8 Race Bikes from the 2022 Pump Track World Championships

Nov 19, 2022 at 6:36

Finals for the Red Bull UCI Pump Track World Championships kick off in Santiago, Chile, today.

Earlier this week, we looked at some of the bikes that would be going up against the clock, and it's a mixed bunch of MTB and BMX battling for those rainbow stripes this afternoon.

You can watch all the action live on Pinkbike today at 17:00 Chilean Time (UTC- 3).

Niels Bensink - Meybo XXXL 2024

"After showing up with a 22-inch customised frame last year, it was time for us to work on a prototype that is made for these wheels without adjusting the geometry too much. The frame went straight from production, to painter, to Chile, so it's hot off the press. It's an early 80's inspired road bike colour scheme with a hint of Chilean details. I love how the blue came out in real life, and it's stiffer than ever! I'm the only rider here running 22-inch wheels, and this is Meybo's first frame that's both 20, and 22-inch compatible without adjusting their OG geometry." - Niels Bensink

Frame: Meybo XXXL 2024
Cockpit: Box Components
Forks: Answer BMX 20 Inch
Wheels: SD Components OS20 Rims with SD Components Sniper Hubs
Tires: Veetireco Speedbooster OS20 1.75
Brakes: Shimano XT Hydraulic with 120mm Rotor
Drivetrain: SD Components with 175mm Beringer Cranks with HT Components AE05 Pedals
Saddle: Box Designs
Paint: A&S Designs

Mark Ducat - Radon Slush Custom

"I’m stoked to be in Santiago, Chile! It’s my first trip to South America and my 3rd world championship final! The bike design is inspired by the BMX I’ve ridden for the past 5 years. Ever since I got into MTB, I knew I wanted to recreate a bike that resembles my skatepark roots!" - Mark Ducat

Frame - Radon Slush Custom
Cockpit - Reverse Base 35mm Rise Bars with Black ONE D-2 35mm, and Reverse R-Shock 31mm Grips
Forks - Marzocchi Bomber DJ (100mm / 37mm offset / 150psi)
Wheels - Reverse Black ONE 26”
Tires - Maxxis DTH 2.3 / Tubolitos
Drivetrain - Shimano XTR 170mm Cranks with Black ONE pedals
Brakes - Shimano XTR / Reverse 160mm
Saddle - Reverse Vink

Mark Ducat is holding it down for MTB this weekend and Radon built this beauty up for him just for this event.

Bas van Steenbergen - Hyper DJ

"I've changed my bike from the usual set-up I run. for dirt pump tracks, so it's pretty much as stiff and rigid as it'll go, with max pressure in the tires and forks. I'm probably the only rider running a derailleur, as it makes it easier to move my wheel around and adjust chainstay length without shorting or lengthening the chain." - Bas van Steenbergen

Frame - Hyper DJ
Cockpit - Deity Components
Forks - Marzocchi Bomber DJ
Wheels - Raceface
Tires - Maxxis DTH
Drivetrain - Shimano XTR/Saint
Brakes - Shimano XTR
Saddle - Deity Components

Ryan Gilchrist - GT LaBomba Pro

"My goal with this bike was to make it as aggressive and efficient as possible. By lowering the front end, I can ride more aggressively and manoeuvre the bike on technical features easier. My set-up feels very fast on this track, which proved yesterday, finishing second in seeding. I'm the only rider running a front brake. I race MTB and feel comfortable riding with front and rear, so it made sense to have both on the pump track. I can brake more precisely and efficiently this way because I've been doing it on my enduro bike for years. I would never touch the brakes in an ideal world, but sometimes you need to slow down to go faster."

Frame - GT LaBomba Pro
Cockpit - Spank Spike 750mm Bars, with Spank Sp[lit 43mm Stem
Forks - RockShox Pike DJ
Wheels - Spank Spoon 26"
Drivetrain - Sram Descendant 175mm Cranks with Spank Spike Pedals
Saddle - GT LaBomba

Payton Ridenour - Mongoose Title Pro

"This is definitely one of my favourite bikes yet. I love the feel of the Mongoose frames, and the wheelset is top-notch. Fast, for sure!"

