Tech Randoms: Val di Sole World Cup DH 2022

Aug 31, 2022 at 10:52
by Mike Kazimer  
Ross Bell and Andy Vathis took a walk through the pits to check out the wrenching action ahead of the final race of the season.

Complete strip downs happening in the Commencal pits.
Complete strip downs happening in the Commencal pits.

Commencal 100 s race bikes awaiting forks fresh from service.
Commencal / 100%'s race bikes awaiting forks fresh from service.

Greg Williamson s not to subtle message to himself.
Greg Williamson's not to subtle message to himself.

It s great to see a slightly different component spec on the SR Suntour Commencal bikes.
It's great to see a slightly different component spec on the SR Suntour Commencal bikes.


The finishing touches on a Suntour fork service.
The finishing touches on a Suntour fork service.

A Suntour shock getting a service.
A Suntour shock getting a service.

It was a busy day for all the tech supports.
It was a busy day for all the tech support.

In the chaos of World Champs we somehow missed this beauty of a paint job in the Nukeproof pits.
In the chaos of World Champs we somehow missed this beauty of a paint job in the Nukeproof pits.


FUNN stem in the Continental Nukeproof pits.
Funn stem in the Continental Nukeproof pits.

Tidy cable routing.
Tidy cable routing.

Linkage detail on the Nukeproof.
Linkage detail on the Nukeproof.

Shocks awaiting service in the Rock Shox pits.
Shocks awaiting service in the RockShox pits.

A stack of volume spacers.
A stack of volume spacers.

Bleeding dampers in the SRAM pits.
Bleeding dampers in the SRAM pits.

Rock Shox clickers.
Rock Shox clickers.

Tire and insert fitting in the Propain Positive pits.
Tire and insert fitting in the Propain Positive pits.

Danny Hart s Magura stoppers.
Danny Hart's Magura stoppers.


The clean lines of the Raaw DH proto.
The clean lines of the Raaw DH proto.

Linkage detail on the Raaw DH bike.
Linkage detail on the Raaw DH bike.

Nick putting the finishing touches on Greg Williamson s race bike.
Nick putting the finishing touches on Greg Williamson's race bike.


Hugo Marini s Commencal Supreme with a coil shock.
Hugo Marini's Commencal Supreme with a coil shock.

Barnaby Edwards making sure nothing gets loose this weekend.
Barnaby Edwards making sure nothing gets loose this weekend.

A collection of SR Suntour Rux forks ready for abuse.
A collection of SR Suntour Rux forks ready for abuse.

Hub bodies and bearings are all due for some love after Worlds.
Hub bodies and bearings are all due for some love after Worlds.

Hopefully we wont be needed these but mechanics are not taking any chances this week.
Hopefully we won't be needing these, but mechanics are not taking any chances this week.

The last time the circus came to town Greg Minnaar was the fastest man down the mountain. You can say this place suits the GOAT s style.
The last time the circus came to town, Greg Minnaar was the fastest man down the mountain. You can say this place suits the GOAT's style.

Jordan Williams bike ready for science.
Jordan Williams' bike ready for science.

Exploded view of a Commencal Supreme.
Exploded view of a Commencal Supreme.

Luke Grauel back on the tools after taking the Boxxer Worlds 2022 title.
Luke Grauel back on the tools after taking the Boxxer Worlds 2022 title.

Tear down and rebuild is the name of the game on track walk day.
Tear down and rebuild is the name of the game on track walk day.

After having sat out Worlds from a bad crash in practice Finn Iles will be giving this week a go.
After sitting out Worlds due to a bad crash in practice, Finn Iles will be giving this week a go.

Coming off her World Champs win last week Vali Holl will be looking to finish the season strong come Saturday.
Coming off her World Champs win last week, Vali Holl will be looking to finish the season strong come Saturday.

Italy s favourite for breakfast lunch and dinner.
Italy's favourite for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Group meeting between a bunch of 40s and they re plans for the week.
Group meeting between a bunch of 40s and their plans for the week.

A gang of Boxxers ready to fight.
A gang of Boxxers ready to fight.

