Pit Walk - EWS Round 4, La Thuile, Italy

Jul 14, 2016
by Matt Wragg  
Florian Nicolai is getting back to nature this weekend.
Florian Nicolai is getting back to nature this weekend.

This local kid Matteo is well ahead of the mullet bike curve...
This local kid, Matteo, is well ahead of the mullet bike curve...

Mavic have prototype tyres under a few riders this weekend.
Mavic have prototype tires under a few riders this weekend.

The casing on the new Mavic tyres looks a lot bigger than anything we have seen from them before marked up as 2.5 for the front and 2.4 for the rear with more aggressive tread patterns.
The casing on the new Mavic tires looks a lot bigger than anything we have seen from them before, marked up as 2.5 for the front and 2.4 for the rear with more aggressive tread patterns.

Big rotors are this week s must-have accessory on your bike.
Big rotors are this week's must-have accessory on your bike.

Canyon have been experimenting with the placement and shape of the Shapeshifter remotes. The stock version sits on the left but Ines Thoma is running a 3d-printed right-hand shifter that they say the athletes prefer.
Canyon have been experimenting with the placement and shape of the Shapeshifter remotes. The stock version sits on the left, but Ines Thoma is running a 3D-printed right-hand shifter that they say the athletes prefer.

For 3D printing nerd - this is how the remotes come out of the printer - they need hand-finishing before they can be run on the bikes.
For the 3D printing nerds, this is how the remotes come out of the printer; they need hand-finishing before they can be run on the bikes.

SRAM Eagle has very much landed for enduro riders this weekend with the giant 50t cassettes adorning all the SRAM-supported enduro factory teams.
SRAM Eagle has very much landed for enduro riders this weekend, with the giant 50t cassettes adorning all the SRAM-supported enduro factory teams.

Before practice started there was a little time to get everything fettled and ready for racing - at Fox top priority was series leader Richie Rude s X2.
Before practice started there was a little time to get everything fettled and ready for racing - at Fox the top priority was series leader, Richie Rude's, X2.

Devinci are in on the Eagle programme - interestingly most riders hadn t ridden Eagle before this weekend so are using it for the first time in the race this weekend.
Devinci are in on the Eagle program - interestingly, most riders hadn't ridden Eagle before, so are using it for the first time in the race this weekend.

Devinci mechanic Nigel Reeve is a renowned suspenions fettler and currently aboard his bike is a Storia shock - he says it has him falling in love with coil shocks once more.
Devinci mechanic, Nigel Reeve, is a renowned suspenion fettler and currently aboard his bike is a Storia shock - he says it has him falling in love with coil shocks once more.

Marco Osborne brought WTB s all-new Convict tyre here this weekend. It looks to be a good solid tread for this kind of hard riding and weights are said to be around the kilo mark which is pretty much on the money for an EWS-worth tyre.
Marco Osborne brought WTB's all-new Convict tire here this weekend. It looks to be a good, solid tread for this kind of hard riding and weights are said to be around the kilo mark, which is pretty much on the money for an EWS-worthy tire.

Jerome Clementz Cannondale Jekyll now has a carbon link in the suspension which would suggest that it is nearing production as commiting to a carbon mould is a serious commitment.
Jerome Clementz' Cannondale Jekyll now has a carbon link in the suspension, which would suggest that it is nearing production as a carbon mold is a serious commitment.

Tech this of the day when you re working on a bike - Matteo Nati has a simple yet perfect solution for how to keep your bar and stem in place when you ve popped the fork out.
Tech tip of the day when you're working on a bike - Matteo Nati has a simple, yet perfect solution for how to keep your bar and stem in place when you've popped the fork out.

It doesn t look like good news for Marco Osborne this weekend who injured his wrist a couple of weekends ago at the Mountain of Hell and he s not sure if it s ready for an EWS of abuse yet.
It doesn't look like good news for Marco Osborne this weekend, who injured his wrist a couple of weekends ago at the Mountain of Hell and he's not sure if it's ready for an EWS of abuse yet.

Marc Maurissen has the most relaxed programme in the pits this weekend - with all his riders out for injuries and health reasons he has his whole family with him to celebrate his 40th birthday.
Marc Maurissen has the most relaxed programme in the pits this weekend - with all his riders out for injuries and health reasons he has his whole family with him to celebrate his 40th birthday.

