Tech Randoms: Vallnord DH World Cup 2019

Jul 3, 2019
by Ross Bell  
We're well into the swing of things now as we head into the second half of the season. The 4th round of the World Cup takes us to the steep slopes of Andorra, the venue of some great races in recent years thanks to the demand it places on bike and riders alike. Here's what was happening in the pits today as the teams got ready for the action to kick off tomorrow:

Finn Iles s flaming Demo.
Finn Iles's flaming Demo.

Fire... that s hot right now.
Fire... that's hot right now.
So. Fire.
So. Fire.

Custom brake levels found on Finn Iles s Maguras. They re shorter and have a more aggressive hook.
Custom brake levels found on Finn Iles's Maguras. They're shorter and have a more aggressive hook.

Read it and weep that you don t have your own name on your shock.
Read it and weep that you don't have your own name on your shock.

Finn Iles mechanic Kevin using a heat gun to get the tight fit on his DT Swiss rim tape.
Finn Iles' mechanic, Kevin, using a heat gun to get the tight fit on his DT Swiss rim tape.

Loic Bruni will be hoping to swap that 2 for a 1 after Saturday afternoon.
Loic Bruni will be hoping to swap that 2 for a 1 after Saturday afternoon.

The two Specialized boys have fresh paint jobs this weekend.
The two Specialized boys have fresh paint jobs this weekend.

It s a steep and loose track. Rims are bound to get smashed.
It's a steep and loose track. Rims are bound to get smashed.

Some fine tuning going on Dakotah Norton s bike.
Some fine tuning going on Dakotah Norton's bike.

Aaron s all-American ODIs
Aaron's all-American ODIs
John Hall tighten s Gwin s new 4th of July ODIs.
John Hall tightens Gwin's new 4th of July ODIs.

How much stack height Certainly more than your average for Jack Moir on the steeps of Andorra.
How much stack height? Certainly more than your average for Jack Moir on the steeps of Andorra.

Fresh looks aplenty in the pits. The Canyon Senders are looking pretty darn good
Fresh looks aplenty in the pits. The Canyon Senders are looking pretty darn good!


Brosnan s dialled purple anodized cockpit.
Brosnan's dialled purple anodized cockpit.
Brosnan s custom n0.3 hubs.
Brosnan's custom number 3 hubs.

The Sender s are all equipped with the Stendec data aquisition system.
The Senders are all equipped with the Stendec data acquisition system.

Fresh bearings being popped into Kade Edwards frame.
Fresh bearings being popped into Kade Edwards' frame.

Details of Kade s Trek Session.
Details of Kade's Trek Session.

Saracen have turned up to Andorra with a rather wild addition to their frame
Saracen have turned up to Andorra with a rather wild addition to their frame!

The brake is now mounted to a floating arm that is attached at the axle and bottom bracket.
The brake is now mounted to a floating arm that is attached at the axle and bottom bracket.

They re on the hunt for less brake jack which will probably prove useful on the steep and rough slopes of Andorra
They're on the hunt for less brake jack which will probably prove useful on the steep and rough slopes of Andorra.

The leading bike of Tracey Hannah get s a little bit of love before practice tomorrow morning.
The leading bike of Tracey Hannah gets a little bit of love before practice tomorrow morning.

Tracey Hannah s FAST coil shock.
Tracey Hannah's FAST coil shock.

Dakotah Norton s Devinci Wilson ready for battle.
Dakotah Norton's Devinci Wilson ready for battle.

Cannondale have opted for the lower mounting of the rear shock for this track.
Cannondale have opted for the lower mounting of the rear shock for this track.

A TRP brake caliper sitting atop a towering Commencal brake mount.
A TRP brake caliper sitting atop a towering Commencal brake mount.

The final steps of a rebuild in the Commencal 100 pits.
The final steps of a rebuild in the Commencal 100% pits.

Kevin Joly lacing up a pair of freshies for Finn to lay the hammer on.
Kevin Joly lacing up a pair of freshies for Finn to lay the hammer on.

