8 Bike Checks from Allos - French Enduro Series

Jun 25, 2019
by Kike Abelleira  


Have a look at some of the fastest bikes in Allos, the latest stop of the French Enduro Series. We had the opportunity to nail down bike checks of some of the winners here, and we discovered some components and bike designs few riders have laid eyes on - that is, unless you happen to live and race in France.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Louis Jeandel's
Norco Range
Elite men's race winner Louis Jeandel has some industry sponsors, but his bike isn't sporting top of the line components. He has proven that's fast enough to battle more glamorous builds.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Race Face stem and custom stem cap with an image of one of Louis's favorite films.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Remote control for the shock, with SRAM shifting and braking.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Sixpack is a German brand that sponsors Louis' team.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Duke wheels is another sponsor that you don't often see.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Well battered Sram GX 11-speed - performance enough to win a national level enduro.




2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Julie Duvert's
Ibis Mojo
Julie Duvert is running on an Ibis development rider program this season.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Shimano is on shifting and braking duties.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
SB3 parts with the stem and bar combo.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Besides the frame, Ibis also supplies Julie with wheels.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Fox Float X2 shock barely fits - but it does fit.
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Like the frame was made for this...




2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Axelle Murigneux's
Lapierre Spicy
Women's Elite third place Axelle Murigneux, racing for Team Rocky Sports, has been riding a Lapierre for a few seasons.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Still running 11-speed, but that doesn't seem to slow Axelle down.
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Handlebar's riding four-spacers tall.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Time pedals are quite popular among the French riders. Axelle's running a 32T chairing, while most female riders were on 30's.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Another Formula Cura brake rider on the podium.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
French tires on Swiss wheels.




2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Yannick Pontal's
Lapierre Spicy
Yannick races for Lapierre and his program this season mostly includes e-bike races. He was stoked to be racing his lightweight enduro bike this weekend.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Cockpit by Tag Metals... Apparently, Tag has a strong following in the motorbike industry.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Yannick prefers the feeling of the e-shifter: one gear at a time.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Personal choices.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Yannick runs Smooth tire inserts by Slicy




2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Nico Quere's
Giant Reign
Nico Quere also jumped over to e-bike racing in 2018, but he still comes back to compete on real mountain bikes from time to time.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Nico runs a Suntour Aurum fork, along with the Giant's standard DVO shock.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Time prototype pedals
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Custom mudguard

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Quere's cockpit is by Reverse components.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
French tires for the French Enduro Series.




2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Laura Charles's
Specialized
Stumpjumper FSR
Women's Elite winner Laura Charles is aiming to race all European EWS rounds this season. Canazei is her next stop.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Suntour is Laura's suspension sponsor.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Formula's very popular Cura brakes.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Laura says this saddle is one of her favorite parts on this bike.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos




2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Estelle Charles's
Radon Slide Trail
Women's Elite second-place Estelle Charles is racing with a German brand this season.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Big wheels, small frame size.
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Fast Suspension Fenix shock.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Tioga saddle - a personal choice of Estelle. The stem and bars are SB3.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Duke wheels for Estelle - still wearing the control sticker of EWS Madeira on them.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Plenty of stopping power with her Magura MT7.brakes.




2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Max Martin's
Peugeot M01 FS
We only spotted this Peugeot frame this weekend. Some interesting lines here.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Right chainstay dropped low to prevent chain slap.
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Dual-link-type rear suspension with oddly routed vertical struts.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Offset frame a-la Specialized, but with the shock routed to the lower link.
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Not a lot of tire clearance in this crowded space.

2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
You can't say Max races without caution.


2019 French Enduro Series Allos
2019 French Enduro Series Allos
Full Shimano XT equipped, even the wheels.





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100 Comments

  • + 70
 refreshing to see pros not running bling bling stuff but solid affordable parts
  • + 57
 The line between "pro" and "works 9-5" is quite thin
  • + 6
 Product innovation has reached a point where mid range products are actually pretty good. It's a win win!
  • + 0
 Check the handlebars for roids.
  • + 61
 "Nico Quere also jumped over to e-bike racing in 2018, but he still comes back to compete on REAL mountain bikes from time to time."

