Tracy Moseley is one of the world’s fastest women. In addition to winning a DH World Championship, she’s won three consecutive EWS titles. After nearly twenty years of racing, she retired last year, but came off the couch and swept the field last month at the EWS race in Ireland.
Her race bike of choice is a Trek Remedy 29er. It’s a completely stock frame, except for the factory paint.
For most events, Tracy pairs the 140mm of rear travel with a 150mm travel Fox 36. On races with rugged high alpine stages that are steep and chundery, she will occasionally use a 160mm fork.
She works with Fox at the start of each season to generate baseline settings over a day or two of rigorous testing. Depending on the course, she may make small tweaks, but her suspension settings generally stay the same throughout the year.
Up front she’s running her own signature edition handlebar from Deity Components. The version on her bike has a 735mm width, which was designed around her specific sizing needs. Deity also sells a wider 760mm version to accommodate larger riders.
While the vast majority of Enduro racers prefer 1x drivetrains, Tracy still clings to her front derailleur. She prefers the larger gear range because she hates having to push her bike uphill.
To make sure her chain stays in place, she utilizes a retention device from E13. She rarely experiences issues, but the combination of a front derailleur and chain guide have always enabled her to get the chain back on in a racing scenario.
One area where Tracy has worked quite hard with the product team at Bontrager is on tire development. To absolutely dominate as Tracy has over the past three years, she needed a tire with a strong casing at a decent weight, that still rolled fast.
According to her:
“Everyone thinks you need to be fast on stage, which you do, but you also have to ride for a full five hour day. So if you’ve got the super tackiest tire that you’re dragging along for five hours, it’s going to impact how fresh you are for the stage. So there’s a compromise”
One of the compromises she’s willing to make in order to gain free speed is using a cut-down tire. For example, at the last EWS stop she used a rear tire with the center knobs chopped to half height.
Tire choice is so important to Tracy, she originally raced enduro on a 27.5 bike because more tire options were available. Now that tires and other 29er components have caught up, she’s been riding 29ers exclusively.
In addition to her Trek Remedy 29er, she also rides a Top Fuel and Domane. The Domane allows her to rack up miles on the road to help maintain fitness, without putting the same wear and tear on her body that a mountain bike would. To keep her handling skills tack sharp, she rocks Trek’s premiere XC race bike. The short travel bike makes tame trails far more challenging and when she does finally hop on her big bike, it makes things feel easy.
Speaking of big bikes, she hasn’t ridden a downhill bike since she retired from the World Cup scene four years ago. She still rides DH tracks, but she’s been doing it on the Remedy. According to her, she never feels under gunned, but has decided to a get a new 27.5 downhill bike this season. Her impetus for getting back on a downhill bike after all this time is to help train some local girls on her development program who have expressed an interest in racing DH.
If you’re interested in learning more about Tracy’s racing schedule and more, visit https://www.tracymoseley.com/.