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More Bike Checks From the Albstadt XC World Cup
May 27, 2017 at 0:20
Annie Last's SILVERBACK STORM
Ritchey WCS components up front.
Full SRAM setup: Eagle transmission and a RockShox SID fork.
Ultra lightweight set-back carbon seatpost.
SRAM Level Ultimate brakes with integrated hydraulic fork lockout.
Knight Composites carbon rims on DT Swiss 240-S hubs.
Schwalbe Racing Ralphs are massively popular on the WC XC.
ROSE PSYCHO PATH
Simon chooses 27.5" DT Swiss wheels and DT Swiss suspension.
Syntace provides the stem, handlebar and seatpost.
No remote control lockout for Gegenheimer.
Syntace negative-rise stem
SRAM X0 Eagle drivetrain to accelerate and....
...SRAM Level brakes to slow down
This Ghost Lector is one of the most tricked-out bikes on the World Cup circuit.
The Tune Wurger seatclamp: Minimalist redefined. (4.5 grams.)
125mm-stroke Reverb dropper post.
Malene runs the Reverb control on the right-hand side.
Lots of bling: SRAM's XX1 Eagle drivetrain.
Crankbrothers Eggbeater Triple Ti pedals.
Tune Prince Boost hubs weigh in at 192 grams.
Tune quick release and SRAM Level Ultimate brake.
Reto Indergands' BMC TEAM ELITE 01
The Team Elite frame provides the option to mount different elastomers to provide harder or softer compliance from its rear end.
Kashima beaming from the electronic lockout Fox Step Cast fork.
Shimano XTR Di2 shifting and 11 x 40 cassette.
KS LEV Integra dropper with duct tape to limit its travel.
Shimano XTR one-by crankset with carbon top guide.
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(May 27, 2017 at 11:15)
Whats the point of a setback post if you just slam the seat forward anyway?
(May 27, 2017 at 11:22)
Not sure mechanical aptitude is present with all bike mechanics. Common sense is a curse.
(May 27, 2017 at 11:23)
Presumably more flex and thus a more comfortable ride?
(May 27, 2017 at 11:29)
Looks to me like the seat would not be able to be mounted far enough back with a zero setback.
(May 27, 2017 at 11:46)
It's all about saddle position. I think
is probably right. With a zero setback post they couldn't get the seat far enough back so they switched to a setback post with the seat forward.
(May 27, 2017 at 11:55)
On the subject of seatposts, can someone please explain in what circumstances one would wish to reduce the travel of a dropper post ? Maybe I'm just being dumb but I can't really think of an advantage- surely you would just run a smaller drop post? Or is it a sponsorship situation.
(May 27, 2017 at 12:07)
Maybe the sponsor says "use this seat post", and that's what you do. Look at all the riders using di2.
(May 27, 2017 at 12:09)
: To make sure it only drops to a position to where you can still pedal. A lot of them only want like 4 cm of drop or something like that.
(May 27, 2017 at 12:18)
I guess if you are racing that makes sense but I have a KS Lev dropper and it can be set to any height. I suppose the duct tape is there more as a safety net so as not to drop too far.
(May 27, 2017 at 12:29)
Compliance maybe? I feel a difference in saddle flex when mounted forward/ backward. Plus, if the saddle and post were designed as a system, you'd want the ranges to link up tidily with minimal overlap.
(May 27, 2017 at 12:30)
: I downvote you I am a skilled mechanic common sense is a blessing
(May 27, 2017 at 13:07)
: What of it? di2 is far superior than mechanical, especially in a racing situation where you can still shift under power
(May 27, 2017 at 15:27)
: they actually have a choice to run mechanical or electronic. Yet I know no one who goes back to mechanical after riding with Di2.
(May 27, 2017 at 15:28)
All of you take another look - the clamping bolts are hanging loose and the top clamp isn't even there! The seat has been merely placed in position for the photo.
(May 27, 2017 at 16:14)
: Why so serious? Lol...
(May 27, 2017 at 17:22)
: I could see limiting the travel if the SA is such that the bike feels odd with the seat too low. My Fuel is like that, when slammed the seat is so far ahead between my legs that the bike feels shorter... like too short.
(May 27, 2017 at 17:34)
: Correct -
(May 27, 2017 at 17:40)
This why you are not a pro or a professional bicycle mechanic. Stay enduro bruhh
(May 28, 2017 at 9:52)
Cause it's more fun when you're descending and the saddle tickles your nuts / lady-bits
(May 28, 2017 at 11:03)
Yes one of the only tuneable parts on modern bikes, being of old, feel that slaming the seat right back makes bike feel normal.
(May 28, 2017 at 16:31)
: my Spec Enduro was like this. I ended up buying a shorter drop post so it didn't feel so weird.
(May 28, 2017 at 20:22)
(May 29, 2017 at 1:17)
: It has 2 smaller top clamps, one for each bolt.
(May 29, 2017 at 1:20)
The setback post offers a level of compliance ans she can still run the saddle where she wants it. A streight post would be harsher. And let's not forget that racers and their mechanics do not have to be "real world" practical. They can get away with doing things for minimum gains and ot worry about ruining parts as long as they last the actual race. Most parts are swapped out after each race.
(May 29, 2017 at 2:43)
(May 29, 2017 at 4:14)
: because turning wrenches is a serious business to me do it right or don't do it at all
(May 29, 2017 at 21:15)
: You are right. I should have looked at it on a laptop instead of my phone. Please all of you carry on arguing about seat position.
(May 27, 2017 at 14:25)
At my weight it's just best not to ride XC bikes... I have a titanium eye socket as a lifelong reminder of what happens when you push XC bikes beyond their capabilities. I think "aggressive trail" is as light-duty as I'll ever go again. But damn, they're beautiful to look at. Glad someone can ride them.
