Tech Randoms & Custom Bikes - Val di Sole World Championships 2021

Aug 26, 2021
by Ross Bell  
World Champs always delivers the goods when it comes to bike tech! Mechanics were busy putting finishing touches to the custom Worlds bikes through today and into tonight, so we'll bring you another round up tomorrow, but let's check out what they had today in the meantime.

No detail spared on Myriam Nicole s bike
No detail spared on Myriam Nicole's bike.

Greg Minnaar hans medaled at World Champs since 2015... His current form in Maribor tells us he just might be due in 2021
Greg Minnaar hasn't medaled at World Champs since 2015... His current form in Maribor tells us he just might be due in 2021.
A tribute to all the hardware Greg Minnaar has hauled away at World Champs over the years
A tribute to all the hardware Greg Minnaar has hauled away at World Champs over the years.

Greg Williamson s Commencal is sporting and adjustable lever on the new TRP shifter
Greg Williamson's Commencal is sporting an adjustable lever on the new TRP shifter.

Greg Williamson s Commencal
Greg Williamson's Commencal Supreme.

Greg Williamson s Commencal
Greg Williamson s Commencal

A shiny new version of the TRP derailleur of Greg Williamson s bike
A shiny new version of the TRP derailleur of Greg Williamson's bike.
Gold is often a there at World Champs
Gold is often there at World Champs.

Some bits get made with a hope and a dream of being raced at World Champs but never see the light of day if a rider gets injured mid-season. Hugo Frixtalon s very French shoes are a great example of this
Some bits get made with the hope and dream of being raced at World Champs but never see the light of day if a rider gets injured mid-season. Hugo Frixtalon's very French shoes are a great example of this.

Details from Fox for Tahnee Seagrave
Details from Fox for Tahnee Seagrave.

Guess who...
Guess who...

Danny Hart wins World Champs every 5 years without fail...
Danny Hart wins World Champs every 5 years without fail...
Dirty Danny rubber from Schwalbe.
Dirty Danny rubber from Schwalbe.

Max Hartenstern can t wait for his big rig to come together.
Max Hartenstern can't wait for his big rig to come together.

Alex Marin didn't have to wait long for his first custom-painted Commencal Supreme after switching teams mid-season.


Luca Shaw's Santa Cruz V10 has a fairly minimalist design this year.

It has to be seen up close to be appreciated.

Luca Shaw and his custom red white and blue TLD.
Luca Shaw and his custom red white and blue TLD.

Dean Lucas custom Scott Gambler and matching kit
Dean Lucas with his Scott Gambler and matching kit.

Dean Lucas custom Scott Gambler
Dean Lucas' custom Scott Gambler.

Dean Lucas custom Scott Gambler
Dean Lucas custom Scott Gambler

Dean Lucas custom Scott Gambler

Team manager Ben Reid on the tools himself over at the Propain pits.
Team manager Ben Reid on the tools himself over at the Propain pits.

The static television inspired Propain Rage Kerr the Meyer-Smiths and Brannigan will be racing.
The 'static television' inspired Propain Rage, Kerr, the Meyer-Smiths and Brannigan will be racing.

Amaury Pierron s Custom painted Commencal
Amaury Pierron's custom-painted Commencal.

Matching fork lowers for Myriam Nicole
Matching fork lowers for Myriam Nicole.
Amaury Pierron s Fox 40 got the custom sticker treatment
Amaury Pierron's Fox 40 got the custom sticker treatment.

Enve s with a little french flair
Enves with a little French flair.
Amaury Pierron and Myriam Nicole s custom Commencal prototype s
Amaury Pierron and Myriam Nicole's custom Commencal prototypes.

French themed color everywhere for Amaury
French-themed color everywhere for Amaury.

Marine Cabirou and her custom Scott Gambler
Marine Cabirou and her custom Scott Gambler.

Matt Walker's Saracen Myst.

It's hard to go wrong with the chrome paint!


More custom Fox decals
More custom Fox decals.

Loris Vergier's Trek Session.

All the Trek racers are on similar designs.

Reece Wilson's Trek Session.

Subtle nods to Reece's homeland.

Reigning World Champ Camille Balanche's Commencal Supreme being built in the pits.

Renthal bringing the custom fatbars to the World Champs party.

