Tech Randoms: Nove Mesto XC World Cup 2022

May 12, 2022
by Mike Kazimer  
Memories of the Albstadt World Cup XC race are already fading as teams get to work prepping for what's looking like a weekend of fast and dry racing in Nove Mesto. Pinkbike photographers Ross Bell and Andy Vathis took a spin through the pits to see how things were progressing.



Sometime it s the homemade hacks that make all the differance. Thumb grips in the shape of cabinet bumpstops.
Sometimes it's the homemade hacks that make all the differance. Thumb grips in the form of cabinet bumpstops.

Even pedals need a rebuild once in a while.
Even pedals need a rebuild once in a while.

Fine tuning for the Norco sleds as the weekend gets underway.
Fine tuning for the Norco sleds as the weekend gets underway.

Martin Vidaure s Scott being worked on.
Martin Vidaure's Scott being worked on.

Freshly done up Fox 32 ready for the abuse this weekend.
Freshly done up Fox 32 ready for the abuse this weekend.

A couple Santa Cruz Blur s getting a once over.
A couple of Santa Cruz Blurs getting a once over.

Carbon brake clamps are a very nice touch found on Maxime Marotte s ride.
Carbon brake clamps are a very nice touch found on Maxime Marotte's ride.

A mechanic s notebook holds all the secrets of going fast.
A mechanic's notebook holds all the secrets of going fast.

Full tear downs at the Orbea pits.
Full tear downs at the Orbea pits.

Gavin on the full DT fork service.
Gavin on the full DT fork service.

Bearing service and greasing in the Norco tent.
Bearing service and greasing in the Norco tent.

Tire choice might not be as crucial here in Nove Mesto compared to Albstadt. The weather looks like it will stay bone dry.
Tire choice might not be as crucial here in Nove Mesto compared to Albstadt. The weather looks like it will stay bone dry.

Galfer rotors ready for a scorching.
Galfer rotors ready for a scorching.

Fork cartidges pulled and serviced over at SR Suntour.
Fork cartridges pulled and serviced over at SR Suntour.

More bits from SR. This time it s tuned rear shocks ready to go.
More bits from SR Suntour. This time it's tuned rear shocks ready to go.

New logo design same sleek looks from Thomus.
New logo design, same sleek looks from Thomus.


Signature Gavin Black stickers are a neat touch.
Signature Gavin Black stickers are a neat touch.

Racks of wheels in the KMC Orbea pits.
Racks of wheels in the KMC Orbea pits.

Luca Schwarzbauer s seat position.
Luca Schwarzbauer's seat position.

All in one cockpits are becoming more and more common in the XC pits.
All-in-one cockpits are becoming more and more common in the XC pits.

David Valero Serrano s Lynx. He is running an XL frame.
David Valero Serrano's Lynx. He is running an XL frame.

Data acquisition isn't just for DH bikes.

It s interesting to see Jordan Sarrou opt for an Epic Evo rather than the Epic equiped with Specialised s Brain technology.
It's interesting to see Jordan Sarrou opt for an Epic Evo rather than the Epic equipped with Specialized's Brain technology.

The BH team are running Chaoyang tires.
The BH team are running Chaoyang tires.

A BikeYoke Divine dropper in the BH pits.
A BikeYoke Divine dropper in the BH pits.

Anne Tauber is back on a full suspension after opting for the hard tail last week.
Anne Tauber is back on a full suspension after opting for the hard tail last week.

An unbranded shock on Anne Tauber s American Eagle.
An unbranded shock on Tauber's American Eagle.

Anne Tauber s cockpit setup.
Anne Tauber's cockpit setup.

Yana Belomoina s cockpit setup.
Yana Belomoina's cockpit setup.

The flexstays on Alan Hatherly s Cannondale Scalpel.
The flexstays on Alan Hatherly's Cannondale Scalpel.

The Scalpel's linkage is super clean and compact.

A cermaicspeed bottombracket on Hatherly s race bike.
A CeramicSpeed bottom bracket on Hatherly's race bike.





