Day 2 - 2013 World Champs - South Africa

Aug 29, 2013
by Nathan Hughes  
bigquotesThey've improved the course each year we've been here with jumps or helping you to carry speed better. This time they've thrown some sweet new jumps into the mid section, but the track was raced last week so it's actually gotten pretty rough and it's a bit more technical at the top. It's hard work in the dust finding those moments of traction but I'm enjoying it man it's a good track. The pedal is looking brutal, but it's the same for everyone obviously so I'll dig deep and make it happen. It's just hard work burying yourself for that long and still being in control of the bike for the bottom!- Josh Bryceland, Santa Cruz Syndicate

The sun rises over the 2013 World Championship downhill track here in Pietermaritzburg South Africa.
  The sun rises over the 2013 World Championship downhill track here in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Similar scenes to the Quebec mist... except this is bone-dry golden dust.
  Similar scenes to the Quebec mists out here in Africa... except this is bone-dry, golden dust blocking the vis and getting in your eyes.

The Weaver Bird. This one is angry about something.
  Real-life angry birds await the action in the trees. The nature is ferocious here, just like Attenborough told you.

  On route to the uplift, no cable-assisted luxuries in these parts. Beats pushing anyways.

No chairlifts here in PMB but a massive fleet of vans with trailers makes the uplift happen. Just save yourself about 45 minutes to get to the top on the highway.
  No chairlifts here in PMB, but a massive fleet of vans with trailers makes the uplift happen. Just save yourself about 45 minutes to get to the top on the highway.

The stands aren t quite at capacity but you know they ll be quite a turn out for the weekend.
  The stands aren't quite at capacity just yet, but you know there'll be quite a turn-out for the weekend. Biking is a big deal in Greg's PMB.

Germany s Markus Schulte-Luenzum throwing a little style in the XC relay last night.
  Germany's Markus Schulte-Luenzum throwing a little style in the XC relay last night.

Devinci mechanic Flo puts together Nick Beers bike late last night after a long day of many items showing up last minute.
  Devinci mechanic Flo puts together Nick Beers bike late last night after a long day of many items showing up last minute.

Cross fire hurricane. Nice little breeze on the mega jumps made everyone think twice about hitting the big ones today.
  Theme of today: Intermittent cross-fire hurricanes. Nice little breeze on the mega jumps made everyone think twice about hitting the big ones today.

Richie Rude boosting one of the final jumps. This could be the weekend for the hard riding American junior. Richie Smash
  Richie Rude boosting one of the final jumps without a care. This could be the weekend for the hard riding American junior. Richie Smash!

Exfoliation stations for one poor XC competitor.
  You don't need to get airborne to get burned... Exfoliation stations for one poor XC competitor this morning.

Wah Boom
  Wah Boom! Masters tries to taste the red dirt.

Blinky is another who is looking solid on the track here at PMB.
  Make way... More high velocity Kiwis coming through.

Sam HIll
  Sam Hill fighting back with some intimidating Aussie power.

Sam Hill goes completely the opposite way to everyone else good to see Sam is keeping up his old habits
  Hill goes completely the opposite way to everyone else, good to see Sam is keeping up his old habits!

Troy Brosnan injured his shoulder at Crank Worx but if it s bothering the Aussie young gun he isn t showing it.
  Troy Brosnan injured his shoulder at Crank Worx, but if it's bothering the young gun, he isn't showing it.

Rach and Gee keeping it GB for the three.
  Rach and Gee keeping it GB for the three.

Mark Fitzsimmons going over the details of the prototype shock that Brook will be riding this weekend.
  Mark Fitzsimmons going over the details of the prototype shock with steel shaft that Brook will be riding this weekend.

Bulldog
  Bulldog getting amped testing out that sucker.

  Not the Bulldog's favorite stomping ground, he's been well off the podium here the last two years. he was 8th for last years champs, however.

Mark Fitzsimmons fitted the prototype shock to Minnaar s bike yesterday and got it set up as an alternative to the air shock Greg plans on running considering that Greg s bike is currently weighing in at 32.39 pounds it s likely he won t take the weight penalty. http www.pinkbike.com news FOX-DH-Shock-prototype-2013-World-Champs.html
  Mark fitted the prototype shock to Minnaar's bike yesterday and got it set up as an alternative to the air shock Greg plans on running; considering that Greg's bike is currently weighing in at 32.39 pounds, it's likely he won't take the weight penalty.

