Val di Sole Day 2 part 2 - UCI World Cup 2012

Jun 1, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
Warming up...Justin Leov s had a few rough rides here in Val di Sole but the Trek World Racing rider has that all in the rearview mirror. Leov appeared to be on cruise control on the track.
  Warming up...Justin Leov's had a few rough rides here in Val di Sole; but the Trek World Racing rider has that all in the rearview mirror. Leov appeared to be on cruise control on the track.

Dialing in exactly what he wants. A lot of riders won t touch their bikes Slugger ain t afraid to get dirty.
  Dialing in exactly what he wants. A lot of riders won't touch their bikes; Slugger ain't afraid to get dirty.

Guts of the new Fox Prototype 40 fork.
  Guts of the new Fox Prototype 40 fork.

Getting the plate on is the final step for Monk-dawg in the pits before he ll send a rider out. It s an exacting process that Monk s done hundreds of times before but like everything he does the process is exacting. That s why he s got so many World Championship riders in his history.
  Getting the plate on is the final step for Monk-dawg in the pits before he'll send a rider out. It's an exacting process that Monk's done hundreds of times before, but like everything he does, the process is exacting. That's why he's got so many World Championship riders in his history.

Another view of the new Fox 40 shows what appear to be bleed valves for excess pressure. But this view also reveals a new truss structure to the brake arch--not a huge surprise on the revised truss as that was a key point shown at their 2013 product launch immediately prior to Sea Otter back in April
  Another view of the new Fox 40 shows curious bosses on the back of the upper seal area. But this view also reveals a new truss structure to the brake arch--not a huge surprise on the revised truss, as that was a key point shown at their 2013 product launch immediately prior to Sea Otter back in April

 practicing on the DH track at the 2012 UCI MTB DH World Cup 2
The local high angle rescue team was out in force on the hill. Unfortunately they were needed all to often.
  The local high angle rescue team was out in force on the hill. Unfortunately, they were needed all to often.

As riders began to hammer the newer sections of track tangled snarls of roots emerged from the loam...
  As riders began to hammer the newer sections of track, tangled snarls of roots emerged from the loam...

...making for some spectacular roost action...
  ...making for some spectacular roost action...

Minnaar appeared to be extremely relaxed in practice. Likely that win last week against a stacked field in the IXS Cup at Leogang has a bit to do with the relaxed attitude.
  Minnaar appeared to be extremely relaxed in practice. Likely that win last week against a stacked field in the IXS Cup at Leogang has a bit to do with the relaxed attitude.

Minnaar wasn t the only rider to get a boost at Leogang Devinci Cycle s George Brannigan came home 7th in that same race and laid down a solid timed training run of 3 35.850.
  Minnaar wasn't the only rider to get a boost at Leogang; Devinci Cycle's George Brannigan came home 7th in that same race, and laid down a solid timed training run of 3:35.850.

Elliot Jackson s officially lost his World Cup cherry here in 2010...barely qualifying with a broken rear derailleur. As I recall he broke that mech within 20 seconds of the start gate. Man he s come a long ways since then...
  Eliot Jackson officially lost his World Cup cherry here in 2010...barely qualifying with a broken rear derailleur. As I recall, he broke that mech within 20 seconds of the start gate. Man, he's come a long ways since then...

 I love this track was Tracy Hannah s excited comment after her first run. Look for Mik s little sister to do well here. Timed training runs don t tell the whole story.
  "I love this track!" was Tracy Hannah's excited comment after her first run. Look for Mick's little sister to do well here. Timed training runs don't tell the whole story.

MS-Mondreaker s Brook MacDonald surfing the duff below the top rock garden.
  MS-Mondreaker's Brook MacDonald surfing the duff below the top rock garden.

Damien Spagnolo on a ripping timed run--fastest today.
  Damien Spagnolo on a ripping timed run--fastest today.

Peaty and Bryceland.
  Peaty and Bryceland.

Hart getting comfortable aboard his Glory.
  Hart getting comfortable aboard his Glory.

Cous Cous dodging roots and rocks on his final practice run.
  Cous Cous dodging roots and rocks on his final practice run.

End of the day bike dialed in as to Greg Minnaar s specs and Marshi Minnaar s wrench for the season decides to give it a bit of a weigh in.
  End of the day, bike dialed in as to Greg Minnaar's specs, and Marshi, Minnaar's wrench for the season, decides to give it a bit of a weigh in.

That would be Greg s bike weight in pounds. Without any extra ti bits anywhere other than the ti bits already stock on the carbon linkage Unbelievable.
  That would be Greg's bike weight in pounds. Without any extra ti bits anywhere (other than the ti bits already stock on the carbon linkage) Unbelievable.

Nick Beer putting his Redbull sponsorship to good use after slamming a pedal into his Achilles Tendon.
  Nick Beer putting his Red Bull sponsorship to good use after slamming a pedal into his Achilles Tendon.




