Sam Hill and Michelin have been playing with compounds and casings for at least a year. Now that it has a name and a hot patch, we expect it to be for sale soon.
Michelin's take on the classic, three-two-three tread pattern seems to suit Hill well - three stage wins on his 33rd birthday and the overall in La Thuile.
Reportedly, Hill and Nukeproof have developed a signature stem to match his 7075-alloy aluminum handlebar. Interesting that Hill prefers the smaller, 31.8mm clamp diameter.
Jerome Clementz's Cannondale Jekyl
Jerome Clementz wasn't competing this round, but he was there and his bike was sporting these low-profile carbon rims, possibly sporting a Zipp NSW / 'Nest Speed Weaponry' logo, a brand that belongs to his main sponsor, SRAM. The unconventional construction is said to provide superior impact resistance, along with more compliance than thin-profile, hollow rims.
Clementz's cSixx carbon chain guide.
SRAM Goes Code Red
Special treatment: Iago Garay is running SRAM Code downhill brakes with shiny red calipers on his Santa Cruz Hightower LT. SRAM made a one-time production run for a select group of athletes and friends.
Big rotors make use of the Code's extra clamping power.
Up top, the master cylinders are polished like mirrors and the lever blades are laser-etched with the rider's name.
Iago Garay's Santa Cruz Hightower LT - liking the hot chocolate frame color.
SRAM Eagle 34t chainring for La Thuile's 8000-foot transfers and an e*thirteen top guide for the downs.
RockShox Super Deluxe RCT coil shock
Crankbrothers Mallet pedals with wide axles all the pins set 2mm out.
Thomas Lapeyrie's Orbea Rallon
Orbea's custom paint options have been put to good use here.
Offset yoke with the suspension chip set low and slack.
Galfer rotors (and presumably, brake pads), Fox 36 fork and color-matched Enve M7 rims.
Rotor cranks with a round, C-Ring. Crankbrothers pedals and dropper seatpost.
SRAM Guide brakes with the lever set relatively flat, which seems to be the preferred position for the French riders.
Enve stem with OneUp EDC top-cap tool stash.
Orbea's offset mount makes just enough room for the bottle to clear the Fox DHX2 shock reservoir.
Ruaridh Cunningham's Trek Slash
Ruaridh Cunningham switches his focus from World Cup DH to enduro on the Trek World Racing team. Interesting that the rear tire and the Reverb seatpost's seal-head are blacked out.
Deathgrips and SRAM's Code red personalized levers.
SRAM Code red VIP calipers and an Eagle X0 drivetrain,