Frame - Mongoose Title Pro
Cockpit - Tangeant 8" Flat Iron Bars, with 53mm Profile Front Load Stem, and ODI Stay Strong Grips
Forks - Answer Daggers
Wheels - E6 Silencers Rims, with Onyx Hubs
Tires: Tioga Fastr (1.75 Front / 1.60 Rear)
Drivetrain - Shimano DXR 175s Cranks, with Shimano Flat Pedals
Brakes - Shimano DXR
Saddle - Answer

Caroline Buchanan - Trek Ticket

"Meet Woody - my custom-painted Trek Ticket. This geometry has a lower standover height and is lighter, smaller, and shorter to suit the disciplines of MTB I compete in. It's come fresh off a Queen of Crankworx Title, so it's been set up for Speed & Style, Slopestyle, and Pump Track variability." - Caroline Buchanan

Frame - Trek Ticket
Cockpit - Deity Components Bars and Stem, with ODI Longneck Grips
Forks - Marzocchi Bomber DJ
Wheels - Stand Flow
Tires - Maxxis DTH 2.3 DTH
Drivetrain - Deity Components Pedals TMAC
Saddle - Detiy Components

Aiko Gommers

Aiko will do everything she can to protect the rainbow stripes on her 20 .

"The best-looking bike I've had so far!" - Aiko Gommers

Frame - Supercross Pro XL
Cockpit - Supercross Pro Carbon Bars, with Speedline 31.8,, Slant Stem, and ODI Lock On Grips
Forks - Supercross
Wheels - Gemini Carbon Hoops, with Onyx Hubs
Tires: Michelin Pilot SX Slick & Tioga
Drivetrain - Shimano DXR Cranks, with HT T1 SX Pedals
Brakes - Shimano XTR Hydraulic
Saddle - Supercross E-Line Pivotal

Eddy Clerte - Sunn Bikes Pro XXL

"It's a very long bike, and it's very stable. It's stiff, and it's designed for speed only. It's custom painted just for me, and the details are fire." - Eddy Clerte

Frame - Sunn Bikes Pro XXL
Cockpit - Tangeant 8" Flat Iron Bars, with 60mm Tangeant Stem, and ODI AG1 Grips
Forks - Carbon Ikon
Wheels - Ikon Carbon Rear / Ikon Aluminium Front, with Vee Tires
Tires - Maxxis DTH 2.3 / Tubolitos
Drivetrain - Beringer Cranks, with Crankbrothers Stamp 7 Pedals, and Izumi Super Toughness Chain
Brakes - Shimano XTR with Sram Rotors
Saddle - Carbon Box


  • 30 1
 Nice to see a BMX foreground
  • 16 1
 Weird. First time hearing/seeing this. For most pump tracks, BMX is a HUGE advantage. Would love to see a DJer win one of these things. Has it happened yet? The pump track would have to be pretty big and wide open to skew more towards a 26er. Every one I see used in events is clearly advantageous for 20 inch. Especially under the hands of the world's elite.

Looks like BMX bikes rule the roost at these events. Might as well make 2 categories imo. But again, would love to see somebody win on a 26er in an elite event.
  • 7 0
 @lwkwafi: Oh damn he beat Eddy Clerte. That's insane. Looks like the competition is getting a lot stiffer as it becomes more recognized.

I wonder if any DJers will switch to a BMX or even a 24 inch DJ model to compete at the elite level.
  • 9 0
 @lepigpen Or even in the hands of a total punter. The Mom's and Dad's used to do pumptrack laps while waiting for the kids on the BMX track, one Dad and I would swap my pumptrack 26" for his low-end 20" back and forth, 20" won everytime regardless of rider.

Look at Aiko Groomer and her fully rigid carbon 20", who TF is going to beat that. You can hear the T-minus countdown just looking at it.

Tommy's talent is making up for the equipment deficit maybe? Head scratcher.

