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SRAM Strikes Gold at Worlds

Aug 30, 2006
by Luc 'Acadian' Albert  
Riders from around the globe converged in Rotorua, New Zealand for the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. It was way back in 1999, SID's second year as a production fork, when now TDF mountain Hero Michael Rasmussen, riding for Gary Fisher, piloted SID to her first World Championship.
This past weekend, Frances Julien Absalon rode to his third straight XC World Championship taking SID to her 8th consecutive World’s Title.

2006 Men’s XC World Champion – Julien Absalon
2005 Men’s XC World Champion – Julien Absalon
2004 Men’s XC World Champion – Julien Absalon
2003 Men’s XC World Champion – Filip Meirhaeghe
2002 Men’s XC World Champion – Roland Green
2001 Men’s XC World Champion – Roland Green
2000 Men’s XC World Champion – Miguel Martinez
1999 Men’s XC World Champion – Michael Rasmussen

While SID was working it’s way to a decade of winning, another RockShox fork was working on it's first. Jill Kintner won the Women's 4X aboard a BlackBox Revelation. This was Revelation's first win at the World Championships. Jill also had Avid BlackBox Juicy Ultimate's on her World Championship rig. A step down on the podium was Anneke Beerten also aboard a full SRAM equipped bike.

On the DH side, MTB's new ‘Golden Couple’ Sam Hill and Sabrina Jonnier dominated their respective classes. Sam referred to his run as "flawless". It was hard to argue, because when the smoke cleared he had won by an astonishing 4.22 seconds over Greg Minnaar. Sam and Sabrina's runs marked the first win for an air sprung fork in DH since 3" was considered long travel. Both Iron Horse riders road with the lightest production 203mm fork on the market, the BoXXer World Cup on the front of their Sunday's.


Sam’s Championship Rig
SRAM BlackBox X.0 rear derailleur
SRAM BlackBox X.0 rear trigger shifter
RockShox BoXXer World Cup (in Black) fork
Avid BlackBox Juicy brakeset

Sabrina's Championship Rig
SRAM BlackBox X.0 rear derailleur
SRAM BlackBox X.0 rear trigger shifter
RockShox BoXXer World Cup fork
Avid BlackBox Code brakeset

Jill’s Championship Rig
SRAM BlackBox X.0 rear derailleur
SRAM BlackBox X.0 rear trigger shifter
RockShox BlackBox Revelation fork
Avid BlackBox Juicy Ultimate brakeset
Truvativ Holzfeller OCT crankset

Julien’s Championship Rig
SRAM X.0 twist shifters
SRAM X.0 rear derailleur
SRAM PC-991 Hollow Pin chain
SRAM BlackBox Ti Cassette
RockShox SID World Cup fork
Avid BlackBox Juicy Ultimate brakeset

2006 World Champions – Powered by SRAM
XC
Men - Julien Absalon / France / Team Bianchi
Women - Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa / Norway / Team Merida

DH
Men - Sam Hill / Australia / Team Ironhorse
Women - Sabrina Jonnier / France / Team Ironhorse

4X
Women - Jill Kintner / USA / Team GT

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