(May 27, 2017 at 14:20)
So every SRAM racer is on the SID yet the RS-1 is supposed to be the superior fork?
Cycling is so f*cked.
(May 27, 2017 at 16:59)
The RS-1 has never been the lightest fork. Still a really good (albeit expensive) fork.
(May 27, 2017 at 18:11)
It's because wheel changes are much easier on the Sid.
(May 28, 2017 at 17:55)
Also because the RS-1 flexes like a young gymnast. To me it was more a proof of concept than anything else really...
(May 27, 2017 at 11:49)
Side thought: Why doesn't SRAM have pedals on their lineup?
(May 27, 2017 at 12:14)
"...featuring the brand new Elixir series pedals."
(May 27, 2017 at 12:46)
They do. Just under the Truvativ Flag
All Sram need is a frame, a headset, saddle, grips and some tyres, then they could sell the full Sram bike.
Imagine that; Super-Hyper-Boosty-McBoostFace and compatible with no other manufacturers products. I called it first.
(May 27, 2017 at 12:46)
They couldn't find a way to make them do weird noises
(May 27, 2017 at 12:50)
But I agree, odd that they don't have any higher end pedals or anything clipless. Thought they'd be all over that with a proprietary cleat interface.
(May 27, 2017 at 13:46)
Totally forgot about the Truvativ flats. But yeah,after SRAM come up with wheelsets I thought they would be going for full components domination.
(May 27, 2017 at 14:32)
: Just cracked up at work... well done
(May 27, 2017 at 16:26)
Don't give them any ideas
(May 27, 2017 at 22:28)
: Specialized and Cannondale are the kings of proprietary. I think its funny that Shimano sponsors an UCI event that 90% of the riders run Sram drivetrains.
(May 28, 2017 at 13:11)
: A true visionary
(May 27, 2017 at 11:09)
And sram level T brakes not "ultimates" as stated
(May 27, 2017 at 11:38)
Yeah, what's up with that? Those brakes retail for $70 a brake and are heavy. Send it for us cheapo's Simon!
(May 27, 2017 at 11:22)
Ghost wins hands down.
(May 27, 2017 at 13:43)
these bike checks are pure porn!!! wee need dh and enduro ones of this standard too!!
(May 27, 2017 at 20:02)
Those bikes would fly on twisty, punchy trails in Ontario. I'd love to ride one of those bikes.
(May 27, 2017 at 11:44)
Why fit a longer (heavier) travel dropper post and limit the downward travel?
(May 29, 2017 at 7:57)
These bikes are so fancy, but make me sad. Semi-slicks, 2inch of travel and uncomfortable geo would make all the parts of MTBing I like feel awful.
(May 27, 2017 at 11:31)
The BMC is really nice!
(May 27, 2017 at 20:34)
Not a fan of the Ralph.
(May 28, 2017 at 8:17)
Have they only just started putting droppers on xc bikes. My brother is a year ahead of them and has had a dropper on his xc bike for over a year now.
(May 27, 2017 at 23:43)
What is this sorcery!? How are those bikes upright?
(Apart from BMC...)
(May 27, 2017 at 11:28)
Cool to see that 27.5 is still used in the world cup. Proves its the rider not the bike.
(May 27, 2017 at 13:53)
Any idea what the cable tie on the BMC's non-drive side fork stanchion is doing there?
(May 30, 2017 at 19:32)
It's required to get the bike up to UCi minimum weight restrictions.
(May 28, 2017 at 6:42)
That 'g-string' seatclamp looks a little sketchy.
(May 29, 2017 at 4:06)
Couldn't find the g-string clamp in the article, do you mean the Tune Wurger? I think it is clever. In fact, I think most conventional clamps (except for the integrated ones) are designed wrong. Most conventional (non integrated) clamps are designed to be loaded under bending whereas they should actually be loaded under tension exclusively. By getting that right, these modern XC seatpost clamps can actually be both lighter and stronger than what we've come to trust. And to be honest, worst that could happen is that the clamp snaps and the post slides and twists. There are loads of more critical components on these race bikes I'd trust less (with me both riding as well as handling the spanner).
(Jun 5, 2017 at 7:14)
: Yea, it's the Tune one. Interesting design tho.
(May 27, 2017 at 12:13)
Dropper seatposts and ESI Grips are taking over the XC elite crowd!
(May 27, 2017 at 13:06)
27.5 wheels, yay! Is he short or is it personal preference?
(May 28, 2017 at 6:41)
That's what I was thinking too. Maybe he should be rolling 26+.
(May 27, 2017 at 20:46)
Stu... stu much bike porn. whew!
(May 27, 2017 at 11:31)
Mezcal's on the BMC don't appear to be TNT.
(May 28, 2017 at 11:52)
If you're not first, your Last
(May 28, 2017 at 14:56)
With that bike, Annie won't be Last anymore
(May 27, 2017 at 11:04)
How come Simons running X01 eagle instead of XX1?
(May 27, 2017 at 11:14)
Maybe Simon is on a budget or SRAM wants to prove their second tier is WC proven
(May 27, 2017 at 11:24)
Maybe it didn't end well with his other ex.
(May 31, 2017 at 9:56)
XC whips on PB! Love it!
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(May 27, 2017 at 13:57)
This XC stuff is making me sleepy
(May 27, 2017 at 12:14)
Reverb lever on the right? Looks like a shifter to me.
(May 27, 2017 at 12:20)
Check the top of the shifter clamp.
(May 27, 2017 at 15:01)
Take a nap mate
(May 27, 2017 at 11:56)
At least we''re seeing droppers now. Hopefully next season we'll see those damn negative rise stems as long as an aircraft carrier go and the bikes will look like real mountain bikes.
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