• New fibers

    About 3 hours before I left for this last road trip to Sea Otter and the Whiskey 50, a large shipment of team equipment arrived at my house from Germany. Mostly, it contained a mix of Rotwild FS and HT frames, Magura brakes & forks, Northwave shoes, Cratoni helmets, and a few other odd items. This AM I had a chance to dig into the boxes to see the new rocket ship for the season.

    2009 Topeak-Ergon team hardtailEnter bike number 1 for the season. This year, the Rotwild HT frames are carbon. This will replace the aluminum HT I have been racing on the last 2 years.

    2009 Topeak-Ergon team hardtailThe down tube is big and beefy. It is sure to be a stiff and efficient ride.

    2009 Topeak-Ergon team hardtailA 'nude' finish reveals the carbon throughout the entire frame.

    2009 Topeak-Ergon team hardtailFinally, a solid front end steers the bike and rider in the right direction.

    If all goes as planned, I hope to get this built up this weekend in time for a 9 hour training weekend. More photos to come as the build comes to an end.