Throwback Thursday: 12 Enduro Bikes That Have Won In Finale

Sep 24, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
Finale Ligure has been a staple of the Enduro World Series every year since the series began. It has also always hosted the final race of the EWS season, and this year is no different. As we wait for riders to hit the track, we decided to take look back at past years of the EWS for the bikes that have tamed the steeps of Finale.

2013 - Trek Remedy 29" Prototype & Cannondale Jekyll

2013 marked the first year of the EWS and with that a whole range of different bike setups from riders. Tracy Moseley won the women's race on a prototype Trek Remedy with a triple chainset. The Trek Remedy was marked as a prototype for this season as they were experimenting with 29" wheels. The choice of a front derailleur and triple rings is a big change from the 1x setups that have become the standard in enduro racing. 2013 was also Tracy's first season riding a 29" bike. Jerome Clementz's winning Cannondale Jekyll looks far more modern than the Remedy, with a 1x setup and a bigger fork. The tire choice is interesting to see as he opted for a High Roller II front tire and a Larsen TT XC tire for the rear.

Tracy Moseley and her 29 Trek Remedy prototype
Trek Remedy Prototype (From Round 1 - Punta Ala)

Jerome Clementz and his Cannondale Jekyll
Cannondale Jekyll (From Round 1 - Punta Ala)



2014 - Canyon Nerve & Ibis Mojo

Moving into 2014 and more bikes were being designed around the strains of enduro racing as the sport began to grow, and this was seen by the Ibis team running a prototype for the Mojo that featured an increase in travel to 150mm over the team's previous HDRs that could only run 130mm of rear travel. Anne Caroline Chausson piloted this bike to multiple wins in 2014, including the final round in Finale. Fabien Barel was opting to run Canyon's Strive. This was an updated version of the Strive that gave it a similar look and features to the modern EWS race weapon. This included the Shapeshifter system that allows the Strive to be switched between 130 and 160mm of travel. Barel had been helping to develop this bike since the first EWS in Punta Ala 2013.

Fab Barel bike check
Fabien Barel race bike for the seat of the 2015 season.

Prototype Ibis 27.5 enduro bike 2015

What a comeback. Considering how many huge injuries he s had in his year you might expect for Fab to come back gently from his broken back in the first round this year but no. He won the first stage this morning setting out his intentions and kept it consistent to sit in second tonight a mere half second from the lead.
Anne-Caroline Chausson set off as she meant to go on - winning both stages this morning.



2015 - Yeti SB6c & Trek Remedy

As the 2015 season concluded in Finale once again the Trek Remedy was back on the top step of the podium under Tracy Moseley. This time the bike was in full production with more features that are closer to modern enduro bikes, but Tracy was still running two chainrings for a wider range of gearing. Not only was Finale in 2015 the second win at this venue for the Trek Remedy, but it also marked Tracy and the Remedy securing three EWS overall titles in consecutive years.

To mark Yeti's 30th anniversary the team were running custom painted SB6c's. Jared Graves' retro 152mm bike following a closer silhouette to the bikes that will be raced this weekend than the more trail-oriented Remedy piloted by Tracy, especially with downhill brakes and tire treads.

What a magical two years for the Yeti crew. Back to back EWS World Championships under Jared Graves and Richie Rude.

The evolution of Tracy's Trek Remedy race bikes

Take that Richie Rude. Jared Graves passes the torch to his friend and protege Richie Rude.
That 1 plate isn t going anywhere after another dominant performance from Tracy Moseley.



2016 - GT Sanction & Commencal Meta

2016 finished with another dominant force at the top of the podium as Cecile Ravanel kicked off a three-year winning streak in Finale. For the season closer in 2016 Cecile was running a new brushed version of the Meta AM V4.2 that included a coil rear shock with a remote lockout lever. This was probably to help cope with some of the tough transitions between stages in Finale.

Martin Maes would also take his first and only Elite win in Finale on board the aluminum GT Sanction.


Martin Maes is a man on a mission churning out three stage wins today. Will he keep up the blistering pace tomorrow
Cecile Ravanel was on fine form this weekend looking more aggresisve through the nasty rocks on stage seven than most of the male field.



2017 - Devinci Spartan & Commencal Meta

Another year, another end to the season in Finale and another win for Cecile Ravanel onboard the Commencal Meta. This time Cecile would be running a stealth matte black Meta; during practice she was running a rear air shock with remote lockout, but for race day she swapped to her 2016 setup of a coil shock also with remote lockout.

Damien Oton would become another new male rider to win in Finale as so far no man has won the race two years in a row. He would be running a very sparkly purple Devinci Spartan for this weekend. This was the latest addition of the Spartan which was running 165mm of rear travel, 27.5" wheels, and a full carbon frame. The bike was longer than the previous version, and Damien debated between going with a small or a medium frame. He eventually raced on the medium.

