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How to succeed in the NUE Series: What you need to know before the Mohican 100

Equipment choices

When asked what bike he’d be riding for the Mohican 100 this year, Pflug pointed to his full rigid singlespeed Salsa Selma Ti, the bike that he uses for all of the NUE Series races.

This will be his 5th year racing, having raced on a bike with gears the first couple of times he’s done the race. He recommends a hardtail, saying that he doesn’t think that full suspension is necessary on the course but is quick to add, “this is coming from a guy that rides most races with a rigid fork.”

But with over 50 miles of dirt roads and double track, the Mohican doesn’t cry out for dual suspension the way a course like Syllamo’s Revenge does. The added comfort of a dual suspension bike to help with general fatigue over the course of 100 miles could create a case for dual suspension.

The weather in the area can be variable in June with the race seeing scorching temperatures some years and trails covered in mud other years. Pflug points to the weather as a potential factor in race outcome. “The weather in central Ohio in June is usually very hot and humid,” he pointed out. “It tends to wear on endurance racers doing the event quite a bit and can make the race even harder than it already is.”

At the time of this post, the Mohican area weather forcast is calling for dry trail conditions and comfortable temperatures in the upper sixties for Saturday.

For dry conditions, race organizers recommend a fast-rolling tire such as the Kenda Karma or the Kenda Small Block 8. Both are lightweight tires that will cover the gravel road miles rapidly while being strong enough to hold up to the singletrack sections of trail.

If dry, Plug plans on using a pair of Hutchinson Pythons, another fast-rolling and lightweight tire. If a storm passes through the area before or during the race, the trails quickly become muddy and a tire with some mud clearing ability and knobs are recommended.

Pflug also recommends bringing a front frame fender in case a storm rolls through. “Having mud splashed in your face for 100 miles is not much fun.”

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