Tech Randoms: Custom Everything at the Leogang DH World Cup 2022

Jun 8, 2022 at 20:03
by Alicia Leggett  
Moody scenes before the sun graced us with it s presence today. What will the weather do this weekend
What will this weekend bring?

After spending weeks on weeks waiting for the World Cup season to gather momentum, it's finally here and hitting hard, with the Leogang race coming up seemingly as soon as the track cooled down from Fort William. Once again, the riders are scoping their lines for the brutal weekend ahead, with mechanics working overtime to get everything dialed before another big showdown this Sunday. Here's what photographers Nathan Hughes, Andy Vathis, and Ross Bell discovered on their laps through the pits.



First double header of the year and what a venew to host it.
It's the first double-header of the year, and what a venue to host it.

A freshly printed Atherton front triangle.
A freshly printed Atherton front triangle.

It s cool to see what lays beneath the paint on the Atherton s unique manufacturing method.
It's cool to see what's beneath the paint on those unique Atherton rigs.

Dean Lucas nails the attire for trackwalk.
Dean Lucas, as always, nailed the track walk attire.

The Fox crew surrounded by Kashima gold.
The Fox crew surrounded by Kashima gold.

The PB squad ready for a crack at it.
Our very own PB squad ready to take a crack at it.

Finn Iles' Specialized Demo getting geared up with data acquisition for tomorrow.

Finn Iles Specialized Demo getting geared up with data acquisition for tomorrow.
Speed like Finn's doesn't happen by accident.

Custom levers for Finn Iles.
Finn gets custom levers, too...

Neat and tidy details on Finn s Demo.
And some clean routing.

Tyre choice will be so key. Hatton is still thinking.
Tire choice will be so key. Hatton's still thinking about it.

The track is entirely unchanged since last year although there s been a large amount of repair work in the woods.
The track is entirely unchanged since last year, although there's been a large amount of repair work in the woods.

It s Trummer versus Kolb for fastest Austrian out here.
It'll be Trummer vs. Kolb for the title of fastest Austrian out there.

Micro detailing at YT for O Callaghan.
The DH nail bar.
Micro detailing at YT for Oisin O'Callaghan.

Stack heights have been increasing to deal with the steepness out there.
Stack heights have been increasing to deal with the steepness out there.

Neko and right hand man talking Frameworks set-up.
Neko Mulally and his right hand man talking Frameworks set-up.

5Dev cranks found on Neko Mulally s bike.
Mulally's bike sports 5Dev cranks.

Francisco dialling in Mr Brannigan s ride for the mud session tomorrow.
Francisco dialing in George Brannigan's ride before the mud session tomorrow.

Brook s bushings getting some vital wet-repelling grease.
Brook Macdonald's bushings getting some vital water-repelling grease.

Jordan Williams can t be too far back on the 1 plate for points. His battle with Goldstone continues.
Jordan Williams' battle with Jackstone Goldstone continues.

Fresh paint and build for Nina Hoffmann.
Nina Hoffman should still be riding the high of her last win, and her bike is looking fresh.

8mm headset cup back from neutral 5mm higher stack for this track.
She s running her suspension on the stiffer side.
Headset cup 8 mm back from neutral, 5 mm higher stack for this track.

She runs her suspension quite stiff.

A sneaky weight hidden under the frame guard.
She also has a sneaky weight hidden under the frame guard.

Mid setting for rear axle.
Nina s rear suspension is also being ran stiffer with the bike chip set to low.
Mid setting for the rear axle and low for the flip chip.

Close up on Hoffmann s V10.
Details, details.

Custom Burgtec grips.
Custom Burgtec grips round out the build.

All power and strength Fort William winner Hoffmann.
All strength. Can she repeat that victory?

The woman to beat out here in Austria Camile Ballanche is looking for the three-peat this year.
Cami Balanche just might be the woman to beat this year, as she'll be looking for the three-peat.

Is Amaury Pierron stopable here Time and weather will tell.
In the men's race, we'll see if anyone can best Amaury Pierron.

Aaron Gwin unchained.
Aaron Gwin unchained.

Aimi Kenyon s Santa Cruz V10 ready to rock in tomorrow s practice session.
Aimi Kenyon's V10 getting ready to roll for practice.

