Bike Check: Pauline Ferrand Prevot's Custom Rainbow Stripes Canyon Lux

Oct 4, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Pauline Ferrand Prevot has so many rainbow jerseys she can probably wear them to bed as pajamas. During the 2015 season, at just 23 years old she became the first person in the history of cycling to simultaneously hold the world road, cyclocross, and cross-country titles. In 2020, she's currently the XCO and mountain bike marathon world champion, so Canyon decided to create her a bike to match her impressive palmares.

The bike is decorated in rainbow stripes and lists some of her cycling achievements on the top tube. Not to be outdone, Pauline's component sponsors, including Duke Wheels and Ergon, have added some further rainbow flourishes to make a ride fit for this illustrious racer. She's already ridden the bike to two short track second places and a third place in the Nove Mesto XCO race. She'll be aiming for the top spot on Sunday before she takes the bike to Leogang to defend her title next week. Let's take a look through her set up.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot dialed in. She would lead or at least challenge the front of the pack for most laps.
Rider Name // Pauline Ferrand Prevot
Age: 28
Hometown: Reims
Height: 1.63 m / 5'4"
Weight: 53kg / 117 lb
Instagram: @paulineferrandprevot


Canyon Lux Details
Frame: Canyon Lux
Shock: RockShox Sid Luxe Ultimate, 67 psi
Fork: RockShox Sid SL, 68 psi
Wheels: Duke Lucky Jack
Tires: Schwalbe Racing Ray front, Schwalbe Racing Ralph rear, both 2.25"
Drivetrain: SRAM Eagle XX1 AXS, 10-50t, 32t front
Brakes: SRAM Level Ultimate
Cockpit: 700mm bar, 70mm stem, -6° rise
Size: Small
More info:

This RockShox SID shock provides 100mm of travel for Prevot. It's pressured to 68 psi.

It's matched with the SL version of the SID fork that's set up with 4 tokens and 67psi.

Mudguards are a rare sight on XC bikes, but when conditions are as bad as they were in the Short Tack on Tuesday, the weight penalty is a necessary evil.

We've seen some racers on prototype Thunder Burt tires this weekend but Pauline stuck with the Racing Ray and Ralph combo to deal with the mulchy conditions in Nove Mesto. She runs both in 2.25" width.

The rubber is mounted on 29" Duke Lucky Jack wheels with stickers to match the rest of the frame.

Prevost runs a full Eagle XX1 AXS groupset to help her power up the climbs. Up front, she's running a 32t BlackBox Power Meter Chainring.

In the rear she sticks with the standard 10-50t cassette; there's no 52T extender needed despite the sharp climbs in the Czech Republic.

Just 100mm of travel is enough on this AXS dropper. Pauline keeps the same set up for most of the year and the thing she changes most is the seat angle depending on the gradient of the track.

We've seen a few modified AXS paddles recently but PFP sticks with the standard pentagon. She's also running a grip shift lockout.

She runs a fairly wide (for XC) 700mm bar that's matched to a 70mm stem with -6-degree rise.

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 Love the pic of her in a mask. About as much use as a chocolate fire guard if it's not covering her nose.
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flag nozes (Oct 4, 2020 at 1:45) (Below Threshold)
 It's wrong,but at least it is covering her mouth,so while it's not protecting get, it's protecting others.
  • 23 3
 It was taken during warmup where almost no riders wear masks (I guess it's not required). Otherwise I didn't see her wearing it incorrectly otherwise. Pretty unfortunate picture choice tho
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 The only time its acceptable to call or be called a mouth breather.
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flag mhoshal (Oct 4, 2020 at 20:16) (Below Threshold)
 Love this post whining about how other people choose to live their lives. We may as well all live in bubbles too eh bud. Probably think your own shadow will kill you, if that's what your government tells you...
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 I'm sure she's aware of the proper way to wear a mask. She's clearly on the start line, and it's a safe bet she's lowered it to keep her glasses from fogging up immediately before the chaos.
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flag mhoshal (Oct 5, 2020 at 8:20) (Below Threshold)
 So there are at least 8 morons who do think we should live in bubbles lmao you liberal morons are soo stupid it's funny!!!
  • 16 0
 4 tokens in a SID SL hmmm...
  • 8 0
 Be cheering for Pauline in a few hours! What a legend. The specs on her bike aren’t that extreme for what we usually see on the WC
  • 5 0
 Why are all the Schwalbe team riders (Cannondale & Canyon) running the old series of tyres? They don't seem to use Super Race or Super Ground tyres.. Is it because ot the weight?
  • 5 0
 They could likely be team only tyres that were made in batches before the release of the new ones.
  • 2 0
 Schwalbe priced them too high so they stuck with the old ones. I run the exact same Ray/Ralph 2.25 setup and I think it's a perfect combo.
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 Nope, they simply haven't been supplied the 2021 tires yet.
  • 5 0
 Like to look at these racing machines and think how fast I'd be...but the engine would be missing lol
  • 5 1
 Her bars are wider than Nino Schurter's!
  • 18 1
 To bad. With a narrower bar she could have beaten Evie in the sprint Wink
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 @magnusc: underrated comment! bahhahahhahahaaaa
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 Handlebar do not look 700mm wide at all, look at the pics
  • 3 0
 Mising some data. What is the weight of the bike with pedals? What is her cranks lenght?
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 I doubt there's only 67psi in the rear shock. Every XC rear shock I've had would have something close to your body weight in psi.
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 the thing she changes most is the seat angle depending on the gradient of the track. Would love a bit more explanation
  • 2 0
 Pauline's bike Smile
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 How come we dont get weights on these bikes?
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 Mighty bike for Mighty Mouse????
  • 2 3
 Is that a Duke Lucky Jack in your Blackbox or are you just happy to see me?
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 Great picture of how _not_ to wear a mask correctly.
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 I’d love to know the tire sizes these bikes are running front and back. 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 ?
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 Says 2.25” in the article
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 Racing Ralf!
  • 2 0
 Saw that, as well as "...Duke Wheels and Ergon, have added some further arinbow flourishes..."

I'd like some arinbow flourishes...
  • 4 0
 @carlomdy, that's the German spelling... Wink Fixed.
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 @mikekazimer: "she became the first person in the history of cycling too simultaneously hold the world road, cyclo-cross title and cross-country titles. In 2020, she's currently the XCO and mountain bike marathon world Championship so"
There's two separate spelling/grammar errors in the first section as well. Any chance Pinkbike hires freelance proofing editors?
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 @mikekazimer: since James wrote the article please can we have the English spelling of pyjamas?

There also seems to be an error here - "Duke Lucky Jack wheels with stickers to match the rest of the frame". I think that was supposed to say "clash absolutely horrifically". Do the people at Duke not have eyes?
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 @cycling-trivialities: The two sentence segments you quoted contain four errors - not two. So, while I agree PB could use an editor, you just failed the hiring "test" Wink
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 2nd to comment yay i like the color
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 First loser, yay
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