Hopefully an expert will lay it out. Maybe even Henry can (angrily) explain it to us
  • 4 0
 @DirkMcClerkin: Yeah, I would venture to guess as more and more BMXers get into this series, they will have a mindset to create separate categories. If downhillers had to arbitrate on the concept of mixed wheel setups for however many years or whatever... I'm pretty sure the otherworldly advantage of 20 inch BMX vs 26er DJ with suspension fork is worth looking into. Tommy got 5th last year? Not sure. It's just round brackets so the results seem kinda misleading. I think he still had faster times than people who went later into the brackets? I don't understand their format yet lol. Brackets are stupid for this. Should just be an event with multiple runs to get a fastest time. Not 1v1 brackets.
  • 5 0
 @lepigpen @DirkMcClerkin: they talked about the 20 (22) x 26 comparison a lot last year. Said some tracks work better for diff wheel sizes. Said last year had a lot of steep take offs & landings which benefited the smaller wheels but they'd try to even that out for the future.

I think last year there was 4-5 26" bikes in the top 15. I know of one who didn't go this year (Cole Suetos) because of COVID restrictions in Chile.

Really excited to see how this develops as a sport. It's super fun, family friendly, easy to understand and hard AF to do well (in addition to being incredibly tiring).
  • 5 1
 I don’t get why anyone trying to win would show up with a 26” bike? 20” bikes are so much faster. Now that its getting so popular, mtb guys better buy themselves a bmx bike of they want to stay competitive. DH didn’t make a new class for 29” wheels, people just adapted to what wins.
  • 5 0
 @stubs179: It's because it's what they've grown up with/put all their time into. They would likely still put down a faster time on a 26er until they've spent at least a year of hard training, or 2 years of general riding, into a 20 inch or 22. BMX bikes feel TERRIBLY twitchy and sketchy if you are accustomed to the relative stability of DJs and MTBs.
  • 5 0
 @stubs179: I had only test a few times BMX bikes in the pumptrack and it was scary at least...So fast compared to any other bike my brain was saturated with the speed in some points of the track hehehe.
It is a shock compared to a DJ regular bike you can see everywhere,I had a Pivot Point and it is like a ship compared to a BMX. My Enduro s4 in the pumptrack is like a Maersk container ship maneuvering to get in the docks hehehe.
  • 3 0
 @lepigpen: for sure. I’ve been mountain biking for the last 20ish yrs and got a bmx bike again 1 yr ago to ride at the track with my daughter. They feel so crazy awkward. Mainly the super short chain stays and the bb is higher than the axles. But at their level its necessary if they want to stay competitive. BMX pros are dominant because it’s similar enough.

Side note, BMX bikes are super fun. I’ve been having a blast on mine over the last year.
  • 2 0
 I’m not convinced at all that a BMX bike is faster than a DJ. Raced BMX as a kid, and I was always faster on a MTB. Smaller wheels aren’t inherently faster than larger wheels. Due to physics, a smaller wheel can accelerate a tad bit quicker, however a smaller wheel takes more revolutions to go the same distance. A 26” wheel will also maintain speed better and potentially gain more speed over the same amount of track length with everything else equal. Hence why 29ers can be faster on smooth and rough terrain than smaller wheeled counterparts.
  • 6 1
 @dualsuspensiondave: on smooth surfaces like pump tracks I think the traditional notion of larger diameter carry speed better is much less of a factor.
  • 2 0
 Ryan Gilchrist qualified 2nd on his 26"
He's an enduro racer and stumbled upon the qualifier race and did it on a borrowed bike. I think he might be a chance if he chooses to focus a little more on pumptrack!
  • 1 0
 @dualsuspensiondave: The problem is this entire format is about stopping and starting, which is why acceleration and pumping the backside of rollers is how you win. Which doesn't take advantage of the natural rolling speed of 26ers. If anything it shows their weakness, which is constantly stopping and starting and cornering in corners that are like...6 foot wide 180 degree turns.
  • 2 0
 @JamesR2026: Yeah he went the furthest but still dropped down quite a bit from qualies to elimination rounds. Almost a second slower than the 2 fastest laps of the event. I would just like to see them pick a pump track that isn't the sketcheist smallest tightest track ever. But I think that looks more exciting on camera? I dunno. Longer and more varied sections of rollers like an actual BMX track would be more interesting to me, but I'm a bikehead so...
  • 2 0
 @lepigpen: they go to pretty mellow pump tracks imo. Some are just as tight with like 6 foot tall corners and 3-4 foot tall rollers.
  • 16 0
 That Trek looks like Caroline hit a wall at full speed.
  • 1 0
 Probly the same bike from her fronty crash at District Ride
  • 3 0
 80 deg head angle
  • 1 0
 hate what they did with the new model :¨(
  • 15 0
 22ers ain't dead!
  • 2 1
 I don't think 22" and OS20 are the same thing oddly enough. Despite being near identical.
  • 12 2
 Bmx background
  • 8 2
 i wonder when they will start just calling it Bmx racing again instead of pretending pump track is something new.
  • 2 1
 yeah it's funny to see BMXers call this "mountain biking"
  • 9 2
 BMX racing, 8 racers head to head, big start ramp instead of a flying start, primarily straight sections with 180deg turns going from one to the other... I see some differences.

