Today while you might be heading out for a great post-work ride on your local trails, Adam Frederiksen is packing the bike and flying to Winnipeg, Manitoba for the final stop of the 2016 Ultra Fat Bike series, the Actif Epica. Here Adam gives you a rundown of his bike set up for these races long distance races. Having recently completed the Tuscobia 160 and Arrowhead 135 Ultra, once completing the Epica, Adam will be joining the Order of the Hrimthurs an honor given to riders who complete all three in one season. It is a short list.
Adam approached us last season after completing the Actif Epica. Pivot had just released the new LES fat and we were quick to get Adam and Ryan on the first available bikes. After riding most of the summer on a 29+ set up of Sarma Naran Carbon rims we recently switched Adams build to the HED Big Deal 85mm carbon wheels, an ultralight rim for endurance racing. Here is a complete run down of Adam’s killer build!
Frame: Pivot LES Fat Carbon – Large – 197mm Rear/150mm front Spacing – Swinger rear drop outs – Adjustable BB height for all rim and tire combos
Drivetrain: Sram X1 1×11 Shifter, Derailleur, XG1195 Cassette, Raceface Next SL Crank, 32t DM Chainring
Brakes: Formula R1 – 180/160mm Rotors
Cockpit: Jones Carbon Loop Bar (Carbon helps for warmth and dampening), Thompson Stem, Thompson Seatpost, Sheepskin Covered Leather saddle (Warm and Funky)
Bags: Relevate Frame bag, Sweet roll, Toptube bag, Viscacha Seatpost Bag, Outdoor Research Insulated 32oz bottle parka
Wheels: HED Big Deal 85mm Carbon rims on Industry Nine Hubs, Sapim CX ray Spokes
Tires: 45NRTH Dillinger 5 custom Studded
Total Packed Weight – Sub 43 lbs
Our man Adam Frederiksen shares his choices for apparel when racing an Ultra like the Arrowhead 135. Spending 20+ hours on a bike in the cold is a true test to any apparel system. These tips will help you choose the right items to layer for just about any ride and aerobic activity outdoors in winter. We are fortunate to have so many great choices for performance fabrics and insulation these days to keep you warm and dry during activity but we also love our natural fibers like Merino Wool as one of the best for next to skin dryness and warmth when wet. The key is applying the right layers for the temperature and the effort of your activity and there are likely few activities more challenging than the Arrowhead Ultra.
To recap what Adam has covered in this video, here is a list of the items he used during the Arrowhead 135, Tuscobia and the upcoming Actif Epica.
Hydration – Relevate Wompack with Hydraheater – One of the best solutions to keeping water consumable in the cold
Helmet – POC Trabec Race – You only have one head, protect it well
Goggles – Double lens vented – We like Smith IO and other helmet compatible models with an interchangable lense.
Head – Icebreaker Merino Buff/balaclava, Merino headband (worn over ears and across your nose)
Bottoms – Gore Windproof Boxers, Icebreaker wool bottoms, Ibex Climawool Pants with softshell outers
Top – Icebreaker 150 weight merino tank or T, Icebreaker 260 weight Merino wool mid layer, Ibex Climawool jacket
Feet – Polypro liner Socks, Smartwool Merino PHD midweight socks, 45nrth Wolfgar boots (these are expedition boots for long ultras and Adam who gets cold toes after 10 hours in the saddle, we recommend the Wolvhammer as the ideal boot for warmth in most use)
Hands – 45nrth Merino wool liner glove, Relevate Pogies (this is a great combination as you get the dexterity of a light glove and the supreme warmth of a Pogie. Keep food warm in your pogies and be able to easily grab those snacks or other items out of your bags)