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Peter Stetina's White Rim Record-Setting Canyon Lux - Gallery

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Peter Stetina's Canyon Lux full-suspension 29er

Peter Stetina's Canyon Lux full-suspension 29er is equipped with Fox suspension and Shimano XTR components. The complete bike weighs in at 11kg/24.2lbs (Image credit: Peter Stetina)
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Peter Stetina's Canyon Lux full-suspension 29er

A Fox Float DPS Factory shock and 32SC fork absorbed the rough terrain (Image credit: Peter Stetina)
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Peter Stetina's Canyon Lux full-suspension 29er

Stetina used used clip-on aero bars from PRO, who also supplied the 720mm handlebars and 90mm stem. A third water bottle cage is mounted to the top tube, and Stetina monitored his effort with a Wahoo Elemnt Bolt computer (Image credit: Peter Stetina)
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Peter Stetina's Canyon Lux full-suspension 29er

A Shimano XTR drivetrain powered Stetina through the desert. He used a 11-51t, 12-speed setup with a 38T chainring (Image credit: Peter Stetina)
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Peter Stetina's Canyon Lux full-suspension 29er

The Lux was rolling on Stan's rims with IRC tires (Image credit: Peter Stetina)
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Peter Stetina's Canyon Lux full-suspension 29er

Stetina was powered by Clif Bar nutrition products and also took along a SPOT tracker (Image credit: Peter Stetina)

Last October, Peter Stetina pedaled his Canyon Lux mountain bike down a dusty dirt road in Southeast Utah. He was attempting to set a new fastest known time record on the White Rim, a 100-mile dirt road loop through rugged desert terrain. 

Fastest known times, or FKTs, have been popular among the ultra-endurance and bikepacking communities, but have risen in prominence recently, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic has discouraged mass start events. 

Stetina, who left WorldTour team Trek-Segafredo in 2019 to focus on an American gravel race calendar, was aiming to beat the record of current US cross-country national champion Keegan Swenson, who finished the route in 5:30:21 almost a year prior. But when Stetina finished his effort, he came up short of Swensons FKT by 16 seconds. 

Days later, Stetina found his legs, setting a new White Rim FKT with a time of 5:28:23. 

Stetina's bike of choice for the White Rim FKT effort was a Canyon Lux CF SLX, a 29er equipped with Fox suspension and a full Shimano build. The bike is a fairly standard build, aside from clip-on aero bars and a water bottle cage mounted to the top tube. 

While the White Rim is a dirt road loop, a full-suspension bike is warranted because of how rough and rocky the road surface is. A Fox 32SC fork and Float DPS Factory shock absorbed vibrations and provided traction on Stetina's rig. 

The top of the line suspension was paired with a full Shimano XTR build kit, including a 38T chainring and a 12-speed, 10-51T cassette. IRC prototype tires (29x2.25in) were mounted on Stan's Crest rims. 

Cockpit components were all provided by PRO, including the 720mm Tharsis handlebars with aero clip-ons, 90mm Koryak stem, Volture saddle and carbon bottle cages

Since the course is so remote, and FKTs need to be self-supported, Stetina also strapped on a saddle bag to carry along a tube and tools. 

Peter Stetina's Canyon Lux CF - Specifications
FrameCanyon Lux CF SLX
ForkFox 32 StepCast fork
Rear ShockFloat DPS Factory shock
StemPro Koryak stem 90mm
HandlebarPro Tharsis 720mm with clip-on aero bars
SaddlePro Volture
GripPro Lock-on Sport
Rear DerailleurShimano XTR
ShifterShimano XTR
ChainsetShimano XTR, 38t chainring
ChainShimano XTR
CassetteShimano XTR 11-52t
BrakesShimano XTR
WheelsStans Crest
TiresIRC prototype tires (29x2.25")
PedalsShimano XTR
AccessoriesWahoo Bolt