The Best Tech From Vallnord DH World Cups

Jun 18, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  
Stefan Garlicki getting angry in the gravel filled holes of the open section.

Vallnord is a brute of a track with a flat out top section giving way to an extended cascade of steep chutes from the halfway point down to the finish. It's easily the most consistently steep track on the circuit and one of the most feared as a result. To combat the difficulty of the course, we often see new set ups and equipment brought specially to Andorra to give racers every advantage possible. We've been covering that tech at this race since it returned to the calendar in 2013 and here is some of the best we've spotted:

2013

Aaron Gwin s Andorra bike.
Aaron Gwin turned up to Andorra with a prototype Specialized Demo in 2013 after uncharacteristically not winning for two whole races after joining Specialized. He went from a large Demo back to a medium, but Specialized set him up with a prototype rear end that added 19mm, bringing the chainstay length up to 440mm, almost identical to the Session he'd ridden to great success the past two seasons.

Gwin s Demo
The longer stays also boosted the travel of Gwin's Demo up to 215mm so the spring rate and damping also had to be slightly tweaked.

Wheel size haters take note proof that the 650b or 27.5 wheel change--whatever you want to call it--is coming sooner rather than later. The fork on the left is for Patrick Thome s Scott Gambler 650b--a fork that was notably not on that bike back at Val di Sole or Fort William spikes were definitely NOT an option for Thome on those tracks as clearance was very very snug . Both forks are suspended from the work order rack in the Fox Racing Shox pits by their thru axles with the difference in the fork lowers length clearly visible.
2013 saw the onset of 650b wheels in downhill racing and the black Fox 40 on the left was the first time we saw a fork to match. At Val di Sole and Fort William previously, riders had been running the 26" version (white fork on the right), which left a very snug fit and no room for the spikes riders were opting to run in Vallnord.

Ferrari bike check. Keep an eye out for this 400HP gun coming to a ripping DH course near you....
Spotted in one of the local shops, no doubt with a price to make you weep.

Who knew that Colin had the gift Here we see the PB photog extraordinaire ushering the wild beats to safety after they contemplated airing the first gap having gotten snared between the race tape. So THAT explains the ridiculous title... Aha.
The mane man Colin Meagher giving the local wildlife a helping hand off the course during trackwalk. The best equine pun in the comments gets a gold star.

Mark Fitzsimmons putting the mechanic s favorite tool--a hammer any kind of hammer--to work in the Fox Racing Shox pits after the day s practice.
Mark Fitzsimmons relishing the chance to use any mechanic's favourite tool.

What you re looking at is Santa Cruz s new Steering Technologies Dampener --or STD for short and the acronym is intentional ... Basically as Doug Hatfield put it two bits of metal we machined ourselves to offer 8 millimeters of fore aft adjustment. We use a Chris King Preloader to make the entire thing act as a steering dampener while at the same time offering the cockpit adjustment. Don t go running off to Santa Cruz s website to buy one--these are strictly machine shop one-offs made to order.
The Syndicate turned up with a steering damper, or as they called it a Steering Technologies Dampener, we'll leave you to work out why. Doug Hatfield explained it was "two bits of metal we machined ourselves to offer 8 millimeters of fore/aft adjustment. We use a Chris King Preloader to make the entire thing act as a steering dampener, while at the same time offering the cockpit adjustment."

Marsh Guards they re not just for keeping mud out of your eyes and off your fork seals George Brannigan s awaiting a custom built knee brace from a new sponsor and discoverd that zap strapping a Marsh Guard to the ensemble works wonders for adding that extra bit of coverage.
George Brannigan was still waiting for a custom built knee brace but discovered a Marsh Guard did a pretty good job at improving the one he already had.

Fresh rotors with some quickly heated up marks. The steep track is full speed with 50 of brake on 100 of the time.
There aren't many places in the second half of the Vallnord track where you're not full pull on the brake levers. Rotors get very hot, very fast.

