Winning Bikes: Fort William World Cup DH 2018

Jun 3, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
Pierron Winning Bike

Amaury Pierron's Commencal Supreme DH 29

We recently did a detailed bike check of Amaury Pierron's race bike, but it seemed fitting to feature it again - after all, the 22-year-old Frenchman just took home his first World Cup DH victory in the elite category.

Amaury Pierron
Pierron Winning Bike
If you saw his race run, it didn't look like Pierron used them much, but SRAM's Code brakes were in place to help keep speeds in check.

Pierron Winning Bike
Clipless pedals win medals too, in this case HT's X2 model with all of the traction pins removed.

Amaury Pierron
Amaury's running a prototype 40mm stem.
Amaury Pierron
The Supreme DH has been set up with offset headset cups that extend the bike's reach by 5mm.

Pierron Winning Bike
Pierron had a RockShox Super Deluxe Coil on for training, but swapped to this air-sprung unit for race day.

Amaury Pierron
Schwalbe's Magic Mary was the fastest tire of the day.

Amaury Pierron




Tahnee Seagrave Winning Bike

Tahnee Seagrave's Transition TR11

With a third place finish in Croatia, there's no doubt that Tahnee Seagrave was eager to regain that top podium position, the spot she'd occupied three times last season. She did it, taking the win by over eight seconds aboard her Transition TR11.

Tahnee Seagrave Winning Bike
A Fox DHX2 takes care of the bike's 195mm of rear travel.

Tahnee Seagrave Winning Bike
The bike is decked out with a full Shimano Saint gruppo, from the brakes...
Tahnee Seagrave Winning Bike
...to the drivetrain.

Tahnee Seagrave Winning Bike
Schwalbe Magic Mary tires.
Tahnee Seagrave Winning Bike
DT Swiss' aluminum EX511 rims survived the rocky, unforgiving track.

Tahnee Seagrave Winning Bike
Tahnee's running a Fox 40 with the new GRIP2 damper.

Tahnee Seagrave Winning Bike
Ergon SMD2 saddle...
Tahnee Seagrave Winning Bike
...and GD1 grips.

Tahnee Seagrave Winning Bike
Crankbrothers Mallet DH pedals.

Tahnee Seagrave Winning Bike


MENTIONS: @COMMENCALbicycles, @TransitionBikeCompany, @ergonbike, @schwalbe, @foxracingshox, @SramMedia, @crankbrothers, @shimano




96 Comments

  • 127 0
 "It didn't look like Pierron used them much, but his rear disc had a different story to tell..."
  • 19 0
 I was gonna say, that rotor is looking well cooked.
  • 17 4
 SRAM brakes will make you the fastest... Smile
  • 45 2
 @bikeinbih: there’s nothing stopping you with sram brakes
  • 4 2
 it probably got contaminated so they set if on fire
  • 1 4
 My experience with Sram brakes is that they work to well...as in lock up and don't come back away from the rotor. Wa Wa Waaaa
  • 4 0
 "Don't let your brakes slow you down..."
  • 2 1
 @Trudeez: after 4:30 mins of high speeds, the air resistance destroys the rotors :)
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: ya I don't know why SRAM doesn't do cooling fins on the caliper or the pads they really need it. I've burnt a few. Other manufactures have decided its necessary Shimano has ice tech rotors and finned pads and TRP has finned calipers and it helps alot. SRAM get in the game lol.
  • 58 2
 ALLOYYYYYY
  • 7 1
 ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyloy
  • 16 1
 Transition needs to make an alu TR 11
  • 7 0
 Airshock!
  • 4 1
 Hubstandard!