Mark Fitzsimmons fine tuning the new RAD DH shock.
  Fine tuning the RAD DH shock on the local hero and you could say, race favorite's sled.

Jill Kintner has done well here before and looking deadly fast. Her bmx and 4x background will give her a big advantage on the pedally and high speed track.
  Jill Kintner has done well here before and looking deadly fast. Her bmx and 4x background will give her a big advantage on the pedally and high speed track.

Danny Hart blasting through some golden angel boners mid section.
  Danny Hart blasting through some golden angel boners mid section.

Danny Hart hold the throttle wide open on his way into the gulley and the massive tables.
  Danny Hart held the throttle wide open on his way into the gully and the massive tables.

Everyone s got that extra something between their grip and brake lever.
  Everyone's got that extra something between their grip and brake lever including Danny.

Someone asked Danny if he had ever landed to flat on the jumps here in PMB. Danny s response Probably I don t know. There are much more important things to think about than that here.
  Someone asked the Redcar Rocket if he had ever landed to flat on the jumps here in PMB. Danny's response, "Probably, I don't know. There are much more important things to think about than that here."

Hart s Vivid and some cool understated graphics in place.
  Hart's Vivid and some cool understated graphics in place.

Marcello looks composed as always. Such rad style.
  Team mate, Marcello, looks composed as always. Such rad style.

Swalbe Rock Razors for Marcelo and Danny s on Hans Dampf..
  Schwalbe Rock Razors for Marcelo's rear and Danny's on Hans Dampf..

Kathy Sessler posturing Peaty s new allthelads TLD complete with charming family graphic.
  Kathy Sessler posturing Peaty's new #allthelads TLD complete with charming family graphic.

braaap Not the best corner for riders but is sure is for the photographers...
  Braaap! Not the best corner for riders but is sure is for the photographers...

Wyn Masters left his jandals home today and opted for a proper kit even though he probably doesn t need one.
  Wyn Masters left his jandals home today and opted for a proper kit, even though he probably doesn't need one.

Nick Beer on the final jump out of the woods on the top section. High winds today made hitting the jumps on the lower section a bit like playing Russian Roulette.
  Nick Beer on the final jump out of the woods on the top section. High winds today made hitting the jumps on the lower section a bit like playing Russian Roulette.

Peaty s possible PMB race tyre.
  Peaty's possible PMB race tyre. He's contemplating seeing off the drag by bringing the Maxxis High Roller semi slick back into fashion.

Peaty s contemplating seeing off the drag by bringing back the retro Maxxis High Roller semi slick.

bigquotesIt's great to be out in Africa! We've just had our first day of practice and the tracks looking super dry and really dusty. It's been good fun this morning just playing around on the big jumps with Greg and Josh and getting into the atmosphere of the whole World Championships. My win last weekend at the final round of the BDS definitely gives me a little bit of confidence coming into this race... It's a special one and it's good to be here!- Steve Peat, Santa Cruz Syndicate

Jonty Neethling went down super hard in the gulley this morning after his bars snapped off. He tore apart his crank in the wreck and banged his head in the process.
  Jonty Neethling went down super hard in the gully this morning after his bars snapped off. He tore apart his crank in the wreck and banged his head in the process.

Blinky all style..
  Blinky styling on through the all African terrain.

Ropelato getting hot on some not so 26 wheels.
  Ropelato getting hot on some not so 26" wheels. He cracked out a fifth in the Air DH at Crankworx, can the big boy rollers see him right here too?

Jared Graves may be a major threat here in PMB. He s been crushing EWS rounds riding his Enduro bike on trails much more technical than this one.
  Jared Graves may be a major threat here in PMB. He's been crushing EWS rounds riding his Enduro bike on trails much more technical than this one.

We have seen glimpses of the old Sam Hill all season long and there can be no doubt he is hungry to wear those rainbow stripes again.
  We have seen glimpses of the old Sam Hill all season long, and there can be no doubt he could not be hungrier to wear those rainbow stripes again.