The extra sauce for a well working fork.
The extra sauce for a well-working fork.

The other secret suspension sauce
The other secret suspension sauce?


All the volume spacers is the apparent answer for this track.
All the volume spacers is the apparent answer for this track.

Hi-tech work rack found in the Pirelli pits.
Hi-tech work rack found in the Pirelli pits.

There s a chance of rain everyday so far this week.
There's a chance of rain every day so far this week.

The Postman cleaning out any Les Gets dust from the Norco s calipers.
The Postman cleaning out any Les Gets dust from the Norco's calipers.

Peaty out for a stroll on the final track walk of the year.
Peaty out for a stroll on the final track walk of the year.

Organic pads are in for a preferred bite point feel.
Organic pads are in for a preferred bite-point feel.

You can guarantee both Myriam Nicole and Amaury Pierron will be fighting for nothing less than the win this weekend.
You can guarantee both Myriam Nicole and Amaury Pierron will be fighting for nothing less than the win this weekend.

Cube s tidiest paint job so far.
Cube's tidiest paint job so far.

Danny s idler and gold chain.
Danny Hart's idler and gold chain.

Another set of 40s get the attention they deserve after Worlds.
Another set of 40s get the attention they deserve after Worlds.

Freshly cooked calamari at the Fox work station.
Freshly cooked calamari at the Fox work station.

Kerr s Martini rig was surely one of the cleanest paint jobs at Worlds.
Kerr's Martini rig was surely one of the cleanest paint jobs at Worlds.

Sharpie edit for Hastings ride.
Sharpie edit for Hastings ride.

Bernard Kerr is here in Val Di Sole for a bit of Hardline training and hey if he can get a podium that d be a nice bonus.
Bernard Kerr is here in Val Di Sole for a bit of Hardline training, and hey, if he can get a podium that'd be a nice bonus.

Kerr s Phoenix.
Kerr's Phoenix.

Troy s Sender is a sight for sore eyes.
Troy Brosnan's Sender is a sight for sore eyes.

Davide Palazzari has a custom rear fender that also flexes to avoid issues with the stock mudguard.
Davide Palazzari has a custom rear fender that also flexes to avoid issues with the stock mudguard.

New bike stands from Italian brand Clorofilla that are drill activated and can hold the bike securely in any position.
New bike stands from Italian brand Clorofilla that can hold the bike securely in any position.

New bike stands from Italian brand Clorofilla that are drill activated and can hold the bike securely in any position.

All new prototype brakes from Italian company Braking on the Rogue Racing Canyon of junior bronze medalist Davide Cappello.
All new prototype brakes from Italian company 'Braking' on the Pirelli Canyon of junior bronze medalist, Davide Cappello.




Cappello s heavy duty telemetry set-up.
Cappello's heavy duty telemetry set-up.

Prototype Braking calliper and rotor
Prototype 'Braking' caliper and rotor

The big home race for Ele Farina.
The big home race for Eleonora Farina.

Lee gets some WD40 on Laurie Greenland s chain after a very dry Les Gets final.
Lee gets some WD40 lube on Laurie Greenland's chain after a very dry Les Gets final.

Vali s already getting used to the paparazzi attention after taking gold.
Vali's already getting used to the paparazzi attention after taking gold.

Atwill s forkless Rage.
Phil Atwill's forkless Rage.

Gold for Germany s fastest mens racer Hartenstern.
Gold for Germany's fastest mens racer, Max Hartenstern.


New bushings going in on Hartenstern s linkage.
New bushings going in on Hartenstern's linkage.

Got stack height This track is steep. Very steep.
Got stack height? This track is steep. Very steep.

Cut spikes being prepped for the worst.
Cut spikes being prepped for the worst.



