Video: Pro Bike Checks from EWS Tasmania

Mar 29, 2019 at 15:23
by Enduro World Series  

Ric McLaughlin takes to the trails in Tasmania to see what the pros are running at round 2 of the 2019 Enduro World Series. Prototypes, shapeshifters and that Martin Maes wheel set up - it's all in here!


MENTIONS: @EnduroWorldSeries / @pinkbikeoriginals




65 Comments

  • + 64
 So what Maes is saying - is - never go full 29er.
  • + 80
 "Full 29er is not exciting." - current best mountain biker in the world

Gonna go microwave a couple bags of popcorn.
  • + 11
 I wonder who will get credited with the 'creator' of this trend?
Gary Fisher?
  • + 4
 @stikmanglaspell: I think Foes maybe. They had a bike called "The Twister" a while back. At least I think that's what it was called, and I believe it was this same set up, but it's been a few years to be honest. My memory could be failing.
  • + 1
 @Mtmw: Yeah that's the one. You beat me to it.
  • + 5
 @dbarnes6891: Trek made the 69er back in 2008. Does that count?
  • + 1
 @stikmanglaspell: there's a couple people in OC that have been doing this for years. I rode a turner DHR 275f/26r for couple years.
  • + 1
 @dbarnes6891: I think it was the foes mixer actually but close
  • + 2
 @Jvhowube: that’s awesome, he said what everyone already knew
  • + 1
 @Mullet-Cycles: no you don’t
  • + 5
 The Mullet Bike is finally here to race! Business at the front, party at the back!
  • - 8
flag tuumbaq (Mar 29, 2019 at 22:21) (Below Threshold)
 What hes saying is , never go full 29er...on THAT bike.A different bike would behave differently and may be better suited for full 29er
  • + 1
 @dbarnes6891: the Mixer you mean? Because it mixes wheel sizes?
  • + 0
 I rode and xc raced a 140mm 26 rear 27.5 front Frankenbike for years. The frame was always too small but the move to a larger front wheel helped a ton. If I didn't have to size up I would have held on to that bike and would still be riding it for sure. It was more efficient on rugged trails than a 29 hardtail, lighter than a 100mm 29er full sus, and could smash the downs like a short travel enduro race bike.
  • + 7
 wait. none of ya'll ran 26/24 back in the day?
  • + 12
 @romulus: Yeah, it was quite a big hit back in the day
  • + 7
 You guys....it’s Penny Farthings. The real OG of mixed wheel sizes.
  • + 3
 @Spark24: fully. just like wide rims and large volume tires. now look where we are. its like 2001 all over again.
  • + 4
 @DGThree: Yeah, the Foes Mixer is still quite recent. I think it was actually later than Liteville mixing wheelsizes to suit the frame size. But 26-24 was already common before that on Banshee (Mythic for the Brits), Specialized and probably loads more. And as the penny farthing was there way before that, indeed same wheelsize front and rear is the new development, not the other way around. It was just the UCI regulations which meant they weren't allowed in competition (for no apparent reason) but for those not competing there was never any reason to not mix wheelsizes.
  • + 1
 @dbarnes6891: Nope. Mixer.
  • + 60
 Maes Pinkbike fail, picking TWO wheel sizes and being super nice about it.
  • + 11
 "Martin Maes wheel set up - it's all in here!" in the description

Maes says - "I can't talk too much about it"
  • + 3
 GT 27.5 / 29 specific frame and/or rear triangle option coming?
  • + 3
 @JRutter: I'm thinking a 29er Sanction
  • + 3
 I don't understand why he's trying to be secretive about 2 wheel sizes/1 bike. What could he possibly be hiding from us? are we that idiotic?
  • + 8
 @generationfourth: I interpreted it to mean that he doesn't have that much to say, not that he's hiding anything.
  • + 5
 @JRutter:
Think its the 27,5 frame with just a 29” fork..

29” is 19mm higer then 27,5.

So going from 180mm front travel to 160mm and change to 29” keeps everything more or less the same.
  • + 2
 @xTwoSnakesx: ah... makes sense. guess I actually am the idiotic one!
  • + 11
 @yoannbarelli telling it like it is.
  • + 25
 He reminds me of scuba Claude in Along Came Polly
  • + 2
 @NinetySixBikes: Haha, I always knew he seemed familiar! I thought it was just because he is like-able, but this explains a lot
  • + 8
 I’m waiting for him to tell us the story of the (h)ippopotamus. He’s my favorite bike personality. Such a great attitude.
  • + 5
 I’m sure glad he decided to wear clothing
  • + 10
 No more baguette for Yoann?!?
  • + 3
 Darn, with Katie spilling the beans on which is the fastest of the Trek Slashes - I will have to go and get mine repainted. I could have sworn British Racing Green was the fast colour...

So Yoann the baguettes didn't work out too well as tire inserts??? Who'd have thought?
Did they taste good though after being in a tire for a season though????
  • + 3
 Riding 29/27.5" combo on my Enduro 2017 29" for almost one year now. I made some modification with link to get right BB height. I will never go back on 29/29". But eager to try 27.5/26" bike.
  • + 5
 Every time I see Yoann I think of the movie along came poly “you want to scuba” hahahahahha
  • + 1
 I think we know who Yoann’s father is, youtu.be/v2fZJm1gU3U
  • + 3
 Haha, I knew holding on to my 26 stable was worth it! Now I've just got to eek a couple more years out of them until all the new geometry is based around 29 front, 27.5 rear, and I'll be ready to finally make the change....
  • + 6
 26 front 24 rear specialized big hit!!! who knew!
  • + 2
 If I remember correctly, Cannondale made a bike like that back in the 80's - a hard tail.
  • + 3
 @neimbc: yep! SM 600 1986.
  • + 5
 How about some bike checsk from the cape epic too?
  • + 1
 PYGA is the only bike you want to check out!
  • - 1
 @FreerideAK: can you put a double crown on a Slakline? Kind of dying to throw a 180 MRP Bartlett on the front of one
  • + 4
 Did they make Ric stay awake for the entire trip toTassy? The boy looks knackered! Let him have a lie in ffs.
  • + 1
 I’ve been running a 27.5/26 wheel combo on my DH bike and Santa Cruz Nickel since 2014. That combo corners awesome. The advantage of two wheel sizes is best noticed when cornering. The bike dives into corners and oversteers nicely with the wheel combo.
  • + 4
 I feel like to be a true "69er" it has to have a 26" rear wheel...
  • + 3
 “J’adore la planche à voile” Rick you know how to talk to French girls!
  • + 3
 So, not a single word about the new Lyrik Ultimate?!
  • + 3
 that ext storia is a work of art
  • + 1
 soooo canyon is already running something custom for their team, the new strive usually has 150mm out back and ines thoma is talkin about 160mm.
  • + 2
 We all need a strong cack ass.
  • + 2
 Wow that TLD helmet is u-g-l-y.
  • + 3
 Wait 3 water bottles???
  • + 2
 PBrz - behold - the holymoly of bottle mounts
  • + 1
 I thought backpacks are out in the EWS, nice to see an Ergon.
  • + 1
 Is there a link to the startlist for derby and the other ews rounds?!
  • + 1
 blenkinsop didnt race derby? Frown but hes on the list Frown
  • + 0
 meets French girl, says 'let's see how far we can get'. yeah that's about right.
  • + 1
 Dá-lhe Zé!!!!!
  • + 1
 Nice!
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