Bernard Kerr's Winning DS Bike Check - Crankworx Les Gets 2018

Jun 24, 2018
by Paul Aston  

Bernard Kerr took the win in last night Dual Slalom event in Les Gets. Riders seemed to be loving the course with was a mix of berms and rougher natural and off-camber turns. Most riders opted for short-ish travel, full suspension bikes for grip on the cambers. Bernard raced a Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon in medium size, he mentioned he is lucky enough to also have an L-size for trail riding. The bike is a 160mm/140mm mix, with Fox Suspension front and rear, Reynolds Blacklabel carbon wheels and Shimano Di2 shifting.




Bernie opts for the Push On grips from Renthal in the Kevlar compound glued onto a 30mm rise alloy FatBar, and a WTB Silverado carbon-railed saddle to perch on while waiting for the gate to drop.

Industry Nine hubs including their Matchstick multi-tool that lives inside the front axle.



A heavy-hitting Fox 36 with an RC2 cartridge and a Float X2 rear shock.

Bernie runs Di2 shifting. I have heard a few riders that race Dual and Slopestyle events here who prefer the Di2 because it self-aligns and guarantees the gear will be connected after hard landings before committing to the pedals.

Mallet DH pedals to get the snap out of the gate.


EXO casing Minion DHF's front and rear for fast rolling.



22 Comments

  • 21 8
 Does 140/160 count as smallish travel now? Or does Bernards win show most riders got it wrong with their choice or that it's not about the bike.
  • 6 3
 All of the above
  • 6 4
 Well, it's not DH travel, and specific full suspension bikes for these types of events are few and far between, bring back the Specialized SX! Looking at the course, grip outweighed snap speed, and a lot of riders went down or blew out the off-camber corners.
  • 5 3
 I kind of think dual slalom isn't really a serious event anyone, more just a bit of a laugh
  • 10 11
 Damn, that's probably an expensive bike right there. Really can't point out anything bad about it apart from probably the price. It's actually almost impressive, the culmination of all the best parts.
  • 5 8
 You're right. All parts are sick, just the brakes could be upgraded to the new XTR 4 pistons or Magura MT7
  • 3 0
 @TheSwissRider: Don't need that kind of power brakes in Slalom.
  • 3 0
 What width DHF?
  • 2 1
 Looks like that X2 has the climb switch enabled
  • 4 4
 Is it really 160 rear 140 front or are the numbers just in a weird order in the article?
  • 1 0
 Mach 5.5 = 140mm
  • 5 0
 It's 140 rear 160 front
  • 1 0
 Good looking bike! 160/140 seems a bit much for dual slalom though
  • 2 2
 Win DS then throw some spandex on and go for a ball buster.
  • 2 2
 Small myth buster: Di2 does not "self-align"
  • 3 0
 Correction "sponsor-align"
  • 1 0
 #anyway
  • 11 13
 Downvoted for asking a question based on what's written in the article. Gotta love people
  • 1 1
 Guess you asked too many questions at pnve ????
  • 1 1
 Once

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