Tech Randoms - Nove Mesto World Cup XC

May 27, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
Yana Belomoina s American Eagle Atlanta 2.0 hardtail in its Nove Mesto setup. Yana chooses to run a KS Lev Integra carbon dropper post for this race a choice she only makes when courses get technical. The Atlanta 2.0 frame can be considered conservative on its geometry nowadays but its steep headangle of 70.5 degrees. Combined with chainstays of 425mm it does make for an extremely agile bike. Frame weight is 950 grams. Belomoina rides the DT Swiss XRC 25 wheels with an internal diameter of 25mm. The tyres are Exo versions of the Maxxis Aspen in 2.25 . EXO adds extra rigidity and protection on Nove Mesto s demanding course. Rotor provides one of the lightest choices in the industry with the Kapic crank. It can be matched to any of Rotor s blades. SRAM s Eagle is matched to a KMC chain.
Yana Belomoina's American Eagle Atlanta 2.0 hardtail.

Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2018
Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2018
Rotor's lightweight Kapic cranks are paired with a SRAM Eagle derailleur and cassette, and a KMC chain.

Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2018
Yana's running a KS Lev Integra dropper post to help with the technical bits on the Nove Mesto course. There's also a remote lockout for the fork to help with the not-so-techy bits.

Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2018
DT Swiss' OPM O.D.L. fork provides 100mm of travel. DT Swiss also supply the carbon XRC 25 wheelset, which is mounted up with EXO-casing Maxxis Aspen tires front and rear.

Magura MT8 raceline brakes
Magura MT8 Raceline brakes.


Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2018
Now that Shimano's XTR 9100 gruppo has officially launched it won't be long before it's a common sight on their sponsored athletes' bikes.

Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2018
Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2018
Jolanda Neff's bike had a Di2 drivetrain at last week's race, but for Nove Mesto that was swapped out for the new XTR.


Eagle eTap
Yes, we've shown the Eagle eTap drivetrain several times already, but this shot provides a better idea of what the thumb paddle shifter looks like.


Shimano Chainguide
Shimano's new chainguide can be mounted to the spot where the almost-extinct front derailleur used to attach.



56 Comments

  • + 33
 I usually bike porn with DH bikes, but this American Eagle!
  • + 26
 And when ur getn a little too excited u can look at those bars connected to the sram etap bike....down she goes.
  • + 2
 Has anyone compared XC geos with road ones? Wheelbase with the 29 looks close to an asphalt racing bicycle's. I'd probably have hit that tree too.
  • + 2
 Is that American Eagle made in 'merica???
If not, I'm notifying the NSA.
  • + 2
 Is this the same as the clothing company? Please no. I mean, I love their clothes, but bikes just don't make sense.
  • + 4
 @BenPea: Modern XC bikes are way longer than road bikes. A Specialized Tarmac has a 973 mm wheelbase in
54 while their Epic is 1123 mm in a medium. MVdP crashed because he was riding a brutal course at 110% on a recently-injured wrist which did not have enough strength to hold the line he needed.
  • + 3
 @sriracha: They already know
  • + 2
 @sriracha: of all names. Of ALL NAMES, they choose the same cheesy generic of a huge national retail chain where pre pubescent teens find their perfect pair of ripped jeans. Why not choose a damn Dutch name? Bloody awful.
  • + 3
 @motard5: Brentjens won the Olympics on a American Eagle in 96, that's probably why they just continue to use that name. It wasn't like they sat down and were thinking about what name they could give the bike
  • + 1
 @motard5: In Europe, XC riders are like, "American Eagle, f--- yeah!"
  • + 1
 @PAmtbiker: TLDR: he couldn't hang and blew up.
  • - 6
flag blackthorne (May 28, 2018 at 21:57) (Below Threshold)
 Anything with American bla bla these days just sounds like a bunch of redneck uneducated trump voter products. Sadly it used to mean something worth aspiring to.
  • - 1
 @blackthorne: and u sound so smart.
  • + 21
 That etap shifter is the ugliest thing ever
  • + 12
 I like how DT Swiss and Manitou make the fork arch behind the stanchions, looks superb! And not like every other fork profile out there
  • + 4
 I have a Manitou Circus, and I can also say that there is less mud (if not NO mud) stuck behind the arch !
  • - 3
 I'd buy one but I'm scared the arch will hit my frame in a big bottom out!!
  • + 2
 @freeriderayward: I ride on the Manitou Markhor with that reverse arch on my 29er and when it's fully bottom there is space between the frame and arch, I wasn't worried about that when I bought the forks
  • + 1
 The reason why most companies don't do the reverse arch is that it increases the axle to crown length for a given trael
  • + 3
 @freeriderayward: Shame no one thought of that...
  • + 6
 @freeriderayward: What if you bottom out with your regular forks while X-Upping?
  • + 0
 @colincolin: haha, I'll just have to land in a manual and spin them back around!

