Exclusive Loic Bruni Interview – The Steps to Success

Jan 23, 2018
by Ross Bell  







Ain't no one-hit wonder






Knocking, or rather barging through the door, Loic Bruni laid his stake in World Cup Downhill early on in his career, reaching the elite podium as a junior - far from an easy task. Fast forward to the beginning of 2018 and Loic now sits with two senior rainbow stripes, success in a youthful career few would have any quarrels over. Loic, however, might feel a little short-changed at a solo World Cup win, and at the prospect of not having fought tooth and nail for the overall with the likes of Gwin and Minnaar. He has come close to finding that final deadly edge but for a few hurdles, crashes and close shaves the wrong side of the second. Once he finds that final piece of the jigsaw, Bruni will be an extremely dangerous prospect. 2018, off the back of the World's win in Cairns, seems as good a year as any.

We caught up with the man himself as he prepares preseason back home in the South of France:

What have you been up to so far this off-season?


After Cairns I had two weeks holiday with my girlfriend so I totally blocked everything out, I didn't have my phone on so much and it was really good. Coming back home there were a lot of things to do like photo and video shoots, and events like the Red Bull Fox Hunt, so I had a lot of short travels to go to the US so it was busy when I came back. I switched trainer again this winter, I was with John Tomac last year and it was too hard with the distance and the time difference, trying to call him in the middle of the night was a bit hard. I think I can now say I have found a really good one, a French guy so I'm super happy. I started to work with him, it's going well. I went to his place and he's been to my place. I've been focusing a little on getting to know him and we have a lot of new things at Specialized too so we are busy testing new products, it's good!

Bruni buried it at the rev limit all the way down the final straight to better Hannah s time by just 0.3 seconds.

We are well into the winter, how is it looking back on Cairns now you've had time to process it?


It's been crazy. Cairns was a big thing for me. After everything I said about 29ers, the injury I had in Leogang, and missing a World Cup, it was not the best season I could have hoped for. Just being able to come back a little after each round and build up my confidence, it was just like 2016, it was hard to leave a scenario where I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I just tried to focus on building my confidence. Going to Cairns it was a big goal for me because in 2016 I won the race, I knew I could do well even when I was lacking confidence. I went there with a little bit of hope and a lot of work to make it happen, after that we realized we have a lot of potential for next year and we are able to do well. Now I feel like it was a big accomplishment and I am so proud of it... It's something that is mine now and I will never let it go. It helps me so much to focus on the new season. Not only Cairns but the whole season, Cairns was a proof of my ability, but the whole season was a lesson. I like to talk s*** but I talked too much s*** and I got a little bit unfocused and I was distracted by things some people were saying.

I realised after Cairns I needed to focus on myself and the team and not really listen to some people. Cairns was insane and now I feel like we can actually do really well in the overall of the World Cup again as it's been my goal for the last two years and I haven't been able to do it. I'm really hungry for the season and it helps me to do all my training and everything I need to. It's hard sometimes, you go through bits that make you unsure about everything. The hype has died down definitely and when I look at the run I'm so happy and everything comes back, it's positive for my career. It's a positive thing and I'll use that when it's hard. Now I feel like it's time to work on the new season.

How do your two World Champ victories compare? Do you take more satisfaction from one of them?


The first one felt amazing, especially after a season where I was second a lot of times. Cairns felt just as good as it was a little bit of a surprise, there were a lot of fast riders with good reasons to win. I was just as happy, it was a crazy day, it was something we didn't steal. I think we were underdogs but I had every reason to think I could win too, I won the year before and the end of my World Cup season was pretty good, I was happy to finish on a really high note.

In terms of tracks, Andorra and Cairns are polar opposites, do you take much from being able to win on such different tracks as proof of your depth and roundness as a rider?


I didn't need to win Cairns to feel like I could be good on any kind of track. When you are young most of the time you are good on technical trails and then as you get older your training gets stronger so you become more complete, I feel like I’ve been closer to complete the last few years. Cairns is actually a track where I wouldn’t think I could win, I was so happy to do it twice. It is just good when you feel like you can, it’s not your type of woman or whatever… But you can work it and make it happen. It was a good accomplishment and good prove to all the naysayers wrong, maybe I shouldn’t read the comments on Pinkbike or whatever… Sometimes I end up on it or Finn reads them to me and I’m like "f*** I don’t like people!" So I was like to all the people and beyond "boom! in your face, I won the race, I’m back, you didn’t expect that and I won it on 27.5." So it was a lot of things I was happy about accomplishing, it felt as good as the first world champs.

With one rider to go the tension on the hotseat was almost unbearable.

Talking of tracks, what do you make of the current crop of race tracks on the World Cup? Would you like to see more ‘old school’ stuff along the lines of the French National Champs track last year in Les Carroz?


Of course. You know my answer. I would like to get back on the old school tracks, with a lot of off-cambers… Just trails that don’t necessitate 29ers. An old-school track with lots of turns everywhere but that’s not where the sport is going and I can’t really fight for it. I think we need to say when we are at the race and the track is not super technical or fun to ride, we can try and ask them to change it for next year so then maybe the organizer and the UCI will listen. Of course tracks like Cairns, Leogang, and Lenzerheide are a little bit bike park and not super… There is so much potential on the hill, especially in Lenzerheide that you would think it would be sick but every year you get there and it’s the same bike park trail with the super dirty rocks everywhere and it’s not so fun to ride, to me anyway. When you go to races you don’t go to have fun and ride, you go there to ride your bike fast. But it is so much better when you get to Andorra and you actually ride the track and have such a good time, the track is downhill. It is steep and has a lot of technical features, sick berms, jumps… I miss this kind of track. Now Croatia took over from Lourdes, I don’t know how Croatia is… But in the head cam I watched it looks poor. It doesn’t look like how a World Cup track should look, it looks super flat, a bit tight in parts but s*** turns. I would love the organizers to do a little more like the Andorra / Val di Sole kind of tracks.

We also need to understand that Red Bull TV and video are influencing how easy it is to film and stuff like that which makes it hard to balance. We have a pretty good circuit, it’s good to have seven races, the cross country only has six. If we could add some more stops with some ski resorts and sick tracks it would be cool and that’s why Crankworx and IXS are doing so well. Because they actually go to good trails and they have good events with media coverage, we don’t only have World Cups. If I want to go and ride for fun I don’t go to the races, I go wherever I want, to the trail I want. It’s subjective to everyone. On the races you go to, of course you have fun because you can go so fast that it feels so good. Especially on your race run when you hit everything the fastest you can, but it’s not the same kind of fun that you have when you go for a ride with your friends. It is okay to have some World Cups that are not super-super fun, it takes us out of our comfort zone with it being hard to go fast. It’s hard for everyone.

What do you make of the health of the sport and the direction it’s heading in?


I’m not in the industry like someone as the boss of a company or whatever, I think it’s pretty healthy, also thanks to stuff like e-bikes the industry of mountain biking is pretty good, I think there’s money around, and as a rider compared to BMX guys or other sports the top riders have the chance to win some money. I think we need to be careful with some things that are happening but I’m pretty happy with the sport right now, I think it’s getting wider and wider in the audience at the World Cups. But I think they still need to keep it real with some good events like the Red Bull Fox Hunt, I think it’s good to not only do World Cups - it’s better to do a little of Crankworx and mix of everything. Right now it’s going well with Crankworx, I think there are four rounds, the World Cup is seven, so it’s a good season. Everyone can express themselves on something. You can have a different kind of weekend. When you go to the World Cups now I would say pretty serious, then when you go to Cranworx it’s just about fun, you race fast at the end of the day but you have way more fun all week.

