29 Riders & Their DH Bikes from British National Champs 2018

Jul 21, 2018 at 14:52
by Ross Bell  
The fight for the Union Jack sleeve has begun in earnest in Glen Coe in the Scottish highlands, but before racing gets underway tomorrow we've stopped a handful of the riders to see what bikes they are running:

Greg Williamson and his UNNO Ever.
  Greg Williamson and his UNNO Ever.

Euan Thomson and his Commencal Supreme.
  Euan Thomson and his Commencal Supreme.

Matt Walker and his Saracen Myst 29er.
  Matt Walker and his Saracen Myst 29er.

Luke Birkett and his Mondraker Summum.
  Luke Birkett and his Mondraker Summum.

Lewis Summers and his Specialized Demo.
  Lewis Summers and his Specialized Demo.

Danny Hart and his Saracen Myst 27.5.
  Danny Hart and his Saracen Myst 27.5.

Daniel Cope and his Nukeproof Pulse.
  Daniel Cope and his Nukeproof Pulse.

Callum Hard and his Santa Cruz V10.
  Callum Hard and his Santa Cruz V10.

Laurie Greenland and his Mondraker Summum.
  Laurie Greenland and his Mondraker Summum.

Katy Curd and her Specialized Demo.
  Katy Curd and her Specialized Demo.

Jamie Carruthers and his NS Fuzz.
  Jamie Carruthers and his NS Fuzz.

Liam Higgins and his Trek Slash.
  Liam Higgins and his Trek Slash.

Kade Edwards and his Trek Session.
  Kade Edwards and his Trek Session.

Jason Shill and his Trek Session.
  Jason Shill and his Trek Session.

Michael Vickers and his Santa Cruz V10.
  Michael Vickers and his Santa Cruz V10.

Kirs Gemmell and his Transition TR11.
  Kirs Gemmell and his Transition TR11.

Euan Bisset and his Zerode G2.
  Euan Bisset and his Zerode G2.

Ryan Mcquire and his Orange 224.
  Ryan McGuire and his Orange 224.

Adam Brayton and his Scott Gambler and Meg Whyte with her Transition TR11.
  Adam Brayton and his Scott Gambler and Meg Whyte with her Transition TR11.

Cairn Bell with her Transition TR500 and Mikayla Parton with her Trek Session 8.
  Cairn Bell with her Transition TR500 and Mikayla Parton with her Trek Session 8.

Ben Deakin and his Pivot Phoenix.
  Ben Deakin and his Pivot Phoenix.

George Gannicott and Jack Reading with their Nicolai ION G19s.
  George Gannicott and Jack Reading with their Nicolai ION G19s.

Taylor Vernon and his UNNO Ever.
  Taylor Vernon and his UNNO Ever.

Jamie Edmondson and his Transition TR11.
  Jamie Edmondson and his Transition TR11.

Fraser McGlone and his YT Tues.
  Fraser McGlone and his YT Tues.

Aston Tutt and her Vitus Dominer.
  Maya Atkinson and her Vitus Dominer.



67 Comments

  • + 61
 Say what you will but Orange certainly has an iconic design.... and for some reason I still expect to see Peaty running one
  • + 9
 Orange FTW!
  • + 5
 I remember watching a peatys video few years ago where he walked through garage and his white orange was really standing out from all his old bikes...
  • - 12
flag yeti-monster (Jul 21, 2018 at 23:34) (Below Threshold)
 Monster truck of a machine. The only bike there that would start a conversation. Maybe harsh but the rest are meh.
  • + 1
 @yeti-monster: arguably the least interesting bike there. Every man and his dog has had one at some point
  • - 5
flag fecalmaster (Jul 22, 2018 at 2:14) (Below Threshold)
 Let me guess the Uno didn't win. Maybe it is the skills and not the bike.
  • + 24
 Never understood people's love for the Orange? To me it's like a throw back to a Foes from the 90's
  • + 2
 @panzer103: and the Foes Mono, those were class compared to current plastic shite and sessions
  • + 3
 @sam264: maybe in UK but over here they were more like unicorns and I surely love them for being different. defo not a session
  • + 4
 I always sneered at Oranges. Dumb can crusher design, looks only a mother could loves, Porsche levels of design innovation, and pretty expensive for it.
but I noticed a few years ago a the Dyfi Enduro, there were two type of bikes there (give or take)

This-years-model-plastic-fantastic-multi-link-latest-tech bikes.
or
beaten up Orange fives.

Decided I had had enough in group 1, especially with a baby on the horizon so any time on the bike i wanted to be riding, not maintaining or cleaning or fixing, and bought a five29.