Greg Minnaar has one of the longest and tallest bikes on the circuit but somehow it s not stretched out enough. These 17mm dropouts where machined in house with the aim to get him more centered over his frame. However they added 5mm to the bike s travel. To negate this the fellows over at Santa Cruz machined a custom lower link to bring the travel back to the stock 215mm. 17mm was the shortest distance before risking failure. Up front Minnaar is running an 8mm Buzz Works headset cup and 20mm of rise under the stem. Up front Minnaar is running an 8mm Buzz Works headset cup and 20mm of rise under the stem. The combined reach adjustments makes his bike 25mm longer than stock.
Greg Minnaar has one of the longest and tallest bikes on the circuit, but somehow it's not stretched out enough. These 17mm dropouts were machined in house with the aim to get him more centered over his frame. However, they added 5mm to the bike's travel. To negate this, the fellows over at Santa Cruz machined a custom lower link to bring the travel back to the stock 215mm. 17mm was as long as they could go without risking failure. Up front, Minnaar is running an 8mm Buzz Works headset cup and 20mm of rise under the stem.

Greg Minnaar has one of the longest and tallest bikes on the circuit but somehow it s not stretched out enough. These 17mm dropouts where machined in house with the aim to get him more centered over his frame. However they added 5mm to the bike s travel. To negate this the fellows over at Santa Cruz machined a custom lower link to bring the travel back to the stock 215mm. 17mm was the shortest distance before risking failure. Up front Minnaar is running an 8mm Buzz Works headset cup and 20mm of rise under the stem. Up front Minnaar is running an 8mm Buzz Works headset cup and 20mm of rise under the stem. The combined reach adjustments makes his bike 25mm longer than stock.
Greg Minnaar has one of the longest and tallest bikes on the circuit but somehow it s not stretched out enough. These 17mm dropouts where machined in house with the aim to get him more centered over his frame. However they added 5mm to the bike s travel. To negate this the fellows over at Santa Cruz machined a custom lower link to bring the travel back to the stock 215mm. 17mm was the shortest distance before risking failure. Up front Minnaar is running an 8mm Buzz Works headset cup and 20mm of rise under the stem. Up front Minnaar is running an 8mm Buzz Works headset cup and 20mm of rise under the stem. The combined reach adjustments makes his bike 25mm longer than stock.

Darren Burns on assembly duty for Sam Blenkinsop s weapon.
Darren Burns on assembly duty for Sam Blenkinsop's weapon.

The anatomy of a Norco Aurum.
The anatomy of a Norco Aurum.

Jamie Tilbury making sure Tracy Hannah doesn t spring any leaks.
Jamie Tilbury taping up Tracey Hannah's rims.

Christmas came early in the Hope pits.
Christmas came early in the Hope pits.
Anodized goodness from Hope.
Anodized goodness from Hope.

Phil Atwill has got himself a fresh paint job for his Cube Two15.
Phil Atwill has got himself a fresh paint job for his Cube Two15.

Phil Atwill has got himself a fresh paint job for his Cube Two15.
Phil Atwill has got himself a fresh paint job for his Cube Two15.

The shock bash guard found on the Cube bikes mounts directly on the rear shock.
The shock bash guard found on the Cube bikes mounts directly on the rear shock.

Phil Atwill has got himself a fresh paint job for his Cube Two15.
Phil Atwill has got himself a fresh paint job for his Cube Two15.



162 Comments

  • + 169
 Daaaamn, those Specialized bikes are butt ugly! :-O
  • + 40
 I dont know if youre referring to the paint or the frame? But I personally love the frame. Looks like a Banshee Legends younger brother.
  • + 19
 Agreed, they are going in the wrong direction. Bikes are supposed to look better as they evolve.
  • + 45
 Finns one is strangely working for me with its retro HotWheelsy fire grabbing the attention before it goes to notice the weird lines.
  • + 171
 Finn's bike makes me think he sleeps in a racecar bed!
  • - 22
flag baptistamtb200 (Jul 3, 2019 at 14:23) (Below Threshold)
 it's a prototype, i'm sure they won't sell them like that
  • + 17
 @rockchomper: Didn't we all want a racecar bed back in the day 'Silver Spoons' style? (yes, I am dating myself) Big Grin
  • + 38
 Hot Rod flames add 15 percent more watt output per pedal stroke.
  • - 8
flag jclnv (Jul 3, 2019 at 14:34) (Below Threshold)
 They may be ugly but they work better than Viagra in a gangbang.
  • + 20
 @rockchomper: He most likely has a CB radio in his car bed so he can talk to other car beds.
  • + 20
 @chillrider199: you didn't hear? Finn is going as Guy Fieri with matching bleached tips and goatee
  • + 3
 @jason475: Dammit son...now you are talking!
  • + 2
 Googling ‘bike flame decals’ right now.
  • + 24
 Finn's bike is a tight-lipped throwback to the 1998 Specialized FSR Shaun Palmer edition, that was as hot rod as they came, because of Palm and Caddies. Lots of Caddies.