Yeah nah I'm still worried about the reverse arch hitting the frame.
  • + 1
 @hamncheez: That's not the case. The arch, front or back, is developed to fit around a given tire size and has zero effect on ride height.

Ride height is predominantly driven by tire size, crown thickness, crown-to-tire clearance at bottom-out, and fork travel. Since tire size is set outside of the fork design and travel is travel, the only numbers that really fluctuate are the crown thickness and crown clearance. The ride heights of production forks reflect that; for example, looking at 29er Boost 130mm-travel forks, the Mattoc has an A2C of 539mm, Fox 34 is at 537mm, and the RS Pike is at 541mm. I'd guess that trend follows through on most other forks as well.

Manitou put out a tech document about the reverse arch and the ride height thing was one of the common misconceptions: www.manitoumtb.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Manitou_Reverse-Arch_revC.pdf
  • + 3
 @bajamonkey: thanks for that document, very interesting reading! I may look into them after all.
  • + 12
 Where are the vibration defying shards from Mohammeds scimitar?
  • + 1
 lol made my day!
  • + 6
 The real question I have is what percentage of Yana's wardrobe includes polo's, distressed trucker hats and flip flops?
  • + 3
 no one has mentioned fox live valve in the last pic. or is that a data acquisition unit
  • + 2
 So is Shimano giving up on DI2 for mountain now? The one thing that they did better.
  • + 3
 *one of many things they do better
  • + 2
 Seems like a fast rolling xc tyre on the last pic. Anyone know what brand is it?
  • + 2
 That tread pattern looks like a Schwalbe G-One Allround.
  • + 1
 @bottleblurrocket: That's what I was thinking.
  • - 3
 @bottleblurrocket: Isn't that heavy e-bike specific tire?
CST has a tire with a similar tread.
  • + 2
 @nozes: nope, it is not! There are quite a few versions of the G series that schwalbe makes and this model is just a standard mtb version. They make 27.5, 700c(narrow width), and 29er models
  • + 1
 It's Schwalbe, I was thinking about the new Racing Ray at the first look but it is not.
  • + 1
 Why did they sharpie out Maxxis and leave Aspen on Yana's bike? Was the yellow logo breaking up the aesthetic?
  • + 1
 My guess is because she's sponsored by CST. They may let her ride the tires with minimal logo hiding tho because CST is the parent company of Maxxis.
  • + 1
 I would gladly see the geometry of this one. Funny how small rotors make the wheels look like 32 or 36".
  • + 1
 Anyone have a closeup of Kulhavy's bike? That drivetrain issue on the final climb cost him some spots.
  • + 1
 That e-tap shifter could be production sample. It already have a sticker with all that CE conformity bullshit.
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer who's bike is that last photo with the chainguide?
  • + 1
 Ummm, What's holding the bike up?
  • + 4
 Ancient Chinese secret.
  • + 1
 Anyone know what stem that is?
  • + 2
 If youre referring to Nino's bike its the syncros one piece bar stem combo
  • + 1
 I'd like to know too, but the first one, looks skeletal.
  • + 3
 It's the FSA SLK drop stem.
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