Heckling materials check. Triple air horns attached to a pump.. TLD grips included.
Mechanics aren't the only ones who innovate at World Cups, check out this triple air horn heckling implement, complete with a TLD grip.

Zarja Cernilogar does her utmost not to clash on track. Representing the Slovenian contingent she wrenches for herself and bagged another top ten this afternoon after two out of two in Scotland and Italy.
Zarja Cernilogar was enjoying her best ever season as a privateer coming into Vallnord in 2013 with two top tens at the opening two rounds. She passed away in a non-bike related accident in 2016. RIP.

2015

Danny Hart
2015 was a World Champs year and that meant custom kit for the racers. Danny Hart's helmet design was dreamt up by a Pinkbike user for a competition and then made a reality by Bell.

Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015
Aaron Gwin's Demo got his traditional Stars and Stripes World Champs livery.

Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015
Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015

Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015
While Troy Brosnan's got Aussie gold and green

Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015
Gwin amp Brosnan World Champs bikes 2015

Greg teaching Marshy how to put together his hot new V10 ride in Simba yellow ...think Lion King.
A Simba yellow, Lion King themed ride for the GOAT.

Neko s Team America Gambler.
Neko Mulally's Gambler also got a US themed paint job.

World Champs 2015 Carbon Mondraker Summum.
More Union Jacks than you can shake a stick at on Hart's ride.

Vallnord 2015
Vallnord 2015

Connor s Aluminium Operator.
Connor Fearon's custom Operator.

Lapierre World s Bikes Photo by Dave Trumpore
Polished to a mirror finish over six weeks by Loic's mechanic Jack, this custom Lapierre was one hell of a surprise for the future World Champ on the first morning of practice.

Mark Maurissen was so happy with Martin Maes paint job he broke into the Belgium national anthem.
Martin Maes the Maes-Dog is here and ready to lock horns with all the regular downhill juniors gunning for the rainbow stripes.
Patriotic parts for Martin Maes

...and Her Majesty. Tomorrow it s on.
It's not just bikes that get those custom touches.

Bergamont
Casey Brown may not have had anything custom painted but this Bergamont prototype was totally fresh for the race. It was a 26" wheeled bike while the rest of the team were on 27.5" Straitlines and was a big departure in design too, with a single pivot swing arm and a compact linkage tucked up under the seat tube.

2016

Dave Garland was happy to report they ve got the suspension dialled to the point where they ve gotten away with running what is basically an XC rim on the Giant bikes this season.
Dave Garland was so confident in the Giant suspension set up his racers were running "basically an XC rim."

Loic has a new helmet and we are not sure if it is a reference to the crashes and bad luck he s had this season or not. What s your guess
Live without warning. Bruni's custom lid for 2016.

Just a few spacers being added to a lot of cockpits to deal with the steepness of the track here in Andorra.
Big stacks are the name of the game for Andorra as riders go for higher front ends and softer shocks to help them through the chunder.

last Orders - Santa Cruz V10 C
There was only one bike to talk about in 2016 as Steve Peat said his final farewell to the World Cup circuit. What a bike to send him off with though!

last Orders - Santa Cruz V10 C
Peaty's final season was full of custom bikes including Fort William's tartan number and the cow themed ride from Lenzerheide.

last Orders - Santa Cruz V10 C
Not a shabby palmares

last Orders - Santa Cruz V10 C
One of many RAF roundels on this bike for the best of British.

2017

The brake mount aboard the Commencal s is rather meaty.
As the years go by, the brake mounts have only got bigger at Vallnord. From 200/203mm we've grown to 220/223mm and in 2019 we even saw 246mm rotors.

A fresh colourway for Finn Iles this weekend he ll certainly stand out.
Hot pink for Finn Iles in 2017. He was still racing as a junior in 2017 but his race time would have seen him finish 7th in Elites at this race.