Sam Hill
  Sam Hill's record here isn't incredible, 11th, 8th, 4th for the last three events at PMB. Having said that he's on awesome form and fitness and was on the podium at last years champs.

Remi Thirion
  15th for French fire Remi Thirion at last year's champs. But a lot has changed since then.

Remi Thirion hips the newly treed lower section of the track. Last year it looked like a nuclear bomb went off in here with slash littering a barren landscape. now it s lush trees making a great backdrop.
  Thirion hips the newly treed lower section of the track. Last year it looked like a nuclear bomb went off in here with slash littering a barren landscape. Now it's lush trees making for a great backdrop.

Steve Smith flexes some DH muscle with his one off short travel bike here in SA. a 170mm travel 27.5 wheeled boxxer rounds out the package.
  Steve Smith flexes some DH muscle with his one off short travel bike here in SA. a 170mm travel 27.5" wheeled boXXer rounds out the package.

Steve Smith is having one hell of a season. With a custom bike for Worlds Devinci is giving their boy everything he needs to come out on the top step of the podium come Sunday. http www.pinkbike.com news Steve-Smith-devinci-prototype-world-champs.html
  Last round's winner, Stevie maximizing his runs in today dialling his new prototype 650b bike.

  Smith is having one hell of a season, especially after all his Quebec and Crankworx glory. With a custom bike for Worlds, Devinci is giving their boy everything he needs to come out on the top step of the podium come Sunday. He was 5th and 6th here for the last 2 years.

Aaron Gwin has been on the hunt for a result all season could it happen at Worlds
  Aaron Gwin took the win here in 2011 and was 2nd in 2012. He's been on the hunt for a result all season, could it Sunday be all stars and stripes?

Gee Atherton has the SRM Powermeter in place logging his heart rate speed power and cadence. The team sync the data with his GoPro footage and he can then be sure where he needs to pick things up a bit... as if that might be possible.
  Gee Atherton has the SRM Powermeter in place, logging his heart rate, speed, power and cadence. The team sync the data with his GoPro footage and he can then be sure where he needs to pick things up a bit... as if that might be possible.

Gee has been a force to be reckoned with this year. Only the first day of practice and already looking like he could easily be one of the top five.
  Gee has been a force to be reckoned with this year like never before. Only the first day of practice and he's already ripping out throats.

The grass hoppers are are huge. They could probably fly off with a baboon were they equipped with mandibles.
  What's more scary than a rampaging Atherton? A Pietermaritzburg grasshopper comes close... They could probably fly off with a baboon, were they equipped with mandibles.



