Luke’s aggressive race style and technical ability is complemented by Superspeed's stiff and efficient frame, that offers vertical compliance in the chain stays, top tube, seat tube, and down tube to maintain good comfort levels for marathon and cross country racing. This is a feature not normally available to hardtail racers, and will benefit him on technical trails.
Mark Moir, Luke's dad, noted that based on his riding style and needs, he needs a nimble, quick accelerating bike, and the short chain stays is what attracted them to the frame. The Superspeed has one of the shortest Chainstays on the market, made possible with the 'single chainring only' setup, creating an agile and nimble race machine, ready for any course Luke will face this season.
The frame uses top carbon materials, this combined with a careful layup process ensure each frame is performance ready and super light (frame weight sub 1000gr and ISO tested). A minimalist lightweight integrated chainguard secures the chain on the roughest trails, and boost spacing allows large volume tyres to be used (which Luke is taking advantage of by running the Maxxis Aspen’s 2.25).
Fully guided internal cable routing with dropper post compatibility had Luke smiling all the way to the drop-offs (Luke now insists on riding with a dropper on all his bikes).
The Silverback Superspeed starts off with a high tech, top quality frame. To compliment this Luke uses top end race-ready parts, including a 100mm Rockshox Sid fork and SRAM XX1 1 x 11 drivetrain. Brakes are SRAM Level ULT for sufficient stopping power, excellent modulation and great reliability - and the controls are all set up with matchmakers to clean up the bar.
A carbon Truvativ Descendant flat bar, silicon grips, and a lightweight Zipp stem takes care of handling and makes for a minimalist cockpit.
Luke uses a Fizik Tundra saddle with carbon rails for a good balance of comfort and weight and an internal routed Command dropper post, giving him a few mm of saddle drop to open up new line choices on descents, complimenting his aggressive riding style.
Maxxis Aspen 2.25 tyres on a super tough, custom handbuilt South Industries Carbon wheelset with color coded decals laced to American Classic Boost spacing hubs completes the package.
Complete build weighing in at 9.2kg, Luke's Silverback Superspeed is a purebred race machine.
29 inch Mountainbike XC Race Tech features:
- Boost 12 x 148mm rear hub spacing allowing for stronger stiffer wheels and the frame accepts higher volume tyres
- Super short 422mm radial chainstay length makes for a very nimble 29er
- Monoburst Technology - Seat Stays join onto top tube to divert bump forces away from seat tube and therefore the rider
- Seat tube flares wider but narrower at BB to allow fore/after flex and comfort in the seat tube while remaining laterally stiff
- 22mm added to seat tube length on each size (S/M/L) for added seat post support
- Internal cable routing including dropper post routing
- Rear brake calliper joins chainstay to seat stay and acts as a brace
- Integrated superlight 1x chainguide
- Manufactured from Japanese Toray Carbon fiber, the highest quality used in the bicycle industry
- 950g frame weight - size M
Luke's custom setup:
- Frame: SB Proprietary Advanced Dynamics Carbon 29” Hardtail, Tapered 1-1/8”-1.5” Headtube, Pressfit BB Shell, MonoBurst, 148 x 12mm Boost Thru Axle Integrated Dropouts System, Replaceable Alloy hanger, Internal Cable Management System, 1 x only Frame
- Fork: RockShox SID World Cup
- Rims: South Industries 29XC
- Hubs: American Classic
- Tyres: Maxxis Aspen 2.25”
- Handlebar: Truvativ Descendant
- Stem: Zipp Service Course SL
- Headset: FSA
- Brakes: SRAM Level Ultimate
- Brake rotors: SRAM Centerline 160mm
- Shifter: SRAM XX1
- Rear derailleur: SRAM XX1
- Cassette: SRAM XX1
- Crankset: SRAM XX1
- Chainring: SRAM XX1
- Chain: SRAM XX1
- Bottom Bracket: SRAM
- Seatpost: Specialized Command XCP
- Saddle: Fizik Tundra
- Grips: Silicone
- Weight: 9.2 kg