Pro bike check - Australian National Round 2

Jan 19, 2011
by Peter Karas  
With most of Australia's factory riders sitting out this race for various reasons, it is interesting to note that the majority of bikes are standard sales' room models. It reinforces that it is the rider, not the bike, that produces the fast times. Most have adapted their particular bike to suit themselves in the form of tyres, handlebars and grips. As well as setting the suspension to their preference and the shifters/brakes to suit their ideal position. At this round some riders chose to lift their levers a little higher (or roll their handlebars back) to combat arm pump from the braking ruts that had formed on the track.

Let's take a closer look at the bikes underneath the fastest riders at the second Australian National Round.Of the 10 bikes, 7 riders chose flat pedals with only 3 choosing clips. Rock Shox accounted for half (5) of the forks on riders' bikes, with Fox having 3 pairs of forks, this left Marzocchi and Manitou with 1 a piece. Tyres are a particular choice and riders would use different models from the same brand depending on conditions, but the main manufactures were; Maxxis 5, Specialized 3 and Schwalbe 2. The break down of shifting systems was very evenly matched with 5 riders using SRAM and 4 using Shimano (the Jezken with its gearbox was left out of this count!).

Ricky has been riding Oranges for many years now and knows how to get every inch from his settings. A titanium spring combined with a sensible build up makes the Orange one of the lightest bikes doing the rounds
Ricky has been riding Oranges for many years now and knows how to get every inch from his settings. A titanium spring combined with a sensible build up makes the Orange one of the lightest bikes doing the rounds
Rhys has one of the most well looked after bikes in the pits and can often be seen spannering away making sure everything is perfect
Rhys has one of the most well looked after bikes in the pits and can often be seen spannering away making sure everything is perfect
Giant Glorys are one of the most popular privateer bikes on the Australian circuit, not so common is the use of Marzocchi forks
Giant Glorys are one of the most popular privateer bikes on the Australian circuit, not so common is the use of Marzocchi forks
The most unique bikes at the events were the Jezken bikes that the Panozzo brothers were riding. These are still at the prototype stage, but the feedback from the riders has been good. An internal gearbox reignites the old debate about the future of bikes. For now enjoy the photo as much as Liam is enjoying posing for it!
The most unique bikes at the events were the Jezken bikes that the Panozzo brothers were riding. These are still at the prototype stage, but the feedback from the riders has been good. An internal gearbox reignites the old debate about the future of bikes. For now enjoy the photo as much as Liam is enjoying posing for it!
Aden has been onboard a Commencal for a while now, these bikes certainly do stand out
Aden has been onboard a Commencal for a while now, these bikes certainly do stand out
Cody rides a lot of Motorcross, this translates over to his bike set up and riding style
Cody rides a lot of Motorcross, this translates over to his bike set up and riding style
This photo of Troy and his Specialized was taken before this round, you will notice that there have been a few changes such as the forks on the bike.
This photo of Troy and his Specialized was taken before this round, you will notice that there have been a few changes such as the forks on the bike.
This is Connor's first year aboard Kona, but he looks comfortable already
This is Connor's first year aboard Kona, but he looks comfortable already
Henry is waiting for his new Team DH bike, but for now he is making do with the A-line
Henry is waiting for his new Team DH bike, but for now he is making do with the A-line
Another Commencal, this time Phil on his sponsored Commencal, you just can't miss these bikes when they ride past
Another Commencal, this time Phil on his sponsored Commencal, you just can't miss these bikes when they ride past



66 Comments

  • 57 1
 Henry is way too tall for his A-Line, isnĀ“t he?
  • 10 0
 yea, he looks huuuge!
  • 1 0
 yaeh i was thinking that too, check out his standover height
  • 7 0
 but lyk it would give you more maneuverability= bigger whips.......
  • 1 0
 That Norco does look micro. Whatever works i guess.
  • 5 1
 I wish I could make do with the A-line!
  • 4 0
 Like a suspended BMX to him ! : )
  • 1 0
 haha yah as soon as i saw that i was like WTF that looks a bit small
  • 1 0
 Does say he's waiting for his new team dh.... maybe this is the only option for the meantime. looks miniature, haha
  • 33 10
 The Jezken is very ugly to say the least
  • 98 10
 Naw man, norco is still uglier...
  • 10 1
 ^hahahahahahaha
  • 15 17
 Nah...the Kona takes the cake!
  • 3 0
 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think the Jezken looks rad! Here's a piece we did with Jeremy Sherwill, the bike's proud papa: www.pinkbike.com/news/jezken-gearbox-prototype-interview-2010.html
  • 20 0
 that norco looks far to small short and steep!
  • 3 2
 brosnan has my dream bike!
  • 6 2
 Conner doesn't look to happy to be on a Kona.
  • 5 15
flag DownHillCooper (Jan 19, 2011 at 16:19) (Below Threshold)
 agreed to all.... i have the 2011 demo 8 tht brosnin was riding, different color... but its awesome... rides amazing and feels like the equivalent to a f1 car!!!!!
  • 16 1
 Have you driven an F1 Car?
  • 3 12
flag DownHillCooper (Jan 20, 2011 at 16:55) (Below Threshold)
 no u dont need to have driven one to understand how it performs. and anyway for all of those people who made my coment go below the thresh hold- understand that dirt mag i think it was named the demo8 2 the fastest bike in the world... so shouldnt that tell you something?
  • 2 1
 I thought the bugatti was the fastest one yeah?
  • 1 0
 actuallly the barabus TKR goes around 270 mph...http://www.technology.am/fastest-cars-in-the-world-000023.html
  • 3 0
 bugatti made a special edition veyron that goes faster Wink
topgear had it on there.

