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.
One of the best PB comments I ever read said "two crowns beat two legs any day of the week"
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.
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.
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.