Bike Check: GT Fury - Wyn Masters & Martin Maes - La Bresse DH World Cup 2018

Aug 24, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  


Martin Maes and Wyn Masters will both be racing aboard the new GT Fury this weekend in La Bresse, but although their bikes look similar from a distance, there are a few key differences in their setups. Most notably, Martin is on 27.5" wheels, and Wyn is on 29" wheels. That has more to do with familiarity than anything else - Martin's been racing a 27.5" bike on the EWS circuit, and wanted the fit of his downhill bike to mimic that as much as possible. He's even dropped the fork travel down to 190mm in order to help him get his weight over the front wheel - again, in order to make the switch from a single crown enduro bike to a dual crown DH machine as seamless as possible.

Next year it will probably be a different story for Martin - he says that, "I'm planning to do more downhill racing in the future – hopefully we have a bit of time in the winter during the off-season to go testing and maybe try the bigger wheels."

As for Wyn, he's been on the 29" Fury since the US Open, and says, "I find that it's got a bit more grip and it's easier to ride for me, so that's why I'm on it. I'm happy with it – I'll probably stick with it now."


Wyn Masters amp Martin Maes
Wyn Masters
Height: 6'1" / 185 cm
Weight:187 lb / 85 kg
Frame size: large
Instagram: @wynmasters
Martin Maes
Martin Maes
Height: 6' / 182 cm
Weight: 157 lb / 71 kg
Frame size: large
Instagram: @martin_maes5

Wyn Masters
Wyn's an inch taller than Martin, and his bar height reflects that. Both riders are running 780mm Race Face SixC bars, with 20mm of rise.
Martin Maes
Martin's running a fairly low cockpit setup, with his fork dropped down to 190mm, and one spacer under the crown.


Wyn Masters
Wyn's running Schwalbe Magic Mary tires, with 26 psi in the front, and 28 psi in the rear. There's also a CushCore insert in the rear for a little extra flat protection.
Martin Maes
There's a cut down Schwalbe Dirty Dan on the back of Martin's bike, the same tire he uses for EWS races. He feels that it's faster rolling than the Magic Mary.

Wyn Masters
Wyn's Fox 49 has the maximum number of spacers - 9 - and is inflated to 85 psi.
Martin Maes
Martin wasn't sure about his suspension settings, but don't hold that against him - he hasn't been on a DH bike since Fort William, where he placed 10th.

Wyn Masters
Wyn's experimented with air and coil shocks, but said he prefers the adjustability of an air shock, whether that's adding or subtracting pressure, or using volume spacers to alter the end-stroke ramp up.
Martin Maes
Martin has a coil spring installed, but he'll be trying both options during practice to see what he prefers. He also mentioned potentially running his bike in the higher geometry setting - the La Bresse track has some flatter sections, which is where Martin says that setting makes the bike "feel more reactive."








77 Comments

  • + 116
 this side by side bike check should be done with every team, loved the side by side pics
  • + 18
 Same. You can see the little differences between riders, keep it up!
  • + 19
 Would definitely like to see this with Loic & Finn and Gee & Kade
  • + 3
 It shouldn’t just be side by side but also "inside by inside". It looks like they use a different air spring on the forks (just by the anodized black stuff below the blue cap on Wyn’s bike) and a different compression cartridge (Maes on Grip2 and Masters on old RC4).
  • + 1
 @EnduroManiac: I think it's because he dropped his fork to 190? different inners
  • + 3
 Syndicate Loris and Luca side by side bike check please.
  • + 42
 In the last pic of Martin's bike, mechanic screwed up--he's got a stiff link in that chain where the chain pin was put in. Now that shimano makes quick links, wonder whats behind still using a pin...
  • + 13
 Eagle Eye
  • + 15
 Also Martins left fork cap is silver (not black). How does he even ride with this asymmetry!
  • + 1
 Dang, you right. Eagle eye over here.
  • - 7
flag RichardJBos (Aug 24, 2018 at 1:50) (Below Threshold)
 Could have been a quick trackside fix at an EWS stop and it just hasn't been replaced yet?
  • + 7
 Saint is 10speed spacing, no quick link from Shimano for those yet.
  • + 1
 @RichardJBos: Well thats not his EWS bike so probably not. Maybe it has something to do with how long the chain needs to be for the idler set up and they had to mate two together.
  • + 1
 Quick links can 'fall apart' if pinched in a der or chain guide as it clatter and suspension is moving. this is not good. I have them in my repair kit, but all my chains are pinned.
  • + 0
 @lifted-d: I've had pinned chains fail on me but never a quick link, i think the pinned one broke on me because its quite hard to get it in right, you either make it to tight and have a stiff link (as pictured even world cup mechanics can have that issue) or too loose and the pin can rip out under pressure. you can't really get a quick link wrong and they are solid due to the lip that locks them in when pulled tight.
  • + 2
 @maglor: as a professional mechanic I entirely disagree. I see far more broken quick links (mostly kmc) than properly installed pins. The pin isn’t very hard to do at all. People tend to reuse quick links and that’s usually when they break.
  • + 1
 @PaulLehr: I've also worked as a mechanic and it might just be luck or fluke but have not seen a broken quick link it's always normal pins (not just the joining pin i should add)

My point was more about user error, as you point out people reuse them or don't know what they are doing, if you are a mechanic of course the pin is easy but for your average joe its much easier to work a quick link, its pretty idiot proof while the pin isn't, i'm sure you know how wrong some people can get things if you work fixing them.
  • + 25
 GT looks legit and no longer makes me cringe while looking at it. Lol
  • - 1
 You can almost see where they peeled off the trek stickers
  • + 23
 GT back in business, trying to count how many GT's I've owned over the years, need a calculator.
  • + 12
 Martin maes will destroy the opposition in the next few years, he's just mental. At 15yo he was already faster than nico vink here on the belgium dh circuit (yes we did have a championship !) just imagine
  • + 3
 "yes we did have a championship"