127 Comments

  • 164 3
 When mechanics cut knobs off racers tyres can they please donate them to us riders who just wear our tyres down naturally so we can glue them back on?
  • 233 0
 Or can they mail us the tires, we ride them for a couple weeks, then give them back for race day?
  • 17 0
 The ingenuity. Our world needs more of this.
  • 2 0
 @chrod: SuperGenius
  • 6 0
 Maybe Retyre can branch out from their zip off treads to tread blocks with snaps. Add and remove as needed.
  • 9 3
 We can fly to the moon, but why is it not possible to produce already „cut“ tires?
  • 5 0
 @bg-EVIL: You lose the adjustability. Reason is that they can cut at different heights, 1 out of 2/3 knobs to alter the pattern...
So basically you have 1 tyre (so 1 mould) than can be adjusted to fit multipe scenarii
  • 3 0
 @Aksel31: from that pov it sounds logic ... thanks
  • 2 0
 @bg-EVIL: No probs Smile
  • 1 0
 @bg-EVIL: Wait for the next tire series from every major manufacturer.
  • 2 0
 Fun fact: most of the teams discard their used tires after a World Cup race so if you are lucky enough to make it to the venue you might leave with some souvenirs if you look hard enough.
  • 140 0
 Is it just me or is Steve Peat slowly but surely evolving into Lemmy?
  • 24 0
 Not until he shows up with nut hugging cut off jean shorts and carries around a bottle of Jack in his hydro pack....but he has a nice start. Big Grin
  • 32 0
 @bman33: To be fair none those things strike me as terribly out of character for Peaty... so maybe it's only a matter of time
  • 5 1
 cannot upvote this enough
  • 2 0
 Or Steve Pike…..
  • 1 0
 More Hulk Hogan I'd say
  • 53 1
 An interesting change of perspective... my partner just looked over my shoulder at the pic of the stripped down Commencal and said 'Man, you'd be pissed if your cat jumped up on that table.'
  • 13 1
 But not as bad as your cat pissing on the table
  • 6 0
 @gcrider: feed him butter so the little bastard can at least lube the parts !
  • 6 0
 I used to be a Cat 1 racer. By which I mean I raced cats at a pretty serious level
  • 45 0
 I can only think that this is last time for legendary Rob Warner commentary... Even a new Saint groupset can't make me smile.
  • 29 0
 Those new Aint cranks are looking sharp!!
  • 1 0
 Thought you meant Laurie’s at first. They ain’t Saint.
  • 27 0
 That green Nukeproof is lovely.
  • 26 0
 we sure those are Danny Harts brakes?
  • 9 1
 Which ones?
  • 30 0
 Not sure, they could also be Danny Hart's brakes.
  • 2 0
 There would be no way of knowing
  • 21 2
 to the guy nipping pips off of nobs on a tyre....your job may not be safe in the recession.
  • 4 0
 Reminds me that once back on the late 90s I cut 128 side knobs of a Hutchinson Jumbo 2.45 to make it fit on my mk1 Giant ATX One DH. Never again!
  • 22 6
 This is great, but where's the XC version? Theres new drivetrains and droppers from SRAM out there and we want pics!
  • 8 1
 Exactly. Need to start mentally preparing for some expenses
  • 3 0
 Jack Moir's new Finale vlog has a close up clip of his new SRAM mech. Looks interesting!
  • 13 0
 Is it me or is box section tubing coming back? My Pace RC100 dream is still alive!
  • 13 0
 9 months until the next world cup is just mad
  • 12 0
 Brakes from the Braking company. OK
  • 25 0
 Better than from the Breaking Company, I suppose
  • 3 1
 @nickfranko: might be a while until Commencal starts making brakes
  • 10 0
 The question is,how good do the Braking brakes brake?
  • 1 0
 @nozes: About as good as wood chuck can chuck wood. They have been in the moto game forever but i don’t think they make moto brakes. Just pads and rotors. Good stuff though. Those brakes look trick for sure.
  • 2 0
 Braking Good
  • 2 5
 @nozes: I think surely better then a Hope brake?
  • 1 6
flag Freakyjon (Sep 1, 2022 at 4:55) (Below Threshold)
 @lkubica: Anything is better than a Hope brake!
  • 9 0
 Interesting rig being used to wrestle that tire and insert into place. I feel bad for the guy who has to wrangle inserts and tires all day.
  • 3 0
 Hands like vice grips.
  • 5 2
 Meh once you've used even Cushcore pro for a bit it gets WAY easier than brand new.
  • 10 1
 @onemanarmy: Once you have the technique down it's not that bad.
  • 6 0
 Thought so too, looks like a tire changing stand for moto Mousses (meese? Smile ) put to good use:

www.tradeinn.com/bikeinn/en/technomousse-up-down-repair-stand-kit/138414127/p
  • 2 0
 Yeah I had to look that thing up. Would definitely purchase if I still had my shop. Heck I'm still thinking about it. LOL
  • 1 0
 It's actually really satisfying once you get the hang of it. Bead's gotta be in the rim's center channel. If I get desperate on the last part of the bead, I'll pull out the heat gun. Getting the tire not to wobble after install, now that's a different story.
  • 11 0
 Pizza is my new favourite MTB tech.
  • 5 0
 Always has been
  • 1 0
 italian pizza Wink
  • 25 16
 Do they check those Commercials for cracks while they're at it....asking for a friend ( Paul Aston)
  • 34 2
 All the bikes on that photo are for one rider
  • 1 0
 Been seeing stuff about cracked Commencals. I'm out of the loop can someone fill me in?
  • 2 0
 @gravitybass: Paul Aston got his knickers in a twist, and his little fanbase are being loud about it. Is basically the gist of it.
  • 2 0
 @gabiusmaximus: and didn't his issues occur on a previous gen Supreme to boot?
  • 7 0
 Canyon/ohlins/pirelli combination looks sleek
  • 5 0
 "In the chaos of World Champs we somehow missed this beauty of a paint job in the Nukeproof pits." What a funny way of spelling, "embargo"
  • 4 0
 Pivot Team could have sharpied an S to the Les Get top tube sticker, too... still the most entertaining team this year. Great youtube LSD series from BK and Jenna's takes ain't no stinkers either.
  • 5 0
 Interesting to see some of the teams that run Trp brakes they are also using saint hoses and fittings.
  • 6 0
 A skulk of Fox 40s.
Thank you :-)
  • 1 0
 Underrated comment
  • 1 0
 Did fox stop calling them 49s?
  • 4 0
 Did anybody else notice that the prototype brakes are dual pot? Maybe a stupid question, but wouldn't that be underpowered for dh?
  • 3 0
 The power depends on a few things: piston area, pad friction, rotor size, caliper stiffness, lever kinematics...

So, they may lack some power, or they may not. It's hard to know just by looking.
  • 1 0
 It doesn't matter if they manage to dissipate heat well
  • 2 0
 piston count doesn't make a difference in braking power, only piston area does (and it's relation to main cylinder area).
btw, the discs aren't prototypes - they're already being sold and gome in some nice colourways.
  • 5 1
 and STILL no talk or reports on the LED lockout Loic is running, nor the fact that there are no races for 9 MONTHS for the stars of this awesome sport. C'mon man..
  • 5 0
 Laurie sponsored by McDonalds?
  • 5 0
 Mmmmm....calamari. LOL
  • 3 0
 More of the green Dissent please
  • 1 0
 Agreed, except it's not a Dissent I believe?
  • 2 0
 If they come out with a new dh bike they'd surely have to call it the Nuke proof Tera
  • 1 0
 Interesting to see that the RH shock in the rockshox shock service is using ‘OLINS parts for testing’…..
Have a read …..
  • 2 0
 I think it says O Ring bumper is for testing
  • 1 0
 It must be epic having you own signature brakes, and tires on a custom tailored shred sled. Not to mention possessing the skills to justify it is just badass!
  • 2 0
 "Hey, Where's my brake levers? I know I put my name on em..."
  • 1 0
 Twice!
  • 1 0
 Some weird voice to text there. ... But that should come across nonetheless
  • 2 4
 The only "Tech" on the entire page was the prototype Braking brakes. Every other photo falls under the category "pretty aesthetics for people who don't know which end of a screwdriver to hold"
Please can we get back to having actual tech? I don't care how pretty someone elses paintjob is.
  • 3 0
 I mean I get this but it is the last race of season surely not much new tech is going to be there that wasn't there most of the year.
  • 2 2
 @Nopantsdougie: Then don't have the article. I'm so tired of all the fancyboys who have taken over this sport. No word of a lie I was speaking to some dude recently who told me he'd "customised every single component on his bike to get it set up exactly how he liked". Intruiged I had a look over it, and was like "I can't see any mods whatsoever, whats custom about it?" He replied "the paint job dude!!"
I've never been more disappointed in a person in my life.
  • 1 0
 @gabiusmaximus: HAHA yeah for sure some people think just putting on non stock parts means "custom" but i think this is more of a scenes in the pits and early its usually all new tech but i still like the article every event reggardless. to each their own though!
  • 1 0
 I don't understand why this people don't service their bikes before the event. Why change bearings and other parts now?
  • 1 0
 The secret suspension sauce is toothpaste indeeed.
Will it work?
  • 2 0
 ask your dentist

