Tech Randoms: Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021

May 12, 2021
by Ross Bell  
The XC World Cup circus has rolled on from one classic venue to the next with Nové Město na Moravě playing host to round two of the 2021 XC World Cup season. It was a busy day at the Vysočina Arena with riders and teams trying to dial into a very different track to what we had in Albstadt last week. We've been for a lap of the pits to see what interesting tech randoms we could find.


Team mechanics were busy with dialing bikes in while others were setting up dualies for the first time this season.
Team mechanics were busy with dialling bikes in while others were setting up dualies for the first time this season.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
Fresh paint jobs for the Cannondale boys.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
The rear triangles feature each of the rider's country colours.

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They've all got different preferences when it comes to tires too.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
A mix of Schwalbe Thunder Burt and Racing Ralph.

An electric bike pump from Fumpa.
An electric bike pump from Fumpa.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
The "two in one" lockout system on the Thomus bikes.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
Fluckiger is the only rider who prefers to have the lockout lever above the bars instead of below.

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Jordan Sarrou's World Champs edition Specialized Epic.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021

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Plenty of Michelin tire options ready to go in the Orbea pits.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
The KMC Orbea team use Galfer rotors and pads, the titanium bolts just add that little extra bling.

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Milan Vader's stealthed out Orbea Oiz.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
The details are minimalist but super classy, it's a big yes from me!

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He's running FSA power meter cranks. It'd be interesting to know the watts going through these on race day!

Telemetry and other wizardry. Every bit of data helps when you re competing at the top.
Telemetry and other wizardry. Every bit of data helps when you're competing at the top.
Andi Pscheidel rigging in the telemetry.
Andi Pscheidel rigging in the telemetry.

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A SRAM BlackBox power meter spotted in the Trek pits.

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A satisfying box of random bolts and bits spotted in the Ghost pits.

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There's no missing the Ghost bikes out on track with these all in one carbon wheels from their sponsor Bike Ahead Composites.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021

Kate Courtney s brake levers complete with the shark and some sparkle in paint.
Kate Courtney's brake levers complete with the shark and some sparkle in paint.

Kate Courtney s blip box got reworked and recabled after taking the heat from ruthless Pinkbike commenters.
Kate Courtney's blip box got reworked and re-cabled after taking the heat from ruthless Pinkbike commenters.
An updated look for the now hidden blip box on Kate Courtney s bike.
An updated look for the now hidden Blip box on Kate Courtney's bike.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot naturally has a pair of matching BMC s. She ll be on the full squish variant this weekend.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot naturally has a pair of matching BMC's. She'll be on the full squish variant this weekend.

Yay or nay on this custom Ghost Lector Either way it looks wild.
Yay or nay on this custom Ghost Lector? Either way, it looks wild.

Nino Schurter is also on the blip program with the button poking through his comfy Syncros grips.
Nino Schurter is also on the Blip program with the button poking through his comfy Syncros grips.
Nino s mechanic opted for the easily accessible option for the Sram junction box. Sometimes in racing easy access trumps sleek looks.
Nino's mechanic opted for the easily accessible option for the SRAM junction box. Sometimes in racing easy access trumps sleek looks.
[SPLIT]

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Not enough gear for Nino today! On goes the 40T chainring.

Yanick the mechanic double checking Nino s fit.
Yanick the mechanic double-checking Nino's fit.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
Getting that saddle position dialled with the added help of your phone's spirit level app.

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The weight difference between the previous SID damper (top) and the latest (bottom) is rather significant, close to 100 grams.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
The new damper was launched last year with SRAM's Todd Anderson saying it brought improved performance alongside the weight saving.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021

A clean bike is a happy bike.
A clean bike is a happy bike.

Peter Felber s entry to toolboxwars
Peter Felber's entry to #toolboxwars

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Every gram counts in XC. The Santa Cruz FSA Pro Team are using a mount from HOPP carbon parts.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021
28mm Reserve carbon wheels in the Santa Cruz FSA Pro Team pits.

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Rebecca McConnell has a rather compact cockpit setup with the bars stopping the tape measure at 620mm.

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An ENVE one-piece bar as used by Cannondale's Manuel Fumic.

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Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2021

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Jolanda Neff's Trek Supercaliber.

Florian Vogel on the soap.
Florian Vogel on the soap.

Does your team rig come with an espresso door built in Cannondale has got it all figured out.
Does your team rig come with an espresso door built-in? Cannondale has got it all figured out.