Details on Balanche's Supreme.

Chris Grice's Specialized Demo sitting pretty.

His Ohlins fork got the same treatment.



Tahnee Seagrave's Canyon Sender.

All the Canyon racers' bikes share the same design and message.


Schwalbe has gone the extra mile for their riders this year.

Thibaut Daprela dialling in his cleats.
Thibaut Daprela dialling in his cleats.

Daprela's Commencal Supreme.

Commencal has certainly been busy getting all these frames painted up for their vast roster of riders.


The MS Mondraker team with a legendary rebirth of retro 3D glasses.
The MS Mondraker team with a legendary rebirth of retro 3D glasses to view their fresh paint.

The 3D Summum in all it s glory. This bike will be ridden by Ele Farina but Brook and Laurie will run the same design.
The 3D Summum carbon in all it's glory.


The 3D glasses break it down for you and hopefully don t give you a head ache.
Team GB for Laurie Greenland.

This bike will be ridden by Eleonora, but Brook and Laurie will run the same design (names aside of course).

Amazing days to come on this historical hillside.
Amazing days to come on this historical hillside.



162 Comments

  • 86 0
 Did New Zealand miss out on Tahnee’s top tube? Brutal
  • 24 0
 One World *
  • 44 0
 Dis coz we off the planet boys!
  • 14 0
 Brosnan influenced
  • 4 0
 They are supporting great cause so I’m sure we’ll get over it!
  • 4 0
 Is it not that reverse L near the word happen ? Pretty sure it is
  • 5 0
 Actually, turns out there's four New Zealands all around that map. Crazy!
  • 9 0
 #mapswithoutnewzealand
  • 16 0
 No, no, that's just a map of everywhere in the world that got brutalized by Covid 19.
  • 1 0
 At least she’s getting frequent flyer miles for the airtime now…

www.oneworld.com
  • 1 0
 Sh*t man I'm sorry to laugh but this just made my day, thank you for calling it out
  • 2 0
 @overturnpolice: COVID WORLD. NZ ain't in it.
  • 1 1
 And Sri Lanka
  • 2 0
 COVID, Afghainstan, whatever. This is THE foremost issue affecting us all right now. It’s been going on for too damn long.

