XC Tech: Lenzerheide World Championships 2018

Sep 6, 2018
by Daniel Sapp  
World Championships always bring some of the more exciting and visually stunning bike builds to stage. Check out a few of the XC rides in Lenzerheide:


Mathieu Van der Poel's Canyon Lux

Mathieu van der Poel s Canyon Lux. The Lux weighs under 2000 grams for the frame including the damper. Van der Poel opted for a 36T chainring with Shimano s new XTR 10-51 cassette as well as Scylence hubs.
The Lux weighs under 2000 grams for the frame including the damper. Van der Poel opted for a 36T chainring, with Shimano's new XTR 10-51 cassette as well as Scylence hubs.








Henrique Avancini's Cannondale Scalpel SI

The Scalpel SI is running Shimano's new XTR drivetrain an ENVE cockpit and wheels. There are a few subtle Brazilian touches on the bike as well.







Kate Courtney's Specialized Epic

Kate's Specialized Epic has a one-off red, white & blue star speckled paint job. It's decked out with Rotor cranks, a SRAM drivetrain, and custom Magura brakes.







Emily Batty's Trek Top Fuel

Emily Batty
Emily's Top Fuel has a SRAM drivetrain, Bontrager components, and a few custom Canadian touches such as the maple leaf top cap on her stem.








MENTIONS: @trek / @Specialized / @Cannondale / @Canyon-PureCycling


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93 Comments

  • 126 7
 Those stems are longer than my penis...is the joke on them...or me?
  • 25 2
 Aint nobody touching that shit, either way brother!
  • 27 2
 idk, but i've never had a stem in my mouth...
  • 28 1
 As long as yours still points up you’ll be reet mate
  • 9 17
flag preston67 (Sep 6, 2018 at 12:25) (Below Threshold)
 @rocky-mtn-gman: So you have had a...in your mouth ?
  • 6 0
 @aps62: One Enduro-specific Viagra with every descent should cure those negative rise stems.
  • 5 2
 Syndicate should hook Jolanda up with their new blur.
  • 5 2
 @chyu: silence! The proud nation of Poland denounces you
  • 4 0
 Depends on the girth
  • 8 0
 Is your penis negative rise too ?
  • 1 0
 I don't want kids personally, so I'm pretty happy. You want kids when you're like 5-13 I found, then it just keeps getting shittier.
  • 1 0
 @chyu: on a side note, no matter male or female racer, this is not a comment thread I would like my name to pop up in... now that I think about it, it feels kind of sht that I commented here. I am getting old...
  • 16 1
 Trek saved each gram of excessive paint/resin. This raw frame seems to be lighter as it never been before. I think all chances to win are going to Emily. Way to go girl ! Can’t wait the battle !
  • 26 1
 Imagine how much weight they would save if they took the huge Bontrager stickers off the wheels? See how nice MVP's bike looks with just black rims?
  • 4 1
 @Sycip69er: About 20gr max.
  • 1 1
 @Sycip69er: So true .
  • 5 1
 they even left the valve cap off her shock
  • 6 1
 It is not raw, it has a clearcoat that Trek calls vapour. The same paint is used on F1 cars, It saves about 100 grams on a frame, not too much but looks awesome. Subtle graphics would be awesome, but sponsors would not be happy.
  • 8 1
 just needs to have a big pre race poo in the morning now too
  • 1 0
 @entrecerros: Yeah Trek would be pissed if their component company Bontrager wasn't splashed everywhere.
  • 17 1
 I forgot how ugly those orange lowers are.
  • 10 0
 Only the Dutch riders will be happy.
  • 4 0
 @iamamodel: right? Seems appropriate for MVDP.
  • 7 0
 Sweet gravel grinders! I mean that in the best possible way, speaking as someone with a Scalpel hanging next to an Enduro bike in the garage. My XC bike sees limited use, but when I do get on it, man it seems like lightning and makes sleepy trails exciting. Love the new XC rigs, keep it up Pinkbike!
  • 8 1
 Last race Batty was on a fixed post hardtail. I think this is a good call - she is so strong and this will help her recover better on the descents. Rooting for you Emily!
  • 7 2
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  • 1 0
 Right!?
  • 1 0
 Yo
  • 7 0
 You’d think fox would get their act together for worlds and ditch that gross orange.
  • 6 0
 I thought Emily was hardtail for life. Will be interesting to see her on a squishy bike for a change.
  • 7 0
 Given how hard the average world cup level XC racer runs their suspension, I'd doubt you'd notice much of a difference if you rode it though.
  • 1 0
 @Kiwiplague: great idea
  • 3 0
 She was racing ht because of XCC
  • 2 1
 @Kiwiplague: They don't ride it hard, they use lockouts. Emily used to use the Fox electronic lockout on her HT and FS before she was sponsored by sram.
  • 9 6
 I wish they could auction these bikes and use the money on good causes like scholarships or something that can benefit others too. I think there's a lot of money into these bikes to be just one off. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against this, I'm just thinking beyond the world championship.
  • 29 4
 I wish Bill Gates took all his money and gave it away to Flat Earthers.
  • 3 2
 @WAKIdesigns: I feel the same way, we need real funding to dispell the lies the government shoves upon us every night and day! I call to pinkbikers around the world, unite and stand up for freedom!
  • 9 0
 @WAKIdesigns: bill gates, as a matter of fact, will leave all his money to charity.
  • 3 2
 Why should the racers auction their bikes for charity? That is an extra income for them. The big companies can easily fork some money if they care - and they don’t, unless there is a gain to make.
  • 4 4
 @pyrmud19: just a point of order...if you are propping up a flat earth belief, shouldn’t you call upon people across the world? Around the world implies round.
Round is circle.
Circle is globe.
  • 4 0
 @VwHarman: it was a joke...
  • 4 0
 @pyrmud19: Flat Earthers around the world, why haven’t I thought of that... genius.
  • 1 0
 @pyrmud19: ditto...
  • 3 0
 Can somebody explain why the XC bikes are not longer with shorter stems? Is it because the Pros like as much as possible negative rise?