If you could make any changes to the sport what would they be?


I would add three rounds of World Cups to take it up to ten. Change a little the format, maybe having a joker on your worst performance. Have maybe a crazy event with a mass start or something pretty insane just to make one round pretty epic. I think it’s good the rule they made with 60 riders, most of the people who go to ride mountain bikes buy enduro bikes, so the people who do downhill is a little category so it’s good that the sport is getting a little elitist. There are some rules that don’t make sense, and there are some rules that would make sense to bring in. I don’t know everything right now but for example with 29ers, I think it should be the last size we go to. In moto there is a wheel size and it’s over, you don’t move on every year. There should be a regulation for this. When the skin suits got banned I think that was pretty cool but now everyone is wearing skinny pants and jerseys now… We should not race the same track two years in a row. For example, if we go back to Lourdes perhaps we should have a rule like making 50% of the track new every year, so changing a little bit every year – that would be good.


What wheel size would you want to race on if there was a regulation brought in?


650B. For sure. Even today we tried 29” wheels and 650B. Of course, it’s still a bike, it’s the same concept but when you go back to 27.5" everything just feels fun and playful, if you asked me to pick my favourite, I would definitely say 650B.

Have you been testing a lot this off-season?


Yeah, especially recently we have been trying a lot of different things. We got some new stuff so it has been pretty intense at the moment, it’s good though because if you don’t do it now it’s going to be too late.

Will you race 29” wheels this season?


Yeah… Maybe. I don’t know yet, we won’t close the door of course. We have seen some really good things on other bikes and other people riding these wheels but we are not sure yet. It also depends on the rider and I think even on the size I’m a little in the middle.

Taking it back to the start of last year, there were a lot of changes in the team. Miranda joining, Loris leaving, Finn moving up to elites… How does that affect your preparation as a racer?


Preparation-wise, it doesn’t affect you so much as you train a lot alone I would say, well I do a lot alone. At the gym, I’m alone a lot of the time, on the road bike it’s the same. Especially when Loris was here we both had school so it was hard to combine timetables. When he left I was super sad, when Blenki left he was like a brother, Loris, he is like a brother… They both left the team within a few years so I was a bit sad almost like a break-up I would say. The atmosphere in the team, Finn is getting good, Laurent is doing a really good job with Miranda - the group is really strong I would say.

I am not as close with Finn that I was with Loris or Blenki but we are really good mates, he is really competitive so is pushing me a lot and we are mechanically helping each other with a good dynamic. I love the group at the moment. The mechanics are super good, focused and fun, the riders are the same. We don’t share so much in the off-season as they are in Canada but we talk sometimes by text or whatever. It’s sad not to ride with them. It’s important, since I was young I’ve been in a good group and in a place I feel at home. At the beginning there was Blenki and Cam Cole, people I was getting along with super well and it’s really important as you are travelling and spending most of your time with them. Good energy and a good mood the whole time it can only be positive, if it’s not the case then it can only be s***.


How strange is it seeing Loris on a different team?


I got used to it but it’s weird because we use to receive bikes at the same time, do a lot of things together and now he does his own stuff. I was a little bit of a big brother so I was asking to get him parts or whatever… Now he does it by himself! It’s normal I don’t know everything he does but it feels weird. I think the Syndicate has a really good team now, it was a pretty hard space they took after Josh and Steve. He feels good in the team, they all have different personalities. I think he is happy there and he is fast so it works for him. I’m just sad sometimes we don’t spend enough time together, of course, we are best friends but sometimes it’s weird until we stop racing. Sometimes he has been trying things and I hear it from someone else, then I’m like “why didn’t you tell me?!” and he’s like “meeeh, I forgot.” It keeps you aware of things so you work hard on your side.

It must be pretty cool when you get to stand on the podium with him?


It’s amazing. He is someone I grew up with ever since I was really young and when you stand on the podium and he’s next to you and you think about it… It’s like wow, that’s crazy. You can see all your life together and on the same track at the World Cup, you have been not even a second apart. Like what the f***. Stuff like that with Val di Sole and Amaury, it was so good and you get so many good vibes from it.

You’ve seen Finn’s progression through juniors first hand, what as he been like to work with? Does he ask you for advice?


Finn is really curious. He has a lot of questions and he has a really observant. Sometimes by just looking at stuff he is learning and I think that is why he is so good, he obviously has really good skills and asks the right questions. He has pretty good surroundings I would say. I think he has everything he needs to succeed. I don’t share everything with him, even with Jack we have a lot of things we do without saying to anyone. Maybe someone would like to know but we don’t say. He is always looking for improvement and performance, he hates losing. He is a good team-mate and is cool on the side. Because of his hatred for losing he is really good too because everything he does he is going to do it 110% so you have to do everything 110% too.


Have you learned much from him?


Yeah, he is a smart little kid and has a lot of skills I didn’t have at that age and still don’t have now. He is interesting, he has a lot of ideas. I think it’s how it works in any group, even if the guy is not as fast as you on paper yet, he still has a lot of things to teach you. It was the same with Blenki and Loris and now when you share things like this it can only be good for you and I think Finn has things that I actually get influenced by. It’s not just racing, he knows a lot of things about life. Sometimes we’ll have a discussion and he teaches me stuff that I should know because I’m older but he knows better!

How do you think he’ll fare in the jump up to elites next season?


I’m not worried at all. This year his times were top 15 regularly, top 20 always. A seventh in Andorra, even if it’s not exactly the same conditions, it still gives you an idea of what he can do. I think in his first year of Elite he can get podiums. It’s going to be hard as he has a lot of expectation on his shoulders, he’s been Finn Iles the fast junior… Even before junior people were expecting things from him. It’s going to be a good step for him if he can pass it without trouble, I think he is going to have the speed for sure. The work the team does, the suspension with Ohlins, we have the best bike, so he has the best bike and he can do well with it.

On the topic of that switch to Ohlins last winter, how big a jump was that to get dialled in coming from RockShox?


With RockShox, we had the freedom to do whatever we wanted inside the suspension so we were pretty free from everything. When we switched to Ohlins, straight away had fast feelings and really good feedback to the guys, they were super into it as they were starting out with us and gave us so much input. We ended up at the start of the season with a really good bike, we are exclusive with them so we have a lot of attention as everything they do has to come through us, everything we say will be in the evolution of the next product. The product even before we rode it was already made to go fast. Now they worked with us on the fork as they didn’t have one before us, they want to come into the market with the best product. That is the only thing they want to do. We worked a lot on that to make them stoked on the feeling, when I ride and people see the bike, it works. There is nothing else possible. We have some new stuff also and it’s going really good.


How frustrating is it when you have trained your ass off, got your head in the right place, dialled in your bike, and then weather craps out on you like in Lourdes?


