China Peak, CA
China Peak, CA -This past Saturday up at the China Peak Resort on the Western side of the Sierras, Lopes took part in his 1st CA Enduro of the year. With temperatures in the upper 80’s & 4 stages starting at 8700 feet, it wasn’t just the loose, rocky, rough terrain that would test the racers. Starting stage 1 with a small crash & putting him 4sec behind, the pressure was on Brian to make up time and he did just that. 5.5 seconds were made up on stage 2, another 3 seconds on stage 3, & a whopping 13 seconds were gained on the roughest, most technical and steep stage 4, giving Lopes the overall win by 26 seconds in the Pro Elite category.
“It’s been a while since I’ve won a race and competing against some of these kids that are 20 years younger than me is only getting tougher, so it feels good.” “My bike set up was on point this weekend and my mechanic Joe had my bike dialed. I went with the Intense Carbine 29 because I felt like the big wheels would carry better speed through all the soft loose turns. I went with a 2.5 Maxxis Minion DHF up front and ran the new Maxxis 2.3 Aggressor in the rear, which I’d never used before and worked great.
Another new product I used was the X-fusion REVEL upside down fork. Moving that weight up away from the ground really gives the 29’r wheel a much lighter, more responsive feel compared to a traditional fork. I must have made the right choices as the clock doesn’t lie.” said Lopes.
To top off the weekend Brian also tied with Jeff Kendallweed for the fastest time through the speed trap and took the KOM award which was awarded to the winner of stage 3, proving once again that just like standing on the podium, some things simply don’t get old!
Brian Lopes Carbine 29 Highlights:
Size Medium, 140mm travel
X-Fusion Vector Rear Shock with prototype internals and 350lb Super Alloy Spring
X-Fusion Trace Fork with HLR Damper
Shimano XTR Shifter and Rear Derailleur, XTR 11-40t cassette, XTR cranks (175mm) and Wolftooth Dropstop Chainring 36t
Magura MT5 brakes
Factor 329 Carbon Wheelset
Maxxis Minion DHF 3C/EXO/TR front, High Roller II 3C/EXO/TR rear
KS Lev 150mm drop seatpost
HT T1 Pedals
Renthal Fatbar Carbon (760mm) and Apex Stem (50mm)
ODI Elite Series grips (prototype compound)
KMC X 11 SL SLC chain
Chris King headset and bottom bracket
WTB Silverado saddle