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