Video: Brazilian Champ Lucas Borba Sends Massive Gaps on an XC Bike

Jul 27, 2019
by Root Rider TV  
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Five time Brazilian national overall downhill champion Lucas Borba is the newest Soul Cycles rider. Lucas will ride the Volcano at Brazil Ride 2019, one of the most challenging ultra-marathons in the world. So his first mission was to test his XC bike on a downhill track.

Originally built for cross country, the Volcano is a full suspension 29er with only 100mm travel. The downhill track in Ibirama (Brazil) is known for its gaps, ramps, and steeps. Certainly, an inhospitable spot for a XC bike.

Photo Rodrigo Philipps

Photo Rodrigo Philipps

Photo Rodrigo Philipps

Photo Rodrigo Philipps

Photo Rodrigo Philipps

VIDEO: Root Rider TV
PHOTOS: Rodrigo Philipps

More info on the Soul Cycles Volcano: soulcycles.com.br (Portuguese)

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58 Comments

  • + 72
 This is truly down-country.
  • + 43
 Pah, I absolutely need 160mm of travel 62degree HA and 500mm of reach to ride my local trail centre, who are you to come here and ride a DH track faster / smoother than I ever could on your XC bike.

Great riding, puts into perspective our obsession with the details of what bike we are riding, get out there and get on with it (Myself included)
  • + 25
 +1 You can spend all the money you want on bike & kit, but there is no replacement for skill. That said, I'm consistently seeing more & more people riding a lot more bike than they need/can manage. That's marketing for you.
  • + 6
 A wiseman once told me "a fishing pole doesn't catch fish." A lousy bike rider can't do anything on even the nicest bike -- Friday Fails are a great example of this.
  • + 3
 @jptothetree: LIES! I've got a $1500 rod/reel combo and $5k worth of tackle. Check for me on the cover of your next angler mag.
  • + 7
 It's an XC bike that descends like a DH bikeWink
  • + 7
 > get out there and get on with it
Yesss...and PSA to the same group of enduro bros that I see every single weekend at my local XC trailhead: you've got the pickup trucks/jeeps, you've got the shuttle pads/1Up racks, you've got the kits, the knee pads, the flat pedals and you've invested a sizable coin into keeping Yeti/Santa Cruz profitable for another year. Now go forth damn it and ride our better trails. Epic shuttling, bike park lifts and backcountry riding exist not too far away. Don't waste your single life "shredding" XC loops on the weekend; middle age, mortgage payments, day care bills and peewee sports events will catch up to you before you know it.
  • + 4
 @gamblor: or ride XC loops on an XC bikes if that's your jam
  • + 4
 @m1dg3t: Me and some mates did some coaching sessions with Sir Cathro, that definitely did more for my riding than spending an extra £2000 on my bike would have.
  • + 1
 @dingus: That is true for most. Myself included. For £2000 I'd get a whole bike though LoL

I am planning on getting some coaching next season. Was off the bike for a while and only got back on about 2yrs ago after a severe ankle fracture as riding is easier than walking. I don't have half the skills I used to...
  • + 1
 @m1dg3t: I'd say most people are generally over-biked.... to me there is something so rewarding while (politely) overtaking riders on high-end long travel machines on techy terrain while riding on a carbon xc hardtail or short travel trail bike!
  • + 25
 What is your limit?

Me...
  • + 16
 Smoother than smooth.
How nice is it nowadays to not hear all that rattle that bikes used to make.
And on that note, its 0827, its a beautiful day, and Im off out on my bike. Enjoy your day Smile
  • + 12
 Puts on race kit, half shell and goggles, then grabs the XC bike coz you should never go full Enduro!
  • + 9
 Cool video. The riding was beautiful to watch, not to mention hard to do. He rode that way (WAY!) bigger than I would have on my Ripmo.

I have discovered that, despite the latest technology, when I am in the air my brakes don't work and I can't steer. The probability of calamity increases exponentially with flight time.
  • + 7
 Is it truly impressive !!!! Hell 20yrs back that was a big travel bike. And I am betting that , that 100mm travel XC bike. Far exceeds the capabilities of early full suspension. In design and use of travel.
  • + 3
 And 30yrs ago people were completing & wining WC DH events on HT with 80mm forks. Some even with drop bars...
  • + 5
 @m1dg3t: yup ,my 1st DH race was on a HT with a Judy fork.
  • + 2
 @cheetamike: Good times. Dual crowns, and what were they 30mm stanchions? When you had more steer tube than suspension travel LoL
  • + 6
 Who needs an e-bike when you can ride your xc whippet to the top of the hill.
  • + 7
 Awesome video.
  • + 2
 I want to show this to all my customers stating they need 160mm of travel to ride local tame ol' Onterrible trails. People see marketting for PNW style riding and buy the product based off someone else's need. Glad to see videos like this!
  • + 6
 Clearly not an XC bike. He’s wearing goggles.
  • + 4
 Stop posting videos like this please, or I lose all my credibility when I blame everything on my material as always...
  • + 1
 Lucas made riding a 100 mm bike on that trail look easy. He did some huge jumps too. He basically made a short travel bike look like a long travel bike. I'm definitely Impressed! This proves that it's all about the rider, not the bike. However, him riding a well built bike has a role too. If Lucas did this on a cheap Walmart bike, the rim might give out on him or even crack a frame compromising his safety, esp on the jumps...
  • + 1
 Parabéns Luca pela bela pilotagem , e a Soul Cycles que no País do XC mostrou que o rolê pode ser divertido , e que essa cultura de ¨tanga colada ¨ é pra que quem quer competir ,agente também quer se divertir dar boas risadas , comtemplar a natureza
  • + 2
 I was happy to see that at least he dropped his seat or had a dropper post vs. skyposting gaps like that with 100 mm of travel. Insane.
  • + 5
 Impressive riding
  • + 5
 Smooth AF riding!
  • + 4
 Is this post categorized under XC or Downhill?
  • + 0
 Downcountry.
  • + 3
 @LukasN89: there was some upcountry too...
  • + 1
 @Notmeatall: True, sorry. But to me, the goggles make a statement!
  • + 2
 Today’s XC bikes are just more capable that the DH bikes of yesteryear. Great vid though
  • + 3
 And Chinese open mold you can get for $600
  • + 3
 music to my ears.......that was rad
  • + 2
 really nice ride lucas, you smashed the pedals!
  • + 2
 I thought you couldn't have fun on xc bikes?
  • + 1
 Intérêt à être propre... Si je fais pareil avec son vélo je casse tout...
  • + 1
 the frame looks like the same torpado uses (kerschbaumer rides for them). looks like a cataloge frame from china
  • + 2
 The frame looks pretty much like every other single pivot faux bar made.
  • + 2
 Lindo video !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 3
 XC = Xtreme Cross
  • + 2
 This is the Indian and not the arrow.
  • + 1
 Skipping tires is the best sound in the world.
  • + 1
 I wonder how his time compared to his best on a DH bike. He was flying!
  • + 1
 That was impressibly smooth!!!
  • + 0
 Great riding and cool video but it took 1 minute out of a two minute video to see the first jump.
  • + 1
 And what a glorious jump it was!
  • + 1
 Did he have Minion SS front and back?
  • + 1
 Cross the country on the fastest way? That's it!
  • + 1
 Great! Now I can’t get a new bike. Dammit.
  • + 1
 Sorry but the saddle position is too low to categorize it as xc riding
  • + 1
 Bacana
  • + 1
 That was nice!
  • + 1
 Good...
  • + 1
 Wow, rock on ????
  • + 1
 XC is RAD.

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