Cross-Country Tech from the Pits - Les Gets World Cup XC 2019

Jul 14, 2019
by Mike Levy  
Carlos Coloma s BH is painted to commemorate his Rio 2016 appearance. Every aspect of the design is painted on even the fork and it s lettering and logos.

Graphics include his tattoo that his oldest son wrote out for him.

Spain's Carlos Coloma's BH has been painted to commemorate his appearance at the 2016 Olympic games. Those aren't stickers, either, with even the fork's lettering and logos being done by hand and brush rather than with stickers. The phrase on the bike's top tube is a tattoo that his oldest son wrote out for him.

A new Michelin Wild tire that the Orbea KMC team is looking to test this week even though the course is mostly grass.

Super fast tread patterns are in store this weekend.
Michelin has a new cross-country tire that the Orbea KMC team was testing during the week in France. The fast-rolling, dry and dusty course suited a less aggressive tread pattern, though.

Something new over at Ghost. This is the bike Anne Terpstra pedaled to victory in Andorra. It s a prototype that looks to have a steeper seat tube angle longer top tube and be slacker.

If you were watching the Andorra World Cup closely, you might have spotted Anne Terpstra's prototype Ghost cross-country rocket. Given that Terpstra won that race, she's probably a fan of the new bike, too. No word on tech details yet, but it looks to have a steeper seat angle, longer front-end, and a slacker head angle.

Saddle measurements and other adjustments at Giant.
Bike setup in the Giant pits. Every millimeter is important.

A pair of Fox 32 s ready for a servicing.
A pair of Fox Step-Cast forks waiting to be called into action.

A new fork to be released soon from SR Suntour. The Axon 34 will be have 34mm stanchions Boost and 29r only the Equilizer air cartridge with positive and negative chambers previous fork was coil sprung low speed lockout rebound. Comes in 100mm 110mm 120mm.

SR Suntour's Axon 34 Werx with a carbon crown and steerer tube. It gets a new air spring system with self-equalizing positive and negative chambers replacing the old version's coil-sprung negative spring. This drops grams and ensures that the negative spring pressure is always ideal, too. Adjustments including low-speed compression and rebound, and lockout.

Cool thumb rests spotted. the idea here is to have some stability while resting your hand on the bars when climbing. Your thumbs come up over the bar and not under like a traditional grip.
Togs at the World Cup. The idea is to have some stability while resting your hands on the 'bar when climbing. Your thumbs come up over, not under like a with traditional grip.

Jolanda Neff's new Quarq power meter sports a solid chainring instead of being milled out to save grams. It's said to provide more accurate numbers.

Courtney and Schurter brakes.
All the bits and bobbles.
Kate and Nino's new brakes.

Violated troll tire valve covers.
Violated troll tire valve caps.

Ramona Forchini's Felt looking fast while sitting still.

Czech cross-country racer Ondrej Cink's Kross with DT Swiss suspension.

Henrique Avancini's Cannondale for Les Gets. The course doesn't look that rough but it's especially fast and bumpy, especially through the grassy sections, so Avancini chose full-suspension for comfort and traction but skipped using a dropper post. He also uses slightly wider rims and tires for the same reasons.

Chris Blevins tested both a hardtail and his full-suspension bike, eventually deciding to go with the latter due to the fast, bumpy conditions. His setup includes a set of fast-rolling Renegade tires, and much like Avancini, he ditched the dropper post for the tame Les Gets track. When it comes to suspension, he's running 70 PSI in his fork with three tokens, and the Brain fully on for his rear suspension.

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  • 46 0
 That troll has seen some shit. Eek
  • 11 1
 It has seen some ancient Flow EX rims.
  • 4 0
 @JohanG: seriously. that looks like my front rim that ive been running for 3+ years now and refuses to die
  • 1 0
 Whats the deal with the step cast forks? Ive read it it a few times before and dont know what its purpose.
  • 4 0
 @scary1: less weight
  • 3 0
 @sooner518: more annoying to take the foot nuts off.
  • 2 1
 @sooner518: Don't expect it to die any time soon.. I've been running 2014 Flow EX on my OG bronson for 5 years now, on their 3rd set of decals and still riding strong despite being abused at granby, keystone, trestle, etc.