103 Comments

  • 165 17
 Even pedals need a rebuild once in a while. Except Crank Brothers pedals. They need a rebuild every ride.
  • 12 2
 I was thinking the same thing. Those are eggbeaters.
  • 36 2
 That would explain the pained expression on the mechanic’s face.
  • 5 2
 I lol’d I have had them disintegrate on my mid-race multiple times.
  • 15 2
 Have the same set of CB Eggbeater 11s on my XC bike. Been riding the same pedals for 5 years. Add some grease once a year. Super annoyed with any noise my bike might make. Ride thousands of kms a season on dusty trails. No issues.
  • 18 0
 With a filthy sand speckled syringe....
  • 8 0
 @rockyjonny: I have >3,700 Miles on my Candy 7's in the Arizona Desert without a rebuild. Love Candy.
I've had dozens upon dozens of rock strikes and have only been unclipped from the underside once.
  • 8 0
 @Augustus-G: +1 for good experiences with crank bros stuff, my eggbeaters have been super solid!
  • 6 0
 Rode of set of crank bros mallets for 10 years. Never one problem.
  • 3 0
 same report here. I've probably got like 8 sets of cb pedals. I broke one set in that middle ground time where qc got really bad, but I have a couple of sets from before that era and a couple from the last few years and they are absolutely rock solid. One pair of egg beaters that lives on a commuter bike has gotten a little bit loose with the wings, but they still hold, just not as tight as they should and they are from the bad qc era.
  • 1 1
 A friend had CB pedals and it completely froze during a 5hr ride. I have pictures of us beating it with a rock to get it spinning again. Good for you guys that haven't experienced reliability issues with yours, but for those of you who've had issues and continue to run them... drop them already. Leave the dark side, come to a place where pedals just work.
  • 2 0
 But they still sell like hotcakes. ‍♂️
  • 8 1
 All the Shimano sponsored racers mechanics are scratching their heads here wondering why one needs to service pedals, all they do is give the pedals a good scrubbing and they are good for the next 10 seasons of racing.
  • 1 0
 @englertracing: every picture in here looks like there is was some sort of sand storm.
  • 1 0
 @whereispat: Spring has sprung and the Pollen is a flyin' everywhere.
  • 1 0
 Except for Shimano SPDs which go on for ever
  • 42 1
 Great to see the old Scott Spark open molds being used in full affect.
  • 2 0
 also the ones for the orbea oiz.
  • 1 1
 Is the BH a Specialized?
  • 4 0
 @A-HIGHLY-EDUCATED-PROFESSIONAL: With an axle concentric rear pivot? No, it isn’t.
  • 33 0
 "No no no, I'll explain it again. The black fork goes on the orange bike, and the orange fork goes on the green bike."
  • 7 0
 "The orange fork's connected to the....black bike. The black bike's connected to the.... green (?) tyre...."
  • 28 2
 the older i get the more interested i become in xc racing, great coverage yall.
  • 3 0
 Then you should play the mtbfantasyleague.com ;-)
  • 1 0
 @mtbfantasyleague: thanks for sharing! Bummer that I missed the first 2 rounds.
  • 24 4
 Design and marketing: "Hey guys, let's push everyone onto bikes with steeper seat tube angles. We'll tell them it's for climbing efficiency."
World Cup racer: "WTF are those fat ass desk jockeys thinking? I have to race the bike, put the effin' seat where it belongs!"
  • 5 2
 He's probably on a frame that's too small for him and trying desperately to make the saddle to bar length work for him
  • 11 1
 @stephenthesquirrel: a good deal of the racers on steep hta bikes have the saddle slammed back. It's a useless fad on XC bikes.
  • 5 0
 It’s a shame that in the age of the carbon monocoque even the pros have to ride off-the-shelf frames. Looking at the saddle positions of Schwarzbauer and Valero Serrano, I want to tell them to get a frame their size already - knowing perfectly well, that they already ride the best approximation available to them.