That bike came with a 150 mm Manitou X-Vert Ti, XTR DH, first generation DeeMax's with Fear Control/Master knobbies and Palmer's fave Gustav M brakes.
  • + 5
 @chillrider199: looks like a 2003 demo 9
  • + 0
 Looks like my 1982 Ross box bike. No more flaming bikes for me.
  • + 1
 @rockchomper: ...with spinners and a built in alarm clock that blares "Bieber's Greatest Hits". All matching up perfectly to the flame decal prize pack inside his Frosted Mini-Wheats, which they just stuck on his bike.
There are flames done right and then the rest...tacky.
  • + 5
 @chillrider199:
Just the paint!
Normally i dig some retro or strange colourways, but those two just look so lazy.
  • + 4
 @bman33: WOW! You must be pretty young. Even my KIDS were too old for that. (I just turned 61. Some days, the up-hill make me feel like 100. On the other hand, downhills make me feel, oh... 40ish.)
  • + 1
 Finn’s yes but I would buy Loic’s frame tomorrow if available . Don’t know why but I’ve always loved technicolor.
  • + 2
 @chillrider199: True it really does. I think the new frames look sick. Legend is one of the best looking DH bikes ever.
  • + 1
 Exactly what I was thinking, a classic bike.
  • + 0
 2003 Specialized designer called. He wants their 20kg with unnacessible suspension designs back
  • + 1
 @mark4444: I thought they are supposed to WORK better as they evolve
  • + 1
 @Loki87: Understandable, yeah they make it hard to make out what youre looking at. Maybe thats on purpose? But yeah theyre not too pleasing.
  • + 1
 @rockchomper: bet it’s a fricken sweet car bed that his room mates got him....
  • + 1
 Guy Fieri rides DH? Who knew...
  • + 2
 @coyotecycleworks: beat me to the Guy Fieri damit.
  • + 1
 " that looks like banshee"....Legend.Period
  • + 0
 Fox and Specialized are letting the riders do the 'designs' and it shows. Gross kits and bike graphics.
  • + 1
 @yakimonti: Good thing those are their bikes and not yours. Suppose they like their bikes, they are the world cup racers faster than all of us. So there is that...
  • + 75
 Late 90s early 2000s Kona called. They want their floating arms back.
  • + 19
 The DOPE system!
  • + 5
 GT ran it on Lobo in 1997.
  • + 9
 Foes Racing had them as well back then
  • + 15
 @freeridejerk888: Lance used it too back in the days
  • + 29
 Next round I hope a privateer races a stinky
  • + 28
 except floating brakes truly work and are a dope idea
  • + 2
 Because Kona single pivot brake jack
  • + 5
 BMW, trust me on certain frames with brake jack this is a game changer.
  • + 2
 @Preachey: While wearing jeans
  • + 4
 Brake Therapy
  • + 4
 Santa Cruz V8 & first gen V10 and Cannondale Judge in addition to the above.
  • + 3
 Gotta be the most overengineered brake arm I have ever seen, didn't they used to be about 12mm rod ? This is a whole f*cking chain stay !
  • + 2
 Trek ABP (though that linkage drives the shock too). Floating arms like DOPE and Brake Therapy always seemed like perfectly fine solutions to me, they just went out of fashion as people wanted to have the linkage integrated in the suspension linkage. But all designs where the rear axle is on a single pivot swingarm and the brake is mounted on the linkage, you can say it is a floating brake (not to be confused with a floating brake caliper which goes in the axial direction).
  • + 0
 @PocoBoho: got one in my parts box that goes on my Keewee. IIIRC it worked quite well back in the days when I used to drag the back brake. Now I just don't brake.
  • + 4
 Interestingly, Fabien used his brake arm to increase anti-rise not decrease it.

