Video: Aaron Gwin Unchained

Jun 14, 2015 at 14:33
Jun 14, 2015
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  • + 342
 Ok, from now on, I will believe in god...
  • + 255
 I wouldn't go that far mate, I'm just gonna stop believing all this bullshit SRAM is throwing down my throat about a "winning advantage" with X01 DH.
  • + 485
 the 01 in x01 = 0 chain after 1 pedal stroke
  • - 41
flag RedBurn (Jun 14, 2015 at 15:15) (Below Threshold)
 Guys he won because he IS aaron Gwin, god has nothing to do with this.
  • + 67
 first its no tire, now no chain, he has superpowers..
  • + 460
 Breaks, tire and chain failure, next his bars will snap and he'll win holding onto his stem
  • + 36
 Great master of momentum!
  • + 41
 God must be sick of being bothered and tried to sabotage Gwin but he still won.
  • + 3
 The name says it all......gwinner
  • + 24
 SRAM Singlespeed DH Belt-Drive coming soon
  • + 7
 What a BOSS!
  • + 61
 troy=== you motherF%%%%er
  • - 12
flag AutumnMedia (Jun 14, 2015 at 18:11) (Below Threshold)
 You best believe my friends - and yea Troy was pissed lol
  • + 18
 What's crazier than his run is how many times I've watched it
  • + 78
 sram prolly did this on purpose so they can make a "cant" win without a chain video lol
  • - 10
flag c25porter (Jun 14, 2015 at 19:12) (Below Threshold)
 Chainless win with a 26" bike in a very close second, followed by A bunch of 27.5" bikes equals don't believe the hype and run what feels good to you. I'm still running a Sunday until I find a better bike or this one wears out completely.
  • + 24
 I'm starting to think he'd probably come last on a fully functioning bike....
  • + 7
 @c25porter Fearons bike is 27.5"
  • + 1
 @jeffhall124 you made my day xD
  • - 22
flag freeride-forever (Jun 14, 2015 at 21:38) (Below Threshold)
 No chain means no brakes I guess. Looks like "God's" really puttin' this guy to the test. Meh, shitty MTB drivetrains. Would never happen with a gearbox. :/

Anyway, hallelujah, praise Jesus, glory to God in the highest. :s
  • + 6
 Did anyone of you guys realise that with the chain ON would be very embarrassing time gap of -10 sec at least Smile Smile
"This Specialized Bike works so well with no chain" !! Razz
  • + 5
 SRAM and Shimano out of business soon
  • + 5
 Whether you believe in God or not, the first thing I said after I calmed down was, "He is God". Warner's commentary with that run will go down as one of the greatest moments in sports for sure.
  • + 1
 With the chain he would quite possibly have taken the record for biggest winning margin. 17 seconds is it?
  • + 5
 Wind died down, so he tucked top section and got a similar time to others, but then he had conserved all his energy to pump the crap out of the bottom section, where others had pedaled into the wind for 30 seconds and had a lot less enegry..
  • - 3
 He only won because the wind died down?
  • + 2
 It is true for sure that less pedaling saves him more energy for effective pumping. It's like what they say, when you lose one ability, the other sences will become stronger (for example when you become blind you'll be able to do much more with your hearing because you have no other choice).

But all in all I do believe this has much more disadvantages than advantages.
Especially since his chain was stuck in his bike for the first minute.

Super sick run. I really wonder how many seconds faster he could have been with a chain. A well deserved win for sure!

What this proves though is indeed as commented above, there's no need at all to spend half a grand on a lame Sram DH specific drive train. A simple drive train that is strong enough not to break is plenty enough.
  • + 8
 @Jaame: no, he won because he's a legend!
  • + 1
 I know, I was being facetious
  • + 4
 Yeah, yeah, you can break a chain on a professional WC bike just like that, with only one pedal stroke. They probably put new chains before every start. I bet he done that deliberately, because he knew that he's able to smack them even without a chain. Just sayin' Smile
  • + 3
 If this is true, probably because he knows the shitty FSR works better if you take the chain off. If it was an accident, his mechanic isn't going to get his 10% of his winnings.
  • + 7
 His mechanic probably figured it was just extra weight.
  • + 0
 Must be some merit to GT's suspension design then.
  • + 1
 Did the chain break at a factory link or did the power link connection fail somehow? Did they even find the chain? I don't think they recovered Neko's to solve the mystery...
  • + 3
 GWIN UNCHAINED! lol i downloaded gimp and made some pictures hahaha