This sort of weekend was hard to swallow because we were all ready, and of course I wasn't the only one who was looking for the win and had worked months for it. It’s a problem of our sport, when you asked me what I would change, actually it’s this. When you know about the forecast you should actually change the schedule of the day to make it fair for everyone, it’s fine when it’s going to rain all day but when you know from the Wednesday that it was supposed to rain at 4pm on Sunday then they should have done something. I think anyone who watched the race was disappointed and it was the s*** way to start the season and I think there are people to blame, I don’t know who, and I don’t want to blame anyone but they should work on this so it doesn’t happen again.

Leaving Lourdes what was your mindset like? The next few WCs didn’t go to plan for you either.


After Lourdes I think I was overtrained, I was a little tired from the winter. Seeing the Syndicate on 29ers, I didn’t even know they were going to ride 29ers… Loris didn’t even tell me. There was a lot of stuff and with the rain, I just needed to breathe after the race. I tried to focus on Fort William. We have one race done with no points pretty much but it’s okay, it’s part of the game. I knew I had to rest a little bit. I went to Fort William and I was fast. I don’t think I’ve ever been as fast in Fort William. I had been into the debate on 29ers too much and that'd been taking my mind away, I was making stupid mistakes on track and I crashed in my qualifying and in finals. I’ve never done well in Fort William, I should start doing well with all the experience I’ve got from it! After Lourdes it was a lot of re-focussing and it didn’t work, but after Fort William, it worked really well, except I got unlucky on the leg injury in Leogang. I had the right mindset at least I could feel it. I was back on the right page.

Fort Bill was a weird one this year with the lottery in the woods, what did you make of that section?


The woods section has always been tricky in Fort William, the whole track is hard and fast, hardpack and man-made, then you come to the woods and it’s all soft and boggy. It’s hard to do something in there consistently. Sometimes I think it’s a little political if you’re on the side of the track and see everyone, like 90% of the guys riding in front of you crashing and there is a UCI worker there… Then they end up changing it like just before finals, so you’re like "why the f*** didn't you do it straight away?" It needs to go through the managers meeting, then maybe they’ll think about it and do it in the morning… The woods section was messy and I remember the training before my finals there was a stump in my line, I kept hitting it and crashing so I changed my line. Then when I did my finals run, I crashed before anyway so it was over, but when I got there I did my other line and saw the stump was gone. I think they cut it out as in the morning everyone was hitting it and going over the bars. They didn’t say anything. The woods was a miscommunication this year, I think they won’t do it again. If you change it you need to do it earlier, you don’t wait till everyone has crashed and changed lines, then in finals, it’s gone… Fort William was a bit mad, over the whole weekend I was not smart.

Loic Bruni taped up and ready to give it another go tomorrow.

In Leogang you busted yourself up pretty bad, what’s it like to deal with an injury as a pro-athlete? What’s going through your mind when you are laying in hospital?


It’s hard because it breaks the rhythm of the races and everyone doesn’t get the same break, so you lose the pace of the others. Especially when you have had a s*** start to the season and it goes even worse. You start to think about the trust the sponsors have in you, their belief, what people think of you. Mentally you have to work not to think of what other people think, you need to cure your injury first. To think about moments when you were fast and strong, to build everything again and just be back where you should be. I was not out for a long time, around three weeks, it was okay. During those weeks you have a lot of time to think about everything, you just need to have good friends around you, good doctors, good specialists, and not to lose the belief.

Was that when you switched your focus to Worlds?


After Fort William it was already difficult for the overall, then after Leogang, it was over. It was over for me but I wanted to be back and my World Cup season ended pretty well, but of course, we accepted that the overall was gone and we have the Worlds coming up. I actually started to do well in Vallnord, also in Lenzerheide, really well in nationals and MSA so I was like I need to focus on Worlds and I felt really good like I could win Worlds so I’m going to focus on it. I then started to test and train for Worlds, we didn’t really focus on Val di Sole but I still managed to do well.

You were a few seconds off the win at a couple of rounds at the end of the year, were you frustrated not to take another World Cup win?


No, of course when you are at the start line of a World Cup you are going for the win. In Val di Sole I was a second off, MSA is difficult because I was three seconds off in the rain. I didn’t feel 100% confident going into the World Cups because of my training, because of my injuries, because of everything… When I was at the start I was not as confident as I was in Australia for example, where I knew I had done everything to do well so anything can happen. It can almost only go well. At the World Cups, it’s really hard to be there every weekend. I think I had made mistakes in the last off-season and now this off-season I don't think I’m making those same mistakes at all, I think next year it’s going to be the same story at the World Cups and I’m excited to see how it goes.


You had an up and down season which ended on a high, how do you look back on the season as a whole?


I learned so much. Especially closing my mouth when it was not really useful. Focusing on what I know and what I believe in. Trusting in the people around me and trusting myself too. I think I’m not really confident in anything, if I go to talk to a girl at the bar I’m like ahhhh! Which is normal, but I’m more than scared. I think last year it was deja-vu back to 2016. In 2016, I think if I didn’t have a flat tire I could have been pretty fast, I’m not sure I would have won Worlds but I think I would have been fast too. I felt the same way I did in Cairns. It was hard not to do it so this year I was happy to finally finish well. I’ve learned so much. The problem is I learn so much every year and still do the same mistakes, so I hope I’m not going to do the same mistakes again. It was a super good year, with Loris we got closer again. With Finn we became good friends, I didn’t know Miranda before so I have some new people in my circle of friends I really like. It’s been intense and been really, really low but also pretty high. It was crazy and one of the years I would never say was bad, but it was insanely hard to follow!

Moving onto 2018, what can we expect from #SuperBruni?


I hope I will be there with the cape! You can expect the best version of me. We are working well within the team, we don’t let Specialized decide for us. We try to build something that is really sustainable and reliable. With my trainer we talk a lot, he actually understands me so much it’s crazy. I’m so happy with him, he is the same as me. We have a lot of things we already avoided in the off-season. I think I have one of the best seasons ahead of me if nothing goes wrong, it’s easy to say but I have never felt so good at this time of the year. It’s still a long way until it starts and it’s on a weird track so we’ll see how it goes. I want to win the overall, this is my goal for the year. I want to be fast on any wheel size and be happy… If people like me then follow me if people don’t like me then don’t follow me!