(Haven't figured out which, but definitely hubstandard.)
  • 1 0
 haha well observed!!!
  • 3 1
 Bro, the guys French, it’s pronounced “ALLEZ!!”
  • 23 0
 Forget the bike - how tight were their clothes?
  • 1 0
 i`d say skinsuit tight
  • 17 0
 It's interesting to see the rear wheel has a softer compound than the front wheel does in Tahnee's bike.
  • 1 0
 ????
  • 2 0
 That is interesting, just noticed that as well
  • 2 0
 Good catch. Harder rubber up front, weird, isn't it?
  • 2 0
 Maybe the soft purple is too squirmy up front, for high speed control.
  • 1 0
 @KrazyKraut: I've heard most girls like it that way...
  • 15 0
 The 2 most outstanding runs of the day on the same bike (model). Must be a outstanding bike to bring the monsters out of both Pierrons and Wilson.
  • 17 0
 2nd for Myriam Nicole and 6th for Ravenel as well. Alloy still kickin' ass.
  • 4 0
 ...and Thibaut Daprela in Juniors. I race one, and there are certain track conditions where I feel like I have an unfair advantage.
  • 1 0
 Its the bike, not what its made out of.
  • 19 3
 Love the Magic Mary's !
  • 7 0
 The new Addix is very good! I don't think I will go to any other tire for a long time.
  • 3 2
 Schwalbe FTW! Smile
  • 2 0
 Yup. Agree. New Addix tires are awesome.
  • 14 0
 Awesome job Tahnee !!!!!! Looks like Tahnee and Transition are a great pairing
  • 1 0
 i bet she could win on a golf cart
  • 12 2
 I read in the Pinkbike comments section that single pivot bikes are crap, old fashioned and shit compared to 'multi pivot super bikes'. So now I'm really confused they are 'old fashioned and crap' but they win world cups.
  • 14 0
 Oh '00s time traveler, welcome to the future! Now we obsess about fractional differences in rim diameter and fork offset. It's an exciting time!
  • 2 0
 "Single pivot" comes in many forms....
  • 5 1
 @KrazyKraut: yes but a real Pinkbiker doesn't buy any of that sht. I actually have no bloody clue what a real Pinkbiker rides...
  • 13 0
 @WAKIdesigns: he doesn't
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: keyboard and mouse
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: vital mtb readers
  • 3 1
 From my interactions on this site I drew a conclusion that average Pinkbiker does all day rides twice a week, park 3 times a week and then trains on the gym for EWS and WC DH, but they don’t compete because that is against their ethic. Oh and then there are people from Colorado who know everything about climbing on bikes like people from BC used to know everything about Freeride when it was still cool. People from California know everything about trail riding. Brits know everything about hardtails. And I know enough about some things to sound like I know everything about everything. What joins us all though is that we all hate lycra and e-bikes.
  • 14 1
 Aluminum will never die!
  • 10 0
 Unless it comes in the form of a beer can, and I'm sure he'll be destroying a couple of those right now
  • 10 0
 Actually Pierrons brakes look pretty well baked!
  • 10 1
 I'm surprised how steep Amaury run his brake levers
  • 34 2
 I’m not surprised your french and surprised at how steep he runs his brake levers
  • 13 0
 it's so he can move them out of the way
  • 12 2
 @jflb: I'm not surprised that you're not surprised about the fact he is surprised at how steep the lad runs his stoppers levers
  • 7 0
 I love surprises @Euskafreez:
  • 3 1
 I don't think he runs them that steep, the bike is tilted way forward in the bike stand simply.
  • 14 6
 Enduro shock winning dh race. Now we need xc tires for leogang
  • 1 2
 Exactly what I was thinking about, I thought this shock isn't for the DH stuff...
  • 5 0
 Super deluxe World cup RC, may look the same but it comes in different lengths and has no lock out
  • 3 1
 I think now there is no clear line between Enduro and DH shocks. I have a float x2 on my gambler. People are running them on 140mm bikes.
  • 1 0
 are those the only differences @rifrafi ?
  • 2 0
 Ah, it seems ‘counter measure’ and ‘solo air’ are listed on WC but not the standard models
  • 2 0
 Listed as a DH shock on Rock Shox grid
  • 9 1
 Aluminum ain't dead yet
  • 7 1
 two snapped SRAM chains on the day... always SRAM and a failed Formula Cura 4.
  • 3 0
 @mm732 Williamson supposedly hit a rock with his rear rotor ????
www.instagram.com/p/Bjkc9g_FVtl/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=xpruc025ffl5
  • 2 0
 Also noticed that, have all the recent change snaps been SRAM?
IIRC Gwins winning snap was also SRAM?
  • 1 0
 Shimano
  • 7 1
 So the juniors winning bikes are not worth mentioning?
  • 1 0
 Is Vali on the new Tues?
  • 1 0
 Is anyone else more than a little baffled at the winning run? According to all the data he took off on the motor way. I understand he's fit and was pedaling A LOT but...the way that rear rotor is cooked, and how quickly he outpaced others in a specific area, when the others were all the worlds elite...something seems possibly off to me.
  • 5 2
 I'm a surprised a sick bike didn't win, the guy told me they were the best!
  • 4 0
 Frames of metal win big medals
  • 11 2
 Hell yeah, Tahnees 29er bike is so rad.
  • 2 6
flag lebikeman (Jun 4, 2018 at 3:38) (Below Threshold)
 @jackalope: Tahnees bike ain't 29 it is 27.5, forks and wheels say so.