By the way, brake jack is not a thing, brake squat is more accurate. It's related to anti-rise and having more anti-rise is not neciserily a bad thing, hence the decreasing popularity of brake arms and why Fabien used his to opposite effect.

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  • + 2
 @seb-stott: I knew he used it the other way around, to squat the rear when braking, but i didn't know he did it to that extreme!!

As for Saracen's solution, they are space constrained, that's why they didn't use a steel bar. That and they probably had a local guy with tons of aluminium, where it was quicker to make a low profile alu link than deal with the width of a steel bar, a rose joint pivot, etc. Considering the location of the pivot by the brake caliper they probably didn't have space for that. And the link itself is most likely not straight as well, so a straight steel bar with rose joints would cause other issues (side forces), etc.

It's actually a nice solution. They even built in an adjustment mechanism into the link Smile
  • + 0
 @seb-stott:
Brake jack is a thing, but yeah squat is what this linkage looks to be trying to eliminate. While fabian barel experimented with lots of squat many many years ago, and paul aston seems to be a big fan these days, i dont think it would be a good idea on anything but the smoothest parkiest tracks.
  • + 1
 @seb-stott: my Kona stinky would pack up more with every successive hit. Release the brake and the suspension would free up again. That's why it's referred to as jack. It's literally jacking up your suspension.
  • + 1
 Ive always taken "brake jack" to mean it forces your suspension to extend. Not common in bikes but some cars suffer this. I believe there was an old tomac bike in the early 2000s that suffered with it too. "Brake squat" ive taken to mean it compresses the suspension, causing it to pack down as makripper describes.
Excessive amounts of either is bad in my opinion. Minimal amounts of squat can keep the bike geo settled on really smooth fast tracks, but as soon as it encounters any real bumps itll be bucking all over the place. I think fairly neutral with a small amount of squat in the very initial travel is best. Big squat numbers in deep stroke make a bike ride like a bag of crap on proper dh tracks tho.
  • + 1
 @gabriel-mission9: I've never seen suspension extend from excessive braking. What bike does that? Either way, i can deal with those situations but not a fan. 4 bar or maestro are my favorite linkages. Maestro moreso for the ability to tune suspension reaction while pedalling by changing chainring size.
  • + 1
 @makripper: Theoretically a bike rotating the brake link counter-clockwise (looking from the driveside) going through the travel would want to extend the suspension when braking.

The caliper wants to rotate the brake link clockwise due to the balance of moments and forces in the system (something has to oppose the rear wheel which can't rotate when it's being braked).
  • + 1
 @Primoz: Yeah, but which design does that (other than when you've set up your Brake Therapy floating arm as such)? Most of the time the brake is on the swingarm (like when you have a single pivot design) or it is on the floating link. And for most of these designs, the IC is in front of the brake so when the rear wheel moves up, the brake rotates clockwise (looking from the drive side). There are designs that indeed have the IC behind the bike, but I forgot what it was. Lawwill has a parallelogram linkage, doesn't it?
  • + 1
 @vinay: All true which is exactly why i said theoretically. It can be done but it's not usually because it's inconvenient from a suspension design point of view (for the reasons you mentioned) and because you don't want it to happen, so you don't design a mechanism that would do that for you.

Maybe, just maybe with a high pivot bike (think Zerode DH), where you would have inherent squat from the geometry itself (the swingarm wanting to extend so much just from the pivot location, with the link rotation then helping a bit more) to battle it a bit and try to prevent some brake squat in that way.

As for a Lawwill, it would have that kind of characteristic. That and another bike currently out there which i can't remember the name of with a similar suspension layout. But they use a floating-ish brake link on it as well.
  • + 2
 Tomac Magnum, the Lawwill one. Don't think it had a floating brake mount, while the Yeti Lawwill did. Although one may have been available for the Tomac. I kinda miss Tomac bikes. They had a cool image even if the bikes weren't always amazing. I'd like to see them come back into the limelight like Saracen did a few years back.
  • + 23
 There has to be a cleaner solution to braking skyscraper that Commencal is using.
  • + 8
 I remember hearing that their intention with the rear triangle design was to increase compliance and tracking. The way that the chainstay and seatstay are at a shallow angle to each other, how they join ahead of the dropout and how small the cross-section is ahead of the dropout appear engineered to create that kind of flex.

