Bikes of the World Cup Overall Winners: Aaron Gwin's YT Tues and Myriam Nicole's Commencal Supreme

Aug 26, 2017
by Richard Cunningham  



Myriam Nicole Winning Bike
Myriam runs her levers very close to the grips.
Myriam Nicole was an early adopter of 29 inch wheels near the start of the 2017 World Cup season, but opted to return to her 27.5-inch-wheel Commencal Supreme DH shortly after. She said that her smaller body type was better suited to the 27.5-inch wheels and, after her performance at Val di Sole, nobody with half a brain would challenging that decision. To be fair, both wheel sizes were represented in the top ten, but the winners here, on what may be the roughest and most demanding World Cup track, were both on 27.5. It could be argued, however, that Nicole's Commencal did not need the improved roll-over of bigger wheels to seal the overall title on the "Black Snake" today.

The benefit of the Supreme DH's high-pivot swingarm is that it can find its way up and over square-edged bumps and out of bomb holes far more easily than most other suspension configurations can. Sure, it's been used before, but the addition of the idler wheel that guides the drive side of the chain around that high pivot location eliminates the pedal feedback and awkwardness that has been the downfall of high-pivot swingarm suspensions since day one. In short, the winner of the overall World Cup title may have been on the best bike for Val di Sole - which proved to be a nearly unbeatable combination, with only Tahnee Seagrave able to go faster.

Myriam Nicole Winning Bike
Myriam Nicole's aces in the hole may have been a coil shock and her Commencal's bump-eating high-pivot-swingarm suspension design.

Myriam Nicole Winning Bike
Raising the bar: 20 millimeters of spacers under the stem to compensate for the steepness of the track.
Myriam Nicole Winning Bike
A single speed may have been enough for Val di Sole's 21-percent average grade.

Myriam Nicole Winning Bike
RockShox Boxxer fork, prototype Hutchinson Racing tires and Spank wheels.

Myriam Nicole Winning Bike
After a decade of slammed saddles, most pros have raised their seat heights substantially.






Aaron Gwin had to work hard to overcome a litany of setbacks, including bad weather, broken wheels and flat tires, to win the overall World Cup Series title - and then all he had to do was to beat Greg Minnaar at the final, here in Val di Sole. Paradoxically, this race it was the GOAT, not Gwin, who suffered a flat tire while riding smartly in the green on his way to a probable victory. What-ifs aside, Gwin, who laid down a run for the history books in treacherously wet conditions at Mont Sainte Anne, threw down an equally impressive victory lap on the foolishly steep and rocky dust bowl here at Val di Sole. I'm sure Gwin is as happy with his new signature tires as he has been with the YT Tues in this feature.
Aaron Gwin Winning Bike


Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
"Excuse me, have you had a chance to race my Aquila signature tires?"

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
Gwin's signature G-Spec Quadiem brakes by TRP. E*Thirteen wheels.

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
Gwin said from day one that, in stock form, the YT Tues had the exact feel and geometry he had been wishing for. I am sure that a lot of racers who swear by coil-sprung shocks have been left to scratch their heads over Gwin's choice to race the Fox Evol X2 at Val di Sole.

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
About 25 millimeters of spacers under the stem for Val di Sole.

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
Clipped in for the win: E*Thirteen LG1r carbon crankset. HT X2 pedals.
Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
Fox 40 fork - no telling what's inside. "Excuse me. Did I mention how well my tire grips?"

Aaron Gwin Winning Bike
The YT Tues uses a straight-forward four-bar Horst-link rear suspension which seems to keep Gwin's rear tire well planted on rough tracks.






138 Comments

  • 129 11
 "Paradoxically, this race it was the GOAT, not Gwin, who suffered a flat tire while riding smartly in the green on his way to a probable victory."