169 Comments

  • 43 0
 A blacked out bike for a dude named Vader, love it!
  • 31 0
 With power meter cranks so he can use the force.
  • 13 0
 May the Schwartz be with him...
  • 7 0
 @VlajiciStrapec: Engage.... ludicrous speed. And jam the radar.
  • 1 0
 And he’s using a 34. Wonder if the orbea Oiz trail version will merge with the xc version for 2022.
  • 1 2
 @mrkkbb: not likely as long as there are ppl who think 200 grams makes a difference while riding and completely ignoring the benefits of stronger chassis and slightly longer fork.
  • 9 3
 Hi, I'm here to ruin all internet fun and tell you it's pronounced "Vodder" and therefore your comment, while visually appealing, holds no weight phonetically. Have a great day and don't forget to downvote me!
  • 3 0
 @BespokeTrailMix: as you please, sir... -1 ;-)
  • 1 0
 @BespokeTrailMix: I’m well aware, but the joke was right there on the tee!
  • 1 0
 is Milan Vader of Slavic origin? Czech? Slovenian?
  • 2 0
 @pastronef: he’s Dutch
  • 1 0
 @mtallman2: yes I know. I was wondering if he got parents/grandparents from eastern Europe. the "Milan" surname doesnt sound very Dutch. thanks
  • 2 0
 @pastronef: yeah, true... Milan is common name here in Czechistan, and is of Slavic origin
  • 42 2
 Those Reserve 28 wheels are not in Santa Cruz's line up yet. I wonder what they'll weigh? Santa Cruz's current XC wheels (Reserve 25s) are kinda heavy IMO.
  • 2 4
 At least they got the color right on the wheels! Doesn't look like a candy necklace, unlike the frame options we have seen so far.
  • 3 2
 When I bought my Blur a few years ago the shop mentioned the reserve wheels. I couldn't justify an extra ~£1000 for a weight saving of ~100g
  • 9 0
 @richlong28: It's a night and day difference if you compare to alloy. I'm not saying it makes that much of a difference though. Better when pedalling and stiffer while descending. They both have pros and cons.
At least we are moving away from the road and CX carbon layout. Quite a few carbon rims, reserve included, offer some compliance.
Not to mention warranty and crash replacement, like what Bontrager offers.
  • 10 1
 @richlong28: carbon wheels are not about weight savings
  • 2 0
 I have a set of 25s, they were my race wheel for last year. They're on the upper end of the scale for XC but totally bullet proof! I've been a big fan so far, but moved them to my everyday wheel this year with something lighter for races. Also interested in these 28s! Seems a better width for XC with most riders choosing 2.4 tires now.
  • 1 0
 that bike also isn't in the lineup just yet. probably new stuff all around for the XC team.
  • 1 0
 @muscogeemasher: agree. Common misconception. Have the 27s in 29er. Stiffness & lack of deflection is a noticeable difference over margin weight save. Went for them over high end Ali set due to EXCELLENT lifetime Warrenty. Riding buddy has since proved the blisteringly fast Warrenty turnaround. Time off ya bike, particularly when the sun is shining is a big fun cost.

Personal choice but the replacement cost of a high end Ali wheel or total cost of rebuild a busted one made pure financial sense vs one off (not cheap) price tag of the SC Reserves. IMO, there are other carbon wheel players now but at the time SC’s made best sense.
  • 36 0
 40T ring. W.T.F
  • 27 43
flag boozed (May 12, 2021 at 15:35) (Below Threshold)
 Dude's got strong legs...

Although with 51/52t sprockets now standard on cassettes, I find it completely baffling that manufacturers still spec 30t chainrings. Even a minimally fit rider can handle more than that.
  • 55 10
 @boozed: Come ride in Colorado, you'll be asking for 28/52 gearing.
  • 16 1
 @boozed: It's a big world.
  • 7 2
 @m-t-g: haha same, I love my 28-51 setup.
  • 62 0
 I run a 40 tooth, I believe it's the 2nd biggest on my cassette.
  • 3 2
 @boozed: I have a 34/50 setup on the enduro bikes. I am a reasonably strong and fit climber. I routinely run into stretches of climbs that take full power just to turn the cranks over. I mean, stuff you couldn't do for more than a few min., on the button, modulating between wheelie and breaking traction.