Putting the brake mount on the seatstay or chainstay would allow for a much smaller, cleaner adapter, but I guess that would make the brakes interfere with the desired flex. And would require beefing up the tubing in that area in a way that would probably reduce compliance too.

Paul Aston did praise the Supreme's tracking in last year's review, so it must be working:
"The stiff but not harsh front end, combined with a fairly flexible swingarm, allows enough give at the rear wheel for fantastic tracking and line-holding through rough and off camber sections, without springiness found with some carbon bikes."
"It has near endless grip and composure on gnarly terrain"
  • + 5
 In other words: I like it, because it is a visual reminder that Commencal is thinking about performance in a way other companies may not be. Function over form!
  • + 3
 I think the brake mount is likely mounted to the dropout where it is so that as the rear triangle flexes the brake doesn’t rub on the rotor. @showmethemountains:
  • + 1
 @showmethemountains: They could easily have made the adaptor hug the stays closer, its just an orientation thing, so i wonder if they went with the skyscraper design because its was a; lighter or possibly b; better for brake cooling?
  • + 1
 You will see a new, one-piece brake mount on the Commencal team bikes (no adapter or separate mount).
  • + 17
 THOSE FLAMES REQUIRE 700% MORE IRONY THAN YUNG FINN POSSESSESSESS

BUT HE WILL PILOT THAT CORNY SLED TO THE TOP SPOT

I CAN FEEL IT
  • + 6
 your forgetting his bleached hair and hipbag that give him true speed and swag at the same time.
  • + 12
 @gordog1: I HAVE SEEN TEH INTERVIEWS AND THE GUY STR9 UP SCARES ME WITH HIS UNFLINCHING EARNESTNESS. HE MAKES GWIN SEEM LIKE RATTBOI'S FLAKY COUSIN.
  • + 1
 sorry I don't understand: why "irony"
  • + 1
 @vhdh666: IRONY IS WHEN THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOUD EXPECT HAPPENS. THESE VROOM VROOM FLAMES WOULD BE GREAT IF THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED BY A KNOWING WINK AND A LITTLE SELF DEPRECATION. MY PREMISE IS THAT ILES COMES ACROSS AS A WINKLESS ANDROID, THEREBY PRESENTING AS REALLY AND TRULY STOKED ON THE FLAMIN HOT DECALS.
I HATE THIS NOW. GO FINN.
  • + 1
 @vhdh666: Imagine Yoann Barelli running that kind of paint job. Or that crazy danish guy from the ultralight scott bikes.
  • + 3
 Why are you yelling?
  • - 1
 @owl-X: Capital letters do not make your remarks more INTERESTING, son.
  • - 1
 @owl-X: English???
  • + 14
 Specialized bikes are trying to win an ugliness contest, Saracen is bored enough to re-discover the pleasure of making awkward bricolage in a garage, Hope keeps on conceiving life in colors... well, the world keeps turning...

More seriously: Does anyone know why we don`t have any Rocky Mountain team in DHWC with a horde of Maidens ridden by beautiful good smelling talented riders?
  • + 15
 I'm glad you didn't say Female riders there mate. The lynch mob was warming up.
  • + 8
 +1 for bricolage.
  • + 1
 What's a decent english translation for bricolage?
The internet says 'patchjob' or DIY, but those lack the creativity and zeal for experimenting that 'bricoler' brings. Back in the day I heard 'covak' or 'covack' in bike shops, but I was 14 at the time and maybe they were making jokes I didn't understand...
  • + 2
 @nprace: ``bricolage``is a french word but as far as i know, it is also used in english. Tell me if I`m wrong.
In this case it is quite pejorative as it actually means ``something handcrafted in an amateur way``.

