A Well-Considered Option

04.22.2015 | 8:27 am

Let’s imagine, for a moment, that you are a mountain biker. For many of you, this will take very little imaginifying, because you are in fact a mountain biker. 

And while we’re imagining, let’s go ahead and throw on this further supposition that you’ve got a knack for this mountain biking, which you’ve enhanced with years of experience.

You’ve become quite discerning.

Let’s imagine, now, that you, as a mountain biker, somehow get paid to ride mountain bikes. To try out lots and lots of mountain bikes and wheels and component combos. 

In other words, we are imagining that you are Jake Pantone of ENVE, whose title is something like “Director of Marketing”…but whose title might more accurately be “resident cycling savant and  product genius.” (if you want to see what he looks like, check any of ENVE’s “How To” videos, like the one on cutting carbon handlebars.) 

After a while, as Jake Pantone, you start to form a pretty clear picture of what a perfect mountain bike might be.

Which gave me an idea: I should ask Jake what bike he would get and how he would set it up, if he were the one to win the “Buy Gear, Make a Donation, Win the Ultimate ENVE/Specialized Dream Bike and Vacation” contest.

And I’m glad I did ask. Here’s what he said:

The Enduro 29er is considered by many the best all-mountain/enduro bike ever made.  Paired with our components…I’d have to agree.  

“Wow,” I thought. “I’ve never even considered that bike.” See, I tend to think inside a pretty narrow slice of the mountain biking universe: very light hardtail XC racers. And the Enduro is more of an “anything, anywhere, anytime” machine, which Specialized describes as the “world’s most advanced all-mountain machine.”

Here’s the color I’d go with:

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It also calls it a “155mm trail slaying rig,” but I’m opposed to using the word “rig” on principle; a frame that retails for $4000 is not a “rig;” it’s a marvel of technology and engineering.

Anyway, I was a little bit startled that in answering my question, Jake didn’t say which ENVE wheels he would pair up with this frame. 

So I asked.

“M70 all the way,” he replied — referring to the ENVE M70 Thirty 29 wheelset, which is light enough for climbing, but tough enough to take pretty much any bumps you can throw at it.  

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Jake elaborated that he’d get Chris King hubs on this wheelset, and that he’d add the ENVE DH Bar (ENVE’s video on how they tested their DH bar is worth watching) and a 40mm MTN Stem

This would be, according to Jake — and I am quoting here — “a super cool bike.”

Good News

So here’s the good news. When (it’s important to think “when,” not “if” for these kinds of things) you win this outrageously cool contest, I’m going to put you in touch with Jake at ENVE, and — whether you choose to build up this particular superbike or some other superbike — Jake will give you advice on which wheels and components from ENVE he’d recommend. 

Just think of it as an added perk to winning the contest.

As to whether you take your trip out to ride in Santa Cruz or at Gooseberry, well…you’re on your own for that particular decision (though I’d be happy to weigh in and further muddy the waters, if you’d like.)

Still a Good Deal

Recently, I told you (and only you) that this particular contest is an especially good one to enter, due to the fact that it has somehow managed to fly under the radar. This in spite of the fact that:

  • You could win an extraordinary bike. Really, an impossibly wonderful bike. Any Specialized S-Works frame, with any ENVE components, and a top-end SRAM drivetrain. 
  • You could win an extraordinary trip. Go to Gooseberry Mesa! Or to Santa Cruz! With Dave Thompson and me! So awesome it warrants the use of a near-infinite number of exclamation points!
  • Even if you don’t win, you can still get really great gear. Unlike many of my contests, in this one you can enter by buying 2015 FatCyclist gear, and the full price of your purchase is included in the drawing. 
  • You’re making a big difference. This is a fundraiser for World Bicycle Relief, which makes an immediate and massive difference in a person’s life every time they give away a $147 bicycle. This bicycle means being able to stay in school. It means a greater range for job opportunities. It means being able to reach patients in need of health care. 

Since then, this bike and contest have raised a total of just over $15K. Which is good…thought it’s still way below the value of the prize. 

So if you’re a contest nerd (like I am), I’d suggest that if the entries in are below the value of the prize in the contest…well, that’s not a bad contest to get into. In which case, hey: make a donation.


And if you’re the kind of person who likes to get maximum value out of your dollars, well, considering the fact that your Fat Cyclist Gear purchase automatically gets you that gear (the best-made gear I have ever offered, no less, at a great price), entry into this contest, and makes a donation to World Bicycle Relief…well, that’s kind of hard to beat.


  1. Comment by davidh-Marin,ca | 04.22.2015 | 9:39 am

    It is an awesome contest Fatty and I intend to donate, right after I help complete Wife#1’s WBR 50 for 50 fundraiser, and WBR’s Ride with Jaoa and Friends May 9th, and, …. you get the idea. But we will donate, we can’t let Carlos win everything.

    But please, don’t let MattC win. He’ll just take that new bike out and anger some wild bull.

  2. Comment by BostonCarlos (formerly NYC) | 04.22.2015 | 11:03 am

    The Enduro is sexy as all get out, but I think I’d still have to go with the Crux. In the neon colors. Or, I’d have the wife pick out a bike for herself. After all, it is OUR money that gets donated, but I always take the prizes. Maybe it’s her turn!

  3. Comment by AKChick | 04.22.2015 | 11:12 am

    David H – don’t forget about AKChick’s 100 miler for the American Lung Association Alaska Chapter Clean Air Challenge. :)

    I was going to buy shorts but then I signed up for this ride and had to fundraise for my own ride! So I’ll probably make a smaller general donation instead of buying more gear (depending on how much longer the order opp is open, I might be able to buy shorts by setting aside money from a couple paychecks).

  4. Comment by Nic Grillo | 04.22.2015 | 12:12 pm

    I saw those all over at Sea Otter. In fact, I paced with a guy from Specialized marketing riding one during the enduro, and couldn’t stop checking out his bike. Great looking rig.

  5. Comment by Nick | 04.22.2015 | 12:51 pm

    i have little to give, but WBR and heifer international are two groups i love to support.

  6. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 04.22.2015 | 12:52 pm

    I haven’t forgotten you Sasha! Just trying to remember the password Wife#1 uses for the kid’s accounts.

  7. Comment by AKChick | 04.22.2015 | 1:04 pm

    DavidH – LOL! Thank you for your support! My email is AKChick55 at Hotmail dot com – can you send me a link to your fundraising sites so I can make donations? :) Have to return the love!

  8. Comment by AKChick | 04.22.2015 | 1:05 pm

    Fatty aka Really Fit Guy with Awesome Quads – how long do we have to place an order? I really want shorts. :)

    The pre-order / fundraiser goes to the end of the month. Thanks for asking! – FC

  9. Comment by AKChick | 04.22.2015 | 9:16 pm

    Thanks FC!


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