2018

The Pivot boys are wanting in on the data acquisition games and have perhaps the most sophisticated system we have seen to date... Engineered by none other than Eddie Masters himself. More details coming soon.
The Pivot boys taking data acquisition to the next level with this Eddie Masters designed system.

Vallnord Pit Walk
An EXT Arma shock used by the AB Devinci team.

Clear grip tape on Recce Wilson s shifter.
The grip tape is a classic touch on a downhill racer's bike but we also noticed that Reece Wilson was running Rev suspension grips for the Vallnord steeps.

Yet another bike with an idler system. SCOTT s prototype is the latest to join the club.
Vallnord Pit Walk
A rough and ready idler on the protoype Gambler.

The Norco Factory Racing riders have two linkages at their disposal a harder and softer tune.
Vallnord Pit Walk
The Norco Factory Team were testing out a couple of linkages in Vallnord, one harder and one softer tune.

2019

Straight and true with John Hall on the tools.
John Hall ensuring Gwin will be shooting straight on race day.

John Hall tighten s Gwin s new 4th of July ODIs.
Gwin also got some new grips to celebrate the July 4th race day.

Fire... that s hot right now.
Finn Iles channeling Guy Fieri with this custom Demo.

Finn Iles s flaming Demo.
So. Fire.

Custom brake levels found on Finn Iles s Maguras. They re shorter and have a more aggressive hook.
He also got a pair of custom brake levers which are shorter with a more aggressive hook.

Canyon had some new paint jobs, a pretty big departure from their usual black, white and yellow.

Brosnan s dialled purple anodized cockpit.
Brosnan's totally dialled, purple anodized cockpit is the stuff dreams are made of.

Baptiste Pierron's humongous 246mm rotor from Galfer.

Saracen have turned up to Andorra with a rather wild addition to their frame
They re on the hunt for less brake jack which will probably prove useful on the steep and rough slopes of Andorra
If there's any track you don't want brake jack, it's Vallnord. Saracen's wild floating brake bar was unveiled in Andorra last year.

Greg Minnaar V10
Despite having one of the longest bikes on the circuit already, Minnaar wanted to go even bigger and was using these 17mm dropouts to get him more centered on his frame. Reading between the lines, he could have gone further but 17mm was as long as he could go without risking failure.



99 Comments

  • 63 0
 That Ferrari bike looks like someone put stickers on something they bought from Halfords!
  • 5 0
 @unclesomebody: why on earth they would licence that I have no idea! It’d be fun for a let’s take it to vallnord bike park video
  • 4 0
 @Bigwill13: you want ridiculous? They even made a foldable full suspension mountainbike...
images.app.goo.gl/jsUwWrtBouHnFnsv5
  • 1 0
 @Mac1987: I dig that! hahaha
  • 1 0
 @Bigwill13: but would you have the guts to ride it down a downhill track? (I definitely don't Wink )
  • 12 0
 Always find it interesting how relatively high these DH pros run their saddles, when in parallel in the trail/enduro world there's the ever longest dropper craze.

Last year I went from a 170 to a 150mm dropper and while the former was slightly better on really steep rocky stuff, the 150mm one is easier to use as a contact point and makes feasible to seat and relax the quads for a couple of seconds mid descend.
  • 6 0
 Interesting for sure, although the seat tube length of a modern DH bike is much shorter than an Enduro bike. If you look at Finn's setup his seat is well below his bars, even though a fair amount of post is exposed. On the other hand, Peaty's seat is just a couple inches below his bars, with a similar amount of seatpost exposed. Peaty is a lot taller than Finn though. It's not my quads that get tired but my feet and hands mostly, but yeah that mid-descent sit down is nice on a long stage, expecially if you cross onto a fire road or something and you can afford it without sacrificing speed.
  • 10 1
 @swenzowski: They also don't need to go as low due to the slacker seat angles on DH bikes inherently moving the seat out of the way
  • 1 0
 Yeah all this talk about super long dropper posts and to be honest i think if i got a new one i wouldn't get one as long . I don't think I've ever felt my seat was in the way and the fact is yes sometimes you want to sit down while descending. It's all a marketing to take our cash..
  • 5 0
 @swenzowski: Yes, you're right that mine was a highly subjective take as I don't have they're actual seat heights, but still, even eyeballing it, I'd say those saddles seem to be higher than 180 or 200mm droppers allow.
Would love to see a reference to that on future WC DH bike checks so we can have proper data.

