The Angry Singlespeeder: None More Blue

You never go full Enduro™, unless you’re going full Enduro™. In that case, you must wear all blue

Opinion

“Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.”

It’s an adage most commonly attributed to holy matrimony, but the age-old quip seems to also be quickly gaining traction in the ever-trendy world of Enduro™ racing. Yesterday, something very blue showed up on my doorstep—an Ibis Ripley; a bike that I plan to race the entire California Enduro™ Series with this year.

Now some people are already giving me static, saying “Hey bro, 120mm of travel and 29-inch wheels is totally not Enduro™, man.” But when you’re coming from racing on a 26” hardtail singlespeed, any full suspension bike is Enduro™, especially when it’s emblazoned in Pantone 801, the official hue better known as Enduro™ Blue.

So in classic ASS fashion, if I’m going to be participating in mountain biking’s biggest current cliché outside of fat bikes, I’m going all-in. Short of custom-painting components, in the parlance of Nigel Tufnel from Spinal Tap, my Enduro™ racing bike and wardrobe will be “none more blue.”

I got right down to business and started researching what I could waste my hard-earned dollars on that’s Enduro™-specific and blue. I was quickly overwhelmed by the choices, but here’s a short list of how my dream Enduro™ build will go.

Components

I’ve got the Enduro™ Blue frame and 140mm Fox Float 34 with Enduro™ Blue graphics, now it’s time to fill it out with Enduro™ Blue componentry.

Putting the “gon” in Ergon, the folks from Deutschland have gone fully Enduro, with a full line of Enduro™-specific components slathered in blue. The GE1 grip will most definitely be going on the Ripley, after all, Ergon says this grip is specifically engineered for Enduro™, which I think means that it’s also great for mountain biking.

Another Ergon product, the SME3 saddle, is also made specially for getting all Enduro™, featuring a v-shaped body to get behind the saddle easier, a flatter profile for more ergonomics and a shorter nose that doesn’t catch your Enduro™ Blue baggies as much. And of course, the SME3 sports blue side panels to make perfectly clear that this saddle is specifically engineered for Enduro™, which means it’s also great for sitting on.

When it comes to selecting a drivetrain for your Enduro rig, the choice comes down to the words of Morpheus; do you want the red pill or blue pill? Since this is Enduro™ the choice is obvious. The Ripley will be rocking shifty bits from Big Blue, better known as Shimano. A full range of XT and XTR will be bolted up for Enduro™ duty. The only unfortunate aspect is that none of the shifty bits have any blue in them, so I’ll have to run blue cable housing.

I would have loved to get some Mavic Crossmax Enduro™ wheels, because after all, they’re Enduro™-specific. With a wider front rim profile and a narrower rear rim, they’re perfect for getting all…well, you know… but there’s only one problem—they’re yellow. I guess the folks in France didn’t get the memo. It ain’t Enduro™ if it’s yellow, Pierre. Get with the program.

So instead it looks like I’ll be putting some Nawth Cackalacka ano bling bling on the Ripley, and equip it with a set of Industry Nine 29” Enduro wheels, featuring anodized blue hubs, spokes and nipples. Industry Nine claims the Enduro wheels are reliable and strong while still being lightweight enough for long backcountry excursions. I don’t know about all of that, but what I do know is that these things are Enduro™ Blue and they roll in a circle. That’s good enough for me.

Apparel

Since Shimano components don’t feature much blue, I’ll have to make up for it by rocking an Enduro™ Blue Shimano windbreaker, some X-Series sunglasses and one of their slick and comfy new day packs called the Hotaka. Shimano says its “Lightning Blue,” but come on, we all know what color it really is.

Club Ride has me covered on the apparel front, featuring a Precinct jersey and Fuze baggy shorts in, you guessed it, Enduro™ Blue. As a bonus, the Club Ride gear is comfortable and looks good even off the bike when you’re refueling with some Enduro™-specific food and alcoholic beverages, so there’s no need to bring an Enduro™-specific podium change of clothes with you.

When it comes to head protection, there’s no other choice than a POC lid. Arguably the one product that forever associated the color blue with Enduro™, the POC Trabac Race features MIPS system technology, an impact protection system proven to help reduce the risk of concussion when you eventually run out of Enduro™-specific talent.

POC also makes some very snazzy gloves, with touch screen compatible fingers to show all your friends on Facebook how Enduro™ you are. I’m not sure the gloves are engineered specifically for Enduro™, but they’re blue, so they’re acceptable by default.