If you look at the the first two splits before Greg's unfortunate tire demise you will see that Aaron was just ahead. So no "probable victory" in my opinion...
  • 46 4
 Came down to post the exact same comment. It's like the person who wrote this didn't even watch the race ....
  • 17 15
 @meathooker: Even at that, if you get a flat it is the riders fault. Not running enough air, poor equipment choices, or smashing into rocks. Why do we think a mech isn't anyone's fault. At the top level of racing. DH or XC, the person getting paid has the responsibility to win and select equipment that will withstand the punishment.
  • 4 7
 @RLEnglish: mechanics fault?
  • 14 2
 @owlie: he meant "mech" as "mechanical", not mechanic. Suggesting sometimes a mechanical error isn't blamed on the rider, mechanic, or company that makes the part - It's just bad luck.
  • 11 49
flag onemanarmy Plus (Aug 26, 2017 at 18:16) (Below Threshold)
 But if you paid attention to qualifying Greg was quicker in the last 2 splits. So yes... probably victory.
  • 9 4
 @Harlsta
Would,Should,Could.
  • 16 8
 who cares?
  • 19 2
 @sessionman123abc: everyone cares, we´d not be commenting on this site otherwise
  • 15 1
 It also looked to me like Greg was really going for it, his style is usually very smooth and doesn't necessarily look that fast but yesterday he was looking more out of control.
  • 10 21
flag me2menow (Aug 27, 2017 at 0:51) (Below Threshold)
 Some shitty and unprofessional commentary courtesy of @RichardCunningham
  • 5 2
 @enrico650:
If Its and Buts Were Candy and Nuts.......
  • 16 1
 More importantly, this is not a paradox...
  • 3 1
 @Altron: ha! I was waiting for someone to point that out.
  • 5 4
 The other 29ers were pretty fast in the lower part of the track. I think Greg would have won. But well, "would" is the main word here.
  • 5 2
 @DC1988: That's what I thought too. It reminds me of VDS 2 years ago when Greg needed to win to pass Aaron in the points. Greg looked to be pushing it more than normal in that race and ending up crashing.
  • 3 3
 @Chris0934SF: I meant. maybe it was his mechanics fault.. Probably more-so, it was Gregs own fault for trying to get the overall and get the finals.
All he had to do was stay on the bike and take the overall.
  • 4 1
 Agreed, personal bias again and some who want to see 29er win no matter what is good for the sport. They're is no would of could of, Gwin has had his bad luck this year too, it's downhill, also Myriam didn't need to win to wrap up the title, she rode smart for the title! People over think things at times, I am glad Myriam realised early enough what was best for her, keeping a setup that works and that you get used to rather than constant change pays off, again proves that Everytime! Downhill was the winner, you can change the players but you can't change the game!
  • 4 3
 Maybe. But in qualifying, Minnaar outpaced Gwin on the bottom half, so who knows.
  • 5 6
 @onemanarmy: thats loke saying McGregor had a chance against mayweather lol
  • 1 0
 @owlie: He's said before though that he wants to try to win each race and doesn't care as much about the overall.
  • 1 2
 @slpalmtree: True, Greg rarely loses any time on track - especially towards the bottom, his margins would have likely increased.
  • 78 4
 "the best woman of the day may have been aboard the best bike for Val di Sole - which proved to be an unbeatable combination."

