3 Bike Checks from the European Continental Enduro Series - Les Orres 2018

Jul 28, 2018
by Richard Bord  

Nico Lau s machine a tuned 2019 Cube Stereo 150 C62 SL 29 with a 20 size frame L .
Nicolas Lau's
Cube Stereo 150 C62 SL 29''
Nico Lau's machine : a tuned 2019 Cube Stereo 150 C62 SL 29'' with a 20'' size frame (L).

After his retirement from the EWS Nicolas Lau is still racing a bit. He went to the MB Race Enduro few weeks ago and won... So here he is for his 1st Enduro Series race of the season.
Always good to see this fast french guy on a race.
After his retirement from the EWS, Nicolas Lau is still racing a bit. He went to the MB Race Enduro few weeks ago, and won... So here he is for his first Enduro Series race of the season.

The new 2019 Stereo C62 SL is made with a lighter carbon construction than the C68 and so is a bit less rigid. It s Nico s favorite frame for the moment as it s more comfy and easier to pilot than the C68 he says.
The new 2019 Stereo C62 SL is made with a lighter carbon construction than the C68 and so is a bit less rigid. It's Nico's favorite frame for the moment as it's "more comfy and easier to pilot" than the C68 he says.

Well with a Fox 36 in the front let s say this is rear shock prototype... Did someone said something on my right RS
Well, with a Fox 36 in the front, let's say this is a rear shock prototype... (Did someone say something on my right?! RS?)

Not the latest XTR 12 Nico still rides with a nice XTR Di2 derailleur and an 11 speed cassette.
Not the latest XTR 12, Nico still rides with a nice XTR Di2 derailleur and an 11 speed cassette.

A fresh Shimano XT crankset with a 34T ring and an MRP chain guide just to be sure
A fresh Shimano XT crankset with a 34T ring, and an MRP chain guide, just to be sure!

Shimano XTR Di2 Nico s favorite brakes for many seasons now the Saint.
Shimano XTR Di2 + Nico's favorite brakes for many seasons now: the Saint.

Shimano Saint 203mm everywhere.
Shimano Saint 203mm everywhere.

2.35 Schwalbe Hans Dampf for the rear at 1.75 bar only.
2.35 Schwalbe Hans Dampf for the rear at 1.75 bar only.

2.35 Schwalbe Magic Mary on the front at 1.35 bar only for Nico.
Apparently this pink mark saying ADDX is hard to find on a 29 Magic Mary and it s the softer rubber Schwalbe makes.
2.35 Schwalbe Magic Mary on the front at 1.35 bar only for Nico. Apparently this pink mark saying ADDX is hard to find on a 29'' Magic Mary, and it's the softer rubber Schwalbe makes.

A 30mm wide rim in the front and a 25mm wide rim for the rear.
You re right these are the DT Swiss EX 1501 Spline 29 wheels.
A 30mm wide rim in the front, and a 25mm wide rim for the rear. You're right, these are the DT Swiss EX 1501 Spline 29'' wheels.

Nico rides with a 35mm lenght Pro Tharsis Trail stem and a Tharsis 9.8 Pro handle bar cut at 780mm.
Nico rides with a 35mm lenght Pro Tharsis Trail stem and a Tharsis 9.8 Pro handle bar cut at 780mm.

We just loved the golden Fox stem cap here.
We just loved the golden Fox stem cap here.

Fox Kashima on the fork so on the seat post and 150mm of travel .
Fox Kashima on the fork, so also on the seat post (and 150mm of travel).

A Selle Italia SLR X Cross saddle for an old-ex-EWS-top-rider s ass
A Selle Italia SLR X Cross saddle for an old-ex-EWS-top-rider's ass!

Nico Lau s trick no tape needed
Nico Lau's trick: no tape needed!

Nico Lau s everyday helmet is a Lazer Revolution with MIPS protection included he will race with his 100 full face helmet though . This Belgium brand is better known by the motor cyclist community than by Mountain Bikers.
Nico Lau's everyday helmet is a Lazer Revolution with MIPS protection included (he will race with his 100% full face helmet though). This Belgium brand is better known in the moto community than by mountain bikers.



Morgane s bike a Marin Bikes Attack Trail 27.5 small size 150mm travel rear and 160mm front.
Morgane Such's
Marin Bikes Attack Trail 27.5''
Morgane's bike: a Marin Bikes Attack Trail 27.5'' small size, 150mm travel rear and 160mm front.

After a bad end with a broken derailleur during the last Megavalanche Morgane is back to the race with only one goal having fun.
After a bad end with a broken derailleur during the last Megavalanche as she was leading the race, Morgane is back to the race with only one goal: having fun.