32 would be great for this situation, but I would rather have the 34 for the high speed downs. it's a trade off. also, "most" people have no use for the bigger chainring as they aren't charging down hill at 40mph in 10t, on the gas. lol. so why wouldn't they opt for the increased climbing ability?
  • 10 4
 @boozed: don't understand the downvoting on you!
A few years ago, riders were using
34t - 42t/10t ~ lowest gears = 0.81

Today, 40t - 51t/10t // 52t/10t~ lowest gears equivalent to 32t - 42t/10t = 0.77 (51t) // 0.78 (52t)

Conclusion
Back then, bikes were already 29ers (meaning equal distance for each revolution).
I suppose today, people prefer to have a higher gear than in the past.

Imho - 51t/50t is a really big ring, and I suppose I'd like a smaller ring combined with a shorter RD!
  • 6 0
 @m-t-g: This x1000. I used to laugh at the pie plate cassettes too till I started riding bigger stuff out in CO. When your legs are done, yet there is still 3000+ more feet to climb, I'll take the lowest gearing I can get.
  • 1 3
 @86cucv: Troll alert: Reall honest question:

For those high altitude and high accumative climb (suppose over 2000m), wouldn't it be better off, with a 2x rather than 1x?

I still have a 3x bike, in an holiday house, where the terrain and ride justify. And yes, I do have 1x, and prefer on my usual trails. But on that particular area, the 3x is hard to beat... place it in 44t and you can go the distance o Gravel/Road. On really steep climbs, drop to the granny, and you'll climb everything. Yes you can get the same with 1x, but will limit in top speed, meaning 1x is good, but like everything has it's downsides

PS - usually my rides are 35km with 1.500m
  • 4 3
 @TDMAN: a meter and a half.....you live in Florida???
  • 10 0
 @TDMAN: in theory yes a 2x or 3x would be better for big days...but the added weight and decreased reliability means that outside of bikepacking I wouldn't ever want a FD setup now that wide range cadettes are here
  • 4 0
 @TDMAN: You're not wrong about 2x, but I think most folks have decided fafing about with a front derailleur isn't worth it and will take the long cage derailleur and extra sprung weight weight over the alternative.

I know of at least one person who's experimented with going back to 2x (sort of):
nsmb.com/articles/going-14-speed
  • 5 1
 @gibspaulding: I've kept my granny ring on my 1x10 and just switch by hand at the base of a long steep climb.
  • 8 5
 @TDMAN: The “I need a lower gear” crowd is quite sensitive if you hint that “need” may not be completely accurate. They all have their personal reasons, and they’re all legitimate problems that lower gear ranges solve. But it’s kind of funny watching how defensive they get. “Well you’ve never ridden real mountains!” “I have bad knees!” “I have a family!” “One day you’ll be older too!” All this in response to bland, 95% true statements like “you don’t need a 52 if you have the legs.”

There’s a reason dinner plates exist, and I am genuinely glad they’re an option. But I personally don’t want a derailleur that can double as a plow (to say nothing of the weight, cost, chain line, sensitivity to contamination…) and get along just fine with a 32-34 combo. Yet the only options for a clutched midcage is XTR (with an XT model announced but available god knows when), scrounging discontinued 10/11 speed, or microshift/box.

Yet somehow you’re the exclusionary a*shole if you say that there should be good bikes specked without a ridiculously low gear.
  • 2 0
 @TDMAN: Horses for courses but I'll never go back to a 2x or 3x. Let's not forget that the larger cog upfront is a great target for rocks and logs. With low BBs, I don't want much larger than a 32 upfront along with a bash guard. Yeah, you can tune a front derailleur to not drop chains when you shift, but with N/W chainring on my 1x, I haven't dropped a chain... Well I can't remember the last time.

If your setup works for you, awesome! Just not my cup of tea when the trail is stupid technical and steep both up and down.

For others saying a 36t is enough, sweet! I had that setup on my fat bike and yeah, it works but I'd much rather have the option for a bail out gear on long steep climbs rather than redlining my heart and then having to walk.

My riding needs in Indiana are completely different from what I want in Colorado.
  • 4 4
 @m-t-g: 28/52 is wtf.. just push the bike uphill it will be faster and/or more economical
  • 7 0
 @GZMS: Some crazy people like to ride up the steep hills rather than hike.