Except she was beat by Seagrave. C'mon Pinkbike, seriously?
  • 13 0
 (they fixed it now)
  • 23 0
 Did you notice Rob Warners plug for the commencal during Perion's run?
  • 6 3
 if the high pivot bikes are so good, why didnt the norco riders win?
  • 27 0
 @jaycubzz: Put one under Gwin and it would.
  • 12 1
 @Triber66: Thats what you do when somebody sponsors you.
  • 14 2
 @src248: Not necessarily, we all joke about Gwin winning on anything, but in truth how long did it take him to get the Demo 8 to work?
  • 7 3
 @NickB01:
How long did it take him to get the Tues to 'work'?
  • 10 0
 @YoKev: about 2 months of off season before winning the overall....
  • 9 3
 @tomasb13: it took him way longer to get the demo to work. Leaving specialized is the best thing a pro can do if they want to win more. Just look at Jared Graves. 2 years with specialized and it's a ”good race” if he can even get to the finish line.
  • 1 0
 @YoKev: Not long because it had really similar numbers to the Demo after Specialized had made adjustments to it for him
  • 46 0
 World Cup mechanics will be blacking out Onza Aquila tyres next season...
  • 3 26
flag spaceofades (Aug 26, 2017 at 18:30) (Below Threshold)
 Why not just stick to blacking out minions? Theyre so damn similar...
  • 18 0
 I for one want an AM version of the Aquila!!!
  • 7 0
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: Because of the whole point...
  • 48 17
 Please stop posting the winners names on the main page pinkbike. For those of us who can't watch it live and still want some amount of surprise and anticipation while watching WC DH replays it'd be nice not to read who's already won. Makes me feel like I'm not going to enjoy it as much when I watch it.
  • 28 14
 Set your priority right next time.
  • 63 3
 well, not wanting the race spoilerd and than visiting pinkbike before watching the replay of the race is on you i would say Wink
  • 25 0
 Vader is Luke's da
  • 5 0
 @nojzilla: noooooooooooooooo! Wink
  • 3 0
 I would say PB does a better job a most when posting race results, at least. "Final Results: Val di Sole World Cup 2017" is keeping it under wraps as best you can. Vital ALWAYS puts the names in the headline, which is why I avoid going there if I miss the live race.

But, I agree- with this article they could have left out the names and just said "Overall Winner's Bike Checks" or something to that effect.
  • 4 1
 @ka-brap: what do you know about SEO?
  • 2 1
 @GXMV: That it doesn't only matter what is in the article title but what's in the meta title.
  • 2 2
 Lmao we all know when the races are thats your stupidity for coming on pb before going on redbull and watching the races of course they are gonna have the winners up its a mtb news site dummy!!
  • 1 0
 Agree 110%
  • 1 0
 @striveCF15: Nah for a while pinkbike stopped doing that. Red bull does it so where can one watch a day late and not get spoiled?
  • 24 5
 Uhhhh
Wasn't Tawnee the fastest today?
  • 7 2
 I think they mean for the overall.
  • 6 1
 That was my thought. Myriam was not fastest at Val de Sole.
  • 4 2
 @CoffeeHouseMedia: they don't, it specifically mentions Val di Sole.
  • 13 1
 I know Tahnée was faster.... Who is ths Tawnee you speak of?
  • 3 1
 They fixed it lol
  • 20 2
 Everyone simultaneously cancels their Maxxis Minnaars and orders Onza whatever they're called.
  • 1 0
 Nope. Minnaar is still my favourite racer, and Maxxis is still my favourite tire brand. That Onza tire looks pretty good tough.
  • 21 9
 Oh look a 650b bike won the World Cup! I suppose it was piloted by Jesus himself!
  • 36 2
 Nope, just a gwizzard.
  • 2 4
 @Jackson900: Rock Jeebus has God himself as his copilot.
  • 3 0
 @southoftheborder: not sure two on a single bike is allowed by UCI rules. And if he wasn't on the bike it's outside assistance, which would result in DQ. Wink
  • 2 0
 The son of Jesus, they call him Aaron!
  • 10 4
 soooo, I don't see a replay on the homepage and the winner's bikes are just gonna get posted? I realize the race was a few hours ago, but usually PB doesn't show who won so those of us that didn't watch live don't get spoiled.
  • 18 1
 Just click on the "Mens DH finals" on redbull TV. I watched the replay this afternoon (before coming on pinkbike or instagram, or any other place I'd get a spoiler) You can't really blame one of, if not THE biggest mountain bike news outlets to just not talk about the race all weekend.
  • 18 0
 @Kenfire24: 100%. I'm on full bike media blackout until I watch the replay.
  • 2 3
 @Kenfire24: over the past few years that I've been watching World Cup DH, they've never posted a spoiler in the article titles until the next day. I've always had the habit of coming to PB to watch it instead of directly to RedBull. I stopped going to vitalmtb on raceday because they posted it in the titles.