Laurie s mechanic Lee has received 50 sympathy 50 bullying commentary so far. The experiment continues.
Laurie Greenland's mechanic, Lee, has received 50% sympathy and 50% mocking on the internet so far. The experiment continues.

The Meier-Smiths and their Propains will be ones to watch here in Austria.
The Meier-Smiths and their Propains will be riders to watch here in Austria.

Lining up the Ohlins at the Union pit.
Lining up the Ohlins at the Union pit.

A collection of SR Suntour branded suspension tools.
Some SR Suntour branded suspension tools.

Shiny gusset porn at the Gamux pit.
Shiny gusset porn at the Gamux pit.
Some eye-candy at the Gamux pit.

Shiny gusset porn at the Gamux pit.
Shiny gusset porn at the Gamux pit.
Gorgeous.

Shiny gusset porn at the Gamux pit.
And even more.

Kerr s Pivot getting some love after Schladming sessions.
Bernard Kerr's Pivot getting some love.

Everyone needs a back scratcher in their tool box.
Tool box... essentials?

A look at one of the Banshee Racing Brigade s weapon of choice.
A look at the Banshee Racing Brigade's weapon of choice.

You can t beat a bit of raw aluminium. It always looks good.
It's tough to beat the look of raw aluminum.

Kye A Hern already up to speed during trackwalk.
Kye A'Hern is already up to speed.

Slimming Vergier s 7 plate down to aero-size.
Slimming Loris Vergier's number 7 plate down to aero-size.

Caliper guards so very hot right now.
Caliper guards on Kade s rig.
Caliper covers. So hot right now.

Vergier s mechanic PA has these custom cut and measured swingarm holder for acurate set up while the shock is at service.
Vergier s mechanic PA has these custom cut and measured swingarm holder for acurate set up while the shock is at service.
Loris Vergier's mechanic, PA, has these custom cut and measured swingarm holders for accurate setup while the shock is at service.

Troy s back with us to defend the top step here in Leogang.
Troy Brosnan is back to defend his top step here in Leogang.

Pre-practice bleeds all round.
Aaron tending to Troy s Sram brakes.
Pre-practice brake bleeds all around.

Luca s mechanic Jeff doing the finishing touches on his Sender.
Luca Shaw's mechanic, Jeff, putting the finishing touches on that Sender.

Full spikes cut spikes and other tire modifications all around.
Full spikes, cut spikes, and other tire modifications all around.

Wheel builds in the Commencal pits.
Rear Chris King hubs ready for a lacing.
Wheel builds in the Commencal pits.

Nobody likes a loose nipple down a track like this.
Free the nipple, but like, maybe not on the track.

Mark Wallace getting stuck into some spike cutting.
Mark Wallace with the spike cutters.

Gracey Hemstreet s bike getting the final touch the No. 1 plate.
Gracey Hemstreet's bike gets the final touch - a number 1 plate.

A carbon Nukeproof Dissent.
A carbon Nukeproof Dissent.

We don t have many details yet but it s certainly a good looking machine.
We don't have many details yet, but it's certainly an attractive machine.

Some more detail shots of that GT prototype.
And while we're checking out prototypes, that GT is looking sleek.

It looks quite different from the last Fury.

It'll be interesting to see how this not-quite-so-high pivot runs.

Rebuilds were the story of the day throughout the pits.
Rebuilds were the story of the day throughout the pits.

Cut Maxxis Assegai to try and keep the mud from bunching up.
Cutting down the Assegai should help keep the mud from collecting.

Ruts have already formed in the problematic lower woods during today s trackwalk. It s a guaranteed mess once tires hit the dirt tomorrow.
The lower woods are already problematic... and the riders aren't even on the track yet.

Hartenstern and Hart s Cubes taking shape.
The Cube team bikes are taking shape.

Spring or air dilemnas at the Mondraker pit for Ele Farina.
Coil or air for Ele Farina?

The cows were standing and stoked which meant no rain today. No such guarantee for the weekend however.
The cows were in good spirits.

Mirky and mysterious cloud gave way to an afternoon of unexpected summer sun.
The clouds gave way to an afternoon of unexpected sun... which likely won't hold all weekend, but we can hope.

Back in the land of church spires misty mountain tops and cow bells.
The calm before the storm. All is quiet, but soon enough, the race energy will be back at a high.



