OK, now that I've actually ridden "hard" in a race I have questions. I should preface this by saying that I don't attribute my poor performance to my gear and that I'm not looking for upgrades just for the sake of spending money or that I have delusions of huge performance gains from spending money at my ability level -- I have to practice.
Brakes. I have Avid Shorty 4s. I've never ridden with Cantis before this bike, and until yesterday only on the road. They seemed weak to me. The race was wet grass, no mud. Still I didn't feel like they did a great job shaving speed. Change pads? Upgrade to something else?
Cranks. Lots of people were running single chain rings in the front. Now I can see why. Recommendations? You buy those Salsa chain ring guards? I'm running a FSA Gossamer Compact with a 36/46.
Pedals. Ran Eggbeaters and was generally OK with them. I think I may try something with more platform. Anyone using Candy SLs?