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145 Comments

  • + 141
 What a Guy, telling it as it is. Not pretending that he likes some of the track choices like a lot of the other riders do. If only UCI and Redbull would listen to the Pros's and the people that want to watch the Pro's.
  • + 53
 Moar Huckz Bring back Champery, Schladming, etc.
  • + 48
 I'm with you here, people might not agree with everything Loïc says but you can praise the guy for being open and candid, miles away from the same sanitised PR interview we keep seeing again and again.
  • + 7
 The insight he gave about RedBull's coverage having possible affect on course design is really really interesting. We all want gnarly tracks. And we all want the best video coverage we can have. But what if you can't fully have both??? Very interesting.
  • + 17
 @ccolagio: Redbull hard lines was gnarly as f*uck and the track was covered top to bottom! Id rather watch a small gnarly section in the tree's than three shit corners and some jumps!
  • + 4
 @StraightLineJoe: I’d say that is because Hardline is literally built around the camera positions. They also have weeks to set up, whereas they can’t really leave all their camera cables out and about two weeks before a World Cup when people are riding through there.
I’m guessing Red Bull also have a lot more liberty in clearing space for cameras to go. I’d imagine most bike parks wouldn’t be too keen on a landscape having clear pockets cut into it for camera work...
  • + 2
 Yes, and they are all saying it, from Rachel to Sam to Steve.
  • + 1
 Keep shredding - super bruni ???? OI oi Av it
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  • + 4
 Spot on mate. The UCI makes FIFA look progressive! We just want more races, different locations and better tracks. Oh wait, that's the EWS.
  • + 59
 It seems to me that what he needs to work on better is on the mental side of the game, particularly on not paying attention to idiot comments from keyboard warriors like myself.
  • + 30
 If you'd shut up about the barbershop quartet in Skokie, Illinois I'd be happy.
  • + 47
 Mentions spending time with his girl friend and says he gets nervous about approaching girls in bars. Risky game to be playing, Loic!
  • + 6
 IDK, maybe the French do it differently?
  • + 27
 @hamncheez: french lines guys
  • - 8
flag chillrider199 (Jan 23, 2018 at 9:36) (Below Threshold)
 @purplegorillaz: Lines on the toilet seat?
  • + 2
 @chillrider199: You know too much. Goodbye.
  • + 15
 It was an endearing example of insecurity, not an admission of philandering.
  • + 40
 Much respect to Loic, he is one of the best to watch ride. I also have nothing but respect for his opinions as I believe they come from a passion for the sport. We should be glad of our top athletes voicing their opinions or else will may end up with a bland sport like football where players just read off a script and have no personality. Good luck in 2018 super bruni....
  • + 33
 There's people commenting on how a 2x world champion could improve his mental game... hilarious!
  • + 7
 They're just reacting to him saying this is something he's working on. The struggle is real, these guys are humans trying for the pinnacle where in a 3 minute race being 2% off the winning time could leave you out of the top 20. It's more than just riding and bombing, and from his comments it seems Bruni took home some valuable lessons last year, but acknowledges sometimes he's learned lessons and had trouble implementing them consistently going forward. Anyone at the pointy end of the WC field has enormous physical and bike handling gifts, but the guys who park themselves at the top, Vouilloz, Peat, Minaar, Gwin, have a systematic and staid approach and the ability to block out all the faff. Time and maturity will tell if Bruni will be one of those guys, but it's pretty safe to say he'll always be one of the most fun to watch because of his potential and Brosnan like "ride fast, take chances" approach at the races. I actually wonder if this has helped him at World Champs races, because everyone is racing all out to win that day, "checkers or wreckers", and some guys struggle with that aspect, yet he seems to race that way every weekend, so maybe it's just another day ending in y scenario to him. That's what makes it all so interesting!
  • + 19
 He wants so bad to criticize the UCI leech, but he can't, he needs his job. Only 6 races is a year is a big "f..... you from rodies to Mtbrs". MTB needs to free itself from UCI. Urgently. UCI = FIFA = Corruption.
  • + 10
 I agree with Loic that UCI should have more variety in the courses. Not having the same course more than 2 years in a row would be a great start.


I don't know why he's so bent out of shape over 29ers. Riders should ride whatever they want. Loic is 5'9", so not surprising he feels more comfortable on a smaller wheel. Mandating a wheel size would be stupid, especially for larger riders who feel the smaller wheels are awkward.

Good luck in 2018 dude!
  • + 2
 I'm 5'9, does this mean I need to sell my 29ers?
  • + 4
 @mattwragg: We dont' want you to have an unfair advantage against other reviewers. Race bikes were meant to be playful, not go fast!
  • + 1
 @hamncheez: he is more of a photographer than a reviewer.
  • + 9
 He's probably bent out of shape because he feels like bikes are progressing with the trails they are needed for....and if DH is progressing to a 29er...it means the tracks are going in a direction none of the racers nor anyone who is actually good at this sport wants. Pretty simple really.
  • + 3
 @nvranka: But 29ers actually shine in rough conditions, not the smoothed out sections.
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 @dualsuspensiondave: that's what 29ers haters don't understand. It's the kind of crap I hear since the first 29ers appeared on XC WC. They still believe it because it's the same diameter as road bikes I guess, and you wouldn't ride a road bike in the rough of course. But only cause they have skinny tired with 100 psi, no suspension, and their geometry is made to... road bile, unsurprisingly. There's not much to do against dogmas. That's how it is.
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 @mattwragg: Yes, on principle.
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 @EnduroManiac: Do yourself a favour and try a slack angled low BB 26er (if you can find one) You'd be surprised how much fun it is compared to your heavy, slow handling 29er. And not terribly slow either.
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 @headshot: I actually still ride a 26er with a slack angle (65°, fine for you?), the BB ain't so low though, but ok. Yes it's fun, but I enjoyed a few 29ers at least as much (including the one I ordered) because I enjoy the speed I feel (real or not) when riding them. And the handling didn't feel slower at all. But what does your argument have to do with the fact that 29ers actually have an edge on smaller wheels in the rough? That's the fun thing with 29er haters. They don't manage to justify their claim, so they make a new one... And so on and so on. To each his own, you like riding your 26, great for you! I want to move to bigger wheels, that's my story. But for f*ck sake everybody should stop complaining about wheel size! And obviously wheel size DO have different characteristics, so everybody picks his favourit one, and that's it. No need to complain.
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 @EnduroManiac: Good to hear you still have a light nimble wheeled bike in your stable. I recently "upgraded" to a 27.5 with 2.6 tyres. It may just be the bikes geo or set up (i'm still tweaking) but I'm by no means blown away by any aspect of the bigger wheels. They are heavier (despite having fewer spokes) as are the tyres. Compared to my similar geo 26er hardtail, it feels slow steering and in some situations it has been slower on the trail. Just my experience as you have yours. I simply dispute the hype and marketing around bigger wheels whenever I can because I enjoy it. I have some empirical experience to justify my position too. One day I'll test a high end carbon everything 29er enduro bike and maybe that will change my mind, who knows :-)
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 @headshot: If it feels slow, it's because your are still not pushing your limits on this bike, so you cango faster ;-) lets talk in 2 months, I'm pretty sure you'll get used to thant thing and you'll see this from a different perspective. Cheers!
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 @dualsuspensiondave:
But they don't shine when it's tight and twisty. They pull most time on rough straight motorway sections. He's staying he wants tight, turns and rough, I.e.old school courses, 29ers would have less advantage on them so therefore he'd not need to ride one to remain competitive.
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 @StevieJB: He ANYWAY does not need to get a 29er to remain competitive. He's World Champ in title. And he got 1 title in steep and twisty Andorra, and one on fast and slicker Cairns Australia. It just shows again the complain on 29ers is useless and irrelevant.
On top of that, riders on 29ers did about as good in Andorra and Val di Sole than on other tracks. That's for them not shining in the twisty and techy things. OPEN YOUR EYES AND YOUR MIND! 29ers are actually good now.
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 @EnduroManiac: PB account checks out....
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 @EnduroManiac: I didn't say they were not. I'm talking about what he is saying, lots of people have made comment on it and he does in this article they are better for bigger guys and he isn't one. I think he's quite clear, he doesn't enjoy them as much, he doesn't think they suit him as he's not a big guy, he thinks for the guys they suit on certain tracks that he doesn't like so much they will offer an advantage, so he feels if the courses keep getting wider more open higher speed unless he does what he doesn't want to do (also ride a 29er) he maybe disadvantaged. It's perfectly clear in this article that lots of things maybe in his head and not such a real issue, but if he feels that way he feels that way - it's his opinion and own thoughts, being a world champ isn't he allowed an opinion? You obviously love 29ers he doesn't - get over it.
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 @EnduroManiac: So many butt hurt Bruni fans on here! So sensitive about 29ers and Loic, hahaha!
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 @StevieJB: I'm not complaining in the media that I don't wanna be forced to ride 27" bikes. HE has to get over it. I love mountain bikes and my next pick is a 29er, but I'm not making a religion out of it. It's a bike.
I know several guys (and girls) that had no problems riding 29ers. Kathy Winton is not 180cm I believe (so wasn't Tracy Moseley). Ok, it's not a dh bike they ride, only 150mm of travel against 180mm. I still believe Bruni is more than 3cm taller than these ladies.
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 @EnduroManiac: why you people think rider height is the end all as it relates to 29 distaste is beyond me....
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 @nvranka: OMG. Did you read the interview first? He said 29ers are good for the taller guys, not me. And I even less said that's why he dislikes them. I think it's time the conversation if you guys just keep coming with inventions. It's ok if you disagree with me, but don't make me say what I didn't say.
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 @EnduroManiac: Lots of people say rider height is a factor and 29ers are better for taller people. I think its bollocks. A properly designed frame for 26 or 27.5 wheels works for taller people just as well. Perhaps with very short people a bike with big wheels wont fit as well due to constraints in how small you can go with the bigger wheels, but the converse is not true.
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 @headshot: Hum not so sure that's true hasn't all the commentary been saying how now Greg Minnarr has a bike that's scaled to fit him I.e. A 29er now he's happier? So basically saying the smaller wheeled bikes were always a bit of a handicap for him, sure he did great on them, but now he can do even better?
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 @StevieJB: Yes, I was thinking of Greg when i wrote that. He's also on record, when he and Ratboy were still doing really well on the 26er V10, that wheel size wasn't that important. Last year certainly wasn't his best especially towards the end of the season despite having a bike which allegedly fits him better..

