8 Bikes of Crankworx Rotorua Downhill

Mar 8, 2020
by Aidan Oliver  
The Downhill was the last event of Crankworx Rotorua and riders battled it out on a very blown out and dusty track. Mick and Tracey Hannah took the wins and it was only the second time they have ever shared the top step of the podium. Check out eight bikes from the day's events.

George Brannigan and his new Propain Rage. George is continuing on with his mullet set up from last year with 29er up front and 27.5 in the rear. Third place for George.

Matt Walker and his Pivot Phoenix. Despite being 6 foot, Matt runs a medium size frame for all his bikes as he prefers an agile ride.

Ainhoa Ijurko and her new Canyon Sender. Ainhoa recently signed with the new Canyon Collective team and is a local shredder from our hometown of Squamish, BC.

Anneke Beerten was one of the only riders not on a Downhill bike but still tamed the blown out and rough track.

Mick and Tracey Hannah's Polygon XquareOne's, both the fastest bikes of the day.

Vaea Verbeeck and her Rocky Mountain Maiden.

Kiwi pinner Sam Gale and his new Pivot Phoenix.



37 Comments

  • 49 2
 Cool bikes and loving the neck bands
  • 8 0
 Right?! Those are so hott. I thought chokers died out w the 90’s rave scene. Stoked they are back.
  • 1 2
 Shame on the sponsors who make them do this, you can't even tell what brand they are half the time.
  • 7 1
 @skerby: I don't know if it's a sponsor requirement, just an easy and comfortable way to wear goggles in between runs
  • 1 0
 @KolaPanda: The hate is in the air
  • 1 0
 @KolaPanda: Wearing goggles around your neck was cool in the early 90s.

I personally think it's uncomfortable as hell and unnecessary, and I guarantee the eyewear sponsors encourage the riders to do this for photos.
  • 17 2
 From this view Mick´s bike is one of the nicest/original I´ve seen... Haters must had gone out of control here in PB.
  • 4 0
 Counterpoint: From this view Mick's bike is one of the ugliest/original I've ever seen... It is original...
  • 2 0
 @tgent: from this view you look like a hater Wink
  • 2 0
 @PauRexs: Oh I am lol, I hate the look of those bikes and having not ridden one, going off reviews, they don't perform so great either.
  • 1 0
 @PauRexs: Honestly, I'm not into the look of it either so you can call me a hater. The word "pretty" doesn't really come to mind when looking at it.
  • 1 0
 Now I see It looks the slackest bike of all. Cool concept in PB Bible.
  • 3 0
 @tgent: judging by the results they obviously perform terribly.
  • 1 0
 @karatechris: I mean in a race that very few pro DH riders participated in... Tracey did pilot it to an overall win last year, which I'll give you that, but I bet she would have piloted any bike to a victory last year
  • 13 3
 The Pivot colour scheme is very Nice. Great to see Anneke out there, a true great of cycling. Beer
  • 6 5
 Seems like Anneke has been swapping out some components (and probably sponsors) again. She still runs DT Swiss wheels but not their fork. She has a Fox logo on her jersey now so we probably shouldn't expect these back on her bike. Can't see a SRAM logo on her jersey either. And she got a new haircut, looks nice!
  • 4 5
 @vinay: yeah super weird she is running fox suspension but not wearing their new helmet or clothes instead opting for alpinestar's. And that haircut, no mention of the sponsor on the jersey? who is the hair mechanic crafting this racing chop. Also sponsored by Arnicare (which is actually a clever sponsor front and centre because it reminds Warner how to pronounce her name) but I see no evidence of creams, tablets, and other wellness products either strapped to the bike, ingested or lathered on the skin.
  • 11 2
 @browner: fox suspension isn't the same as clothes and helmets my dude
  • 2 2
 @browner: Alpinestars has been a sponsor ever since she was riding for MS Intense and ever since she's kept them as a personal sponsor. After many years also on the SRAM Blackbox program she moved onto Fox and Shimano when she started at Alchemy. When she left them in 2019 it seemed she quite consciously went with DT suspension and also got sponsored by SRAM again. Especially DT suspension seemed like an interesting choice so seeing her shift to Fox again after one year got me curious whether these DT forks are good or not. Gehrig twins are also supported by DT Swiss and Fox so I wonder what forks they'll be running this year.

If you're curious about wellness products... ok to each their own I guess..
  • 2 0
 @Jaib06: DC Shoes' are hopeless on flat pedals, they should stick to batman.
  • 6 1
 Wow, for both men & women, looks like "POLYGONE FASTEST"...
  • 3 0
 You can feel the stoke coming out of Tracey and Mick in that photo - awesome stuff.
  • 1 0
 Interesting detail - on Micks and Hannahs bikes you see the Fast Suspension Holy Grail schock although there is a newer "better" model from Fast S the Fenix
  • 2 1
 Anneke Beerten still got her light holder attached to her seatpost or what is it?
  • 1 0
 Looks like a GPS computer mount
  • 1 0
 RM needs to update that Maiden, STAT! Those bikes look so cool but are sooooo tiny.
  • 1 0
 Afraid the Maiden is going, going, gone! You'll have to run a slayer with the big fork...
  • 5 5
 For the love of god stop putting black backed decals on orange forks. It looks terrible.
  • 1 0
 What's the matter with black & orange. I guess you're not a Halloween, Bengals or BC Lions fan, I take it?
  • 2 1
 @RowdyAirTime: black and orange is fine but those black background decals are no bueno on orange
  • 2 3
 Yep. It’s f@cked and if you’re a fan you need a lobotomy.
  • 1 4
 This is one of the best sets of bike checks on Pinkbike for ages, primarily because only one of the riders is using those disgusting orange Fox forks and none of them are using the red Boxxers. Thank goodnes.
  • 1 1
 What pedals is Matt SkyWalker using?
  • 2 1
 Shimano DX M647 pedals !
  • 1 2
 Can we have more Canadian woman racing? Yep Ainhoe is the latest shredder to watch . Congrats.
  • 2 3
 That's not the Racebikes of the Hannah Family. The bikes in the race got a new link on the top Tube
  • 1 0
 Slip! Slop! Slap!

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