Damien Oton Bike Check

Cecile Ravanel is rolling out in Finale aboard a new stealthy looking meta.

Oton blasting his way to his first win since 2014.
Despite having the series locked up Cecile Ravanel was on a charge all day long to take her seventh win of the season.



2018 - Yeti SB5.5 & Commencal Meta

2018 would again see Cecile Ravanel continue her domination of women's enduro racing as she won again in Finale and took the overall title. Her Commencal Meta stays mostly the same as her previous setups, although she was now running the bright red RockShox Lyrik fork and had opted to remove the remote lockout on her rear coil shock.

Richie Rude may not have won the overall title in 2018 but he did close out the year with a win in Finale onboard the SB6.6c. This would be his final race onboard the 27.5" bike as when he returned to racing following his suspension he was riding Yeti's SB150.

Richie Rude s Yeti SB 5.5C
Rude's SB5.5 after a muddy race in Olargues

Commencal
The production version of Cecile's race bike

Richie Rude went out with a bang in 2018 proving that he is still very much be a forced to be reckoned with.
An off on stage two put Cecile behind Isabeau by some 16 seconds but she reeled in that time and in the end closed out the perfect season.





104 Comments

  • 80 7
 Seeing those yetis being sprayed with salt water hurts me Frown
  • 44 0
 That's as far as I got Eek . It's like the gasoline fight in Zoolander
  • 21 1
 @DirkMcClerkin: Jared and Richie went out for some Orange Mocha Frappuccinos right after
  • 4 0
 same same. cringing out on that salt water pic. Killin me
  • 44 2
 The frames were cracked anyways
  • 3 0
 @diegosk: Juicin!!
  • 12 2
 @diegosk: Hope no one slipped anything banned in those Frappuccinos Wink
  • 4 3
 I bet they have some fresh water in italy to wash the bikes... come on... the salt doesn‘t stay on there long enough to do any harm.
  • 3 0
 @diegosk: myth has it you’ll get euro slapped in Italy for even saying the word “Frappuccino”
  • 1 0
 @bainer66: How Rude of you to just assume that Richie was doped.

And even if he was, it definitley, obviously would have been an accident. Y'know, "mistakenly took a drink from the someone elses bottle" and all that.
  • 1 0
 @wilbersk: Oh, definitley. Of course no one would condescend to actually say something, no, but you'd be silently judged for sure.
  • 39 1
 Apart from the wheels, Fabien's Canyon doesn't look that dated compared to today's rigs.
  • 17 0
 Canyon had some pretty progressive geometry on the Race versions of the Strive . They've taken big steps backwards since, though. New bikes are all very short
  • 11 0
 Canyon was really progressive back then. A shame really that they as a brand are so lame today. Geometry on all of their models seems quite dated judging by 2020 standards.
  • 4 0
 @honourablegeorge: I wouldn't say backwards so much as not forward. The rest of the pack has just continued moving forward pretty dang fast. I know what you're getting at though.
  • 2 0
 I like the sharpied Schwalbe still
  • 32 6
 Bikes looked alot better without orange forks!
  • 5 0
 *Fox has left the chat*
  • 23 0
 Devinci spartan look amazing
  • 4 0
 That paint job is sick for sure...this owner also is here to say they absolutely shred!
  • 2 0
 Probably my favorite paint job on a bike. I used to own one, sold it to a buddy and now find myself drooling over it every time we ride together
  • 1 0
 I own a purple one just like this.Bought the frame new last March(old stock) and it's the best bike I've ever owned,love her to bits x
  • 1 1
 The paint job is sick. But the bike just looks sooo old compared to the Meta.
  • 40 27
 Question; has Norco ever won a race in EWS or DH? They price they’re bikes like they’re multiple championship winning race machines so just curious.
  • 64 0
 In contrast to Commencal, who have some of the most reasonable prices going, and clean tf up in both enduro and DH.
  • 5 0
 Ouch!
  • 9 0
 @N-60: well, commencal dh bikes are not cheap anymore, but still, they win. A lot.
  • 11 0
 @ORTOGONAL555: For 6 grand you get a frekin good geometry, suspension platform and components, worth every penny imo
  • 2 1
 @Maverick18T so the rocky mountain
  • 5 7
 @N-60:

