Video: How Do EWS Pros Beef Up Their Bikes?

Jul 20, 2018
by Enduro World Series  

If ever there was a testing ground for equipment it would be La Thuile. High in the Italian Alps, this small resort offer up some big mountains and some of the steepest, rockiest terrain on the circuit. Ric McLaughlin caught up with the pros at round five of the EWS to see what changes they've made to their set-ups ahead of the race.


MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries



99 Comments

  • + 369
 Nobody likes videos...I like to read and see pics...thank you.
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 especially when we're at work Wink
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 pitbits are my drug of choice
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 I like videos at work.
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 Truth!
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 nobody likes complainers, beef up your attitude broski
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 Videos are great! Videos supplemented by pics are even better!
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 @housem8d: We're not gonna keep our heads above Threshold on this one - kids think everything here needs to conform to their particular 9-5 needs.

Tip: if content is labeled VIDEO, view it later. Don't whine about it bc your bossperson don't like it.
  • + 18
 Agreed. Would much prefer photos and interviews.
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 how about you work rather than stealing your employers time?
  • + 33
 @diego-b don't you worry, tech photo coverage from EWS La Thuille is coming.

All videos are labeled "videos", just don't click 'em at work. Smile
  • + 0
 @endlessblockades: I'm my own boss.
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 @endlessblockades: more so, our internet filters/firewall don't like it Frown Plus i only browse Pinkbike at work. After work, I'm riding my bike.
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 @diego-b: K cool - you're not the boss of ME, and it's not fair play to say 'Nobody likes videos'
  • + 7
 But we get to hear banter and other jargon on videos like when Curtis calls Jared fat or vice versa
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 @Artikay13: Yep like Ratboy's 'Leeeevers' Sound and motion is good.
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 And more! pinkbike.click/lethuilephotoreport
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 Make this man president!
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 @diego-b: only in 2018 would that get negged
  • + 1
 Cant upvote enough
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 Don't you know Pinkbike affect a country GDP?
  • + 8
 I’m my own boss and I own a bike shop, so I can pay myself for watching PinkBike videos at work and consider it research. Living the dream.
  • + 5
 Videos are only still frame pics coming at you at 30 per second. So consider this video as 12,600 pictures for your viewing pleasure. Feel free to pause whenever you like.
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 @brianpark: But what else am I supposed to do at work?
  • + 4
 on the "photo report - race day" article for la thuile, one of the top comments is "no video?"

holy shit what is pinkbike supposed to do
  • + 3
 @alexdeich: we are contrarians by nature. just look at WAKI and that fecalmatter guy!!
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 @jaycubzz:
If I wanted to waste my employers money I would start smoking.
  • + 1
 Tip - turn down volume, Diego. you will wake baby. Babies make you grumpy. Lol
  • + 4
 From the title of the article I was expecting to see more armor plating welded to frames than riders chatting about suspension air pressures.
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 @jaycubzz: YOUR NOT MY SUPERVISOR!
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 subtitles on and zap throuh it :-D

actually a good idea to clear up what Ratboy is saying.... ^^
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 Pics please.
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 @jaycubzz: I work in construction and Im always telling the young guys to get off their phones. Mine stays in the truck only to be checked at breaks. Its annoying as hell that they rhink they are entitled to play on the phone while working.
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 Yea but the video let me listen to Ratboy talk so me mum can say "Is he drunk?".
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 +100 less videos please!
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 @cuban-b: have you guys all never heard of CC button?
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: you big silly, that's how we say it in English ????
  • + 1
 Why does Pinkbike not get emojis still. For the record "????" was "winking with tongue out"
  • + 42
 Jordi Cotes speaking the truth. "Get a good solid setup, and go ride your bike." Amen.
  • + 4
 Minnaar strongly disagree ????
  • + 4
 Yup- Jordi for the win. Dial it in, stick with it and learn to ride!
  • + 2
 Jordi Cotes-" Learn to ride your damn bike and leave me alone!" LMAO!!
  • + 35
 I’d like to see Jordi have his own video series or at least a dedicated Syndicate episode.
  • + 1
 Even better if its Jordi Lunn
  • + 34
 RM-What have you changed?