My experience is that a nice slack, steep seat angled 26er enduro bike in the correct frame size and with a decent length head tube fitted me, at 188cm, perfectly. How would having bigger wheels make the bike fit me better as a tall person?
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 Pretty emotional guy! He needs some cold blood in his vain in order to stay focused. It seems that comments like this can stress him. Sure he need some Gwin lessons on that!
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flag EnduroManiac (Jan 23, 2018 at 5:26) (Below Threshold)
 Exactly why I doubt he'll be able to claim an overall once. But with time he may get quieter an wiser. Also can't understand this 29er rant. Childish. If the tracks are really too smooth and easy (and I actually agree with him) why doesn't he ask Specialized to provide him with a 26" DH bike instead? I think they even had some with 24" wheels at some point. This may help him?
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 @EnduroManiac: Same reason a lot of them complain about 29ers - it dumbs down the tracks. This on top of the tracks actually being dumbed down, makes them double dumb.
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 I am pretty sure some people on here moan how pros have all got a bit boring and dont speak their mind anymore, or are too serious and dont have enough personality........so you get someone who comes and speaks his mind and doesnt shy away and people say he needs to stop voicing opinions? Which one is it peeps?! Do you want the Warners / Ratboys of the game or Gee and Gwinny?
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 @Thustlewhumber: so explain me why he says he doesn't want tracks where you need a 29er? So he wants less technical tracks to have the chance to run small wheels and still have good sensations? It does not make ANY sense. He could as well give back 20mm of travel front and rear and all of a sudden tracks would feel rougher, or add 15 psi in his tires or whatever. The anti-29er thing is ridiculous, never mind if it's pretty popular over here. Some people are less narrow minded, tried it and were convinced. Ask the GOAT.
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 @EnduroManiac: he is saying that he himself doesn’t want to run 29rs. Bruni doesn’t care if other people are on them, like he says it depends on the size of that person. Minnaar for example should definitely be on a 29r. He basically just wants the tracks to be technical enough that he will have to ride 650 and not a 29 to gain a couple of seconds on the flat boring shit
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 @Thustlewhumber: Yeah. Lets get rid of suspension and have them all race clunkers like the did in Marin way back when. Screw advances in technology.
The whole 29-ers are no fun thing is totally ridiculous with the modern crop of bikes.
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 @Dannydavies9: Your answer does not explain his non-sensical answer. You seem to have the same misunderstanding than he does: 29ers do as well on technical tracks, they are not necessarilly better (in the sense faster, as we're talking racing) on smooth tracks.
Seriously you don't see the paradox? Complaining 29ers will make tracks feel easier (kind of true), complaining the tracks are getting too easy (Lenzerheide, Austria and Cairns and I agree with him), and stating he does not want tracks that would make him ride a 29er? If tracks are getting smoother, the difference in smoothness felt between 27 and 29 will only get smaller! I totally agree with him on tracks evolution: the WC needs more Lourdes, Val d'Isère, Maribor... Now the complain on 29ers is literally off topic and comes out of nowhere. If he wants to hate them, so be it. But he should stop complaining really. I liked Bruni a lot, I remember reaching 180bpm watching the last strait at Cairns World Cup for his first (only?) WC win despite just sitting on a chair (more than I ever reached while biking I think!). But the constant complains in interviews in recent years are quite disappointing. As said, I believe he's right to complain about the tracks in a way, but complaining about Croatia of which he has seen nothing but a poor POV, it's not very smart, and very disrespectful towards people working their ass off to have a WC be run over there. Those people that were certainly stoked to see him in flesh and bones.
Now for those ready to shout: "f*ck UCI, they should make races in Whistler or here or there..." If those places don't apply, they'll never have a chance to organize a WC. Ironically enough, the iconic Whistler indirectly uses the UCI WC fame to show how good it is. How many thousand times have we heard "is that track WC worthy" in a post-run interview?
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 @EnduroManiac: i dunno, I thought the main takeaway from his interview was that he seem to allude that more track were made/chosen to be less gnarly and twisty - as if to highlight/suit the rolling speed of a 29er. Rather than 29er were less capable.

So if the track were more technical
, gnarly, he would be more accommodating to 29er as ride of choice should it show that they were better.

