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12 World Cup Riders' Race Bikes from the British National DH at Rheola

Apr 18, 2023
by Nick Bentley  

With so many world cup riders out at this round of the British National Series we thought we would grab some of there bikes for you to enjoy (well the ones we were allowed to shoot any way). Which would you like to be riding this year?

Harriet Harnden s Trek Session
Harriet Harnden's Trek Session

Lucas Craik s Mondraker Summum
Lucas Craik's Mondraker Summum

Mikayla Parton s Canyon Sender
Mikayla Parton's Canyon Sender

Jordan Williams Specialized Demo
Jordan Williams' Specialized Demo

Taylor Vernon s Prime Rocket
Taylor Vernon's Prime Rocket

Dougles Goodwill s Commencal Supreme DH V5
Dougles Goodwill's Commencal Supreme DH V5

Ad Brayton s Nukeproof Dissent
Ad Brayton's Nukeproof Dissent

Josh Lowe s YT Tues
Josh Lowe's YT Tues

Charlie Hatton s Atherton AM.200M.2
Charlie Hatton's Atherton AM.200M.2

Ronan Dunne s Nukeproof Dissent
Ronan Dunne's Nukeproof Dissent

Joe Smith s Vitus Dominer
Joe Smith's Vitus Dominer

Roger Vieira s Specialized Demo
Roger Vieira's Specialized Demo

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  • 104 8
 I think the Atherton bikes are a cool concept but my brain can't help but think of plumbing every time I see one
  • 37 0
 now that you mentioned it I'll never look at an atherton bike the same way again
  • 19 0
 you just destroy the way i see those bikes
  • 20 0
 Team jerseys should have the Mario Bros colourway.
  • 19 1
 You’re telling me I can make a PVC downhill frame? It’s the next YouTuber cliche video. Forget Walmart bikes. This is a Home Depot bike.
  • 7 0
 They do look nicer in real life than they do in photos as weird as that sounds
  • 5 0
 This is one of the only high spec DH bikes you can actually purchase in the world. If I didnt have to wait until November for one, I would be on it. Just tried to order one yesterday. The spec and the attention to detail are a bargain in the world of DH.
  • 1 0
 OMG I can’t unsee that
  • 1 0
 Get your mind out of the sewer, son!
  • 28 1
 Looks like Joe Smith has been out doing laps, what have the rest been doing?
  • 42 0
 Washing their bikes?
  • 14 0
 The YT comes pre-dirty'd
  • 5 0
 Can't clean it when it is being ridden.