also ratio of rotor to wheel diameter is too big
  • 6 0
 @lebikeman: oh I'm well aware of that.
  • 1 0
 Speed trap Marcel Gutierrez 61kmh Amaury Pierron 57kmh. Guess the Minion is only quick in a straight line...
  • 5 1
 That’s ironic.

Mine are quick on the roof rack of the Cooper S.
  • 4 0
 I've run Minions forever, and switched to Magic Mary this year. The grip difference is unbelievable. Never going back.
  • 2 1
 @Painhawk: If you have a chance, Try E13 tsp race tire. I've run MM for a while, and I've just switched to tsr tires. Mad grips (although they rolls way slower than MMs).
  • 2 1
 @Painhawk: I wandered if Danny Hart's results were effected by swapping from schwalbe to maxxis. he doesnt seem to have done as well since,
  • 6 2
 @Painhawk - what conditions are you talking about? Magic mary is a mud/wet tyre, minion is a dry/wet tyre. Magic Mary absolutely rips in soft and wet but cannot compare to Minions DHF in harder and dryer conditions and the explanation is rather simple, Minion has larger knobs with much larger base so they don't squirm when pushed. If you just rail corners then yeah MM will do you, but if you want to carve and put some serious weight down, it will fold and squirm. MM is simply a better Shorty.

@okavango - I heard only great stories about E13 tyres I'd love to try them. Same about the latest Michelins. But E13s are even more expensive than Maxxis :/
  • 2 0
 @aidy: Yeah, excepting three world cup wins and one world championship, all of them in a row.
Other than that, yeah Maxxis totally suck.
  • 1 0
 @Deartist7: apologies, i thought he was still on schwalbe in 2016.

i will however say that everyone i know who has swapped to schwalbe from maxxis have said that they wouldn't change back. i know i wouldn't.
  • 1 1
 @aidy: I must say tat Schwalbe did some homework in terms of durability after release of Addix. I've been to a bike park with single ply Rock Razor with Procore inside, riding at 25-27PSI and no flats and no torn out knobs. As far as wet loam and mud is concerned - Magic Mary in orange Addix is absolutely astonishing. But wouldn't ride it in the dry hardpack / wet hardpack wher Minion DHF MaxxGrip is the gift from the gods.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I haven't had chance to use any of the Addix stuff yet but after 2 weeks in Morzine i may well do.

i had the big betty in single ply and that seemed decent so i bought a vertstar DH compound one for drier stuff and never really used it for more than a day. in the UK the magic mary seem to be perfect all round.
  • 1 1
 @aidy: Schwalbe single plies are no different than any other single plies. Use only on short travel bikes or on slower trails. There's too many folkas out there whining on how much they puncture or cut their tyres, how squirmy they feel while the main issue is that these tyres are often overknobbed for 1ply for most people. I personally can't use 1plies even on sht like machine dug trails in Hafjell, they just fold under me and I'm not the fastest by any means. I run 25-30psi on DH tyres and in order to keep 1ply stable i need to pump it to like 35 and then I lose grip. I'll be now testing the Maxxis Double Downs, sidewall thickness looks promising. But back to schwalbies if they did fix the durability, the Super Gravity casing may be a really strong option on the market.
  • 3 0
 GRIP2!!!
  • 2 0
 Really impressive damper.
  • 2 0
 Tahnee's run was pretty spectacular. She straightened that track out
  • 2 0
 That poor back brake rotor Eek
  • 1 0
 the back brake on amuarys bike is properly cooked, hopefully they start making bigger brakes for these 29ers
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