Well. ``bricolage``, ``amateur``, ... too many french words already Smile
  • + 1
 @Franzzz: Sounds like a botchjob.
  • + 1
 @nprace: We'd possibly call it a "bodge job" but I think that's more relevant to derailleurs being reattached with cable-ties than what Saracen have there.
  • + 1
 @haroman666: you mean a ``blodge job`` without neglecting the spelling? Smile
  • + 17
 Cube's first best looking bike award
  • + 8
 HHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHHAHAHAH
  • - 9
flag gordog1 (Jul 3, 2019 at 15:33) (Below Threshold)
 are you kiddin bro u fuckin idiot cubes make me throw up im tryin not to gag right now
  • + 1
 Was just gonna say the same. And I meant best among the previous incarnations, not best in the pits Big Grin
  • + 1
 Ya what? Shock guard bolts directly to it wtf
  • + 11
 On Minnaar's bike they talk about lengthening the rear end by 17mm. But then they say "17mm was the shortest distance before risking failure." Am I just not interpreting it correctly or should it have said it was the longest distance before risking failure?? Cool parts though, those dropouts for Minnaar and the Saracen floating brake proto
  • + 7
 Greg Minaar would still add a 8mm buzzwork headset even he rides a bullet train.
  • + 1
 that logic is the lever behind your conclusion
  • + 3
 I took it as 17mm was the shortest they could go while having enough material around each bolt hole / axle hole etc to have the required strength to not have the part fail.
design is always a compromise
  • + 1
 On VitalMTB they state it's 20mm...
  • + 1
 Greg Minnaar slowly realizing his XL V-10 isn't long enough for him. Santacruz needs to make a XXL or XXL for him. Something with 535mm of reach rather than his current 500mm.
  • + 2
 @feazel: I think you are correct, thanks for clearing that up.
  • + 1
 @SintraFreeride: For sure, longer is better in ANY case
  • + 12
 Brosnan on flats?
  • + 9
 Finn embracing his inner Guy Fieri
  • + 5
 He'll be piloting the bike straight to Flavor town!
  • + 7
 Pinkbike please do a detailed article on how these custom paint jobs are done! Stunning bikes.
  • + 6
 with a spray gun and stencils
  • + 2
 Goto fat creations instagram
  • + 2
 @lognar: Ali at Fat Creations would never do such lame work, those flames are hideous.
  • + 1
 @pimpin-gimp: obviously. But if you want to see how the best custom paint jobs are done...
  • + 6
 Everyone: "Bikes are just getting too long!"
Greg Minnaar: " Hold my Castle bru!"
  • + 6
 Whats are custom made levels? ;-)

Usually not of big fan of Trek bikes but that Session is the hottest bike out there atm
  • + 5
 People crying about the colored tags also same sad dotards who can't operate scribd.
  • + 6
 Finn going full #shirtsofricky with his whip, I love it.
  • + 6
 I thought Aaron’s grips had red tape lol
  • + 1
 Me too Big Grin we're clearly not murican Wink
  • + 2
 Spesh bikes win the sharpie award. Funny they are on maxxis tyres front and rear now ever since going to the 29” front wheel. Its almost like the riders have discovered what it is like to ride on decent tyres
  • + 4
 Minnaar is also pushing for the Syndicate to a fleet of stretch limos as team cars.
  • + 3
 Nice to see Madison Saracen brought back the KONA DOPE system... Hahahahahaha
  • + 1
 I had to look up those Magura levers. I didn't remember ever seeing them. Super cool
www.pinkbike.com/news/magura-hc3-adjustable-brake-lever-review.html
  • + 2
 Yep, just need a lever body that doesn't flex and get replaced by Shimano and they'll get strong share.
  • + 1
 Obviously the SC team know what they’re doing but moving the rear axle backwards will also have an affect on brake calliper position, won’t it?
  • + 3
 Yes, I'm sure they have an updated brake adapter yet to be mounted.
  • + 2
 Now i know why Tracey is so FAST Big Grin

