Check out Matt Ryan's Specialized S-Works Enduro with 160mm travel, front and rear, Specialized e160 fork, dual front rings, Command Post BlackLite and Magura MT8 carbon brakes. <b>By Sven Martin</b>
Matt's bike was one of the lightest at Trans Provence. Going smaller than most in the tire department with 2.2's front and rear, but still keeping the casing nice and tough.
Sometimes the trails were well defined and clear other times you could pick your own lines. The 160mm travel of his Enduro allowed for the unexpected.
Custom paint for Matt as one of Specialized's riders. Sleek and light even at 160mm of travel.
Dual ring Gamut guide and Shimano XTR cranks for the long week of racing.
10 speed really is the way forward for enduro racing, allowing Matt to stay in the big ring up front for all the timed stages, even when there is the odd steep climb.
Specialized Roval Traverse wheels ran trouble-free through the event. You can run them as QR, our over sized end caps (OS 28), 15mm thru, and 20mm thru on the front, just swap the caps. 27 spokes up front.
The Roval Traverse wheels use 28mm rim profile 32 spokes in the rear. The durable rear wheel converts between 135mm and 142mm.
Custom Fox RP23 Adaptive Logic shock with Kashima coating. Boost Valve and 3 open-position compression settings, ProPedal, and rebound adjustment
Matt does some testing for Magura and was running the MT8 carbon brakes. These are some of the lightest brakes on the market. Also check out the little mod on the seat post lever to extend its reach for easy use.
5-inch Command Post BlackLite dropper is a must for European enduro. 4-inches is simply not enough for this terrain.
With no visor and a nutrition bottle you could be fooled into thinking Matt's strengths shine in the more-physical and pedal-heavy stages. To be competitive like Matt, however, you need to be a good all rounder. He had a stage win and placed high in the rough "DH" stages too.
Matt is a full time mechanic in Whistler. If you run into him, he's sure to have some tips on good Whistler Valley trails. He is also handy to have with when you need a new derailleur installed trailside in the middle of nowhere. Thanks Matt.
Matt Ryan did well on his first trip to Europe for Trans Provence. He placed 5th overall while grabbing a stage win along the way.