For whatever reason PB chanted it this week.
  • 10 1
 Stay off pinkbike then twat
  • 2 2
 @Kenfire24: Gahhh I couldn't watch the replay for a few hours after, so I was TRYIN to be careful, but I saw Gwin's instagram post with a trophy, I was like ah bummer, there that goes.
  • 4 0
 They play the replay on red bull tv, not pink bike. Why go to pink bike first?
  • 1 0
 Intitlement, here's the sign! Life happens while your taking a dump!
  • 5 0
 enjoyed the tire-related captions here! "Why yes, these are Onza Aquila Aaron Gwin signature series DHC RC2 45a tires, thank you for noticing and have a nice day, you have a beautiful smile."
  • 6 0
 am i the only one that thinks its pretty cool that myriam's chain is a near perfect rectangle?
  • 2 0
 You're not alone in that!
  • 1 0
 its p e r f e c t
  • 5 0
 How to insult the riders that have spent a lifetime training to be rad!!!
  • 5 0
 Thank you guys for all those amazing photos.
  • 3 0
 About the Air Shock on Gwin's bike, on the Red Bull TV live cast he mentioned setup problems since training so he wasn't 100% ok as well. Anyway, he wins on everything.
  • 7 5
 Gwins run in msa wasn't one for the record books. There were a couple of riders within a second or so of him that came down in the same conditions. It's not like he gapped the entire field.
  • 2 4
 Finally somebody else said it
  • 2 0
 "After a decade of slammed saddles, most pros have raised their seat heights substantially."

... while the average weekend warrior wants dropper posts with 300mm of travel...
  • 3 0
 What frame size is running Nicole ? The bike seems reaaally small, but her on the other hand, isn't.
  • 2 0
 Supreme DH only comes in a Medium or Large. She's about 5'4" in height so I would guess she rides a Medium size frame.
  • 3 0
 @five5hot: were claudio and rob standing on benches for the post race interviews? Or are they just that much taller than aaron and nicole?
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: Warner is listed at 5'10" but oddly looks a lot more taller than Pom Pom, so your guess is as good as mine.
  • 7 0
 @five5hot: from memory, I think Warner is 6'3"
  • 6 0
 @jaame: yeah that's about right, both him and Peaty are big blokes.
  • 1 0
 "Scratching heads over airshock.."- well the tues is extremely progressive. Look at a gt fury where a 180lb rider needs like a 550# sls fox coil vs cam zink rockn like a 300# at rampage.
So its not apples to apples.
  • 4 0
 Is Gwin still running an XL-Frame or did he switch back to L?
  • 4 0
 I think Gwin could probably ride ANY bike to victory.
  • 2 0
 That chain idler. Somewhere Horst Leitner is smiling. You wouldn't know why unless you'd seen his ATK dirt bikes though.
  • 1 0
 ^ I actually learnt something in the comments section!
  • 3 0
 Please make the Aguila in a 26" AM version!
  • 1 0
 Far shizzle!
  • 1 0
 The race was on Saturday, if you missed is on you! PB does not wait on you cause you missed it on race day. Time does not stop for anyone.
  • 1 0
 "After a decade of slammed saddles, most pros have raised their seat heights substantially."

I do not understand the above phrase.
  • 4 2
 So what damper is Gwin on? doesn't look like RAD anymore.
  • 1 0
 The opening paragraph made me think I was back in math class in grade school for some reason.
  • 3 1
 This article lost me as soon as it started harping on about wheel size
  • 2 0
 They both won with SRAM derailleur #1 in the world ?
  • 1 0
 what's with the duct tape on miriam's front tire?
it isnt those hokey anti-vibe dealies is it?
  • 2 0
 Nicole stole the show. Gwin for the win.
  • 1 0
 Are the YT guys Snowcrash fans?
  • 2 3
 Why there's no picture of Minnaar's V10? Cause it's broken in half and has no rear wheel.
  • 3 4
 RIP 29
  • 1 2
 For the first year they appear, four 29" bikes on the top ten of VDS, three in the top ten overall WC results and you type "RIP 29"... That's funny.
  • 1 0
 @etga6657: Lance said it best- Its not about the bike
  • 5 7
 Lol...fuck your 29ers!
  • 1 0
 Go and tell that to Loïc Bruni, you know, the one who's been toped on the podium by Amaury Pierron riding a 29" bike...
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