Land Run 100 Rides: Dani and Her Firefly All-Road SHRED SL3D

I last saw this kick-ass woman at the first Grinduro. That’s over three years ago and in that time, she’s continued to crush races with what always seems to be such finesse. Hell, even at the start of this year’s Land Run 100, I hooped and hollered at her in the first few miles, to which she returned a smile and pedaled off into the dusty abyss.

Dani‘s endeavors in the cycling industry are proudly supported by Tenspeed Hero and Firefly. This year, she’s upping the ante by starting a team of all-female dirt road racers. These ladies are looking to travel to events like Land Run 100 and others, in search of competition and glory. The team is dubbed Bitch ‘n’ Grit, and is sponsored by BitchStix, a company that makes lip balms and sunblock, while donating all net proceeds to organizations that raise awareness for domestic abuse and sexual assault prevention programs.

This is the bike Dani will pedal as she joins her teammates in races. It’s Firefly number three for her, hence the SHRED SL3D and is the bike that’s dedicated to dirt road racing. I could go on for a bit longer about the bike, its integrated seat post, and her perspective, but I’d rather send you to her blog to read all about it.

Oh, and she got third place in the women’s category on this bike… Dani, we’ll see you again soon – sooner than three years! – and good luck this season!

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  • FireFly

    Ohai Dani and John! Love seeing the SHRED SL3D all dirty!

    • Yeeeee

      • FireFly

        These are the dropouts we’re gonna put on your Rat Rod when we get it back in the shop for mods. FLAT MOUNT FTW!

        • Froste

          Ooo, I like the idea of unpainted ti frames for to make future mods easy. This probably makes for the ultimate custom bike experience!
          When my bike needed a few mods it also required repaint. What finish work will be needed after the mod?

    • Eric Hancock

      The photos of it all cleaned up (on her blog) are great, though. Love the sharp transitions from titanium to carbon weave.

  • DopePedaler

    WANT

  • skog_smog

    Between the Radavist and Jan Heine there’s just too much Firefly temptation.

    I like the idea of the cable liner, I assume to minimize friction caused by the top tube bag. It took me a minute to realize that is the rear mech cable, though. What’s the rationale for that routing? It seems like it introduces an extra bend in the routing (since the seatstay to mech housing bends twice).

    • FireFly

      This is actually a traditional cyclocross cable routing setup designed for portaging. The SHRED SL3D is Dani’s cyclocross racing bike, so no cables on the DT for hand interference, no cables under the TT for shoulder interference… top of top tube it is! We also didn’t go for internal routing as that ads a little unnecessary weight. The internal liner runs the whole length of the cable and keeps mud out of the system while maintaining a primo slippery cable/shifting situation.

    • FireFly

      This is actually a traditional cyclocross cable routing setup designed for portaging. The SHRED SL3D is Dani’s cyclocross racing bike, so no cables on the DT for hand interference, no cables under the TT for shoulder interference… top of top tube it is! We also didn’t go for internal routing as that ads a little unnecessary weight.

      • skog_smog

        Right. I’ve seen lots of canti-braked bikes with the rear brake cable routed along the top of the top tube like that. I would just think that keeping the top tube completely free of cables would be ideal for shouldering and for bag attachment. The rear derailleur cable could run under the down tube alongside the front derailleur cable. (The obvious downside to that being more muck-exposure to the cables).

  • Mark Rothschild

    “Danger Gams”…

  • DopePedaler

    the top tube cables are housed, DUH I AM SO SMRT

  • DopePedaler

    Whats the max tire size for the all-road?