Tech Randoms - Lenzerheide DH World Champs 2018

Sep 8, 2018
by Ross Bell  
It was a short morning of downhill action today before the main show kicks off tomorrow. Here's what was going on in the pits while the downhill racers enjoyed the afternoon off and the XC guys and girls got stuck into their fight for the rainbow jerseys.

The custom colour ways aren t just for the racers in Lenzerheide this weekend.
The custom colorways aren't just for the racers in Lenzerheide this weekend.

Kaos Seagrave has got himself a custom frame for Hardline next week.
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Kaos Seagrave has got himself a custom frame for Hardline next week.

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Chromed Chris King hubs and Aussied out ENVEs in the Intense pits.
Chromed Chris King hubs and Aussied out ENVEs in the Intense pits.

Jack Moir is one of the tallest riders on the circuit and his cockpit certainly reflects that.
Jack Moir is one of the tallest riders on the circuit and his cockpit certainly reflects that.

The wild suspension layout on the Kellys Noid.
The wild suspension layout on the Kellys Noid.

Jacob Dickson s DVOs get a pre-race strip down.
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Jacob Dickson's DVO get a pre-race strip down.

Vergier s and Shaw s V10s sitting pretty after practice.
Vergier's and Shaw's V10s sitting pretty after practice.

Greg Minnaar with a pretty sizeable stack this weekend.
Greg Minnaar with a pretty sizeable stack this weekend.
A red shock colourway for Greg Minnaar this weekend.
His shock has been given a splash of red for the big race.

All the speculation is over. The now branded TRP mech of Aaron Gwin.
All the speculation is over. The now branded TRP mech of Aaron Gwin.

Gwin has of course moved to a 29er but has raken his signature Onza Aquila rubber with him too.
Gwin has of course moved to a 29er but has taken his signature Onza Aquila rubber with him too.

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Henry Kerr s silver steed for the weekend.
Henry Kerr's silver steed for the weekend.

The coating of Angel Suarez s FOX 40s looks to be more like the darker copper colour seen on their shocks.
The coating of Angel Suarez's FOX 40 looks to be more like the darker copper colour seen on their shocks.

 straya.
'straya.

Thibaut Daprela is running a slammed stem this weekend.
Thibaut Daprela is running a slammed stem this weekend.

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It s not just a home race for some of the riders DT Swiss are making people well aware it s their home event too.
It's not just a home race for some of the riders, DT Swiss are making people well aware it's their home event too.

Wyn Master s GT Fury gets a spruce up.
Wyn Master's GT Fury gets a spruce up.

Caitlin Fielder provided Wyn Masters with these one of a kind Shimano AM9 s.
Caitlin Fielder provided Wyn Masters with these one of a kind Shimano AM9's

No mistaking who this bike belongs to. Martin Maes is flying the flag for Belgium and has a strong shot at the medal positions.
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No mistaking who this bike belongs to. Martin Maes is flying the flag for Belgium and has a strong shot at the medal positions.

Formula have gone for purple lowers at World Champs.
Formula have gone for purple lowers at World Champs.

Remi Thirion s French inspired HTs.
Remi Thirion's French inspired HTs.

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Dakotah Norton running some pretty steep brake levers and shifter positions.
Dakotah Norton running some pretty steep brake levers and shifter positions.

Dakotah Norton opting for air...
Dakotah Norton opting for air...
...whilst teammate Jure Zabjek goes for coil
...while teammate Jure Zabjek goes for coil

The World Cup overall winner will hope to take this to the top spot tomorrow.
The World Cup overall winner will hope to take this to the top spot tomorrow.

No yellow Ohlins coil this weekend for Adam Brayton.
No yellow Ohlins coil this weekend for Adam Brayton.

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You can always rely on Hope to pull out all the stops on a wild World Champs build.
You can always rely on Hope to pull out all the stops on a wild World Champs build.

The detail on the worlds bikes this weekend are crazy. Props to the painters.
There are plenty of little frame details throughout the pits.

Laurie Greenland s Mondraker Summum gets some after practice TLC.
Laurie Greenland's Mondraker Summum gets some after practice TLC.

Cushcore in the back of Finn Iles Demo.
Cushcore in the back of Finn Iles' Demo.
Finn Iles Magura levers get a splash of Canadian.
Finn Iles' Magura levers get a splash of Canadian.

Specialized s Candian duo will go for gold aboard the same frame colourway.
Specialized's Candian duo will go for gold aboard the same frame colourway.

Says all that needs to be said. Jared has been in everyone s thoughts this weekend.
Says all that needs to be said. Jared has been in everyone's thoughts this weekend.

Loic Bruni has some pretty pimp looking chromed out Ohlins DH38s.
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Loic Bruni has some pretty pimp looking chromed out Ohlins DH38s.

Charlie Harrison s BoXXers get the American treatment.
Charlie Harrison's BoXXer gets the American treatment.

Gold Trickstuff s stopper in the Polygon pits.
Gold Trickstuff stopper in the Polygon pits.