youtu.be/N0opzJL8BLk
  • 7 0
 Lame how so many countries have red white and blue flags. Be original. Use pink brown and purple or something. Maybe magenta and turquoise?
  • 1 0
 Japan is missing too.
  • 1 1
 Check her gram!
  • 1 0
 @makripper: Yes, like Nina Hoffmann
  • 66 2
 Dean Lucas is strolling through the pits and see a rather grumpy looking old dude sitting alone on a bench, so he goes over to say G'day. The codger asks him, "What's the story with the hair?" Dean taken back by the aggressive tone replys, "well mate something different for a laugh, have you done anything crazy in your life". To which the dude replied, "Well, I did once got drunk and f*cked a parrot and was wondering if you could be my son"
They both laugh and shared a beer.
  • 21 1
 The codger was Steve Peat....lol
  • 40 1
 Thibaudt better motorboat those Magic Titis.
  • 4 0
 Maybe pick up some Conti Rubber Queens too?
  • 1 0
 hahaha didn't even noticed them until your comment ! Better not mix those with Dirty Danny's...
  • 21 0
 Angle didn’t move teams mid season, Alex Marin moved to commencal 21 mid season.
  • 7 0
 And that's also Marin's bike.
  • 5 0
 Was going to say the same thing, who writes this stuff?
  • 4 0
 according to vital it is actually Pau Menoyos bike
  • 2 0
 @malca: Negative. While both Pau and Alex's bikes are painted the same, you can tell by the fender. Pau's has pink accents while Alex's (pictured) has green.
  • 5 2
 @malca: we don't say VITAL over here
  • 1 0
 @malca: according to the commencal Instagram post I saw 5 minutes ago in pinkbike's social roundup too. Dingue!
  • 4 0
 "mornin' Angle"
  • 2 2
 @SHREDWORX: We do with the premium content. You could pay just $24.95 a month for a full feast of new and related content here at GoodwillOutside.
  • 2 0
 @Waldon83: Nono, you only have to pay if you want to comment.
  • 22 0
 I am unfamiliar with Schwlabe's Magic Titi tire. Any links?
  • 6 0
 looks like they put nicknames on all of them, magic momo for amaury, magic mimi for miriam, magic titi for thibault
  • 11 0
 Can't wait for Rob Warner to start calling him Titi during his run!!
  • 8 0
 lol, I can't believe they actually printed a one off Magic Titi
  • 1 0
 @m-t-g: Pretty sure they had to make a few sets. These buys probably burn through rubber like Formula 1 racers.
That's why they don't sponsor Loris. He's a flat tyre magnet.
  • 1 0
 @SHREDWORX: Then when they're done do they sell them as sloppy seconds?
  • 1 0
 @SHREDWORX: Very true, ha ha
  • 2 0
 Words cannot describe what I would do for a pair of magic titis.
  • 14 0
 Wow, Dean´s bike is amazing.
Big respect to such a well executed homage to Australian Aboriginal art.
  • 2 4
 I agree it's beautiful. I wasn't aware he was an indigenous Australian though?
  • 10 0
 @Mike-Jay: I don't think he needs to be to honour his country's heritage.
  • 7 0
 Yeah I came to say that I like Deans bike the best. He is representing his country and its a good choice better than "green and gold"
  • 2 0
 It's a refreshing change certainly
  • 2 0
 @dkendy1: Yeah, I love the theme, super unique. It makes me proud to be Australian.
  • 1 0
 Yeah really stood out to me. Beautiful bike.
  • 2 5
 Its cultural appropriation, unless the art was done by a certified member of the aboriginal community with the well wishes of all. Then it's fine.
  • 1 1
 @jaame: Dont be bringing your colonial ways, telling everyone how, what where and when to live their lives. We have a perfectly good system whereas you just need to say you have heritage to have heritage and thats just how it works Bro. From covid to recognition.
  • 2 0
 @FoesKnows: Being facetious. It looks sick.
  • 11 0
 Let's get a poll on voting the best bikes, every year I'm curious to see who thinks what the best bike is.
  • 16 2
 Reece Wallace's Session
  • 14 0
 @BMXJJ327: you mean the one that matches the paint job of his airplane?
  • 2 0
 Pretty sure the best bike is still the commi.
Or do u mean best worlds paint job?
  • 1 0
 These riders get every race new frames, prints, builds and I am riding the same bike for years and now I feel like a….feel like a…a…
  • 11 2
 My 90’s bmx kid self can’t help but love the chrome on Walkers bike. Something about chrome and raw frames that always get my attention.
  • 4 0
 Agreed. Not sure if it's chromed or just super polished aluminum, but is looks so rad
  • 3 0
 @bman33: I can confirm that it is mirror polished.
  • 4 0
 Remember those ball burnished gt zaskar Le
  • 8 0
 Absolutely love all the Schwable hot patches! Also the suspicious lack of any on the Trek teams tires....
  • 7 0
 They're DEFINITELY all riding G5s eh!!
  • 5 0
 When sponsor tires have casings with the structural integrity of dry ramen noodles, I guess you run something else. Kind of a shame, Trek’s tread and rubber compounds are on point.

