Bike Check: Pauline Ferrand Prevot's Custom BMC Twostroke

May 10, 2021
by Ed Spratt  


Last month we covered Pauline Ferrand Prevot's new BMC Fourstroke featuring a standout custom design by an artist who specialises in tape and goes by the pseudonym, No Curves. For Albstadt and the first XC World Cup of the season, the current Elite World Champion joined most of the Women's field in running a hardtail and she opted for another custom BMC with the Twostroke. Let's take a look at some of the finer details on Pauline Ferrand Prevot's race machine.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot Bike Check
Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Age: 29
Hometown: Reims, France
Instagram: @paulineferrandprevot

BMC Twostroke Details

Frame: BMC Twostroke, size small
Fork: RockShox SID Ultimate SL 100m
Wheels: DUKE Lucky Jack SLS3 6TERS 29"
Tires: Vittoria Peyote 2.25"
Drivetrain: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
Brakes: SRAM Level Ultimate
Bar/Stem: BMC carbon bars, BMC stem
Saddle: Custom Prologo
More info: BMC


Pauline Ferrand Prevot Bike Check
Pauline Ferrand Prevot Bike Check
Just like Pauline's Fourstroke, her Albstadt race bike was running the custom design created by the artist No Curves who uses tape to create his artwork.

The artist No Curves and Pauline Ferrand Prevot share their thought process for the unique custom artwork.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot Bike Check
Pauline is another rider running SRAM's BlackBox AXS power meter that we have seen on many of the top riders' bikes. Interestingly on her hardtail, Pauline has opted to not run a minimal chain guide setup for Albstadt. We saw other riders running at least some chain protection on their race bikes.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot Bike Check
Carrying over from her bike setup last year is Pauline's choice of wheels with the World Champion sticking with DUKE's carbon offerings. For this year she is running the DUKE Lucky Jack SLS3 6TERS rims with a 30mm internal width upfront and 28mm at the rear.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot Bike Check
Pauline Ferrand Prevot Bike Check
Alongside the custom artwork on the frame the race machine is kitted out with custom designs on the components and a unique Prologo saddle. The design is also created by the artist No Curves and the saddle features carbon rails, a short length and a claimed weight of just 159 grams.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot Bike Check

Pauline Ferrand Prevot Bike Check
Pauline Ferrand Prevot Bike Check
For the flat out Albstadt course Pauline was running Vittoria's fast-rolling Peyote tires. These are designed for XC racing with a tread pattern that is optimised for dry conditions with low rolling resistance and low weight.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot Bike Check



