Round Up: 23 XC World Champs Bikes

Jun 28, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
With no World Championship XC racing in Albstadt this weekend we are going to have to wait until October for this year's collection of custom pro bikes. To help fill the void of high end racing machines we have collected 23 XC World Champs bikes from the last five years of racing.

Manuel Fumic's Cannondale F-Si Team - Vallnord 2015

from the pits 2015 World Champs

from the pits 2015 World Champs
from the pits 2015 World Champs



Nino Schurter's Scott Spark - Vallnord 2015

Nino Schurter.



Jolanda Neff's Stöckli - Vallnord 2015

Jolanda Neff s St ckli. Neff opted for her hardtail on the course today.

from the pits 2015 World Champs
from the pits 2015 World Champs



Katerina Nash's Orbea OIZ - Nove Mesto 2016

Katerina Nash s new Orbea. Boost equipped updated geometry and a neatly tucked away damper.

Katerina Nash s Orbea OIZ 29 - XC World Championships
Cablerouting accomodates anything you throw at it. Di2 ready top or sideswing front derailleurs.



Jaroslav Kulhavý's Specialized Epic - Nove Mesto 2016

Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article

Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article
Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article



Simon Gegenheimer's Rose Thrill Hill - Nove Mesto 2016

Simon Gegenheimer Rose Thrill Hill

Simon Gegenheimer Rose Thrill Hill
Simon Gegenheimer Rose Thrill Hill



Julien Absalon's BMC Fourstroke - Nove Mesto 2016

Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article

Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article
Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article



Rudi van Houts' Superior Bikes' Prototype - Nove Mesto 2016

Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article

Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article
Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article



Nino Schurter's Scott Spark - Nove Mesto 2016

Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article

Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article
Images from 5 Cross-Country Speed Machines - XC World Championships article



Chloe Woodruff's Pivot Mach 4 - Cairns 2017

Rose Grant and Chloe Woodruff s Custom Pivot World Champs Bikes - Bike Check

Rose Grant and Chloe Woodruff s Custom Pivot World Champs Bikes - Bike Check
Rose Grant and Chloe Woodruff s Custom Pivot World Champs Bikes - Bike Check



Rose Grant's Pivot Mach 429 - Cairns 2017

Rose Grant and Chloe Woodruff s Custom Pivot World Champs Bikes - Bike Check

Rose Grant and Chloe Woodruff s Custom Pivot World Champs Bikes - Bike Check
Rose Grant and Chloe Woodruff s Custom Pivot World Champs Bikes - Bike Check



Manuel Fumic's Cannondale Scalpel Si - Cairns 2017

Manuel Fumic World Champs 2017

Manuel Fumic World Champs 2017
Manuel Fumic World Champs 2017



David Valero Serano's MMR Kenta 29 - Cairns 2017

David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017

David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017
David Valero Serano s MMR Kenta 29 Bike Check - Cairns XC World Champs 2017



Mathieu Van der Poel's Canyon Lux - Lenzerheide 2018

Mathieu van der Poel s Canyon Lux. The Lux weighs under 2000 grams for the frame including the damper. Van der Poel opted for a 36T chainring with Shimano s new XTR 10-51 cassette as well as Scylence hubs.




Henrique Avancini's Cannondale Scalpel SI - Lenzerheide 2018





Kate Courtney's Specialized Epic - Lenzerheide 2018





Emily Batty's Trek Top Fuel - Lenzerheide 2018





Gerhard Kerschbaumer's Torpado Matador - Lenzerheide 2018

Gerhard Kerschbaumer s Torpado Matador is a 29 race fully. A steep 69 degree headangle and conservative geometry make for an agressive racer. A brand new XXTR M9100 groupset with a 10-51 cassette completes the frame with the new Scylence hub hiding underneath a concealing sticker. Kerschbaumer opts to not run a dropper post.




Maja Włoszczowska's Kross Earth - Lenzerheide 2018

Maja s Kross Earth has received a special World Champs paintjob. She runs a full DT Swiss suspension setup and chooses to run the carbon Lev dropper. DT Swiss provided the special edition XRC 25 wheels running a 36T ratchet on the inside. The new XTR rotor shed 20 grams of her bike.