147 Comments

  • 100 0
 where's the course preview? sorry... Claudio's course preview?
  • 25 1
 Yes. Please.. Claudio's previews are awesome.
  • 13 0
 Patience boys, lol it's only thursday
  • 6 0
 ClaudiooooooooOOOOO!
  • 66 3
 Give the XC guy credit. he went HAM and failed lol, go big or go home is what he was thinking
  • 9 0
 I don't think he failed tho, because the guy sitting is from Sweden...
  • 2 0
 yeah they were some serious grazes!
  • 25 0
 I wonder if that's actually what Briceland said. I bet not even close Big Grin
  • 75 0
 That was what we could translate Wink
  • 19 0
 Lets see, how will Graves perform with the Enduro Yeti Bike, that will be interesting !!!
  • 2 0
 I just cant believe what Ropelato is doing... I know he bet gwin on that bike earlier in the year but still...
  • 3 4
 Can't think of a better bike for that course. Greg or Gee on that bike would be 5 seconds up.
  • 17 0
 Watch out for Sic Mic. He has Chuck Norris leg power. POW!
  • 4 0
 and he will tear apart those jumps too
  • 1 0
 Only Chuck Norris has Chuck Norris leg power! >:-(
  • 9 0
 Gee has some power this year and he is pretty serious about that... But if Graves can put it together on the technical stuff he will tear it up on the sprints, he chased down Clementz on the last stage in Val d'Isere!
  • 4 0
 Quads of steel!
  • 4 0
 looks like he's rocking kashima legs in that last pic.
  • 10 0
 seeing those trail rashes somehow make my own injuries feel a little bit better
  • 11 0
 Peaty is so goddam rad.
  • 10 0
 But who's that on his TLD helmet? Some guy with a whole bunch of hair...
  • 12 0
 will and kate
  • 10 1
 come on Stevie!! 1 and Hill 2!!
  • 1 0
 The other way around and I'll be stoked! C'mon Sam! I just don't want to see Gee win
  • 9 0
 Really want Hill to get this!!
  • 7 0
 Jared Graves takes PMB on a single crown! That would rule!
  • 3 0
 I'm really surprised to see a lot of people getting behind Sam, seriously if he wins that would be a shock result! If he beats Smith, Hannah, Greg and Gee with their form on this track that would just be a real big surprise to me. My predic = Smith, Greg, Hannah, Gee, Graves, Hill but hopefully an Aussie takes it. Mick deserves it I reckon.
  • 7 0
 GO SAM HILL...
  • 1 0
 He always finds top gear at world champs though.
  • 2 1
 But this one goes to "11"
  • 1 0
 @pininator I hope you were making a motley crue reference. Cause it was funny!
  • 1 0
 Spinal Tap, actually. Smile
  • 1 0
 close enough. haha Get it Stevie SMITHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or Jared Graves would be good too. or Mick Hannah.... cant decide who my favorite is.
  • 6 0
 Amazing shots from all the guys! PB has a really strong team of 'togs
  • 4 0
 I believe he said " Mark Fitzimmons going over the details of the "steel shaft" that brook will be riding this weekend......hmmmmm
  • 1 0
 You sir have gained my respect
  • 2 0
 Dont know if any one else said this but though it would be rad to see a single crown bike like Grave's Yeti on the podium, if such a thing happens this track should be removed form world cup racing. If a trail bike is faster than a Dh bike on any track than its not DH track.
  • 2 0
 First off...golden angel boners?? YES!! I have never heard that before.

If all the techies out there aren't pumped as hell to see who gets the most out of their chosen setups, you'd best check your pulse. Ropelato winning Sea Otter on a 'niner would pale in comparison to him on the podium or, dare I say it, winning worlds. Graves' choice doesn't shock me in the least. Smith sounds and looks very confident on the 27.5 rig. He's the wild-card in my opinion, as I feel he's going to gain the most out of his choices. Blenkinsop is kind of in that category as well...all depends on how he hits them pedals when it matters.

My gut says Minnaar will deliver the goods on home-soil. Most-likely to spoil that parade would have to be Gee, Hannah, Gwin or Smith. My heart says PEAT!!! While that would surprise me, it sure as hell wouldn't shock me. He is still racing to win, despite what the results may say. He may be the old-man-on-the-block, but that's even more reason to not doubt his chances. Coincidentally, didn't he run a semi-slick High Roller when he won worlds in Canberra with a similar "experimental" nature to the bike setups?

Sunday can not come soon enough.
  • 5 0
 Barring any mishaps Steevie should slam it
  • 11 6
 funny how all you "26 or die!!!" zealots aren't yapping your traps about Stevie (and others) goin 650b. i say ride whatever you want, or whatever it takes to win; and F the haters!
  • 7 5
 26" and proud.

