Fresh out of the Juniors and already making waves in the Elite category, Laurie Greenland is a rider set to make a significant impact in the sports upper echelon with many regarding him as the 'next big thing' - we happen to agree! We caught up with Laurie during the off-season
and with his move from Trek to Mondraker, we talked a lot about bike set-up. With the thumbs up from the man himself, we pinned down his mechanic, Chaz Curry
, to find out more about how he sets up Laurie's bike for the punishing demands of World Cup racing...
Chaz cuts Laurie's preferred grips - Renthal's soft compound push-on grips - down to just the right width for his hand size before gluing them to the bars. He then wires the grips to help secure them in place. A lot of riders who run push-on grips over lock-ons, opt for two to three runs of wire, but Laurie is uber sensitive to anything untoward on his controls and says that he can feel the wire if it's applied to anywhere other than to the inside of the flange.
|We run a standard three-cross spoke pattern on the rear wheel and a two-cross lacing pattern on the front. We lace the front wheel two cross because it's more compliant and because there's more lines of symmetry in a three cross wheel, especially on a 32-hole rim, which makes for a really strong wheel. It also helps with the transferral of power and braking. Laurie also turns a lot on his back wheel so it pays to have a really strong rear wheel. Running two cross on the front wheel, we save 10mm on each spoke which helps save additional weight while also allowing the wheel to flex and "give more". Being less rigid, the front wheels holds the corner better too. - Laurie's mechanic, Chaz Curry.|
Laurie runs a 50mm Renthal Integra stem with a 10mm rise and 30mm rise FatBar carbon bars, but bar width... that's a closely guarded secret, but I'd guess from feel alone that they're somewhere between 760 and 770mm wide. The number board is a custom carbon number made by one of Chaz's friends in Norway.
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