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Video: Bike Checks from the Finale Ligure EDR World Cup 2024

May 9, 2024 at 1:38
by Ed Spratt  

bigquotesWelcome home to Finale Ligure, Italy ahead of the first round of the UCI Mountain Bike Enduro World Cup.

After a pre season which shook up the enduro teams and riders, we dove into the pits to check out the shiny new race bikes that'll be battling for the top step this season.
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62 Comments
  • 75 0
 I love the video, but pics to go with it is a win win....
  • 13 0
 yup, cba to watch the vid, but id happily scroll through some pics
  • 6 0
 Where are the pics and editorial! Videos are useless when you’re about to board a flight.
  • 3 0
 @philstone: or up early before the family and want to quietly read something
  • 2 0
 Especially when it's a 10 minute video to only show a few bikes, most being 3 different Canyons...
  • 1 1
 Pics with words please, seems like AI should be able to do this for you by now.
  • 16 0
 This is from the UCI, not us. We have our own shooters on the ground this race too and will be getting photo stories from them. Smile
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Would like to see your (PB) opinion or bike check of Přemek Tejchman for Finale EDR. It is steel bike build by 6T9Frames and designed by him.
  • 3 0
 yeah, it's difficult to surreptitiously watch an MTB video at work.
  • 34 0
 Jessie Melamed is a bike sponsors dream. Always knows the product, their specs and why he likes them.
  • 3 1
 Was thinking the exact same thing mate!
  • 12 0
 @fedfox: I mean, I can do that really well too. It's just the racing part that I still need to work on...
  • 2 1
 Nah mate Lewis Buchanan is the dream athlete for a bike sponsor :-)
  • 2 0
 And a super friendly guy to boot. For a sponsor, he is all reward and no risk. Class human, class rider.
  • 22 2
 I didn’t even know there was an EDR this weekend. Glad that Discovery are putting a lot of effort into promoting it.

Bikes look cool, pic would be nice but the video was good.
  • 2 0
 Based on one UCI MTB series Instagram post they're actually going to show some of it on Eurosport 1, for regular people to see and all that! On Thursday next week, that is...
  • 1 0
 @donimo: I think enduro would benefit from a Drive To Survive or TDF Unchained style series. It’s proven in the past that it’s not that great (or easy) to film and watch live, but something like this would allow EDR to show people the characters as well as the riding and really dig into what makes enduro so great.

Plus they could always sell the streaming rights to someone like Netflix (or put it on their own channel) for more profit.
  • 3 0
 @CustardCountry: sleeperco surely could make that happen.
  • 1 0
 @CustardCountry: Absolutely. The extra sad thing here is the DH highlights bit (or whatever it is) was shown on Eurosport 1 the Monday after the race. Now the schedules say they'll be releasing the EDR one on Sunday night or Monday (depending on the source) on YouTube, but for some reason they can't find a spot on Eurosport before Thursday - when everyone is already focusing on the next races in Poland starting the day after.
  • 9 1
 What is this EDR race you are talking about?
Is it secret?
  • 1 1
 Sorry, wrong comment reply.
  • 6 0
 Is that a new Maxxis front tyre on Richie's bike? Or is it just on the wrong way around? Smile
  • 1 0
 Looks like a cutted symbiosis of Wetscream and Shorty
www.pinkbike.com/photo/26619429
  • 5 0
 you're looking at the new Highroller 3, stupid name for a tyre that looks everything but "high rolling"
  • 12 1
 @nicoenduro: the "high rolling resistance 3"
  • 1 0
 I dont recognize the Renthal bar @ 1:55 either. Seems to be carbon, but I havent seen one like that.
  • 3 0
 @LocoDeerSlayer420: It's a Burgtec bar.
  • 1 0
 Looks pretty much like a standard Maxxis Shorty to me. The one difference I can spot is that one row of center knobs has siping front to back instead of side to side.
  • 1 0
 unlabelled proto? its definitely not the new shorty as it doesn't look to have that continuous centre block
  • 1 0
 @professed: i said above what it will be named, i had the chance to be confirmed by a maxxis guy, no idea when it will come out tho
  • 6 0
 Finally some bloody coverage.. was it that hard to do these things last year?
  • 2 0
 "After a pre season which shook up the enduro teams and riders, we dove into the pits to check out the shiny new race bikes that'll be battling for the top step this season." - Pretty f*cking rich that they would come out with this quote. Who is most responsible for the shake up and shuttering of teams?
  • 3 0
 E-Bikes are great, they’re fun, I like them a lot and think they have some great applications. Why are we racing them?
  • 1 0
 It looks to me like Jack McKenzie wants a much longer dropper post, as his post was dropper and was the same height as Jessie's fully extended. Come on Rockshox, even Fox now has a 210 and 240 long post.
  • 1 0
 Richie Rude is on the 10-45t cassette? Is that common? Feel like I haven't noticed that on an enduro bike before, but I may not have been paying attention.
  • 2 0
 Allows a medium cage and more clearance perhaps? He's a big guy and can probably push that smaller gear for the climbs without issue.
  • 4 0
 Bex is on it too. It's interesting that more and more of the enduro racers are going that way. Makes sense, since a broken long cage derailleur can ruin a stage and they can just run a slightly smaller chainring to make transfers better. Hoping this puts some pressure on Shimano to release a direct mount (or some other beefier derailleur) to compete with SRAM T-Type on the other racer's bikes.
  • 1 0
 @succulentsausage: Sram T-Type's tear of der cages faster than Richie on a heater
  • 1 0
 They don't have to climb insanely steep on those transfer sections, do they? I suppose 45t is light enough for most of what they they want to climb (and still recover a bit). Unless of course they want to run a very big front ring (and the bike actually accepts that) and a big rear wheel and short cranks. The size of the biggest rear sprocket is only part of the story.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: I actually ran the 10-45t for a while before switching to the 10-51. I did notice the added range of the 51t but I didn't feel I benefitted from the 45t's tighter ratios, though I expected and hoped to. I recognize it does save a bit of weight. Running a shorter cage for clearance, though, sounds like a pretty compelling reason. Obviously a racer's calculus is different than a consumer's, but I wonder if Shimano/SRAM could do something, within reason, to increase clearance without decreasing range/capacity.
  • 3 1
 I wish Enduro would go to new unique venues like they used to. As a fan, I’m pretty over Finale, Whistler etc.
  • 3 0
 I'm very much looking forward to Poland though!
  • 1 0
 Looks like a cutted symbiosis of Wetscream and Shorty
www.pinkbike.com/photo/26619429
  • 1 0
 I would love to see more of what things the riders are carrying, things like tools, water, if they use a hydration pack ect.
  • 2 1
 Discovery are ruining world enduro. such a shame
  • 1 1
 Interesting that Menzies says he's running a 2.5 DHRll. I think the largest is 2.4, though I'd love a 2.5
  • 4 0
 Maxxis announced a new 2.5 option at Sea Otter this year.
  • 2 0
 pros had those available for years
  • 1 0
 Stoked to see some Squamish locals using our products. Bikes look awesome!
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