I need custom bumper stickers pronto!!!!
  • 4 0
 on such a pedally, relatively smooth track, 650b and droppers posts seem a likely choice.
Not because 650b and droppers represent what is relevant to the world's gnarliest tracks, but they are relevant to this track. Should there be something wrong with choosing the right tool for the job to win a race? Sea otter was won on 29er, but again its track related
  • 5 0
 Stevie is going to take it
  • 2 0
 I really love the look of some of Paris's pics, they have this really cool look to them where the brighter colors pop out more (must be a different lens or something). nice work guys!!! bikes look RAD!!!
  • 5 1
 BRAAAP STEVIE BRRAAAAAAPPP!!
  • 1 0
 This seems to be the race everyone always uses dropper posts and now they are using air shocks and testing out 650b. I even saw a single crowned fork, but it seem like a gnarly track. Anyone care to explain?
  • 5 0
 Its not a very gnarly track. Smooth and fast. Lots of pedaling.
  • 4 1
 I'll explain. It's not a gnarly track. But in seriousness, it's not the roughest of courses, and there's a flat massive sprint section in the middle, that's what the droppers are for.
  • 5 2
 Check out the Enduro series, like the caption below Graves states, there are harder Enduro sections out there and it pays to pedal here. Enduro is the "new" old downhill. Look at Enduro bikes and their travel and compare it to 1997 DH Smile
  • 3 0
 There is a limited amount of technical but it's a very pedally track. The riders have to decide if the want to sacrifice travel or pedal efficiency. Most riders will be on dual crown though with a dropper post. Also because this is a flatter track it's easier for the teams to try out new stuff to we if they pedal and work well. Plus single crowns enduro bikes are getting good enough now where they handle like a big bike. Real talk
  • 1 0
 Ye I see it now. I watched peatys head cam of it. I guess they just take photos of all the off saddle steeper stuff!
  • 2 0
 Graves' obvious strength is the hard-pedal, so having a bike that plays to that strength will maximize his efforts in those sections. He just needs to keep it steady and smooth thru the techy parts in order to make the pedaling gains count.

I remember how all the riders were running short-travel single-crown setups with air-shocks at Canberra in '09. This time around, the wheel-sizes are varying as well. VERY curious to see which gambles pay off. Perhaps an identical result to '09???
  • 3 0
 Yeah identical result to Canberra 2009 would be Steve Peat!!!
  • 1 0
 "The nature is ferocious here" haha hardly!! ive lived here for 26 !! Sunday is going to be epic, Hoping minnaar utilizes home town advantage, Sunday is gonna be epic! so stoked to be here!
  • 1 0
 "True DH" track or not, PMB always provides close and exciting races, personally I think its fantastic to see a race in Africa. Sure gives some great photography with that dust and the famous RSA light. Great coverage PB!
  • 3 0
 Power meters for DH training? That is serious!
  • 2 0
 The pedaling sections here are serious and there's a world title on the line. If you're not racing to win, you're not racing. Wink
  • 2 0
 Interesting stem, spacer setup for minnar...can't wait until sub 35lb dh bikes are the norm.
  • 3 0
 i would love to see gee's power date coming down this course
  • 1 0
 want to see the power averages on all the courses, champery would be like 200 watts average if you factor in the times when the rider isn't pedaling and this could maybe be up in the 800s-900s
  • 1 0
 it would only be worth it to actually analyze the parts when they are pedaling to see what hey put down for those short burst but if youre actually looking at the entire race it would maybe in the 300's which is a completely useless because of the amount of time they are not pedaling. normalized power might be more accurate. but ya youre right about the difference from race to race, this one will be way higher.
  • 1 0
 I'd put them down at 1000 watts or so for the hard sprints, they could generate more power but I'm sure there's a power loss from the super flexy dh shoes
  • 1 0
 Minnars 5 10s are about as stiff as road shoes, so not much power loss there. Most of the power loss would be due to the rear shock. But yeah, probably around a thousand or so though for the strongest guys.

