Tech Randoms: Lenzerheide DH World Cup 2022

Jul 7, 2022
by Mike Kazimer  
No bad days here in the Swiss Alps.
No bad days here in the Swiss Alps.

The redundant top section untaped under the lift.
The redundant top section, untaped under the lift.

6 or 7 of the upper switchbacks have been traded for natural traverse into the trees.
6 or 7 of the upper switchbacks have been traded for natural traverse into the trees.

It s all mighty soft except for when it isn t.
It's all mighty soft, except for when it isn't.

Wide steep and damp in the shade.
Wide, steep and damp in the shade.

Changes afoot after the first road crossing up top.
Changes afoot after the first road crossing up top.

Enduro extraordinaire Meier-Smith will of course be back on the big rig.
Enduro extraordinaire, Luke Meier-Smith, will of course be back on the big rig.

Rachels is back and ready for anything.
Rachel Atherton is back and ready for anything.

Anything except maybe all these new addtions to the track.
Anything except maybe all these new addtions to the track.

The Goat offers his thoughts on the slippery predicaments of Lenzerheide s freshest section.
The Goat offers his thoughts on the slippery predicaments of Lenzerheide's freshest section.

Off-camber grass the likes of which the Leogang start straight could envy.
Off-camber grass the likes of which the Leogang start straight could envy.

Blue skies and billowing clouds to welcome the World s fastest to Lenzerheide.
Blue skies and billowing clouds to welcome the world's fastest to Lenzerheide.

Unfortunately detailed shots are currently Forbi... ahem not allowed but it sure looks like some machine.
Unfortunately detailed shots are currently Forbi... ahem not allowed, but it sure looks like some machine.

Telemetry getting prepped at Madison Saracen.
Telemetry getting prepped at Madison Saracen.

Jackson s V10 in progress.
Jackson Goldstone's V10 in progress.

50 shades of grey at Canyon this week.
50 shades of grey at Canyon this week.

Pit brake lever protectors on Myriam s ride.
Pit brake lever protectors on Myriam's ride.

Commecal mechanic Loic came up with these 3D printed clutches for the TRP mechs.
Commencal mechanic, Loic Sgrazzutti, came up with these 3D printed covers for the TRP mechs to make wheel changes and chain swaps easier.
Commecal mechanic Loic came up with these 3D printed clutches for the TRP mechs.

Summum details.
Summum details.

More than enough linkages for the Bulldog to chew through.
More than enough linkages for the Bulldog to chew through.

Golf not nudes oddly.
Golf, not nudes, oddly.

Another wheel buld nearer completion at Propain.
Another wheel build nearing completion at Propain.

Freshly taped Reserve rims for Greg.
Freshly taped Reserve rims for Greg.

Connor Fearon will be swapping out the 150mm travel for a full dose of 200mm this week.
Connor Fearon will be swapping out the 150mm travel for a full dose of 200mm this week.

Nina s lovely new colourway from Leogang.
Nina's lovely new colourway from Leogang.

Minnaar s sled in the stand.
Minnaar's sled in the stand.

Stack attack for Dak.
Stack attack for Dakotah Norton.

Seth Sherlock s TRP calliper ski strapped out of harms way.
Seth Sherlock's TRP caliper ski strapped out of harm's way.

Dante Silva s Pirelli Canyon.
Dante Silva's Pirelli Canyon.

A forkless Greg Williamson.
A forkless Greg Williamson.

Masses of unsprung springs at the Sram truck.
Masses of unsprung springs at the SRAM truck.

Shock therapy complete for number one junior woman Hemstreet.
Shock therapy complete for number one junior woman, Gracey Hemstreet.

No your riding is not worthy of these decals sorry.
No, your riding is not worthy of these decals, sorry.

A spy shot here a spy shot there.
A spy shot here, a spy shot there.

The GT prototype showing its underbelly.
The GT prototype showing its underbelly.

Phoebe Gale will be pressing for a second successive win aboard her colourful Sender.
Phoebe Gale will be pressing for a second successive win aboard her colorful Sender.

The devil is in the detail with Chris Grice s bike.
The devil is in the detail with Chris Grice's bike.

Bruni with this righteous tyre message.
Bruni with this righteous tire message.

Jack with the finishing touches to Loic s Demo.
Jack with the finishing touches to Loic's Demo.

Check out those Mucoff gloves with textured palm ooh lala.
Check out those MucOff gloves with textured palm, ooh lala.

Amaury s still not too big to shine his own shoes.
Amaury's still not too 'big' to shine his own shoes.

Myriam mechanic Max finishing off her Supreme.
Myriam Nicole's mechanic, Max, finishing off her Supreme.

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Perfect colour coordination at Pinkbike racing
Perfect color coordination at Pinkbike Racing

A look at Anna Newkirk s Bixs LANE prototype.
A look at Anna Newkirk's Bixs LANE prototype.

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New stealthy colour ways for the Pivot Factory Team.
New stealthy colorways for the Pivot Factory Team.

A tidy solution to cable noise in the Pivot pits.
A tidy solution to cable noise in the Pivot pits.

