What BC Cup DH Racers are running.

Aug 29, 2011 at 12:07
by Tyler Maine  
Hemlock BC Cup DH 2011 www.davemackie.ca

The B.C. Cup DH Finals were held on August 27-28th at Hemlock Valley Resort and racers came from all over the province for the final DH race of the BC Cup series. The weather couldn't have been better and racers raved about the course. I was able to poll 100 racers to see what types of parts they are running and break it all down for you to enjoy. Below you'll find info on Frames, Tires, Brakes, Shifter and Rear Derailleur Combos, Bars, Seats, Clips vs. Flats, Helmets, Shoes, Pedals and Neck Braces being used by racers in British Columbia. (Those wondering why certain parts are not covered - I simply chose select parts and stuck to them - can't do them all.)

Specialized Demo 8 (2011) 9%
Cove Shocker 8%
Banshee Legend 7%
Devinci Wilson 7%
Transition TR450 6%
Norco Team DH 6%
Intense M9 5%
Intense 951 5%
Rocky Mountain Flatline 5%
Santa Cruz Carbon V10 5%
Giant Glory (New) 4%
Trek Session 4%
Kona Operator 3%
Rocky Mountain Flatline (Old) 2%
Scott Gambler 2%
Knolly Podium 2%
Giant Glory (Old) 2%
Specialized SX Trail 2%
Xprezo Furax 1%
Yeti 303 R 1%
Santa Cruz V10 (Old) 1%
Lapierre DH Team 1%
Specialized Demo 7 1%
Cove STD 1%
Turner DHR (DW) 1%
Specialized Demo 8 (pre 2011) 1%
Morewood Makulu 1%
Specialized Enduro EVO 1%
Ventana El Cuervo 1%
Nicolai Ion ST 1%
Orange 224 EVO 1%
Giant Faith (2011) 1%
Devinci Wilson (Pre 2011) 1%
Zerode 1%

Maxxis Minion DHF 68%
Maxxis Highroller 10%
Specialized Butcher 5%
Maxxis Highroller II 4%
Maxxis Wetscream 4%
Specialized Clutch 2%
Schwalbe Muddy Mary 2%
Kenda Excavator 1%
Maxxis Ardent 1%
WTB Dissent 1%
Intense EX 1%
Continental Kaiser 1%

Avid Code 22%
Shimano Saint 20%
Avid Elixir CR 16%
Hayes ACE 9%
Formula ONE 6%
Avid Elixir 7 6%
Avid Juicy 6%
Hayes Prime 5%
Hope Tech 4 3%
Avid X0 2%
Magura Gustav 2%
Magura Marta SL 1%
Hygia 1%
Shimano XTR 1%

Hemlock BC Cup DH 2011 www.davemackie.ca

Shifter and Rear Derailleur Set Ups:
SRAM X0 (9 speed) 40%
SRAM X9 (9 speed) 26%
Shimano Saint 20%
SRAM X7 (9 speed) 5%
SRAM X0 (10 speed) 2%
SRAM X9 (10 speed) 1%
SRAM X5 1%
Shimano SLX 1%
Shimano Alfine 1%
Shimano XTR (New) 1%
Shimano XTR (Old) 1%
Shimano Tiagra 1%

Race Face Atlas 29%
Chromag Fubar OSX 19%
Answer Protaper 17%
Sunline V1 9%
Truvativ Boobar 5%
Loaded Components 4%
Specialized 4%
Kore Flat Bar 2%
Spank 2%
Easton Havoc 2%
Easton Havoc Carbon 2%
ODI 2%
Race Face Diabolus 1%
Shimano PRO 1%
Unknown 1%

Clips vs. Flats:
Flats 63%
Clipless 37%

Hemlock BC Cup DH 2011 www.davemackie.ca

5.10 Low Impact 30%
Shimano DX Clipless 27%
5.10 Karver 13%
5.10 Womens Karver 7%
5.10 Freerider 4%
5.10 Minnaar Clipless 4%
5.10 High Impact 3%
Shimano NON SPD 3%
5.10 Hellcat Clipless 3%
Bontrager Clipless 1%
661 Clipless 1%
Vans Clipless 1%
5.10 Line King 1%
Nike 6.0 1%
Fox 1%