I don't see how a power meter could be that valuable for DH racing, even on this track. An athlete like Gee should be going 100% in every pedal section I would think, since there are spots to recover. And having a power meter in practice just seems like a way to wear yourself down trying to see how many watts you produce, and a distraction from the track. I don't get it, unless they are just trying to get gullible DH racers to buy power meters.
  • 1 0
 have you ever ridden in minnaars? they're maybe 3/4 the stiffness of am45s if that and they're nowhere near as stiff as my diadora proracers or giro guages and rear shock shouldn't affect readings as it's a crank based power meter, but you do have a point putting a power meter on a dh bike is kinda pointless
  • 1 0
 i think it would be incredibly important. for one its a short race so everything counts. if you have the ability to have a power meter along with a garmin you can find the exact places where youre pedaling and see if its actually faster to pedal in that area or to just flow it. you can see the time difference between laps where you pumped a lot and those where you pedaled a lot. im not talking about estimates they do with a stop watch but exact readings. if you have the ability to switch bikes you can see which bikes goes faster with a certain wattage with means you could ride a stiffer bike that doesnt take as much to pedal and be fresher for the non pedaling sections. it brings in a whole other level to analyzes that wasnt available before. whether it actually makes riders faster, i dont know but gee has one..
  • 4 2
 My hope: 1st: Hill 2nd: Graves 3rd: Hannah
My Prediction: 1st: Minnaar 2nd: Hill 3rd: Smith
Gonna be a good race!
  • 6 3
 This is going to piss a lot of people off, but I got Graves, Minnaar and then Gee. And Rude in top 10!! Hey, what can I say...I'm a Yeti fanboy!
  • 4 1
 Hannah or nobody...
  • 4 3
 obviously want Gee to win, or any other British rider! but its a track built for good fitness and leg power, got to be out of Minaar, Gwin, Gee, Smith, Hannah or even Graves
  • 1 0
 Are High Rollers Semi Slick produced yet? I cannot find them anywhere and they seem to be a great option for some local tracks....
  • 3 0
 They are old school. First set I owned was back in 2003. Awesome hardpack tires.
  • 1 0
 I love my High roller semi's, wore out many of them and sad I can't find more.
  • 3 0
 1. minnaar 2. gee 3. hannah, peaty in top 10
  • 2 3
 I have never understood the WC races. How is the winner of any one particular race the World Champion? Why is not the points winner for the entire season the WC? And since that is not the case - what is the point of points? Someone help me out here.
  • 1 0
 almost every sport has some sort of World Champ that runs in conjunction with the season race rankings. Some wait till the end of the season to do them , some in the middle. Look at something like Nascar , the biggest race of the year is either Daytona on opening day or Talledega midway through racing season, every racer dreams of winning those races but obviously in the end coming out on top of the standings for the entire season is the goal.
  • 8 2
 World championships is completely different from World Cup
  • 7 0
 World champs is a single race that is completely separate from the world cup. There will be plenty of racers at world champs that will never compete in a world cup because admition to champs is based off national rankings. not world rankings. World Champs has nothing to do with world cups accept that the world champ wears the rainbow jersey. Most people put more stock in the world cup series as it is a series that takes consistent skill to win where as champs is just one event that is pretty heavily weighted towards the more lucrative teams. Not sure why @sngltrkmnd got neg propped. He is right.
  • 2 0
 Thanks @DragontalesDH.
This is a question that comes up every single year as far as I can recall.
  • 2 0
 there are world champs to get the rainbow jersey and cups top get the leaders jersey, simple as that
  • 2 0
 That actually makes sense - thanks!
  • 2 0
 Man this is good stuff. Excited for this round. Go Stevie!!! Go Kintner!! Redbull DOMINATION!
  • 3 0
 NW domination!
  • 1 0
 i think smith's got this. if he does my friends say i will be drunk on a different wheel size by xmas.. if Hill wins or graves makes the podium i won't.
  • 3 0
 Nathan's write-ups are great.
  • 3 0
 Loving the photos of the kiwi's, let go New Zealand!!
  • 2 0
 You know things are getting serious when Bulldog is riding clipped in... Yikes!
  • 2 0
 Great write up and photos. Love the Atherton shot where his eyes are so sharp.
  • 2 0
 I'm going to go with the "underdogs" this year: Hill and Graves (SOUTH PACIFIC REPRESENT!!).. Excited for Qualis!!
  • 1 0
 Anyone can explain the drop post thing on DH bikes for this race? Is it because of the long pedalling sections?
  • 1 0
 Just so they dont have to stand up an pedal. Sittin down the easy way haha
  • 12 4
 Yeah, along with the short travel forks. Why they didn't pick a real DH track for World Champs is beyond me.
  • 1 0
 I read a blurb saying sitting and pedaling combined with a more aero position is more effective than standing and sprinting, where wind resistance was noted as the downside. in this race particularly more than your afternoon ride
  • 1 0
 Remember they still have to race the rest of the track AFTER the big flat pedaling section. They can't blow it all there like at Fontucky for instance, and hope to hold it together for the next section. Raising your seat up makes you more aero and more efficient when pedaling. Plus then the manufacturer's can all make money selling crap...
  • 1 0
 @pioterski Ever tried pedaling with your seat slammed all the way down? You'll note there is a huge difference in power output depending on how high your saddle is. Because downhill bikes are traditionally designed to have a low top tube/short seat post/mast for clearance, a dropper post is used to aid in pedal-y sections.
  • 3 0
 I know the difference between pedalling with my seat all the way down and when it is high up. I was just surprised the DH guys use it as well, but given the exhaustion and aero issue, it all seems legit nowSmile Thanks for clarifying guys.
  • 2 0
 all i have to say is caroline buchanan Drool (third pic form the top)
  • 2 0
 Another damn amazing World Champiomships
  • 1 0
 The most interesting one I can ever remember.
  • 1 0
 Danny Hart is running RS dropper post not the Giant dropper post. Interesting.
  • 1 0
 cause he's a blackbox rider and giant really only provides him with the frame
  • 2 0
 SAM HILL é o numero um!!
  • 3 0
 Blinky for the win..
  • 1 0
 strange about gwin disappear from press photos videos so quick! wonder why they forgot him so quick?
  • 2 0
 Cant wait
  • 1 0
 Wyn Master riding a Pivot again?
  • 1 0
 nope, bulls DH rig.
  • 1 0
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/10028196 (pivot phoenix?) Looks nothing like a Bull downhill rig... AT all
  • 1 0
 Hes been riding the Pivot for the last WC rounds, dunno if the prototype didn't hold up or something...
  • 1 0
 why is there bulls name on the frame then? (1.pic of Wyn)
  • 1 0
 or someone confused him with another rider. Look at the number plates.
  • 1 0
 Because he's still riding for Bulls, he's just on a Pivot. Maybe they're making changes to the frame or something.
  • 5 3
 1. smith 2.minnar 3. gee
  • 1 0
 My picks so far.... 1. Steve Smith 2. Gee 3. Greg
  • 1 0
 Ok whats up Sam Steve Gee Ok lets see
  • 1 0
 My pick: 1 Hannah 2 Minnaar 3 Graves. And then Stevie and Gee
  • 1 0
 That pic of Gee is so filthy
  • 1 0
 Gee looks like spiderman... LOL
  • 2 0
 Sick Mick!!!
  • 1 0
 What's up with Wyn's Bulls frame?
  • 1 0
 that moment when single crowns start coming to dh races.
  • 2 0
 Golden angel boners.
  • 1 0
 Loving Danny Harts Zip tied on BmX grips! Ol' Skool!
  • 1 0
 Come on Remi you can do it. Love Pinkbike.
  • 1 1
 Fox RAD shock without kashima? o.O
  • 1 0
 just needed to scroll down a tiny bit on the home page