www.pinkbike.com/photo/12349462
  • + 6
 Also take into account the near-perfect line decision. He's known for studying tracks thoroughly, but he definitely didn't plan on having to coast and pump the whole thing, so there was ZERO room for error. Amazing focus.
  • - 1
 Oh absolutley, a faultless run. Im not saying he ONLY won because of the wind. But he was only ABLE to win without the chain because the wind died down. It gave him a huge advantage. If he had a chain, he would have probably been 5-10 seconds up all due to the wind. Still, every time Gwinn does somthing crazy, like his tyre'less run, I love him more.
  • + 2
 what tires is gwin running? will by some:p
  • + 3
 @mfbeast12: Did you rag on Shimano when Mulally broke his chain too?
  • - 11
flag Fishypete (Jun 15, 2015 at 19:17) (Below Threshold)
 Just lucky there was no NFL game on the same day, Jesus would have been busy. Can't stand seeing bible thumpers win but damn, that was awesome. Well done.
  • + 183
 feel sorry for Neko Mullaly, he was rocking the chain less race run before Gwin made it cool
  • + 28
 true hipster!
  • + 27
 Speaking of Neko.. What the he'll happened to him this year.
  • + 3
 He punctured at round 1. Not sure about his other results though.
  • - 8
flag steviez (Jun 14, 2015 at 18:08) (Below Threshold)
 Scott happened .. Just sayin.. Huge fan of neko and whole team but look at da facts..
  • + 5
 http://www.pinkbike.com/video/147106/
Jackson goldstone was the one who made riding chainless cool years ago
  • + 6
 Neko was too hung over.
  • + 1
 Funny question BeerGuzlinFool; He is probably too hungover from all the Dales Pale Ale he gets for free!

Hope he sobers up tho,
  • - 12
flag Callum-H (Jun 14, 2015 at 19:16) (Below Threshold)
 Anyone notice how he was running a Renthal chainring, not a SRAM one, that could have really messed with his drivetrain.
  • + 2
 Neko's run is still my favorite. Showed that losing a chain doesn't mean out of contention. Aaron just proved the concept but Neko's had all the excitement of discovery.
  • + 158
 He is a legend , simply amazing . I was on the edge of my seat watching it . One of greatest race I have ever seen
  • + 69
 Run of the year, 234% sure
  • + 14
 I was on the edge of my seat too. Friggin sick run. I can't believe anyone could possibly pull that off.
  • + 21
 Caption from the 13th picture in the 'DH World Cup 3 - Leogang Preview and Track Walk' article from Thursday...

"AG hoping to make headlines for the fastest time as opposed to biggest hero this time round."

Looks like he did both.
  • + 12
 Chuck Norris who. Aaron Gwin could do that.
  • + 7
 How the hell can he stay that calm after that run?
I would be like:,, mate have you just seen my run ??!! I won chainless hahaha!! ``
And in reality I´d be like : ,, ha.. ehh.. uhhm.. haha haha ehh.. what?
April is gone for too long.. stop fooling me! ``
  • + 125
 $10 says this doesn't appear on SRAM's homepage.
  • - 18
flag abzillah (Jun 14, 2015 at 15:47) (Below Threshold)
 Why wouldn't they? He won using SRAM products, and right now SRAM is getting a lot of advertisement even with the chain-less win. If I were SRAM, i would squeeze all I could out of this win.
  • + 31
 his fox suspension mattered way more than the sram stuff that was just sitting on his bike. the sram products on his bike failed, save for the brakes, and it's in no way smart to say "hey our drivetrain (which they have had a solid hold on in the market for a while) failed but our brakes (which haven't stood up to the mainstream test yet and don't represent much of the company's revenue) were great!"