That's what I assume he meant anyways as his answer were not that focussed. But I like his candor, a sport too sanitised becomes too boring.
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 @EnduroManiac: if a track is faster on a 29er it's probably flatter / boring ?
Dirt jump trails are defo not flat - they all run 26 inch and have a great time - I'm pretty sure brandon semenuk runs 26 at rampage and that's definitely not flat !
Now , as for road bikes ,,,,
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 @Sprintmaster: You obviously don't (want to?) understand the concept of roll over. Never mind.
Dirt Jump trails are not flat because of the jumps, but their surface is f*cking manicured and compacted to keep the speed and things rolling easily. You wouldn't feel the smoothness difference between a small and a big wheel on such thing. Now the reasons they use 26: historical, stronger wheels, and less momentum meaning it's easier to move the bike around to make tricks. It's also why some DH bikes are still mounted with 26" wheels for rampage. They need the big suspension, but try not to compromise on trick-ability.
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 He said what he believes and not what some media wanna hear. As anybody else and as a world champion he can express himself . For me he is my favorite racer and I appreciate him more for his honestly
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 He's a pro, but needs a mental training to get him to the next level. You can tell many things about a person from their answers on these interviews. How they mentally see their run. Loic feels he already lost before his run. Be like Gwin, a killer at game time! No tires, no chains, never give up!
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 You can tell many things about a person from their comment on Pinkbike. It feels like you don't know he isn't a native English speaker, or you're voluntarily ignoring it, like if every racer could answer an interview in another language while sounding very mentally trained. If you can read French, check any French interview of Loïc and you will see his answers feel different.
Funny that you're saying he acts like a loser whilst other guys are saying just above he acts like an "arrogant spoiled French kid". Sounds like some people are just here to bash him
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 @drivereight : If you judge by their ITW, you will only assess how good is the community manager of the team and how calibrated thei speech is
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 What I don't get with some riders like Loic is they complain about fast, flat bike park tracks like Leogang that lack the "gnarly" sections then when they get a really "gnarly" section at Ft. William, they whinge about it and demand the organizers flatten it out. If you want to see the real deal about the controversy about Fort William last year, watch Ben Cathro's coverage of the woods section. Yes, a lot of riders were struggling but there were also a few who cleared it (mostly locals).

Don't get me started on the hate of 29ers. LIke what Peaty said: "They weren't whining when we moved to 27.5..."
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 I don't think he was complaining about the woods, more the way it was handled, the fact that the change was no communicated ubiquitously left some riders better informed
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 He wasn’t complaining about how gnarly the woods were at Ft Bill.

He was complaining about last minute changes being made to the track without riders being informed, which is a very valid point. I’m pretty sure Loic bloody Bruni isn’t one to back away from a tough track, the dude is a double world champ including a win at Andorra.

Only ones whining here are the Pinkbike keyboard warriors with opinions they can’t keep to themselves.
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 I respect Loic and I don't like to come on here to post negative opinions about people, but I find it hard to agree with a lot of his comments. I understand that the tracks aren't to everyone's taste, but the level of negativity is a bit offputting. Plus the level of unwarranted hate for 29" wheels is a bit hard to stomach, along with the idea that deliberately making downhill more elitist is a good thing. Complaining that the tracks are the same each year I can get behind a bit, but then going to town ripping the shit out of the Croatian track, he just sounds like a spoiled child. And expecting the organisers to move the entire schedule because of the weather.....that's racing dude, sometimes it shits on you, sometimes it smiles.
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 the bashing on the 29 inch wheels is a bit too much. I don't understand why it is so important. You either ride them or you don't. If not, you ride 27.5 or 26 inch wheels. No big deal.
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 I get what your saying, all good points. He's a pro-athlete and sometimes by their very nature their Pre-Madonna's. Still, it's going to be a great year I think. Let's just hope his luck holds up and we get a great battle at the top, Loic, Gwin, Minaar, Hart........Fingers crossed.
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 I don't agree with Loic on 29ers. But I love when people are speaking their mind, so I'm glad he did. Also we have no fkng business in crticizing him for spaking his mind about his workplace. He doesn't come to my office telling me concrete is bad and steel is real so all of buildings we design are bad. So fair enough, good luck to him in racing, always a pleasure to watch him ride, ultimately this is what I am getting from him, so he may as well say he flushes puppies while he makes his coffee. I don't care, he's damn inspiring nad entertaining.
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 At least he isn't consensual and he's not criticizing only, he suggests ways to improve.
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flag codfather1234 (Jan 23, 2018 at 4:56) (Below Threshold)
 I agree that it's encouraging to hear someone speaking their mind, but the tone and the attitude do not come across well.
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 @WAKIdesigns: I think there is something to be said for a humble and positive public image though, which he lacks. You can look at someone like Minnar, who was also dealt a few bad hands this past season and see why results are not everything. Taking things in stride is something I truly respect.
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 @DARKSTAR63: pardon me but I cannot say anything about a humble and positive public image, it's way out of my expertize and my comfort zone. All i can say is that I don't put much appreciation to calculated enthusiasm. As to Minnaar, I'll stick to the fact that I love his riding style.
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 @WAKIdesigns: I don't know that Minnar's demeanor is "calculated" you don't put up that sort sort of act for that many years. He seems genuine. With that said, this is truly subjective, there is no correct way to act. As far as you, I might suggest that it's an attitude worn better by an internet celebrity than a professional athlete.
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 @WAKIdesigns: in his interview he said “I think I talked to much shit”, I was just curious what your opinion of that is, doesn’t seem possible to me.
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 Got the upmost respect for the guy. He's not afraid to speak out, an that. Gets things changed
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 @codfather1234: The French don't have that media polish that people in the US often seem to be born with (I was amazed in California that everyone seemed to have the potential to be a TV presenter - ok yes, CA is not the US). Also, nuance can be lost when you're talking foreign and vocab is often stripped down to the basics. Then again I can easily see him saying "Leogang c'est vraiment de la merde". The French grump gene is hard to overcome, believe me.
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 @Monstertruckermotherfuker: my opinion is that people talk sht and it's fine. Sometimes it's on camera, sometimes it's not - if he regrets what he said, I don't care. He may as well have punched someone in the face over wheel size argument and wasn't sorry about it. He doesn't influence my life in any sort of negative manner. Most of all I am not sitting here as someone expecting pro riders to suck my balls just because they are celebrities supposedly financed by my money. They have no obligations to me. I also don't take them as some sort of super authority on all things out there just because they are known riders. So quite frankly if someone expects riders to be nice, approachable and eloquently state data checked facts on call, he should get his head checked. It is him being self centered and full of sht not the rider in question.

@BenPea - and so what? Riders ride bikes, if you want eloquent and appropriate expressions, watch Sram video on 28.99. You'll get some tattoos and interesting facial hair opposed to a fricking nerd as a bonus.
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 @WAKIdesigns: good, so we agree.
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 Dude yeah complaining about weather is such BS. Since when are weather predictions accurate 4 days in advance. And If he wants to go faster on bike park tracks he should ride brakeless.
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flag dualsuspensiondave (Jan 23, 2018 at 7:30) (Below Threshold)
 I agree @codfather1234. There is a lot of arrogance and a childish kind of attitude going on with him. This isn't uncommon with French people though, and I wonder how much of it comes from that. It's something that their culture embraces. They do a lot of things differently, but they certainly know how to play more and work less! That's a great thing. I'm also part French, haha. Maybe he is just young, I don't know. It's almost that he is reacting about a wheelsize that he hasn't even ridden, like people were doing on here for years. The comment about making tracks smoother for 29er's was interesting. The 29er's are faster in rougher sections than they are on smooth ground. This makes me think that he doesn't know what he's talking about. He needs a grounded, experienced mentor like his least favorite team has. Greg Minaar has been great for the up and coming Syndicate riders... aside from the drinking!
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 @dualsuspensiondave: oh come on, you'll going to call him childish and arrogant? What is your sample size of his personality and what do you compare it with? Go walk through the pits at the world cup and you'll see that he is on max 5/10 on arrogance scale available in that bunch. If you worry about missing some legends while you are there, don't worry you'll find them. Oooh yes. As to childish behavior within the DH WC circus, whooooh... be careful not to step into poop and some vomit while you are looking for the bottom end. By DH WC Standards as well as your average fast bloke standards, Loic is fine - That's all I am willing to say about him. I'm not surprised Gwin and Hill never partied too hard with the rest of the crew. I stop here, One must be careful which legends one craps on, you know. Angry mob of hormonally unbalanced, emotional fans can get you.

