10 Pro Bikes From the NZ Enduro

Mar 10, 2019
by Kike Abelleira  
Ines Thoma's Canyon Strive

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Ines combo of sandals and socks helped her to find the kiwi flow at the Marlborough trails.


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Ines choses a 40mm stem and 760mm bars, down from 770mm last year.


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New frame decoration and the new Lyrik Ultimate.


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Dimitri Tordo's Canyon Strive

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Another winning Canyon Strive.


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French inspiration for Dimitri's new frame design.


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Dimitri choses a 40mm stem and 740mm bars.


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Mechanics are a big part of a riders performance at the races. Heres to Dimitri's wrench partner.


Martin Maes' GT Force Pro 29er

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Mix them up.


Martin has been testing the 29'' wheels on his new Force frame over the winter and at the moment he's running a 29'' front wheel and a 27.5'' rear wheel combo. The cockpit sports a 50mm stem with 780mm bars.


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The new Shimano hubs.


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Custom Hope seat collars for the GT Factory Team. The team has Race Face as sponsor for stems and handlebars.


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Steve Peat's Santa Cruz Hightower

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#AllTheLads. If you know you know.


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The Rat bar in all its 800mm greatness.


Iago Garay's Santa Cruz Hightower LT CC

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At the moment Iago is riding the same bike he used last season. We'll see if he has a new frame color for EWS Rotorua.


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The Santa Cruz-Sram team with WTB-Santa Cruz saddles this year.


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New Rock Shox Lyrik Ultimate. There might be something else here than just new stickers.


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Dyedbro in protecting duties. The crank protectors have served for seven months so far.

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We spotted this Sram rear derailleur without a model logo. Iago didn't tell us more information on this matter.


Caro Gehrig's Norco

Swiss inspired new color for the Gehrig twins Ranges this season.


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Magura and Deity on the controls.


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Praxis cranks to keep up the eclectic build. This Swiss dropper post from Yep components delivers 180mm.


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New Deity Skywire bars, 800mm and 15mm rise. More Swiss design with the DT Swiss fork up front.


Christian Textor's Bulls

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Christian is doing the full EWS calendar this season.


He's working with Bulls to develop a new enduro bike that will feature a bit more travel and revised geometry.


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A 50mm Gravity stem and 770mm bars with 25mm rise.


Ella Conolly's Cannondale Jekyll 29er

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Fabric with both grips and saddle.


Conor MacFarlane's Intense Carbine

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Pretty much the same sponsors on his trail bike as his freeride vessel.



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Jamie Nicholl's Santa Cruz Bronson CC

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All the orange bits for this Bronson with Hope providing the bling.


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Previously:
Day 1 Photo Epic - NZ Enduro 2019
Day 2 Photo Epic - NZ Enduro 2019
Day 3 Photo Epic - NZ enduro 2019
Final Results - NZ Enduro 2019
5 Privateer Bikes From the NZ Enduro
9 Wet Weather Tire Combos From the NZ Enduro
Round Up: EWS Carrying Solutions From the NZ Enduro



Mentions: @kabelleira





120 Comments

  • + 41
 Install a vorsprung luftkappe..into your "old" lyric and save a1000$..trust me..could probably even buy those shiny new stickers too????
  • + 10
 Wise decision
  • + 18
 That red paint job though...
But seriously, I've got a Luftkappe in my Yari and it's about the best suspension upgrade you can get in terms of money to performance ratio I reckon (well, if you install it yourself).
  • + 10
 basically put anything into an older fork and it'll be more tuned for you and ride better than anything new from the factory. Have an AVY set up in my 36 right now and its the most incredible Ive ever felt a fork
  • + 4
 @Blue76: Does the debonair air shaft upgrade do the same as a luftkappe? I’ve done my Lyriks with the upgraded shaft and it’s very cheap and easy.
  • + 4
 @StevieJB: Yes, it does.
  • + 3
 @StevieJB: look in to the diaz runt. i did the air shaft upgrade first. the runt seems to help with the shit mid stroke support from the lyrik. as in stops them diving.
  • + 1
 @StevieJB: no it does not
  • + 1
 Wonder if Ultimate goes to IFP.
  • + 1
 @rmt: Closer a to a Luftkappe, but not quite the same. Luftkappe has a way bigger negative volume than Debonair.
  • + 3
 Yep, I agree. The Luftkappe was the best upgrade I have used in a long time. Installed it on my Pike a couple months ago. Still haven't fully tested it and set it up because of the winter but just on a few rides I can tell it is much plusher. Better small bump compliance and still has good top end support.
  • + 1
 @Mntneer: I ask because from the photos of the luftkappe I’ve seen and swapping the shaft out of my Lyrik they do look quite different, what also surprised me is how similar the debonair shaft is to the regular one. Side by side the debonair is simpler, less parts after the seal head but I can’t see that those parts take up much volume.
  • + 2
 You can get a DebilAir™ shaft for under 50€ which doesn't increase the pos volume, meaning it's not overly progressive. As for the Ultimate, that means a better damper, probably like the Grip damper. More neg volume is possible, but it's not the main focus.
  • + 1
 @Pavel-Repak: The main difference to Solo Air is that Debonair uses the inside of the shaft to increase negative volume. Basically a just a hole at the top of the shaft. Also updated seals to decrease friction. Luftkappe steals some volume from the positive side to negative.
  • + 28
 Pinkbike be trolling NZers... INES IS WEARING JANDALS, NOT SANDALS!!
  • + 1
 I mean. She’s wearing thongs. But ok.
  • + 8
 @tibbman101: Nah, I could argue flip flops, but it's NZ. Definitely jandals. One thing we can all agree on, them ain't sandals.
  • + 5
 I finally learnt the other day the origin of that odd name.

