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Winning Downhill Bike Check - Crankworx Les Gets 2018

Jun 23, 2018
by Paul Aston  

Troy Brosnan and his M-sized Canyon Sender reigned over the Supreme from Commencal and Amaury Pierron who won the previous two World Cup Downhills. 0.97 seconds was the difference between first and second, which is a big margin compared to the extremely close racing we have been seeing this year.

An Ergon SMD2 saddle with Ti rails.

Blackbox carbon lever blades and polished Code RSC lever bodies.

A red Code caliper on the front to match the BoXXer lowers, but a black caliper on the rear to coordinate with the frame.

Troy has been using a bigger air can on the Super Deluxe air can to give a bigger negative spring volume, he also has a linkage that gives slightly more progression over the standard Sender.

Crank Brother Mallet pedals with a few mm's of exposed pins for shoe traction.

A standard X01DH 7-speed drivetrain and a 36t chainring upfront.

A Minion DHRII gives plenty of braking traction on today's steep and loose track. He runs a relatively high 27psi front and 32psi rear.


  • 61 1
 Red caliper on the front and black on the rear might be the most PRO thing I’ve ever seen...
  • 22 35
flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 23, 2018 at 15:23) (Below Threshold)
 The mismatch of everything without a tiniest bit of pretentiousness is fantastic!
  • 27 34
flag HARv379 (Jun 23, 2018 at 15:28) (Below Threshold)
 Sure wish rockshox would go away from that nasty red, and mavic to follow suit with that yellow.
  • 55 2
 @HARv379: I agree on the nasty red to a certain degree but telling mavic not to use yellow is like telling a banana the same thing lol
  • 15 1
 @HARv379: look up Iconic and History in the dictionary.
  • 14 8
 @heavyp: Jimmy Savile was iconic and slavery is part of history.
  • 2 1
 @Randomscruff: I agree. The colours are going a bit far at the moment. It's like every company wants its own colour to separate it from the rest. We've got red, orange, blue that was green, yellow, purple, and gold that I can name off the top of my head. Not exactly easy to coordinate colours with all that mess!
  • 7 0
 @tomoostv: I've never told my bananas to not be yellow..... however, I have told my Avocado's to not be as expensive.
  • 2 0
 @HARv379: Yeah, i wish everything were black or something... that would be SO interesting... Zzzzzz.
  • 3 0
 @Waldon83: When I was working in a juice bar in Sydney there was a cyclone in Queensland which flattened all the banana trees. It was 2006 I think. We were selling bananas for $1.50 each. It was insane!
  • 2 0
 How can someone won a DH race with tyre pressure that high?
  • 2 0
 @HARv379: @HARv379: You can buy the fork in black so there is that. They are sponsored riders showcasing a product. Red has been with RS since day one.
  • 1 1
 If you disagree that bike would look better without the yellow and red, well then, our design taste is way off. And those two colors just happen to be my least favorite colors.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: The old banana crisis of '06.... I remember that. Even still, one avocado when they are in season without cyclones still costs $2
  • 33 2
 Seems to me like canyon and commencal are killing things this year, and their bikes don't all cost 32k.
  • 8 39
flag Triber66 (Jun 23, 2018 at 20:33) (Below Threshold)
 Name one company that all their bikes cost $32k.
  • 5 0
 @Triber66: 32k in what currency?
  • 17 7
 Spoiler alert. I know, don't go to pink bike if you haven't watched the race yet, but come on...
  • 10 4
 Yeah it was spoiled for me too. Sucks. They should black out the winner's name in the title til you mouse over it.
  • 19 3
 Rooki error fellas. The internet hhas been around a long ttime now Wink
  • 12 2
 Yup. Popped in to watch the DH Reply and first thing I see is who won. #lame
  • 1 3
 i feel this way as well, made me not so excited to watch the replay, i went riding instead
  • 4 0
 Classic hubs wiht J-bend spokes on Deemax !?
  • 5 0
 Easily repairable Mavics! Where do I buy?

Those hubs look like another brand and just painted in Mavic yellow, or maybe Mavic just made some standard hubs for easily mounting test rims and decided that like all J-bend hubs, they are good enough?
  • 2 0
 Not only that, the rims don't have the "fore" UST rim bed nipples, or the ISM milling between the spoke holes like the normal deemax. They have eyelets like normal mavic rims, but appear to be 28 holes, which none of the heavier rims are. Maybe they are a custom EN827, or some sort of prototype?

Some people claim to prefer j-bend spokes because they have a better/softer feel? But here he is with standard deemax last year? Hummmmm.
  • 2 0
 My bad, attempted to watch this morning but the delay was happening. Still haven't even watched it yet!
  • 3 0
 Great to see TB on the top step again.
  • 2 0
 So happy for you little brother %
  • 6 7
 I have mixed feelings on modern bike checks; on one hand the pros ride the exact same bikes we have access to, on the other, bike checks are boring with no truly custom aspects.
  • 16 2
 Custom linkage, custom air can, custom painted caliper...
  • 2 2
 Meh. Every team has alternate linkages, the can has a logo, so its prob not as custom as you think. And painted caliper? Please.
  • 1 1
 @sevensixtwo: cool story bro
  • 2 0
 Were these taken pre-race? Didn't he break the saddle in his race run?
  • 1 0
 Sexy whip and congrats on the win.
  • 1 0
 What advantage does the larger negative chamber provide on shock?
  • 2 0
 Decreases break away force at the top of the stroke, increasing small bump compliance. Pretty much it works so that when the shock is fully extended the negative air chamber is trying to compress it, thereby making the shock sit close to an equilibrium at full extension. As soon as anything pushes on it it moves.
  • 1 0
 Which I'm guessing he needs because he's running way higher pressures than the average person of the same weight.
  • 1 0
 Increases mid strike support too. So it doesn't blow through travel
  • 1 0
 36t chainring looks oval or is it the angle
  • 1 0
 That bike looks awesome
  • 1 0
 Troy are coooool !!
  • 1 2
  • 3 6
 Those pressures are ridiculous, He's hardly a heavy guy.
  • 13 1
 Proof that you don't ride hard enough.
  • 4 7
 @YouHadMeAtDrugs: lol like you do either
  • 4 0
 Most pros ride very stiff, reactive setups, this is not unusual.
  • 2 4
 @redsled137: I bet his suspension is relatively soft. There's no way he'd get enough grip with those pressures at what? 68kg?

It's all relative.
  • 2 0
 @jclnv: All the fastest boys I know run at least 25 psi front, 30 psi rear with relatively high suspension pressures.

Soft=slow, unless riding slow technical trail.
  • 1 0
 @cdmbmw: It has to be relative.

There's no way Minnaar is running the same pressure (even within 2psi) as Bronson. Unless he's running a different casing.

Or are we saying single seaters should be running the same tire pressures as commercial vehicles?
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