Video: Nicolas Vouilloz

May 14, 2013 at 0:02
May 14, 2013
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Nicolas Vouilloz – The Relentless Pursuit of Balance – SRAM MTB Wheels

After 10 World Champion titles and 5 overall World Cup wins, Nicolas Vouilloz still wants to be and feel fast. A different kind of fast, perhaps. While racing DH, Nico was known for his unconventional and extreme equipment choices. He is now getting ready for the first Enduro World Series season. A riding style that requires a different bike setup, a discipline where racing is spread over an entire day, with many stages and kilometers of riding. Because of these differences, gone are the days of ridiculously low spoke tension, or extreme suspension setups. Nico now makes choices based on a balance of factors such as weight, efficiency and durability. These choices allow Nico to be his fastest and a true pleasure to witness riding.

After being the most successful male mountain biker of all times, and a rally car racing champion, Nico now embarks on the next phase of his competitive life. This time, in the pursuit of balance.

Video credit: SRAM/Victor Lucas
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37 Comments

  • + 36
 He is the best of the best. humbled
  • + 10
 He's one of the best riders out there, in any discipline, but he stays out of the main spotlight because of his humility. Great guy, great rider.
  • + 7
 So true. ridden with the man a few times - no attitude, just a love for riding.
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 He's still a pure racer which is good to see when everyone else is whipping and manualling around these days. I also wonder if any WC team takes racing as serious as Sunn did when they were around - that super analytical approach to line choice and bike set up seems to be lost a bit which is a shame.
  • + 4
 Think i need to make a change to my fantasy enduro team.
  • + 2
 We share the passion for cars and bikes and also the name . . wish i had 20% of your talent!!
  • + 2
 nico, anne caro, fabien...something in the water. nico always reminded me of jmbayle's style. the effortless style would hide his speed.
  • + 4
 Exactly, you could see him coming and not hear a thing,just floating over the rocks and think....hmm he is not coming that fast, and then look a the clock and he was way faster than anybody else. The only other rider as smooth as him was Dr. Peat. Cheers
  • + 2
 only got to see him race once but memorable. '94 worlds in Vail. 3rd elite men @ 17yrs old. then he just owned it for a decade. beast.
  • + 2
 Still my hero, since 1996.
  • + 1
 Greatest male DH of all time! And I agree with Joseph-Kony haven't seen the commitment that Sunn had in a modern DH WC team in a long time. Data loggers, timing ever section of the track, special hubs, special custom BOS suspension, proto-semi tubeless Michelin tires the works! And remember Nico's custom bike when he left Sunn now that was a dream bike! I remember him running a michelin semi slick tire on the rear at one race!
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  • + 9
 Still one of the most beautiful rider to watch... awesome fluid style, as ever ! Forza Nico !
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  • + 6
 Did anyone else notice how comfortable he is with his front wheel placement? He doesn't get at all phased by having his back wheel completely unweighted.....bags of style and grace !
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  • + 4
 If you also analyse the earlier DH footage you see Nico taking lines and jumping stuff that by todays stds on todays bikes is core! Absolute legend and I still think people don't realise how good this guy was. People talk of Hill and Gwin now but Nico was doing this stuff 15 years ago, so smooth and fast blows my mind, and now he's dam quick on an AM bike, no gimmicky wheel sizes just plain rips it on real bike! AC and Fabien the same!
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  • + 2
 That is how it's done on a mountain bike.

That terrain looked to being challenging on multiple levels: speed, line choice, technical jumping followed by immediate hard turns.

I will be more than happy to watch Enduro. Those trails require more skills than I've got now.
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  • + 4
 Whoa... Look at those Rock Sox...
  • + 8
 rock sox sound uncomfortable
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  • + 2
 To RyanTomac...without checking any offical stats would the most succesful MTN Biker be related to you .... John perhaps? If so it a pleasure to have you post.
  • + 1
 most of JT's success came in norba national events prior to the official UCI world cup series starting in 1990. the US just did it's usual weird habit of calling national sporting events a "world championship" .
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  • + 3
 What advantage might he have gotten from running really low spoke tension for DH?
  • + 6
 Soften the bike for chatter sections when suspension was not capable - stories like that abound.
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  • + 1
 the other point also is that he can tell what can be improve and what he feel about bike part . as a result the tech tea can make efficient change very fast.
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  • + 1
 Weird to see him on anything but BOS, but I'm stoked that he's still in the game. Keeping the young guns honest!
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  • + 1
 RC, it sure would be great to get Tomac and Ned on here for some interviews as well. Legends.
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  • + 1
 How cool would it be to ride on/around a medieval castle then throw down on trail? He makes that sh*t look good.
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  • + 3
 one of the best. Ever
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  • + 2
 That's one fast Frenchie! I always enjoy watching him ride, so smooth.
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  • + 3
 damn he's fast as hell.
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  • + 1
 thats not the morrison M on his shoes im guessing ?
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  • + 1
 Want those rock shox socks!
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  • + 1
 Definitely... the Roger Federer of Mountain Bike...
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 That is an amazing bike
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