Kade Edwards Session is pretty stunning up close.
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Kade Edwards' Session is pretty stunning up close.

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The Hope components on Kade s bike got the GB treatment too.
The Hope components on Kade's bike got the GB treatment too



92 Comments

  • + 248
 #STRENGTHforJARED
  • + 34
 Would quite happily purchase one of those stickers if they were available #f*ckcancer
  • + 30
 Loic's bike looks so good. Chrome and gold for the win!
  • + 2
 world champs title no3 for superbruni
  • + 1
 @funkzander: You forget 1 gold medal as a Junior!
  • + 0
 That session paint job is sick up close.
  • + 25
 Hey Öhlins, this World Champs edition of your fork is how you “paint” a fork so that people lust after it and jizz on their screens. That black thing you sell. Not so much.
  • + 2
 Öhlins,we don't do "sponsorship" as far as we know.
  • + 1
 @chyu: they don’t. Companies spinsoring riders buy it for them.
  • + 3
 Just take it to a good place to chrome it. Btw it will add tons of weight if done right. Just polish the fork like old marzocchi, it looks better imo too
  • + 4
 @RedRedRe: they surely took the paint off and polished it.
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: yeah, i am not sure where i read chrome in you comment. Sorry! But knowing you, you probably edited it out Smile
  • + 4
 @RedRedRe: no there are a couple of captions referring to chrome when I think they are polished. Ever the pedant, it's the first thing I noticed. Still, it makes no difference. Polished looks mean AF. I would love to see a girl with the polished lowers and the old marzocchi coffee brown stanchions.. cough cough sorry I mean the new fox copper stanchions!
  • + 2
 Fork not girl!
  • + 4
 " WAKIdesigns (5 hours ago)
Hey Öhlins, this World Champs edition of your fork is how you “paint” a fork so that people lust after it and jizz on their screens. That black thing you sell. Not so much."
I personally HATE chrome(faux chrome, 'chrome' stickers, and everything related).
Ohlins' trademark more or less is their gold outer tubes and stanchions. They don't even need to put their logo anywhere.
If they simply carried these colors over from their motorsports suspension, methinks they'd sell a SHI-t-LOAD more forks .
  • + 1
 @YoKev: shots fired
  • + 6
 @YoKev: imagine silver legs, golden stanchions with blue laser etched Ö logo on them. Amazeballs.
  • + 0
 @YoKev: Yeah because color is MY main criterion for selection of a particular fork. How it works, what it cost$, not so much.....
  • + 0
 @bart882: the issue is that if you ask such a hefty price tag, making it look great is functional and practical. Silver finish is actually the most practical finish a product made of metal can have. Black in the other hand is least practical unless you are highly concerned about the looks and you would like something that surely color matches your bike. That’s about it for being awake as fuk because I don’t care about the looks
  • + 4
 @bart882: I don't care about none of that bunk. That's just a distraction. All that I care about is the quality of advertising/marketing. That's what makes a real difference!
  • + 1
 @m1dg3t: I a tually do about quality of advertising because companies propelling straight forward BS like Pole won’t get a tiniest bit of my money, no matter the quality of their product. I will furthermore deter others from buying their stuff
  • + 1
 Paint it yourself? Black is a blank canvas....
  • + 1
 @jaame: I have looked at closeups on vital... I can't tell if it is polish or chrome... I think it may painted as the rest of the frame looks chrome but can not polish or chrome carbon.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Silver finish has been removed from the bike industry as soon as companies were run by people with a business degree rather than cyclist.
  • + 0
 @RedRedRe: Black finish suits Suntour, XFusion and RS. Öhlins, Cane Creek, Formula do better in weird colors. Cane Creek is a fantastic example of cool base colors and then releasing limited editions. Brilliant.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: i was referring to components like cranks, derailers etc
  • + 16
 Fox stanchions look like Marzocchi Espresso
  • + 2
 That's because fox are finally applying a thicker and higher quality kashima coat to there forks. only took them 8 years...
  • + 13
 Minnaars setup is some kind of record for ugliness me thinks.
  • + 4
 I don't really understand the eyes thing he's got going on.
  • + 1
 @Tinga: I didn't either... someone mentioned it might be all eyes on him?
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: I made a comment about that in the other thread. Just an observation based thing. Not sure if that is/was his intent. Could easily be a "looking out" or "looking at you" theme or anything else really... LoL
  • + 2
 @m1dg3t: Yeah... Eye'm watching you... Wink
  • + 2
 Yeah, he should slam that stem! People without a fixie background are clueless
  • + 1
 @m1dg3t: I think it's supposed to resemble a leopard's spots (South Africa).
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: HaHaHa Eye see what you did there...
  • + 1
 @serathestaii: Maybe? Still got something to do with eyes though.
  • + 11
 Tech Randoms? All I see is paint jobs. :/
  • + 3
 short of technically randoms.
  • + 4
 Yeah, questionable title indeed.
  • + 6
 Minnaar's spacer stack. You'd have to torque the screws like hell, I guess. I wonder whether it is robust enough on an out of schedule sideways landing...
Or is it a prank for the key board warriors?
  • + 10
 The torque required at the mounting bolts won't change and I don't think the sheer load on the bolts changes as long as the spacers are aligned. Any engineers out there that can confirm?
  • + 1
 I was wondering the same thing, it seems like those bolts could bend! He could benefit from a custom crown, or stem, or both for that much rise.
  • + 11
 Better solution is a handlebar with more rise
  • + 20
 Yeah, I heard his mechanic is a newbie, that stack is totally dangerous.
  • + 9
 @MmmBones: the shear stress on the stem bolts should remain constant along the length of the bolts so long as there is no contact between the bolt and spacer. In the instance of the spacer(s) suddenly moving (as in of kilter impact) the instantaneous contact at velocity (v), with acceleration (a), and equivalent to mass (m) would give rise to a change in shear force at the point of contact equal to (m x a) divided by the area of the bolt at the point of contact. My guess is that the spacers might have some kind of male/female step to prevent shear stress changes on the bolts. So to sum up you are bang on the money
  • + 1
 @MmmBones: Required torque won't change, but it does stress the bolts and the threads in the crown more.
  • + 5
 @donpinpon29: or Santa Cruz actually build a bike that fits him
  • + 2
 @chrismac70: don't be silly
  • + 3
 @chrismac70: he was the reason behind the XL 29er V10, I wouldn’t pay to much attention to this stack of spacers, pretty obvious they are just testing different variants / geometry
  • + 1
 @MonEddy: it’s not shear stress it’s bending due to the force created at the end of the handle bar. If the fasteners are torqued to spec the clamping force should prevent localized bending at the exposed threads.
  • + 1
 @rivercitycycles: you will have both shear and bending stress. The only instance that you do not have shear stress/where the shear stress is equal to zero is along a principle plane, in which instance the only stress is at 90 degrees to the principle plane and as such direct stress
  • + 7
 It's a Pink bike on pinkbike.
  • + 3
 Cums with Protect Lube too.
  • + 7
 Tahnee got the wrong colour scheme.
  • + 11
 Tahnee got robbed!
  • + 1
 I can't believe - many new parts, stuffs, solutions etc. to be faster and then...big square with number in front of the crowns. In sport where every thousandth of a second is meaningful they still don't change that. Look at roadie guys - little number behind a seatpost is sufficient.
  • + 6
 It's probably one of those things that make downhill downhill. Would look weird without them.
  • + 5
 Does it really matter though if every single racer has the number plate? The playing field is even...
  • + 4
 That paintjob on Kade's Session frame looks similair to that of my frame.
  • + 2
 I think you mean luggz frame most likely
  • + 2
 Your Demo came to mind as soon as I saw it. It got my vote in the poll yesterday
  • + 2
 That paint job instantly reminded me of a bike I had and got stolen in a DH race. The year was 1994.
  • + 3
 Oh yeah. That was good! Lights a cigarette.
  • + 2
 whats the red grease on the DVO fork? Slick honey is crappy brown/tan so what's the red stuff?
  • + 4
 Rock n Roll red devil grease
  • + 1
 @Beez177: RnRRDG FTW!
  • + 1
 Steep levers are the new flat levers. Tell your young friends! It's going to be huge.
  • + 1
 @phile99: Are you new? People have been running their levers at whatever angle they want since they first put levers on handle bars LoL