For example the Lux L is with 623 mm top tube/ 455 reach with 80 mm stem and the Strive L has 648 top tube/ 468 reach and 50 stem. I know these bikes have different purpose but I cannot imagine that riding downhill with the Lux (or any of the other bikes) is any fun. Huge respect to the XC Pros that plough trough the technical courses with these bikes!
  • 1 0
 Its because you need a "long" stem to keep the front wheel on the ground when you are putting big power down on climbs. The short stem/wide bars thing works well for descending, but not so much for climbing.
  • 10 6
 My bike has more custom touches than Emily's... Poor XC racers, comparing these to the full custom downhill bike paint jobs is depressing.
  • 1 0
 So she said that next year's contract was on her mind at last race as they were in negotiations. The fact that your bike is more customs than her's makes me think she and Trek are no bueno...
  • 4 0
 meh.... always the same few bikes.... i would rather see the cool ones from small companies
  • 6 2
 These hot whips make me want a XC bike.
  • 3 1
 Hmm, looking at the XC course preview and then seeing what tires these guys/gals run on that terrain, it makes me wonder why i'm running an Ardent/DHRII combo on my XC bike?
  • 3 1
 I hope you mean DHRII/Ardent
  • 4 2
 Because it's more fun with more tire. Because you're out there for a workout so a little more drag is no big deal. Because it makes your bicycle more versatile.
  • 1 0
 @RedRedRe: Sorry I didn't use proper F/R etiquette in my typing, but yes DHRII front, Ardent rear. But really, I'd be so curious to see lap times with some proper tires on these top XC pros when the course is technical and steep vs. their standard Ikons, Racing Ralphs and what not.
  • 2 1
 @yupstate: They use proper tires, the best for what the type of racing they do. Larger tires are overkill, lap times would be higher. Smaller tire/narrow rim is faster for xc. 2.0, 19mm rim and 35psi is fun too.
  • 3 0
 @yupstate: yeah faster rolling is worth the risk for XC riders, more than half of the race is spent on flat and uphill, they gotta roll fast!
  • 1 1
 @RedRedRe: no one runs 2.0 tires and 19 rims...

