Andreu Lacondeguy to Ride a Rust Themed Commencal FRS at Red Bull Rampage

Oct 11, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

With the 2014 title and a further two silver medals, Andreu Lacondeguy is one of the most successful Red Bull Rampage athletes in history. He returns to Virgin, Utah this week for his match up with the mesas and will no doubt be planning another wild, full-tilt run for Friday's big show.

Perhaps taking inspiration from Loic Bruni's rusted World Champs bike, Andreu will be taking on the fearsome red cliffs on his own rust-effect frame. Andreu will be using an FRS frame and will be joining a lot of his fellow competitors on a 27.5"/26" mullet set up. His suspension comes from RockShox and his components from Hope, Continental and Reverse, a closer look at his spec is below.

bigquotes“I love old cars, they look awesome, I like how rust invades them year after year ... Specially here in Utah ... you get to see some beauties just sitting around, some of them work some of them don't. .. that's how I wanted my bike to look like ... just like another old truck getting rusty in this desert. Now I can say that i got my dream bike, not only for how it looks but also for how it works ... We put so much time to find the best set up for Rampage and finally got it build. Lets see how this rusty looking bike works for me out there! "Andreu Lacondeguy


Spec

Frame: Commencal FRS Mullet 27/26, size S
Paint : Custom - @livingthisbikelife
Fork: RockShox Boxxer Utimate 200mm
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH
Drivetrain: Hope Tech cranks, Single Speed SB1 G3
Brakes: Hope Tech3 V4 Wheels: Hope Tech Fortus DH
Tyres: Continental Der Kaiser Projekt 2.4 with 27.5 front / 26 rear
Cockpit: Reverse Nico Vink Signature Series
Saddle: Reverse Nico Vink Signature



