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DirtTRI Pro Bikes: Two Very Different Ways to Win XTERRA West

Lesley Paterson and Francisco Serrano took two very different weapons into battle last Saturday at the XTERRA West Championship. Serrano rode a nearly stock Specialized S-Works Epic while Paterson was on a very customized Scott Scale. We take a look at the two victorious bikes below in this first installment of dirtTRI Pro Bikes.

Lesley Paterson’s Scott Contessa Scale 900:

Lesley Paterson post race.

Paterson has been sponsored by Scott Bicycles for the past few years and has raced a variety of bikes during that time. The benefit of being a sponsored athlete is that you have access to all the options. Patterson has made good use of this partnership in choosing what is the best option for any given race.

At the XTERRA West Champs Paterson opted for  light weight and efficiency in choosing a 29 inch Scott Contessa Scale hardtail. Paterson prefers the 29’er to the 27.5 for is efficient roll over the rocks and ruts of the XTERRA West course. However, Scott is no longer offering a Contessa Scale in 29 inches and has shifted exclusively to 27.5 for their Contessa ladies line, so Paterson’s bike was a 2013 model.

Paterson’s complete bike included:

  • Swapping the stock Fox fork for a lighter 2014 Rockshox Sid World Cup
  • SRAM XX1 rear derailleur and shifter with a 34 x 10-42 gearing
  • Rotor 3D+ Crank with NoQ 34 tooth ring (Technically a “road” crank) since SRAM don’t have a 165mm crank available
  • TOGS thumb grips to the bars
  • ESI Grips
  • Adamo Peak Saddle
  • Enve XC Wheels with DT-Swiss 180 CL hubs
  • Specialized 1.95 S-Works Renegade Front Tire and Specialized 2.0 Control Fast Trak Rear Tire
  • Crank Brothers Egg Beater 11 pedals
  • Sychros Post, Stem and Handlebar
  • Garmin Edge 510 computer/GPS

In the end Paterson’s bike comes in somewhere between 18-19 lbs. and was specifically outfitted to address Paterson’s own light weight and strength on the climbs.

Francisco Serrano’s Specialized S-Works Epic 29 World Cup:

Contrary to Paterson’s tack, Francisco “Paco” Serrano rode a completely stock Specialized S-Works Epic 29 World Cup. And, why not? The S-Works Epic has been ridden to numerous XTERRA wins and several World Championships under the likes of Conrad Stoltz, Javier Gomez, and reigning World Champion, Ruben Ruzafa. Therefore all Serrano changed was his tire pressure.

Francisco Serrano after his win.

The Specialized S-Works Epic 29 World Cup comes spec’d with:

  • RockShox SID World Cup 29 Brain, 95mm travel fork
  • FOX/Specialized remote Mini-Brain 95mm travel rear shock
  • Syntace F109, 6-degree rise
  • Specialized flat, carbon, handlebar
  • Specialized Sip Grips
  • Brakes Magura MT8, 180mm rotor Front, 160mm Rear
  • SRAM XX1, 11-speed Rear Derailleur
  • SRAM XX1 Shifter
  • SRAM XX1, 11-speed, 10-42 cassette
  • S-Works FACT carbon crank with custom XX1 chainring, 32T,
  • Praxis, PF30, OS press-in bearings, sealed cartridge bottom bracket
  • Roval Control SL 29 Wheels with Roval Control hubs made in partnership with DT-Swiss.
  • S-Works Fast Trak 2.0″ Tires
  • Body Geometry Phenom Pro Saddle
  • S-Works FACT carbon seatpost
  • SWAT MTB XC Kit w/ bottle cages, EMT Tool, and Top Cap Chain Tool Compatible
  • Shimano XTR Pedals

Unlike Paterson, Serrano did not need to shave every gram possible and found significant benefit in riding a light full suspension bike noting that he seemed to gain significant time on most of his competitors on the descents.

These two very different approaches by the male and female winners of XTERRA West shows a very common thread throughout dirtTRI and endurance mountain biking. The men are tending toward suspension and a more aggressive riding style while the women seem to err toward weight savings and gaining time on the climbs. This is not always the case but it is certainly the trend.

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Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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