When asked to describe an ideal bike for the course, Plite was succinct in answering: A 29er hardtail would be the ideal weapon of choice. Then endurance world seems to be making a very rapid and complete transition to the larger wheels for the added comfort given by the bigger diameter and the added momentum afforded by them once they are rolling. While the singletrack in the Lumberjack is twisty, it’s not enough to warrant the maneuverability of smaller wheels.
Plite also recommends lightweight tires for the race since the singletrack isn’t rocky and sidewall tears and punctures aren’t as likely as they’d be on a rougher course. The softer dirt also allows for tires with low knobs, such as the Kenda Small Block Eights.