There have been murmurings of new world-beater from Austria for a few years now – a girl from Saalbach beating the elite women's race times on the IXS European circuit when she was as young as thirteen. Vali Höll, who's now seventeen, has destroyed the first two World Cup races of the year, winning the junior category by a country mile; in Fort William, she posted a time that would have been fourth in elite.
For 2018, Vali is riding under the SRAM umbrella with frames from YT Industries. The young talent has also signed for Red Bull this year, and also rides for TLD, Oakley, DT Swiss, Maxxis, and Ergon. The week before Fort William, Vali took delivery of the newest iteration of the YT Tues downhill rig and stomped it to a 30-second victory.
• 17 years old
• 2018 medium-sized frame
• Full SRAM build
• 760mm handlebar
• 1.6 bar (24 psi) front; 1.7 bar (25 psi) rear
• Marshguard F***Flat inserts front and rear
Not one to join the wheel size debate, Vali is riding a stock 27.5" wheeled Tues. It's a medium-sized frame that's slightly longer than the medium from last year, to which she said, "I thought it would be harder to get around the corners, but it is just way better. I feel more comfortable now."
Fork: RockShox BoXXer World Cup DebonAir
• Stock cartridge, fully open LSC and HSC,
• -11 Reb
• 3x Bottomless Tokens
• Sag: not measured
Shock: RockShox Vivid R2C
• Custom tuned
• 225lb spring
• Sag: 30%