Reader Jason was brave enough to post the photo of his Sub 9 Death March Death Rig to The Best Bike Blog EVER's Facebook page. He was the only one. The Death March causes cyclists to evaluate everything. Jason's running a seatbag big enough to carry a bible and a wooden stake in case of a zombie encounter at one of the cemetery checkpoints. Personally, thinking maximum power on the roads and minimal time in singletrack, I even considered road pedals. The test ride was unsuccessful, road pedals are not a good idea if you have to walk more than 3 steps in the mud or run from a pack of zombies and/or vampires. Like Jason, I opted for the happy medium of Candy SL's, a platform for the road and good mud clearing. Most readers were afraid of sharing team secrets or having their fragile cycling ego's crushed by the scrutiny of bloggers with a paint program and way too much time on their hands. Jason, we commend you. Now prepare for the scrutiny.
Jason, like over 150 others spent the last week matching his bike to the exact percentages of gravel, pavement, dirt road and singletrack their team plans to encounter. Judging by the Jet Race file-treadish rear tire and knobby front, we figure Jason is making the most of the gravel roads and minimizing muddy uphill singletrack exposure. Others planning to ride mountain bikes, will no doubt try to take advantage of the singletrack shortcuts between check points. I will say it right now, we will likely see a road bike with 28c file treads barely clearing the fork crown and seatstays.
Right at this minute, Jason is reconsidering his rear tire choice, as noted by the extra wheel. He may also want to take care of that mis-matched red cable housing near the rear derailluer tainting his otherwise pristine Death Rig or it will drive him nuts for 4-5 hours on Saturday. Yeah, that was the first thing we noticed.
Good luck y'all. For details and to register click here for the Sub 9 Death March Website.