More Custom Race Machines From Trophy of Nations Finale Ligure 2019

Sep 28, 2019
by Richard Cunningham  


Isabeau Courdurier's Prototype Intense

Isabeau Courdurier - Prototype Intense
We couldn't get close enough for a full profile, but that looks like a 27.5" rear wheel.

Isabeau Courdurier - Prototype Intense
The suspension appears to be a duplicate of their M29, with the lower link concentric to the bottom bracket.
Isabeau Courdurier - Prototype Intense
Rough construction and wrapped graphics - new-school tradition for Intense protos.

Isabeau Courdurier - Custom Iron Maiden themed helmet from Bluegrass eagle
Isabeau Courdurier - Custom Iron Maiden themed helmet from Bluegrass eagle
Custom Iron Maiden themed Bluegrass Eagle helmet.



Kevin Miquel's Sunn Kern

EWS Trophy of Nations - Kevin Miquel s SUNN Kern

EWS Trophy of Nations - Kevin Miquel s SUNN Kern
Formula fork
EWS Trophy of Nations - Kevin Miquel s SUNN Kern and custom Bluegrass Eagle helmet
Matching Bluegrass Eagle helmet

EWS Trophy of Nations - Kevin Miquel s SUNN Kern
Fast Suspension shock and a Jackson Pollock tribute paint scheme in French colors



Miranda Miller's Kona Process Dee Lux

EWS Trophy of Nations - Miranda Miller s Kona
SRAM AXS wireless top to bottom. Sweet metallic red accents.

EWS Trophy of Nations - Miranda Miller s Kona
Ode to Canada and a tribute to a fallen star.



Connor Fearon's Kona Process Dee Lux

EWS Trophy of Nations - Connor Fearon s Kona
Silver "bass boat" metallic base with blue flames and the Southern Cross up front. Longer, Operator rear end.

EWS Trophy of Nations - Connor Fearon s Kona
EWS Trophy of Nations - Connor Fearon s Kona
Matching anodized hubs and pedals. She's a beauty.



Martin Maes' GT Force

Martin Maes GT - 29 front and rear for the first time
29" front and rear for the first time.

Martin Maes GT - Prototype Fox RAD fork that looks to be a 38 rather than a 36
Prototype Fox RAD fork that looks very, very much like 38mm, rather than a 36.



Adrien Dailly's Lapierre Spicy Team

TON Finale Ligure 2019
New and very subdued color for Lapiere. AXS shifting.

TON Finale Ligure 2019
Titanium axle HT pedals.
TON Finale Ligure 2019
Minimal spares...

TON Finale Ligure 2019
No need to guess wheel size with Lapierre's chainstay chip.

TON Finale Ligure 2019
RockShox AXS remote dropper.
TON Finale Ligure 2019
SRAM G2 brakes. Lapierre retains the Horst Link rear suspension.

TON Finale Ligure 2019
Another coil shock fan.

TON Finale Ligure 2019
Anti crud device of questionable effectiveness.
TON Finale Ligure 2019
Zipp 3Z Moto carbon wheels. Michelin factory racing tires.



TON Finale Ligure 2019
Because its Sam Hill's.


Find more tech photos here and also here.




115 Comments

  • 128 0
 I would buy a process with that paint job. And then get my roach shorts on and thrash on some sketchy skinnies.
  • 37 0
 Did anyone else notice the Operator stays on Connors bike?
  • 6 0
 @Tmackstab: Did notice that. Cool little touch that they're compatible.
  • 8 0
 That intense proto looks interesting. Maybe a 170mm, Uzzi enduro?????
  • 21 1
 They gotta release konas with retro inspired paint. They look so good and they take me back to the dawg and coiler days.
  • 9 0
 If Kona made that paint job available on bikes for us regular joes, I'd be a buyer for sure.
  • 30 0
 @taletotell: Back in high school I scraped together my pennies and bought my first rad bike; Kona Dawg. Good times. This year, I got my first dog; Kona. Great times. Full circle.
  • 2 0
 @taletotell: definitely. The font they use is so nostalgic
  • 6 1
 @shredteds: Bring back the rasta paint jobs.
  • 2 0
 @taletotell: Lets see if Kona sees the light & makes some production models with retro paint, could even have pro models for every team rider, so can look like favorite pro rider
My pro model would be like a Kona Stab in baby blue & white?
  • 4 0
 @taletotell: longer stays on that bike would be awesome. Not everyone wants a 425 chainstay.
  • 4 0
 @juicebanger: I don't like full circle. I had a Rocky Cardiac.
  • 5 1
 Miranda's bike is super sexy! I would buy that for sure!
  • 1 0
 I would buy a Process with longer stays.
  • 2 0
 @jorgeposada: there is definitely a lot going on with that linkage...
  • 1 0
 @Tmackstab: Seat stay looks custom too. Shortened/lengthened to fit. It has welds Miranda's bike doesn't have
  • 1 0
 Oh man, down to may last two pair of Roach shorts! Like two decades old lol.
  • 74 2
 Not only is Isabeau a classy rider, she also has a classy taste in music.... Up the Irons????
  • 21 0
 Eddie approves.
  • 8 0
 I love their take on bluegrass.
  • 2 0
 @fruitsd79: makes sense to have Heady on your head lol
  • 4 0
 Hell yeah, I’m a bigger fan now
  • 33 2
 Aaah. Finally kona is kona again.
  • 6 1
 We've come full circle!
  • 17 2
 Best looking bike: Lapierre

