped short of giving up any hints.