Your question is almost like, "why don't we just call this EWS thing just UCI WC DH races?"
  • 1 0
 I still call it a fart even when there are "differences"
  • 1 0
 @theredbike: The fart is in the eye of the beholder.
  • 3 0
 Great detail, but aren’t the races chain less thus negating lots of the set up?
Wouldn’t a rigid fork on the dj’s be lighter, stiffer, and faster?
  • 6 0
 As far as i know (which isn't very far) they are not chainless.

A rigid fork probably would be better; I'm guessing it's a sponsorship issue. A DJ fork pumped to 150psi is pretty close to rigid though.
  • 1 0
 @n734535: Good to know. I think crank works looks to be chain less by the photos but maybe world champs is different.

Either way all the pedal stroke’s couldn’t make me fast enough to compete.
  • 1 1
I think remy Morton was running chainless at Crankworx (because he’s always chainless) but it’s not a requirement
  • 5 0
 @bainer66: Crankworx format is side by side dual duel with one run on each of two lines (riders swap) total lowest time wins. Their theory is that they build both lines as identical as possible and the start ramps are even so chain less is fairer. Except that mass has certain advantages in the same way power to weight ratios have certain advantages, the chain less factor also remove any advantage that might come from having a good snap out of the gate. And there is a whole skill in itself of riding with no chain tension to balance against.

Pump track is individual format which opens up more variation and possible lines/ methods for the fastest lap around the pump track. Keeping a chain means that those with a high power weight and acceleration out of the gate have a chance against those who have a mass advantage.

And a good pump track design means that there is very little opportunity, or need, to pedal to post a good time, however those with the skills and timing can take advantage of a great start and the odd half pedal stroke to gain the micro time advantages that are the difference between first and last (yeah Rocky Bobby!).

I personally feel that chain less is a bit rubbish as it negates the hard work that athletes have put into developing in order to excel at the discipline.
  • 1 0
 Anyone can enter these Pumptrack Worlds races, these were just the finals so we naturally got to see the pros primarily. But not everyone can safely ride without chain. Most people are going to pedal to their local pumptrack and they're obviously not going to remove their chain when they're there. But not having a chain when you're used to having one can be scary or even dangerous, you don't have the support you're used to having. As mentioned, it doesn't make sense to have a rule that requires the chain to be removed as pedaling isn't going to help you anyway. Sometimes I see people pedal at my local pumptrack and it just doesn't make sense. You can pedal or you can pump but you can't do both simultaneously. And once you're up to speed, it must be incredibly hard to pedal. At least I wouldn't dare to!

That said, I recall the finals when Tommy Zula won (the first time rainbow stripes were handed out), chains were removed for the race. But I'm glad they're back on. I think the beauty of this sport is that anyone can enter and riding without a chain is only reserved for the lucky few who either have a different means of transport to their local pumptrack or those who have one so nearby that they can walk to there (or zigzag all the way, pumping like that across traffic).
  • 3 0
 I don't know if I consider using a derailleur as a chain tensioner "running a derailleur". He might as well be using a dual-pulley chain tensioner.
  • 3 0
 That Supercross review in Ride BMX "a few years ago" though... the most hung of all hangups by a gripping Dave Young!

Look it up!
  • 1 0
 @feeblesmith This sounds really interesting but I can't find it. Is it online? What specifically do I need to search for?
  • 1 0
 @trellis-opportunity-red: Issue 24 of RIDE bmx (us). It´s the same wallride Ruben ends his section in "Etnies Forward" video, the sequence is just savage.
  • 1 0
 The geo on Eddy’s bike. That is a looong bike for XXL with a huge rear end. Conventional wisdom has always been short back ends for BMX. Even to the point of filing the dropouts to get the wheel in further.