All Pedals:
Shimano DX (Clipless) 28%
Straitline 14%
NRG Tasters Choice 11%
Kona Wah Wah 9%
Answer 7%
Wellgo 5%
Crankbrothers Mallets (Clipless) 3%
Shimano XTR (Clipless) 2%
Time Z (Clipless) 2%
Point One Racing Podium 2%
Deity 2%
Axiom Road Gap2%
Shimano XT (Clipless) 1%
Shimano DX (Old - Clipless) 1%
Sunline 1%
Blackspire 1%
Loaded Components 1%
Specialized 1%
Giant 1%
Acros 1%
DMR 1%
Twenty 6 1%
Spank 1%
MEC 1%
Macneil 1%

WTB Silverado 16%
SDG I-Beam Combo 16%
Chromag Moon 12%
WTB Rocket 9%
Chromag Lynx8%
Speciailized 7%
Selle Italia 5%
No Idea 5%
Fizik Tundra 4%
SDG Bel Air 3%
Transition 3%
PRO Atherton 3%
Felt Road 1%
Giant DJ 1%
Chromag Snipe 1%
The Worst (Owner Described) 1%
Selle Italia Race Face - Circa 1998 1%
Chromag Juniper 1%
Nuke Proof 1%
Fizik Gobi 1%

Hemlock BC Cup DH 2011 www.davemackie.ca

Troy Lee Designs D3 25%
Troy Lee Designs D2 18%
Giro Remedy 13%
Kali 11%
661 EVO 8%
POC 4%
Troy Lee Designs Moto SE 4%
THE 3%
Bell Moto 8 2%
Bell Drop 2%
661 Moto 2%
Fox V3 Moto 2%
Oneal Moto 2%
Urge Down O Matic 1%
Fly Moto 1%
Fox Rampage 1%
ZOX Moto 1%

Neck Brace vs. None:
None 53%
Leatt 36%
Alpinestar 11%

Full race results can be viewed here.

Dave Mackie was on hand shooting pics of racers all day and has shots of everyone for sale on his site. Stop by www.davemackie.ca and pick up a shot of yourself from the weekend.

Race Day video by Rexbikes.pinkbike.com can be viewed HERE.

What do you think of the results from our poll at the BC Cup finals at Hemlock Resort? Let us know below.