Those people are called mountain bikers.
  • 20 4
 I dig Galfer stuff - Made in Span. They make way more than just bicycle stuff and it's available in the USA through their Carson City, Nevada outlet: galferusa.com
  • 32 1
 Glad you dig it!
  • 11 0
 Galfer make really solid parts with a good price (at least here, in fromage land)
  • 8 1
 Galfer makes pads for hope and such, bloody good stuff
  • 1 1
 @galferusa:

I dig everything galfer makes except their brake lines. (Motorcycle)

Rear all the rubber boots and grommets rotted off

Front the hose began sliding in the plastic tube.
  • 3 1
 @galferusa: Love my new rotors and pads!!!!
  • 3 0
 What is going on here?
  • 8 0
 @pioterski: We're stopping people from riding.... errrr... poor wording maybe. We're helping people slow down and stop while riding. There we go that's better.
  • 16 0
 Damn, those galfer rotors look fine.
  • 67 1
 100% agree with you, might be biased though
  • 3 0
 I bet they far outperform my current centerlines... added to want list. Sssssexy!
  • 2 0
 Galfer rotors somehow use a harder steel than shimano discs. My shimanos got eaten by sintered pads, and the galfers barely show any abrasive wear, so for sinter pad users i'd definitely recommend them.
  • 3 0
 @SickEdit: High carbon content 420 stainless steel, proprietary to us! Great material. Thanks for recommending them!!!
  • 13 0
 That Lector Smile ~~~~~ (drool emoji)
Also, what happened to the Rockshox RS-1? Did people just stop using it?
  • 5 1
 @mattg95 I think the proprietary "Predictive Steering Torque Tube" hub was the death knell of the RS-1.
RS never licensed the hub and the RS-1 won't work without it.
  • 12 0
 @Augustus-G: That and it didn't work as well as the SID.
  • 14 1
 @packfill: and it was heavier, and twistier, and expensivier - complete waste of time that fork.

Torque Cap interfaces still exist across their lineup. it's a PITA unless your bike actually comes with a torque cap hub - not many actually do.
  • 1 0
 @hungrymonkey: RS-1 needed a completely different hub. Not just one with a Torque Cap.
  • 3 1
 @hungrymonkey: torque caps significantly increase the stiffness of the fork though.
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: I think it was the heavy, flexy factor that did it. Also there were other hubs available (carbon ti and I believe extralite made them)
  • 1 0
 ... and when you wanted to put the wheel back in you could be sure the legs would go off pointing in different directions. Wasn't a vintage SRAM product.
  • 1 0
 it just didnt make sense against the cheaper lighter sid. i remember lots being discounted to around £600 less than a year after a launch price of over £1,400 i believe it was. I was skeptical about their torsional rigidity and tried one an it was more flexy than i would like. Totally usable but not as good as my fox 32's or reba forks.
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: rock shox licensed the hub to Tune and American Classic. The biggest problem with the RS-1 was its stupid high price. It is more expensive than a cannondale lefty Ocho carbon
  • 1 0
 @golefty: I stand corrected. Thanks for the update.
My source was a bit dated. 2014..... I guess they changed their mind.
BTW, What year did they do that?
  • 1 0
 @Augustus-G: the AMC wide lightning with the PS hub was available in the 2016 model year. I still have the fork and wheel set on what is now my wife's bike. Tune came out with their hub also in 2015 for 2016 model year it used bigger bearings. RS1 was just too expensive for too much weight and too little torsional stiffness and I weigh 70kg. My wife is less than 60kg so she doesn't feel the flex. I'm back on a lefty.
  • 11 0
 loving the paint job on the BMC, wish some of the other manufacturers would have a bit more fun with their paint when it comes to these XC competition bikes.
  • 11 0
 Agreed. That custom Ghost looks really good too.
  • 43 0
 Paint is SO last year.

its all about The Tape now.

Tape is the essence of existence. A linear of way defining how we (as humanity) can stick one edge to the artistic sense of ones self awareness, or lack thereof.
  • 3 0
 You don't paint - you tape.
  • 2 0
 @hellanorcal: "A linear of way defining how we (as humanity) can STICK IT to the artistic sense of ones self awareness, or lack thereof"
  • 11 0
 Cool bikes yeah, but I just want to see more of the mechanics tool boxes #toolboxWars Wink
  • 1 0
 Same
  • 12 2
 Sloppiest thing here is that espresso setup. No scale or leveler? Get the f out of town
  • 1 0
 gotta dial those shots in right, scale and timer 100% required Big Grin
  • 4 0
 Its XC, they probably have scales somewhere..maybe they opted to have a Ti tamper instead of a leveler?
  • 1 0
 There's some kind of flat object behind the espresso cups that could be a scale...you'd need to park the trailer in a flat spot though!
  • 1 0
 If you've got a Rocket Fausto and Appartamento as your shop setup its safe to assume you've graduated beyond mundane amateur gadgets like scales, levelers ans stopwatches.
  • 1 0
 @sikedallam: that’s like saying World Cup mechanics don’t use torque wrenches because they’ve tightened bolts so much. If anything it’s the opposite. I don’t see Weber Eg-1 and Decent espresso machine users skipping on shot timers, mirrors and levelers.
  • 8 1
 Good to see the oily rag in the Specialized tent... you can buy all the shiny tools in the world but you won't find a better accessory
  • 8 0
 Oh to have your own monogrammed chainrings!

