Our brand-new Elite C:68X Race is many things. An uncompromisingly high-performance carbon speed machine? Certainly. A cross-country hardtail built with an eye on weight reduction? Definitely. A marathon-specific bike designed to be comfortable and agile over longer distances? Yes, that too. Given the chance to build a brand-new frame crafted from our next generation C:68X carbon, our engineers took the opportunity to refine what was already a widely admired cross-country thoroughbred. The result is a chassis that’s 15% lighter than the one it replaces, but every bit as efficient at translating rider effort into rapid forward progress. The tapered head tube, Boost 148 rear end and carefully profiled down tube ensure incredible pedalling efficiency, while slender seat stays and a narrow 27.2mm seat post add noticeable rider comfort to the mix. We’ve tweaked the Agile Ride Geometry, too, with a slightly slacker head angle for more relaxed handling. With Sram’s 1×12 X01 Eagle transmission and Level Ultimate hydraulic disc brakes, it’s ready for the start line. Newmen wheels and fast-rolling Schwalbe tyres hook up well on a range of trail surfaces, while RockShox’s iconic SID Ultimate fork takes care of keeping the front wheel planted and pointed in the right direction. It’s all you need for a day’s racing… or simply a day out in the hills, riding hard and fast.