Prototype Bikes, Wheels & More From the 2018 US Open of Mountain Biking

Aug 2, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
The 2018 US Open of Mountain Biking is currently underway in Killington, Vermont, and there's a solid contingent of top level pros in attendance. With the Mont-Saint-Anne World Cup only a week away it’s the perfect opportunity to hone bikes and bodies, and the fact that there's a completely new track to race on makes things even better. Pinkbike photographer Dave Trumpore took the opportunity to track down some of the more interesting bikes and components that were rolling around in the New England mud - here's what he found:


Yet another prototype bike now with a fresh coat of paint for the first time. This time it s newly crowned French National Champion Gaetan Vige and his Scott. We ve seen brushed silver and raw versions of this bike all year but this is the first time it has turned up at a race with a proper paint job.
Newly crowned French National Champion, Gaetan Vige, and his prototype Scott. The raw aluminum version of this bike has been hard to miss this season, but this is the first time the yet-to-be-released machine has turned up at a race with a proper paint job.

Adjustable dropouts on the new Scott DH bike.
Like the previous Gambler, there are two axle positions that are used to adjust the chainstay length.
A detail shot of the idler fully on Gaetan Vige s Scott so neutralize any possible pedal kickback during suspension actuation.
The new Scott has an idler pulley that's meant to minimize the amount of pedal kickback that occurs as the bike goes through its travel.


All the colors on newly crowned US National Champ Samantha Soriano s Industry 9 Wheels
All the colors on newly crowned US National Champ Samantha Soriano's Industry 9 wheels.

While more popular in Europe it is still quite uncommon to see DMR clipless pedals at North American races.
While more popular in Europe, it is still quite uncommon to see DMR clipless pedals at North American races.


The sticker says these Crank Brothers wheels are still a prototype but that may change very soon as we are seeing more and more under various pro racers.
A few more sets of prototype Crank Brothers carbon wheels have been kicking around this weekend.
We first saw Crankbothers' prototype carbon wheels underneath Unno's Greg Williamson earlier this year at the Croatia DH World Cup, and now it looks like there are multiple sets out in the wild.


Even if you are not on a factory program you can still find clever ways to personalize your equipment.
Even if you are not on a factory program, you can still find clever ways to personalize your equipment.

Max Morgan has a custom reach adjust headset from Cane Creek that allows for a 4mm shorter reach while still keeping the cups flush with the top of the head tube.
Max Morgan has a custom reach adjust headset from Cane Creek that allows for a 4mm shorter reach while still keeping the cups flush with the top of the head tube.

The motocross legend Doug Henry is here given Downhill a try. Despite being paralyzed from the waist down since 2007 Doug has never stopped living his life on two wheels.
The motocross legend Doug Henry is here giving downhill a try (there's an adaptive downhill race taking place on Sunday). Despite being paralyzed from the waist down since 2007, Doug has never stopped living his life on two wheels.

Doug Henry is sporting a customized GT Fury to experience the trials in Killington.
US Open adaptive bike
Doug Henry is sporting a customized GT Fury to experience the trails in Killington.

More info about Ryan St. Lawrences bike can be found on a recent Pinkbike homepage article here https www.pinkbike.com news Back-on-Bike-after-Spinal-Cord-Injury.html
More info about Ryan St. Lawrence's bike can be found in a recent Pinkbike article here.

It looks like GT s new DH bike is just about ready for release. After being black and nondescript all season they are now team blue and yellow and looking like a finished product.
It looks like GT's new DH bike is just about ready for release. After being black and nondescript all season they are now team blue and yellow and looking like a finished product.

No one at GT would say a word but those sure look like some 29 inch wheels on Wyn Masters DH bike. We have seen the 27.5 version all season but so far a 29er version has been elusive. Until now perhaps.
No one at GT would say a word, but those sure look like 29" wheels on Wyn Master's DH bike. We've seen the 27.5" version all season - this is the first time a big wheeler has been spotted.

The devil is is the details when you are a factory pro.
The devil is is the details when you are a factory pro.

Even though the new Santa Cuz V10 is a finished product in terms of the carbon frame and swingers that doesn t mean they are not still testing various links.
Even though the new Santa Cuz V10 is a finished product in terms of the carbon frame design, that doesn't mean they are not still testing various links, as seen on Kiran MacKinnon's bike.

Neko Mulally is running some different brakes from TRP compared to what we have seen used by Gwin and other sponsored riders. The team however would not share any details about the what and why.
Neko Mulally is running a set of TRP's G-Spec brakes that look a little different from what's currently on the market - the bleed screw is now directly above the reservoir, and the shape of that reservoir has been altered slightly as well.



