Is Debonair making it's way from the rear suspension and into the front on the new RockShox forks?
Dave Trumpore takes his camera to the pits for a glimpse behind the scenes as everyone gears up for what looks to be an action-packed season of DH racing at all levels. Interesting to see the likes of Santa Cruz sweating the details at a national-level venue - and they weren't the only World Cup team in attendance.
Lots of talk about the new RockShox Boxxer, but so far it's been exclusive to 29ers, as the massively offset dropouts attest. SRAM and RockShox officials insist that these are prototypes, but really? If one considers that 27.5-inch-wheel downhill bikes are pretty dialed in, then what is the motivation for anyone who has one to buy a new bike? If 29-inch wheels prevail this season, and there is a good chance they will, the first high-end fork maker with a proven 29er fork will rule the world. Team Red needs this one. Production or prototype? Your call.
Close up of the new Boxxer arch. Curious to why the stanchion tubes have not been enlarged significantly?
The Boxxers are prototype, we are told, but the laser etching on the crowns hints that production can't be far off.
Exaggerated offset: the tip-off that 29" wheels are involved.
Dakotah Norton's 29" Devinci Wilson.
Norton adds a little extra reach on his 29" Devinci prototype.
Alex Marin's Saracen - with the 27.5 wheels.
Matching Industry Nine wheels add a little eye candy to an Intense M16.
Privateer van life takes commitment. At the grassroots level, these are the folks who fuel the continued growth of the sport.
It's not all glam living the van life of a privateer. Bedroom, kitchen, and pits, all rolled into one.
Lots of big wheels and big tires here this weekend. Teams are using the National races to sort out their 29ers before the World Cup hits.
New Maxxis rubber on the back of Minnaar's bike.
Santa Cruz carbon DH wheels look ready for production.
Custom aluminum link for Luca Shaw's Santa Cruz V10 29'er?
Data acquisition on Minnaar's fork.
Data acquisition on Minnaar's shock. One has to wonder what the GOAT has planned for 2018.