(if you can keep him off his Yeti)
  • 2 1
 Whenever I see Martini colorway, I think of Felipe Massa.
  • 5 0
 i think of Lancia 037 and Delta
  • 1 0
 Those brakes look guuuuude
  • 1 0
 That NukeProof needs a gold stripe and a Kangaroo on it.
  • 1 0
 Is that a new Nukeproof dh bike? Seems carbon
  • 1 1
 Why the hell would you fit a Sprindex to a race bike?!?! Lol. This industry is silly.
  • 2 1
 Sweet, can’t wait to see the XC tech randoms
  • 1 0
 We need more metallic finish off the shelf bikes
  • 1 0
 This is where all the RockShox seal kits went.
  • 1 0
 Forkless Propain?
  • 3 0
 I guess it needs some Propain accessories.
  • 6 9
 So what am I missing here? Organic pads on a DH bike? For me its a night and day difference- metallic pads have so much more power and more importantly don't fade on long, steep descents.
  • 41 3
 Yeah, they prolly have no idea what they’re doing….amateurs
  • 4 0
 I recently used some finned shimano organic pads in my rear brake after forgetting to order new pads. Was really impressed with them. They did fade a little riding really steep 3 minute tracks (on an enduro bike) but I guess I brake a lot more than the pros. I remember reading a brake test article a few years ago (think it was enduro mag) that said syndicate riders were using 1 sintered and 1 organic pad in each calliper to get the best of both worlds.
  • 8 0
 What you are missing is those riders don't ride like us.
  • 2 5
 @onawalk: Hence the "what am I missing". Its obvious they go faster/further/stronger than us, but why would you want less braking power and more brake fade?
  • 4 0
 @hamncheez: IIRC organic pads have greater initial bite, especially at lower temps, than metallic pads. It could also just come down to rider preference.
  • 5 0
 @hamncheez: also, they brake way less and more precisely than us mortals. Less braking, less fade. The trade off is probably for improved feel and modulation for making those small braking adjustments and then throwing in a fresh set for the next day. Comparatively, I yank on the anchors whilst screaming, skidding and then hopefully not ending up on the floor and then still dragging my brakes whilst I walk most of the scary stuff- I'll go through a set of organic pads in a day at the bike park and most of a rear tire too as a result.
  • 4 0
 @arnie86: Exactly. These riders aren’t using brakes the way we do. They’ll probably also use them for the weekend and get new ones at the next race.
  • 1 1
 Those Breaking rotor looks amazing. Where to buy them?
  • 1 0
 That CUBE is SICK!!Smile
  • 1 0
 nice photo bomb Wyn.
  • 3 6
 Those bike lifts sure are fancy, but if my mechanic ever asked for one, I'd start worrying about their strength and ability to hit torque specs!
  • 4 0
 These are bicycles, there is essentially nothing that has anywhere near a high torque spec. In fact, most of the time I have my inch-lb torque wrench on hand because everything is so low.
  • 2 0
 Must not have your sarcasm detector on hand...
  • 1 0
 My local shop mech pulls off rear cassettes without a chainwhip. I’m not worried about his strength.
  • 1 3
 Anyone know who makes that Pirelli pits repair stand?
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