Rat-Well I got my name on my brakes.



This is why I love the rat haha
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 One of our favourites!
  • + 13
 No no it is „I got me name on me brakes”
  • + 5
 Just hearing RatBoy talking is worth having a video for.

"It's pretty f*ckin' steep init" Hahaha
  • + 3
 Classic Rat, pretty fuckin downhill ere init.
  • + 30
 Was anyone else expecting to see a video of how pros are actually modifying bikes to not break???
  • + 13
 Jordi Cotes, with the best advise "Get a good solid set up, then just leave it alone"
  • + 9
 Got to love Rat Boy, I got some Magic grips with pre warning, and trick levers with my name on em. LOL Love it.....miss watching him ride DH though.
  • + 6
 Am I the only one that was excited to see Tim Flooks still knocking about the MTB scene? The man's a UK mountain bike legend.
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 Interesting to see Mitch Ropelato not listening to other riders or using common sense and going for shorter travel bike, and then having a massive whinge on VitalMTB about the trail being too gnarly and having a go at the EWS organisers. Muppet
  • + 7
 The hair! It's gone!
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 Saves at least 200gr. Big Grin
  • + 6
 WATCH THE VIDEO FOR BRYCELAND AND STOP COMPLAINING!

Smile
  • + 4
 Gotta love Ratboy... no real response about beefing up the bike, but "I got some brake levers with my name on them"
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 In sum: firmer forks. Jordi would prefer you not to have to learn your new settings on course.
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 There is an argument for written journalism. My personal view each artikel should both have written and video in support. Moving image cannot and should not replace the written word.
  • + 0
 Very cool! Incredible how some pro riders don't understand (I feel so) nothing about how to setup their suspension or at least, try to understand a little bit about the thing.
Again, like I said before, is strange also to see a lot of girls (and men) using toooo laaaarrrggeee handlebars...

Good stuff PinkBike!
  • + 3
 Ric is the right man in the right place. Great job!
  • + 1
 Solid insight. Really enjoyed that. I like how they're layed back, I would probably be ants in my pantsy, going off, and over analyzing everything.
  • + 3
 The enduro mechanic is exactly what I expected.
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 seems like they all want a DH bike
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 That they can pedal up hills. So the perfect beefy trail bike really....
  • + 1
 Am I the only one that thinks the host, Ric McLaughlin, looks like Wolverine!
  • + 2
 Glad they steepened up that head angle on the new Bronson haha.
  • + 1
 WHAT DID HE SAY? WHAT DID HE SAY? but that etched levers are mighty fine Ratboy!
  • + 1
 I’m at work and I’m taking a dump..... the video was a nice break. Keep the EWS content coming!
  • + 2
 That derby hat looks ridiculous
  • + 2
 Gary Numan's Bronson is a sweet colour.
  • + 7
 Funny to see him on a bike, I always picture him in cars.
  • + 3
 @metaam: Yeah or down at the park.
  • + 1
 Alright, Google can't find it. What is the bottle on that Rocky Mountain? Anybody?
  • + 2
 holy crap i've never heard ratboy talk before.... this dude is amazing
  • + 1
 I’d just wear full Lycra
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 What shock is on ratboys bike? It’s not fox
  • + 1
 Looks to be a Rockshox Super Deluxe Coil
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 Looks like a Rockshox. If I remember right hes not exactly sponsored by a suspension company because hes almost like free lance. He rides for Santa Cruz still. But I think he just runs what ever he chooses.
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 @chillrider199: cheers for the info
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 It’s a ratshock
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 @chillrider199: seems right. The DHX2 won’t fit through the tunnel on the new Bronson as it is.
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 @chillrider199: or what he's given
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 What's that magnetic bottle thing? Do you need bosses?
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 HOW TO BEEF YOUR AM BIKE:
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 "Learn how to ride your bike." Set it and forget it. Then grip it and rip it.
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 TLDW:

Didn't really change my bike setup.
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 THE RAT!
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 OMG. Ratboy....LEGEND!
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