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  • 90 3
 Suspension? To me the 2nd most obvious thing to poll about, right after frames.
  • 30 1
 shocks/forks.....but saddles are far more important ;-)
  • 61 1
 Guys we have done 3 of these in the past and included suspension. I wanted to change it up and you can only pick so many items if you are doing this on your own. Yes suspension is an easy pick, but it's interesting to see some of the other choices riders make. Plus on stock bikes (which a lot were), lots of riders leave the stock shock and fork on, but what it comes time to pick consumables, they choose their bars, seats, pedals, shoes etc.
  • 32 1
 Solid response right there ^^
  • 10 4
 Wow..im not too sure if anyone else noticed, but these racers seem to have some good money! All the highest percentage rates include the wealthiest bikes & components, such as the SRAM XO 9 speed, 2011 Demo 8, Minions, Cove's..
  • 6 0
  • 3 1
 b4life: of course man this is racing, even ontario cup riders seem to be rocking the best of the best. high end components dont exactly make you a better rider but to be honest they do help a lot. one thing ive noticed about dumping a great amount of money into my bikes is that I'm riding my bike way more often then working on them. down time has been minimized as well as set up time. simply just give her a wash at the end of a race and a re lube. I think i've givin my xo a tune up maybe 4 times in the past 3 years hahaha and ive never had to even touch the adjustments on my fox 40.... high end stuff is worth its cost in my mind.
  • 1 0
 Nahh man, theres the odd guy with xo components and what not...but we dont have incredible bikes! Certainley nothing to compare to these statistics. I know it doesn't take a good bike..i raced the whole circuit including the US open Downhill/Giant Slalom on a 2009 KHS Lucky 7 and finished 4th overall in Cadet! The bike was constantly being repaired! Ive never had high end stuff so I couldnt really give you an observation or agree/disagree, but im looking forward to that day!
  • 1 0
 @b4life..."racers" also ride dh and fr too, on shuttle and bike park trails, and that much riding requires frame/components that will handle the rigours of BC terrain...for example over 30 to 75 days of riding per season....some stuff is proven to last and perform, other stuff is new and being tested to see if riders can gain an advantage by using new technology and certain "tweaks" to setups, parts, etc. The perceived extra up front expense of high end components pays dividend over the long term if it can handle abuse and/or give an advantage over standard/cheaper parts. Plus, failure at a race run or on a trail ride can be considerable hassle, inconvenience, or even significant risk in some very remote locations, where there's no immediate vehicle or medical access.
  • 1 0
 Well yeah with the help of sponsors, and the way of living up in BC! I mean, im on a khs lucky 7 and I rode like atleast 80 days this year, chain never fell off in a race..never a mechanical problem. So i dont really know, ive never had the experience with these incredible bikes until next year. Factory riders will test things obviously, but yeah.
  • 1 0
  • 33 2
 You guys should do this for worlds champs.
  • 16 1
 Yeah get on that Tyler, your not doing anything this weekend right?
  • 18 3
 Next year, trek sessions are gonna be at the top.
  • 2 0
 would be nice, only if u have the money or sponsorship though!!
  • 4 20
flag Railgunner (Sep 7, 2011 at 10:49) (Below Threshold)
 @KURT, Treks break in BC so they have a bad wrap. they are for flatlanders haha. our tracks are just too gnarly. see the list? top five are bikes that DONT BREAK!!!
  • 5 0
 surprised no one is riding the evil revolt, that bike is sick too!
  • 8 0
 @brett: I think this is more interesting: it shows what people are buying, it shows what sells. At world champs, it will show what the industry wants to sell.
  • 1 1
 @ladderbuilder: I dont think people are riding the revolt just yet. I know Cam Zink has one, but i didnt see any being raced this year, even at worlds. The pro riders will get theirs before the minions will get theirs.
  • 2 0
 @moutnbiker i think you mean an evil undead. the revolt is the frame that had a ton of manufacturing problems, and a bunch of them never left the factory.
  • 1 0
 The guys with the best traction were running cut wet screams
  • 1 0
 world champs how many of you are running whatever you get paid to run, 100%. How accurate is the data on what products are good 0%.
  • 10 0
 probably the coolest article in my opinion, very different. would like to see more of this kinda stuff!
  • 1 0
  • 11 0
 what about forks??
  • 6 2
 I like the way they've done saddles, but not shocks/forks!
  • 6 0
 Here you go babies:

Fox 40 - 40%
Boxxer - 36%
888 - 19%
Dorado - 5%
  • 2 0
 I think by next year the 888s will be closer, if not tied with the boxxers. The new ones are just awesome!
  • 9 0
 B.C. = Bring Cash! Still the best place on earth though.
  • 2 0
 I'm from B.C., Vancouver to be specific, if you think it's bad there come to Switzerland, it'll put everything in perspective for you Wink
  • 5 0
 Why are they called clipless pedals when they most definitely have clips in them?
  • 4 0
 It's because most old pedals of the era had a toe strap (or toe clip), so these were 'clipless', although yes, technically you clip in, so it is a bit confusing. It's just a dated old term that kinda stuck, I guess.
  • 4 0
 The word 'clips' is slowly coming back to replace 'clipless' to make more sense to the noobies and even everyone for that matter! Use it more, and the word will get out more! It sounds more proper to..clips vs flats...instead of clipless (confusing) vs flats
  • 5 0
 Downhill racing is not a sport for the cash-strapped.
  • 1 0
 Very surprised to see no one running commencal supreme's in this catagory. Sure they are a bit pricey but no more so then the other top picked frames. I've ridden one of the new v3's and thought it was amazing but hey what do i know,
  • 1 0
 Only one was at the event and it was a coaches bike = not in the stats.
  • 5 1
 yeay, what about forks and rearshocks?
  • 3 0
 on the phot i see many dorados...
  • 6 0
 I see one?
  • 1 0
 There is only one rider with a Dorado. There is a 888 and a Fox 40 as well. I wouldn't use that as a gauge for a fork usage percentage.
  • 3 0
 Stoked to see the durable Cove Shocker fighting for top spot.
  • 2 0
 you can clearly see what brands stick out. for example maxxis is used by 87% of the riders
  • 1 0
 coming from an XC background, im stoked to see that a lot of DH riders are using clipless pedals coz i cannot never get over flat pedals on my FR and DH sled.
  • 4 2
 you put shoes and didn"t put forks.. -.-
  • 2 1
 Cool Article/ Survey except no fork and rear shock category. Call to see how our kits stack against the top.
  • 1 0
 It's just funny how so many people run Maxxis Minion DHFs. There's a reason for that... Wink
  • 2 0
 Because they're all riding in the same conditions on the same dirt?
  • 1 0
 i think you'd see similar numbers in britain, or maybe more high rollers and wetscreams. maxxis is holding it down!
  • 1 0
 I'll expect to see Vertstar Schwalbes vying for the tyre title next year too..
  • 1 0
 Almost half and half for neck braces eh. I never really thought that many people actually wore them, I guess they do in BC.
  • 1 0
 Interesting that there isn't Commencal on there. I guess they are still yet to make it big in Canada.
  • 1 0
 There was only one there and it was a coaches bike, so not a racer = not in the stats.
  • 1 0
 Anyone doing a recap of the race its self? who was there - who won - how fast - how many racers and such??
  • 1 0
 There is a link to the results at the end (243 racers from my start sheets). The article is about the parts at the finals - race was 2 weeks ago, so a recap is not really timely now. Thanks for volunteering too!
  • 1 0
 Thanks Tyler I was hoping that someone from outside pink bike would have done up a report on who won the 2011 BC Cup as the racers and organizers put a lot of time and money into the series I thought Cycling BC, Dunbar or maybe even a sponsor would have put out a release of some sort. I in no way meant this rested on your shoulders or the pink bike staff. Cheers!
  • 1 0
 No Canfield bikes....bummer. I agree, suspension set up, coil/air and tubes/tubeless
  • 1 0
 interesting to see everyone except the nikes has riding specific shoes, i feel like a mug still in my skate shoes!
  • 2 1
 Is British Columbia made out of money or something?
  • 13 1
 nope, we just love our bikes. tup
  • 1 0
 The funny thing is that CRC sells things cheaper even with the shipping to Canada. You can build an amazing M9 for under 6k which if bought here would cost like 8k.
  • 1 0
 no warranty in Canada unless you buy in Canada though...
  • 21 0
 WRONG!!!! We match crc prices and provide a warranty!! Buy local
  • 1 0
 Well 1up for the Dunbar boys then but as far as I know no one here in Calgary will do that.
  • 1 0
 you make 6k sound like its nothing! its about the bike its the rider!
  • 1 0
 Well 6k for a bike here in the big picture, isn't really that expensive. If you look at it in terms of a life purchase then yes it is expensive. That's about 3800 pounds for you guys. That's what credit cards are for tho, pay it off slowly. Personally I buy a few parts at a time and eventually end up with the bike I want so it's not such a big up front payment that you're stuck with. All I've got left is to figure out what frame I want.
  • 2 1
 shocks and forks wouldve been nice too see...and also maybe cranks?
  • 1 0
 Great to see what they are running.
  • 1 0
 I can't believe that 2% of people are racing downhill on SX Trails..!
  • 3 0
 Gotta think this is not pro level only racing - these are regular folks that ride all week and race for fun on the weekends. One SX had a Dual Crown, the other was full stock.
  • 1 0
 What no 26" vs 29" DH bikes!
  • 1 0
 I really enjoy these, keep it up!
  • 1 0
Well, which ones do they ride thomas-b?
  • 1 0
 nice %
  • 1 0
  • 2 5
 Flats or Clipless... --- FAIL
  • 2 0
  • 1 0
  • 1 3
 They don't run forks?
  • 2 0
 No, they ride them!

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