Yes, seating for a bit also helps me with hands and feet/calves. With the 150mm dropper I can seat down comfortably and even put down some pedal strokes. With the 170mm one I feel like I'm taking a number 2 in the woods.
  • 2 0
 Yeah I'm stuck on this too. Part of me says you dont have to drop it all the way. Part of me thinks of the very odd steep where I just want the saddle as far away as possible.
  • 1 2
 @Arierep: I watched a video with Brendog before in which he stated that the seat should be the same height as the bar. It's not for me.

As for the drop on droppers, I have a 150 that is sticking out by at least 10cm from the seat collar. If I could get a free swap to a 250 and have my seat right the way down to the collar, I would. I only have one bike and I use it for everything. The lower the better for hitting jumps, in my opinion.
  • 2 0
 Some riders prefer the saddle in between their thigh not knees. Brendog seatpost height is long too.
  • 1 0
 Same
  • 3 0
 Not quite sure I follow this - if I want to rest on the seat mid decent, I will drop it half way down and then I have that ability.

What downside is there to having a longer dropper?
  • 1 0
 @adamweld: I dont need my saddle as low as possible, for descending I like it just below my knees so i can comfortably steer it with my legs. Any lower is uncomfortable for me.
  • 1 0
 Do all you "no need for a long dropper" people understand that other people might have longer legs than you?
  • 1 0
 @BigAlfonz: no we just realize that a dropper seat height on a trail bike lower than our seat height on our dh bike is borderline ridiculous.
  • 1 0
 I don't use my seat for anything while descending and have always been of the just get it out of my way mentality. That being said I can't figure out why I would want it higher. I'm a punter though so what do I know.
  • 3 2
 @DHhack: What most people here seems to miss all the time is difference in geometry between Dh and enduro bike, one has typically very slack SA, one doesn´t, steeper seat tube means the seat is dropping mostly down not in front of you so it´s still beneath you and has to go lower to give you the same range of motion, doh... DH bikes have shorter seat tubes than most enduro bikes for every size of the frame, quite few don´t even change it from small to XL- optical illusion anyone? third thing, DH bikes have more travel, watch some vids and listen how often you hear tire buzz the seat...And you don´t want to hear that noise preferably ever.
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: I’ve downvoted you for stating the obvious. Everyone’s doing it. I just want to fit in.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: I was relying on that, I hope my post will be below threshold before someone can actually read it and god forbid think about it.
  • 1 0
 Personally I would love to have something that I could tight with my knees and get a better connection descending rought stuff all major contact it's trought pedals, with some support from the hands for the upper body
  • 1 0
 @TDMAN: What bike do you ride if you don t mind me asking?
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: www.pinkbike.com/photo/18896637

Enduro bike and downhill bike, both 27.5 and lined up at the bb. Seat height difference is only due to angle of the seat itself. Enduro bike sta isn’t on current trend, so move that forward 20mm if you’d like and there might be enough room for a 200mm OneUp dropper as I’m only using a 150.

