David Valero Serano's MMR Kenta 29 - Cairns XC World Champs 2017

Sep 8, 2017
by Richard Cunningham  
David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
Valero stands six-foot, two and a half inches (189cm), and rides a large size bike.


Spanish National XC Champion David Valero Serano brought the production version of the prototype MMR he had been using this season to contest the Worlds. The official name now given to the bike is Kenta 29, and it features a sharp-looking carbon frame with semi-rectangular tubes and a revised, linkage-driven shock configuration. The previous version used a long, top-tube-mounted swing-link and shock. The new chassis is the same basic design, except that the link is carbon and now pivots inside a recess in the top tube. The top tube has been thinned dramatically, so the upper shock mount has been stretched and triangulated, presumably to spread the stress over a greater area. Arguably, MMR's latest race bike is one of the nicest looking steeds at Cairns.
David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
David Valero Serano

David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
A look at the new link and its recessed upper pivot.

David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
Prototype brand carbon wheels are almost as popular on the Pro XC circuit as Maxxis' fast-rolling Ikon tires.

David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
RockShox Deluxe RL Remote shock...
David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
...And matching remote-control SID fork.

David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
Ritchey cockpit with a 100-millimeter negative-rise stem and a 10-millimeter negative-rise carbon handlebar.

David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
36-tooth chainring with a just-in-case top guide.

David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
Ritchey WCS pedals

David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
SRAM Level Ultimate brakes.
David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
No flats allowed when you screw-in through-axles.

David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
flex-pivot rear stays and Eagle 12-speed bling.

David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
It's odd that such a modern frame design still has an offset seat tube to make room for the possible comeback of the front derailleur.






64 Comments

  • 41 1
 holy seat post!
  • 4 0
 Genuinely came to say the same!!!
  • 11 2
 Didn't you know that XC guys are made entirely of legs? Don't know why then even bother with the cockpit....
  • 5 0
 @zsandstrom: still waiting for uci to take unicycling under its wings I see.......
  • 2 1
 Size does matter.
  • 2 0
 He is a pretty tall fella
  • 4 3
 That's what she says!
  • 13 0
 Dude has to be 7' tall. The height of that saddle would make your b-hole require an oxygen mask.
  • 4 10
flag joedave (Sep 8, 2017 at 12:08) (Below Threshold)
 Likes to ride on nut sac and wang I guess. Looks like the most uncomfortable option, but everyone's riding style is different and that's a beautiful thing.
  • 7 0
 Basically a track bike for dirt. #Endomachine
  • 1 0
 @steveczech: I see selle italia, that with the cut out...
  • 1 1
 The thing is that he deserves a XL... maybe he feels more nimble on the L
  • 1 0
 God's seatpost.
  • 2 1
 "holy seat post" Batman!
  • 18 1
 We XC guys want dimensions, weights and pressures. That goes for the riders too. But, thanks for covering XC bikes!
  • 12 0
 Hah, us too. There were some language barriers with this one but we're stoked to feature some more XC weapons these days.
  • 13 0
 @brianpark: We will allow you to be a mod, but we do not grant you the rank of plus
  • 4 0
 @brianpark: Ha... fair enough. But again, thank you. Pinkbike has become pretty much the only mtb site that I visit anymore.
  • 4 0
 not a xc guy anymore but I still love to check it out whats hot!Smile
  • 2 1
 Soy no gordo, mucho psi, muy rapido, etc. Excuse me?
  • 11 1
 Still dont think the loss in weight is better than having a dropper post and being able to ride downhill like a normal person.
  • 2 1
 Because (more) time is earned in the climbs.
  • 5 1
 @AlexS1: not if you crash on the downs or struggle so much that it drains your energy. Remember, Nino still dominates the descents with or without dropper because he has the skills, but most of them don't.
  • 1 0
 @t-stoff: It's a trade off for sure... that said, I can't ride smooth without a dropper post these days.
  • 13 0
 I love it when weekend warriors give advice to world cup racers.
  • 1 0
 Heard about CX?
  • 8 1
 10mm negative rise? Or do you mean he installed his bar upside down?
  • 3 1
 It sure looks upside down to me. Maybe they won't show the front because the logos are upside down lol
  • 1 1
 @seraph: The logo is in a lower photo.
  • 7 1
 Plenty of brands make "negative rise" bars. Flipping a standard bar would mean downsweep instead of upsweep on the ends, so it has to be a bar made with a raised bar clamp area.
  • 1 1
 @seraph and its not upsidedown.
  • 1 0
 @VTwintips: It was a joke dude.
  • 1 0
 The term "negative rise" is just as nonsensical as "clipless pedals". How about calling it a drop?
  • 1 1
 @seraph i dont get it.
  • 1 0
 @HotRodMex: Name one that can be found on line please. I just flip mine upside down and it still isn't that steep down.
  • 8 0
 MMR, unfortunate name.
  • 1 0
 Not in spain ;-)
  • 6 0
 MMR (measles mumps rubella) is an injection given to all young kids in the UK to stop said diseases killing them.
Some parents (like hardly anyone) make a huge deal of it saying it is bad for kids so when there is no elections/natural disasters/terrorist atrocities it is always in the news.
My kids are just fine and so are everyone elses pretty much.
There you go. 10 seconds you will never get back
  • 1 1
 not if you are a gamer
  • 1 0
 Saddle to bar drop does not appear excessive. But you need to see a person on the bike to see their posture on the bike. I know a kid that is a very good Enduro rider about this guy's height but runs more drop. Still, I think a longer frame with a shorter stem would work better. You get the same posture for climbing but a better descending fit. I think some folks still think you need a long stem to put weight on the front end for climbing.
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Spearfish....


Seriously... whats old is new again...except for being in carbon, this is essentially a copy of the 2011 Salsa Spearfish 29er. design. Same swing-link / top shock layout, same wheel size, same flex stays in lieu of a dropout pivot.

salsacycles.com/files/bikes/_medium_image/bikes_spearfish_1.jpg
  • 4 0
 Holy bar drop BATMAN!!! Is this XC or velodrome racing?
  • 2 0
 Not as crazy as Nino's bar drop setup though. I think he's on a negative 20 stem or something nuts.
  • 2 0
 Imagine riding that down a hill!
  • 2 1
 What is he? A giraffe? He must have a tiny upper body and super long legs to fit this bike
  • 2 0
 It looks so ill proportioned.
  • 2 0
 That seatpost needs to chill the f*ck out!
  • 2 0
 Man, Ritchey still make those same grips twenty years on...impressive!
  • 2 0
 Those are brand new super-light XC foam grips called Superlogic Grips and they weigh only 10 grams a set... These did not exist twenty years ago!
  • 1 0
 Honestly im 6'3" on a large hardtail and my bike looks pretty similar to this
  • 2 0
 Finally a cf bike without all that curvy bullshit.
  • 1 0
 Hey pinkbike what are you trying to say about the "possible comeback of the front derailleur"?
  • 7 7
 Drop the stem and bars for something shorter/ wider and add dropper and I'd ride it.
  • 6 2
 Then get smoked by other riders while you're tanking on the climbs
  • 2 0
 @carfreak2000: I enjoy a good climb and a trail ride but I'm never winning the climbs anyway Smile
  • 1 0
 Any idea what that saddle to handlebar drop is?
  • 1 0
 The seat was in me.
  • 1 3
 World Cup and they couldn't have given him a better looking bike? At a minimum do something else with the hideous decals on the rims.
  • 1 0
 36 th great idea
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