honestly even if his chain had stayed I doubt they would put it up there, because you can't hide the big Fox 40 on the front of his bike. at least with Nino Schurter (their other big athlete on their drivetrain but not suspension) isn't on a competitor's suspension, because DT swiss suspension doesn't really threaten sales of Rockshox stuff, but Fox does.
  • - 13
flag DragRider (Jun 14, 2015 at 22:36) (Below Threshold)
 Do You believe his Fox did that thing couse its Fox naah m8 Fox is commercial crap as Boxxer and the others, now its the new era of after-market dampers, get something decent. Do you believe Gwin runs the same stock internals as the Fox forks on the market ??
  • + 106
 Why are Americans so good at riding without chains?
  • + 111
 I'll be more impressed when someone does it on an EWS race.
  • + 73
 Judging by the number of chainless/derailluerless bikes at the bike park at the end of the season, I'd say because we're all broke or lazy.
  • + 46
 Because there's no need to spin when you're Gwin.
  • + 8
 why chain when you have gravity!
  • - 8
flag RedBurn (Jun 14, 2015 at 16:57) (Below Threshold)
 @piman no man on a crosscountry wc
  • + 4
 there has to be a rapper gold chains joke there somewhere, i give up could not find it.
  • + 44
 One time Aaron Gwin won a tractor pull with no tractor.
  • + 15
 ALLMountin , I see some Gwin/Chuck Norris jokes coming......
  • + 32
 @fercho25

Q. What's Aaron Gwin's rap name?

A. NO CHAINZ
  • - 2
 Chuck Norris won the Indy 500 with a bike, Gwin won it with a chainless bike.
  • + 1
 @dingus

You. I like you
  • + 94
 Has anyone else noticed that Gwin doesn't kiss the pretty flower girls.... Ever
  • + 4
 Didn't think they were that pretty today.
  • + 92
 maybe he is showing respect?
  • + 60
 wwjd
  • + 4
 I noticed that too, he didn't do it the last two rounds too.
  • + 0
 def. not kiss them
  • + 0
 wwmgd
  • + 16
 Another weird moment for the podium photo, where thirion put his arm on gwin s back but gwin is like "wtf is he doing" Big Grin
  • + 9
 @whitebullit he'd wash and kiss their feet wouldn't he?
  • + 60
 It's for religious reasons. It takes a lot to stick by morals like that. Respect.
  • + 15
 @dk1996 Just out of curiosity, what religion does he follow that prevents him kissing them? This isn't a set up or anything to get a pointless debate going - you've just really caught my interest with that one!
  • + 5
 Maybe he just simply doesn't want to. I think he is christian.
  • + 60
 Im a christian and i kiss every girl i got the chance
  • - 25
flag motard5 (Jun 14, 2015 at 17:26) (Below Threshold)
 the freakiest girls i know are 'christians' so maybe Gwin just bats for the same team?
  • + 23
 Its not his faith that prevents him from doing that. Its just his own personal choice. Maybe he has a girlfriend and she doesnt like him kissing other girls. Who knows? But im sure its not his faith.
  • - 5
flag mnorris122 (Jun 14, 2015 at 17:59) (Below Threshold)
 Gwin's a devout Catholic, he's probably just staying moral
  • + 16
 So a clearly and extremely devout Christian doesn't kiss a couple of trophy girls and you automatically assume he is gay?!
  • + 1
 I noticed ..
  • + 21
 Or maybe it's just not the American custom to kiss.
  • + 56
 You guys are reading way too into it.
  • + 2
 If this is the kinda guy who goes no chain "raw bike", a girl that has been kissing everybody else is probably the last thing he needs.
  • - 3
 In case you don't know it, kissing is something really intimate and personal that some people don't want to do that with any stranger, and it is disrespectful to kiss someone without their approval first...
  • + 24
 In case you didn't know it, in parts of Europe a kiss is just a normal greeting. There's nothing disrespectful about that. American customs are a little more reserved in that regard so maybe it just makes him uncomfortable. But implying that everyone who does kiss them is being disrespectful is a load of bullocks.
  • + 7
 Honestly... it's just not something we do in the U.S. I wouldnt... most Americans wouldnt.
  • - 13
flag harrybrottman (Jun 15, 2015 at 0:49) (Below Threshold)
 Aaron Gwin is a virgin - kissing on the cheek is probably as far as he goes with his girlfriend guys - give the dude a break!
  • + 11
 He is polite.

