Irmo Keizer photographed Katerina Nash's 95-millimeter-travel Orbea Oiz in the pits at Nove Mestro. We were told that the geometry was updated for 2017, presumably to tackle the increasingly technical courses that have given rise to the popularity of XC racing and seen a number of podium hopefuls switch from spindly hardtails to dual-suspension race bikes. The relatively short stem and more conventional looking profile supports that assumption. Nash's Oiz is outfitted with 27.5 inch wheels, a one-by-eleven Shimano XTR Di2 transmission, and an electronically controlled Fox iRD shock and Float 32 Step Cast fork. Nash uses separate remotes for her suspension and transmission - leaving us to question whether Shimano has abandoned its plans to
integrate its Di2 remote system with second-party component makers like Fox. The Oiz looks very clean, largely because its pivotless rear triangle, internal wiring, and tucked-in top-tube-mounted shock mask its technology so well.