Rae Morrison is excited about her new race bike, and rightly so. Racing once again for Liv Racing, the Kiwi is on the latest incarnation of their acclaimed Hail Advanced enduro chassis. Make no mistake, this is a fully-tricked out race machine and as a result comes bedecked in custom paint and a smattering of 'pro-only' parts and tweaks that make it one of the real stand-out race machines of 2020.
We caught up with Rae and her purple and green flip-painted Liv at home in New Zealand to find out more:
Rae Morrison and her Liv Hail Advanced. The Kiwi finished last season eighth overall. Pic: Henry Jaine Photography
No, your eyes are not deceiving you, Rae is indeed running a ‘mullet’ for 2020. Her front wheel is a 29in and the rear is 27.5in. This is something that we really saw come to the fore last season underneath the likes of Martin Maes. The idea is to benefit from improved roll-over whilst maintaining stability. Additionally, it allows the rider more room 'out back' on steep sections.
"Where's the tool?!" The OneUp Components cockpit is extremely clean with the EDC tool integrating directly with the stem itself. Pic: Henry Jaine Photography
Rae is sponsored by OneUp Components and as a result runs their Carbon handlebar and EDC stem. The stem features a neat system which allows the tool to be stored in the fork’s steerer without the need to thread it into the fork itself. It's a solution used by a wide range of Enduro World Series pro's due to the tools ability to carry an additional Co2 canister and easy integration into the bike itself - it's one less thing for the rider to have to carry.
Rae runs Shimano's latest XTR M9100 drivetrain with HYPERGLIDE+ technology which offers her the benefits of seamless shifting, whatever the stage is doing. Pic: Henry Jaine Photography
Shimano have a long relationship with both Giant and Liv and so it makes sense that their latest M9100 series XTR drivetrain. Thanks to a host of technical advances, the groupset makes seamless shifting a reality, perfect for stage racing. Check out our feature on some of the neat little details strewn throughout this drivetrain here.
Opinion splitters: Revgrips allow an adjustable amount of 'twist' to help to reduce fatigue. Pic: Henry Jaine Photography
Rae runs Revgrips. These are still a relatively new design to the MTB world and feature rubber grip sections which are damped by elastomer inserts allowing them to rotate slightly fore and aft. The idea is that it separates the rider from forces coming up through the bars and decreases fatigue. They’re customisable with different grades of elastomer able to be fitted.
Hope Tech 3 brakes are just about as 'bling' as it's possible to make a humble block of aluminium. Pic: Henry Jaine Photography
Rae has been on the Hope Technology program for a couple of years now and is continuing with them into the new season. She will be running their Tech 3 brakes for 2020. Hope are famous for their bright anodised colour range and rae’s gone for a ‘mix’n’match’ colour combo with black levers mated to silver rotors.
The meaty-looking Jade Coil from DVO Suspension features their lightweight LS spring. Pic: Henry Jaine Photography
DVO Suspension will be responsible for smoothing out the stages for Rae this season. She’s opted to build up her Hail Advanced with their Jade Coil rear shock. The coil shock is easily tunable no matter where she is racing thanks to its removable Loader Compression system. Morrison runs a 300x2.5 DVO 'LS' steel spring which is a lighter upgradable option over their standard steel number.
Slammed post: the massive 210mm of drop offered by the OneUp V2 post provides maximum room for maneouver. Pic: Henry Jaine Photography
OneUp Components supply not only Rae’s cockpit set up but also her dropper post. Their V2 post offers 210mm of drop (smaller drops are available) which, at the time of writing, is the largest on the market and means that when fully slammed, Rae’s seat is tight to her seatpost collar. This gives her maximum stand-over clearance when attacking the stages.
Pro bikes always have fastidious attention to detail - Hope rotors colour matched to Wheelworks hubs. Pic: Henry Jaine Photography
Rae didn’t have to look too far afield when it came to wheel choice. Wheelworks are an NZ company with one goal - producing the ultimate carbon fibre wheelset. Rae runs their Flite Carbon Version 3 wheels. Their chunky carbon fibre rims feature an internal diameter of 30mm and an outer one of a sizable 35mm. Wider rims allow the tyres to form a larger contact patch and the ability to run slightly lower pressures both of which equate to increased grip.
With 36mm stanchions and 180mm of travel, the DVO Onyx SC fork is going nowhere. Pic: Henry Jaine Photography
When it comes to front wheel impacts, enduro racers are pushing the limits of single crown chasis'd forks ever higher. DVO provide Rae with their Onyx SC D1 fork which features up to 180mm of travel, supremely stiff 36mm stanchions and a host of external adjustments including 'OTT' (Off The Top) control allowing perfect calibration of the initial phase of the forks travel.
Rae and her Hail Advanced are ready to go racing in 2020. Rae Morrison rides for Liv Racing. Pic: Henry Jaine Photography
The Liv Racing team are representative of Liv Cycling who are the official Women's Partner of the Enduro World Series in 2020. They will be running organised women's rides at every round of this years championship. Find out more about our new partnership with Liv Cycling as well as how Covid 19 has effected the series dates below.