Gustav Wildhaber put up his best result of the season with a 10th place finish at EWS round 4 in Val di Fassa, Italy. The Cube Action Team rider was aboard an aluminum 29"-wheeled prototype, one that had been stickered with a bright orange and blue camouflage pattern. According to Gusti, the new bike has 170mm of travel, 20mm more than the Stereo 150 he'd been racing previously. Along with that extra travel, the bike has a longer reach and a slacker head angle.
Gusti has only had the bike for three weeks, but he says it, "Gives me the confidence to go harder, and be more relaxed. It's also super good for pedaling.” Those sound like all the ingredients you'd want for an enduro race bike - we'll see if he can keep working his way up the results sheet when racing resumes next weekend in Les Orres, France.
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Walenstad, SwitzerlandInstagram: @gustiwildhaber
Gusti doesn't run inserts of any kind due to the extra weight, and the fact that it's still possible to flat if a rock slices the tire's casing. If that happens, he's prepared with a plug that's hidden inside his crankarm spindle.
Shimano XTR brakes, drivetrain, and pedals.