Bikes are fun! Cheers!
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 @WAKIdesigns: if you think wc riders are arrogant, just look at American supercross racers... @dualsuspensiondave It isn't uncommon that American people use the word arrogant wrong; lack of vocabulary is something that their culture embraces. Oops
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 @WAKIdesigns: Absolutely, he is being arrogant and childish. I'm comparing him to professionals, athletes and people in general that I have met all over the world. Only one EWS racer acted that way when I met and rode with him. But yea, I expected to be down propped here for that comment. People look past that stuff when they are infatuated with a certain person. Angry, emotional fans engage!
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 Everyone needs to chill. Loic wasn't whining about the Fort Bill section, he was ASKED ABOUT IT in the interview, and responded! He didn't complain about the section being too muddy or dangerous, he complained that they changed the track by removing a stump without telling any of the riders! For those that say Bruni is a complainer, try giving a nuanced critique of a complex issue in a foreign language. Cut the guy some slack.
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 Bruni should step up his game and run 29+ PLUS tires just to watch the Pinkbike comment section explode. I bet you all would have VERY different opinion on wheel size then.
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 Lol I support Loic, and I'm not really even a fan... - tracks are going to shit - fuck wagon wheels - DH should be elite He's just one of the few willing to be candid. Sure, his candor isn't polished...but who gives a fuck
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 @zede: Arrogant = Having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities. Yep, exactly what I meant. If you would have said, "It isn't uncommon for Americans to be obese.. or to drive in the left lane when they shouldn't", then you would have been accurate.
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 @dualsuspensiondave: well I met the DH WC circus on three occasions and I reiterate, Loic doesn’t even come to half of what is available in that bunch so if you call him childish and arrogant, you must have some tough words left in your gun in order to be fair with them. Retard, arrogant prick, fkng ahole, redneck? Then you’d have to have some really good words reserved to the good people. Eros, legend, Jesus, professor etc. I tend to stay away from extremes because they sway between you sucking a dong and parking a shoe deep in someones butt while sane center zone is easy to miss
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 @Homer-J: Pre-Madonna. is that before the singer's first album or before the mother of jesus?
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 @dualsuspensiondave: I don't get your rant with Loic. I met the guy through work and he is by far one of the nicest bloke on the circus!

He's available and kind with the kids, easy to talk to if you're an average Joe. Yet he still is a young adult in his 20s. The way he talks shit about the 29er is to his disadvantage but don't forget he is a kid. And a kid that does not take himself too seriously. No wonder why people making a living out of DH racing hold him in high esteem. He's not perfect but he deserves some credits.

Since you talked about Minaar, let me tell you a story about the guy. I came across Minaar and few friends of his in the mid 2000s. We were in the Alps in France, and the only thing Minaar and his friends ,such as Rachel Atherton, did was to make fun of people riding their bike.

So maybe Loic ain't perfect, but at least he ain't a duche or he knows with whom he can act as one.
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 @Euskafreez: Not sure what you're talking about, there was no rant. It doesn't bother me one way or another, I don't idolize people. Most of the racers are in their 20's, just like he is and I don't see them complaining about everything. He's a great athlete on the bike, that's for sure. Just every time I've seen him talk about things, it's mainly been complaints and he comes across as arrogant to me. Who knows, that could also be a sign of passion and just not knowing how to turn that off. That said, I haven't met him in person and that could definitely change my opinion about him. Just from what I've seen, I don't care for the personality that has been portrayed.

With Minaar, I know a couple of his teammates, other Santa Cruz athletes and have heard about him second hand. He knows how to party, that's for sure. The only thing that I've seen from his interviews is being humble, and very collected. That's what makes someone a professional. He seems to be good for the young guys on Syndicate in leading them to be professionals, and develop mentally. To be fair, Luca had a pretty good head on his shoulders well before his success. I'm sure that we would all change our views on popular people if we spent time with them. Your experience with him does suck though, and I would probably feel the same way about him, had I experienced that. I got that impression from Rachel Atherton. I've never cared much for her or Gee's persona. Dan seems to be the grounded one of the group.
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 Who gives a f*ck? It’s not like any of them is seeing your daughter or just bought a house/ flat next to you. I just don’t see the point in looking at people in negative way. I don’t suck their balls either.
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 @Homer-J:


Pre-Madonna, she was Madonna Louise Ciccone
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 @dualsuspensiondave: so how is he arrogant? Because he is answering the questions he is asked ? Because he is giving his opinion about an issue while he is asked to do so ? Because he is only two times world champ ? You could say he is closeminded because he doesn't want 29 inch wheels, you could say he shouldn't judge on video the Croatian track, but none of these point reflects arrogance.
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 @zede: For example: He was all upset about 29ers, and was saying that he was at a disadvantage by other riders running them even though they were tall riders and he is short. He's arrogant to insue that he was being beaten because of the wheel size, rather than the other riders being faster on that day. If anything, one could argue that a person 6' tall or taller is at a disadvantage by running a 27.5" wheel opposed to a 29" wheel. We've well established that the wheel size depends on the size of the rider. It's more about what makes individuals more comfortable with bike fitment. The EWS results show this. Greg Minaar on a 27.5" bike is like a grown adult on a BMX bike in comparison. He doesn't reflect on what he could do different, he focuses on what is out of his control. That's ego driven and as a result, arrogance.
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 @dualsuspensiondave: so you will call someone childish and arrogant over a wheelsize? Huh that’s like the darkest and dumbest places of my own mind. It’s not good to be there, trust me. We had some arguments within our pen pal group be it carbon or tyre pressure or poc or whatever and nobody went into resentment over another person Wink
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 @zacrutt: bullshit, the weather is a hateful ruiner of all that is good and can f*ck right off. It deserves everything it gets.
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 @WAKIdesigns: No I wouldn't, nor did I. Has nothing to do with the wheelsize itself, it's his childish and arrogant reaction. Come on man, you're smarter than that. I could care less what wheelsize anyone is running. I sure as hell know that when I lose every race, it has nothing to do with a wheelsize.
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 @dualsuspensiondave: nah all I mean is that we all act childish and arrogant sometimes and I bet Minnaar does too. So I wouldn’t cross him out like that especially considering the amount of Chimps on the circuit. Not everyone gets caught on tape though. Whatever, nice to talk to you again man Wink cheers!
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 @WAKIdesigns: We can definitely agree on that man. I obviously do the same thing at times. Cheers!
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 Thanks for you your honesty here. Well done. Way to drop the mic. I completely agree with some of your points. (now take deep breath, this will be an easy read)