Since the tires are almost certainly made in CST factories, wish they’d just spec DD casings.
  • 1 0
 @wyorider: Holy crap, thank you for saying that! The G5 are soooo grippy actually. Almost like Michelin, eh!
  • 8 0
 Bike porn overload!
  • 3 0
 NSFW!
  • 3 0
 Why is Camille Balanche, the reigning world champ, on the old commencal when you have a bunch of their other riders on the new prototype? Size thing, preference? Myriam and Camille are 1-2 in the overall standings and Myriam is on the new proto by Camille isnt? Seems odd.
  • 15 0
 I think only the Commencal factory team riders are on the new bikes. I don't think anyone on Dorval got the proto version.
  • 2 5
 @loamfiend: That looks to be the case. Suarez (Commencal 21) and Williamson (Commencal 100%) are not on the new bike either.
  • 4 0
 Camille isn't on the factory team.
  • 6 0
 @loamfiend: That could make sense. Except Angel has one...Though looking at some instagrams, only Amaury, Myriam and Daprela on Muc Off have them. The chosen ones it seems. I'd figure Camille and Benoit Coulanges would get them before Angel given results and standings but what do I know.
  • 3 0
 @sino428: Suarez does have one. He has been on one for months based on his instagram.
  • 2 0
 @wilsonians: Yea I see that now. Who really knows. For all we know some riders do not want to switch to a new bike mid season. Maybe only those few riders have had enough time testing the bike to feel comfortable with the switch now.
  • 2 0
 @sino428: Suarez is the one of the main test pilot for the bike i belive
  • 3 0
 On the Downtime Podcast a while ago, she was asked the question. Her reply was that it just takes to much time and effort dialing in the new bike, and with covid 19 and races moving around, she is sticking to what works for now. Seems like a fair answer. I'm sure we will see more athletes on the new frame, probably 2022 after the offseason.
  • 2 0
 Is the rear triangle on Cabirou's painted chrome/shiny on carbon, or is it just white? I can't tell from the photo (may need to get my eyes checked), but I've always wanted a chromed carbon look on a bike. I remember seeing an article not too long ago about a company figuring out how to make that possible.
  • 6 1
 Can I just say, the custom painted Commencals are some of the best looking bikes I've ever seen
  • 6 0
 So glad no forks are orange.
  • 3 0
 I like Mondraker's job and I like 3D stickers with my name on my bike, my car etc so if someone still it and i find it somewhere, I'll give a pair of 3D glasses to the police to proof it's mine!
  • 5 0
 White handlebars. Giving me Deity flashbacks.
  • 6 0
 Show me the Cannibal!
  • 5 0
 Did Trek basically paint some dirt onto white frames?
  • 9 8
 Those MT7 calibers on the Demo looks terrible. Also, after using those brakes myself for 2 years + I dont understand what the fuss is all about. The constant rotor rub, bleed complexity and reliabilty issues is not worth it. Magura needs to update the design and not just change the color code on the calibers and new stickers. Riding the Shimano XTR 9120 now, no looking back...
  • 3 0
 Everyone seems to be really confused about what 3D glasses actually do and how they work. There's nothing 3D about that bike, it's just color filtration...
  • 4 0
 The discs on Amaury Pierron's bike look interesting - any infos?
  • 1 0
 I was wondering this, all the Commencal team are running them. They don't look like Shimano, more like Trickstuff or similar
  • 3 0
 It's a bunch of either black or white bikes with some glitter. Does none of 'em know that RED makes you faster?
  • 1 0
 the real news for the Syndicate bikes is that Lucas paint weighs 20.8g & Gregs weighs 7.2grams according to Silverstone Paint Technology who painted them, how is that even possible?
  • 1 0
 To all those who claim weight doesn’t matter the syndicate are worried about grams of paint.
  • 9 7
 NGL, not particularly in love with any of these bicycles. Maybe I'm getting old.
  • 2 0
 Luca's, Daprela's and Nicole's bike are beautiful, the others not quite I agree.
  • 4 0
 @ORTOGONAL555: Balanche's bike looks festive. I like it.
  • 2 0
 Greg Williamson's bike is one of the nicest bikes I have ever seen. Love those copper-ish patinaed looking bits on there.
  • 3 0
 Great article keep it coming like this please pinkbike
  • 2 0
 where did all the bling went in these custom painted bikes compared to previous years?
  • 2 0
 All that money splurged on paintjobs and you can’t even fit a bottle on these bikes. Total BS. I’m not buying one.
  • 3 0
 That Chome Saracen Myst so sexy
  • 1 0
 I think the cable routing behind the seatpost of the trek would stop me from buying one. Is that really the best they could do?
  • 3 0
 A lot of mullets!
  • 1 0
 There's a reason for that.
  • 1 0
 I would bet the custom touches and changes in aesthetics is more for the mechanics keeping things fresh for themselves.
  • 2 0
 Very cool the 3D graphics Mondraker
  • 1 0
 yeah the sender frame deff has some cool lines...but the session frame...still just says "fast forward" !
  • 2 0
 Best bike check I’ve seen in a while
  • 2 0
 Is it just me or are most of these rigs going back to aluminum??