Morgane is sponsored by SR Suntour so she uses a Tri Air shock and a Durolux fork all prepared by the Sr Suntour guys.
Morgane is sponsored by SR Suntour so she uses a Tri Air shock and a Durolux fork all prepared by the Sr Suntour guys.

Some almost stock DT Swiss EX 471 27.5 wheels except they have some specific spokes.
Some almost stock DT Swiss EX 471 27.5'' wheels, except they have some specific spokes.

Morgane rides the Continental Der Baron Projekt 2.4 front and rear wherever she goes even in the rocky trails of the South of France.
Another angle of the Continental Der Baron Projekt 2.4.
Morgane rides the Continental Der Baron Projekt 2.4 front and rear wherever she goes, even in the rocky trails of the South of France.

A Deity Blacklabel bar 800mm lengh cut at 720mm for Morgane.
A Deity Blacklabel bar 800mm lengh cut at 720mm for Morgane.

A Deity Copperhead 35mm stem comes with the bar.
A Deity Copperhead 35mm stem comes with the bar.

Morgane rides with the very powerful Magura MT7 Raceline brakes and of course she has red nails .
Magura MT7 203mm disc brake in the front and 180mm on the rear.
Morgane rides with the very powerful Magura MT7 Raceline brakes (and of course she has red nails). 203mm disc brake in the front, and 180mm on the rear.

A Slicy mud guard designed for Marin Bikes.
A Slicy mud guard designed for Marin Bikes.

Slicy also make some frame protections.
Slicy also make some frame protection.

Morgane is on the list to donate her bone marrow to an association and here the logo of this association in France.
Morgane is on the list to donate her bone marrow to an association, and here the logo of this association in France.

Even if Ergon has a specific saddle for women Morgane prefer the SMD2 MTB Gravity made for the DH riders.
Even if Ergon has a specific saddle for women, Morgane prefer the SMD2 MTB Gravity made for the DH riders.


Even if this bike is not new it s still a bit strange to see a Bold. Just in case you doubt it the Linkin Trail LT is a full suspended Enduro Bike with 154mm of rear travel and a 160mm fork.
Clement Simon's
Bold Linkin Trail SL
Even if this bike is not new, it's still a bit strange to see a Bold. Just in case you doubt it, the Linkin Trail LT is a full suspended Enduro Bike with 154mm of rear travel and a 160mm fork.

Clement Simon and his Bold Linkin Trail LT.
Clement Simon and his Bold Linkin Trail LT.

Bold is a Switzerland based brand.
Bold is a Swiss brand.

A Switzerland brand works with another brand from Switzerland so the shock you can t see is a DT Swiss
A Swiss brand that works with another brand from Switzerland, so of course the shock you can't see is a DT Swiss!

Easiest SAG set up
Easiest SAG set up?

Two screws that will open the rear sock box.
Two screws that will open the rear shock compartment.

Here is the shock protection.
Here is the shock protection.

Here is the Bold secret box. Two screws and you can access to the rear shock and set the compression and rebound.
Here is the Bold secret box. Two screws and you can access the rear shock and set the compression and rebound.

3 positions and 2 levers to control the rear shock from the bar.
3 positions and 2 levers to control the rear shock from the bar.

Bold mixes a carbon frame and some aluminium parts.
Bold mixes a carbon frame and some aluminium parts.

They say these are some air tunnels to cool down the rear shock they say.
They say these are air tunnels to cool down the rear shock.

Oh and it s a boost frame.
Oh, and it's a boost frame.

Not sure I would ride with this mud guard as it would be a bit hard to be focused on the trail in front of you
Not sure if I would ride with this mud guard, but there you have it!