Photos : JB Liautard


115 Comments

  • 77 2
 is it me or does it not look as slack in these pix?
  • 22 0
 Yeah not very slack to my protractor-eye
  • 18 0
 @AckshunW: looks like its got a reducing reach or angleset fitted
  • 3 0
 its not just you, proportions/HTA seem old school ...possibly just camera angle ???
  • 8 0
 It almost looks like the fork isn't quite in line with the head tube, like he's using angle-adjusting headset cups, though I'm not really sure why you'd want it to be steeper.. maybe it's more comfortable for him like that.
  • 24 9
 perhaps 63-degree head angles are just a ridiculous marketing gimmick. I have a feeling andreu has a decent sense of how a bike should be setup for rampage.
  • 3 0
 @lyalltheweebeastie: It looks like reach adjustment to me... in the side view picture both the top and bottom of the steer tube seem to be offset from the head tube.
  • 9 0
 @adrennan: It's more likely that he steepened the head angle to compensate for the mullet setup.
  • 9 8
 It's because it's xxs. He's 4'8 or something
  • 1 3
 The whole image is also tilted. Look at the ground, it's not level. So this makes the hta look even steeper
  • 2 4
 @SintraFreeride: well that makes no sense
  • 2 0
 Nope, your eyes don't deceive you. It looks weirdly steep. Probably an angleset. But the Furious also isn't that slack (in DH bike terms) to begin with. It's "only" a 64° HTA.
  • 3 1
 @adrennan: damn you should let the whole MX and Enduro industry know that too ! Probably 20+ years they got it wrong and had no idea !
  • 3 1
 @adrennan: Slack angles aren't a gimmick, they have a noticeable affect, but possibly not one you want for Rampage/tricks as you say.
  • 2 3
 Yep 1998 called they want their head angle back !
  • 1 0
 size small
  • 1 0
 Is it a illusion with the height of the seat combined with the shortness of the front triangle?
  • 4 0
 Dirt jump bikes don’t have slack angles either and that’s what this is, a dirt jumping monster truck
  • 5 0
 i measured it from the photo as ~64.1°, seems ok
  • 4 0
 I'd wager that Rampage style freeride doesn't require the same type of geometry as DH riding and the steeper HA makes the bike more maneuverable for tricks. Probably shorter chainstays than a DH race bike too.
  • 1 0
 @madmon: It's actually just the kids clash
  • 32 0
 finally a bike finish that relates to how my joints feel
  • 4 0
 Like well used shit tickets?
  • 13 0
 So my 4runners paint is in style now? Sickkkkk
  • 11 0
 What's up with dropping the Furious name?
  • 61 14
 It probably offended someone
  • 2 0
 If I ever buy one of these imma want a furious sticker kit for free......
  • 7 0
 sk Cnyn.
  • 44 0
 direct to consumer brands are saving money by not buying a vowel
  • 3 6
 it was kind of a late 2010s name... neg prop me, it's fine.
  • 3 0
 @Greener43: They'll be furious that you said that
  • 2 0
 @Greener43: Yes, Vin Disel and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson. Simultaneously.
  • 3 5
 @Greener43: probably?? it offended someone (dont be so diplomatic :-)
  • 4 1
 Yeah sometimes using English words when it's not your native tongue can just be Awkward. Furious was a weird choice for there playful park bike. It's like the brand Propain. It sounds like and actually was a 90's hardcore band here in the states. Beautiful bikes but i feel like i should bust out my jincos and wallet chain to ride one. Another example, I was walking down the street in Berlin and saw a gal wearing a pair of sweat pants that said funky across the ass. Just awkward but part of English being a world language.
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: we eliminate the vowels to save time. Brlnt!
  • 1 2
 It sounds like something Kona would have called a bike in 2004.
  • 3 0
 Not enough vowels to go around due to Covid related supply issues.
  • 1 0
 @Greener43: I'm hoping your downvotes are ironic.
  • 1 0
 I guess we'll be seeing a BRZ and GT86 sometime soon
  • 1 0
 @Struggleteam: sounds plausible.
P.S I remember the ProPain song "the stench of piss"....... where they NYHC sXe?
  • 1 0
 @Struggleteam: I had a Czech flatmate once and she had sweatpants that had "Sexy Code" down the side of them. Much laughs were had.
  • 2 0
 @nojzilla: NYHC for sure but I don't think SxE. I grew up in that scene.
  • 1 0
 @streetkvnt-kvlt: did you manage to crack the code?
  • 2 0
 @Mfro: there are some people on here whos egos are literally in tatters lol
  • 1 0
 @Struggleteam: well, I did crack her friends code.
  • 12 5
 Only someone who has never had the dubious joy of owning a seventies Italian or Japanese car could love the concept of rust aka terminal corrosion. It's a great finish when it doesn't include the risk of your vehicle falling to pieces in front of your eyes.
  • 6 0
 My 3-wheeled Fiat Uno endorses this message.
  • 4 0
 I recently sold off a '67 Mercury Cougar simply because I couldn't keep up with the invasion of the cancerous rust. I'd do body work(cut holes, fill, etc.), then have to do more a little later. It became frustrating, saddening to watch the destruction no matter what I was doing, and, it was losing value the more it lived with me. Rust....isn't cool. And not sure why he says "specially in Utah"....try living with an old car near the ocean!
  • 1 0
 @GlassGuy: It looks cool with the desert brown everywhere, rusted out cars just look out of place in a lush, green, environment. He ain't saying that Utah is better for rust, he's saying the rust is better for Utah.
  • 10 0
 It looks like a toasted marshmallow
  • 10 5
 Even I will waive the white flag at a Mullet if it has a 26" wheel at the back. Even better if it had one at front.
  • 9 4
 I’m really curious what that idler does.
  • 11 0
 Chain guide not an idler
  • 2 0
 Looks like a tensioner/guide thingy
  • 5 0
 it keeps the chain on
  • 5 0
 I’m curious what it’s all about as well. Why not just use a regular chain guide? Seems kinda elaborate for what it is.
  • 2 0
 Making those big drops they get massive chain slap, and losing the chain appearing at the next 35feet drop with your chain wiggling around is not the best. So they triplecheck everything
  • 5 0
 @nojzilla @stflood @b-mack
I ask because Commencal has mentioned it in another article here: news.commencal.com/news/Andreu-Lacondeguy-Bike-Check/2190.html

"The use of a jockey wheel on Andreu's FURIOUS is a system under development and is a system in line with the work carried out on our SUPREME DH, to better manage the chain effect."

I dont think its just a chain guide to keep the chain on.
  • 2 0
 @rallyimprezive: I’m no suspension expert, but it seems that putting the roller there and lowering the chain at that point might reduce pedal kickback. Maybe that’s the purpose. It doesn’t seem like it would function well as a guide, and up until now he’s never used one for his single speed set up.
  • 1 0
 @b-mack: Thats kind of what I am thinking. Seems pretty cool if you can just add that jockey wheel to reduce pedal kick back. I hate pedal kick back (i ride flats)
  • 1 0
 He’s running singlespeed, it’s all about chain tension and retention
  • 1 0
 @rallyimprezive: I doubt there's going to be ANY pedaling at rampage.... maybe one crank off the start... pedal kick back is a symptom of high pivot race bikes so they have a super long chain to deal that runs 'over' an idler wheel. This bike is a single pivot freeride bike, they could very probably run no chain at rampage.

