Okay, so you've been training all summer for the Single Speed World Championships '05. You could not be more fit or squeeze one more ounce of performance out of your body- your legs can already produce enough horsepower to light up Boston. You've honed your cyclocross dismount/remount until the transition from riding to running and back again is smooth as butter, and your racing tactics have been refined by a hard summer of XC racing to the point where every time you look at another cyclist some primordial predatory instinct stands the hair up on your neck and starts you growling. You've gone on epic rides with a Camelback filled with Guinness so you'll be ready in case of pound-beer-get-shortcut course options. Your racing tutu is fresh back from the cleaners and you're totally pumped and raring to go down there and tear it up...
now, assuming you could create the perfect bike specifically for the SSWC05 race, what would you bring?
The course looks like a complete dog's breakfast- you've got to negotiate 30 miles of rocky climbs, fireroads, tight ridge trails; the whole gamut and all as fast as humanly possible. What would the fastest possible off-road SS for this course look like?
Custom steel with padded top-tube?
Mountain bike with thin semi-slicks and canti's?
Open-Pro's with cyclo-cross tires?
Bamboo seatpost with hidden ninja throwing knives?
Sneaky-peat style Scott full carbon XC frame disguised as grungy city bike?
80's-vintage shoulder strap in the front triangle?
34X12 gearing that you can hardly ride but know you'll be able to hammer past anyone in a final sprint?