Something to do with a tour by a Japanese swim team many moons ago and someone locally was super impressed with the 'Japanese Sandals' the team wore at the pool. Copied the design and 'Japanese Sandals' became 'Jandals'.

Please explain 'trundle cart' (shopping trolley) and 'chilly bin' (esky / cooler).

Thanks

Australia.
  • + 7
 @darkmuncan:

Trundle Cart!? Literally never heard that phrase before; think some dirty dingo's pulling ya' leg there, mate!

Chilly Bin: A bin which keeps things (beer or fresh fish only) nice and chilly in the extreme heat of NZ (24-26 degrees Celsius). Esky's just a brand name isn't it?
  • + 1
 @kit-nz: Eskimo, isn't it?
  • + 7
 it's "chully bun" anyway, like "fush and chups".
  • + 2
 My bad! I buy you that, next weeks I'm wearing jandals
  • + 2
 @darkmuncan: If you mix "trundle cart" with "shopping trolley" you end up with "shopping cart" (also what it's actually called).
  • + 2
 @kabelleira: look, it's a sensitive time for jandals in NZ as Autumn rolls toward winter and the social contract dictates I no longer wear the most comfortable footwear in history in public spaces...
  • + 1
 @kit-nz: Talking about Crocs.... obviously.
  • + 15
 29/27.5 makes soooo much sense, about time the UCI change that stupid rule the had
  • - 57
flag lognar (Mar 10, 2019 at 9:47) (Below Threshold)
 i can't tell what your comment is getting at, because, grammar. but the rule has been changed to allow mixed wheel sizes this season.

also, does it really make sense? or will the different wheel sizes with different centrifugal forces mess with cornering?
  • + 15
 They’re not rotating in different directions, so what difference do you imagine it would make?! By that same logic, running different rotors or tires front/rear would “mess with cornering.” Motorcycles run different front/diameters and widths with no issue. I don’t mean to come at you, but come on. Think it through. @lognar:
  • - 1
 *front/rear diameters...
  • - 12
flag shedsidechuck (Mar 10, 2019 at 10:45) (Below Threshold)
 @lognar: it looks like Maes has a larger chainring fitted...could need the smaller 26" r.wheel for any steeper climbing sections during transitions. just a guess.
  • + 4
 @lognar: Interested to hear an elaboration about "different centrifugal forces" messing with cornering.
  • + 17
 @JasperNZ: the basics are that if you hold a spinning 29" wheel vertical and flip it side to side like during quick cornering and do the same with a smaller wheel, the smaller wheel is going to change directions much quicker. I would imagine the front of the bike transitioning more slowly than the rear. I could imagine this could make the bike not behave consistently through different types of turns. I could be completely off base on this.

on VitalMTB sspomer had mentioned that trek had scrapped its mixed wheels projects because of inconsistencies in handling. Hard to say if this was result of older bikes with incorrect geo to be setup with mismatched wheels.

I was more posing a rhetorical question to prompt a discussion of physics, not garner the angry mobs of downvoters. but oh well.

Time will tell if teams start showing up to WCDH with mixed wheel types.
  • + 2
 @plan4: pick wheel size(s), and be a dick about it. strong work.
  • + 1
 I used to run my Mondraker Crafty like this and honestly I couldn't tell that I had different wheel sizes.

In theory different wheel sizes help you accelerate better but also maintain the rollover of 29ers plus they are supposed to make the bike corner better due to different wheel paths. Personally I did it in order to slacken the head angle but it worked really well overall.