Most forgetful prize: pinkbike journo who forgot his vernier callipers again (Fox 38 caption)
  • 7 1
 Well, I love Michelin, but they really need to stop putting those horrible blue/yellow tags on their proto tyres. It completely kill the sexiness this nice looking bike.
  • 14 1
 Is Sram really pumping that much money to sponsor all these teams with wireless shifting, or is wireless shifting that much better?
  • 19 2
 They just reviewed it last week...seems that its that much better.
  • 25 0
 Not uncommon that Sram (or any brand really) athletes at the top level would run (and have tested/test) the top level components.
  • 47 0
 The riders just received the wifi password.
  • 7 1
 I didn't realize I needed AXS shifting until I rode one last week! As good as a finely tuned cable is, it can't touch how quick, effortless and precise the AXS is! I was really surprised! It's good, but out of my budget. It would be cool to have though. Up the Irons! I just saw them in Vegas a couple of weeks ago! BEST. CONCERT. EVAR!
  • 26 3
 Are you new? This is how marketing works.
  • 3 3
 @chyu: yeet is yeet
  • 17 2
 Run for the hills Isabeau , long live Maiden
  • 5 2
 Er... Run to the hills? Her competition needs to run for the hills, because she's gonna Slayer
  • 3 0
 She is a Killer thats for sure!
  • 1 0
 She got the Tool for it!
  • 15 0
 That Iron Maiden helmet!!!! \m/ Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Did that "S" on Miguel's helmet look familiar to anyone else
  • 1 0
 @Duderz7: thought the same
  • 1 0
 She got the Tool for it!
  • 16 2
 I like the cable routing on the GT. Clean and no internal routing BS to fuss with.
  • 6 0
 Second that. Frame designers really think we like bleeding brakes anytime we build a frame or need to switch?? At least run the rear brake line outside like this.
  • 11 0
 Third that. And on some bikes, not just a disconnect and bleed, but forced to cut the line because the ports are too small to pass a banjo or hose bolt.
  • 6 4
 Yeah I just had to do this but honestly it only took half an hour, I think it’s still worth it.
  • 12 0
 @WoodenCrow: just wait for the AXS Brakes. Should fix all yer woes.
  • 1 0
 @Inertiaman: totally mate silly AF
  • 2 0
 @WoodenCrow: That's what Ibis does, run the rear outside....that is, up until the HD5.
  • 5 1
 @WoodenCrow: they always need bleeding on a build to get them the correct length
  • 3 0
 @WoodenCrow: I want to know who are these people who swap brakes all the time. Like you swap brakes for different courses or something?