Once you have the big rotors the next thing you need is a 4-piston caliper to set it off - there are more than a few riders running either Saint or Code calipers here in the high mountains.
Once you have the big rotors, the next thing you need is a 4-piston caliper to set it off - there are more than a few riders running either Saint or Code calipers here in the high mountains.

After winning Trans-Provence on his 29 Stereo 140 and Greg Callaghan won the last EWS round on one Nico Lau is sticking with the big wheels again this weekend.
After winning Trans-Provence on his 29 Stereo 140 (and Greg Callaghan won the last EWS round on one), Nico Lau is sticking with the big wheels again this weekend.

Guess who is coming back to play this weekend...
Guess who is coming back to play this weekend?

Rocky Mountain mechanic Mattheiu Faury felt left out that he wasn t around to be included in yesterday s favourite tool piece so we ll include him right here. His favourite tool is the adjustable wrench aside from being a great tool it also serves as a passable weapon for when necessary.
Rocky Mountain mechanic, Mattheiu Faury, felt left out that he wasn't around to be included in yesterday's favourite tool piece, so we'll include him right here. His favourite tool is the adjustable wrench, aside from being a great tool, it also serves as a passable weapon when necessary.

Matti Lehikoinen is giving his custom Nukeproof Mega another outing this weekend - at the end of the season it will be auctioned off to support the trust set up in memory of his friend and former teammate Stevie Smith.
Matti Lehikoinen is giving his custom Nukeproof Mega another outing this weekend - at the end of the season it will be auctioned off to support the trust set up in memory of his friend, and former teammate, Stevie Smith.

Chris Kilmurray doesn t just train Greg Callaghan Tahnee Seagrave Greg Williamson and others he also is a pretty serious racer and is here this weekend in search of a decent results as well as being there to support his athletes .
Chris Kilmurray doesn't just train Greg Callaghan, Tahnee Seagrave, Greg Williamson and others, he also is a pretty serious racer and is here this weekend in search of a decent results (as well as being there to support his athletes).



72 Comments

  • + 54
 Those 100% Speed Craft sunnys Nico Lau has on should be destroyed and banished from history, gad!
  • + 22
 Function over form, it's just a goggle lense with ear stems so you get the coverage without your eyeballs melting. Genius idea if you ask me, but not very fashionable.
  • + 32
 @Fix-the-Spade: Not very fashionable? Kool Moe Dee and Geordi La Forge disagree.
  • + 3
 @Fix-the-Spade: hah. Until you said that, didn't give them a second look, now that you say that, I want a pair. not excited for the $150 price, though.
  • - 1
 @groghunter: go Pit Viper instead
  • + 6
 @Pichy: hah, typed that comment knowing someone would bring up the Pit Viper. The sunglasses that were spawned from the the thought process of "how can we make the speed craft more American without putting an eagle swooping down from a flag carrying a shotgun on them... Oh, and add some pro wrestling style points too."
  • + 1
 @Pichy: no please don't
  • + 5
 @TheR: Comment of the day my friend!^
  • + 4
 @richierocket: I used to love me some Kool Moe back in the day... How ya like me now?
  • + 3
 Those 100% are dope!
  • + 1
 @groghunter: you typed your comment to moan about the price, so Pit Viper are cheaper. English is not my main language but that's what I understood ????
  • + 4
 @Fix-the-Spade: Not very fashionalble?!?!?! This has been my signature look since '97...damn it...why didn't anyone tell me!!!
  • + 1
 Go for Oakley Jawbreaker
  • + 2
 @Pichy: You were correct man, it's just that those shades are kinda even more ridiculous looking. & for an american, they remind me very strongly of the most ridiculous fashion of the 80s. (which is why @ginger-wheels posted that pic.)
  • + 1
 @groghunter: haha!, Ok!. I forgot to turn on the sarcasm detector.
  • + 2
 @groghunter: Hey everyone's rocking eye-melting neon, why not Pit Vipers too! Wink
  • + 4
 Macho man approved wooooooooooooyeahh!!
  • + 3
 @shakeyakey: ooooohhh yeah! Even Miss Elizabeth approves!
  • + 2
 @norcal77: LoL^^= WORD
  • + 1
 @Pichy:

Oakley Eyeshade for the oldschool/originator style points!
Often imitated...never matched!
  • + 1
 Oakley Factory Pilot Eyeshades, the bomb!
I'd still have them if some dipshit I let wear them for an "emergency" didn't steal them.

