Scott has backed the Gstaad team for years but it was a Hope Technology team rider that finally rolled the dice, stayed upright (just about) and put the Gambler on the podium. No custom linkage, no carbon swingarm and the backing of one of the smallest teams in the paddock. This was Adam 'Gas to Flat' Brayton's best result to date and, on a track that isn't too far from being his local. We took a quick look at his battered and bruised bike minutes after it survived a wild ride down the hill between the legs of the newly named 'Keswick Kestrel'
|We use Hope handlebars which aren't available yet, they're cut down to 740mm wide which is suitable for a short girl, but it seems to work pretty good for him. - Rob Dodsworth, Adam's mechanic.|
Adam uses a 34t chainring mounted directly to 170mm Hope cranks, without a bash guard or lower guide. They admitted they had damaged a couple of chainrings over the weekend, but that’s World Cup DH racing. Discs are 203mm front with 180mm at the rear, he chooses solid discs to save a bit of weight over the floating alloy/steel versions - about 10 grams each.
Hope's 7-speed hub has a wider flange and narrower freehub body, this means a stronger wheel dish and no need to use a cassette spacer. Adam was integral in prototyping and testing this cassette which is machined from single billet of stainless steel.
|We are using an Ohlins rear shock and cartridge fitted into the standard BoXXer chassis. The fork has fairly quick rebound but ramps up nicely through the travel, the rear the shock has a custom tune to work with the linkage. I think he likes to set it up like his motorbike so it really tramps through anything rough! - Rob Dodsworth, Adam's mechanic.|
Most teams would have rushed this bike back into the pit area to swap the wheel to a new one before the press managed to snap any photos of the damage. Hope Technology didn't care, admitting that it's broken but still got the job done - this could have easily been a run ending catastrophe.
|This weekends choice were Maxxis Minion DHF's, 2.5" 3C, MaXXPro tires inflated to 25psi front and 30psi rear using our 'BroCore' system. To be honest, we've only had one flat all weekend using that system, we've also been on the same wheel set since the last world cup and BDS. We changed this rear one for the race run today and he destroyed it. The wheel build is standard, straight out of the machine at Hope, I've been truing them up a little but nothing major. - Rob Dodsworth, Adam's mechanic.|