Stop reading stuff on the internet as gospel and do some actual side by side comparing/measuring/riding in the real world. Both the bikes get ridden on the same trails from time to time, neither one has an issue with seat height on the steepest double black trails I can ride.
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: "primarly" YT Jeffsy29
  • 1 0
 @DHhack: while I´m risking to be that arrogant dude just like protour was, Reign´s SA was the biggest flaw of that bike compared to anything considered modern today. remove the shock of both bikes and have them sit down like that, if you don´t want to do that (which is understandable with Reign) here is some visual aid to clear things up. www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/G-Out-Project-2-Croatia-World-Cup-DH,11689/Even-Brendog-Gs-Out,121467/sspomer,2 have look through those 36 pictures and maybe it will make you reconsider if they are running their saddles any higher than they absolutely have to more often than not.
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: like I said, 20mm, I’m not buying a new bike because a few journalists think steep sta is the new short chain stays. But then again, function over fashion over here....

At full extension the nose of my saddle is less than 40mm from the center of the bb with the saddle in a neutral position. A quick look at most of these newer bikes that supposedly have much steeper sta and they still have a similar spacing. My bike the actual sta is 70, the sta relative to the bb (not at sag) is roughly 76, and mine is the slacker SX with 170 fork.

Are you a WC racer? I’m not. Their setup means jack to me. (That does however show me that Connor Fearon runs flats and his seat at the same relative height, just like me)
  • 1 0
 @DHhack: I´m not WC racer and ride long and slack bike with really steep SA, that´s why I prefer to have more space to move around then they can get away with. most likely. Riding trials for quite few years doesn´t help with that either I guess. Oh, Brendog rides flats too, just saying.
  • 1 0
 The great thing about saddles is that they have about 2" of horizontal adjustment. That has the effect of altering the seat angle too.
  • 1 0
 @chyu: brendog rides hanging on the back of his bike though..
  • 11 2
 2015 must have been peak Demo. The tidiest design by a mile; subsequent versions are really rough by comparison, and feel like a step backwards. There must have been a really good reason to leave such a clean design behind. Anyone know? Stiffness? Tuning?
  • 18 2
 I think they had a reality check and decided that race wins sell bikes more than aesthetics. While the 2015 vintage looked pretty unreal, it didn't work very well. They decided to make a bike that was good enough to win races. Unfortunately it did not look very good. You can't have your cake and eat it, except the 26" Devinci Wilson. That bike had cake and ate cake.
  • 4 0
 I liked it, but maybe it was just less betterer.
  • 1 1
 @jaame: That's what I guessed too - which is why I'm asking. I wondered if anyone knew what was actually worse about the 2015 design.
  • 1 0
 because Bruni.
  • 2 0
 @dominic54: The 2015 Demo had a much too linear suspension curve for the speeds pros reach was the main issue.
  • 4 2
 @dominic54: ask Protour. Just get a cup of tea and your reading glasses ready first.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: protour thought it was a dangerous design. I'm beginning to think he actually tried one for giggles and didn't make it home that day.
  • 3 2
 @BenPea: Remember the diagram he drew on the napkin?
  • 6 0
 @jaame: there used to be a higher class of nutters on this site.
  • 3 2
 @BenPea: I just read through it all again. I think he made some good points. It would have been a solid argument if Gwin didn't boss the season. In any case, the proof was in the pudding so to speak. The design got changed pretty radically and in my opinion, it has had better results overall than that oh-so-sweet looking 2015 model.
  • 4 0
 @jaame: A person's argument can seem good while also being bullshit. It's an art.
Can't lie though, the new one is a magic carpet, but f*cking minging.
  • 2 0
 Theres an interview out there about Gwin not liking the short-ish wheelbase and wanted geometry changes, but S was unwilling. When just for giggles he looked at the Geo of the Tues, it was close to what he wanted and gave YT a call and moved there.