Y6ou owe me a 100 bucks dipshit...
  • + 10
 1. This Iron Horse Yakuza could be soooo much sexier with the right parts
2. Glad they removed this mistake on Matti's #longlivechainsaw sticker
3. Cannondale should definitely come back to downhill
4. Fabien should definitely come back to enduro ^^
  • + 1
 1. Yeah I always thought the Yakuza looked cooler than the Sunday even though it was considered a lower end model. Too bad the greedy bastards destroyed the company.

3. Cannondale products have changed so much in the mean time that I'm not sure what a Cannondale downhill bike would be like. If they'd bring those flexible pivots to downhill riding and/or use single sided suspension front and rear, that would be pretty cool. Maybe it should be "or" exclusively. Single sided suspension with flexible pivots for downhill racing sounds scary.
  • + 1
 @vinay: With Clementz riding a "normal" fork, I think (I hope !) Lefty would not be considered for downhill... ^^
  • + 1
 @Matt-Pau: There are different ways to have single sided suspension. Telescopic is one way, a linkage is another. Linkages are not common for front suspension anymore, but that doesn't mean it can't be done. The Lefty is for front suspension, you can still have single sided rear suspension. It is being done already.
  • + 9
 The article is partially correct - tooling for a mold for a carbon linkage can be low - in the low $1000's - as the parts are small, new 3D processes can actually print the tooling, its low pressure, and there is always finish work required. Tooling for a full size range of production carbon bikes will often run past $100K.
  • + 5
 That guy on his own old school bike + Pits review + Fabien Barel occasionally coming back + Matti Lehikoinen #longlivechainsaw .. Great article, more of them please @pinkbikeproductions
  • + 2
 Mold prices are determined by durability and accuracy (among others of course, like size and complexity). For prototypes durability isn't much of an issue so you can use a softer mold material which is quicker to machine and causes less tool wear. I'm not sure about the prices for 3D printing these days. One technique I used ten years ago (when 3D printing wasn't so feasible) was to machine a rough shape out of styrofoam. Then coat it with a layer of ceramic paste, let it dry and then machine the final shape. You will probably still need to finish it before you seal the mold (to make it airtight) but how much that is depends on how accurate you machine (CNC). More accurate machining is more expensive but so is manual labour so there is an optimum somewhere. And you can just use a cheap KUKA robot to do the machining. This is really soft/brittle material that is quick to work with. Which makes it cheap yet still perfectly accurate. It will only last a single product, but that's fine for prototypes or one-off products. I doubt 3D printing is cheaper, but I may be a bit behind in that field.
  • + 2
 @vinay: I doubt 3D printing was used although it's now fairly advanced the cost hasn't reduced much as the time it takes to print with most materials is still far to long and hand finishing is needed.
  • + 1
 @doek: I'd go opposite on this...3D printing has gone dirt cheap and dead easy for a simple part like this...not wanting to advertise for them, but take a look at quick parts. If your timelines aren't critical and your open to a few material options you're not more than a couple grand for something like this while small plastic bits like the shape shifter trigger are probably less than $50.
  • + 5
 What's the deal with those four pot brake calipers nowadays? Back in the day you had loads (Deore XT etc) with four pistons. You even had a few six pot brakes from Hope and Grimeca. Then they figured out that two opposing pistons would work as well if not better. Then a few years later they came with four pot brakes again (Saint, Code etc) and it doesn't seem to stop (no pun). Do they still perform better than a caliper with two slightly larger opposing slave pistons? Back in the day even Hope said it didn't make sense. Or is this just to get a narrower brake track with a larger pad area?
  • + 3