I remember he was calling "Ratboy" as "Josh" last season.
  • + 3
 No wonder he's so ducking fast
  • + 90
 "We got air in the tires, we're getting it down!" Hahah
  • + 78
 "You motherf****r"
No freakin kiddin Troy.
  • + 7
 did ye hear his comment to troy "the suspension was so much better chainless" makes sense, one less factor to deal with!
  • + 10
 I think he said "suspension works good without a chain".
  • + 66
 That run was off the chain!! Don't know how he linked it together
  • + 5
 Well, his outer plates says "1" so he simply pinned the straights and roller'd though the turns.
  • + 3
 Like a master, he linked that course together with incredible flow.
  • + 2
 That's just how he rolls.
  • + 62
 Chain sales down, Church attendance up, see you next Sunday at 11. Our Father who art in Leogang......
  • + 2
 LOL!!!
  • + 56
 This just goes to show how mental our sport is. Aaron Gwin is one of my favorite riders because of the way he approaches challenges like this. Going out to always beat your own times rather than depending success or failure on other people's times is how champions like this are made! Way to go Aaron, great job!
  • + 52
 I appreciate his response in interviews that " the only thing you can control in racing is the effort you put in "
  • + 56
 Suprised no one has patented this 'God' technology he keeps going on about
  • + 15
 It'll appear as a new axle or wheel size, don't you worry.
  • + 10
 Srams new standard: the lords DH groupset
  • + 52
 1x0
  • - 13
flag RedBurn (Jun 14, 2015 at 15:19) (Below Threshold)
 Actually it s 0x0
  • + 17
 It can be 35 billion x 0 for what it's worth..... You still get the same answer!
  • + 7
 Iguess it's 0x0 really but that just looks like a shit emoji
  • + 45
 We've pretty much just witnessed one of the most legendary runs in DH. Insane!
  • + 19
 This, Mulally at hafjell 2014, Gwin at Leogang 2014, and Hart at Champery 2011. Racing is just getting more and more exciting!
  • + 17
 Hill 2007. Kovarik 2004(?)
  • + 5
 Hart at champery was insane. And I was losing it.
  • + 4
 hill at worlds still takes it for me...but then there is not much footage of vouilloz
  • + 1
 I wasn't watching the WC back then Frown
  • + 2
 Stevie Smith's run at MSA in 2013 was pretty nuts as well
  • + 30
 Next year he is going to wreck his front wheel and win by manualing down the whole track
  • + 31
 Gwin Unchained
  • - 18
flag jrocksdh (Jun 14, 2015 at 15:03) (Below Threshold)
 the prophet Joesph Biden warned us of the day when the white man would weight you all down with chains...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gII8D-lzbA
  • + 25
 Did anyone else catch troy brosnan calling him a M-F at 2:44?
  • + 24
 Legend status cemented!
  • + 23
 I really thought that would be Gwinpossible, but I've been proved Gwrong.
  • + 23
 #GWINNING
  • - 7
flag jskiff Plus (Jun 14, 2015 at 14:46) (Below Threshold)
 Haha like it Smile
  • + 17
 Think maybe these WC riders might want to start doing some chainless practice runs on these tracks before the race.
  • + 3
 Maybe they do...I mean if your at the top of the pack, it benefits you to practice some worse case scenarios to stay in the points hunt. Flat tire, broken chain, weak brakes....but that all comes back to riding smooth and maintaining momentum
  • + 2
 If I was a Wc mechanic I would think they are all over What happened and how to prevent that worst case scenario.
  • + 2
 they do, the common practice is to swap everything out if there's any doubt but sh1t still Happens! as it proved today the best riders still rise to the top (gwinn has just put himself up with Violloiz/hill now tho after that)
  • + 11
 Wow he mentions God and every one loses there minds, he does not kiss the girls and no one can believe it, if Gwin gave props to Gundi no would have cared, and if he dident kiss the girls because he was gay no one would care, Gwin and his positive out look on things that happen when he is racing is a direct result of his Faith in God. So we could say that his win was because of God.
  • + 11
 your mom is because of god
  • + 2
 Preach it!
  • - 4
flag bemery (Jun 15, 2015 at 5:11) (Below Threshold)
 People would definitely care if he were gay.
  • + 7
 God is more of a cross country sort of guy. Shredding gnar, that's satan's specialty. Clearly Gwin has sold his soul to the devil.
  • + 2
 @bemery: The only one I've ever heard of being bothered by homosexual athletes was Putin at the Olympics last summer. But he doesn't quite fit in the "people" category.
  • + 11
 Go ahead and cue up the version with Van Halen so I can play it at church next week....
  • + 8
 What a tight time difference 0.045s, if he would just for one moment think about quitting after the chain broke he would lose the first place, I guess DH really is about milliseconds :o WHAT AN INCREDIBLE RUN!
  • + 10
 Simply incredible.. soon as I heard his chain was broke I wrote him off!.. abolutely amazing!..
  • + 1
 What in the hell is this thing you call a chain, again?
  • + 11
 Best Race Run on Video ever......a Pump Clinic for the win!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 10
 How many World Cup wins does he have?
  • + 38
 Damn.....i'd put money that he will catch Peaty/Minnaar one day.
  • + 37
 Maybe this year.
  • + 6
 and he accumulated that in just 5 years
  • + 2
 There are only 4 more World Cups this year so he can't do it in 2015. I'd say it's definitely a question of when and not if he can though.
  • + 1
 and 8 of those wins were in two seasons too...my man minn better win some more to keep the gwinn away!
  • + 9
 Despite the win I'd say his mechanic will get a bollicking tonight
  • + 2
 Nah, Aaron and John are good buddies, and it wasn't the mechanics fault anyway! I'm willing to bet that they would swap the drivetrain out before the race run, especially if Gwin is leading the points.
  • + 1
 Not many manufacturers of just about anything can guarantee that 100% of their goods produced are faultless. Maybe the mechanic messed up, or maybe it was a brand new but bad chain link/pin, we'll probably never know.
  • + 8
 That is truly the best thing I've ever scene he has riden without a rear tire and now no chain and he yet again gets the win
  • + 5
 I bet soon his frame will snap and he'll just carry it, running down the hill and finish second because he got a pebble in his shoe that threw him off balance. That man is amazing!
  • + 5
 The more reasonable scenario would be snapping off a pedal and rompin down with one foot on the crank!
  • + 4
 One of the best races I've ever seen yet! Well, there was that other race where he was kinda missing his rear tire and still ripped down the mountain like a boss, there was that one too. Basically, Aaron Gwin Knows how to get the job done! What an amazing race, so stoked for Aaron.
  • + 6
 Good is so good, I'm blessed. -Arron Gwinn Great job Gwinny you are blessed bro!
  • + 3
 No Chain, no problem. Its been awhile since I've seen such smoothness. Just goes to show, aerodynamics can get you on the podium. Congrats, Homeboy. His religion is just a lifestyle choice. Don't be too down on him because he chooses to follow the Christian philosophy.
  • + 6
 Well, keep in mind Gwin had no way to slow down, he runs Avid/Sram brakes after all :-D
  • + 5
 Flame all you want, I see nothing wrong with believing there is a God and working yer ass off for a great, yo Gwin you're the Man!
  • + 7
 The next winning bike will be a Strider
  • + 4
 Tbh i think he had just luck with the Wind... If you know the Track it is impossible to keep up with the others in the pedaling Section with head Wind and no chain.
  • + 5
 No more excuses from riders saying "there's too much pedalling at Leogang" . Gwin well and truly blew that one out the water
  • + 6
 Fastest through the speed trap aswell... 3 kmh quicker than Gee in 2nd!
  • + 2
 shows how much energy even the pros waste pedalling when you don't need to Except hart & Bryce) but fair play not taking anything away from Gwinn carried amazing speed out of every turn. I think chains should be banned from DH anyway, if its a decent DH track you shouldn't have to pedal lol
  • + 6
 FSR - It’s better if you just don’t pedal.
  • + 2
 So an amazing run! No contest. One for the books. Everyone seems to have overlooked that Gwin was the ONLY rider in the top twenty to take the route over the stump. A decider????

