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Rollin' on twenty-nines

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Twenty-four hour solo racing specialist Nat Ross

Twenty-four hour solo racing specialist Nat Ross (Image credit: James Huang)
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A dramatically dropped top tube

A dramatically dropped top tube (Image credit: James Huang)
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The beefy head tube area imparts front-end strength

The beefy head tube area imparts front-end strength (Image credit: James Huang)
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It looks like a standard Rock Shox Reba SL 29

It looks like a standard Rock Shox Reba SL 29 (Image credit: James Huang)
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Ross' cockpit is rife with carbon fiber bits

Ross' cockpit is rife with carbon fiber bits (Image credit: James Huang)
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The main pivot on the Gary Fisher HiFi

The main pivot on the Gary Fisher HiFi (Image credit: James Huang)
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SRAM also provides its PG-990 cassette.

SRAM also provides its PG-990 cassette. (Image credit: James Huang)
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…and dropout pivots.

…and dropout pivots. (Image credit: James Huang)
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Nat Ross' bike was spotted with a Fox Racing Shox RP23 rear shock

Nat Ross' bike was spotted with a Fox Racing Shox RP23 rear shock (Image credit: James Huang)
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Subaru-Gary Fisher endurance racer Nat Ross' Gary Fisher HiFi 29.

Subaru-Gary Fisher endurance racer Nat Ross' Gary Fisher HiFi 29. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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A dramatically dropped top tube rises up to meet the tall 29" fork and also provides plenty of standover clearance.

A dramatically dropped top tube rises up to meet the tall 29" fork and also provides plenty of standover clearance. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The beefy head tube area imparts front-end strength which is supplemented by the smoothed lower weld.

The beefy head tube area imparts front-end strength which is supplemented by the smoothed lower weld. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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It looks like a standard Rock Shox Reba SL 29 from afar…

It looks like a standard Rock Shox Reba SL 29 from afar… (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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…but a closer look reveals the 'Handling by Bontrager' and 'G2' (Genesis 2) decals, signifying a crown with increased offset for better 29"-specific handling.

…but a closer look reveals the 'Handling by Bontrager' and 'G2' (Genesis 2) decals, signifying a crown with increased offset for better 29"-specific handling. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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The main pivot on the Gary Fisher HiFi uses widely-set cartridge bearings to aid lateral stability.

The main pivot on the Gary Fisher HiFi uses widely-set cartridge bearings to aid lateral stability. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Asymetric chain stays are stiffer and lighter.

Asymetric chain stays are stiffer and lighter. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Bearings are also used in the suspension linkage…

Bearings are also used in the suspension linkage… (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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…and dropout pivots.

…and dropout pivots. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Nat Ross' bike was spotted with a Fox Racing Shox RP23 rear shock covered with Rock Shox decals. Apparently Ross will race on a new Rock Shox Monarch once the proper size is available.

Nat Ross' bike was spotted with a Fox Racing Shox RP23 rear shock covered with Rock Shox decals. Apparently Ross will race on a new Rock Shox Monarch once the proper size is available. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Nat Ross' name is on the top tube of his bike, but as far as he knows, his is the only fully-built one around for the time being.

Nat Ross' name is on the top tube of his bike, but as far as he knows, his is the only fully-built one around for the time being. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Team mechanic Matt Opperman built Ross' bike just up the road in Boulder, CO.

Team mechanic Matt Opperman built Ross' bike just up the road in Boulder, CO. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Ross' cockpit is rife with carbon fiber bits, including the Avid Juicy Ultimate lever blades and Bontrager carbon bar ends.

Ross' cockpit is rife with carbon fiber bits, including the Avid Juicy Ultimate lever blades and Bontrager carbon bar ends. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Ross prefers cork tape double-wrapped over a standard Bontrager grip, in contrast to the small-diameter models more commonly favored. Ross says the larger diameter aids in hand fatigue over the long haul.

Ross prefers cork tape double-wrapped over a standard Bontrager grip, in contrast to the small-diameter models more commonly favored. Ross says the larger diameter aids in hand fatigue over the long haul. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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A new PushLoc lever controls the lockout function on Ross' Motion Control-equipped Rock Shox Reba SL 29.

A new PushLoc lever controls the lockout function on Ross' Motion Control-equipped Rock Shox Reba SL 29. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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SRAM's proven X.0 BlackBox rear derailleur handles rear shifting duties.

SRAM's proven X.0 BlackBox rear derailleur handles rear shifting duties. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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SRAM also provides its PG-990 cassette. Hubs are made for Bontrager by DT Swiss.

SRAM also provides its PG-990 cassette. Hubs are made for Bontrager by DT Swiss. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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SRAM handles front shifting duties as well with its X-Gen front derailleur. Check out the anodized aluminum cable end cap.

SRAM handles front shifting duties as well with its X-Gen front derailleur. Check out the anodized aluminum cable end cap. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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One-piece Juicy Ultimate caliper bodies are found front and rear, along with heavier rotors borrowed from the Avid BB5 mechanical disc brake.

One-piece Juicy Ultimate caliper bodies are found front and rear, along with heavier rotors borrowed from the Avid BB5 mechanical disc brake. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Crank Brothers Candy 4Ti pedals are lightweight but offer a little more of a platform to prevent hot spots over a 24-hour period.

Crank Brothers Candy 4Ti pedals are lightweight but offer a little more of a platform to prevent hot spots over a 24-hour period. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Ross supplements his standard Bontrager Race X Lite crankset with stainless steel guards borrowed from the Race XXX Lite model.

Ross supplements his standard Bontrager Race X Lite crankset with stainless steel guards borrowed from the Race XXX Lite model. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Bontrager's new Dry X tires are said to stick like glue in its intended environment.

Bontrager's new Dry X tires are said to stick like glue in its intended environment. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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A 100% carbon fiber Bontrager Race XXX Lite stem is found up front.

A 100% carbon fiber Bontrager Race XXX Lite stem is found up front. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Cane Creek offers up its Zero Stack 2 internal headset.

Cane Creek offers up its Zero Stack 2 internal headset. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Ross prefers the Bontrager Race Pro TT saddle for its heavily-padded nose.

Ross prefers the Bontrager Race Pro TT saddle for its heavily-padded nose. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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An unusual choice for an off-road saddle, perhaps, but Ross says the extra padding makes all the difference as the clock approaches noon the next day.

An unusual choice for an off-road saddle, perhaps, but Ross says the extra padding makes all the difference as the clock approaches noon the next day. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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In contrast to minimalist XC racers, Ross prefers to be prepared in the event of a breakdown out on the course.

In contrast to minimalist XC racers, Ross prefers to be prepared in the event of a breakdown out on the course. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)
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Twenty-four hour solo racing specialist Nat Ross poses with his machine of choice, the Gary Fisher HiFi 29.

Twenty-four hour solo racing specialist Nat Ross poses with his machine of choice, the Gary Fisher HiFi 29. (Image credit: James Huang/Cyclingnews.com)

Pro bikes, August 16, 2007

Nat Ross' Subaru-Gary Fisher Gary Fisher HiFi 29

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