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VHS on one of the Commencal Muc Off race bikes.
VHS tape on one of the Commencal Muc Off race bikes.

Fresh Fizik saddles in the Commencal pits.
Fresh Fizik saddles in the Commencal pits.

A look at the inner workings of the Commencal Supreme.
A look at the inner workings of the Commencal Supreme.

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The idler on Max Hartenstern s Cube downhill bike.
The idler on Max Hartenstern's Cube downhill bike.

Colour coordinated gear cables.
Colour coordinated gear cables.

FMD going the extra mile with their valve caps.
FMD going the extra mile with their valve caps.

Part of the linkage of the GT prototype.
Part of the linkage of the GT prototype.

The SRAM mechanics were kept busy today.
The SRAM mechanics were kept busy today.

A bussworks headset on Greg Minnaar s V10.
The oft-photographed Buzzworks headset on Greg Minnaar's V10.

Gracey Hemstreet s Norco sitting pretty.
Gracey Hemstreet's Norco sitting pretty.

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She s running a sprindex on her coil shock.
She's running a Sprindex on her coil shock.

Loic Bruni is back here this weekend and has a fresh paintjob too.
Loic Bruni is back here this weekend and has a fresh paintjob too.

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Danny Hart s Cube 215.
Danny Hart's Cube 215.

Myriam Nicole s Commencal Supreme.
Myriam Nicole's Commencal Supreme.

Some freshly serviced shocks in the Trek pits.
Some freshly serviced shocks in the Trek pits.

700g of lead on the bottom of Taylor Vernon s bike.
700g of lead on the bottom of Taylor Vernon's bike.


