The Best Tech from Mont Sainte Anne DH World Cups

Aug 21, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
2009

Shaun Palmer made a small comeback in 2009 and raced at the Mont Sainte Anne and Bromont World Cups as well as some U.S National rounds. Here's the Intense M6 he was using.
Shaun Palmer made a small comeback in 2009 and raced at the Mont Sainte Anne and Bromont World Cups as well as some U.S National rounds. Here's the Intense M6 he was using.

Custom parts for one of the sport's great mavericks.

A sweet raw prototype was spotted in the Yeti pits.
A sweet raw prototype was spotted in the Yeti pits.

Italian craftsmanship from Ancillotti on Petra Bernhard's Tomaso DHP.
Italian craftsmanship from Ancillotti on Petra Bernhard's Tomaso DHP.

Quebec brand Xprezo has now been shuttered, but it definitely produced some eye-catching bikes back in the day.
Quebec brand Xprezo has now been shuttered, but it definitely produced some eye-catching bikes back in the day.

This was its single pivot, 8.5" travel Furax downhill bike.

2010

2010 was a World Championship year and that meant custom bikes. Here are two from Pivot for Kyle Strait and Mitch Delfs.

Lean, mean, green machines for Sam Hill and Brendan Fairclough.
Lean, mean, green machines for Sam Hill and Brendan Fairclough.

A lot changed in a year as Intense's M9 superseded the M6 Palmer was racing the season before.
A lot changed in a year as Intense's M9 superseded the M6 Palmer was racing the season before.

A 74th and a DNQ means Palmer's return to the sport may not have matched his glory years, but Specialized brought along two of his custom FSRs from back in the day to remind us of the good times.

A subtle reminder of what was at stake for Peaty.
A subtle reminder of what was at stake for Peaty.

The team that tapes together, wins together. Peaty and Minnaar trying to keep the water at bay.
The team that tapes together, wins together. Peaty and Minnaar trying to keep the water at bay.

2011

No hole punch for the plate numbers No problem. Devinci s mechanic Nigel lost his tool kit in transit. I ve pretty much given up ever seeing that box of wrenches ever again. I don t think I m ever flying United again.
Nigel Reeve's toolbox got lost en-route to Mont Sainte Anne so he had to get creative with his wrenching.
He may have qualified ninth today but Brook MacDonald still has to wash his own bike at the end of it all.
Brook Macdonald on bike wash duties at MS Evil.

2012

A day like today is a welcome one for riders it s a down day. Time to go spin out the legs and not stress too much about the race. Minnaar s more stressed about having a proper seat angle right now on his XC bike than he is about the track. But then again he s raced here every year since 1998 for him this track is an old friend.
Greg Minnaar is a perfectionist with his downhill bike setup and that trickles down to his trail bike too.

Sam has been running a mini shout-out to Troy since the young gun went down in Austria not many have caught it. Heal up soon Rivers.
Sam Hill was running a subtle tribute to Troy Brosnan who had ruptured his spleen in Leogang.

When it comes to mentoring training growing a top shelf racer Monkey Vasquez Aaron Gwin s mechanic swings a bigger hammer than most... Lopes Kintner and many other storied riders are in Monkey s rear view mirror.
A true legend of the World Cup pits showing off his favourite tool. R.I.P Monkdawg.

DH tracks wreck bikes pure and simple but very few track ruin wheels so readily as Mt St Anne.
Wheel, meet Mont Sainte Anne.

Evidently exactly 28psi is the magic number to make Gwin s tires go round.
Gwin's magic number.

2013

Spotted a bunch of guys all going for the low-rider bike set up this morning during junior practice. All were riding across the same section of track that happened be around the knuckle of final gap. You can t even turn the cranks properly this way cool kids...
A junior rider at full squish.

Third place with this absolutely destroyed chain guide and a bent pedal spindle for Blenki. Nothing short of an amazing ride given that the damage occured high up on the track.
Blenki racked up a snapped chain guide and a bent pedal spindle on his way to third in qualifying in 2013.

2014

Santa Cruz 650B V10 Photo by Dave Trumpore
Despite being the first to race 29ers, Santa Cruz held off on going 27.5" until late in 2014. In fact, Bryceland's win the round before would be the last ever for 26" wheels on the World Cup circuit.

Santa Cruz 650B V10 Photo by Dave Trumpore
The new setup didn't slow him down though and he went on to win in Windham on his way to the overall on the middle wheel size.

2015 Specialized Demo
Specialized's wild, one-sided Demo was also raced for the first time at MSA that year.

Burgers and brauts thanks to Giant Bicycles for a little birthday bash celebrating Andrew Neethling s 30th come Tuesday.
Post race refreshment courtesy of Giant.

2015

Not too many big rigs here here weekend. Instead we have Uhaul trucks and banners
Most of the World Cup big rigs live in Europe, which means pit setups at North American rounds are a bit more rough and ready.