98 Comments

  • 57 3
 A'Hern needs a better glasses sponsor
  • 21 0
 His head and those glasses aren't friends..
  • 7 0
 I think those are a good match.
  • 9 0
 partiboi69 (Google him)
  • 5 0
 He should give them back to the poor dwarf in the woods
  • 6 2
 They do make him look rather ‘special’
  • 1 0
 @Tuckshop: oh jesus!!
  • 2 0
 Bro tilt in full effect too
  • 2 0
 I had something like that in 1997
  • 1 0
 @AloxT: are they like child sized Oakley Eye Jackets?
  • 3 0
 I thought it was Lopes.
  • 29 0
 I know they're pros and it's what they do, but the level of detail, precision and setup is absolutely astounding really. Every single component, every item, every detail all considered, fettled, changed and sorted.... impressive.
  • 16 2
 except working for Cube. that's colourmatching from hell
  • 28 0
 I'm glad the cows were in good spirits. It's always good to get a guage on the spectator's moo-d.
  • 27 0
 Is that a new sram brake?
  • 13 0
 Was thinking the same thing!! Regardless that caliper looks great.
  • 8 0
 The blackbox logo on the cover suggests so.
  • 4 1
 Yeah new caliper paired with the current lever. New brake pads in there as well
  • 26 0
 5Dev should partner with a nutrition/food company to makes snanks that specifically fit into the voids in their cranks.
  • 14 2
 Intense should create a lighter bike with no chain for gwin so he can gwin again
  • 3 0
 @RedBurn: That had me Gwinning Intensely from ear to ear.
  • 25 0
 Code Red
  • 13 0
 Do my eyes deceive me?? Matching kashima?!? Impossible.
  • 5 0
 Danny's bike? yeah its weird that the rear shock matches the fork

my x2 looks like burnt toast compared to my fork
  • 3 0
 Inconceivable!
  • 1 0
 @chakaping: why you keep using that word?
  • 12 0
 The Gamux and Banshee protos need 5DEV Cranks.
  • 1 0
 I think it's a standard Legend you can already buy few years
  • 2 0
 The Banshee isn't a proto, it's the standard Legend
  • 11 1
 aaaah, the ol' bleeding the brakes with the pads and disks still installed time saving trick. well known in my circles for making a 30 minute brake bleed take 2 hours.
  • 2 0
 Yeah I'm a bit surprised at that... but clearly those mechanics know stuff we don't.
  • 7 0
 @bonkmasterflex: how to not spill brake fluid everywhere...

a lesson i've accepted i am incapable of learning
  • 4 0
 One good thing about newer Sram calipers, is that with the bleeding edge port its actually fairly low risk.

More time for beers and/or riding.
  • 10 0
 How much is that Gamux going to weigh: a) before the woods and b) after the woods?
  • 3 0
 ALL of the moto foam
  • 12 4
 Thank you for not making a video! Coming here more since vital stopped its slides how's!
  • 5 0
 I actually came here to make a sarcastic comment about how cutting edge that castle MTB castle tech is. However I got so mesmerized by all the beautiful tech (and is very well shot) I'm just going to say... Thank you Pinkbike
  • 7 0
 The gamux frames are produced by www.desion.ch in Thailand. Gorgeous aren't they!?
  • 1 0
 Thanks for having actual information on your website. I know some people who have been looking for just the sort of services on offer. I’ve passed it onto them.
  • 2 1
 there are plenty of Swiss who go to Thailand looking for services
  • 8 0
 Does pink bike even know what a "gusset" is?
Awesome bike though
  • 3 0
 Is Gwinnnnnn checking the chain to make sure it does not break, or is he setting the chain up to break in the hope that he could actually win (Or come close to the podium) again?
  • 2 0
 To be fair wouldn't you just pay the fine and have a barely there board? Seems like a small cost to high aero gains ratio
  • 7 1
 Finn to Winn.
  • 2 0
 @burgtec-limited Everybody's getting custom Burgtec grips lately but me. I run Bartender Pros on all my trail bikes so... Anyway I could get a set that are a swirl of the purple rain and the electric yellow?
  • 5 0
 NOS button on Finns rig?
#fastandthefurious
  • 3 0
 What are the wheels in the Commencal Pits being built? Doesn't look like an Enve M9
  • 3 0
 Race is on Saturday, not Sunday.
  • 3 0
 Banshee whispering sweet nothings to me…
  • 2 0
 FYI the “big showdown” is on Saturday. You’ll be pretty upset if you tune in Sunday morning.
  • 3 0
 Ben's walking stick is taller than the rest of the team.
  • 3 0
 Why there are two hoses going to Finns rear brake?
  • 1 0
 Yeah why?
  • 1 0
 @ak-77: likely fluid pressure sensor for brake application hooked up to that giant data acquisition box.
  • 1 0
 @ninesix: Aha! Thanks.
  • 1 0
 "Cutting down the Assegai should help keep the mud from collecting."