It’s even worse in road racing, where the middle aged customers of Pinarello or Colnago didn’t want to have a myriad of spacers below the stem any more, leading to frame designs where 2m tall pros now ride size M frames with -17 degree 140mm stems and the saddles pushed all the way back in order to get the seat to bars relation they want.
  • 2 0
 @Clink1983: TBH most of them have only started using dropper posts. I wouldn't loose too much sleep analysing it!
  • 2 0
 There are like two pics of slammed back seats, two of a slammed forward seat and the rest seem in mid position. We can get het up about a lot of unimportant shit cant we?
  • 1 0
 @paulskibum: What else to do while waiting for the weekend? ;-)
  • 1 1
 @stephenthesquirrel: its probably better in XC to use a smaller frame for the weight savings
  • 2 0
 @stephenthesquirrel: if you actually care about your XC bike fitting properly having the right STA is kind of important.
  • 20 0
 BH bike: the saddle has more tread than the tire!?
  • 3 0
 are recycled/2nd hand tyres. The new trend for global warming...
  • 17 0
 Is everything coated in dust or pollen or something? Feels like that would be brutal on bearing/suspension overhauls.
  • 8 0
 That pollen is going to be worse for people than suspension. The ultra fine moon dust of the Tahoe/ Sierra's is what is brutal on suspension (straight from Jordi's mouth)
  • 4 0
 Yep, thats a pine tree pollen. For almost a week now, in Poland we have plenty of it everywhere. Pretty annoying
  • 17 0
 Carbon brake clamps!!! Sign me up!
  • 29 15
 I am so sick of Orange Fox forks.
  • 41 0
 You're in luck, they also come in black.
  • 18 0
 @bman33: and occasionaly pistachio
  • 12 0
 @ZanderShredsMtb: Sometimes even root beer!
  • 13 0
 American Eagle Bikes. Not available in America.....
  • 7 0
 Or anywhere else. Has anyone actually seen one of these things?
  • 15 1
 You can buy a unpainted version fairly easily and interestingly enough inexpensively.
  • 5 0
 Cheap open mold frames. Pretty sure you could score one sans graphics.
  • 7 0
 kinda like David Hasselhof
  • 4 0
 @pedalt0themedal: Yes I have seen one....but only because I was liviing in Denmark for a little bit and would see Sebastian Fini on the local trails from time to time when he rode for their team in ~2019 - 2020. Other than that...nej!
  • 1 0
 @pedalt0themedal: Its a dutch company as far as i can tell.
Im not sure about the old school geometry tho.
  • 7 0
 @Thirty3: Same can be said for Thomus, Olympia or Torpado bikes
  • 3 0
 @Whipperman: Yeah it's pretty wild how many there are. With some smart shopping a rider can have a WC ready frame without selling your kidneys.
  • 10 0
 I'm not the only one who noticed that the American Eagle frames are open mould off of alibaba!
  • 21 0
 They aren’t American. They aren’t Eagles. Tawk amongst yourselves.
  • 3 1
 @wyorider:
Wow - you've just ruined my day. I thought they were made out of the bones of the American Eagle......
  • 7 0
 Strange right,
We believe there’s a huge amount of skill/knowledge in building a carbon framed bike, we pay a huge premium for them. We know that the equipment to build them is expensive, and requires a huge investment.
It would make you think that “catalog” frames should be of sufficient quality for us to ride, but we shun them.
Then we complain about bike prices, we complain about companies only being interested in making money, and ripping off their loyal customers.
Then we critique and criticize them for not updating their geo every 5 mins, and not putting money into R&D, but want more sustainable environmental practices.

We are our own worst enemies, bunch of silly apes riding bikes in the woods thinking we are better than everyone else….
  • 5 0
 @onawalk: the issue with alibaba $400 carbon frames aren't the tech that went into them, it's the quality control behind them.
  • 1 0
 @Starch-Anton: regurgitated pellets of the fried chicken the Bald Eagle is so fond of.

It’s so bad that I’m Alaksa they call ‘em dumpster chickens.
  • 5 0
 I'm pretty sure I'd endo/OTB/scorpion in 5 seconds with those crazy low bars... BUT I really would like to spend some time on one of these WC XC rigs... they look awesome!