I mean, I put new brakes on my bike occasionally, but I've always had to cut and bleed to get the hose length correct regardless of cable routing method, which presumably everyone not on an XXL must do too.
  • 5 1
 @dthomp325: Lots of examples:
1) brake upgrade. Hassle to cut, add new olive, re-bleed old brakes just to post for sale on Pinkbike. Presumably the buyer then does the same to install.
2) parts swap. You got a new frame, moving parts from old to new.
3) brake problem/failure. Need to remove to send in for warranty attention. This is the real killer: cut old brakes to remove, cut your standby brakes to install for two weeks, cut those standby brakes again to remove, cut the warranty replacement brakes to install.
All for cosmetic "visual cleanliness" of internal routing. If ports allow the hose w/ all fittings to pass, its not that bad. Its the bikes that only clear the hose o.d. that seem particularly stupid.
  • 1 0
 @Lotusoperandi: And the Ripmo AF. Internal brake routing on an aluminum frame? Why??
  • 13 0
 Kevin miquel shock is from fast suspension not Formula ...
  • 9 0
 Didnt Isabeau already say it's a mullet bike. Also she was already one of the most likeable riders and then she put Maiden on her helmet.
  • 1 0
 Yes, that bike is a split wheel bike. It's a proto they've been working on for a while at Intense.
  • 10 0
 jesus... the back end of that Sunn is pimp.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. There is a bit of form over function going on there, but it's _working_ for me.
  • 8 0
 @RichardCunningham That shock on Kevin's Sunn is a Fast Suspension, not Formula Wink
  • 5 0
 Yeah, fixed.
  • 2 0
 what are those angles hanging off the seatstays?
  • 3 0
 @RichardCunningham test soon, maybe? it would be cool to see more reviews of "exotic" suspension products
  • 1 0
 @Spindelatron: wondering the same. maybe a fender mount?
  • 6 0
 The kerning on Isa's name on her helmet is doing my head in. Right now, it looks like it's saying "IS A"...
  • 1 0
 Something I notice a lot in some custom paint jobs... Blank Stare
  • 7 0
 Whats in the bottom bracket????????????
  • 7 0
 Those Kona’s are magnificent!!! drooling profusely
  • 6 0
 That Sunn looks like it was made 5 years in the future compared to the other bikes.
  • 2 0
 I agree and went to the Sunn page to learn more. The bikes and website looked like they were from several years in the past. Is this a prototype or are they just underpaying their webteam?
  • 11 6
 Process wins paint job of the year
  • 2 0
 Agreed. They look sick.
  • 5 1
 Maes the Force be with You !
  • 2 0
 Hey RC, Kevin Miquel's Sunn Kern, more Ralph Steadman than Jackson Pollock (check the font)!!! Fear and Loathing FOR THE WIN!!!
  • 2 0
 Connor better hope it doesn't rain using those HT pedals... bearings are made of cheese! 3 warranty sets all lasting no more than 4 months in UK weather.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. I had warranty "repair" as refused a replacement and the second ones wore through the axle. Never using them again. Shame as they were good pedals when they were new haha
  • 3 0
 He's sponsored brah. Replace pedals every race if needed.
  • 2 0
 Good job its in Italy then.
  • 4 1
 Those Kona’s look filth
  • 3 1
 That intense is beautiful. Looks like the low slung shock is here to stay. I’m hoping a “mini m29” is on the way!
  • 3 1
 Intense megatower, ADD TO CART
  • 1 0
 Anyone else notice Connor has a custom rear dropout to make the rear end longer? Makes sense if high speed stability is the goal.
  • 4 0
 It's possible that the parts are new and custom. But they also really look like the chainstays from the Operator along with the seatstays from the aluminum version of the Process
  • 4 1
 the new Intense Nobine/Carmad Wink
  • 2 0
 The trend is happening: 29'' front and 27.5'' rear is the best of both world and the future.
  • 1 0
 I wonder what would happen if each team could only ride bikes from their own country.

Brits on Oranges or Cotics

Is anyone left without a bike??
  • 1 0
 Just saying... I did a little photoshop measuring on Maes' bike.. using the 29" wheels as a baseline...
looking like 38mm Stanchions
  • 1 0
 Lol... love the Intense... funny how SC said they didn't redesign due to the shcok tunnel taking forever when Spesh and Transition have had them for years
  • 2 2
 These bikes will actually look worse to us in 2025, than the inaugural 2013 EWS bikes featured in the 2019 "throwback" article.
  • 2 0
 Sorry Adrien, your bike is now Sam Hill's.
  • 1 0
 New tirewiz design. Cool to see your tire pressure at a glance but it needs to be half the current price.
  • 1 0
 Why Maes is using an aluminum frame? Didn't GT just released the new 29 in carbon?
  • 1 0
 That intense looks like a real intense, great to see although its not really pretty
  • 1 1
 looks like a santa cruz...
  • 1 0
 That's just how they mark up their prototype frames. It's not an actual color way. It's a proto for Isabeau and it's a split wheel bike.
  • 2 0
 80s splatter paintjobs FTW
  • 1 0
 I am loving that Kona appears to be going back to the old font/logo. Makes me want to get a Kona now...
  • 1 0
 The only way Sam Hill 100%
  • 1 0
 Sunn is a looker, but who the hell wants sharp edged top tube?
  • 4 0
 It's motivation.
  • 1 0
 Why only two Process Dee Lux's? Why not three?
  • 2 0
 That gt is very nice
  • 1 0
 Those Konas... awesome paint job
  • 1 0
 Sooooo...fox 38 uh? I want to know MOAR
  • 1 0
 It's been 25 years since I've said this before, but that GT looks hot.
  • 1 0
 Wait... When did Konas get the hump? Are those 29ers? Why?
  • 1 0
 Got to love the understated subtlety of Intense paint jobs. Classy.
  • 1 0
 i´m still waiting for the fox 38 review
  • 1 0
 Up The Irons!!!!
  • 1 0
 Get some Au.
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