Loic poses an interesting perspective that the wheels are matching the track and it also seems to imply that smaller wheels are better for steeper gnarly tracks. Nobody is talking about 26" wheels here because let's face it, they are slower in every case. But if small or young riders, like Loic, having to ride 29" wheels to be competitive might be starting to take the fun out of sport and maybe even excluding people. Just like skin suits. Have you seen Sam Hill's recent interview? Sam is a good example of how not to be an "elitist spoiled child" about it as well. Also, doesn't road racing and other forms of cycling have wheel size regulations? So it might not be that bad of an idea in theory. I also get that 29er's also might be simply "invitation" or just more appropriate for tall riders like Minnaar. It's a tough problem that may never get solved. But perhaps young or short riders on 650b bikes will always have a sight advantage on race days where the track is super steep and the opposite for speedway tracks that reward fitness over skill. But Loic did win on 650b and he should be proud, he deserves it. But it also proves that it's down to the racer to have the goods, regardless of the bike. That's pretty cool. Now if only the UCI would finally start listening to the riders rather than TV producers and return tracks to what the should be, regardless of weather.
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 @DARKSTAR63: For Loic to present a humble and positive public image would be a fabrication. I would rather see the real honest side of him, then let people take it or leave it personally.
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 @sourmix: that's what I meant. I can't fkng put one sentence together...
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 @sourmix: I never said he should't present his true self. He absolutely should. I was only speaking to the benefits of such an attitude. I don't have an issue with Loic at all.
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 @sourmix: Interested how one of the most friendly, popular and down-to-earth guys on the circuit has turned into this hateful ego beast in the space of a few PB comments. Enough of this bollocks.
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 I'm going to defend redbull (a little bit). They want money. Their model of making money is to increase viewership. They think that faster, more wide open tracks are easier to film and therefore draw an audience to. We all know what its like to ride an insanely steep and rough section of trail, one that we barely survived, then look at our gopro footage and get frustrated because on camera it doesn't look that intense. Its hard to get a viewer to understand how truly intense certain lines are in the middle sections at Val di Solei, but man someone whos just tuning in for the first time can see the intensity and speed of the long jump and infamous turns a the bottom!

TL;DR : Redbull thinks that open, faster tracks will attract more new viewers, and they kinda spend millions of dollars researching this stuff and might know what they're talking about. More views = more $$ = better paid athletes.
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 @hamncheez: follow the money, let the market decide!

BTW, they are clearing more and more woods at Val Di Sole - so just keep going and cut more of those trees down! Oh but MTB is ruining nature bladi bla. Nobody whines on skiing pistas and they are fkng huge! The bottom line is: DH racing will limit trail access. Vote with your dollars, don't buy redbull, drink water. organic non GMO water.
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 @WAKIdesigns: That's a gaping sar-chasm right there. Watch your step kids!
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 @Euskafreez: I was stood at the bottom of Leogang this year in practice and there was a group of about 7 teenagers stopping and asking all their heros to stop and let them take a pic. They were doing the whole crowd round big selfie stick take a pic and move away with loads of thanks, good stuff that makes for a great atmosphere. Loris, Loic, Brosnan a few other all big laughs stopped & made the guys days - Greg came along they approached him and he just said No and pushed past them.
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 @StevieJB: you can find examples of this with *almost* any pro...
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 @StevieJB: I’d give Greg a benefit of doubt. Hanging out with fans is a big part of their job, but so is posing for photographer shooting content for instagram, twitter, facebook and preparing for a race run. I wasn’t there but you don’t know if he hasn’t spoken to other blokes up the hill or even more during the whole event. Troy is a genuinely nice dude but maybe he avoided some fans few hours later. Those guys are not our waiters/ party clowns. It’s every human beings responsibility to measure whether certain occasion is a good time to approach another human being. It’s a social skill
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 @hamncheez: There’s also been some News about Silicon Valley microdosing psylocybin and LSD. Possibly some of them lost track and take more than microdoses and it enhances their will to commune with nature.
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 @Homer-J: it's prima donna
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 @StevieJB:

Some said that because Bruni is french he is arrogant, unlike Greg Minnaar. Well since someone brought Minnaar I had to talk about my experience. Don't get me wrong lads, our sport do need people li;e Greg. But bashing Loic Bruni only because he's french is funny ... at best. They could be very different from each other, Gracia was no Vouilloz like Vergier is no Bruni.

What I like about Bruni is that he remembers what it's like to be a kid asking for his heroes to stop. He was that kid not so long ago.

Though, if I put myself in Greg's shoes, I could understand that on a race weekend he wants to focus and have his share of Champagne.
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 I am always hoping for Loic to do well. He is one of my favorite racers. I hope he doesn't listen to the haters & does things his style, it should work out for him. He is such a good representative for the sport of downhill.
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 Super interview, vraiment intéressante ! Si jamais tu lis ça, j'espère que tu vas le remporter cet overall, et avec d'autres podiums remplit de frenchies ! Encore bien joué pour Cairns, envoie du steak mec, bon courage !!
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 Guys, it'd be really cool if you could record these interviews and publish them with the article like a podcast
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 At the end of the day he is spot on ,We do need to get back to the business of racing on proper old school style tracks ,let them ride the bike parks on their weekends off
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 riiiiiight... just like Danny Hart, and Troy Brosnan, etc etc Minnaar and Gwin are in an entirely different league. Good luck to all the one hit wonders!
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 One of the smoothest riders on the track. 2x World Champ. F A S T.

Loic, you are right. Calm focus. Don’t talk so much. Let your riding do the talking. Don’t worry what others are riding or saying. Your skill and speed will shine through even brighter.
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 "trails that don’t necessitate 29ers" Trails don´t, riders do. It´s always funny when someone complains about "there should be restriction to be fair" Well, to be fair, you would all be pushed to ride the same bike
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 Trained with Tomac, no wonder he glides down the mountains! IMO Bruni is the smoothest rider ATM, he makes it seem effortless.
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 This dude makes me want to buy a 29er. Why all the hate man? You got the rainbow and you still sound obsessed with the Syndicate's bigger wheels.
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 Very well said and I hope the UCI listens to some of his suggestions. I have always liked him, hell of a rider and I wish him the best for 2018! Now, I need some SuperBruni gear!
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 I think he's pretty much bang on !
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 Bring back Champery, Schladming and Les Gets!
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 If 2017 proved anything, it's that wheel size does not win races, get over your 29 er rants.
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 Loic, smash it this year. You are one of the most exciting riders to watch. The places you make time just makes me pumped about riding my bike. #superbruni2018
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 I'm finding that with every interview I read now with top riders I'm hearing their voice in my head.
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 Did anyone read this whole thing out in loics voice ????
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 SUPER BRUNI IS BACK!!!!. stay Loic.
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 Such a nice and honest guy
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 I, i follow, i follow you in the mountains, i follow you!
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 Teaglebone gets another check mark next to rainbow stripes. #trainer
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 Bring back the skin-suit!
#mooseknuckle
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 Bon Chance, Loic!!
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 Massive best of luck this season.
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 All good to you Loic!!!
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 One wheel size per catagory
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 One frame size per category Wink
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 Ya what a head game figuring out all this wheel size debacle for these guys...
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