Leanna Gerrard - Bike Check

Sep 12, 2008
by Tyler Maine  
Leana Gerrard is from the Pacific North West and grew up cutting her teeth on the BMX and then MTB race circuits. She specializes in gate racing but loves the DH side just as much. Recently Leana's season came to a halt after a big off in New York, but that hasn't stopped her from being stoked and looking forward to next season. I had a chance to sit down with her and her custom set up Cannondale Rize that she races for 4X and Dual.

Have a look at her race machine and her video interview inside:No stranger to racing, we run into Leana all over the place it seems. From the NMBS races, to Sea Otter, to the Fluidride Cups and events in Whistler, gravity racing is her gig. This season Leana is on the Cannondale / Mona Vie squad and is their only gravity representative, so expectations were high. A strong start had things looking up and a cross country road trip with various venues awaited. Unfortunately the road trip was cut short due to an injury in New York, but she still wants to share her new ride with all of us, so have a read and enjoy the pics and video.

For this year Leana really wanted to build up a capable 4X / Dual racing machine that was light and strong. Having previously raced the Prophet and a Jeckyl before that, it was time to start with a light weight frame and built it up properly. She chose the Rize as the frame to build from and the results look good.

Having a light frame is one thing but if you heavy parts on it, then well you've defeated the purpose of the frame. The Rize has been built up to a feather weight at 26.6 lbs with parts from Shimano, Kore, Fox, Kenda, Crank Bros., Goodridge and e.13.

By running the Lefty up front, Leana is able to get the front end lower to where she wants it to be. In the rear, she's installed a shorter stroke Fox Float RP3 rear shock to slacken out the bike too. This is all to give it a better stance for racing.

Check out her complete build spec:

Frame and sizeCannondale Rize(White and Black)
•Medium Frame
•130mm of rear Travel
Rear ShockFox RP3
ForkCannondale Lefty
•Rebound and Compression adjustments
HeadsetCannondale Internal
CrankarmsShimano XTR
Bottom BracketShimano XTR X-Type
PedalsCrank Bros. Mallets Clips
CassetteShimano Dura Ace 9-Speed
Rear DerailleurShimano XTR Mid Cage
Shifter Cable/HousingShimano
Shifter PodsShimano XTR Rapid Fire Plus 9 speed
HandlebarKORE OS Risers(31.8mm)
StemSIC(31.8mm)- Lefty Specific
GripsODI Rogue Lock-Ons
BrakesShimano XTR with 6" rotors
Front WheelCannondale Lefty hub with KORE rim
Rear WheelKORE Durox 135x10mm
TiresKenda Nevegal Tubeless 2.1
SaddleKORE I-beam
SeatpostKORE I-beam
Extras•e.13 LG-1 Chain Guide
•Goodridge Brake lines in Green
•Weight=26.6 lbs

Video interview with Leana Gerrard and her Cannondale Rize:
Views: 5,882    Faves: 1    Comments: 3

To learn more about Leana Gerrard and her adventures please visit www.leanagerrard.com.


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  • 16 2
 I wish I could ride 4X on a 26lb. bike without busting it.
  • 13 1
 I think a lot of us do. That is the beauty of a full sponsorship. Destroy a bike, get another one.
  • 1 2
 its actually a crabon frame! so ya if your big... probably not a good idea for 4X! haha
  • 0 0
 it's actually an aluminum frame, with carbon seatstays.
  • 8 0
 Awesome looking bike and beautiful lady. Not much more to say!
  • 12 7
 Beautiful bike (for a woman) and a beautiful rider Smile Wish You good luck Lady Smile
  • 4 1
 i'd be looking into the new crank bros cobalt rim it looks light, tough and as sharp as this rider here!!
  • 4 0
 So nice. Hard work. Good Job. Looks amazing.
  • 4 0
 sick bike
altho i think i might be a little heavy for it Razz
  • 0 0
 Props girl, I remember you when you were just a wee lass on the WIM series back in the day. Stoked to know you are still killing it up here in the PNW. Maybe I can get you and Amelia to start a One Ghost woman's squad up here Dragon
  • 2 0
 Incredible girl. Neat looking bike, probably rips it up on it \m/ Good luck to you Leana!
  • 2 0
 sick looking bike, for a cannodale. does anybody know if you can get the brake lines alone?? nice way to add some bling..
  • 1 1
 They're Goodridge brakelines, fairly easily available. Available in Black/White/Clear/Carbon/Red/Blue/Green hoses with Black/Silver/Red/Blue/Gold fixings.
  • 3 0
 sweet setup, but is it just me or is that frame rather big?
  • 0 0
 looks tiny to me... perfect.
  • 0 1
 Look into the words of Colin Chapman: go faster by adding lightness.
Come on, can you find a lighter and stiffer, more appropriate race fork? She's on a Cannondale, Farrar21. What do you think she's going to run?
Lefty works great. Don't be a hater.
  • 2 0
 Cool bike! Love the green brake lines!
  • 3 1
 hey i know that girl through a friend
  • 2 1
 it hella looks like a xc bike tho, just the frame shape and geo cool to put a lefty on a 4x bike tho
  • 1 1
 Great bike Leana... good luck with your Winter training and a strong season next year.
  • 0 0
 chicks that ride ar fucking rad! and yeah cali. would be a fairly warm place to train during the winter!
  • 1 0
 how ironic is it that she's riding a lefty fork and busted her left leg.
  • 1 1
 BIKE check one two, one two. haha dude that thing is dope.....26lbs. whattttttttttt.
  • 1 2
 Wonder how the lefty feels? I honestly wouldnt trust it for the things I do!
GO BIG...cuz if you crash then your now riding hard enough!!!
  • 0 0
 actually the left is way sterdy!(how ever you spell that?)

saw a guy take a 10 foot drop on it.. and held up fine!
  • 1 0
 Very nice bike. I think the one fork is cool :p
  • 1 0
 This girl seems very rad, I'd sponsor her.
  • 0 0
 the lefty in 4X isnt a new idea ive sen old videos of cedric gracia runnin a lefty on his hardtail 4X bike
  • 0 0
 Using a Lefty for 4x isn't new. Cedric used them, and so did Aaron Chase back when he did 4x.
  • 1 0
 you cant forget that lopes & missey G raced on the lefty two
  • 0 0
 No one has trashed talked the lefty yet...what's going?
  • 0 0
 whats wrong with the lefty? it's inverted, stiff and bitchin' can't forget light, perfect for mountain cross.
  • 0 0
 injury in NY.... Was that at plattekill? I saw a girl brake her hip there.
  • 1 1
 whats up with the lefty is it sopposed to make it bettter or something
  • 0 0
 ive never seen a fork like that before lol
  • 0 1
 just so u knowy lefty as sik forks, and its probably custom.
  • 0 1
 nice bike nice setup 26.6 lbs nice Weight Big Grin
  • 0 0
 LoL XC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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