Kike Abelleira is my new favorite Pinkbike employee.
  • + 8
 I hope you're talking about Penny-farthings

#60aintdead
  • + 24
 Had no idea that Peugeot is making mountainbikes, and seemingly better than their cars at that!
  • + 1
 Sunn
  • + 3
 First mtb I ever owned was a Peugeot (in 1991). It had a rigid fork which I managed to bend in half trying to jump it. Got rid of it and bought a BMX instead.
  • + 4
 Looks like a Mondraker Zero suspension system with some funky frame lines to confuse you
  • + 15
 @avg-roadie: pretty sure it’s a catalog astro frame
  • + 3
 Eddy Merckx once said that Peugot bikes ride like donkeys. I suspect this is still true.....yikes!
  • + 3
 @kleinblake: The catalogue people have gone next level.
  • + 0
 @kleinblake: Mondraker frames are catalog as well l heard.
  • + 6
 @panzer103: They most definitely are not. Their geo is not found in any catalog.
  • + 0
 @tgent: l once heared they were but the 8th pix down looks a lot like a Mondraker.
m.pinkbike.com/news/24-bikes-and-frames-taipei-cycle-show-2016.html
Maybe custom geo.
  • + 4
 @panzer103: if I were to hazard a guess, Mondraker possibly works with Astro, and after coming up with the suspension design, Astro was allowed to use it a little later down the line in exchange maybe charging Mondraker less for their frames.
  • + 3
 @kleinblake:

They manufacture their alloy frames. That is why they look similar, but the suspension was done by Caesar and Fabien years ago.
  • + 0
 @downhere67: How is it the KHS downhill bike has the same suspension design?
  • + 4
 @panzer103: khs, mondraker, Peugeot, etc are all Astro frames. Mondraker at least modifies the basic design.

Image being passionate about biking so much that you want to start a bike company, but just buy off the shelf Astro frames with 0 modification, as Peugeot has done. Why?
  • + 1
 @panzer103: Look sort of similar and I know that Astro makes KHS stuff but that is about it. The aesthetics are different, the geo's are different, and the ride night and day different.
  • + 4
 Ok thats cool. Ha, l like mtb talk :-)
  • + 1
 @hamncheez: I think it’s because they want to make money!

I always thought KHS was a manufacturer. Thanks for clearing that up.
  • + 2
 @hamncheez: Astro is manufacturer also for Haibike or Transition...IIRC
  • + 1
 @hamncheez: CTM, Decathlon B'Twin Rockrider and probably many more Smile

Pinkbike article: 24 Bikes and Frames From the Taipei Cycle Show www.pinkbike.com/photo/13227002

PS: I have CTM Mons Pro 2017, earlier CTM Mons 2.0 2013 - indestructible frames Smile
  • + 1
 @panzer103: they were when they signed Fabien Barel and started building out their brand image. Cero did the unique designs (suspension geometry and industrial) design for quite a few years, but they went separate ways since. They sold astro frames until they populated the portfolio with cero designed bikes.
  • + 0
 @panzer103: none of the mondrakers has a single sided frame around the shock. As for a similar layout, like I said once before, you can make two different systems act similarly and two similar systems act differently. It's a game of milimeters regarding pivot positions and link lengths.
  • + 2
 @tremeer023: Same here! I had an old full sus on ein red and yellow and managed to snap the frame on a 3' drop off a low retaining wall. Had it kitted out with X-Lite angelo stem and 50mm riser bars, odi grips and michelin wildgrip'r tires the red ones 26"x2.2 and DMR V12 pedals those were the days Beer
  • + 1
 @crossmaxx: I have no bad experience with Peugeot cars at all. I've ridden a 107 for a good couple of years. It is a bit like a Citroen 2CV. Simple, efficient, built to take a beating and when something breaks spares are quite generic, available and cheap. Break something on a BMW and you'll be paying as much as half the 107 cost me to buy!
  • + 1
 Except for the one sided frame the Peugeot looks just like a Mondraker.
  • + 1
 Peugeot???????? NOOOOOOOOOOOO! The horrors
  • + 20
 The norco is rad
  • - 1
 OK!
*sorry you‘ll have to watch the movie to get that ...
  • + 25
 The radon is nor
  • + 4
 Haha, seeing the downvotes I assume noone around here has seen the movie (see stemcap) ...
  • + 16
 Man that Radon is a nice looking bike.
  • + 10
 my first mtb was a peugeot raider. it was awful. i've loved bikes ever since.
  • + 9
 I friggen love the ibis mojo I personally think it’s the best bike out there.
  • + 6
 WTF! E bike racing? The apocalypse will be upon us shortly ????
  • - 14
flag enduroNZ (Jun 26, 2019 at 1:17) (Below Threshold)
 if there is an apocalypse, hopefully morons like you wont survive
  • + 6
 @enduroNZ: hopefully, for your sake and those around you, you're about 16 years old
  • + 5
 @enduroNZ: ebikes won't work after an apocalypse. Ordinary bikes on the other hand will work.
  • - 5
flag DDoc (Jun 26, 2019 at 4:51) (Below Threshold)
 Yes like it or not E-bike racing is here. Question is, when will Pinkbike start to cover it?