AND....to be fair to all the characters on the WC circuit (Ratboy, Peaty, Stevie Smith etc), Aaron Gwin has the media presence of an all-too-slick NASCAR driver. Lighten up a llittle????
  • + 4
 Different people with different personalities. He's not the PR guy, he's the racer and that's what he focuses on. I have no problem with that.
  • + 4
 minnaar went over the stump as well
  • + 1
 Whatever whatever whatever, " luckily there is not much pedaling but the mid section". He knew he might win just riding down without a single crank. He broke is chain on purpose just to test out his theory. I hope he win 1st that race.
  • + 1
 MERS outbreak, heatwave a taking lives, volcanoes devastating towns... then He looks down and notices one of His sheep has lost a chain, better turn the miracle machine to 11. Go Gwinn! PS - he's waaaaaaaaayyyyy up he feels blessed.
  • + 2
 i actually slapped my face with both hands and watched it 2 more times after the event was over. I could not believe what I saw, a spoiler alert if ever there was one. Dude is actually Arnold Shwartzneger.
  • + 2
 This brings up an interesting thought. Could it possibly be faster to run without a drive train on some WC courses? Eliminate the shifter, derailleur, chain, cable/house, and possibly even cranks?
  • + 1
 MTB rider evolution:
1. OMG, I ride so fast I must break all the time, how is it possible that those best guys are pedaling there ?
2. Yeah, I'am so fast I need to pedal downhill to gain more speed, awesome !
3. It's downill b0tch, I don't brake so I need no drivetrain, simple !
  • + 3
 You can actually hear aaron and troy after. Troy: When did it break? Aaron: Right at the gate. Troy: What the f@ck...you...you mother f@cker...