Nino Schurter's Scott Spark - Lenzerheide 2018

Nino Schurter world champs scott spark 2018

Nino Schurter world champs scott spark 2018
Nino Schurter world champs scott spark 2018



Catharine Pendrel's Orbea Oiz - Mont-Sainte-Anne 2019





Kate Courtney's Scott Spark RC - Mont-Sainte-Anne 2019





Chloe Woodruff's Mach 4 SL - Mont-Sainte-Anne 2019







44 Comments

  • 26 0
 Kulhavys seat angle!
  • 2 0
 Does not compute. Is that guy like 7 feet tall?
  • 9 0
 @sooner518: 6 ft 2 in, 1.87m.

Can you imaging riding the Cape Epic like that? I think my sit bones would go on strike.
  • 5 0
 He says is really comfortable for uphilling...
  • 1 0
 @bicitechmtb: Have read the same and that he uses the swell of the seat to drive down into the pedals.
  • 8 0
 Think about when there is an uphill. The saddle will be flat relatively as opposed to sliding off the back! Works wonders for lower back pain on long rides I've found too
  • 4 0
 @ibishreddin: 100%. I adjust my saddle tilt if I know I’m about to do a big climb. Let’s you sit and spin easy all the way up. Plus opens up your hips for more power.
  • 3 1
 i have a similar angle for my bikes, it's very comfortable for me. People always look at me like i grew a horn on my forehead.
  • 4 0
 @OugaBooga: But what about on long flat sections. It seems we're seeing less and less of those in XC races, especially WCXC, but a lot of marathon type races can have long fireroad connectors or such. I definitely understand it for climbing. I think I'd want a dropper so it's way out of the way for descending though.
  • 6 0
 @TucsonDon: agreed. No doubt a nosed-down saddle helps power and comfort on the climbs but could be uncomfortable on long flat stretches which would increase pressure on palms, shoulders and neck.

What would be great is having the ability to switch angles on the fly. While dropper posts are great - I use them on both my bikes - they’re only part of the equation.
  • 2 1
 @yale986: i think specialized tried this with their cammand post dropper in 2018. Seems like much more needed for xc than enduro though for sure
  • 1 0
 @ibishreddin: yea I think Specialized missed the target with the Command Post Wu which, according to the product manager, was born from feedback from the enduro team who wanted to be able angle the saddles nose-up for the timed DH runs.
  • 14 0
 Specialized paint jobs are always next level.
  • 11 5
 Naturally they all burn us on that crummy uphill, because 37lb enduro. but we gonna catch them going down... Funny they always just disapear. No catching happens ever.
  • 6 1
 Something about the Cannondale’s always gets me going. They just look fast
  • 6 0
 Man, Pivot have made some formidably ugly frames in their time.
  • 1 0
 The old one is just plain ugly, but Chloe's new tiny Mach 4 is weird ugly in a way that appeals to me.
  • 4 1
 Kulhavy's mechanic needs to be fired - this is the order: steerer tube, stem, then bars, NOT steerer tube, bars and then another set of bars.
  • 5 0
 When you order one 70mm stem and they give you 170mm stem Smile
  • 3 0
 I like how every bike has a different character. It's like looking at paintings from different painters.
  • 2 0
 That flite looks so awesome on Van Der Poel's Canyon. Also that FSI must weigh about 3 pounds.
  • 2 0
 K Courtney's red Scott Spark is sick. That is pretty much how I'd set it up minus the bottle cage. Wink
  • 1 0
 'Thrill Hill' might be the best name for a bike ever. Wish mine was called that.
  • 1 0
 This kinda makes me want to go get a new XC whip... hmm, maybe a new Epic Evo.
  • 4 3
 Nino's will always be the best-looking XC race bikes IMO.
  • 1 0
 A lot of Maxxis Aspen and Ikon!!
  • 1 0
 All those 2019 bikes look badass..!!
  • 1 0
 Nino's red and white Spark for the win.
  • 1 2
 Some of these bikes doesn’t look like bikes ...
  • 3 4
 Why are you showing a bunch of Sessions?
  • 6 8
 And the ugliest bike is....................... hard to say...
  • 20 1
 Pivot!
  • 2 0
 @bicitechmtb: Emily's Trek is pretty cool. Boringass paint.. or lack of paint
  • 6 0
 @bicitechmtb: yeah, that pivot looks ugly as all get-out.
  • 1 4
 My eyes, the pain - please take them from me!
  • 3 6
 They're still all ugly.
  • 3 1
 no u
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