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96 Comments
  • 64 11
 Is there a crack on that commnecal?
  • 24 2
 I wonder how many frames the team goes through
  • 22 0
 I think its the edge of a clear frame protector. If you look just above the bolt holding the rock guard / lead weights in place, you'll see a line of the bottom edge of the frame protector... or its a crack...
  • 3 0
 Helps with off camber flex.
  • 5 4
 Funny thing though : the photo of Remi Thirion cracked frame from World Champ a couple year ago is pretty hard to find. Some website were kindly asked by commencal to remove the photo.
  • 33 2
 Paul Aston enters the chat
  • 5 1
 They still can do it right, I mean, they still have a great company image. But they will loose it if people get angry and keeping peoples mouth shut is not the proper way to deal with this.
  • 4 1
 I think it’s where the clear frame protection has slightly come up and dirt has got underneath it my bike has it abit and it’s not cracked
  • 3 0
 That Norco is THICCCCCK
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: Streisand effect
  • 1 0
 Dude there are literally 7 Picters of commencal-bike, whoch one?
  • 39 0
 So Loic has a monster paint job, and Danny has some red bull colourways going on..... someone is going to get fired over this
  • 27 0
 Hopefully Bruni has butter luck this race
  • 17 3
 The cable routing on those Cubes is horrendous
  • 18 1
 You can change gear cable in 5 minutes, this is race bike, not show off
  • 12 0
 Is the Pivot running in the vintage class this weekend?
  • 10 0
 That might be the best looking GT DH frame ever...
  • 3 0
 Come for the Forbidden, stay for the GT
  • 10 0
 Team pinkbike needs some pink v10s
  • 8 0
 The new forbidden DH is dropping this weekend?
  • 9 1
 Hot take, no high pivot
  • 1 0
 @mknott9: nah. You can see the chain guide
  • 1 0
 MEGALODON
  • 9 1
 So many sick rides but that black Norco is amazeballs!
  • 3 0
 I thought the same thing. I know some will give out about it being boring, but I reckon the gloss on it looks amazing.
  • 7 0
 Pinkbike racing should colour coordinate with the name instead of the suspension
  • 7 1
 It might just be perspective but the cable routing on the Cube looks a bit sus
  • 1 0
 It is on most of their bikes, so this would be no surprise.
  • 5 1
 Man, I would have a bunch of anxiety taping my rims before a race. . . . it takes at least 10 rides until I am 100% confident they are holding air. . . . . .
  • 24 0
 When I'm setting up a new tubeless setup I'll put a tube in, inflate to high psi to seat new tyre beads an put pressure on the tape to force it down an into any grooves etc. Remove, then fluid in. Hasn't let me down yet
  • 2 0
 @naptime: this is the way.
  • 7 10
 @naptime: It's entirely unnecessary to use a tube to seat the bead on a tubeless tire. Maybe it helped back when tubeless was pretty new but modern tubeless tires seat around 30-40 psi just fine these days.
  • 10 4
 @seraph: I use a tube then just leave it in there. Saves the time messing around with tubeless Smile
  • 1 0
 @Freakyjon: this is also the way
  • 2 1
 @seraph: sure they do.......¿
  • 1 1
 @naptime: My last Michelin DH 22 retain air for more than 1 month with decent psi without sealant. I even ride it like that,just the rim,tape and tire no problem.
I test all my tires like that,no sealant for a few days(let the wheel rest for a few days). When the rim tape is not good it would leak air in no time.
  • 1 1
 @naptime: Or just use a blow dryer or heat gun when taping. Never fails.
  • 11 6
 Just curious, are there any female mechanics on the circuit?
  • 1 1
 I don't think so
  • 10 0
 Fox shox has 1.
  • 5 12
flag thewho07 FL (Jul 7, 2022 at 1:17) (Below Threshold)
 Here we go...
  • 8 2
 @thewho07: it’s not a “gotcha” or anything, I was just genuinely curious. I noticed that even the female racers seem to always have male mechanics and wondered if there are any exceptions because if there were it would be fun to hear their story.
  • 10 20
flag mcozzy (Jul 7, 2022 at 2:04) (Below Threshold)
 Some may identify as female.
  • 9 6
 @mcozzy: you may identify as an asshat
  • 1 0
 I'm sure I've seen one?
  • 4 8
flag yvidal (Jul 7, 2022 at 14:40) (Below Threshold)
 The equity army only wants the prestigious positions. Same reason why you don’t see them fighting for women on construction or removing garbage.
  • 3 0
 External brake routing on the Forbidden DH bike... yes please!! Also that Norco idler is almost definitely larger tooth count than stock.
  • 1 0
 External routing, especially for rear brake should now be a feature, but guess itll cost an extra $350 on the next version
  • 5 0
 Loïc Bruni, surprisingly not sponsored by monster...
  • 5 0
 Those muck off gloves…
  • 3 0
 So what frame is that Norco now? A DH-Prototype or the Enduro frame or something else?
  • 3 0
 According to Norcos website it's a slightly modified Range. They are running a different linkage but the same frame.
  • 1 0
 It looks like sram is measuring the actual spring rate on their coils, rather than going with the ballpark estimate from the factory. It's a shame they don't sell coils to the public with an actual, verified spring rate.
  • 4 0
 38mm stanchion Boxxer?
  • 3 1
 Yep. Blackbox new boxxer. It seems to be very stiff and some Blackbox program riders not ready yet to switch to it.
  • 3 0
 Any news about a new Canyon Bike?
Saw Mark Wallace last weekend in Morzine
  • 4 0
 Fearon looks chuffed
  • 3 0
 Are those some updated Saint Calipers on the spy shot?
  • 1 0
 Loics paint holy shitballs. And the white grips.. dam I want those. The upper part of the paint looks like my mash ac3. and those forks ooooo. wowowowoww
  • 3 1
 Pic of Finn's new Demo ASAP!
  • 2 6
flag Muscovir FL (Jul 7, 2022 at 2:54) (Below Threshold)
 I mean who cares... No one rides a Demo anymore. All the cool kids are on the Crackencal Supreme these days.
  • 3 1
 Nice paint job on Loics small s
  • 9 0
 I thought it looked like something I would do, which, believe me, is not a compliment.
  • 14 0
 Redbull guy going full Monster Energy.
  • 1 1
 @mammal: ya. Kinda funny.
  • 14 1
 You could not do a more perfect marble confetti camo with tearaway caution watermelon with bronze accents paintjob, they nailed it
  • 2 0
 @codypup: hahah. I like that its different to the usual boring paint jobs on bikes today. Bikes now make me think of Audi or Mercedes Benz which is not good
  • 2 0
 Can someone explain the ochain on the commencal?
  • 2 0
 To combat pedal kickback? Just like it would be used on any bike
  • 1 0
 It would simplify suspension design (no need for idler and complicated high pivot) to do the same thing,erase pedal kickback.
  • 1 0
 @Bikerdude137: Its a high pivot...
  • 1 0
 @homerjm: Its a high pivot bike...
  • 1 0
 @Jordmackay: Yeah and the idler is about an inch below and behind the main pivot
  • 1 0
 @Bikerdude137: yeah but there is basically no kick back from the HP. Ochain makes no sense
  • 1 0
 @Jordmackay: I have one and there is kickback
  • 2 0
 Electronic lockout on Bruni's bike?
  • 1 0
 With all these strange and wonderfull colourways and new desighns, the Atherton bikes are a pleasure to the eye!
  • 1 0
 Is Myriam's front tire is mounted backwards? I've always aligned the Schwalbe color stripe on the non-drive side.
  • 8 7
 So many pretty things!
..then there's those orange forks Frown
  • 4 4
 Adding 700g to an aluminium dh bike brings it closer to an emtb weight or about half way between an enduro bike and an emtb
  • 5 6
 Meanwhile dome weight weenies are weighting their grips in the hope to same an extra 2g lol. And some PB editors claim unsprung ratio isn't relevant.
  • 1 4
 @Balgaroth: yup and id bet dollars to donuts if these wc racers had E dh bikes they'd happily have another couple pounds. Theyve added weight to their regular dh bikes even though it will sacrifice a bit of acceleration speed
  • 1 0
 Forbidden DH bike? Very nice!!
  • 1 0
 why are they sticking a bike in Greg Williamson's ear?
  • 2 0
 Bring back black bikes!
  • 1 0
 Atherton bikes
  • 1 0
 Tylers paint jobs are usually nice, this time, Loic's bike is...just ok
  • 1 0
 nice drop!
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