Yup...
  • + 1
 Troy's version of "Shock and Awe"
  • + 4
 It's amazing how un-amazing that run looked. Just total flow and nothing less.
  • + 1
 Anticipate a new trend in world cup downhill - no weighting junk, no cassetes, chains, derailleurs, shifters, chainguides... Weight reduction of more than a kilogram. ...Profit...
  • + 1
 And mostly unsprung weight. Could widen the hub flange a little to stiffen up the wheel. It'd be too weird without cranks though.

Me and my buddies always do "engine off DH races" in neutral on the downhill sections when riding dirtbikes. It's a lot of fun. I think it'd make a pretty interesting bike race on the right track.

Or just dig rollers into the uphill sections and they can pump track through those parts.
  • + 4
 SRAM Singlespeed DH Belt-Drive coming soon
  • + 4
 aahahah Troy Brosnan at min 2.43.. "You mother F*cker" Big Grin Big Grin
  • + 3
 Love the way Claudio is saying exactly what's happened mechanically while Warner just talks rubbish as usual...
  • + 1
 Does anyone know the song in the background when he crosses the finish line and celebrates. From 2.11 to 2.25 Been search for this song or beat often also played at football matches
  • + 1
 THEY NEW THIS ALREADY; why do you think they put a quick link on the chains? It's so you can pedal to the top take off the chain and have lively suspension on the way down!!!!
  • + 5
 New SRAM OO
  • + 3
 I'm pretty sure he had the fastest speed through the speed trap too...wth!
  • + 1
 I can't watch this amazing feat enough! It was like watching Aaron turn Leogang into his own personal extreme pump track! Truly a legendary ride!!!!
  • + 1
 It's funny how he said...'' if there is air in my tires I will get to the finish'', yet we all remember that no tire run!! Legend
  • + 2
 Gwin at Leogang:
Last year: No Tire
This year: No Chain
Next year: No handlebar. That'll be fun to see
  • + 3
 Next hes jus gunna run down the course with no bike.
  • + 4
 Unchain my Hart...
  • + 1
 So, I was on Vital's Facebook page and a poster is claiming they put a faulty chain on Gwin's bike on purpose. Some people...
  • - 1
 Hello Guys, I just want to share these couple verses to every single one of you. These verses does not apply only on racing bike's but also on our daily life especially when you are going through tough times. Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
  • + 4
 please stick to mtb discussion
  • + 1
 Wow, now that is how you flow boys! AG, you're a Flow Ninja.
"So your ride chainless to? Well, I ride brakeless foo!" Gwin has now done both on this track!
USA!
  • + 1
 Do they intentionally start him at the starting gate to give other competitors a fair chance? Imagine if he didnt have breakdowns in the first 5 feet of the course.
  • + 2
 no chain = zero chaingrowth = free suspension

