Bike Check: Wyn Masters GT Zaskar LT Enduro Race Hardtail – Pinkbike.com

Since moving to the UK Wyn has actually become a routine at Southern Enduro occasions. When I discovered out that he would be at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park round of the Southern Enduro Mash-Up series I understood I needed to try and get hold of him to take a look at his bike.Little did I know that Wyn was throwing up (his words) this outright gem of a hardtail simply for this event. Wyn’s Zaskar was constructed with the objective of the Kiwi getting in as many laps as he might of the occasion’s three phases. It seems like it was a mission to accomplish, with Wyn racking up 7 laps of phase 2 alone, and clocking 1000m of climbing up in the process all without the help of a dropper seat post on his GT Zaskar.It was a good

race for Wyn as he wound up second in a strong UK Elite men’s field, not bad for a quickly thrown together hardtail although I suspect the result has got a lot more to do with the rider than the bike. It was a fun day out. Phase 3 was the most frightening one on the hardtail.– Wyn Masters Wyn’s Zaskar LT is an alloy frame, including GT’s triple triangle construction with drifting seat-stays, BSA 73mm and a boost 12×148 thru-axle, the headtube angle of the Zaskar is 66 degrees with a seat tube angle of 77 degrees.Before I get too far into Wyn’s bike check, I believe it’s finest to speak about the elephant in the room or in this case the 30-40 mm deathspike sat on top of Wyn’s stem. This massive stack of headset spacers is not there to adjust the height of the stem and bars on Wyn’s Zaskar, nor are they there for any sadistic reason. There is an easy practical reason for their existence

and that is due to the fact that the Fox 38 fork on Wyn’s Zaskar is borrowed from his GT Force Enduro bike. As these forks need to return to the bike they came from, cutting the steerer down to match the much shorter head tube size of the Zaskar was

not possible. Often you just have to adapt, conquer, go out and ride your bike and that’s precisely what Wyn has done here. While we are speaking about Wyn’s cockpit, for handlebars Wyn is running GT Factory Racing’s new sponsor OneUp’s carbon deal with bar with 20mm rise. Surprisingly, these handlebars are the only carbon part on Wyn’s bike. Wyn’s cockpit set up is rounded off with the traditional ODI Elite lock on grips in black.Up front on the Zaskar is a Fox Float Factory 38, running 150mm of travel with a Grip2 damper. The balanced out on these Fox 38s is 44mm. Wyn is running his forks with 112psi in them and 2 Fox Float volume spacers. Normally I would state that this is a lot of fork for

this kind of bike but, considered that this bike was just constructed utilizing the parts that Wyn had to hand, and the reality that a World Cup downhill elite rider is going to be piloting it, I seem like they’re right at house here on Wyn’s Zaskar. Fitted to the decreases of the fork is a classic Mudhugger fender, a must-have for riding in the

UK with the constantly altering weather.Interestingly Wyn is not riding a dropper on this bike, now again not by option this bike was a little bit thrown together for this race and Wyn simply didn’t have one readily available so he obtained an aluminium repaired post from his local bike shop and put his customized New Zealand Fabric scoop saddle on top. For the drivetrain, Wyn has fitted the full Shimano Deore 12 speed groupset with a 10-51 Shimano Deore CS-M6100 12 speed cassette. This is not a cassette Wyn would run generally and he states he would usually choose something with a little less vast array. The Deore crankset is running a Shimano spiderless 32 tooth chainring. Wyn is running Shimano’s Deore 4 piston BR-M6120 brakes. These are accompanied by 203mm Shimano Ice Tech Rotors again revealing that this bike is developed to be ridden difficult. For wheels, Wyn is running Stans Notubes

ZTR circulation MK3 29″wheelset with no inserts inside the Michelin Wild Enduro Racing Line Tyres which are 2.4″ broad. Wyn is using 2 “front “tyres on his bike and he states he does this as they have the very best rolling speed of all the tires and that’s what he was trying to find with this build. Wyn’s wheels likewise have a little personal touch with his Stan’s NoTubes Neo

centers bearing his name and the New Zealand flag.Thanks to Wyn for his time and keeping the bike clean for me so we might shoot it before a nice muddy UK race.

There is an easy practical reason for their presence

and that is since the Fox 38 fork on Wyn’s Zaskar is borrowed from his GT Force Enduro bike. While we are talking about Wyn’s cockpit, for handlebars Wyn is running GT Factory Racing’s brand-new sponsor OneUp’s carbon handle bar with 20mm increase. Normally I would say that this is a lot of fork for

this kind of bike but, offered that this bike was simply developed using the parts that Wyn had to hand, and the fact that a World Cup downhill elite rider is going to be piloting it, I feel like they’re right at house here on Wyn’s Zaskar. Fitted to the reduces of the fork is a traditional Mudhugger fender, a must-have for riding in the

UK with the continuously altering weather.Interestingly Wyn is not riding a dropper on this bike, now again not by choice this bike was a little bit thrown together for this race and Wyn simply didn’t have one offered so he obtained an aluminium repaired post from his local bike store and put his custom New Zealand Fabric scoop saddle on top. Wyn’s wheels likewise have a little personal touch with his Stan’s NoTubes Neo

centers bearing his name and the New Zealand flag.Thanks to Wyn for his time and keeping the bike tidy for me so we could shoot it before a good muddy UK race.

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