I've trashed several 29'er wheels on my other bikes in that timeframe but the flow EX just keeps rolling.
  • 1 0
 @t4ngent: haha. same. although truthfully, i only have the front rim remaining, and im not very hard on front rims/tires. ive gone through about 4 rear Flow EX's in that timeframe (both the old one, and the newer design). but now that ive gone cushcore in the back, im thinking this rear rim might last me several years
  • 36 0
 I'll give those Michelin tires the green light
  • 63 0
 They look mint
  • 3 0
 Michelin Evergreen
  • 7 0
 I had some of the originals in the 90’s stoked they are back. They were on my trek 8000 (yellow) bonded AL frame. They were awesome.
  • 4 1
 I loved the colored tires of the eighties. These are looking really good.
  • 6 0
 @trails801: The Michelin WildGrippers were 90s tires. So nice.
  • 3 1
 Wow I expected many downvotes. So much love for a tire in a very funky color!
  • 3 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: I downvoted you ;-) always here to help
  • 30 1
 XC.......when your chain-ring is bigger than your brake rotor.
  • 3 0
 Yeah what is that like a 58 tooth.....? I'd give it a go.
  • 25 1
 Tons of kudos @pinkbike for all the great xc coverage!
  • 19 0
 I suspect the wheel weight balancing brigade are crying at that troll valve cap.
  • 21 0
 what I want to know is who is racing xc on a stans flow
  • 14 0
 @mtbman1980: That's definitely not anyone's race bike. Besides the Flow, no one races 27.5" wheels either.
  • 6 0
 @mdelorme is out a trolling is methinks
  • 2 0
 The troll is not, getting reamed every revolution.
  • 16 0
 Thank you, Pinkbike. Love the xc coverage.
  • 12 2
 Man, Felt bikes seem to fly under the radar a bit but are just dead sexy.
  • 4 0
 The new Compulsion looks really good too
  • 4 0
 My 2016 Decree (which is still the same as the current model other than the move to boost spacing and trunnion shock mount) is fantastic. Even with a lower-end build, it's lighter than many top spec models but still stiff as hell and going on 3 years without any issues. It also looks so nice, even in the XL size I ride, where most bikes start to lose those nice lines between the seat stays and the top tube.
  • 7 0
 I still want to see that Trek that Neff has been riding...
  • 2 0
 Supercaliber... there’s plenty of photos and info floating around on the web now
  • 1 0
 @rrsport: any without the super secret spy cover on the mechanicals?
  • 1 0
 @waxman: yes including spec sheets
  • 2 0
 Nice that Suntour is getting their weighty sh*t together. They make a fantastic damper and great forks in general, but they've always been heavier than the competition by a fair margin. The Axon Werx 34 is pretty damn competitive weight, offering larger stanchions and similar weight to the SID, but lighter than the Fox 34 Stepcast. If they could get 29" AURON 35 BOOST (Pike competitor but heavier, currently listed at 2140g) under 1900g, and the 29" Durolux 36 Boost (somehow lighter than the smaller Auron at 2120g but heavier than Lyrik/36) down to 2000g - they'd have some real contenders in weight and damper performance - not to mention pricing. The Axon Werx 34 tech needs to trickle up (in travel).
  • 4 0
 That BH looks great..... but I'm a sucker for a white bike.
  • 2 0
 +2, white bikes are the sexiest.
  • 2 0
 @robw515: until they see dirt... then they look even better.
  • 6 2
 That troll has a, uh, valve stem, ermm, up his, up his, uh. You know.
  • 2 0
 any sneaky pics of Jolanda neff's bike with a the black top tube cover on it hiding something
  • 2 1
 Supercaliber... there’s plenty of photos and info floating around the web now. I thought they would have released it by now
  • 2 0
 @rrsport: Official release date is set on 5th September
  • 3 1
 Neff's powe meter cog looks uber heavy even though it is milled.
  • 2 0
 Pretty sure that's not Jolanda Neff...
  • 3 0
 I like my Suntour XCR.
  • 2 0
 Where can I get that big ass can of Red Bull?
  • 1 0
 The can is normal sized - it's the wheels that are made by LEGO.
  • 1 0
 Man those green Michelins are awesome. They have to release them!! They would be an instant hit for sure.
  • 1 0
 What semi slick tire is that?
  • 1 0
 The schwalbe Thunder Burt or the Michelin jet xcr
  • 7 8
 Pro xc bikes now, are basically mini enduro bike's. Super capable, dropper posts, slackening geo. All these bikes are rad!
  • 25 4
 We have a term for that, Downcountry
  • 2 0
 @Bflutz625: what is this we you're talking about you got a mouse in your pocket?
  • 3 0
 @pinnityafairy: my grandpa says that
  • 2 0
 @Bflutz625: i was attempting to be rhetorical in my statement lol
  • 7 0
 @lehott: I was looking for an excuse to say 'Downcountry'
  • 1 0
 @Bflutz625: shame on you
  • 1 1
 where can i get me a troll valve cap??!
  • 1 0
 That felt is dead sexy.
  • 1 0
 Felt like a Niner.
  • 1 0
 Felt MTB now Rossignol.
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