What Bikes Are the Pros Running for EWS Chile? - Video

Mar 23, 2018 at 13:58
by Enduro World Series  


The start of a new season always brings plenty of new bikes and kit ready to be put through their paces. And what better place to do it than on the famous anti-grip of Lo Barnechea in Chile? The EWS crew head out onto the trails of the Andes to see what's new for 2018.


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142 Comments

  • + 81
 Looks like Cecile Ravanel just returned from testing bikes in Outer Space.
  • + 30
 She’s looks like she came from American snowboard Olympic team
  • + 4
 She looks like a stuntwoman.
  • + 3
 she comes from the future to smash the field!is cool but she looks like Valentina Tereshkova
  • + 1
 But it´s so cool
  • + 0
 I love Commencal! I dont love water bottle on race bikes!
  • + 19
 @tomasyr: Oh sorry let me just die of dehydration real quick lol
  • + 6
 @tomasyr: You've just won yourself a YT Capra.
  • + 4
 @The-mnt-life365: Big Grin im sorry, i just dont like it, everything looks so tight!
  • + 3
 @milanboy1986: yeeaaahh!!! i love Capra!!! Razz
  • - 10
flag rrolly (Mar 24, 2018 at 9:30) (Below Threshold)
 That Commencal looks so disappointingly bland.
  • + 1
 @rrolly: really? I like it, maybe my next bike...
  • - 10
flag rrolly (Mar 24, 2018 at 11:53) (Below Threshold)
 @tomasyr: I get that some people will like it, but it reminds me when my dad said, "I bought you a car," then showed up in an old four door Nova. I mean, it was a car, but sheesh, so conflicted.
  • + 1
 @rrolly: mmmm so what similar price and spect bike do you recomend me?
  • + 2
 @tomasyr: I am just playing with you. I somewhat agree with what you are saying though, I definitely dig the look of bikes without cages. But for me it is more of a function over form kind of deal hence why I have a bottle and cage on my bike at all times.
  • + 42
 It's official 29er are a bit less fun
  • + 15
 I thought that.....he didn't seem keen at all. Short legs and not as fun, begs the question, Who is driving that decision. Not the rider
  • + 4
 @CornishKiwi: Obviously 29ers are not for everyone. They will suit taller riders more and I'm being one of them don't feel that 29er is less fun, had tons of fun on one recently.
  • + 15
 Summed up 29ers perfectly: "bit less fun, but we're here to go faster so..."
  • + 8
 Nothing's cooler than a new bike day...unless it's a 29er.
  • + 5
 They're not here to have necessarily, they're here to dominate.
  • + 2
 Have fun*
  • + 3
 Test ride a Rallon Smile
  • + 2
 @CornishKiwi: Going faster is driving that decision...
  • - 9
flag Flowcheckers (Mar 24, 2018 at 7:20) (Below Threshold)
 @savmeister: Anybody who's ever jumped one knows that.

If they are supposedly faster, how come a 29er still hasn't won an ews or World Cup overall? Let's not make assumptions before we see results.
  • + 15
 @Flowcheckers: Tracey Moseley has own three EWS overalls on a 29er. And 29ers have only been around for a year in DH, how did you expect a 29er to win the 2017 DH overall if they weren't even properly finished/tuned bikes?
  • + 3
 @Flowcheckers: Tracey Moseley???? More then once I think....
  • + 5
 Huck for show, corner for dough
  • + 6
 @Flowcheckers: if you are still under the impression that 29ers can't jump or they ride awkwardly.. What rock have you been living under??
  • + 7
 @gooutsidetoday: You ridden a 26 lately?
  • + 8
 I don’t get this hate, I have 27.5 and 29er both fun as shit. Serve different purposes. Just have fun riding! Stop hating.
  • + 2
 @Clifflane3: I'd have more fun riding if they still made 26 inch bikes. I don't hate 29ers, I hate that they're replacing what I prefer to ride.
  • - 1
 @gooutsidetoday: I didn't say they can't jump, just said they aren't as fun to jump.

