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Alex Pavon's 2021 Juliana Maverick

"My Maverick is my race bike. I have it set up as 160mm in the front and 146mm in the back. It’s burly enough to handle just about anything I throw at it but is still a bike I can ride around comfortably for 6-8 hours without feeling like I’m pushing a grocery cart uphill through sand."

Juliana Maverick CC, Size L
RockShox Lyrik Ultimate 160mm: 65 PSI w/2 Tokens
RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate 146mm LL tune: 158 PSI w/1 Token
RockShox Reverb AXS Post 150 mm of travel
SRAM X01 AXS drivetrain, 32t chainring
SRAM Code RSC brakes, 200mm rotors F/R
SRAM Descendant 750mm carbon bars
SRAM Descendant 40mm stem
Reserve 30 29” carbon wheels
Industry Nine Hydra Hubs
Maxxis DHF EXO+ 29x2.5 WT 3C Maxx Grip 21 PSI
Maxxis Aggressor DD 29x2.5 WT 24-25 PSI

RockShox Suspension

“I’m running a RockShox Lyrik Ultimate up front and bumped the travel to 160 which gives me a little extra confidence racing down unknown trails. In the rear, I’ve got the RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock that I run a slightly longer stroke than what comes stock on the Maverick. It gets me about 146mm of rear travel. As for pressure and settings, I’m kind of a set it and forget rider. Once I’ve found the suspension settings I like, I keep them stored in my phone. 2 tokens in the fork and 65 PSI, in back I'm running 158 PSI with one token.”

AXS Derailleur and Seatpost

“The whole SRAM and Rockshox AXS thing is new to me this year, and I admittedly was a little skeptical of having electronic components on my bikes. But I have to say, it is really sweet. I’ve found that the shifting is super smooth and some of the really tedious bits of drivetrain adjustment have been eliminated - which is great for a person like me who is just mediocre at mechanical adjustments. (Regular cable shifting is kickass, too, though.)”

Brake Choices

"I’ve been running SRAM Code RSC brakes with 200mm rotors up front and out back on my Maverick. On the Joplin, I went a little lighter and run SRAM G2s Ulitmates with 180mm rotors. They are both phenomenal and have tons of adjustability to make them just the way you want them. The Codes are obviously heavier than the G2s, but the stopping power is totally worth it if you’re going to be riding fast. As far as lever angles go, nothing too extreme there. I have a long torso and don't feel too stretched out even when it's steep which is why I feel others may prefer a flatter brake lever angle."

Tire Choices

"I run a combination of Maxxis tires depending on the conditions. Up front I really like the Assegai DD 29x2.5" WT Maxx Grip when it's either wet or super loamy and duffy and grip is the priority. I'll put Minion DHF EXO+/DD/DH 29x2.5" WT Maxx Grip up front for the dry and burly. In the heat of the summer I'll put a High Roller II 29x2.5" WT EXO+ Maxx Grip up front when it’s real loose and dusty. Most of the time you'll find a Minion DHRII in either the DD/DH casings on the back wheel. Always a 29x2.4" WT Maxx Grip, nothing quite like the braking performance for racing. Recently been trying Aggressor DD 29x2.5" WT in the rear and it works really well for the fast and rocky trails here in AZ."


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