All of the teams have now unveiled their riders' specially painted World Champs bikes and kits. It seemed like this year, more than ever, there was a competition within a competition for the most elaborate themes and paint finishes. Some bikes were decorated with a national pride treatment, full of the rider's country colors, while others have been given a more personal touch or even a nostalgic race car replica build.
Emilie Siegenthaler's Pivot Phoenix 29
A burning hot candy red finish with orange accents.
Val di Sole is just a few mountain passes away from her home country.Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10 29
That carbon weave up close.
There's almost a stem spacer for every medal performance.Angel Suarez's Commencal Supreme Prototype
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From front to back, a lot of time went into this paint work - pin striping over a fade.Thibault Daprela's Commencal Supreme Prototype
Pulling out all the stops with the addition of a floating brake arm - Commencal isn't afraid to toy with experimentation, even at World Champs.
The commenters will say it's impossible to ride a bike with that many bolts, but I bet Thibault's first split is green come race day.Finn Illes' Specialized Demo Race
I'm getting some frozen ice, pond hockey Canadiana vibes with this paint scheme.
Friends to remember and rules to live by - "Don't be an idiot and just ride your bike."Bernard Kerr's Pivot Phoenix 29
Bernard Kerr's Ferrari F40 race car inspired Pivot Phoenix.
Full gas for World ChampsLoic Bruni's Specialized Demo Race
Bruni moves up to a big 220 mm floating front rotor this weekend.
Shiny paint and a custom linkage.
"The Black Snake" symbolizes the track here in Val Di Sole, known for its huge roots that lurk beneath the duff.Charlie Hatton's Atherton DH bike
The O-Chain system should dissipate some pedal kickback down this brutal course.David Trummer's YT Tues 29
Matte, earth tone paint, oil slick bolts, and a splash of orange.
There are lots of bikes with extra chainslap protection this weekend for this pinball style track.