I don't pay much attention to the girls bikes or racing, my bad. I was referencing Aaron Gwin and Sam Hill beating everybody who was on 29ers last year.
  • + 14
 @CornishKiwi: who is driving the decision? He’s called the Clock and there’s no reasoning with this guy, he’s unstoppable
  • + 0
 Then ride your 20inch wheels
  • + 3
 @poozank: Typical dumb ass answer. I prefer 26. "Then ride a 29 or 20"
  • + 2
 @cmkneeland: No, it was a response to the person who said 29 inch wheels are boring. Thats fine don't ride them ride whatever you prefer. Also get your eyes checked, moron.
  • + 1
 @TomasK: bang on.
  • - 1
 @poozank: Nobody said they were boring. 29 will earn alot more fans once Gwin wins a world cup on one.
  • - 1
 @Flowcheckers: The previous comments have been about how 29ers are boring. This circle jerk is so old.
  • + 0
 @poozank: Next time use a tag
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I hope this gets disproved soon.
  • + 4
 @BenPea: yeah 29ers are faster and 27,5 is more fun, it’s science. It’s a FACT, just like the opressed racers wanting to run 26” steel hardtails with flat pedals and Hope brakes but marketing departments are holding their families hostage. It is of utmost importance to the future of mountain biking to determine why Damien Oton is on Spartan with 29” wheels. Honestly if I found out that Damien would be having more fun on 27,5 wheels but the industry forced him to run 29” wheels for promotion, and increasing profits, I would not be able to ride tomorrow and I would protest by not riding for the whole next week. I would stop commenting too. Hopefully the industry WILL respond and give racers and riders what they want
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: Because smooth straight lines are taking over mountain biking leaving style oriented sideways sending in the past.
  • + 6
 @cmkneeland: Also 29ers are worse for backflips
  • + 0
 @cmkneeland: it's true... on my 29ers I just have to go straight even if the trail turns... it's horrible... I'm stuck going straight because of these damn wheels....

Actually I turn just fine and handle tight tech just like on any other wheel size.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: a few years ago everyone was saying "yeah 27.5 are faster and 26 is more fun, it's science."

If the EWS riders are moving towards 29, then it may influence the general market where everyone wants to ride what the pros ride, and eventually my 27.5 will become obsolete. Much like what happened to 26" bikes. Frown
  • + 2
 @SeanC1: I don’t care. There’s plenty of 26” rims and tyres available. Also 27,5 isn’t going anywhere. Unfortunately
  • - 1
 @SeanC1: Hopefully an all 27.5 podium today at the EWS will prove to people 29 is a waste of time.
  • + 3
 @cmkneeland: really? You think that wheel size matters so much? Do you also hwhine on people using different kind of phone than you do, not liking same sort of cars? Lighten up mate, life is too short and MTB too cool to waste time on wheel size debate. Nonody is taking anything from you.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: What are you stupid? The whole point of moving to a 29er is because it's supposedly faster. But they keep getting smoked by riders on smaller wheels. And not taking anything away from me? How many production 26 downhill bikes did you see this year?
  • + 0
 @cmkneeland: your unruly hatred of a wheel size is ridiculous... chill out, go for a ride...
  • + 1
 @Timroo1: I wouldn't have a problem with crappy wheels if they weren't replacing already existing better ones for no good reason.
  • + 1
 @cmkneeland: got 26" ? I do too.... Nothing else will do
  • + 1
 @pinkdog321: "What are you stupid?" - finally a legitimate question that got me thinking Big Grin

But anyhoo, just because Sam Hill wins, you will not be advocating for flat pedals being faster than clip-ins isn't it? Are aluminium frames fastest for Women? And BTW I don't really care for what is pushed as fastest. All I know is that 29ers feel fastest to me. That's off course an opinion of someone who can't ride.

You can surely ask guys like Sick Bicycles to make you a 26" DH bike and it will be cheaper than a carbon 27,5 or 29" DH bike.