Footwear is proving to be a little tougher. Shimano only has their Enduro™-approved SH-AM41 shoe in black, the Mavic Crossmax Enduro is only available in yellow or white and the Giro Terraduro in black or red. I’m seeing a completely untapped market here. If someone were to just make an Enduro™-specific shoe in Enduro™ Blue, my entire wardrobe would be complete. Anybody got any hot leads?

Editor’s Note: The Angry Singlespeeder is a collection of mercurial musings from contributing editor Kurt Gensheimer. In no way do his maniacal diatribes about all things bike oriented represent the opinions of Mtbr, RoadBikeReview, or any of their employees, contractors, janitorial staff, family members, household pets, or any other creature, living or dead. You can submit questions or comments to Kurt at singlespeeder@consumerreview.com. And make sure to check out Kurt’s previous columns.

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About the author: Kurt Gensheimer

Kurt Gensheimer thinks the bicycle is man’s most perfect invention. He firmly believes ‘singlespeed’ is a compound word. He sometimes wears a disco ball helmet. He is also known as Genshammer. He is a Gemini and sleeps outside in a hammock.


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  • Roger says:

    This is kinda getting old. I still don’t understand this Enduro label, is it a race format, or so what is it? I’ve seen the race at 2014 SeaOtter, it seems to be the same as XC. 90% of the bikes used on the race were XC rigs!! I think the guy who won it was wearing lycra?

  • Roger says:

    IBIS Ripley is an XC platform! So does this means your not going full Enduro?

  • Ergon says:

    The love child of XC and DH is enduro. More than anything, it’s a race format.

  • donaldo feen says:

    Angry Smurf Speeder

  • Jared says:

    Can someone please explain how the color blue became associated with the enduro format?

    • ken says:

      Pantone 801 is a cyan-ish color. Sometimes Pantone associates a name to the color. My guess is that Pantone 801 at one time was called Enduro. Since 801 is not on Pantone color chart anymore (only have blues like 801C, 801U, etc) and no longer use the word Enduro, Specialized must have sued them for copyright infringement on the enduro word. After all, everyday someone confuses a color with a mountain bike.

  • Rusty Shakleford says:

    I, for one, can’t wait to see this thing built up. With all the biking variations, I’m glad they’re finally color coding everything to make it easy to know what the intended purpose is. But what discipline is high-vis yellow?

  • Moshe says:

    How about some Enduro blue socks and blue tinted sunglasses

  • Teleken says:

    Shifty Bits? Whaaaa? Now you’ll be the Angry Shifty Bits Guy too.

  • P2 says:

    I’ve got the same wheels, and in Enduro Blue. But my nipples seem to be missing…

  • The Jimmy says:

    I was hoping I could enduro but I am still on a 26 inch bike. So for now I will have to all mountain until I can afford a 27.5 bike, and then I will finally be able to enduro.

    • JimmyH says:

      I think it depends on how wide your tires are. If they are 2.3 wide but not wider than 2.5 I think it classifies as enduro. My 26 rigid single speed is definitely enduro!

  • Shawn says:

    I don’t get it. You’re spending thousands of dollars on a lame joke? In your Sea Otter article you said you couldn’t afford all this new super expensive high-end gear; guess that was BS. Do you like the enduro racing format, or are you participating in it ironically to make fun of the ‘posers’? One thing’s for sure, you’re really into having pictures of yourself in the articles you write.

    • Sparkplug says:

      I think it is funny. Enduro is racing format not a style or type of riding. Remember there use to be Trail, All Mountain, freeride bikes. In the latest Bike magazine Bible bike test, they threw out the “trail bike” category and just named everything “All Mountain”. Isn’t that what “Enduro” riding is?. The bike industry is just making “enduro” products to sell the hype of enduro racing and make people think they need to buy the latest “enduro” equipment that this or that pro enduro rider is using.
      The one good thing that can come out of it is maybe we will be left with only 4 types of bikes to choose from, cross country, enduro, downhill and single speed (OMG i forgot about FAT BIKES! and Gravel Bikes!) but i doubt it.

  • Gregg Kato says:

    Hey ASS, Giro just answered your shoe question:
    http://new.pitchengine.com/pitches/cf201985-a51c-4d4d-a1fb-1977951a9393

  • David Haik says:

    The dude writes amusing articles that are not to be taken seriously. Maybe his grandma gave him the money for the blue bike. Maybe be it’s a social experiment to see how the enduro brahs respond to it because it’s their color, but not their preferred spec.

  • Tom says:

    On Fire!

    Pix NOW!

    Of course, I know you realize that Enduro Blue is last year’s Enduro color.

  • Paul says:

    Here’s some blue rims to complete your build:
    http://www.project321.com/images/bike/stans-rims-all-lg.jpg

  • Moe says:

    Kurt, don’t you know that Enduro “Blue” is the new black?

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