Very interesting, I found the Assegai to clog a bit too easily myself.
  • 1 0
 Three questions.

1) why the weight under the frame guard? Isn’t the goal as light as possible?

2) what happens to Greenlands mechanic?

3) why cover brake calipers?
  • 1 0
 I can answer some. The cover on the callipers is to stop mud going in the top and getting on the pads and creating issues and the weight is most likely something to do with balance and stability
  • 2 0
 Kye...... i NEED those sunnies!
  • 3 2
 No "I want a vid" comments, that's disappointing... And no, the fact that they have release a video is no excuse.
  • 1 0
 Love that carbon quicky stiffy. I’m sure it make you so much faster !
m.pinkbike.com/video/188866
  • 2 0
 Is that a new manitou mara?
  • 2 0
 Think it's a Dorado
  • 2 0
 The rear shock is the Mara pro I'm pretty sure
  • 1 0
 XT brakes from Neko - another day of questioning what kit I actually need on my bike for me then
  • 2 1
 Let’s be honest, none of us normal humans really need anything better than Deore. I spent a few months with Deore four pot brakes earlier this year, with 220mm rotors they’re really 95% as good as my normal brakes (dominion, MTX pads, 220 rotors). I do run a lot of XT stuff, but whenever I end up with Deore bits, I am just blown away with how good it is.
  • 1 0
 @Afterschoolsports: fully agree on the Deores. I've got a set on my hardtail and they impress me every time I'm out (the consistent bite point is a definite help). It's worth pointing out though that I use my brakes a LOT more than Neko, so he probably doesn't need as high a spec as me ;-)
  • 2 0
 @mashrv1: try to get some MTX pads in them next. I moved them to my “guest bike” after I ran them to see what they’re like. If they were on one of my personal bikes, I would run the MTX. They’re such a massive upgrade for any brake. I found with a proper bleed, none of the Shimano brakes in my family have wandering bite point.
  • 1 0
 @Afterschoolsports: Okay, so 4 piston Deore is plenty good. How about 2 piston? Is it up to a scratch?
  • 2 0
 They say getting ready for Sunday - isn't the DH on Saturday?
  • 1 0
 Man Austria is so beautiful. Every time they race there I want to go visit even more.
  • 1 0
 Really digging the Van Halen feel I’m getting from those new Codes!!!
  • 1 0
 I am excited to see what the cows bring to the table this season
  • 2 2
 Aero brake caliper covers, next thing you know DH bikes will become TT bikes with aero bars and headset routing
  • 4 0
 its for the potential mud thogh
  • 3 0
 Mud/water covers
  • 3 0
 Agreed for mud and water not for aero. Good idea really IMO. Just did 5 days of muddy laps at snowshoe. Wish i had some of those!
  • 2 0
 The caliper covers are wild to me as well... I would have thought they'd be worried about heat buildup?
  • 1 0
 That 5dev crank absolutely gorgeous
  • 1 0
 hahahahahha buuttttscratcheeeerrssss!!!
  • 1 4
 These Cube bikes are totally looking like they jumped from 2005 and on the way their main pivot just got higher. If you put them into such a nice collection of new stuff of the circuit, it really stands out how ugly they are. At least for my eyes.
  • 1 0
 Aaron Gwin unchained melody.
  • 1 0
 to ride safe that Gamux you need extra body armour !
  • 1 0
 Ride a couple of laps and rebuild?
  • 1 0
 Atherton raw frames look sick!
  • 1 0
 Great job with this Tech Randoms
  • 2 1
 That Cube bike is dope.
  • 1 0
 Love all this pit candy.
  • 1 0
 Butt scratcher!
  • 1 0
 Buttscratcher!
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