Yah that’s the best comparison going. And I ask this as a long time and current Norco owner, I just don’t understand where the early price increases are coming from. Bike of the year awards aren’t worth the weekly salary of the reviewer in my opinion. Show me some race results if you want to increase prices.
  • 11 6
 @N-60: i saved $300 and tax by going with a the better speced norco sight over a meta
  • 7 1
 Did you wheel and deal to get those savings because that’s not usually the case.
  • 2 0
 @Noeserd: oh yes that's true, don't get me wrong. It's just that their team replica bike used to be about 5k. That was a "steal".
  • 7 0
 @Maverick18T: the new optic C2 has full shimano XT and Fox elite suspension which seems like a pretty sweet deal at $6K CAD
  • 32 1
 The bikes don't win the races, the pilots do. Every high end bike on the market if ridden by a winning rider stands a chance of being on the podium.
  • 1 0
 @arrowheadrush:

It was 5800 the year before.
  • 21 4
 if you buy bikes based on EWS and DH then your a sucker for good marketing lmfao.
  • 1 0
 @Maverick18T: The SRAM C2 model is still the same price
  • 2 0
 @l8igz: Really? Curious what you compared. I cross-shopped a Sight A2 vs the Meta AM Essential and ended up with the Meta. It had better suspension, brakes, and drivetrain.
  • 1 0
 @arrowheadrush:

With some small differences like a cheaper crank and cheaper tires this year.
  • 2 0
 The Sisters Gehrig are quite successfully racing Norco bikes in EWS. And opposed to Commencal's bikes, the Norco Optic has won like literally every trail bike test in the last 18 months - so maybe not the fastest bikes, but the most fun.
  • 11 0
 Really? Norcos bikes are a steal if you compare them to almost every store supported brand out there. I think you're salty that bikes go up in price almost every year.


Besides, ews/dh winnings are largely irrelevant. I firmly believe that any pro in their peak would win on more or less any current bike from the top 15 or so manufacturers, provided it was from the right category. When no one could touch Rachel Atherton, if you handed her an aurum, glory, or whatever instead of the amazing session and kept her factory support, you can bet your ass she'd still be sitting on top of that podium. Likewise Rude. Or Mayes.
  • 1 0
 @sheesha: This. Modern bikes are so good I'd guess with the proper amount of set-up time the same rider would win on (almost) any platform.
  • 4 0
 Norco's bikes are very competitively priced. Other than their new Torrent hardtail.
  • 2 0
 @Maverick18T: yeah, because race results are the only important factor in pricing a bike...
  • 1 0
 @ORTOGONAL555: have you been biking for 2 weeks? An average team replica bike would cost 8
7-13 thousand dollars, 5k IS a steal
  • 1 0
 @CaMKii: i got the 2020 a1 it was $5700. they raised the price of it this year though and i was comparing to last gen meta. suspension was the same, but i got better brakes,wheels,bars, and seat
  • 3 0
 I think casey brown, Jill kitner podiumed for dh and Sam blenkinsop podiumed an ews or two
  • 2 0
 The Devincis this year are a hell of a deal for the spec.
  • 1 0
 @arrowheadrush: Are you sure about that price? looks like $7.5k CDN on their website for the XT build
  • 1 0
 @arrowheadrush: just kidding, I was looking at the Optic
  • 1 0
 @arrowheadrush: wow. ~$4500 American for that bike is an awesome price relative to the competition.
  • 1 0
 @sheesha: Yes, but with the top riders feedback the bikes they ride evolves and rides better a lot. Remember when gwin was in the yt team tues changed 3 times in 2 years
  • 2 1
 Tbh I bought a Norco Sight and everything is falling a part. Just destroyed the rear rim on the bikelane cornering normally. Their frames cracked and snapped. Poor quality check and service. If you want Quality and Canadian product by De Vinci. Unless it is Chromag the rest is meh. Commencal is way better and they have a good shop in Squamish. Can t say the same thing with Norco, they are playing dead, still waiting for my derailleur hanger and rim lol.
  • 1 0
 @Bikerdude137: 2021 linup is more expensive that it used to be. The cheapest supreme 29 (29/27 is more expensive) is more than 4k. There are still some 2020 leftover bikes that are 5 k or less though, with top spec
  • 1 0
 @ORTOGONAL555: Commencal raised their prices for 500 or more €/$ for no reason. They aren't any more a good deal when you consider that they are DTC for the price of something from a shop.
  • 1 0
 @j-t-g:

You think 4100$ for a carbon sight frame is a steal?
  • 1 0
 @jibbandpedal: the XT build Sight is $7500 but the XT Optic is $6000, not sure why there's such a big difference between the two
  • 1 0
 @arrowheadrush:

Because bud was legal in BC before the rest of the country lol.
  • 10 2
 I think you guys made a couple mistakes with Richie's SB5.5, as you both called it the SB6.6 and said it has 27.5 wheels lmao. Not hating just pointing it out, other than that this article was awesome! Smile
  • 1 0
 What about the last pic of Richie , but he’s on a sb150!!! ????????????
  • 7 0
 Mavic was everywhere "back then".
  • 5 1
 Taking an angle grinder to the soft teeth of a machined XTR triple ring set up, to make my own 'bash' guard on a double, is one of my proudest moments as a mountain biker. 2013 was a great year.
  • 5 0
 Cecile was such a force on the Meta.
  • 10 1
 But those wins - that's probably like 99% Cecile Ravanel just being a total badass and 1% the Meta being a good bike. A dominant rider will be dominant on any bike.
  • 1 0
 True. Also, the author of the article failed to mention that the last meta is 29er and the previous one (the stealth one) is 27.5 (Meta AM V4.2)
  • 3 1
 'Martin Maes would also take his first and only Elite win in Finale on board the aluminum GT Sanction.' Bit harsh to say 'only Elite win in Finale' when there have only been 4 other winners.
  • 3 0
 It still amazes me that for so long Yeti spent so much time choosing their colours that they had no time left to find a spot for a bottle cage.
  • 1 0
 Ravanel's Commencal is proof women don't give a f*ck. Or that the bike doesn't matter. At any rate, underdog champion. Tortoise hare champion. Low budget champion, shoddy champion, etcetera. It looks like the top tube is going to bend, but it isn't, also the headtube looks like it's going to break off. At any rate, "lots of research, and development doesn't really matter?". Opinions? I always think back to the, "Rolls Royce Silver Ghost"; car in situations like these, and think, "the poor/rich motherf*cker that owned one of those, must have been on his absolute last leg".
  • 3 1
 ah the Remedy 29er. spent some time on that bike and it was sick! What could have been.
  • 8 1
 What could have been a Slash?
  • 2 0
 @Niek88: slash was too different. Great bike but imo lost the spirit of the remedy
  • 3 0
 It's because of Cecile Ravanel I heard about commencal and then bought it.
  • 2 0
 Cecile's bike actually changed quite a bit from 2017-2018.... like a whole wheel size
  • 3 1
 While looking at this Remedy prototype, I hope the year 2013 never will come back.
  • 1 0
 Data nerds need to compare geo between top 20 competing bikes of each year to see if there is correlation with the longest lowest bikes winning or not
  • 1 0
 I'm not exactly a betting man but the smart money is that when we see this same article next year, the Grim Donut will be at the top of the list ;-)
  • 2 0
 The Nerve of those canyon riders to show up on an XC bike, they should Strive to ride their enduro rigs next time.
  • 4 2
 I shuddered looking at those Yeti's in the salt water.
  • 2 0
 Grim Donut would beat them all.
  • 2 0
 Nary a Santa Cruz in the bunch?
  • 2 0
 Where is the kona process 153?? Funniest bike to ride ever.
  • 1 3
 Overweight, half-assed geo and a one man team. The process ain't winning any ews race anytime soon.
  • 1 0
 @mollow: Winning EWS races isn't about designing the fastest bike. It's about buying talented riders for your team. Prime example is Florian Nicolai on the Canyon factory team in 2019 - great rider on a very mediocre bike and yet he got second place overall. Another good example is the Rocky Mountain Race Face team, also in 2019. Their bike (Rocky Mountain Instinct BC Edition) wasn't exactly great either - basically a slightly modified, outdated trail bike. And yet Jesse, Remi and ALN got solid results most of the time.
  • 1 0
 @BenTheSwabian:

Winning is about the rider, but the bike counts too. Most bikes these days are really good, almost too good, but
definitely not mediocre.

Modern geometry might be longer, lower and slacker, but that’s not always a good thing, or faster...
  • 1 0
 Now all these bikes are listed for $1500 over their actual BBB value on Craigslist..
  • 2 5
 GeeeTee Sanction FTW!, fully modified link, runned on bearings and off-set bushings + a 'reach enlargement' head-set...but still, the best damn susp design I ever felt. It makes most of the horst designs(and variations) to feel plain borring.
  • 1 0
 Those metas look so sweet, esp the raw + coil combo.. Damn
  • 1 0
 The Meta seems to be a proven machine! Love mine.
  • 2 0
 Those yeti’s look dope
  • 1 0
 Why no Trophy of Nations bikes?
  • 1 0
 I was hoping for six more bikes (2019 Trophy of Nations)!
  • 1 0
 Larsen TT rear tire crazy!! LOve these oldschoold enduro bikes haha Smile
  • 1 0
 Ah that year that yellow wheels just totally dominated enduro
  • 1 0
 Sam Hill still dominates on “Yellow wheels.”
  • 1 0
 I would like to know a proof that Specialized Enduro won?
  • 3 3
 No specialized either. They exspensive. No wins.
  • 4 0
 Dentists don’t win races
  • 1 1
 27.5 ain't dead
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