Since moving to the UK, Wyn has become a regular at Southern Enduro events. When I found out he would be in the Queen Elizabeth Country Park round of the Southern Enduro Mash-Up series, I knew I had to try and reach him to take a look at his bike.

I had no idea Wyn was throwing (his words) this absolute gem of a hardtail just for this event. Wyn’s Zaskar was built with the intention of the Kiwi doing as many laps as possible on the three stages of the event. Looks like it was a mission to accomplish, with Wyn racking up seven laps from Stage 2 alone, and registering a 1,000m climb in the process, all without the aid of a dropper post on his GT Zaskar. .

It was a decent race for Wyn as he finished second in a strong British Elite men’s field, not bad for a quickly assembled hardtail, although I suspect the result has a lot more to do with the rider than the bike.

It was a fun day. Stage 3 was the scariest on the hardtail.Masters Wyn

Wyn’s Zaskar LT is an alloy frame, featuring GT’s triple-wishbone construction with floating seatstays, 73mm BSA and 12×148 boost thru-axle, the Zaskar’s head tube angle is 66 degrees with a seat tube angle of 77 degrees.

Before I go too far into checking Wyn’s bike, I think it’s best to talk about the elephant in the room or, in this case, the 30-40mm death point on top of Wyn’s rod. So that huge bunch of helmet spacers aren’t there to adjust the height of the stem and bars on the Wyn’s Zaskar, nor for some sadistic reason. There’s a simple pragmatic reason for their existence and that’s because the Fox 38 fork on Wyn’s Zaskar is borrowed from his GT Force Enduro bike. Therefore, since these forks have to return to the bike they came from, it was not possible to reduce the steerer tube to match the Zaskar’s shorter head tube size. Sometimes it’s enough to adapt, overcome, get out and ride a bike and that’s exactly what Wyn has done here.

While we are talking about Wyn’s cockpit, for the handlebars, Wyn uses the OneUp carbon handlebars from GT Factory Racing’s new sponsor with a 20mm rise. Interestingly, these handlebars are the only carbon part on Wyn’s bike. Wyn’s cockpit setup is completed with the classic ODI Elite lock on the handles in black.

Up front of the Zaskar is a Fox Float Factory 38, with 150mm of travel with a Grip2 shock. The offset on these Fox 38s is 44mm. Wyn uses his forks with 112 psi and 2 Fox Float volume spacers. Normally I would say that’s a lot of fork for this kind of bike but considering this bike was just built using the parts Wyn had on hand, and the fact that an elite racer from World Cup downhill is going to drive that, I feel like they are at home here on Wyn’s Zaskar. A classic Mudhugger mudguard is mounted on the lower fork, a must-have for riding in the UK with the ever changing weather.

Interestingly, Wyn doesn’t ride a dropper on this bike, now again not by choice this bike was put together a bit for this race and Wyn just didn’t have one available so he borrowed one. fixed aluminum pole at his local bike shop and put his custom New Zealand fabric scoop saddle on top.

For the drivetrain, Wyn fitted the complete Shimano Deore 12-speed groupset with a 10-51 Shimano Deore CS-M6100 12-speed cassette. This isn’t a tape Wyn would normally use and he says he would generally prefer something with a slightly narrower range. The Deore crankset uses a Shimano 32 tooth spiderless chainring.

Wyn uses Shimano’s Deore BR-M6120 4-piston brakes. These come with Shimano Ice Tech 203mm rotors, again showing that this bike is built to be used tough.

For the wheels, Wyn uses a Stans Notubes ZTR flow MK3 29 “wheelset without any inserts inside the Michelin Wild Enduro Racing Line tires which are 2.4” wide. Wyn uses 2 “front” tires on his bike and he says he does because they have the best rolling speed of any tire and that’s what he was looking for with this build. Wyn’s wheels also have a little personal touch with his Stan’s NoTubes Neo hubs bearing his name and the New Zealand flag.

Thanks to Wyn for his time and for keeping the bike clean so we could photograph it before a nice muddy race in the UK.

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