ENVE's one-piece bar+stem looks like a v0.1 prototype next to the Syncros.
  • 3 0
 yes the enve looks a bit bulbous compared to the syncros fraser, gemini propus or the bikeahead prototype
  • 1 0
 Ive been running the Syncros for about 2 years now, bloody good combo unit IMO
  • 8 0
 A huge Hell yay on the Ghost Lector!
  • 1 0
 Agreed! that is definitely some quality bike pork.
  • 4 0
 I’ve got a random box of bits and bolts in my shed, but it sure isn’t satisfying. In fact, it’s frustrating as it is able to disguise the bit/bolt I’m looking for until I’ve bought a new one. I’m looking at you Mr brake callipers bolts of varying lengths...
  • 2 0
 Yeah! That really messed up my OC(P)D. I love having everything sorted.
  • 7 1
 “Milan Vader's stealthed out Orbea Oiz.” Ah yes, bright orange. My favorite stealth color. Smile
  • 3 0
 totally stealth to a deer!
  • 1 0
 @conoat: underrated comment, this!
  • 6 0
 Thanks Pinkbike for an excellent article again. Just lovely pictures! Please continue your great XC coverage.
  • 2 0
 Honestly I'm weirdly nostalgic for narrow bars. I like my 780s, but I spend a lot of time weaving through trees, sawing my bars back and forth, ducking my shoulders... Ten years ago I was on 600s. I was exactly the same height that am and now, and probably 50 pounds heavier... I don't want to go back to the big body or small bars, but man it would be cool to get basically a fist width back on each side...
  • 6 0
 Nice work Vogel washing the bike yourself!
  • 6 0
 World Cup XC bikes are actually just as cool as DH bikes these days.
  • 4 0
 Even cooler imho.
  • 2 1
 Surprised to see such a narrow handlebar on the Moondraker......Nino's bike seems to be pretty short as well. Any reason for this? I understand it helps with aero and some road bikers choose narrow bars but that doesn't seem to make sense for a XC bike, especially with the technical downs this course has.
  • 11 0
 Most likely personal preference and comfort. Rebecca McConnell is fairly small (158cm), and thus likely has narrow shoulders. Nino isn't that tall either. Super wide ape bars are not comfortable for everyone (especially smaller riders). I myself do not like more than 700mm on my XC bike. Anything wider feels awkward and uncomfortable. Different strokes for different folks ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 4 5
 A narrower bar helps one to get the most out of their lung capacity. Look at where road pros put their hands on the toughest climbs. They’re often on the tops, and close to the stem.
  • 1 0
 Rebecca bars are also upside down @islandlife98:
  • 1 0
 620 used to pretty standard like 10 years ago
  • 1 0
 @gcrider: there isn't anything such as "upside down" in bars or stems.
  • 2 0
 @Themissinglink83: There is, and her bar (and stem) is definitely upside down. Nothing says you can't mount bars/stems upside down though.
  • 7 0
 Nino uses 680 mm afaik. One of the reasons for narrower bars in XC is overtaking ability imo. Being able to slip through small gaps in the "peloton" will be much easier with 680 than 760 mm bar.
  • 1 0
 MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONDRAKER!

Moonraker?