72 Comments

  • 113 4
 thats what assisted and bikes with aids and props are for.... kudos !
  • 11 184
flag me2menow (Aug 2, 2018 at 23:38) (Below Threshold)
 AIDS
  • 99 9
 F me, never comment before reading the entire article. Please downvote me into oblivion, thank you
  • 42 4
 Mad props to anyone getting out there and riding to their best ability
  • 4 15
flag colincolin (Aug 3, 2018 at 0:09) (Below Threshold)
 @me2menow: I'd F you but you sugondese.
  • 4 2
 @colincolin: untreated Bofaism is a serious threat to public health. All of Sugonde is in jeopardy.
  • 7 17
flag stacykohut (Aug 3, 2018 at 14:10) (Below Threshold)
 theres a motorcycle race for paralyzed people at the us open of mtb?
  • 4 8
flag allenfstar (Aug 4, 2018 at 4:19) (Below Threshold)
 @stacykohut: you can see yourself out chump
  • 5 2
 @allenfstar: Look up "Stacy Kohut" and show some respect kid
  • 3 4
 @me2menow: somebody sh!tting on disabled people trying to get out and enjoy mountain biking doesn't really seem worthy of my respect.
  • 4 1
 @allenfstar: he is disabled.....
  • 7 2
 @allenfstar: hugs and kisses big boy.........xoxo
  • 45 1
 I miss the wings on the GT logo.
  • 18 1
 Looks like GT is ready to kick people square in the ass, and sign a bunch of new talent.
  • 38 0
 Mad respect out to those adaptive riders out there! Shred it up guys.
  • 22 3
 Crankbrothers wheels...well best of luck to them, they r persistent! Im sure the box will be nice. And good on ya Henry...'givin it a try' my ass, im sure u r faster than me!
  • 16 3
 Pretty sure they’ll be nothing like wheels of old, hiring both ENVE designers and Mello Bowmeester who’s brought his designs from his outstanding BC Composites wheels, I think you’ll be shocked
  • 8 1
 You know how everything CB kinda used to suck now it's great/reliable?......It's the wheel division's turn. Like OffTrack said.... with Mello and Schiers at the helm...has to be good. Can't wait
  • 7 0
 Well if they're anything like their stamps/mallet pedals and highline dropper, they'll be continuing newfound success.
Props for pushing through.
  • 5 0
 Eager to give'm a try - especially if they are not priced in the stratosphere.
  • 20 1
 Doug Henry is truly one of the best ever humans to ride 2 wheels. He was amazing to watch on the motocross track.
  • 18 1
 beautiful GT and love the Industry 9 spokes!
  • 16 0
 Damn, Looks Like A GT.
  • 4 2
 IKR the Gambler looks so much like a GT nowadays.
  • 13 0
 Thats it. the 2nd GT I have lusted for since I started riding mtb in 1989. The new DH bike looks fast. well done and hope that the boys throw down some strong results
  • 3 0
 @tadgercat What was the first?
  • 15 0
 The GT looks proper. Well done.
  • 3 12
flag mbiker35 (Aug 3, 2018 at 3:02) (Below Threshold)
 that's because it FSR in the back
  • 15 0
 Love the blue and yellow Colour way on the GT. Classic
  • 3 0
 i always liked GT earlier color schemes
  • 13 1
 That’s great to see Doug out there!
  • 15 1
 I hope people realise who this is.

DOUG FREAKING HENRY!

en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Henry_
  • 9 0
 Interesting little shock eye extender on that Gambler.
  • 1 1
 I'm wondering what that's all about.
  • 4 2
 @gonecoastal: How most shock mounts should be. Lateral freedom is a good thing. Much less stress on shaft/seals and far less likely to blow. This should be mandatory on trunnion shocks. Orbea Rallon and Pivot Firebird are doing it... Props.
  • 5 0
 @urallwrong: Is that what it's for? Or is it because it's the old front triangle (which required a very long shock) with a new BOS shock that has a more "standard" length?
  • 1 1
 @ka-brap: Hard to know for sure... The original Gambler frame has a 241x76mm shock. BOS make a 240x75.
  • 2 1
 @urallwrong: one of the Lupato brothers had a similar extension peice built onto the end of the Öhlins TTX shock for his Trek Slash. I believe that was because Öhlins didn't have a metric shock at the time, so it was a way of making a 200x57 shock suit the Slash's 230x57.5 spacing.
It might just be something as simple as that given it's BOS, but the lateral freedom is no doubt an added bonus of the system.
  • 7 2
 Doug Freaking Henry!!! First man to win a SX race on a "modern" 4 Stroke......man is a legend. Budds Creek kicked his ass twice, he came back and made that track his bitch!! So stoked to see him still on 2 wheels, albeit a little slower than the speed I am used to seeing him but still faster than me!!
  • 8 0
 GT is back
  • 4 0
 I thought I would never buy a carbon frame...... but if GT releases that in the blue and yellow........
  • 5 1
 GT is Looking pretty darn sexy for 2019!!
  • 3 0
 Ryan st. Lawrence.... that’s called a drag strip
  • 2 0
 Are we going to be seeing some M-Spec brakes soon? Or berhaps B-Spec!
  • 1 0
 I heard that Geatan was riding Franch Champs in dry because there is no possible to mount fender on that new fork..
  • 3 1
 looks like a Saint
  • 1 0
 Tomorrow is gonna be straigit gnar
  • 2 1
 G.T. From ugly duckling to...
  • 2 0
 Beefcake! That thing looks burly!
  • 1 0
 that seat tube/B.B. area of the fury is massive!!
  • 1 0
 Where is the rest of the US Open coverage?!
  • 2 2
 Looks like a...should I say it?....session.
  • 2 1
 Which looks like a Kona Big Grin
  • 1 1
 Fuck yah Doug! Your badass
  • 1 1
 Looks alot like a maiden to me.
  • 1 1
 Finally, now all bikes look like a Kona Smile
  • 4 0
 No. Kong are single pivot, both the GT and Scott are using four bar-Horst-fsr style designs.
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: That friggin' point placement gets me every time! Big Grin
  • 1 1
 So many Kona prototypes :-O
  • 2 5
 So GT can't show the drive side idler pulley in pictures and TRP starts to makes more "Shimano" like brakes. What a great day in mountain bike history!
  • 1 3
 again a session design all the dh bike look the same .last gambler is more original
  • 5 7
 The only legitimate use of an e-bike...
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