Do I think that this is the future? Not really since I prefer a full 29er better.
  • + 4
 I rode a Trek 69er single speed for a few years. While I wasn't doing whips, the biggest issue with handling it had was the 120mm stem. I dropped it to a 40mm with 787 bars and it handled great after that.
  • + 7
 @lognar: I hate to be that nerd, but technically centrifugal force doesn't exist; a more accurate term would be angular momentum, or rotational inertia. But yes the point stands that smaller = more nimble Smile
  • + 2
 @mtbikeaddict: out of curiosity, where are you getting that from?
  • + 2
 @lognar: the amount of force vs the strength and weight of a 100lb+ person is negligible, c'mon. Gibberish.
  • + 1
 What I've heard about motorcycles is that the back tyre is thicker because it has to be in order to put the power down. That's why the tyres are the same size on 125s. It's better for handling if they are the same, I believe
  • + 2
 @stiingya: My physics classes I took. Also can be verified by a quick Google. Smile
  • + 3
 @mtbikeaddict: That's the thing, memory and a quick google search didn't seem to agree with what you said. (and I remember the "left turn"/ "right force" example I was taught) But further searching shows opinions/instruction varies and it's somewhat of a tomayto, tomahto kind of thing depending on how you look at or describe the event. Also apparently because it's not one of the big 4, a lot of ppl just don't like using the term C-force.

It's funny, human knowledge expands and changes so much. But something that basic you just take for granted that it is what it is. Until it isn't anymore! Smile
  • + 1
 @stiingya: Ah. Yeah... physics is... weird. That one in particular is iffy... I was being excessively nerdy/nitpicky... my bad. Big Grin
  • + 11
 740 mm bars!?!? Not cool man, I was convinced I needed 840s!!
  • + 9
 So much tease. So much embargo. So much PR
  • + 6
 Where is the new SC long travel 29er.....
  • + 5
 @Rabbuit: SC had a new bike in Nelson last week for media.
  • + 1
 @Rabbuit: March 19th is word on the street...
  • + 5
 I'm curious about Steve Peat's choice of tires. From all the reviews I've read the Assguy is super grippy but slow rolling. So maybe good as a front tire in Endure but as the back?
  • + 52
 He needs them to slow down to a reasonable speed
  • + 1
 YESSS
  • + 0
 He hasn´t even bottered to replace the seat clamp with a bold... He might not be fit yet comming from the winter and just come to have fun and to have good riding time.
  • + 6
 @Tmackstab: Judging by his single pot brakes, I don't think ol' Peaty is too worried about slowing down.
  • + 1
 Cuz mud
  • + 1
 Assguy...Have we stopped laughing at this now, coz I still find it a little bit funny.
  • - 6
flag loopie (Mar 10, 2019 at 12:47) (Below Threshold)
 @Scottybike36: Still funny. But imagine if anyone over here mispronounced a Native American/Canadian name these days....there'd be rioting in the streets...hahaha
  • + 1
 They also appear to be two different sizes or compounds judging by the different tire patches
  • + 1
 @Scottybike36: this is why they changed the name, "to celebrate Kiwi support" (which was a silly move since now they get no sales on these in Australia...)
  • + 1
 They work decent in wet/mood. It self clean reasonable well for what it is. IMO is the best tire overall I ever put in a bike,almost a perfect choice for front tire.
  • + 2
 @BWildProductions: casing is the only difference, DH rear, Double Down front.
  • + 6
 Why doesn't Schwalbe release that Nobby Nic SuperGravity tire seen on Maes' bike to the public? Doesn't understand that at all.
  • + 2
 I also don't understand why they even exist. Judging from the orange label, these are soft compound Nobby Nics, so basically Hans Dampfs. Which you can already buy. What is actually missing from the lineup is a hard compound super gravity tire.
  • + 0
 Maybe they last too long, compared too the paper thin versions?
  • + 2
 Yes, @schwalbe NOBBY NIC SUPER GRAVITY 2,35!!!
  • + 5
 When Privateers have better bikes than pros... I thought this possible only in Switzerland and Norway
  • - 1
 Since 'dentist' quite common that is not strange, on average people tend to invest a lot into their 'piece of art'
  • + 7
 To be honest I dont enve some of the pro setups, its nice being able to pick an choose.
  • + 1
 Bike set up question: i have noticed that a lot of pro EWS riders run their stems slammed. I have found that when I do that my bars feel to far below or under me. Is the decision to run your stem slammed purely a performace thing as a lot of brands have lower stack heights or is it a comfort thing? Maybe a combo? Can anybody who actually has experience innthis area comment?
  • + 1
 They compensate with riser bars. The reason to do this is so you can increase the stack height for super steep stages.
  • + 4
 Maes looks fit...like ...fit. Changing my fantasy picks now.
  • + 1
 You mean you didn't already have him? SMH tsk tsk Big Grin
  • + 2
 That dogshit catastrophe of a seat post actuator/suspension control on the canyon is about the worst thing I’ve ever seen on a bicycle.
  • + 4
 Last Bronson looks so rad
  • + 2
 Really wanting one of those but have been bouncing around the idea of maybe getting one of the new Revel bikes. Not sure about taking that gamble yet though
  • + 1
 @dro-cfr:living in the US, take it.. something bad happens you can send it back, and get warranty. hahah. report back to all living abroad..I might replace a Canfield balance with one of those Revels...
  • + 0
 That's my thoughts as a Canfield has probably been my favorite bike I've ever rode out of the last dozen @Lagr1980:
  • + 3
 @dro-cfr: given the assumption that revel bikes uses Canfield suspension it is more hit, rather than miss! Also GG looks rad
  • + 0
 With a 150mm front 29er fork, the Force gets slacker head tube and seat tube angles. But also gets a shorter reach and longer wheelbase. He would probably mitigate this using a longer stem and possibly a reduced offset (or maybe not so stem lengths and offset are matchy matchy).