The Floating arm on the Saracen bikes is the most interesting part on all of the bikes!
  • + 3
 The new Specialized tires are real......OH WAIT!!!!
  • + 1
 Saracen going to a floating brake bar.. I've often wondered about free'ing up rear axles with bearings on all suss designs (apart from those with one all ready obviously)
  • + 1
 Floating rear disk brakes are not new. It completely isolates braking from the suspension. I'm quite surprised I don't see this on more DH race bikes.
  • + 2
 So like what are the rules? Who gets yellow lowers? Best spez rider in standings?
  • + 2
 Finn Illes bicycle is actually pretty rad. Nostalgic paint scheme paired along with some modern aesthetic technology
  • + 1
 It's VERY telling that canyon choose to run the Vivid which is fairly old by now over the new super deluxes...
  • + 1
 What's up with the heat gun on the rim tape? They just heat it up after they apply it or as they are applying?
  • + 1
 Was wondering the same thing. I know I've certainly had some rims where the contours made a properly snug tape job difficult, particularly with a tape with little elasticity. But if you have too much elasticity in the tape, then it can end up getting pressed into the spoke holes excessively, once pressurized. A heat gun could allow you to have the best of both worlds, with good matching of the rim contours, but then no stretch once it cools.
  • + 2
 Loving those angles of pictures’s of Fines’s Iles’s
  • + 1
 I don’t think just the paint is new. How many new frames do the top pros go through?
  • - 1
 Minnaar’s custom dropouts look sketchy AF Eek Will he be snapping those like he did with a front triangle? And those Cube bikes are terrible looking! It’s like a 2 year old designed them Confused
  • + 1
 How come Canyon are still using RS Vivid shocks?
Do they even still make them?
  • + 1
 The Vivid is a dediacted DH shock, whereas the Super Deluxe is an enduro shock, so it makes sense that they'd run it. They most certainly have some custom internals in it. I wouldn't be surprised if RS released a new Vivid by the end of the year. Hopefully LSC/HSC/LSR/HSR to match the X2.
  • + 1
 Cause the Sender won't fit any Metric ones! I heard they don't but i saw that Canyon still sells the 9.0 Team model with Vivid Air's on it!
  • + 1
 @EnduroRider1986: They have custom linkage and they used the SD previously with it, but they seem to prefer the Vivid. The Vivid is 240mm long while the SD is 250mm and the linkage makes up for that.
  • + 1
 Because they are riding a hack job of a bike with 29 wheels and needed a shorter shock to make everything work it also only has 190mm of travel unlike troy's 27,5 bike with a super deluxe and full 200mm travel.
  • + 1
 As much as I like that brake therapy esque floating mount on the sacaren, it looks real heavy...
  • + 1
 Man, is it just me, or are the first few paint schemes just painful!?!
Either way, stoked as for race day!
  • + 2
 Finn’s bike is hideous. Remember Gwins specialized demo with the ugly flames?

Who keeps thinking this is cool?
  • + 2
 @Pisgah4life: guy fieri meme connaisseurs
  • + 1
 Not a single mention of Ti-Wraping a bash guard to a shock piggy back? None?
  • + 1
 Not sure if Kyle's or Iles' bike :S
  • + 1
 No one noticed giant glory 29?
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 Don't have own name on shock, not weeping.
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 Saracen should use a VPP or Horst-Link to get rid of brake-squat
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 Guy Fieri would be embarrassed to ride that flame paint job. Horrendous.
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 I want to joke about Finns bike but I realize being flaming is the trendy thing right now so I'll save the jokes.
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 who is running flat pedals in the canyon pits???
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 Seems that a lot of riders are going to flats for Andorra, since it's so steep and techy. Judging by the Ti bolts, it's probably Troy's.
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 some purdy pictures there. Thanks.
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 WTF has Specialized done to that bike design?
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 You know your bike design is shit in 2019 with a floating brake arm. 2002 called and wants their "new tech" back.
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 My dads 1950’s MX bike had one (along with lots more of the engineering ideas MTB thinks it invented.) So you’re a little off with 2002. Learning from the past can be useful in helping us go forward. We are all on our own journey.
The other end of the bike has a number 4 on it, so I guess we are doing something right.
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 I like the idea. Allows the bikes leverage curve, rear triangle stiffness, and axle path to be exactly how the brand wants it to be whilst having no effect on brake performance. No need to make compromises in either department.
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 @WillLongden: Get'm Willy!
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 @WillLongden: youd be doing better on proven suspension designs instead of doing r and d for piss poor engineers, but hey I'm no work cup pro..
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 @m33pm33p: Yeah cause we all know that single pivot bikes are such a new and unproven design. Can't believe Danny can even make it down the track on that thing...said no one.
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 did guy fieri do the paint job on Finns bike?
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 Finn for the win! Damn those flames are so hotrod!
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 Worlds most expensive bashguard
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 That swingarm is dope
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 #drool
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 Demo 7 Bring it on!
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