Are they meant to only be run at a certain angle and nothing else?
  • + 1
 What a great bike! My downhill bike looks like this www.morpheusbikes.com/product-page/conspiracy-premiun-build.
  • + 1
 Is Harrrison a typo on the fork, or just the way they pronounce the name?
  • + 0
 people are going to look back on these paint jobs they same way we look back on fluorescent 80s tracksuits.
  • + 2
 Blissful nostalgia?
  • + 1
 it seems like I'm trippin big time ........
  • + 1
 Minnaar’s stem set up is sketchy AF Eek
  • + 1
 An eye for and eye, all it needs is a spoon sticker!
  • + 1
 love this article!!!! thanks PB don't stop the great job!!!
  • + 1
 that propain looks dope. and the custom shimano am9's. i want
  • + 5
 Well get yer Sharpies out and get cracking!
  • + 0
 Fox 49er on the front of Kaos' bike...
  • + 1
 Playful enough for Hardline? HOW?
  • + 1
 Seen a lad on a 29er version last September in whistler. I assume the hole team isn't the tallest hence we haven't seen them racing it this year? Who knows...
  • + 1
 Chromed forks win races!
  • + 1
 Yes, more chrome less orange/green.
  • + 1
 @jrocksdh: except DVO Green ... DVO green Rocks Razz
  • + 1
 @HairyLegs: colored forks kinda force ur hand to dress up the bike a certain way. Luckily most logos are stickers.
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