Bike Check: Mary Moncorge's Trans Vesubienne BMC Agonist

Sep 22, 2020
by Matt Wragg  



Sunday was not a good day for Mary Moncorge. A teacher and former enduro and e-MTB racer, she set the Trans V as her bike challenge for 2020. The weekend started on a high note with victory in the prologue on Saturday. Sunday morning started well, but as she went into the first climb something felt wrong, her legs were weak and she just couldn't hold the pace she knew she could in training. After she passed the second time check and began to head into the long, brutal climb to Col de Porte she started to run a fever and was forced to abandon before she reached the village of Loda on the lower slopes of the mountain (she saw a doctor Monday morning and is currently waiting for her COVID test results)

Sospel France. Photo by Matt Wragg
Details
Height 5'7" / 172cm
Weight 147 lb / 67kg
Hometown Sospel
Frame Size Large
Wheel Size 29
Suspension DT Swiss F232 and Fox Float DPS
Drivetrain & Brakes Shimano XT
Cockpit Shimano Pro Koryak/Tharsis
Tyre pressures 1.5 + 1.7 bar / 22 + 25psi

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg
Describing herself as having a long torso and tiny legs, Mary went for the large frame to give her a reach of 450mm. Finding a bike to fit is something she struggles with - she doesn't buy into the idea that women need shorter reaches than men and would go longer than this if she could get a frame with a seat tube short enough for her.

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg

Shock
Travel 110mm
Pressure 103psi
Tokens 0.95 token
Lockout Remote
Rebound 5 clicks from open


Fork
Travel 120mm
Pressure 58psi
Compression 10 clicks
Rebound 22 clicks from open
Tokens 0

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg
While from the outside the DT Swiss F232 may not look as wild as the Fox Stepcast forks, when you look closely at the details it becomes apparent that they are at least as ruthless in pursuit of saving grams. Mary has been going back and forth between this and the burlier F535, but chose the F232 for this race to save weight, although she admits that she is on the limit of this fork in this style of racing as it is a harder ride than the F535 and she has to muscle it to stay on top of it. She recommends that heavier or more aggressive riders would probably need to go up to something a bit more robust.

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg
Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg
DT Swiss' updated carbon XRC 1200s are her choice of wheels - these are their XC race package, with a 30mm inner width and the ultra-fancy ceramic-bearinged hubs. They are shod with Schwalbe's Magic Mary and Rock Razor tyres, both in 2.35 in Snakeskin casing. This is an old tyre that is no longer in production - Schwalbe now only make these tyres in their heavier Super Trail casing, but for a race like this she found herself wanting more tread than an XC tyre could offer. At the rear Mary runs an Effetto Mariposa Tyre Defender rim strip for extra security.

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg
As a Shimano athlete, Mary initially built this bike with their Koryak Dropper post in 120mm, but the stack height on the post was too high for her to run it at full extension, so she switched it out for a One Up v2 - the ultra-low stack height on this post means she can get 140mm of drop in there and help keep her Shimano Pro saddle out of the way when things get ugly.

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg
Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg
Mary runs XT two-piston brakes, but boosts the rear rotor up to 180mm as they handle heat build up better and provide slightly more precise control than the 160mm rotors most brands spec on their bikes - her Agonist is designed to run a 140mm rear rotor so she had to source a 40mm adapter (most DH adapters are 43mm). Her drivetrain is an almost entirely XT affair, with a 10-51t cassette and a 28t ring. Because of her short legs, she went for 165mm cranks with the optional narrower Q-factor that she feels help her put the power down more effectively. The two exceptions to XT are the cassette as XTR is a significant weight saving over XT and the pedals because Shimano sent her XTR instead of XT and the only thing to do in that situation is say "thank you."

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg
Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg
The cockpit is a Shimano Tharsis carbon bar in 20mm rise, cut to 760mm and paired to a 40mm Koryak stem. On the left-hand side of the bar is her dropper remote and above a dual DT Swiss 3 position remote for both the fork and shock. A set of Ergons GD1 grips in slim with factory rubber finish off her cockpit as she finds them to be good in the wet without gloves.

Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg
Trans V 2020. Photo by Matt Wragg
Finally all the storage - with tools and tube on the toptube, a pump on the bottle cage and Effetto Mariposa tyre plugs mounted in the crank.



41 Comments

  • 57 2
 These semi sponsored rider's setups are way more interesting and informative than a factory rider's bike check. Nice work Matt and Mary.
  • 2 0
 Absolutely. Super interesting.
  • 27 0
 Please keep the privateer bike checks coming. So much more relevant to most of the readers. I do like the full bling of a sponsored rider, but the choices and compromises here are much more informative to amateur racers. Would love to see it for pure XC and enduro too.
  • 1 0
 All of this! Always more interested in what regular folks are choosing to run.
  • 11 0
 Nice setup Mary. I really enjoy the bike checks.
  • 2 0
 Thanks Phil
  • 1 0
 @marymoncorge: Very interesting and thoughful. Also the fact that she would go even longer on the reach :-) Well done and get well!
  • 1 0
 Re: "and would go longer than this if she could get a frame with a seat tube short enough for her."
Well, the Agonist hasn't exactly short seat tubes.

