Broderick won four of six stages in Colorado to pick up his first EWS event win of the season. Photo by Eddie Clark
For a time, Michael Broderick was among the best XC racers in the United States. But like a lot of his U.S.-born peers, he was never able to truly break through at the World Cup level. But that, along with Broderick’s discipline of choice, has recently changed. Indeed, Broderick, now 42, sits atop the men’s masters standings of the Enduro World Series. Last weekend at the Whistler stop, he finished a close second to mountain bike hall of famer Brian Lopes.
“When I was racing cross-country, I could always descend with the best guys at the highest level,” Broderick told Mtbr. “But if you cant climb with them it doesn’t matter. That’s why I decided to give enduro a shot. It’s given me a chance to reinvent my riding — and when we started working with Intense suddenly I had access to the right bike that could handle just about anything.”
That right bike is the Intense Carbine 29C with 140mm of rear travel and 160mm up front. Mtbr caught up with Broderick and his bike fresh off his overall event win at the Enduro World Series stop in Aspen-Snowmass, Colorado. Read the Mtbr review of this bike — and scroll down for a closer look at Broderick’s race rig.
The Intense Carbine 29C is a 140mm trail bike that can be converted to 125mm. Broderick swapped out all the stock bolts for Ti hardware.
Broderick runs a 40mm Truvativ stem clamped around 760mm Renthal bars. The reason for all those spacers? “I’m an up in front down in back racer,” he explained. “It’s a product of age and injuries, and it helps me stay comfortable on the bike, and with my jumping, too. I come from cross-country so it helps me feel less over the bars.”
Rear travel can be adjusted by changing where the rear shock is mounted on the upper link. This doesn’t affect the bike’s geometry. Of course Broderick rarely (if ever) reduces suspension when racing on the EWS circuit.
Now 42, Broderick’s sponsors include Kenda, Stan’s NoTubes, Intense, Crankbrothers and SRAM.
Broderick and his partner/teammate Mary McConneloug have a long running relationship with Kenda Tires. In Colorado, he was running 29×2.2” Nevegal Pros wrapped around Stan’s NoTubes Bravo wheels.
Former U.S. Olympian Mary McConneloug still primarily focuses on XC racing, but she can also hold her own on a trail bike. She finished 36th in the pro class in Colorado. McConneloug and Broderick spend most of their time in Europe, where they have an RV that they live in. Her enduro race bike is a full carbon 27.5 Intense Tracer.
Pedals are Crankbrothers Mallet E with titanium spindles.
Broderick prefers to have all his controls on one side of the bars.