And I can't say you're wrong Smile
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: plentiful and cheap. I've been tempted to run 26" wheels on my 27.5 DH bike. I've heard it's pretty sweet, no joke, just sucks that it drops the bb closer to danger
  • + 1
 @cmkneeland: "@SeanC1: Hopefully an all 27.5 podium today at the EWS will prove to people 29 is a waste of time." Just like you're a waste of time? Troll.
  • + 2
 29er's are great if you are taller and now the bike fits properly. Having ridden around for years on what felt like kids bikes big wheels and bigger frames are the best thing to happen to MTB.
  • + 17
 No shots of the new Ibis Ripmo long travel 29er. Media black out #bah
  • + 4
 also the orange 36 with black stanchions on the new ibis Drool
  • + 1
 You got a link for that? I haven't heard about this
  • + 2
 Huge piles of advertisement money and some serious technological breakthrough must be at play here. I am so anxious, this Ibis will climb faster than XCbike and descend quicker than a DH bike, being more playful than a DJ bike. All dentists and lawyers in California are already working overhours to afford the limited edition. Rumors have it Connor McGregor pre ordered one.
  • + 2
 No shots of the brand new GT bike of the #3 ... Martin Maes... bummer
  • + 14
 I feel targeted. It seems less about their setup and more about what new bits their sponsors want us to purchase.
  • + 7
 Well yes. That was the point of the video.
  • + 2
 @Mega-Man: I'm already tired of hearing about the red Lyrick with the imitation Vorsprung damper.
  • + 3
 I spotted SLX cranks. I can get those too. She's aiming for a top ten. Apparently rider skill and fitness matter too.
  • + 4
 It's almost as though the riders make their entire living off sponsorships.
  • + 3
 Sue them for triggering you to spend lifetime savings and donate money to International Agency For E-Bike Termination. MTBers without motors. You already won over 10 props for seeing through this marketing garbage. Pinkbike props are the future currency, new bit coin. Pay 1$ per received prop to monetize it into prop-coin to reap millions in the future
  • + 1
 @jayacheess: shut the front door!
  • + 7
 I've found (with low fork offset) you can barely tell your on a 29, the whole debate is bit blown out of proportion.
I have noticed your faster out of corners have more grip and time to hold drifts, maybe a touch more body English required in certain instances but very easy to accomodate and the other advantages then become clear.

I was quite anti-29 until I rode a few... but have come to realise whatever wheelsize, the most important attributes are bike geometry, fit, a solid front tyre and a set of balls.

Surprised anyones racing with a WTB Vigilante on the front?! Not terrible out back but you just can't lean on them c.f to minion/shorty/mary's/e13 trsr..
  • + 4
 The world cup guys are using more offset on their 29ers fork, you think they are doing it wrong?
  • + 3
 @marvintheandroid you are bang on! I love my 29er and the only improvements I would make are geometry not wheel size.
  • + 0
 @greglikesspecialized: Conditional love ain't love.
  • + 1
 @Flowcheckers: Interesting - do you have a link?
Personally really like the stability in steering with low offset (44mm).
  • + 6
 Some sweet looking bikes. The gap between dh and enduro is ever closing. 180mm bikes on long downhill stages just sounds so appealing. I remember starting racing on my VPFree with totem up front and my son has a 2006 reign-x. The world has just caught up with Santacruz and giant from 12 years ago. Just the bikes are a little longer and slacker these days.
  • + 2
 A bit lower too, and a hell of a lot lighter. Those bikes were tanks.
  • + 9
 Where is the new GT??? Come on now!
  • + 8
 More deets on the Gherigs's forks please.
  • + 14
 Just more of the twins in general Smile
  • + 4
 I think it is a prototype DT Swiss fork. I saw some dudes riding something similar down here in NZ over summer.
  • + 6
 Always feel sorry for Adrien Dailly being interviewed - it's like torture for the poor lad when in English.
  • + 3
 You try interpreting this shit into French for a living. That's torture.
  • + 3
 @BenPea: Do you get extra pay for translating Ratboy into French? It's really a two step translation so you should theoretically earn double the money.
  • + 2
 @OriginalDonk: I don't speak Mancullennial.
  • + 2
 Last time I checked MTB bikes had 20",24,"26",27.5" and 29" wheels I may have missed a few but its a bike just go ride it and have fun, one persons poison is the others persons food.
Get outside and ride, I doesn't matter what or where or when spring, summer .fall, winter there is a bike for all.
  • + 3
 So the Pole Machine isn't using a one-sided shock mount anymore? (1:18 on the video)
It also looks like some of the shell is held together with bolts. Interesting to see the evolution of this construction method.
  • + 1
 Haha, OK I should have said, “This was really good, but I just wanted more.” It was really just scratching the surface and when you have a chance to ask the best guys in the world about their bikes you should really take advantage. Why is this or that setup or part working well etc... check out Tippies recent course preview video where he checks out all the different line variations. Here is someone super knowledgeable and passionate about the sport digging past the surface and showing us interesting things you can only learn from the people at the top of the sport.
  • + 2
 Another observation - I can tell you every part in detail on my bike and these pros struggle? Not all, but a few are forgetting what shocks they are running, etc. again, just an observation.
  • + 8
 You probably don't change setup multiple times a season though.
  • + 6
 Could be that not all pros are bike nerds, maybe got really good at riding by riding and not thinking too much about what exactly was under them. Also probably too much else to focus on at this level. Or just trying to play it cool.
  • + 8
 Those pros probably don't spend their time discussing their parts on the internet.
  • + 1
 My point is - they are getting paid to ride by the parts manufacturers! They should know who they are representing!
  • + 2
 It's weird that in 2018 there is no live stream of the EWS (or if there is one I haven't found it). You're stuck with text updates on their website.
  • + 3
 I don't find it weird at all.