Too bad DH1 died this year :-(
  • + 6
 You were right
  • + 9
 Man Martin has a weird setup by regular standards. Beefier tire on the back, 190mm travel, high setting. Just goes to show
  • + 6
 Why is beefier tire on the back weird? I usually ride beefier tire with more pressure in the back since it gets the most pounding.
  • + 3
 His bike is pictured in the low setting tho, he said he might try the high setting.
  • + 7
 Mad how Wyn has raced the whole series yet Martin has raced only Fort William and is still ahead of him in the standings, at least if the number boards are correct
  • + 3
 Came here to mention this, did not want to be a dick, but felt it was a point worth mentioning.
  • + 10
 I think Wyns role is different from other GT riders and it's clearly not aimed at being ultra-competitive. He's social media presence is big. it's more like an ambassador.
  • + 9
 who cares about the fork anyway if you can wheelie like Wyn . . . .
  • + 6
 Jebus! A 500lbs spring for a guy that weighs 71kg. My fat ass would probably need a 1200lbs spring, for the rear to feel the same as Maes' setup.
  • + 6
 WHO cares about the bikes: Wyn‘s hair weighs 14kilos more than Martins!
  • + 5
 All Wyn's pics are on the left and all Martin's are on the right... except one.. OCD overload. Please fix Mike!
  • + 5
 Augh, sorry about that. It’s fixed now.
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: Thanks Mike! That was really freakin me out!
  • + 6
 Pumped to see MM race more World Cup next year...
  • + 2
 after winning this one... he will race... lets se what Richie Rude does after this...."enduro guys at DH" (or guys that started in DH and went to enduro and came back)...
  • + 1
 @Lagr1980: thinking the same. Do it Richieeee
  • + 1
 @pargolf8: On wich Yeti bike?
  • + 2
 @Lagr1980: On wich Yeti bike?
  • + 1
 @sarah-maude: I dont know. Do as Jerome, borrow someone... put a dual crown on the new 29er or the SB6c..
  • + 4
 Side by side but the bikes flip flop... confused the heck out of me for a second there.
  • + 1
 I would really love to see a suspension analysis of that bike, i still can not believe they made a kind of nerdy highpivotbike and did not give tne nerds what they want -graphs
  • + 4
 9 volume spacers? Does the fork even move past the sag point?
  • + 2
 Volume spacers doesn't affect sag. Only the ending stroke.
  • + 1
 Lol I didn't even know that many could go in there.
  • + 4
 @chyu: true, but the ramp-up must be noticeable after the first centimeter Wink
  • + 3
 GT's going Fast and FURYous with these sick whips!
  • + 2
 I see Wyn's front brake is on the right (moto-style). Martin's is on the usual left.
  • + 6
 @Verbl-kint That's just how we roll here in N.Z. It would be weird to see it the other way for us.
  • + 11
 Front on the right is 'usual' for most riders from the UK, NZ AUS etc. Basically anywhere that you drive on the left side of the road!!!
  • + 4
 It has got to be super confusing for ayone that rides a motorbike and pushbike to have brake levers on opposing sides.

Infact I think it would feel mental to try and learn to ride a motorbike (especially on the road) after years of front braking with the left hand (I am in / from the UK)
  • + 3
 @justanotherusername: most people switch without issue. It is a bit like a motorsport driver who switch from left foot braking when racing. Ergonomics and everything is different so your brain just switch.
  • + 0
 @opignonlibre: Hmm, not sure about that myself, the average person when learning to ride a motorbike concentrates so hard on just the basics its a pretty big added confusion.

I think a better example is a car driver switching from left hand drive to right - not right to left foot braking as the controls are still in exactly the same place, you are just using different feet.
  • + 2
 @kiwimtber: I find it odd to have front shifter (1x these days i know) and rear brake on one side and rear shifter and front brake on the other side. It is just natural to have left hand operate front stuff and right hand operate back stuff.
  • + 2
 @lp130i: I agree, although the 'British' way is consistent with riding a motorcycle (but that is because on a motorcycle acceleration and deceleration are on the right and clutch and gearshift on the left).
  • + 1
 @justanotherusername: it helps that a moto rear brake is at your right foot.

I thought about switching my bike brakes around but its really not confusing at all.
  • + 2
 Is there a performance benefit or deficit to using steer tube spacers over direct mount spacers?
  • + 2
 Good to see a WINNING rider and bike Smile
  • + 1
 Lower front end = more weight on the front tyre = more grip. Or at least it does for punters like me who love flat tech.
  • + 1
 Wyn runs his brakes moto style (right lever is front brake) while Martin runs regular (left = front, right = rear).
  • + 1
 That's how all bikesor at least 99.9 percent of bikes are in NZ
  • + 1
 Very similar bikes, -so why is Martin's so much faster than Wyn's? Doesn't make sense.
  • + 2
 I think Wyn's pedal would make a better microphone than Martin's.
  • + 1
 Would have liked a stick-stand shot of both... Just saying
  • + 1
 Can a hobit ride one of these bikes or what?
  • + 1
 Doesnt seem like a session.
  • + 1
 Wyn wore it better
  • - 3
 Don't hate on the retard question - but are they 29er or 27?
  • + 19
 yes
  • + 1
 one of each ????
  • - 4
flag darlojones (Aug 23, 2018 at 23:16) (Below Threshold)
 Why has thumbs up emoji turned into question marks? Stupid Pinkbike
  • + 0
 Not sure if this has been added in the article after you posted your question, but it has been described in the first few paragraphs. (So yes, one of each with the reasons mentioned up there).
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