September 18, 2012

Rider Bio - Mike Joos

The 2012 season was Mike's 7th year riding at the pro level. He raced most of his career on the rocky, technical terrain in New England.  In 2012, he had a number of great results, including a second in at the Virginia State Championships.

  • Racing Age in 2012

  • Height/Weight
       6’ – 170 lbs

  • Hometown
       Reston, VA

  • Job
       Pond building &Cleaning/ Artist

  • Favorite Trail
       Fast and twisty

  • Favorite Race
       Nova Desert Classic, Fountain Hills, AZ

  • Best Race Result
       2nd Shootout on Angler's Ridge / Virginia Off Road Series 2012
       3rd Greenbrier Challenge AMBC 2012
       3rd French Creek On Rocks / MASS Series 2012
       3rd Bike Line XC @ Fair Hill / MASS Series 2012

  • Mountain Bike Advocacy
       Trail work

  • Glasses
       I’ve been using the Optic Nerve Eyres for most of the 2012 season

  • Shoes
       Sidi Dominators for spring summer and fall and Lake winter riding shoes for cold messy winter days.

  • Other items you ride with
       iPhone, Polar water bottles with GU recovery drink and Gatorade mixed half and half, Prestaratchet multi tool, mini leatherman, Prestaratchet tire lever, extra tube, lights for front and rear, headband, ear buds, extra powerlink, glueless patches, glue patches, and glue.  I ride prepared for the worst!

  • Frame/Size
       SCOTT Scale 29 Expert – Medium

  • Fork
       Rock Shox Reba 29

  • Headset

  • Front Derailleur
       Shimano XT

  • Rear Derailleur
       Shimano XT

  • Shifters
       Shimano XT

  • Brakes
       Avid, 160mm F, 160mm R

  • Crankset
       Shimano XT – Covered with clear Crankskins tape

  • Handlebar
       Salsa Moto Ace Flat, 5 degree bend – widest bars I could find with a 25.4mm clamp diameter.

  • Grips
       ESI, I like the Chunky softer type. They seem to get softer (better) the more they wear in.

  • Stem
       Dimension Threadless Mountain Stem, 135mm, 125 degree. This was the only stem I could find with the correct length/ degree combo to get my hands where I want them.  It only comes with 25.4mm clamp diameter, which limited my options for XC handlebars.

  • Pedals
       Shimano XTR

  • Saddle
       Bontrager Race Lux

  • Hubs
       Stan’s 3.30

  • Chain

  • Cassette and gearing
       Shimano XT – 11-36 cassette

  • Rims
       Stan’s NoTubes Crest 29

  • Tires
       Continental X-King 2.2 protection (front and rear) with Stan’s NoTubes sealant

  • Total Bike Weight
       22 lbs

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