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Bike check: Hannah Simms’ ST6-winning Juliana Wilder

The fastest bike from Fernie to Canmore

Hannah Simms Juliana Wilder Photo by: Simms and the second largest truck in the western hemisphere in Sparwood

TransRockies is celebrating 20 years of hosting mountain bike stage races this year at the 2023 Singletrack 6. Ontario’s Hannah Simms had a string of celebrations of her own, winning five stages of the six-day cross country mountain bike race and taking the overall title.

Riding a Juliana Wilder, Simms was able to consistently take wins over Bozeman, Montana’s Chelsee Pummel. New Zealand’s Imogen Smith as the race roamed the Rockies from Fernie, B.C. to Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass.

Hannah Simms high above Crowsnest Pass during Stage 3 of the 2023 Singletrack 6. Photo: John Gibson

Bike Check: Hannah Simms’ Juliana Wilder

Simms raced a lavender Juliana Wilder C all week. This race build shows you don’t necessarily need electronic bits and bobs to stand on top of a podium. A cable-actuated drivetrain, suspension-lockout and a fast set of aluminum wheels were the winning combination all week at TransRockes’ XC classic.

Simms set up the Wilder with Race Face ARC 25mm alloy rims and was running 2.25″ tan wall Racing Ralph tires from Schwalbe. A Cush Core insert hiding in the rear tire helped keep Simms rolling through fast trails and the steep, rocky interlude in Crowsnest Pass.

Fox supplied a 34 Step Cast Factory fork, with a RockShox TwistLoc remote lock-out to keep the bars clean, while a Fox Float DPS shock smoothed out the Wilder’s 115mm of rear-wheel travel. Up front, Race Face’s Next SL carbon fiber bars keep things light, with Race Face promising a better ride quality even at narrower XC widths than wide bars cut down.

Drivetrain is by SRAM, with a mechanical XO Eagle 12-speed group and two-piston brakes while Fox adds a Transfer dropper post. For extras, the Wilder is set up with a minimalist OneUp chain guide and a Shimano-branded Voile strap carries an extra tube since remote stage racing carried riders far from aid stations all week. A single, Bontrager RL bottle cage kept Simms hydrated.