@yupstate Try Forekaster 2,35 front and ardent race 2.2 back Wink
  • 4 0
 I do love a good 100mm upside down stem. I really do!
  • 3 0
 No joke, my mtb literally has a -6 degree 110 mm stem.
  • 1 0
 Emily's bike looks so depressing... Interesting to see the setup differences between her and Kate's Epic. Long stem and saddle pushed forward vs. shorter stem and center saddle position on setback seatpost.
  • 3 1
 I like how Emily's bike is sitting so that the negative stem doesn't look as unattractive to the viewer. Smart.
  • 4 1
 Who forgot to put the rear shock valve cover on Emily’s bike?
  • 9 1
 Forgot? Those things are heavy!
  • 1 1
 weight saving ????
  • 2 2
 I wouldn't be surprised if they didnt put the cover on the presta valves on her wheeleset.
  • 2 3
 Canyon appears to have the "flat mount" brake mounting standard as seen on newer disc equipped drop bar bikes. Or at least the frame has those mounts but there appears to be an adapter allowing a post mount caliper on a flat mount frame.

But at least the frame is flat mount. That's good news because post mounting standards suck. WTF do we still use planetary washers? And why are calipers mounted so far from the frame with needlessly large and complicated adapters?

The mountain bike industry needs to dump the post mount brakes.
  • 8 2
 Strongly disagree. I like a big 5mm bolt on top of the caliper to do my brake work. Messing around with 4mm bolts UNDER the chainstay is comparatively a nightmare.
  • 2 0
 Canyon went for flat mount to save on weight...50g here, 50g there, it all adds up. Still MTB callipers though, not disguised Ultegra...
  • 2 0
 @spaceofades: 4mm bolts are a nightmare? lol

I find flat mount easier to center even with the bolts being under the chain stay. It could be because the mount face is perpendicular to the bolts and with no planetary washers, nothing moves when you cinch down the bolts.

Another added bonus is that you can use a multi tool during a ride. A lot of frames and even some brake calipers (such as guide) have one mounting bolt that requires a round head allen. A straight allen can't reach the bolt head. With flat mount, both mounting screws are accessible with any multitool.
  • 1 0
 The seat stays have to flex so I guess you can't put a brake mount on it
  • 2 1
 Genuine question,is that some sort of chainguide on VDP's bike?Hard to see on my phone.If yes,that could save him a few minutes☺.And give him the victory.Go Mathieu!!!
  • 1 0
 Yes, he has a small hook mounted to the pivot bolt
  • 1 0
 @showmethemountains: Thanks,couldn't really see.
  • 2 0
 Yes - it's a Canyon chain retainer that comes with every Lux. Very minimal - about 1g heavier than a flea fart.
  • 2 0
 It would be interesting to know which gearing ratio the top ten men and women will run
  • 4 1
 Wow, trek really went all out on that bike.
  • 4 0
 XC bikes are pure porn!
  • 2 0
 Is that a different rocker on Emily's top fuel? Something looks different to me.
  • 1 0
 FFS Its World Champs and the only thing Magura can think of to put on their levers is a big ugly ^CARBON^ sticker.
No one ever accused them of being cool, I guess.
  • 1 0
 I guess Avancini doesn’t really care to have a chainguide as the one he is running is notoriously made of butter.
  • 2 0
 Trek: alright. You can put a small decal on the bike. Thats it.
  • 1 0
 it is funny how Trek uses Bontrager components but the stem is PRO by shimano....
  • 1 0
 what's the rear tire on the cannondale? says racing ralph, but the pattern looks much different.
  • 1 0
 That specialized paintjob brings back so many memories!
  • 1 0
 Of pre-school art class? Flicking paint off a brush onto the paper.... ?
  • 1 0
 Emily Batty has the saddle slammed forward on the rails!
  • 1 0
 She is short.....needs to balance reach, wheelbase, and body position over that BB.
  • 2 1
 Emily this, Batty that...
  • 2 0
 Never gets boring when you root for her first win
  • 1 0
 all these bikes need are a set of 1.2" 700cc PLUS wheels
  • 1 0
 Is white lighter than black is the question.
  • 2 3
 I swear - everytime I see that negative pro xc stems my back starts to hurt as hell...

PS: No new Kross XC FS bike Frown
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