Back in the day XC was the thing everyone aspired to. Which made more sense when there was just one "mountain bike" that did everything! Smile
  • 5 0
 Another interesting thing about Sarrou's bike, the tire. When's the last time you saw a "Captain" tire?
The font is the new one too. I wonder where it's going to fall in their lineup?
  • 3 0
 According to his Instagram there's a bike check coming this (euro) evening on red bull. This is interesting as he seems to also have pulled lockout cables on his epic evo.
  • 3 0
 The old Captain made for a nice front XC tyre. Fast rolling down the centre, but decent size side knobs. This one looks a lot slimmer.
  • 9 1
 Maybe Jordan Sarrou likes his suspension to function well.
  • 10 1
 The smart riders don't need a brain....
  • 8 1
 The carbon brake lever band clamps, look horrible and probably save....0.75 grams. Nice work.
  • 6 0
 Those mechanics gotta be so relieved when their riders cross the finish line without any mechanicals.
  • 7 0
 Is that green Michelin in the Orbea pits a production item?
  • 1 0
 saw that and scrolled down to see if anyone else noticed
  • 3 0
 Michelin launched some CX tires in the historic green just before Covid19 hit... maybe they had MTB plans in the pipeline that are now finally coming to fruition?
  • 6 0
 Something about that saddle position just doesn’t rub me right
  • 5 0
 And then we wonder why saddles break on race day... now we know.
  • 5 0
 The shock on Anne Tauber's bike is a de-branded DT Swiss R535, and very underrated bit of kit it is too.
  • 3 0
 "An unbranded shock on Tauber's American Eagle."

looks like a DT swiss and the remote is DT swiss. I'm guessing its rockshox.
  • 4 0
 Are the green blurs team specific or the new 2023 color?
  • 2 0
 Team only at the moment I was told by a US based rider for them (but not sure if would be available in 2023 or not for everyone). It's a much better color in person than their 'salmon' color (IMHO)
  • 4 1
 How long do XC suspension pivots last for? seems like a worryingly short time.
  • 3 0
 They last for a little while but they're replaced (sometimes) or cleaned and re-lubed (a lot) to minimize friction and all that XC jazz
  • 1 0
 I was curious to see when a Specialized sponsored rider would opt for the Epic Evo. Seemed to me that the added suspension and weight loss would make it a worthy race bike. Hump
  • 3 0
 What is the unbranded shock
  • 13 0
 DT Swiss
  • 9 0
 Advantage of new Spark that not sponsor correct shock is hidden.
  • 1 0
 The innovation is OK, the marketing is OK ,but the internal routing sucks for a racing bike, the BH system is the worst thing I´ve ever seen!!!!
  • 3 0
 I would allow a surgeon to operate on me in that Santa Cruz pit.
  • 5 0
 Actually - on second view I wouldn't considering there is what I suspect to be a bottle of Jack Daniels Whiskey on the table. Or is that the anesthetic?
  • 1 0
 It looks straight out of Dexter.
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: it’s like one of those old cowboy movies where the doctor saws your leg off because you twisted your ankle.
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: anesthetic and disinfectant. Those traveling mechanics are super efficient.
  • 2 0
 Pega Martín, pega !! VAMOS LOCOOO !!
  • 1 0
 There’s a magnet mounted to Sarrou’s spoke and a wire running down his chainstay. What’s this about?
  • 1 0
 Don't know about the wire but Spesh is using a lot of data collection, as in dh.
Last week they were studying various points of vibration in order to decide between a hardtail versus a fully (re: flat probability)
  • 2 2
 seems like a speedo
  • 1 0
 Correct link to "Photo does not exist: 225683091>" is www.pinkbike.com/photo/22568309
  • 1 0
 Man if I buy one of those red bikes and roll around in my Toms shoes loafers I will defo be Pro’er than Pro
  • 1 0
 Hmm interesting. It sounds like you should all cast your predictions at mtbfantasyleague.com.
  • 1 0
 Will be interested if we can get some stat on puncture by team..... just by curiosity for the BH team
  • 2 1
 Is that sand all over everything?
  • 6 0
 I was thinking it was possible pollen?
  • 1 3
 Do thesd mechanics have day jobs amd they kist do everytbing the day before the race?

That scott getting its top tube clamped in the stand ouch

What damper is sarrou runnjng? Brain?

That thomus is sickkkkkkk
  • 2 0
 No Brain, Epic Evo setup with remote lockout Hump
  • 1 0
 @HumpDiesel: good for him. that fork is jank
  • 1 0
 @mm732: when I had the Epic, if it would have had the option for Brain or standard manual lockout, I’d have went for standard.

Hump





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