It's a chain guide that differs from a regular ISCG in that it also adds a little bit of tension but with a minimal desighn. I'd guess to take up from slack from a single speed long travel drive.

One very easy fix if you're getting kick back (on a non high pivot bike) is to add a link or two but, then the chain flails about more. Single speeders will very likely not run a full chain device or anything at all so this looks like a good cure. In a minimal desighn (that keeps single speed riders happy) that adds tension and chain retention but still gives the chai some play where it needs it to reduce kick back.

P.S the only time I've ever experienced any kick back was when I went deep into travel with the chain on the largest cog.. my own fault.
  • 1 0
 I'm now wondering if this thing has spring tension?
  • 2 0
 @nojzilla: yea, it doesn’t appear to have tension. I asked all of this because I have a Commencal Furious. It’s fantastic in the jumps and berms but the pedal kickback is very unpleasant in gnarly rock gardens. It’s worse than the YT Tues it replaced. Even on the smallest rear cog it is noticeable. I sorta hopes this sprocket, whatever you want to call it, is designed to reduce pedal kick back. Although it’s a bit late at this point, I bought a different DH bike to try out.
Thanks for all the great details you provided though. Smile
  • 1 0
 @rallyimprezive: Interesting on the kick back.. I had a Mk1 Furious, now on a Supreme V3 Park so a new Furious is obviously my dream bike Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla: Well, its a 2021 Furious size medium, with Saint brakes and Zee derailleur. It'll be up for sale in a month or so!
  • 1 0
 @rallyimprezive: have you tried the ochain?
  • 1 0
 @wburnes: I looked into it! Pretty cool device. It has an 85kg rider weight limit though and I am about 90kg all geared up.
I also just decided to buy a different bike. Smile
  • 5 0
 is that an undler pulley?
  • 4 0
 That paint job is mastery. Really looks like rust. So cool. Reminds me of radiator springs
  • 1 0
 Tow Mater approved!
  • 3 1
 I get a Half Life 2 vibe from it--that rusty / decrepit looks has always been oddly beautiful to me. Love it!
  • 3 0
 I think it looks like a Naan bread.
  • 3 0
 Rust is the new oil slick
  • 3 0
 Didn't someone else just get a rust paint job? Oh yeah, Bruni.
  • 1 0
 Love Andreu's riding, hate his personality but have to be fair. Bike seems perfect. Balanced A F, not following stupid geometry and wheelsize trends. Graphics look SICK btw!!
  • 2 0
 My next bike needs to look like this so my wife thinks it was already in the stable.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a close up of a slice of cheese pizza.
  • 2 0
 Conti still makes 26 inch tires. Cool. !
  • 2 0
 Love the paint scheme. want the paint scheme.
  • 3 0
 Looks like a tortilla
  • 1 0
 Needs a chain that's anodized to look like it's rusted to complete the look.
  • 1 0
 does he have a customized head angle for his small body size? seriously askin'.....
  • 1 0
 That idler or whatever is one remy’s mortons bike to
  • 1 0
 I thought Remy was running chainless?
  • 1 0
 Love it. Very unique and interesting to look at.
  • 1 1
 Looks like the 90's matching headtube and seatbelt angles, I have seen this before in a distant galaxy
  • 2 0
 In rust we trust.
  • 1 0
 could of just built a steel frame let it rust
  • 1 0
 No one going to mention that chain guide? I want details!
  • 1 0
 I hope he has had his Tetanus shot
  • 1 0
 why does this get its own article?
  • 1 0
 This is the bike you take into the apocalypse.
  • 2 1
 Looks like a…Demo
  • 2 0
 Lol yeh they copied brunis bike
  • 2 0
 Looks like Boba Fett should pilot it
  • 2 0
 You mean big hit.
  • 1 0
 @sunringlerider: lol I had a Big Hit back in the day
  • 1 0
 @hotfootluke:
As did I. Bikes have came a long way since then. Was good for hucking down flights of stairs though.
  • 1 0
 fake patina
  • 1 0
 Almost looks burnt.
  • 1 0
 Rusted Aluminium. Sick!
  • 1 0
 A giraffe from far away
  • 1 0
 Even his bike is CORE
  • 2 3
 Ironically, It looks like the offspring of a YT- Tues and Capra.
  • 1 0
 More like a 2012ish Scott Voltage FR20, but let's not be pedantic.
  • 1 2
 Old news
  • 1 3
 Get off Loics jock. This bikes not Core enough
  • 1 3
 TRYING TOO HARD .
  • 2 5
 Looks kinda weird no?
  • 1 1
 lol. Classic. To clarify - It does not look slack at all, and the rear wheel clearance, seat post looks bizarre. Color is sick...
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