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Tech Randoms - Nove Mesto World Cup XC
May 27, 2018
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Yana Belomoina's American Eagle Atlanta 2.0 hardtail.
Rotor's lightweight Kapic cranks are paired with a SRAM Eagle derailleur and cassette, and a KMC chain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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's new chainguide can be mounted to the spot where the almost-extinct front derailleur used to attach.
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(May 27, 2018 at 12:00)
I usually bike porn with DH bikes, but this American Eagle!
(May 27, 2018 at 13:32)
And when ur getn a little too excited u can look at those bars connected to the sram etap bike....down she goes.
(May 27, 2018 at 13:44)
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.
(May 27, 2018 at 14:25)
Is that American Eagle made in 'merica???
If not, I'm notifying the NSA.
(May 27, 2018 at 16:25)
Is this the same as the clothing company? Please no. I mean, I love their clothes, but bikes just don't make sense.
(May 27, 2018 at 16:58)
: 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.
(May 27, 2018 at 17:34)
: They already know
(May 27, 2018 at 18:12)
: 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.
(May 27, 2018 at 21:12)
: 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
(May 27, 2018 at 22:18)
: In Europe, XC riders are like, "American Eagle, f--- yeah!"
(May 28, 2018 at 9:05)
: TLDR: he couldn't hang and blew up.
(May 28, 2018 at 21:57)
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.
(May 28, 2018 at 22:32)
: and u sound so smart.
(May 27, 2018 at 14:52)
That etap shifter is the ugliest thing ever
(May 27, 2018 at 11:54)
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
(May 27, 2018 at 13:29)
I have a Manitou Circus, and I can also say that there is less mud (if not NO mud) stuck behind the arch !
(May 27, 2018 at 14:17)
I'd buy one but I'm scared the arch will hit my frame in a big bottom out!!
(May 27, 2018 at 17:07)
: 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
(May 27, 2018 at 18:15)
The reason why most companies don't do the reverse arch is that it increases the axle to crown length for a given trael
(May 27, 2018 at 22:19)
: Shame no one thought of that...
(May 28, 2018 at 2:33)
: What if you bottom out with your regular forks while X-Upping?
(May 28, 2018 at 13:38)
: 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.
(May 29, 2018 at 16:23)
: 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:
(May 29, 2018 at 21:40)
: thanks for that document, very interesting reading! I may look into them after all.
(May 27, 2018 at 12:18)
Where are the vibration defying shards from Mohammeds scimitar?
(May 27, 2018 at 23:10)
lol made my day!
(May 27, 2018 at 16:14)
The real question I have is what percentage of Yana's wardrobe includes polo's, distressed trucker hats and flip flops?
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(May 28, 2018 at 5:10)
no one has mentioned fox live valve in the last pic. or is that a data acquisition unit
(May 27, 2018 at 17:22)
So is Shimano giving up on DI2 for mountain now? The one thing that they did better.
(May 28, 2018 at 8:03)
*one of many things they do better
(May 27, 2018 at 13:02)
Seems like a fast rolling xc tyre on the last pic. Anyone know what brand is it?
(May 27, 2018 at 13:09)
That tread pattern looks like a Schwalbe G-One Allround.
(May 27, 2018 at 13:30)
: That's what I was thinking.
(May 27, 2018 at 13:39)
: Isn't that heavy e-bike specific tire?
CST has a tire with a similar tread.
(May 27, 2018 at 14:03)
: 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
(May 27, 2018 at 20:49)
It's Schwalbe, I was thinking about the new Racing Ray at the first look but it is not.
(May 28, 2018 at 3:26)
Why did they sharpie out Maxxis and leave Aspen on Yana's bike? Was the yellow logo breaking up the aesthetic?
(May 28, 2018 at 7:39)
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.
(May 29, 2018 at 6:28)
I would gladly see the geometry of this one. Funny how small rotors make the wheels look like 32 or 36".
(May 29, 2018 at 6:16)
Anyone have a closeup of Kulhavy's bike? That drivetrain issue on the final climb cost him some spots.
(May 27, 2018 at 23:25)
That e-tap shifter could be production sample. It already have a sticker with all that CE conformity bullshit.
(May 29, 2018 at 3:15)
who's bike is that last photo with the chainguide?
(May 27, 2018 at 20:30)
Ummm, What's holding the bike up?
(May 28, 2018 at 1:49)
Ancient Chinese secret.
(May 27, 2018 at 13:01)
Anyone know what stem that is?
(May 27, 2018 at 13:08)
If youre referring to Nino's bike its the syncros one piece bar stem combo
(May 27, 2018 at 13:36)
I'd like to know too, but the first one, looks skeletal.
(May 27, 2018 at 14:39)
It's the FSA SLK drop stem.
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(May 27, 2018 at 12:42)
That American Eagle is one of the ugliest bikes I've ever seen and I've seen a Redalp in real life.
(May 27, 2018 at 13:09)
I'd forgotten all about redalp's - Just had to go check out there website. I love the attention to detail.....under their technology section, it tells us all about how their rear suspension is great over square bums.
(May 27, 2018 at 14:49)
I do love a good upside down stem and a back to front fork! I couldnt imagine anything better for hammering down a "mountain bike" trail......said no one ever!!
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