maybe more future DH bikes will be rockin an idler pulley
  • + 3
 no chain = no distraction for pedaling
  • + 1
 I reckon you're dead right. Lots of people are saying he'd have gone faster with a chain, but I reckon not.
  • + 2
 Chainless runs ought to be a normal part of everyone's training. Momentum is king.
  • + 3
 Pretty sure whistler has a chainless race 1x week...
  • + 1
 this is too far fetched for redbull not to have anything to do with it. like Claudio said there is a 30 second pedal in the middle. and you need to pedal cus' it's flat.
  • + 1
 Interesting how there was a lot of distraction with horns and stuff for a lot of riders runs then boom-faithless insomnia music comes on for Gwin, a real go for it dance anthem...
  • + 3
 So when will we see a run without a bike?
  • + 1
 Gwin is wearing Nike socks??? it doesn't look like he's sponsored by Nike. in his video edits he's wearing Giro socks.
does anyone else think this is odd?
  • + 0
 I have only broken a chain once in 4 years of riding and hardly ever lubing it , how does a brand new chain break first pedal stoke that has installed by a professional bike mechanic.
  • + 3
 "We got air in the tyres, we're getting it down"
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 Incredible. Nothing more to say.
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 I still have is look down to his chain just after the start in my mind. Still stoked!
  • + 2
 How does a presumably brand new chain snap after one pedal stroke?
  • + 2
 X01 DH. 7 speed... Buahahahahahaha. Can't stop laughing! Buahahahahaha...
  • + 14
 XXgone
  • + 2
 How to win , its the missing link!.....geddit??!
  • + 2
 New standart: Chainless world cups
  • + 3
 In Gwin we trust.
  • + 3
 the man is a legend
  • + 1
 Anybody else hear claudio call someone a c*nt before changing to consistant??
  • + 1
 No, but I'd have liked to!!
  • + 1
 Omg!!! Now I've seen it all!! So glad I watched the whole race..just took my chain off!! Apparently you don't need it?? Lol
  • + 2
 What kind of bike race is won on a bike with no chain?
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 One in which Gwin competes
  • + 1
 not sure if it was god or red bull that gave him those wings to get down so quick without a chain
  • + 1
 I swear so many chains break in world cup races... what the hell is going on?
  • + 1
 World Cup riders are fit and they can put the power down...
  • + 1
 why dont tour de france sprinters chains break then? ahaha
  • + 1
 First its no tire, now no chain, what is he inside? Unbelievable! Marvels! Amazing! Astonish!
  • + 2
 He's just TIREd of these CHAIN of events!
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 @TEAM-ROBOT I summon you for an amazing blog intro haha
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 The year, an race of ...NO CHAIN...! Epic, Watched his run like 10times now , still gives me the chills! Incredible!
  • + 2
 I've been checking my phone every 30mins waiting for this.
  • + 2
 His run in two words : ABSOLUTELY EPIC !!!
  • + 1
 Stop posting shit like "who needs a chain to win anyway?" before the replay is posted. f*cking spoilers...
  • + 2
 UCI has banned chains XD
  • + 1
 So "Father God" must be a mountainbiker.
  • + 1
 Last year no rear tire. This year no chain. Next year...no handlebar.
  • + 1
 My handmade prototype chainless bike Wink vimeo.com/87980676
  • + 1
 American Chainless Massacre should be Gwin's new nickname!
  • + 1
 I love this bike & this rider
  • + 1
 What tires? Hillbilly front and what rear/sizes, tubeless, psi?
  • + 1
 Been doing chainless training for years, slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
  • + 1
 I had gone off him but that was truly amazing
  • + 1
 Masterclass in pumping on a big bike.
  • + 1
 Everyone else just quit, now.
  • + 1
 ARRON GWINN THE CHUCK NORRIS OF MTB.
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 So he an unfair advantage with a lighter bike that had no chain ... Smile
  • + 2
 Mind is actually blown
  • + 1
 whats the song 37 seconds in haaha
  • + 2
 Insane run GWIN !
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 Awesome GWIN!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Aaron Gwin is crazy
  • + 1
 I wonder what tires he's running. Procore inside?
  • - 3
 But is it actually that surprising....? Most DH courses have very little pedalling sections, and even if they do it will only make a small difference to the overall time. Last year ratboy won the world cup overall and he purposely doesn't pedal on a lot of flatter sections to save energy for where you can actually gain/lose large chunks of time. Then there's the fact that Gwin has won by massive margins before, perhaps if he had a chain this would have been another one.
  • + 10
 I know what you are saying, but it really depends on the track. Graves made up something like 11 places at PMB on the pedal section with his enduro bike. Leogang also has a pretty long 'motorway' in the middle, where a lot of the stronger guys are able to shave time. Gwin couldn't even throw in a pedal and was 22nd place at the top split. The fact that he made up that much time through steeps and gnar is just mind boggling.
  • + 4
 I don't know why people are negative propping, I'm not hating I'm just giving a point of view (and not even one I neccessarily agree with).