 Four small pistons (generally two smaller at the leading edge and two slightly larger at the trailing edge) are said to improve modulation and encourage even pad wear as the different sized pistons counteract pad twist in the calliper.
  • + 1
 @gibbon-on-an-orange: Alright, clear. So that means there is no place for a six pot caliper I suppose.
  • + 7
 So Fab is back, but not in the team colors?
  • + 2
 Maybe he's testing next year's team colors. Smile
  • + 4
 It seems the sponsored racers don't have any choice except to use SRAMs Eagle for EWS Round 4, even if they've never used it before.
  • + 10
 But please tell me, what are the big differences? Another gear, the same lever to press, I think they will be able to shift their gears.
  • + 3
 @probiker78: Going into a race, I'd think you'd like to be familiar with the equipment and have confidence it's going to work. If you've never used it before, it's just an uncertainty you don't want to face before a race is on the line. These guys are pros, and I'm sure they'll be fine, but at the same time, I wouldn't want to monkey with it in a race unless I've had some time to test it out.
  • + 10
 Unless you're Troy Brosnan
  • + 6
 I don't think it's a very big change from an 11-speed XX1/X01 setup. A little bit more low end, and some limit screw adjustments to make. Everything else is the same, doesn't seem like something the pros would be too concerned about.
  • + 4
 @tsheep: The big unknown is the chain. Will it live up to the forces that the top athletes put into the cranks? It is narrower don't forget. Graves already broke an 11-speed Sram chain in one of the round in South America.
  • - 2
 @TheR: ya because adding one gear all of the sudden makes it rocket science man really listen to what you said and realize how stupid it sounds seriously. If you can shift through 11 gears chances are your gonna be able to shift through 12 lol again it's not rocket science bud
  • + 3
 @pr3dator: Why is the chain unknown? Nino Schurter and other top XC racers are running Eagle for a while and they didn't break it (in a race at least) so I don't think these guys will break it either...
  • + 2
 @mhoshal: Is that the famous Canadian politeness I always hear so much about?
  • + 1
 @TheR: f*cken eh bud!!! Lol
  • + 6
 I demand a Matteo bike check
  • + 4
 I'm unnecessarily really excited for the new Jekyll to be officially unveiled.
  • + 1
 So you move to Saint and Code brakes in high mountain stages in enduro ?
--Might have missed the point as I'm running Saint on my XC/trail bike. god knows what I'll use on a DH.
  • + 2
 Great to see Fabian back, hell kick arse and takes names, yeahaa big dawg, time to kick the tires and light the fires!!
  • + 3
 That Storia Shock is a beauty!
  • + 3
 Mattheiu Faury showing the new "all-sixteenths" spanner.
  • + 4
 WTB Convict DHR II! :'))
  • + 1
 WTB tyres look a lot like former schwalbe models. Does anybody know if they have a deal?
  • + 1
 Why do they use those noisy Avid rotors instead of the centreline ones with the guide breaks?
  • + 2
 Is it me or Fab's pix are always well posted and clean...?
  • + 2
 lol fuckin classic Matteo the absolute madman
  • + 1
 The question is did Nigel ever actually love an air shock? They feel like poo compared to coils.
  • + 1
 So who is Nigel mechanicing for now since chainsaw passed away
  • + 1
 So no one is racing for GT this weekend? That is a bummer.
  • + 14
 They should have ran a competition to win a weekend as a team rider!
  • + 3
 @km79: that would've been so sweet!
  • + 4
 That's pretty horrible indeed. If I were Marc Maurissen, I'd get one of their bikes and have a go on the course. It's my birthday after all, better have a blast. Much better than to spend the weekend in the pits with no bikes to prep. Cool my family came over though, definitely appreciated. I'm not Marc though.
  • - 3
 The Eagle has Landed.. Where Eagles Dare.. Eagle eyed. Have you been Eagled yet Do Eagles like Pokemon go! Return of the Eagle Darth Eagle! May the Force be with the Eagle squadron!
  • + 1
 No eagles here...still waiting to see them fly towards the land if availability.
  • + 1
 Hell yeah, Barel!!
  • + 1
 #longlivechainsaw
  • + 1
 FABIAN BAREL!!!!!! Big Grin
  • + 1
 BAREL! yoooooooh
  • + 1
 Does Fabian like Tacos?
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