56 Comments

  • 52 2
 Am I the only one who sees these XC bike checks and suddenly realises that I know nothing about XC bikes?
It's like it is a different world altogether
  • 20 0
 I think some of it is also the fact that these are the absolute top of the line xc bikes and tech
  • 10 0
 I was just in an xc type race this weekend (which I am not in shape for) and was amazed at how many nice xc bikes there were. I guess you just don't see those bikes when you aren't hanging out on those trails.
  • 13 0
 @adrennan: I guess the XCers think exactly the same when looking at our Nicolais, Birds, Pipedreams, Nukeproofs, etc
  • 6 0
 @Arierep: Totally. As an XC guy, Nukeproof is the only one of those I've even heard of, but couldn't pick it out of a line up if the name was hidden.
  • 10 0
 @Arierep: we do! All I can think is "this looks heavy and slow" when I look at trail bikes.
  • 7 1
 I look at high end XC bikes and think to myself, looks good but where could I actually ride it?
  • 15 0
 @Philthy503: pretty much anywhere.
  • 12 0
 @Philthy503: I think a lot of people ride bikes way over-gunned for their typical ride. I know I do. I think 90% or more of trail around salt lake could be done on an xc race bike comfortably.
  • 6 0
 @adrennan: because they aren't hanging out at the trails, they are flying by you in a carbon, lycra and no-peak on the helmet blur
  • 6 0
 I just see a bike and I think I like it, it’s a bike
  • 5 0
 @Philthy503: If a bunch of shaved leg pseudo roadies can handle them then surely you senders can manage it... Wink
  • 2 0
 @Philthy503: the fact that I've seen an early-20s black trail guide hijo rip thru half-mile long rock gardens with his walmart xc hardtail (tho upgraded with acceptably entry-level components) makes me look at XC bikes and think to myself: this thing's a fcking ATV
  • 3 0
 @adrennan: Ride a fully rigid single speed for a week and you will realize just how over-gunned you are! Although just because a trail can be ridden on a smaller, lighter bike, doesn't mean it should be or that it will be faster.
  • 2 0
 @SonofBovril: I have been taking my #downgravel bike on all sorts of single track and it surprises me what it can do
  • 34 2
 Not that no curves video again... lol
  • 28 0
 "I wanted to do something really spontaneous"......Uhhhh planning spontaneity seems a little counter intuitive.
  • 1 0
 all I see is a man bun.... the bike looks awesome though.. plus I adore Pauline!
  • 4 0
 I can taste the fashion-industry elitist narcissism from the guy
  • 18 0
 anyone else find those bike checks of xc race bikes more satisfying than bigger bikes (though i would never trade my enduro bike for an xc)?
they're just crisper and cleaner and I feel like there's more attention to detail (even though that's not necessarily true)
  • 1 0
 Agreed very sexy bikes, I have an XC bike mostly as a show piece, ride my trail bike everywhere but love drinking with my friends and admiring the slender, racy xc bike. Albeit its fun as hell to ride too.
  • 14 1
 Pinkbike needs to take some tips from their sister-site when they do pro bike checks. How much does this bike weigh? How long are the cranks? What size chainring? What tire pressure did she use? Does she run inserts?
  • 1 0
 Also how is she running her lockout and dropper set up on her bars!
  • 2 0
 These XC bike checks make me (partially) wish I hadn't parted out my old lightweight hardtail to build my son's bike. Part of me definitely wants to build another one with more modern geo. These articles make me want to do it sooner rather than later.
  • 2 0
 I don't know why I get so excited when I see brake calipers mounted between the chainstay and seatstay, but I do. I need to learn to weld and make this happen on my DW-link bike. Any others I have it wouldn't even be possible. So cool!
  • 2 0
 I does look cool! But it can be a pain to access the bolts, especially out on a ride with a multitool.
  • 1 0
 I love bike checks, but it's been getting a bit less interesting over the last few years as all the frames are starting to look exactly the same. I get it, a design works, go for it. But every hardtail looks really similar now, and everyone's dually looks like some variation of scott/giant or specialized/orbea. The new SC highball looks like the XTC Giant has made for years and the Blur/superlight/TBD looks like another orbea.
  • 1 0
 PFP mentioned her tire choice was a mistake for the descents on Sunday. Do we know for sure which tires she was running on race day?
  • 2 0
 She used Vittoria Mezcal for the race
  • 2 0
 Yup - definitely seems like those may have been tires to avoid for the fast descents in Albstadt!!
www.brujulabike.com/filippo-colombo-fall-injury
  • 1 1
 I've always loved the Peyote tires, but I wouldn't run them as a rear. The knobs grip great but I've never thought of them as a fast-rolling rear tire. Hope Vittoria keeps them in their line-up.
  • 2 0
 What dropper post is that? It's not the reverb AXS I would expect Yosemite on a SRAM sponsored rider's bike.
  • 2 0
 probably another brand since they left it out in the description
  • 2 0
 Looks like a blacked out KS Lev-CI.
  • 2 0
 BMC Twostroke has a 27.2 seatpost w a shim, so likely had to use a KS or similar
  • 3 0
 She left some grams on the table with those rotors!
  • 2 0
 And all the extra tape on the frame
  • 1 0
 I had the same thought, odd mix of ultra light parts and off the shelf heavy stuff.
  • 1 0
 why in the ever-loving f*ck are chainring clearances getting smaller? 32 on an 11 cog in an XC bike? (yes I can't afford XD/MS hubs and casettes stfu)

jfc
  • 3 0
 Where's Loana bike ?
  • 2 0
 Exactly. She left everyone in the dust this weekend!
  • 3 0
 @UPBike: Pinkbike could not catch Loana for a bike check- she was too fast!
  • 1 0
 @cantclimb Exactly... we see bike checks of all the others, but not the girl that worked everyone...
  • 1 0
 I loved the Vittoria Peyote....but they don't list it on their USA site any more Frown
  • 1 0
 30mm internal rim up front 28 mm rear? Why the hell have the wider up front on a hardtail...
  • 2 0
 Traction?
  • 1 0
 It's definitely..... different
  • 1 0
 Any idea what hubs she's running?
  • 2 0
 She's sponsored by Duke for the wheels,so I suppose she has their carbon rims laced to their hubs: www.duke-racingwheels.com/duke-hubs/?lang=en
  • 1 0
 That looks like sub 8kg, no wonder she's so fast!
  • 1 0
 Hey look at that. Normal looking wheels!
  • 1 0
 just got it No Curves and Pau Line, glad I set things straight
  • 1 0
 Those chainrings are definitely the elephant in the closet - yikes
  • 3 4
 That No Curves video was a definite win!
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