Florian Nicolai is getting back to nature this weekend.
This local kid, Matteo, is well ahead of the mullet bike curve...
Mavic have prototype tires under a few riders this weekend.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 a carbon mold is a serious commitment.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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).