Throwback Thursday: Peaty's 2005 Fort William World Cup Win - Video

Jan 23, 2018 at 8:12
by Alex Evans  
THROWBACK THURSDAY

Steve Peat is regarded as one of the world's all-time downhill racing greats, so it was a momentous occasion when he won the Fort William round of the 2005 World Cup on a British-built, bright yellow Orange 224 bike. The moment Peaty lofted his bike above his head in celebration at the finish line, the 2005 win became iconic. Captured on the Unscene MTB video produced by Nick Hawker and Tom Hodder, Peaty's Fort Bill victory was immortalised.




67 Comments

  • 37 3
 what surprises me is that 2005 bikes already look almost modern, while 2000-2001-ish bikes still look like stoneage crap. Somewhere between those years is the point where DH bikes started being sort of ok?

Also, we want a throwback on that Minaar's Honda
  • 35 1
 It's the width of the bars that's the real giveaway to the age
  • 12 0
 Looking at WC race bikes from 2005 isn't really a fair representation of production DH bikes though. So many of the race bikes in 2005 were custom on-offs, Peaty's especially was drastically different to anything you could actually buy. All the top 10 WC race bikes were this way. Hardly any 2017 bikes were factory one-offs in comparison. My point is that we weren't as far ahead in 2005 as it might appear from looking at WC racing
  • 12 0
 @DC1988: you would of thought peatie died with that music
  • 2 0
 I know right? I totally would expect when I rock to play at my funeral @grantschooling:
  • 4 0
 @DC1988: ....and the wheel base
  • 1 0
 @grantschooling:

No kidding!! I checked the comments before the video ended to look for RIP messages. Glad he’s still kickin’!
  • 1 0
 @DC1988: looks like my grandpa's handlebars Big Grin
  • 2 0
 No leatt brace... and a lot more flat pedals than nowdays !
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: The only difference between Peaty's frame and the productions frame was the thickness of the ally sheet. Peaty's was thinner sheet (the same as they used on the Sub5) and production was 2.0mm same as the Patriot.
Of course the suspension was suspension was special but that still holds true today.
  • 1 0
 @yonibois: dude I'm sorry but that's completely incorrect. Peaty's Orange was NOTHING like the production frames of the time. It shared some details with what later became the 224, but even that was a lot different
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: He does come across as if he worked for Orange or had access to the factory during production. Would be cool to know for sure
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: Agreed, you don't even have to play spot the difference from your 2 linked pics, massively different.
  • 14 2
 short bars, short top tube. Bike skips about loads on its 5th element shock (tf tuned) and 32 mm boxxers. Suspension & geo has come on a long way.
  • 3 0
 The only thing made by 5th Element on Peaty's bike was the sticker
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: Tim Flooks internals/Body?
  • 1 0
 @IllestT: true. completely shim stacked !
  • 9 0
 ill always remember this year, i was at sea otter with my buds, and we were watching the mtn-x, steve peat was lining up at the start in his bumble bee kit, and i yelled "steve peat you're my hero!!!". and then, he nodded at me! ill always remember that!
  • 10 0
 That whip was filthy. I expect to see more of that this season Mr. Minnaar!
  • 6 0
 I remember this race so well, what an atmosphere and when Peaty won.. omg we went wild.
The original pinball and traverse... so much more scary than what is there now.
Peaty won with a 4:11 back in the day with the old start, pinball and traverse different and motorway different.

... back in the day... Smile Thanks PinkBike
  • 10 0
 The Narrowness of their bars give me anxiety.
  • 9 1
 bring back the honda DH bike please!
  • 7 2
 Just think - had Honda stayed in the game - we'd all be on gearboxes now - Maybe Shimano paid them off to kill the idea and have them disappear.
  • 4 0
 @neimbc: Shimano couldn't afford that....
  • 4 0
 @neimbc: we are on gear box bikes now. They wound up as a final decision being a small derailleur tucked inside that box with a cassette.
Literally.
Can't recall, other than I think the tremendous labour involved and possibly drag in the system, but what they started racing on was indeed a gearbox but in the end, to finish out their last season & whatever contracts & obligations, it would up being a rigged up little road bike style shifter/cassette combo.
I am willing to let someone with better recall correct me.
  • 8 0
 Those Dee Max wheels were the jam back in the day
  • 9 2
 Ugh 240p resolution and music to instantly buzz kill....I was supposed to enjoy this....
  • 2 1
 Cry me a river ..
  • 1 0
 am I the only one who hates black and white unless done REALLY well?
  • 6 0
 I have that bike now pretty sure its Peatys actual WC winning bike signed on the frame by Peaty and Brycelend.
  • 2 1
 Pictures or it didn't happen!