E.g. Mary's Large frame: 455mm reach and 480mm seat tube

Some of the more recent bikes go much shorter,
Ibis Ripley V4 for instance:
Size M: 450mm reach and 381mm seat tube - 99mm less...!
Size L: 475mm reach and 418mm seat tube.
  • 1 0
 Btw: super lucky to live in Sospel -- what an amazing area!
  • 1 0
 Love this. I ride an Agonist too. Great bike. Has made me a believer in a dual lockout. Question about the customizations. Looks like a different headset. Cane Creek? Why the change? Curious because I've been considering an angle adjusting headset. I don't mind the 69.5 angle but I wonder how it would ride a little more slack.
  • 4 0
 Crazy, I remember when Mary was our local rep in Petaluma for Look lol
  • 3 0
 It was a lifetime ago that I did sales and marketing for Time in the US. I moved back to Europe in 2012
  • 2 0
 @marymoncorge: You were my rep when I was at PricePoint. Stoked to see you getting coverage.

Hopefully the tests are negative and you're healthy!!
  • 12 0
 @nagaredama: thanks. Fingers crossed. My students are teenagers, so they are little plague pits
  • 1 0
 @marymoncorge: Hahaha, I met and talked with you at Southridge a million years ago.
  • 2 0
 @OnTheRivet: I miss racing there, always good times
  • 1 0
 Magic Mary and Rock Razor was my 26" combo on my Mojo and my Nomad for 5 years. I love that pairing I used them for my jamaica tours they worked well. Now Im on Ardent or Racing Ralph rear and Magic Mary/Minion fronts.
  • 1 0
 I am surprised you can run XRC wheels on these rocks/in these downhills. I would love to try such a light wheel set once but I am sure they would brake unter my 85 kilo immediately.
  • 3 0
 I run the wheels with burlier tires than what they were meant to be run with (2.35 in snakeskin) and I added a tire insert and increased the usual pressure in the rear to protect it a little more. Same goes as the fork: I am pretty sure I could get away with it as I am lighter than most man and I do not smash through stuff but I definitely pushed through the limits of what it was originally designed for
  • 1 0
 great thread I do love the idea of the bike build and it is strikingly beautiful. Can you tell member about the shifters the pic looks like an old Shimano thumb shifter
  • 1 1
 That's my DT Swiss shock/fork lockout remotr
  • 1 0
 @marymoncorge: U thought so I don't own any of that dropper brand it looks trick. Ride well love the bike
  • 2 0
 The second prototype of this bike was probably called the Beta-2 Agonist, which is dope....
  • 2 0
 Isn’t that what Froome was on?
  • 1 0
 Not sure about the bag/spare tube placement - I would have put it towards the seat tube on the top tube so it does not interfere with the bottle.
  • 1 0
 @marymoncorge interesting option for reartire. Do you have enough grip on the steep gravel climbs with a semi slick on the back?
  • 3 0
 Works great for the area, just need to find the correct pressure for grip and not puncturing. I ride gravel year round to commute on G-One Allround and no problem
  • 2 0
 Didn't know you could already be a former e-mtb racer. I thought that discipline just started!
  • 3 0
 Maybe in the US, over here it's been going a while - Mary was number 2 in the Italian national e-enduro series in 17 and 18.
  • 3 0
 5'7" on a large?
  • 6 0
 Yea, as Matt said: tiny legs / long torso. I like a bike with a long reach but the seat tube height has always been a problem until I found a dropper post with the smallest stack height.
  • 1 0
 @marymoncorge: nice good for you there is no one bike fit all my dh bike is a small and I'm 5'8 so
  • 1 0
 From the thumbnail image at first glance I thought the number plate was a cup holder...and I got excited
  • 2 0
 Why is there a big window into the fork Eek
  • 1 0
 Dude, I hope you guys stay healthy and I miss the days when I could keep up. Razz
I still love Time pedals
  • 1 0
 from the description this bike has a Fork as shock... and a shock as a fork...

is cannondale behind?!!?
  • 1 0
 The cassette is XTR in the picture. @mattwragg
  • 1 0
 Hahahahahaha 0.95 tokens. Really?
  • 2 1
 Do you not understand how the Fox Float volume token system works? You run a single token with a given volume - 0.95 is the biggest one they offer.
  • 1 0
 @mattwragg: I guess not, having only owned rockshox air suspension. The format of the article implies we're being told the quantity of tokens. As an outsider looking in, it looks as though someone were so picky they shaved off 5% of a token to hit the sweet spot.
  • 1 0
 Downish country?

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