Yes there is a long "pedal" section but actually it has jumps/rollers on it so you can gain speed through pumping which is often just as efficient as pedalling. Also he was only a second back at the top split which could probably be accounted for in the first 20 yards where he couldn't get up to speed straight away.

At the end of the day if anyone was going to do a run like this it was always going to be Gwin, he's pretty much a class above everyone else. No disrespect to Neko but he's not Gwin and he got 4th last year chainless.
  • + 1
 YEAH SON!!!!.......MERICA!
  • + 0
 Him looking back at the timing board after he crossed the finish line tells me he knew he laid down a very fast run......
  • - 2
 I honestly wonder if there wasn't some foul play by someone hoping to slow down Gwin's dominance. Pretty catastrophic failure right out of the gate that could've easily spoiled his race
  • + 1
 maybe the guy who wanted to win the boxxer forks sabotaged it Smile
  • + 1
 STILL GWINNING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
  • + 1
 Fricking amazing, the is really doing the impossible!
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 next time he will lose his break and win
  • + 1
 Gwin needs a new mechanic. He gets too many mechanicals.
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 Thats a bit harsh...It's not like the WC mechanics are just glorified tire inflators... That bike would have been 100% mechanically perfect as he left the start gate. Shit happens, chains break, it's all part of the Game. And knowing his rider had qualified 1st, i'm sure John would have checked that thing 5 times over.
  • + 1
 i always go chinless with Fox suspension Smile
  • + 1
 Actually i've got my chain thrown into the trash after this run.
  • + 1
 This reminds of Neko Mulaly...
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 God made him win, or he is a witch? Burn him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Better than Danny's win?
  • + 1
 Does he want to prove that there are no frictionless hubs ??
  • + 1
 Next time without what ??? Gwon so good !!!
  • + 2
 #whatislife

#Gwinislife
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 Is anyone checking these chains before the race??
  • + 1
 hes lucky it happened at his track and not last weekends.
  • + 1
 GWININNNNN'!!
  • + 1
 Less weight, more speed
  • + 1
 No chain, no problem!
  • + 1
 wonderful
  • + 0
 CAPTAIN AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EPIC!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 0
 ARRON GWIN THE CHUCK NORRIS OF MTB....
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 Smile
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 Chains are for mortals
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 *great result
  • - 3
 It's sad that you can win a bike race without one pedal stroke.
That's says a lot about de stupidity of that kind of "bike" race.
  • - 1
 Unchain my heart indeed!
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