56 Comments

  • 33 1
 I personally wear a pack, but if you’re gonna take the shock out of the front triangle, figure out a way to put two cages in there.
  • 7 0
 It's a Bold fashion move carrying around your entire sock box, for when you just need a new pair to make it through the next stage transfer.
  • 5 0
 For extra security, keep them in a locked sock lockbox.
  • 9 0
 I would rather a hidden shock than fuck1ng hidden cables.
  • 18 11
 He'll look back at the time he ran that mudguard and wince with embarrassment.
  • 7 4
 And the model? Should she be ashamed or we stoked she got paid?
  • 3 1
 @jrocksdh: Anybody else notice that Morgane, the rider above him, is literally wearing those same shorts? Coincidence?
  • 5 0
 Weird how much this hidden shock Bike is hated on compared to the other one
  • 6 1
 That Cube looks like an amazing bike. Pity the reach is not that long on the XL.
  • 2 0
 yup, looking for one to buy but even XL is tooo short for 6.2",.with insanely long seat tube...
  • 6 0
 I am sure it’s perfectly rideable though, even if it does not perfectly conform to the current super long, super slack, super low cookie cutter formula that’s now fashionable on pb.
  • 3 0
 @stuie321: Not saying that. At 6'5" i just wish the reach was a tat longer.
  • 10 8
 Keeping the rear shock inside the Bold Linkin frame, obviously leads to issue with cooling it. So they put tunnels in the frame to cool the shock. Looks like an ugly patch to this fashionable feature... Well I prefer to not have it then.
  • 2 0
 Huge fan of marking the torque values right on the head of the bolts. Every time I switch the adjustable geometry chip on my bike (once a year) I forgot how tight it should be, so I go just a little beyond hand tight... which is maybe why I have snapped the head off the bolt twice.
  • 2 0
 the internet is your friend! haha. I am a fan too, though
  • 5 0
 Now that is a bike check!! WE.WANT.MOARR!!!
  • 3 0
 Whats going on with Marin and that bike, doesnt seem to be on their website anymore.
  • 3 0
 “ Not sure if I would ride with this mud guard, BUTT there you have it!”
  • 4 0
 Thats a bold mud guard.
  • 2 0
 Finally now I know what slick looking bike DTSwiss uses in its ads: it's a Bold...
  • 14 11
 Call me crazy, but that Marin is hot and the bold is not.
  • 11 3
 Maybe you are not bold enough.
  • 2 1
 This is like classic cards to a new Koenigsegg
  • 3 1
 YESSSS I agree. The Marin takes the win in my heart
  • 2 0
 Very clean lines on the Bold. I wouldn't be surprised if Specialized or Santa Cruz come up with a similar hidden shock design in a couple of seasons. Looking at the latest Bronson, the shock could have been dropped into the down tube for a cleaner look, a lower center of gravity and more room for a water bottle on the smaller sizes. Maybe they will do that when they update the Hightower.
  • 1 0
 Something to do with the riders maybe
  • 2 0
 3 bikes with bottle holders!!
  • 2 0
 usually about 1/3 to 1/2 of what the original owner paid
  • 1 0
 The (neutral dont take sides) swiss way of hiding stuff, only this time is not dirty money.
  • 1 0
 That's what I'm running also. Eagle crank and ring, XT derailleur, shifter, cassette. Works brilliantly.
  • 1 0
 How many socks can you fit in there? 1 pair, at least?
  • 1 0
 I could not tell who Nico lau’s drivetrain sponsor is?
  • 4 7
 Bold - I can't begin to imagine the sense and wanting to hide the shock inside the frame??
Schwalbe - the Super Soft Mary in 29" is readily available at last (at least in Germany) but non folding and NON tubeless!! Very advanced high tech! Great work Schwalbe.
  • 1 0
 Them Selle Italia saddles, certainly my fav!
  • 1 0
 So magic Mary's are available in ultra soft for 29ers now?
  • 1 0
 That Bold is a beauty Drool
  • 2 2
 hell yeah! about the mud guard. just ordered it Big Grin
  • 5 5
 that ass tho
  • 1 1
 didn't see one in the pics. you?
  • 1 1
 @vhdh666: mud guard
  • 2 2
 You call that an ass?
  • 1 3
 @RedBurn: guess I need to buy new glasses :-)
  • 1 1
 is that a chick or a dude?
  • 2 3
 How does she run an Eagle chainring and Shimano cassette?
  • 4 0
 I don't see why it wouldn't work.
  • 6 0
 Despite what marketing departments want you to believe in order to buy all their stuff, sensible mixing of components works perfectly and your bike will not explode. Smile
  • 1 0
 That's what I'm running also. Eagle crank and ring, XT derailleur, shifter, cassette. Works brilliantly.
  • 1 0
 just because , Eagle is not enought strong for Enduro racing , Shimano Cassette rear derailler are very much reliable , she loose in Megavalanch because eagle exploded , it was the third one in the season , before , 2 years long , she was riding full shimano , with zero probleme . here in France almost all to pilote leave Eagle for 11 speed !. descendant crank set feat well with Shimano .... simple !
  • 1 0
 @LofM: Ran both Eagle and XT rear derailleurs, I actually fared better with the Eagle. Took some hard ass hits before it needed to be replaced. To me, XT didn't feel as sturdy.
I'm running the XT rear on the XC due to weight and the double upshift. Eagle on the AM bike.
  • 4 6
 Is that Morgane Such's butt on mud guard from last pic?
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