Theres another interview where Brosnan says the 2015 Demo pedaled well and was very maneuverable, but "hard to ride fast" compared to his new Sender.
  • 4 1
 @hamncheez: "The suspension woorks pretty good (sic) without the chain" was all the information we needed.
  • 4 0
 @jaame: No he not only made some good points he was absolutely right about kinematics of it being totally f*cked and used his brain to explain it to a bunch of uneducated guys buying into marketing BS (it´s easier than read and learn how stuff works), it´s always the case around here and most people who know what they are talking about cannot be even bothered to post here. It´s almost always the same story, the guy stating blatantly obvious facts gets downvoted in next to no time. People don´t like being schooled and even more they hate when someone points out shortcomings of their very expensive "superbike" that they feel is the latest greatest when in reality it´s very often just polished turd.
  • 2 1
 @Mondbiker: well put.

It’s interesting to look at things in hindsight. Look how popular high pivot bikes have become over the past four years.

Also, it makes absolute sense to try to get the front and rear axle paths to be parallel. The back end of that demo did have a wildly spaced Horst link setup, so I doubt the axle path would have been as bad as he made out in the original diagram, but it certainly wasn’t that good either. It’s a shame about those broken hyperlinks. It would be good to see all the evidence presented by everyone on that thread.
  • 3 0
 @jaame: I don´t know maybe I missed some other drawing in that thread but the one I was wasn´t too far from the truth, one thing the realize is we are living in such a great time when it comes to facts instead of BS, you have linkage design blogspot guy doing some great work, behind the numbers here, andre xtr on youtube...That protour thing didn´t happen that long ago but still I would say 99% of people didn´t have access to those numbers and weren´t considering them when buying their new bike, same with the geometry. How many people back then would go for proportionally longer CS on their bike? Next to no one, because big S once said short is the way to go. Here´s the link where you can compare the new vs old demo axle path, pretty drastic change and what do you know, loic got his first WC overall on it, I guess better bike does help even the great rider after all. lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/eyPhVYyez7JEuXpsZJr_W6flSM9Je_9jRYKbiKRvzjYkSS5aEM7F5ABYZgm1qRbjvhhlFRjYmbaTY3tAYzTi_fBjbUONdli8pd8ORIpssNQ0luoQEvd_PxOJK82SvfZed_AK0BpW33R-hfE5puAVEZI
  • 2 0
 @jaame:

Apologies. Accidental downvote. Was supposed to be an upvote.
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: wow! He was kind to them if anything. What a shitty axle path. Might as well have gone for a single BB pivot. At least there would be no chain growth and their free riders could have gone single speed with no tensioner. What a shitty design. Still, it looked fantastic!
  • 1 0
 @CF519: My apologies in return. Upvote. Was meant to be a downvote.
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: wowzer. That’s the answer I was looking for. With that much forward axle movement it’d really be fighting the front end (and forward motion, for that matter). Cheers.
  • 2 0
 @Mondbiker: the problem is the correlation between "knowing stuff" and coming across as arrogant. If you try and impose your argument with too much zeal, people naturally push back against it. Which is why smooth marketing talk tends to win out over a technical exposé. Presentation is key.
  • 1 1
 @BenPea: Not once when going through that old article comment section I thought protour was being arrogant, seriously. He might said some controversial stuff but mostly people were freaking out he wasn´t buying into latest greatest thing and used actual common sense in combination with actually looking at the bike and figuring out himself if it is better or worse and why such a dominant athlete as Gwin all out of sudden lost his mojo, basing his statements on facts rather than opinions. You don´t need to even think too much about it today because once he switched to YT he was winning again but obviously back then it was harder to say if he was past his prime or what.
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: cultural possibly, forthright Americans don't come across well to the British ear. Or Gwin was struggling with that difficult 3rd album. Worked well without a chain though no?
  • 2 0
 @BenPea: heh, based on that dirtmtb mag video I would say it worked better without chain than with it.
  • 1 0
 @Mondbiker: I took that to be exactly what Gwinner and Troy were alluding to, sharing the joke in the parc ferme that was not meant to be picked up by the cameras. Gwinner got a telling off after that I bet.
  • 6 0
 I really like Danny Hart's mondraker.
  • 5 0
 Yeah that generation of summum were a thing of beauty for sure.
  • 6 0
 Troy Brosnan appears to be running a Boxxer rear shock.
  • 2 0
 Ha! Zing!!
  • 4 1
 Pretty cool to get us a bit of a peek inside the stable with all these thoroughbred race machines. A clydesdale like myself needs more than a few lucky horseshoes if I ever want a chance of saddling up to the starting gate.
  • 2 0
 Fuck, I actually have a horse and I am struggling to get this many puns.
  • 4 1
 @JSTootell: I was hoping I'd be able to stirrup some discussion but everyone's got their blinders on apparently. Maybe a few more cups of coffee will spur things along
  • 1 0
 @sjma: those pins are making me want to shit in the middle of a trail.
  • 1 0
 Horses for courses
  • 4 0
 Man even those wild horses couldn't drag me away from the photo of that horrible Ferrari bike
  • 3 0
 No foaling around with pony headset stacks in Andorra if you wanna be holding the reins going down that nightmare of a track.
  • 4 0
 A shetland pony walks into a bar...
Bartender says, "fancy a pint of ale?"
Pony: "Water will do. I'm just a little hoarse."
  • 1 0
 I love these racers that are like "Ya I outfitted my bike with a custom washer that gives .05 degrees of slack in my headset, allowing us to have more slack turning features..."