BMX racers are going for longer which i guess is driven by stability needs on ever quicker tracks. For a pump track event that seems odd.
  • 1 0
 You’re right. That back end is super long. Interesting
  • 1 0
 That has not always been the conventional wisdom, however. If you look back at the mid 90s, Boss/ L&S were making frames with long rear ends. Steve Veltman was crowned top ABA pro on the Primetime, his signature frame, which had a long rear end and other top pros were riding frames built by Carlo Lucia with their sponsors stickers on them. Raynor Mathews was an up and coming Superclass/ A-Pro who had an even longer version of Primetime made for him. I think riding style had a lot to do with preference of chain stay length. Both Raynor and V-Dog were spending a lot more time on the rear wheel than most, opting to pull for even the largest obstacles on the track. Sure, you see folks manualing the entire track in videos these days, but they aren't doing it at race speed. I think conventional wisdom would be that a long rear end is more stable, but you make sacrifices elsewhere, such as acceleration, and jumping.
  • 1 0
 Some rad looking rides there. I'm new to the pump track world, stoked to see so many BMX race bikes. Once upon a time BMX racers in the cruiser class all used 26s, somebody figured out that a 24 could accelerate a lot faster and the course wasn't long enough for a 26s to catch up. I suspect something similar is what's happening with the all the 20" race bikes here. A 20" bike under someone with a lot of explosive power is going be very difficult to catch. Awesome article though, all the bikes look great.
  • 3 0
 Are clipless pedals (still hate that term) prohibited or do the riders just prefer flats for pumptrack races?
  • 4 0
 Due to lack of pedaling and downhill type features, it's not that critical. Presumably it would give an advantage just as it does in BMX racing but the track is so tight you're expected to come off line in practice. Not worth clipping in to go over the bars on asphalt where there is an upslope every 5-10 feet. Not sure if UCI prohibited them to reduce injuries considering the terrain. Doubt they care. But I would be in support of that rule just to really reward true flow and skill and reduce injuries which can be very serious on these tracks. Just because they're usually for kids doesn't mean they can't paralyze you if you're competing on them.
  • 8 8
 wait why aren't they all riding 29ers with 530mm of reach and wireless dropper posts? isn't that the pinnacle of traction and preformance?? how do they pedal back up to the start
  • 1 0
 After watching the event today I don’t understand why there isn’t two categories already. It’s hard to imagine where a 26” would be faster.
  • 2 0
 "The best-looking bike I've had so far!" - Aiko Gommers
Wow, considering the supposed best looking, it's sad.
  • 2 1
 Who hired the photographer?? Terrible gym composition...cant see half their faces indoors..lol
  • 2 2
 I’m upset we couldn’t see Caroline Buchanan’s face also!
  • 1 0
 Ah Labomba was so well shaped in previous generation, how this can be called same?
  • 2 0
 Wonder if 27.5'' will also race pumptrack in its retirement
  • 2 0
 What’s up with the xt caliper on the 22” wheeled bmx?
  • 2 0
 I think it’s a flat mount road bike caliper?
  • 1 0
 @stubs179: Was wondering same thing. Did they put a “XT” logo on a flat mount caliper just to mess with us..lol
  • 1 0
 Some XC mountainbikes do work with flat mount brakes nowadays, don't they? Isn't this just a standard product? I can see flat mount make sense there. PM wouldn't fit.
  • 1 0
 I really don't get Bas's derailleur, get a half link?
  • 1 0
 How about bmxs high front end bars on dj bike
  • 2 0
 Its awful.. just terrible lol

Me and a buddy decided to switch out the cockpits between his BMX and my DJ rig whilst chilling at the pumptrack.. it is honestly just terrible lol

On the DJ with BMX bars, it is the most ridiculously comfortable thing to just ride about, you're literally just standing upright lol.. however when it comes to manoeuvring any kind of roller or obstacle, it becomes so twitchy and excessively "responsive".. like as soon as you shift your hip back in the slightest, the front lifts and tries to loop out.. 10/10 would not recommend lol
  • 3 2
 Bmx backyard
  • 1 0
 Bas' Hyper is dope!!
  • 1 0
  • 2 3
 Bmx backslide
  • 2 3
 Bmx backflip
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