and a demo is FAR FAR FAR from the fastest dh bike ever.
  • 1 2
 Do you guys know which bike is the fastest?
  • 4 1
 I`m thinking ironhorse sunday...
  • 7 1
 Depends on the rider, now shut up please.
  • 3 0
 I'm thinking a Huffy
  • 1 0
 im thinking doug13 is right... and that was the editors thing so watever
  • 1 0
 YEWWWW! HUFFY....
  • 5 2
 Saw the article on the jezken. They've taken a podium before and riders seem to like them. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder. If all bikes were born that way I'm sure we'd think the glory was ugly . . .
  • 2 0
 I think that bike looks amazing:S
  • 2 2
 I do think that the glory is a little on the ugly side.

I kind of like that Jezken though, just because it's such a monstrosity that you can tell nobody riding it really cares about how it looks. I'd actually really like to try one, it looks like it could take some serious sh*t.
  • 2 0
 My flatline is 45lbs :S 43 is fing light for me haha
  • 1 0
 the 2011 demo has the shortest chain stay and lowest center of gravity of any DH bike ever built. Both of these will definitely help the shittiest of racers in any race. So all of you need to stop judging the bikes by their appearances, and actually know what makes a bike easier to go faster on....plus it is all in the rider tho.
  • 4 0
 that Jezken is quite the monstrosity.
  • 4 0
 That Norco looks like a toy bike next to that kid...
  • 3 0
 Is that just me or some bikes are way to big for their owners ?
  • 1 1
 I picked up on the same thing, like Rys's Demo.
  • 2 0
 His demo looks TINY not big. Now the giant, that looks huge.
  • 3 0
 Tim's Giant probably looks huge because Tim is only a little guy.
  • 2 1
 that jezken bike looks sick as hell. super burley gravity sled made for those kamikaze types. and if you think that bike is ugly you have a bad taste in bike
  • 1 0
 Troy looks like he's grown a bit since last season. Which could mean some more improvement on top of an already killer rider.
  • 1 0
 That Jezken reminds me of the Honda DH bike of the past. Honda also tried the internal gear box set up too, didn't they? Whatever happened to that deal?
  • 2 0
 They dominated, got bored, then quit. In a nutshell of course.
  • 1 0
 Their reason for their DH bike was to provide better information about suspension for the Honda dirt bikes. And they had proved well, so they just didn't need to do it any more.
  • 1 0
 Thanx for your replys gentlemen. I was just curious and thought that the Jezken looked very similar. Just my .02. Have a good un.
  • 4 2
 Troy's Specialized rocks!!!...
  • 1 0
 is that the mandarin or neon orange on the 224 ??
the orange or the supremes win on the looks front....
  • 1 1
 hey does annyone know what handle bars troy is using. i like the rise and its hard to find a good set of high rise DH bars.
can annyone help me out ?
  • 2 0
 Looks like Renthal bars? Not totally positive, though.
  • 2 0
 Renthal. Moto brand mainly, but getting into mtb. Hard to come by in States.
  • 2 0
 renthal fat bars mate
  • 1 1
 Just double checked. You can buy Renthal mtb products in England, Poland, Russia, Greece, Austrailia, NZ, France , Italy and Spain. But not in the good old USA.
  • 1 1
 www.renthalcycling.com/File/contact.aspx
they have a US Office for Bicycle products
  • 1 0
 sweet boys thanks !
  • 2 0
 ALL of them are blind. BANSHEE is most DH toy .
  • 1 0
 your totally right taletotell...
  • 1 0
 some sick rides; what's up with that small a-line tho
  • 1 0
 The Glory isn't getting enough recognition, it looks SICK!
  • 1 1
 It's not about the look it's about the work Wink
  • 1 1
 I agree with that !
  • 1 0
 Sick Bike's!!!
  • 1 2
 best out of all of them by far is definitely the commencal sipreme's they look sick with the fox 40's
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