There has been a lot of chatter about the bikes that the top racers would be aboard when the season kicked off in South Africa this weekend, with many people expecting to see a bunch of short-travel machines and a few dropper seat posts in the field. And while there are certainly a few lightweight specials on track, many racers have decided to go with full-on downhill rigs that have been fitted with fast rolling tires and air suspension. Notable exceptions include Sam Hill and his team mates on the Mega AM inspired bike
that's sporting 165mm out back and 180mm up front, the Devinci team and their prototype short travel bike that we profiled last season
, and finally Gwin and the Specialized crew on 650B wheeled Enduros. What rider and bike combination do you think will prevail come race day?