I was in Mont St Anne in 2008 or 2009??, Joe was on Kona back then. He did more practice laps than anyone on that brutal course. In the time I walked down it he must have done 8 laps. Most riders we were lucky to see 3 times.
  • 24 0
 I have to admit, I saw the Mondraker and thought it must be Laurie Greenland's.
  • 17 0
 Nukeproof looks so good
  • 1 0
 Indeed. Dunne's Dissent is a small size ? It looks more compact than Brayton's, and even more "sharp".
Looks great, and stealthy in flat grey.
  • 8 0
 I'm more interested in the tyres... We ran a Hillbilly on the front for extra grip and a MM on the rear, which we then swapped to a Shorty... I'm slightly surprised to see some DHRs out there considering it was wetter than an otters pocket.
  • 34 1
 the pros can find grip in ways us mortals can only dream... or because theyre braking so much less they need less grip. i dont really know how it works, what i do is barely the same sport as these guys
  • 32 0
 @GumptionZA: Ain't that the truth.... we see a section that has 10 roots, they see 2... the first one and the last one they just gapped over Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Is it a rocky track? i remember from snowshoe last year many people were running dhrs front and back favoring the grip on wet rocks compared to other tires
  • 2 0
 @jokullthor: Nah, mostly fast/flow at the top with some rocks yes... but then into massive root fest, step, rooty, rooty roots... I honestly laughed on the track walk as i couldn't comprehend how they get down Star Wars.
I think we washed my lads by 7-8 times over the course of the weekend due to the mud.. I couldn't even tell what colour it was after a run.
  • 2 0
 no joke, I can run basically flat and still wash out while a pro rider would go through the same section like they have all the grip in the world, it's insane
  • 3 0
 I guess when you carry that much speed the mud clears from your tires better?
  • 4 1
 @GumptionZA: You can run lower pressures when you don't pay for your own rims.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: bingo.
  • 1 0
 Last time I rode this place about 10 years ago, it was so slick at the bottom, and so damn rooty! Great fun.
  • 1 0
 Minions work well on hard surfaces wet or dry. If there’s a lot of roots and rocks in the mud they’ll still work really well.
  • 13 2
 Dirty or clean, I'm picking the Vitus last 10/10 times
  • 1 0
 Needs an O-chain, i think. Had the opportunity to ride mine without a chain and truth be told, the suspension worked better this way. So i guess a device mimicking the “no chain” concept at least partly is needed.
  • 4 1
 Dunno if it helps but it was 2nd at Hardline and 8th here
  • 1 0
 @bhowl: Interesting that at least from these 10 bikes it seems like O-Chain isn’t quite as popular as it was. Seemed like every bike check last year was full of them. Haven’t tried one so I can’t comment but I think it’s interesting all the same
  • 2 1
 LOL why? looks way worse than most
  • 9 0
 That Prime bike looks very good.
  • 5 1
 Maybe its just the black cable against a white bike but the cable routing on that session looks awful. Even other externally routed rigs like the commencal look so much cleaner.
  • 1 1
 would be better down the seat stay instead
  • 6 0
 Mondrakers are always so sexy
  • 4 1
 What the hell is going on with Harriet Harnden's cable routing? Did her mechanic see an internal routing headset and thought fck it?
  • 1 2
 It's coming out of the headset instead of going in.
  • 5 1
 No Orange in a article about British nationals?didn't expect that...
  • 2 0
 This is just the World Cup racers, dunno if Orange actually sponsor any of them still.
  • 4 0
 for my money the nukeproofs and that atherton are the best looking
  • 2 0
 I'll take the Trek Session please. Have it delivered directly to my garage along with their van Smile
  • 4 0
 new nukeproof dissent?
  • 3 0
 Yep, they've been working on a carbon version for ages. Actually, they posted on IG that an announcement is coming tomorrow (April 19). No idea if that's this or a new t-shirt.
  • 3 0
 The two Nukeproof bikes look very different
  • 2 0
 I guess nobody cares that even the session doesn't look like a session anymore?
  • 2 0
 The idler on the Supreme looks much nicer than the weird box hanging off the retail version.
  • 1 0
 Love the Sender. I've got the older CF9 (which is fantastic), but at 6'3", it would be great to try the 29. Wouldn't say no to the Atherton either.
  • 1 0
 Why don't DH bikes use a composite seat+post like BMX race bikes? I would have thought this was a cheap and simple way to save a few grams.
  • 7 5
 some nice bikes but, 29 is dead.............
  • 2 0
 there's only 3 full 29 isn't it?! I wonder if it's due to the track or their full season set up??
  • 4 1
 mini mullet is the future
  • 9 0
 26 is where it's at ! Don't believe the hype !
  • 2 0
 @Balgaroth: just need some decent forks again! bring back 20mm (yeah I know this a DH article)
  • 9 2
 29ers are dead only to small people… There’s a reason why most tall racers like Ben Cathro, Greg Minaar, etc are on full 29er setups. Above a certain body size, the smaller wheels don’t have any advantages and only cause drawbacks.

Even Amaury Pierron goes back and forth between mullet and 29er. He actually won two world cups last year on full 29er setup.
  • 2 0
 @Muscovir: The two tall people you mentioned are also riding for a brand that only provide their XL bike in full 29 as well though.

I think for big wide open World Cup tracks there are probably a good number of benefits to full 29, for tighter UK races a mullet may be a better option. It would be interesting to see some comparisons of the same bikes with different wheel sizes on different tracks... is the difference more track specific or rider specific?
  • 2 0
 I am a 27.5 lover but 29 mullet does make more sense for racing. If only the bike makers could realize racing is just a small portion of what people are doing with DH bikes though..
  • 2 1
 @Muscovir: taller people should be on 32/29 setups
  • 1 0
 @wburnes: just one giant wheel with the bike in the middle.....
  • 1 0
 why is almost everyone's rear tyre valve / logo alignment off but the front is bang on? come on mechanics Wink
  • 1 0
 Surprised to see quite afew mullets
  • 6 0
 I'm not surprised....they are in South Wales Wink
  • 1 0
 Where’s Danny’s bike?
  • 1 0
 He wasn't there
  • 1 0
 looks like Trek does run there own tyres , Blacked out Maxxes maybe.
  • 1 0
 Nukeproofs..... So HOT right now.
  • 1 0
 Own up! Who stole Joe's water supply ?
  • 1 0
 Gee those Mondrakers are actually hot...
  • 1 0
 Does Charlie Hatton's Atherton bike have a full raw titanium chainstay.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Where bikes? There bikes

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