Dynasty is one word that sums up the Atherton family quickly. On top of winning multiple World Cups and World Championships, they've built their own bike park, Dyfi, and built the Atherton bike brand
that the Atherton Racing team can tweak rapidly, thanks to the manufacturing process.
The team isn't limited to just family members anymore. Members include Gee, Dan, and Rachel Atherton, plus Charlie Hatton, Andreas Kolb, Jim Monro, and junior rider, Dominic Platt. Rachel has signed on for the Lenzerheide World Cup, ready to pick up where she left off. The last World Cup that she finished, Vallnord, Andorra in 2019, she in fact won and has since become a proud mother.
We got a chance to chat with Rachel's mechanic, Ben Lovell, about her downhill race steed and what she's most particular about. The mixed-wheeled bike is similar to what other team riders have been riding and testing. A raw anodized link is actually the same as the stock configuration and the reach sits at 460mm while the chainstay length comes in close with a 450 measurement. To find more grip, the seatstays use a slightly thinner tubing like Charlie Hatton was running last year, but the rest of the tubing is the same as what the other lads are using.
Fork Pressure: 80 psi, 4 volume spacers, 12 LSC, 7 HSC, 9 LSR, 7 HSR (from closed)
Shock Pressure: 205 psi, 3 Volume spacers, 7 HSC, 10 LSR, 6 HSR (from closed)
Most say: Gain 2cm in 1 day or do
1) Atherton Bikes have (for me) gone from being a bit of a curio to become one of those most desirable DH race bikes on the planet. If I was buying a high-end frame now they'd be on a list of about 3 options. Love what they're doing.
B) This is a big bike for 5'7 Rachel. 460mm reach, 50mm stem and 780x30mm bars... That's a big rig!
I do find it a little amusing though, as above that some brands now try to engineer compliance back into larger diameter bars.
But its doesn't seem that the really wide bars have caught on with many pros (like Rachel) opting to cut them down. If some of these larger diameter bars are ridden at full length they may feel fine, but cut down not so much.
More so - glad to see Rachel riding at all, and I hope she does well. Has to be harder knowing the consequences of a crash are much more difficult when ya have tiny peeps in the nest.
Well, she really is The Goat. No other rider had so much supremacy in the sport.
I'm embarassed right now.