also kashima always has been a fad, an this could be foxes future fad

www.pinkbike.com/news/FOX-DH-Shock-prototype-2013-World-Champs.html
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 its a steel shaft, not alu..
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 Kahima is a proprietary process that's done in Japan. Those shocks are true pre production/protos; likely Fox did not have time to send the air sleeves to Japan for the coating to get done in time for the races.
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 air sleeve? hes talking about the coil shock, which has a steel shaft. and to my knowledge you cannot kash coat steel, as its 'similar' to the anodizing process.

you would think a mod would already know this!
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 Or didn't need to apply kashima as the material is different and the diameter is smaller, reducing stiction.
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 if they could have put kash on it i guarantee you they would have. its just not possible with steel!

although it is worth noting that the seal design is far more important in reducing stiction, rather than stanchion/shaft coating. not a whole lot of people realize this and buy into proprietary shaft coatings!

of course, stepping down an alu shaft that small would not work.. hense why they went with steel. (its also explained in the PB article) pretty basic stuff!
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 I'll stick to my Double Barrels.
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 you have two on your bike?!
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 karpiel apocalypse????
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 1. Gee Atherton 2. Aaron Gwin 3. Steve Smith I'm calling it right now.
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 Wouldn't doubt it but I'd love to see Gwin on top
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 Exactly my thoughts. Everyone else has a wish list.
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 Barring a mechanical or some kind of crash, there's no way Minnaar isn't top-3. But...that's racing! Smile
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 en route *
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 is gee on 26 inch ?
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 USA USA USA!
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