Now I totally get it..
  • + 2
 @OllyR: don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of orange bikes, I've owned a few! I just don't think they're that interesting
  • + 25
 You just know Deakin is shouting Oioi whilst his photos being taken
  • + 3
 that was my first thought too!

I whispered "Oi Oi" silently as i saw him!
  • + 1
 @garfunkel187: haha yup same here!!
  • + 23
 29 riders? Subliminal message from PB always trying to push big wheels...
  • + 1
 Seemed to work OK on the course?
  • + 1
 @davechopoptions: so did the other wheel sizes, whats your point
  • + 1
 @stiingya: the fastest bike of the day was on big wheels. Pretty simple point.
  • + 1
 @davechopoptions: Well aright then, lets just rename the website pink29erbike and you can be happy...
  • + 19
 Fake news! Some of these riders are on 27.5.
  • + 1
 I had the exact same sort. Haha...
  • + 3
 That 224's on 26"
  • + 9
 Dang Higgins is running a single crown slash
  • + 1
 Kids sick
  • + 7
 I dare you to present 27.5 riders and their bikes for the next race
  • + 5
 Is Liam Higgins and his Slash the only one running a single crown?
  • + 6
 no cathro
  • + 1
 I have ridden a lot of those bikes and the Pivot Phoenix is my favorite. I wish I never sold it. I'm running an Intense M16c now and it's a close second. I will probably go back to the Pivot next season. Luckily I work at a local bike shop so I am fortunate enough to be able to buy bikes at cost and switch them up every season or so.
  • - 1
 What's cost on a Phoenix?
  • + 1
 @Lokik9: I believe the carbon bike with a Zee build is $5200.
you should check out their website. Pivot is making some of the best bikes out there today. They make a Mach 429 trail bike that absolutely kills it as a do everything xc/trail bike.
  • + 1
 @DaveJube: no not website cost, what's shop cost (employee)?
  • + 1
 @Lokik9: I forget but it was about $3000. Most bike companies will sell bikes to shop employees cheaper than wholesale so that you can ride their bikes and tell everyone how great they are. So I am able to buy and sell bikes regularly and have a new bike every season or so. But it's my job to be able to give people real world feedback on the bikes that I sell.
  • + 5
 That UNNO really is stunning.
  • + 3
 The Orange bike resembles the average set of teeth in the UK....functional but not easy on the eyes.
  • + 2
 Well done Matt Walker great win today and putting 3+ second into Danny’s time
  • + 4
 Kalloy Unno.
  • + 3
 which bike do y’all think looks the meanest/most intimidating?
  • + 8
 No idea but that Fuzz does it for me.
  • + 3
 The one that looks like a Session
  • + 10
 The Orange. Looks old and gnarly.
  • + 0
 The Saracen and the Pivot by far
  • + 2
 The YT Tues looks like a stealth fighter, because of the solid lines and angles. That and it has a little Moto GP look with all that Kashima and the murdered out look to the fork and frame. The Unno bikes are too damn beautiful to be intimidating, but are definitely the most jaw dropping. The Commencal Supreme's look kind of like naval F14's with this years graphics and I love it, those and the Saracen's both have the overall aesthetics down the best as far as looking like race machines, imo.
  • + 4
 Good to see a Transition
  • + 4
 Retro cool orange!
  • + 0
 You can neg prop me as you wish but that fugly looking Vitus has something very wrong with it's Geometry. It hearts my eyes and i don't know why
  • + 0
 Shitest bikes
  • + 2
 @andydhteam: SO bad they manager to be WC Dh champion in Masters catégorie, surely a terrible bike lol
  • + 1
 @Balgaroth: yeh pretty terrible all ive seen are vitus snapping
  • + 1
 @andydhteam: In Ireland where these are designed and tested you can see plenty of them all accross the country, some seriously old too, I am very surprised by what you say but maybe down under the gravity is harder on the bike !
  • + 1
 @Balgaroth: possibly ive seen 3 of em snap in aus but could of been used more then their intended for.
  • + 1
 Is it just me or that the madison saracen team helmets look really big....?
  • + 2
 Saracen myst 29er 1st and Saracen myst 27.5 2nd 2.8 seconds behind
  • + 2
 That Saracen looks timeless. Like it will never go out of style.
  • + 1
 Thank you.
  • + 2
 Best wishes to all, but GO Danny Hart !!!
  • + 2
 It seems like black is the new black.
  • + 1
 Jason Shill will be the best brand ambassador trek has ever known. Looks like a session.
  • + 2
 That Commencal and TR11 look the best!
  • + 2
 Those Unno bikes Drool
  • + 1
 Did Brendog show up to this?
  • + 1
 Go go Callum have a kickass race :-)
  • + 1
 TREK SLASH FTW
  • + 1
 Who won the race
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