I think Pinkbikers will at some point realize that using a chairlift to go uphill is still electric assist mountain biking
and covering and enjoying DH racing but not Ebike racing is hypocritical.

How many people out there drive a Tesla with a carbon fiber MTB on the roof to the trailhead thinking they are saving the world, then bitch about some guy on an ebike enjoying a ride in the woods?
  • + 4
 @DDoc: Question is, when will PB start to cover Motocross?

Using a truck for shuttling is still petrol engine powered mountain biking and covering DH racing but not Motocross is hyprocritical.
  • + 1
 Pretty sure it involves removing the saddle and sitting on the bare seatpost.
  • + 1
 @DDoc:

1) Don't care.
2) Wrong.
3) Zero.
  • + 2
 @Ttimer: ever heard of lifts? Way more eco friendly than e-bikes.
  • + 4
 If you don’t need the wide gearing ratio, the smaller cassette on the back can only help with suspension dynamics via leas unsprung weight.
  • + 4
 Agree. However, my Eagle XO1 Cassette is 30 grams or so lighter than my previous 10-speed XT 11-36. So no real difference other than less mess up front to deal with via front derr mech and shifter
  • - 1
 @bman33: XT 11-36 10 speed is lighter than any eagle cassette
  • + 6
 @SoloJoe: what’s 10spd? I’m still running my 9 spd X9....
  • + 4
 @SoloJoe: not according to my scale or several other websites out there. My X01 Eagle cassette weighed in at 302. XT 10-speed 36 = 333.
  • + 6
 @bman33:
And your wallet is also alot lighter with X01
  • + 1
 Not true in all cases, actually you can design a bikes antisquat to be 0 in the high and 100% in the low gears, which helps suspension performance on the descents. This is much easier with the cogs having a bigger spread.
  • + 0
 @bman33: you are correct on the XT weight... Has there been a redesignn on x01?

bikerumor.com/2016/03/24/sram-xx1-x01-eagle-specs-actual-weights
  • + 1
 @SoloJoe: I will see if I can find the photos of my scale/weigh in. Even with those pics, a 20 gram differences (minute). Not sure what a front derr and shifter weigh but. Keep you posted when I find the pics.
  • + 2
 @markg1150: Meh....at the time, the Eagle XO1 group is a superiour group compared to XT. I have ran XT for years, solid as hell. However, even after Oneup wide range cog and Radr cage, the Eagle that came on my current bike is a better system. We will see what happens when that all wears out and XTR/XT 12 is now available. I live in Colorado...endless high altitude climbs and long descents. Wide range works great out here. Worth every penny to drop a front mech and not have to modify everything.
  • + 2
 @bman33: "But you don't need Eagle or even 1x11, just get fitter! Or walk up!"