Momdinker?
  • 1 0
 @jaycubzz: the only thing that matters is the relationship between the saddle and bars and bottom bracket. Her bars are almost level with her saddle, which is pretty typical for female riders. There is no "upside down" on parts designed to accommodate a proper fit.
  • 2 0
 I recently listened to a podcast where XC athletes discussed using narrow bars (I believe they were in the 680 - 720mm range). A big reason was for mass starts and the ability to pass on a race course. Wide bars can easily get tangled when you're riding really closely. Other than that personal comfort with bar width is the main factor.
  • 1 0
 @hllclmbr: I doubt it. I ride both wide bars and narrow road bars 8-10 hours a week and don't notice any difference ever. Surely your rib cage stays in the same shape almost all of the time, and your lungs occupy the same space?
  • 2 0
 I love the paint job on the Cannondale's, with the "dirty" white front and rider specific rear end, and their new white/green jerseys looks so nice! Never thought white could look this cool!
  • 2 0
 While the amount of spare parts in that toolbox is glorious, the organization makes my eyes twitch. Having spare parts isn't very helpful if you can't find them Smile /non-pro, very much amateur mechanic rant is over
  • 1 0
 There are pad springs in two different sections...right next to each other. I have seen Lego bins with more organization.
  • 1 0
 “Ninos fourty”
Chain wrap (teeth in contact with links) and also if you have the legs it means your in a straight chain line situation more of the time which equals less friction and a taughter chain when rattling down rock gardens
  • 4 0
 What kind of dropper remote is Manuel Fumic running?
  • 1 0
 Looks to be the same lever as the Santa Cruz/FSA team, but not a lever I recognize. Looks different than any 2x lever I’ve seen before.
  • 2 0
 I never have and probably never will watch an XC race, but i love checking these. Probably more interesting than the DH ones and def more interesting than the enduro ones.
  • 4 0
 No comments on the telemetry? Thats a huge deal for xc
  • 4 0
 That bmc is so cool!
  • 1 0
 Someone enlighten me; what’s the point of a power meter in XC racing? Is it a tracking thing for training? I’ve never understood why anyone would use one. Just curious
  • 1 0
 Tracking and pacing on the long sustained climbs.
  • 7 0
 For tracking and reviewing race performance, for pacing during the race and for training. Even though the top riders seem to go by 'feel' during a race, being able to see your power at a glance and determining if you are within your limits is very useful. It's a fine line between performing at your peak and blowing up prematurely.
  • 2 0
 @islandlife98: good info, thx
  • 2 0
 Looks like Nino do not want to lose another sprint. 40t chain ring on a max 38t chain ring bike.
  • 1 0
 Fumpa pump looks like a cool gadget for mechanics who need to pump up a lot of tires. Although for some reason I felt like I shouldn't Google that term from my work computer.
  • 3 0
 Fumpa...he he.
  • 2 0
 Is Santa Cruz going to announce its new xc bike when it'll hit the podium?
  • 2 0
 I think it's hard to have a "stealthy" $12,000 bike.
  • 3 0
 A lot cheaper than the stealth bomber
  • 1 0
 Hope they aligned Nino's bars. Maybe he likes the super negative stem and a little off to the right?
  • 2 0
 Kate Courney's blip setup inspiring Nino and Rebecca Mconnel now?
  • 3 2
 XC racers are way more quirky than other discipline's racers. 620mm bars,imagine the stability on those technical features!
  • 1 0
 And Rebecca McConnell is running her bars upside down!!
For that extra few mm of drop

Syntace made low 5 and low10 (aka upside down) handle bars at one stage
  • 2 0
 Yea on the ghost Lector. That fork looks awesome.
  • 1 0
 Somebody, please remind me what was the sram blip button all the commenters bragged about for?
  • 2 0
 Dropper seatpost!
  • 1 0
 I was wondering this, too.
  • 1 0
 Because pinkbike users are idiots and dropper lever should be always on the left side under the bar!!!
  • 1 0
 @Skarhead89: Oh, it's a dropper actuator. Then, I roll my eyes at the outrage. Doesn't sound like a bad idea to me, cleans up the cockpit a little, at least around the grips.
  • 1 0
 @mab411: Scottsram used for the dropper because they have twinloc lockout for the suspension on the left side
  • 1 0
 I'm a bit upset that Cannondale espresso machine isn't made by Saeco. #youknowyouregettingoldwhen
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 That's because Saeco doesn't exists anymore for years already. Long time ago, Phillips bought them, so now pretty much all coffee machines are sold under Phillips with some of them still carrying label Phillips by Saeco, but even that is getting smaller and smaller every new year.
Not to mention that Rocket is "slightly" different class machine then any Saeco you could ever get. maybe not so much in coffee quality, but definitely at bling factor, with it's 5-10 times of price of most expensive Saeco Big Grin
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 The Epic and Santa Cruz frames look practically the same
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 That box of bits and bolts cost more than my whole bike!
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 It was the last photo that caught my attention the most.
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 Show us the Blur! Such a tease, lol.
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 nice so clean
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 The world is not ready for carbon spoke wheels again... especially those that don't "look" aerodynamic. (brought to you by someone who lives in the world)
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