World Cup action is back in the feed and there are a few new pieces of equipment that may have flown under the radar. The teams and racers have had a sizeable mid-season break to fiddle with bike setups since the previous World Cup on July 3rd. The track this weekend is the polar opposite to the muddy second round in Les Gets, France. The Slovenian hillside is full of hard-pack berms and dusty off-camber sections through the trees.
Greg Minnaar is notorious for being picky about his bike setup. When you have a professional mechanic to keep your bike from creaking, you're not afraid to sacrifice bearings either. Greg has removed the headset dust cap to keep the top crown as low as possible on the steerer. In turn, this allows the stanchions to be lowered in the crowns for maximum axle to crown height and ultimately, increasing the wheelbase of his gargantuan Santa Cruz V10. The bar height is decided second by the amount of stem spacers.
Schwalbe may have a new tire tread in the works, presumably for dry conditions. I've only spotted these on the front of Myriam Nicole's and Thibaut Daprela's bikes. They've since gone back to a Magic Mary for qualifying.
Danny Hart has been running the longer, 2-finger Magura brake levers. They are a less common choice amongst riders, but they're not the Redcar Rocket.
More changes to the Commencal Supreme prototype link. This one looks a little less refined.