The Force and the Sensor probably have the same front triangle, btw.
  • + 1
 Just scooting the seat forward and rotating the bars was enough for my mix wheel set up.

An angelset would just about get his geo back to normal though?
  • + 2
 @stiingya: It's a typo, it was supposed to say "and possiblly a reduced offset fork..."
  • + 2
 Jezz!! That's a lot of 29er!!! Am I doing a mistake by shopping for a 27.5?
  • + 1
 Why most riders use X01 groupset instead of XX1 is it more suitable for enduro? Juste wondering.
  • + 0
 X01 is a bit heavier than XX1, but more durable. Therefore better suited for enduro. XX1 is more XC orientated.
  • + 2
 Interesting to see many riding "dry" tires in super muddy conditions.
  • + 2
 Mud tires don’t work on roots, And it was very rooty !
  • + 0
 First two days were super wet rather than super muddy. Mud tires and spikes don't do any better at wet roots and wet rocks.
  • + 3
 Nice lines on the Bulls.
  • + 0
 Same here. Loving the lines on the Bulls frame - Would love to know more about the specs and ride on that one.
  • + 2
 Would love to read a deep dive on the merits 29 front 27.5 rear setups.
  • + 2
 no f*cks given with Connor's tire install. or is he trolling me?
  • + 8
 They are on ENVEs so you get them on however the f*ck you can..
  • + 4
 And it not like they will be on there long before he needs his rims replaced, the tires will most likely out last the rims@denomerdano:
  • + 2
 Free riders run clapped out shitters surprised the tires even on the right direction.
  • + 1
 those lyriks are just so damn cool!
  • + 3
 Yes but they are so damn red...
  • + 1
 @Franzzz: I personnally prefer the red of the lyrik over the orange of fox.
  • + 1
 Sick Shimano Neo hub... Fail.
  • + 1
 Conor still on intense? Thought he was off them
  • + 0
 What's the deal with the Lyrik Ultimates? Is it just the new RC2 with a fancy new name and bold new graphics?
  • + 1
 Ive heard damper upgrades but it looks like the same damper in all the photos but not a single photo shows the air top cap, maybe im being hopeful for ramp control
  • + 1
 il shut up as no air top cap change www.pinkbike.com/photo/16947350
  • + 2
 @samstanden: Looks the same to me. Maybe different valving and tune? In any case, I don't think RS will completely change the damper or air spring as it's been out for only a year. And it's been incredibly successful in racing, with consumers, and the press loves it. Why change up a good thing? But what they will do is put new stickers on it and give it a new name to sell more. Because let's face it. There are way too many acronyms. There's the Lyrik RC2, RC, RCT3, and RCT3 Dual Position Air. It can get pretty confusing to be honest. Now Ultimate... That's the one everyone wants!
  • + 1
 Tordo and Maes looking very vascular. Must have some good supplements!
  • + 1
 why is the canyon riders shock flipped
  • + 0
 Martin looks like he's been hitting the gym this off-season. Also love the Bulls bike, looks great.
  • - 1
 Yeah, I liked that too
  • + 0
 Hats off to Ella for being like "heres mud. My bikes in there somewhere too." Hardcore.
  • + 1
 Connor must be trolling with that dropper height...
  • + 1
 #NoPiscoNoDisco hahahahaa so nice from Iago
  • + 1
 damn.... all I want in life is a nice bike like these guys
  • + 1
 That Bronson Drool
  • + 0
 Love that yeti turquoise on the Bronson
  • + 0
 Maes likes mullets...
  • - 1
 Peaty's bikes always look the bollocks even when covered in shite!!
  • - 3
 650B`s dead Smile
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