Four-time Olympian, Manuel Fumic, from Germany has made a number of changes to his Scalpel Si from last year. The major difference is a switch from SRAM products to Shimano. His carbon framed bike being lathered with XTR, Stages, Enve and Schwalbe tires.
Fumic uses a Stage's power meter and a heads-up display on the stem to keep his watts in check. His Lefty even has a carbon steerer with the preload/top cap removed for maximum lightness.
One of the best PB comments I ever read said "two crowns beat two legs any day of the week"
The handlebar is kept clean with a combined brake lever and shifter mount.
Shimano IceTec brake pads provide some extra cooling in the African heat.
Fumic uses Enve M50 rims and their 'Protective Rim Strip' to save the Schwalbe Thunder Burt being pinched between a rock and a carbon place.
ESI foam grips are one of the XC racers favorite, Manuel uses them in conjunction with an Enve bar. He also uses the under-bar hydraulic lockout lever to control the Lefty.
That's a big chainring, probably a 38t for laying down the braaappp-horsepower.
No Di2 here, Fumic keeps it old-school with a cable actuated derailleur.
A carbon rocker on the Scalpel-SI.
Spotted on various SRAM athletes bikes this week was an all-new grip shift style lockout lever. The clean design uses a rotating grip that the rider turns back towards themselves to actuate. To disengage, the pilot simply needs to press the 'RockShox' logo'd button to release the lockout. Simple and clean, I like it, hopefully, this will become available for all Deluxe shocks soon.
The slim and clean design allows riders to easily mount the lockout lever and a Reverb 1X under-bar remote.
This Trek Top Fuel is running a new rocker link to accommodate the metric-sized Trunnion mounted shock and lockout.
Annie Last had her breakout year in 2017 taking her first World Cup win in Lenzerheide. She has moved on from the OMX/Silverback team to ride for BH/SRSuntour. Unfortunately, she couldn't repeat last years win in the opening round of 2018, but the 28-year-old finished a respectable 12th, not bad considering nearly every aspect of her bike is different to last year.
At 168cm tall, Annie rides a medium sized Lynx Race carbon frame. She spent some time testing with SR Suntour during the UK winter in snowy conditions, the exact opposite of Stellenbosch, yet she feels they have already found a comfortable and predictable setup that is still efficient when putting down the power. 75psi front and 150psi in the rear suspension, with a chunky dual lockout lever on the handlebar.
Magura's brakes are also new to Annie who chooses the MT8 Raceline's with Storm SL.2 160mmm rotors. 'Dat lock out lever though...
Mavic wheels and Michelin tires are an all-new combination too: a Jet 2.1" rear and 2.25" front with 1.2 bar pressure. Annie says one of the toughest changes from a British team to a French team was swapping between psi to bar in rider-to-mechanic chats.
A Prologo Dimension saddle from Italy is the perch of choice.
Annie runs a SRAM Eagle derailleur and cassette, a KMC chain, Rotor cranks with a round ring and Time pedals for relaying the power.