Still f*cking lose the race and doesn't place lol
  • 1 0
 Would still rock any of them in Whistler. Drool machines which show that we haven't come that far in the past 8 years (since we are also seeing the 2021 stuff popping up and nothing properly revolutionary)
  • 3 0
 awesome to run A 246mm rotor and only have your pads in contact with what looks like 60% of the useable braking surface
  • 2 1
 Yeah, I'm gonna take my horse to the Vallnord track
I'm gonna ride 'til I can't no more
I'm gonna take my horse to the Vallnord track
I'm gonna ride 'til I can't no more (Kio, Kio)
  • 3 0
 I miss World DH...uuffff...
  • 4 1
 who could go down with that 26" 2013 demo nowdays?
  • 5 2
 Rough DH tracks? 26 inch wheels? Simply unrideable surely Wink (or so some may have us believe)
  • 4 1
 421mm chain stays? Hahahaha!
  • 2 0
 Casey Browns' bike is one Black Beauty.
  • 3 0
 2015 World Champs paint jobs were outstanding. Those Demos...
  • 3 1
 NAYYYY,Colin Meagher was just HORSING around, you can see he had a colt on him for protection, and was hot on the HOOF,
  • 2 0
 Petition to get steve peat to do one more world cup race on the live stream!!
  • 3 0
 Its crazy how old these bikes look, and its only been 7 years.
  • 4 2
 Colin's proof that there's no need for such a long face at vallnord.
  • 2 0
 Colin: "When I said 'horses for courses', I meant the right BIKE for the course you ride, NOT actual horses!"
  • 4 0
 *cough*
You'll have to excuse me, I'm a little horse.
  • 1 0
 After the animals closed it off, Brosman took a break from track walk to enjoy an episode of his favourite soap NEIGHbours.
  • 1 0
 The 2013 Demo has aged pretty well and I remember having a go at Danny Hart's helmet design comp'.
  • 2 1
 I don't remember that flame bike, now I wish I could forget ever seeing it today.
  • 1 0
 Rad custom steeds unleashed on the track
  • 1 0
 Man Mondraker bikes are looking so good to me lately.
  • 1 0
 steve peat's v10 was so rad
  • 1 0
 I cheered myself horse when I was there
  • 1 0
 So, what the Specialized Demo needs to be fast is... look like a Session.
  • 1 0
 They all ran 26" wheels. How could they ride them?! ????????
  • 1 0
 RIP Zarja
  • 1 2
 What are those grips that appear on pretty much every bike?
  • 5 0
 You're probably referring to the sleeves that are put over the grips to keep dirt and oil and grime away when the bike is getting worked on.

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