The Bikes We Raced at Trans-Cascadia
with KAYSEE ARMSTRONG & CAROLINE WASHAM, Liv Racing MTB Athletes
When gearing up to race a four-day enduro through Washington’s backcountry that includes 6 to 8-hour days on the bike, monster 4,000ft blind descents, and a little too much hike-a-bike, what bike would you choose? For Liv Racing’s Caroline Washam and Kaysee Armstrong, the bike of choice for Trans-Cascadia was a no-brainer. They didn’t need a race bike, they needed an any-trail adventure-machine. They needed the Intrigue Advanced. Check out the full run-down of Caroline's and Kaysee’s bikes below.
“I’ve been riding the Intrigue Advanced since the Sea Otter downhill race in April. Since I’m normally racing my downhill bike or my Pique SX for dual slalom, it’s nice to have one go-to trail bike for anything else I decide to ride throughout the year. For Trans-Cascadia, the Intrigue was the perfect bike – light and agile on the climbs (and hike-a-bikes), while being playful and fast on the descents.” – Caroline Washam
Frame: Small Intrigue Advanced
Saddle/Seatpost: Liv Contact SL Forward saddle. RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post.
Cockpit: Truvativ Descendant carbon handlebar at 760mm wide, 35mm diameter, Truvativ Descendant stem at 50mm
Brakes: SRAM G2 Ultimate Brakes, 180mm rotors front and rear
Suspension: 150mm RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork and 140mm RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock w/ remote handlebar lockout
Drivetrain: SRAM XX1 Eagle 1x12 Drivetrain with a 30t chainring and 10-50t casssette
Wheels: 27.5” Industry Nine Enduro 305 Wheelset with Hydra Freehub Body. 34.1mm external width, 30.5mm internal width.
Tires: "I chose to beef up my rear tire due to the wet conditions we were expecting." Schwalbe Magic Mary SnakeSkin Addix Soft compound 2.35 front and rear.
Other: Portland Design Works Lucky Cat Bottle Cage. Quite possibly the best thing ever.
“I only had a few hours on the bike before gripping and ripping the first descent at Trans-Cascadia. Almost immediately I felt at home in the saddle. I went into the race with some anxiety, but the Intrigue quickly gave me a lot of courage and allowed me to relax and just have fun throughout the week. The Intrigue gave me extra confidence on the descents while the reduced weight made for effortless climbing compared to similar bikes in its class.” – Kaysee Armstrong
Frame: Medium Intrigue Advanced
Saddle/Seatpost: Liv Contact SLR Forward saddle. Giant Contact Switch S dropper post.
Cockpit: Shimano Pro Tharsis carbon trail handlebar at 750mm, Pro Tharsis Trail stem at 60mm
Brakes: Shimano XTR Brakes, 200mm front rotor/ 180mm rear rotor
Suspension: 150mm Fox 36 Performance Elite fork and 140mm Fox Float DPX2 shock
Drivetrain: Shimano XTR 1x11 Drivetrain with a 32t chainring and 10-45t cassette
Wheels: 27.5” Giant TRX 0 Carbon Wheelset. 37mm external width, 30mm internal width.
Tires: "I chose to go with wide, aggressive tires, both with double down." Maxxis Aggressor 2.5 in the rear and Maxxis Assegai 2.5 in the front.