At least that's what i was hearing all the time when i was saying the range of the Eagle system is great... And when you tell people you don't live on flat terrain, you get eaten alive... -_-
  • + 1
 @Primoz: Haha. Indeed! XT is great, ran it for decades with a bit of XTR here and there. Sram Eagle XO1 and XX1 is kick ass. Not the GX/NX cassettes are boat anchors. Overall it's tough to buy 'bad' MTB kit nowadays. I lived thru the mid 90's and early 2000's. There were some garbage components and bikes back then.
  • + 2
 Astro are one of the biggest players in the game. I use to work in a bike shop and I played the 'check out the frame number' game looking at customers bikes in the workshop... Its crazy how many bike companies use Astro
  • + 4
 my votes with the Radon, swee lookingt ride... Smile
  • + 1
 @Grmasterd: The last time you saw a Peugeot was in an epidsode of Colombo. You need a little update sweety.
  • + 1
 What a nice spec on that great looking Radon! The shock is something quite special and even rarer to see one that an EXT.
  • + 3
 Peugeot eh? Not bad!
  • + 1
 It looks much better in pictures to be honest. The rear triangle looks poorly finished and flimsy up close. Haven't ridden it tho.
  • + 1
 Not a fan of the CUM (GUM) looking logos on the Michellins
Some one in their graphics department is having a laugh
  • + 2
 Surprised to see no Hutchinson tyres and Mavic wheels.
  • + 1
 Everybody's fed up with Mavic. Too easy to bend. Hutchinson is doing well OEM/AM but Michelin spends the money in sport's marketing this year, they do have some tires to sell Aftermarket next year...
  • + 1
 @jackyboy: probably more to do with Mavic being sold than any so-called performance issue, but their sponsorship dollars could have been cut so they would have to prioritize who gets parts.
  • + 1
 Lots of Suntour products across the pond. Now if only they could lighten some of those forks up...
  • + 1
 Their Air springs are holding them back. They use the coil negative spring which is substantially heavier than a self equalizing air spring. They make terrific dampers just need to improve their springs.
  • + 0
 Is it just me or does the Peugeot look like it has an option to run a high pivot idler pulley?
  • + 3
 hmmm yeah... that would be stupid...
  • + 1
 and that prototype rear tyre on Julie's Ibis Looks pretty interesting too!
  • + 2
 Peugeot=Astro frame?
  • + 0
 that peugeot bike with the bend on top and offset frame...worst bike I've ever seen
  • + 3
 It was the cheapest on the catalogue !
  • + 4
 @Charlotroy You haven't seen much, then.
  • + 1
 I thought all the frenchies ride with upright brake levers! ;-)
  • + 1
 I need to start opening these bike checks in incognito tabs.
  • + 1
 Me: At least it's not an Opel. Google: ...
  • + 1
 if you're gonna make tire inserts, your company name should be slicy...
  • + 0
 Talented people over there at Peugeot. Molding a turd into a bicycle!
  • + 0
 What's worse e or eu bike?
  • + 1
 Spice Girls.
  • + 1
 Peugeot... Yes pls
  • - 2
 Hey Peugeot, Mondraker called, they want their zero link suspension and dune front triangle back.
  • + 1
 They also have a message for Lapierre.
  • + 0
 That’s because Giant’s on the phone to Mondraker and Dave Weagle is in Giant’s ear....
  • + 2
 @Bhaack: Not sure what you're getting at? Giant's Maestro suspension doesn't actuate the shock at the bottom as the Peugeot and Mondraker does, only at the top rocker so don't see the similarities (beyond the one piece rear triangle).
  • + 2
 Hey Adam, astro called and wants credit on their engineering.
  • - 1
 somehow not surprised the Peugeot looks weird...just like their cars
  • + 5
 please google peugeot 508 SW and tell me what you think.
  • + 3
 Search for Peugeot 208 / 3008 / 508
  • + 2
 their all pretty meh - they have improved a little recently but doubtful they'll ever bring us something like the 205 GTI again...Their glory days have long pasted
  • + 9
 @fracasnoxteam: 404 NOT FOUND haha
  • + 3
 505 V6 ftw
  • + 0
 hi julie

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