Jaroslav Kulhavý's Specialized Epic
The 2011 World Champion, Jaroslav Kulhavy would like nothing better than to regain the title in his home country.
A 38-tooth SRAM 11-speed chainring (yes, Kulhavy is running a 12-speed drivetrain) is mounted up to a set of Quarq powermeter equipped cranks.
The bike is close to a stock build, with a Fox / Specialized Brain rear shock for the bike's 95mm of travel...
...and a RockShox RS1 up front.
The blue knob at the right of the photo allows the rear shock's threshold to be adjusted. With this system there's no need for a remote - the shock uses an inertia valve that opens automatically when an obstacle is encountered.
Kulhavy's known for his extreme-looking setup, but with a World Championship title and an Olympic gold medal under his belt it obviously works for the 6'2" racer.
This stem is the opposite of short.
Simon Gegenheimer's Rose Thrill Hill
Simon "Mustache Man" Gegenheimer's Rose Thrill hill rolls on 27.5" wheels.
DT Swiss' 313 Carbon shock takes care of the bike's 115mm of rear travel.
A handlebar mounted remote allows for the shock to be switched between its three settings.
Fresh tires getting broken in for race day.
Julien Absalon's BMC Fourstroke
When you're one of the fastest riders in the world you get goodies like a carbon fiber shock link, and of course, Shimano's Di2 XTR drivetrain.
Absalon deserves credit for helping to spread the notion that a dropper post is a good idea even on an XC bike.
The KS Lev dropper remote is situated underneath the toggle switch for the rear shock.
A closer look at the carbon rocker link.
A dropper post and
a chainguide - Julien must be taking advice from his enduro-racing younger brother, Remi.
Rudi van Houts' Superior Bikes' Prototype
Superior are working on a new version of their Team 29 Issue frame. The seatstays appear to be thinner, perhaps as a way to add a small amount of compliance to the carbon frame.
A minimalist guide is in place to ensure there's no chance of a dropped chain.
Aero is everything.
The chainstay profile differs from the previous model as well - it looks to be a little taller closer to the bottom bracket area.
Nino Schurter's Scott Spark
Nino's new Scott Spark 29er was shining in the sun - the bright yellow frame and gold drivetrain was hard to miss.
The DT Swiss shock is connected to a handlebar remote, allowing Schurter to control the feel of the bike's 100mm of travel.
A 38-tooth Eagle chainring up front for Nino.
SRAM Level Ultimate brakes keep things under control.
DT Swiss' carbon XRC 1200 wheels.
The result that Schurter is hoping for.