Smile
  • 1 0
 All I wanted was a big picture of Myriam's Commencal, that's all I wanted...And they wouldn't give it to me...
  • 2 0
 That propain I’m in love
  • 1 0
 To all those pickers who claim weight doesn’t matter the syndicate are counting grams of paint on the frame.
  • 2 0
 New Specialized DH tyres on Chris Gryce' Demo ???? Cannibal ???
  • 2 1
 Suarez got demoted? Wasn’t he on the prototype to start the season?
  • 2 2
 He can probably ride whatever he wants
  • 2 0
 They accidentally said Alex Marin's bike was Angel's. Angel is still on prototype www.instagram.com/p/CTAL1-4sc2j
  • 1 0
 Stay Wild - Magic Alonso
  • 1 0
 Shout out to bike painters, so nice!
  • 1 0
 Commencal sure know how to make a good looking bike!
  • 1 0
 Luca's bike also sporting the prototype Saint derailleur, I see.
  • 1 0
 does the boxxer have a new crown or am I out of the loop?
  • 1 0
 Why is Angel not on the new high pivot prototype?
  • 2 0
 He is. That's not his bike. It's either Alex Marin or Pau Menoyo's bike. Angel's bike has a Spanish flag Yellow and Red paint job for worlds and is the new Supreme he's been running all season.
  • 3 0
 @jmc361: someone should fix that. Hey @pinkbike can you add Angel's bike, eh?
  • 1 0
 What DT Swiss rims are on Tahnee's Canyon?
  • 1 0
 Is no one sporting an oval chainring?
  • 1 0
 Can you add 1 more white bike to the article? Finn just posted his on IG
  • 1 0
 What's the advantage of EX471 over FR560 rims on a DH bike?
  • 1 0
 5mm less width so different tire profile, rider preference ?
  • 2 1
 review on the new Cannibal tire tomorrow.
  • 1 0
 They all look like a Session
  • 2 1
 What the hell PB, no NSFW warning?!?!
  • 1 0
 as in, you'll spend a lot of time on this page while you're supposed to be working? Doesn't help that they keep updating it with more pictures every time you hit refresh.
  • 4 2
 uh oh, boner alert
  • 1 1
 Greg Williamson's Commencal looks like shit compared with Jannick Lange's. It's like his mechanic isn't even trying.
  • 1 0
 Getting big Calgary Hitmen retro sweater vibes from Daprela's Supreme.
  • 1 1
 Kind of dig the smoke paint on the Treks, like the chrome colors from last WC better.
  • 1 1
 Usually there is one or two that makes you think why did they do that, not this year, every one of those is spectacular.
  • 1 0
 soooooo.... Luca Shaw's rotors?
  • 1 0
 I need a ONEWORLD brand bike! (cnyn has to be stoked with that miss)
  • 1 0
 Also, TREK and Commencal own the field.
  • 1 0
 Commencal wins the custom paint worlds.
  • 1 0
 Daprela's Commencal Supreme is dope !!!
  • 1 0
 Matt Walkers Myst isn't painted, it's a raw frame polished up
  • 1 0
 Side note:
Custom stickers will not make your Fox work better.
  • 1 0
 Danny may not have the best bike, but he does have the best logo ever.
  • 1 0
 Imagine the banter if he won the race! My money is on Green Land though. I reckon he will bag the win.
  • 1 0
 Do the pros get a new bike every race?
  • 1 0
 new Saint pedals on Amaury's bike??
  • 1 0
 Maybe bike check some rides that aren't V10s or Supremes? Just saying.
  • 1 0
 The Cabirou's bike is totally the best paint job !!!!!!
  • 1 0
 aa
  • 1 0
 What a Supreme bike…!
  • 4 5
 Wtf is going on here?. How many times have they put the wrong size wheel at the back. Penny Farthings everywhere.
  • 6 0
 Mull-it over , you'll work it out
  • 2 0
 @pen9: hahahaha. That's like arguing about which side of the road we should drive on or why your brake levers are flipped the wrong way around, eh?
  • 1 2
 @pen9: Mullets are over or at least it's getting there. Lots of well know brands not jumping on the Mullet fad for their 2022 bikes. Great to see
  • 1 0
 @MattP76: What brand is NOT offering a mullet? Commencal? Specialized? Trek? Canyon?
  • 1 1
 @SHREDWORX: Plenty. Do the research
  • 1 2
 All very nice, great details,

but I just can't unsee Tahnee's Valves/caps colours are different from each other!
  • 1 0
 How else can you tell the difference between front and back?

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