Seriously though, I'm dying to see it, do you have pictures?
  • 2 0
 @loganm2977: He has pics on his account. As a retro collector type dude, that bike looks awesome!
  • 2 0
 @Shiny-side-up: all the drool is happening.

Truly glorious.
  • 4 0
 I love those old skool vids. I miss seeing CG at the races, and Sam, and Rennie, and Fabien. It's rad to see how fast they were riding that stuff even on the older setups.
  • 6 0
 1:45 minute black and white montage intro hahahaha
  • 6 0
 with that music i thought I'd accidentally clicked on a link to NPR
  • 6 2
 I would think that a modern 160/170 Enduro bike could match these bikes no problem - and in many ways surpass.
  • 11 9
 Silly trail bike riders who never tried a DH in their lives... Stfu
  • 8 2
 @mollow: You speak the truth. I own both a Yeti SB6C and an Intense M16C. While I can ride anything on the Yeti, the Intense handles true DH lines sooooooo much better. No comparison. I’m less fatigued at the end of a bike park day on the DH bike.
  • 4 1
 @mollow: I have timed my modern 29er 160 enduro bike against my 2013 26" Glory on many courses. The enduro bike is almost always faster. There are a couple of tracks where the DH bike is faster, but only by a very small margin, like 5 seconds on an 8 minute run.
  • 3 0
 @dthomp325: I'm sure this is true on specific (flatter) tracks. But there's no way an Enduro bike would compete with a DH bike at the modern WC tracks. If there was any chance, people would be doing it at the WC races. About the only WC race they've done that at was South Africa if I'm remembering correctly, oh, and Australia.
  • 3 0
 @Leppah: No doubt modern DH bikes are fast on DH trails, but my comment and the one I was responding to are both comparing a modern enduro bike to an older DH bike.

Unfortunately I have not ridden a WC course to compare to (but hopefully this fall!). My timing experience is from DH runs at bike parks in CO. For example, my 2016 29er enduro bike gave me faster times than my 2013 26" DH bike on every trail at Keystone, including double blacks that are fairly steep. Generally the times are only close on double-black DH runs, where sometimes the enduro bike is a couple of seconds faster, sometimes the DH bike. The enduro bike is significantly faster on anything black or below.

And that's with a relatively modern 2013 model with 785 bars, modern suspension, tires, and brakes etc. I have no doubt that a modern enduro bike would crush a DH bike from 2005 with 700mm bars, short top-tube, etc.
  • 1 4
 @dthomp325: so basically you're saying bikes are better now than in 2005?

Cool story bro...
  • 4 0
 @mollow: yes, that was the whole point of the thread you replied to.
  • 1 4
 @dthomp325: thank god you're here to clarify that for us !
  • 4 0
 That video needs more JPG.
  • 3 0
 So much more protected riders by then.
  • 3 0
 was that not 1 year after 1,2,3 all signed for syndicate .
  • 2 0
 I think Minnaar was still on Honda in 2007. At least this is how I remember from the Maribor WC from that year.
  • 9 0
 2006 season was peatys first on Santa Cruz iirc. I only know cos it's earthed 4.

Minaar signed in ??. Not sure. Same time as rat

Peatys an animal - getting down fort bill in first place and THEN lifting a 224 above his head

Those bikes all look far too small for them

Plus, stanbridge!!!
  • 3 0
 Pretty sure 2008 was minaars first season on SC, don't remember Rennie riding that season. And Brendog went from honda to specialized
  • 1 0
 @fingerbangextreme: STANNY!!!! Havent heard that name in a while. What a BDS Legend
  • 4 0
 Oof. That geometry tho.
  • 3 0
 Those high BB numbers and narrow bars sure made old bikes look awkward
  • 3 0
 Every time I watch these older videos I think "thank god for RedBull TV"
  • 2 0
 As a 44 year old myself, I love seeing this guy rip shit up. You’re the man, Petey. You’re the man.
  • 2 0
 Short top tubes, baggy jerseys, and horrible music. Those were the days.
  • 3 1
 that skinny 32mm boxxer.
  • 2 1
 I thought colour tv/video was invented by 2005
B & W is not arty?
  • 1 0
 What year did bars suddenly get 6" wider?
  • 3 0
 Like 2009/2010
  • 1 0
 like those jumps before the finish better i think than the current set up
  • 1 0
 i think it would be sick if honda got back in the DH game
  • 1 0
 Steve Peat.... the MTB`s Terry Gilliam. Lovely champion :-)
  • 1 0
 Those IH Sundays' tho...
  • 1 1
 What the...?

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