If you know how many crew members and cameras one need for a world cup downhill stream, and then try to replicate that at 10000 feet elevation in the middle of the Chilean mountains, in a place with probably sketchy cell phone coverage let alone internet broadband and want to cover not one track but three over a whole day, and then tree other the next day, where for instance on of them is 11 frickin' kilometers long (four times the length of a downhill track easily) and you have 500 riders (ok, you could rule out a lot of the weekend riders and u21 but still a lot of riders) to cover on all those stages and edit it all together and produce two live-streams of mayby 8-9 hours total per day.

I'm not very surprised nobody takes on that. The cost and the logistics would be gigantic.
  • + 1
 @lowgear: It's a pro sport in 2018 with zero ways to watch ANY of it live. It's amazing that folks give a f*ck about it to me, logistics be damned.
  • + 1
 @bigdood: agreed
  • + 3
 No oval chainrings? Why? Is it just a myth? Am I an idiot for just getting one for myself?
  • + 6
 its fake news bro
  • + 4
 Don't worry, I've got one too so it is ok to feel cool about your purchase. Who cares that the pros are riding when you can have me to look up to??

Wink
  • + 4
 Like the set up of Garmin on the top tube
  • + 1
 It's 3d printed. You can have your own in a few days after some time in Autocad and farm it out to one of the print shops.
  • + 1
 @JohanG: if you can afford to run AutoCad, you can probably afford a home 3-d printer to make one yourself instead of farming it out.
  • + 3
 Nice to see a double from the cube dude! Even if it is electric
  • + 3
 "cube dude" You uncultured swine!
  • + 3
 is that prototype Cube 2x ?
  • + 13
 Couldn't see beyond that color scheme,sorry.
  • + 1
 Yes, that Cube is a proto. And they use car wrapping to hide Wink
  • + 1
 I don't find the live stream. They used to have a live ticker. Somebody knows something?
  • + 2
 Why does Greg Callaghan use a 2x up front?
  • + 17
 I don't know, but he's F'n F A S T and consistent. I don't recall him having any drivetrain problems in the last two seasons. I like the guy. He works hard. I hope he stands on the box.
  • + 4
 In an interview last year he said he prefers the extra range of the x2, keeos him fresher at long stage transfers.
  • + 4
 Because Shimano pays double.
  • + 4
 Because 2x is great.
  • + 2
 Didnt seem to hold TMo up
  • + 1
 Why not?
  • + 1
 Martha Gill on SLX? Come on guys..can we pitch in and get her at least some XT cranks!
  • + 8
 slx looks so much better tho
  • + 1
 Even though Oton said they aren’t fun, I want that Devinci Spartan 29er in all black like their 27.5 version
  • + 1
 Anyone noticed the way Caro Gehrig is looking at Ric ?
  • + 0
 Fake news..... if ya want to have less fun....just flip your 26ers upside down....6 is now a 9 and you saved $5-10k!
  • + 1
 Cut your hair beiber
  • + 0
 I wonder if you could do a grip-shift dropper control setup?
  • + 1
 You definitely can. A friend of mine is running that exact setup.
  • + 1
 Greg!
  • + 1
 I miss Lord Cuny
  • + 3
 I'll take Ric over Cunny any day. Amazing one liners and a humble approach makes him more relatable.
  • + 1
 Cool.
  • + 1
 So much French.
  • + 0
 Sick Bikes Dudes
  • - 1
 Most pretentious intro music in all of the interwebz
  • + 3
 Lol agreed, I rolled my eyes through it. It's way too long
  • + 0
 Alchemy!
  • + 3
 Cool looking bikes! Met Cody here in Derby EWS last year and he's a super chilled dude, hoping for a good season for him and Anneke too.
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