60 Comments

  • 33 3
 V brake mounts on the 40? sickk. now i can get one for my Supercycle Hooligan! images.craigslist.org/5Ie5G65Hb3Ka3Ie3Ncc5r34d7a74a961415ce.jpg
hahaha it says 'Downhill' on it
  • 6 1
 A 40 might be a little too much travel for that...but I love how it says "swingarm" on it.
  • 2 1
 is it not a marketing stunt to debunk the Dorado?

oops... this is meant to be a reply for post about Gee's inverted fox 40 fork
  • 1 0
 I didn't even THINK of that! I hope they slap a v-brake on it just to see how many people suddenly think that it's some cutting edge secret and try slapping one on their 40. Please reference "flat-handlebars on downhill bikes".
  • 2 0
 Flat-handlebars are definitly the way to go! lol
  • 1 0
 V brake mounts LOL Big Grin Big Grin They're greasing spots for the seals (I think)
  • 1 0
 I think it's already been discussed that they're ports or valves for releasing excess air pressure from the fork.
  • 14 0
 If those little bosses are oil ports for the foam rings I'm gonna be stoked.
  • 26 0
 those are turbo buttons. either that or they activate a thumbtack dispenser near the back of the bike.
  • 5 0
 braking chutes
  • 6 1
 yeah, i wonder what else those bosses could be for? Maybe to mount a fender?
  • 12 0
 You're missing the obvious here.... Mini rockets.
  • 1 0
 so thats why gee qualified so low at leogang... he slowed up in quali.. then blew a huge hole in the track behing him in the race run to slow them all down.... makes so much sense now!!!!!
  • 1 0
 If those are for oiling the foam rings thats an idea worth copying. Sure would keep everything super buttery.
  • 1 4
 Those little suckers are definitely fender mounts.
  • 2 1
 I think there bleed ports on the lowers, a new proto air version of the fork, maybe still working some bugs out, need to be able to get added or built up air pressure outa the lowers. remember old super Ts, u had to open the tiny screw up top before u opened em up or they popped in ur face. I think it something along those lines.
  • 2 1
 Yeroon - Manitou have forks with grease ports in similar places... or had. I may be living in the past.
  • 2 2
 i bet it is grease/oil port. it makes sense. i doubt its for a fender, that doesnt really make sense but i guess its possible
  • 3 1
 .....I want mini rockets.
  • 4 0
 Having heard a little more from the pits it's now probable that they're air ports for bleeding built up pressure inside the fork, but still no confirmation from FOX
  • 1 0
 Would be genius, I got that very problem with my 888 at the moment
  • 1 0
 Like burp screws on an MX fork, my old shiver had them.
  • 10 1
 What happened to the inverted forks gee was testing last year?
  • 2 3
 non-reliable...?
  • 4 2
 Apparently fox considered the inverted fork to require too much maintenance for the average rider compared with the service of a non vs improvements
  • 2 0
 there was a big article about it a while back, something about the weight game in the market right now along with other aspects. it should show up if you search it.
  • 3 0
 canceled it because they couldn't keep the weight down and perform like the normal one
  • 2 0
 Val DI Sol Is definitely one of my favorite courses to watch!
  • 2 1
 1500+€ for a fork and they worry bout maintenance? ...... sounds like a hoax to me
  • 1 1
 I actually made a thumbtack dispenser for my bmx when I was about seven.
  • 3 0
 is it not a marketing stunt to debunk the Dorado?
  • 5 0
 I don't care about the men - I just want to see a fair head-to-head race where both Tracy and Rachel pin it in their race runs to see, once and for all, who is the fastest.
  • 2 1
 theyre saying the v 10 is 34.22 lbs.... cant help but notice that last years bike was less than 34..... seems the super stiff 40 has added some heft!!!
  • 1 0
 Thoses buttons may be made to release the air pressure accumulating in the fork during runs, just like BOS DH forks has. Does not look like grease ports.
  • 1 0
 TIRES - Anyone else notice that those Minion's have a sipe on the outside blocks that doesn't go all the way through the block. Seems like an improvement to me...
  • 1 0
 These are such great photos...on their own they'd make great desktop wallpapers. That and getting to see bikes up-close...
  • 1 0
 I dont like the new 40s bodies. they look too thin, i know its to cut weight but they look cheap now.
  • 3 1
 I 3 Kashmina
  • 10 1
 i 4 kashima
  • 1 7
flag baca262 (Jun 1, 2012 at 17:49) (Below Threshold)
 you suck.
  • 9 1
 you swallow.
  • 2 1
 I bum Kashima??
  • 1 0
 Mud Kings?? Are we expecting something?
  • 3 0
 cut down spikes work really well in deep loamy soil like this.... and also rolling speed isnt as important in deep soil id be surprised if there wernt others at least trying this sort of tyre out
  • 1 0
 What kashima is this????????
  • 10 1
 I'm probably going to get lit for saying this but Kashima is the emperors new clothes of the fork market. I have a fork with and a fork without. In a blind taste test, brother, you can't tell. Given a choice I would take it but not for a supposed performance gain but because they look cool. Just sayin'
  • 4 0
 BUT THEY ARE GOLD
  • 5 0
 my kashima still aint as smooth as all my friends rockshox... but they are gold and all the ladies see bling bling :-)
  • 2 0
 15.500 kG O my god !
  • 1 0
 Full air sprin - no coil. They have to compete with the Boxxer World Cup.
  • 1 0
 Where is Blenki? I'm upset that it is notFrown
  • 1 0
 any photos of the specialized's crew!!!!??
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