Tech Randoms: Petrópolis XC World Cup 2022

Apr 9, 2022 at 7:01
by Ed Spratt  
The opening round of the 2022 XC World Cup is well underway in Brazil after a lung-busting XCC Short Track race, we've been for a lap of the pits to see what's fresh for the new race season:

Trek mechanic Alvaro Dominquez s new toolbox is a thing of beauty.
Trek mechanic Alvaro Dominquez's new toolbox is a thing of beauty.

No proper set ups this far away from the EU means white rented tents and working out of the accomodations.
There are no proper pit setups this far away from the EU, which means white rented tents and working out of the accommodations.

Protoype Vittoria tires in the Santa Cruz pits.
Protoype Vittoria tires in the Santa Cruz pits.

No details on these just yet.
There are no details on these just yet. They sure look fast, though.

A closer look at that tread pattern.
A closer look at that tread pattern.

Kate Courtney s cockpit setup.
Kate Courtney's cockpit setup.

The new Sram rotors are becoming more commonplace in the XC field.
The new SRAM HS2 rotors are becoming more commonplace in the XC field.

Mona Mitterwallner s Cannondale Scalpel bearing the Austrian colours.
Mona Mitterwallner's Cannondale Scalpel bearing the Austrian colours.

More prototype rubber this time in the Cannondale pits.
More prototype rubber, this time in the Cannondale pits.

Giada Specia s Wilier URTA SLR.
Giada Specia's Wilier URTA SLR.

The paintwork is a thing of beauty.
The paintwork is a thing of beauty.

Lucas Grieco with a wild looking stem setup.
Lucas Grieco with a wild-looking stem setup.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot s BMC Fourstroke sitting pretty shortly before it was rode to victory in tonight s XCC.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot's BMC Fourstroke before it was ridden to victory in the XCC.

The Fizik Versus saddle looks futuristically comfortable.
The Fizik Versus saddle looks futuristically comfortable.

Loana Lecomte s Canyon Lux.
Loana Lecomte's Canyon Lux.

Loana is using a grip shift to lock out her suspension.

Nino Schurter is another with a wild looking cockpit setup.
Nino Schurter has another with a wild-looking cockpit setup.

Frame details in the BMC pits.
Frame details in the BMC pits.That spring sits underneath the inflation valve for the Autodrop seatpost, which can be lowered without any weight being put on it.

Lars Forster s SCOTT Spark gets one last tune up before short track.
Lars Forster's Scott Spark gets one last tune up before short track.


  • 82 0
 That tool box setup tho!!!!
  • 14 0
 Absolutely! If I was breaking into the pits looking to pilfer something, I'd grab that first.
  • 16 0
 Definitely need more toolbox photos from this round. Especially When mechanics and teams not bringing full setup to races not in Europe or usa.
  • 4 0
 @toolboxwars on Instagram.
  • 2 0
 @slundy99: Instagram... uugh!
  • 2 2
 @aka-bigsteve: promoting thievery thinking is bad mkay?
  • 1 0
 Amateur, check out my Civic's trunk
  • 36 0
 Ngl that Scott stem sorta looks like a droopy weiner
  • 2 1
 Yeah great for riding up hills apparently, but I hate to think what it must be like descending. Of course we normal riders want a bike set-up for fast, fun descending, but remember these xc riders are not normal, they are athletes!
  • 2 0
 @rstwosix: except for the fact that xc bikes descend fine.
  • 33 0
 Missed opportunity for Schwalbe there. Could've called those First Ride tires "Secret Stacy" or "Prototype Paul."
  • 5 0
 Looks like a Racing Ralph type tread pattern. I wonder what’s new.
  • 4 0
 @icthus13: The print on the sidewall is new ;-)
  • 3 0
 @icthus13: compound, softer rubber. Race day only stuff
  • 1 0
 @icthus13: I was thinking Rocket Ron!
  • 9 0
 I'm Thinking "Unknown Ulga" will work for those new tires :-D
  • 20 0
 Are those Vittoria tyres not simply Terrenos?
  • 10 0
 Terreno Downcountry®
  • 6 0
 They sure look to be a MTB version of the Terreno Dry, which is fine, as that's a perfectly fine gravel tire. Makes sense to have a version for dry "dirt crit" style MTB events.
  • 1 0
 Yep, I had some a year or two back, though somewhat hard to find nowadays
  • 8 1
 Gravelbiking it's evolving so quick!
  • 3 0
 @monkeynaut: I belive the MTB version was released before the gravel version. I have them both. Solid and good puncture protection at the cost of rolling efficiency due to pretty thick casing.
  • 1 0
 Yep they are Vittoria Terreno XCR's Come in 29x2.25
  • 19 0
 Has Schurter's stem melted?
  • 10 0
 There is a little blue pill for this condition.
  • 11 0
 New scott stem/cockpit setup looks like it needs a pill of Viagra...
  • 1 1
 These xc bikes are wierd. Just like F1 race cars are wierd.
  • 7 0
 Pro toolbox-always super hot.

