Fastest bike in Trans-Sylvania Epic pro women’s race

Kaysee Armstrong and her LIV Pique Advanced take top XC honors

27.5 Race Coverage Women's
Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

2017 Trans-Sylvania Epic winner Kaysee Armstrong rides a LIV Pique Advanced. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Over a long Memorial Day holiday weekend, Kaysee Armstrong (LIV) made it two years in a row of winning the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic, a five-day mountain bike stage race in State College, Pennsylvania. We took a look at the bike Armstrong used for the four cross country stages. Like many of the top contenders, she used a different bike for the enduro stages.

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

Kaysee Armstrong charges toward a second straight TSE overall title. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

“This is the best bike I’ve had in years,” said Armstrong of her LIV Pique Advanced. “The 27.5 wheels work better for me in these rock gardens than 29er wheels, plus it lets me have a bit more travel in the front.”

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

A Maxxis Tomahawk (2.3”) is on the front. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Armstrong didn’t make any major changes to her bike set up for the Trans-Sylvania Epic, but she did run a slightly wider than usual front tire to better handle the infamously rocky central Pennsylvania terrain. Scroll down to see more of this winning bike.

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

A SRAM XX1 drivetrain powers Armstrong’s bike. She runs a 34-tooth ring up front. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

A stock Fox Float CTD Factory fork handles front suspension. It has a FIT4 damper, 15mm thru-axle, Boost, OverDrive and 120mm travel. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

A custom TakeAim fender protects against mud, which was especially common in the 2017 edition of the race. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

A Nox Composite 27.5-inch wheel is on the front. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

A Nox Composite 27.5-inch wheel is on the back. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

A Maxxis Ardent Race tire (2.3”) is on the rear. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

This compass helps Kaysee Armstrong keep track of which way she is going.
Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

Shimano Deore XT brakes are on the front and rear. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

A SRAM 12-speed Eagle 10-50 rear cassette gives her plenty of gears. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

Her bike is blinged out with gold Industry Nine hubs. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

A SRAM XX1 rear shifter changes gears. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

Her bike came standard with Giant’s dropper post. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

Internal cable routing helps keep things clean. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

At a race like Trans-Sylvania Epic, a flat tire can cost you the win so carrying an accessible spare is important. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

Rear suspension is handled by a Fox Float Factory EVOL. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

A view of the cockpit. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

Kaysee Armstrong’s LIV Pique Advanced

Kaysee Armstrong charges toward a second straight TSE overall title. Photo courtesy of Trans-Sylvania Epic Media Team

To learn more about this bike head to www.liv-cycling.com. For more on the race visit outdoorexperience.org.

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