Traction or anti traction. You decide.
Traction, or anti traction. You decide.

The rain turned some tool boxes into greasy lakes.
If you make the mistake of leaving a toolbox out in the rain it can quickly turn into a greasy mess.

Yesterday s dust was a bit harder to wash off today.
Moto foam can only do so much against a Mont Sainte Anne storm.

Every one looking for traction. How they get it is another story.
Work smarter, not harder. Cutting spikes doesn't have to be as hand-cramping as some make it.

Danny Hart s bike gets fitted out with what would turn out to be some life-saving accessories later in the day.
Danny Hart breaking out the big guns for a wet afternoon.

A derailed chain far above split one kept Bruni from putting in any pedal strokes for the final 2 minutes of the track. Pedal strokes the surely may have helped make up the 0.20 deficit between him and the top spot.
Loic Bruni's chain came off and left him unable to pedal for the final 2 minutes of the track. He ended up missing out on the win by 0.2 seconds.

2017

mystery fork
Devinci's 'mystery fork' was later revealed as the Formula Nero.

John Hall shows off the US national champ s stripey plate fresh from the win in West Virginia.
The privileges of being National Champ for Aaron Gwin.

Eliot Jackson down for some creative visualisation.
Eliot Jackson down for some creative visualisation.

Coil-Sprung Shock Lockout Conversions - Mont-Sainte-Anne DH World Cup 2017 Aug
Cairns World Champs was the next race after Mont Sainte Anne, which meant a late night after finals for the suspension techs fitting custom shock lockouts before preparing to fly halfway around the world.

2018

Pulled apart for cleaning nearly every run.
A Norco Aurum being painstakingly taken apart before some being given some TLC to help it through a week of battering.

Wallace s custom Mark the shark graphics by his mechanic adorning his new neon ride.
Mark 'The Shark' Wallace getting some sharpie decals on his neon Sender.

Some sort of analysis going on in the Polygon UR racing related or not...
Some in-depth line analysis at the Polygon UR pits.

2019

A Game of Thrones custom bike for Arya Stark lookalike Marine Cabirou at World Champs last year.

Only the essentials in World Champs tool kits
Only the essentials...

Ed Masters
Ed Masters' cartoonish Kiwi creation.

World Champs Buck is already sporting the stripes for Sunday s showdown.
Pinkbike, meet Buck.

There they go... Steve Peat and Brendan Fairclough see off Sven Martin s eyebrows at close of play.
Sven Martin says goodbye to his eyebrows after losing a bet with Brendan Fairclough.

A good nights sleep pancakes for breakfast and the World s finest will be right back at it.
One way or another, you're never too far from a maple leaf in these parts.

Oil slick=quick for Amaury Pierron.

More flats and wheel failures than we ve seen all season.... the MSA reputation of pure savagery is continued.
It'll straighten out...

John Hall is back in business at the races and that can mean only one thing...
John Hall taking matters into his own hands for some mods on Gwin's ride.



30 Comments

  • 27 0
 2014 V10 still holding its own, wouldn't look outta place in today WC scene.
  • 1 0
 such a good looking bike!
  • 26 0
 I miss World Cup more than I thought I would. Even more so, the worlds paint jobs Frown
  • 5 0
 I didn't get into WC DH until a few seasons ago, 2020 was the season i had anticipated the most. Im really interested in seeing how the field shakes up with everyone taking a season "off".
  • 14 0
 Hello Buck!
  • 11 0
 The Kona dog looks about how I'd look in that shirt too
  • 9 0
 Jesus the welds on that Xprezo are a thing of beauty
  • 1 0
 You want to see some beautiful frame welds look at early Turner DHR frames. Beautiful welding. JMHO
  • 3 0
 Anyone know what Mitch Delfs is up to now? Remember watching him at World Cups, he was crazy fast!
  • 2 0
 I think he owns his own business in Australia... im pretty sure they talked about him in the beyond the tape podcast with Kona team manager Matthieu Dupelle
  • 5 0
 That spatula!
  • 1 0
 I've made a makeshift fork utensil from broken spokes while out camping once
  • 1 0
 @lehott: I 've used spokes as chopsticks...
  • 4 0
 I do love an Intense M9
  • 2 1
 snapped mine a while ago.
  • 2 0
 I just built one up recently, and I love it! It’s awesome!
  • 4 0
 @agarton: have you tried using duct tape?
  • 3 0
 I wish I would have got an Xprezo when I had the chance.
  • 3 0
 That white M6 is still a good looking bike!
  • 1 0
 Been drooling over those for over 10 years now.. That and the M3 evo.
  • 1 0
 Ohh man I had some friends that races world cups for ancoletti and bent those bad boys like pool noodles haha
  • 2 0
 Those rainbow jersey stem spacers are a nice touch!
  • 1 0
 Replace that bourbon with Scotch and that's a perfect suitcase (Knipex will do) Smile
  • 1 0
 surprised to not see the ghost gear cassette on here
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