I’d love to see an in-depth review of some of those-always curious about what tools pro mechanics use (and make for themselves).
  • 4 0
 Here is a link for those interested in Kaizen foam cutting tools for the cold knife, hot knife and cnc cutting methods
  • 8 0
 Looks like all the forks are fox 34's or sid 35's!
  • 1 0
 Not with the ladies
  • 7 1
 Tell me more about this autodrop seat!?!?!?
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: Thank you! cant believe i missed that
  • 5 0
 That Wilier looks awesome Would love to throw a leg over that sukka with a different stem and bar setup though
  • 5 1
 I like the gripshift for controlling suspension idea, should be implemented on all bikes with lockouts.
  • 1 0
 Buy a YT Izzo - grip shift comes stock
  • 4 1
 Those tires seem sketchy as hell. Sure maybe for pure hard pack but anything more seems dangerous.
  • 1 1
 While I certainly wouldn't run these on a trail bike, for places like Southern California where there is limited dirt (mostly hardpack/sandstone/decomposed granite) for tires to dig into more rubber on the ground trumps tall knobs.
  • 1 0
 @OnTheRivet: In Cali yeah im down but in Brazil?!
  • 4 1
 Only if your bike handling skills aren't great
  • 4 0
 Its called twislock or Sprintloc for some versions not gripshift
  • 3 0
 Possibly a new version of TwistLoc but it does look more like a Gripshift. I have Twistloc on one of my bikes and it doesn't look like that.
  • 1 0
 @Joecx: its a Twistloc with a Gripshift grip by the looks of itwhich is an easy mod and a good one because the gripshift grip is way softer and gripier than the twistloc grip
  • 2 0
 @Joecx: Agree, that is a new version of TwistLoc, which is a step toward standard GripShift.
The question is, when will we see GripShift AXS? (AXS has so many possibilities, and still nothing...)
  • 1 0
 @golefty: Also you are limited on grips for twistlock vs gripshift,
  • 1 0
 That fizik sale looks awesome. 3D printed padding per the Fizik website. But more importantly, VENTILATION for my sweaty crotch. If it wasn't $400 I'd for sure consider it. Also might get clogged with mud/dirt/rocks...
  • 1 0
 There is a S works version using the same material (EPU41) and same 3d printer( carbon3d)

S-Works Romin EVO with Mirror
Part No.: 27122-7303
Unfortunately price is still silly(but so is 3dprintee) but is actually $50 less than when I last looked.
  • 3 0
 How can anyone ride with bars @ - angle baffles me!
  • 3 0
 I like the cool green Blurs. Team specific colors, I suppose?
  • 1 0
 The more I see that new Canyon Lux frame the more I like it. The steerer tube is pretty different from the 2018 frame. A massive "dent" in the top tube downtime angle.
  • 3 1
 Sad they went with bullsheat hoses through headset design. I was waiting for new lux, hoping they will ditch the flatmount brake, give it UDH, but instead it is this nonsense.. immediately a nogo for me. Sad.
  • 1 0
 @GZMS: I have just to experience that headset for myself. But I suspect it will be fine if you don't have any cables. For hydraulic hoses it shouldn't be a problem.
What problem do you have with the flat mount brake?
I am sure they will use the UDH.
  • 1 0
 @juuro: flatmount and this stupid routing is just a fad.. kinda like plus size tires.. after one bike generation it will be gone and forgotten.. i hoped that canyon being a direct to consumer brand will avoid those servicability and backwards compatibility problems and not play those games.. but i guess fashion and marketing is importanter
  • 1 0
 Wow what is that silver stem on Lucas’s bike? Would look sick on my gravel bike.
  • 1 0
 @blackthorne Looks like an FSA SLK drop stem with no paint
  • 1 0
 @jcrr: wow you’re right. Thank you. I’m gonna get me one of these and sand the paint off. Looks rad.
  • 1 0
 @jcrr: that's the name of it! There are Chinese copies of those on eBay too, if you are going to remove the anodizing.
  • 1 0
 Man, I really want a post that drops without needing to sit on it so I can clear it without the little pause.
  • 1 0
 Haven't felt so sprung over a tool kit since I stepped onto the Mac Tools truck at age 19.
  • 2 0
 "how much handlebar drop would you like?"
Nino: "all of it"
  • 1 0
 I bet the UK riders who are all about the mud would love cleaning out that fizik saddle after a ride
  • 4 3
 Kates stem set up (insert back hurting joke).
  • 1 0
 The Vittoria tyre is a tereno zero, just a 2.1 rather than a 33c for cx
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