Tech Randoms - Leogang DH World Cup

Jun 8, 2017 at 11:41
by Ross Bell  
Race season is in full swing now with the World Cup reaching the Alps for the first time in Leogang for the third round of the season. Bikes and bodies took a beating last week in Fort William, meaning there was plenty of work to keep the mechanics busy today, including, full rebuilds, cutting tires, and fitting new Rock Shox remote lockouts... Scroll below for more:

Fresh colourways for Nik Nestoroff and Charlie Harrison.
Fresh colourways for Nik Nestoroff and Charlie Harrison.

Intense have been running a new link which allows them to run metric shocks.
Intense have been running a new link which allows them to run metric shocks.
Pressing bearings on Nik s build.
Pressing bearings on Nik's build.

The 1 chain from last week. You know you ve made it when you re chain colour matches the rest of your bike.
The winning chain from last week's elite women's race. You know you've made it when your chain color matches the rest of your bike.

The Trickstuff brakes getting a bleed in the Polygon pits.
The Trickstuff brakes getting a bleed in the Polygon pits.
Plenty of riders are feeling the effects from Fort William not just their bikes.
Plenty of riders are feeling the effects from Fort William, not just their bikes.

Claudio Caluori s course run tire of choice. A Magic Mary minus the center knob which according to Claudio is a good intermediate tire.
Claudio Caluori's course run tire of choice. A Magic Mary minus the center knob, which, according to Claudio, is a good intermediate tire.

Rock Shox have brought their remote to the lockout party this weekend available just for the air at the moment but with the coil version coming soon.
Rockshox have brought their remote to the lockout party this weekend, coil and air versions are both available.

The lever looks like a well rounded product not news on availability outside racing for the moment.
The shock can be locked out on the fly via the OneLoc remote.
Remi Thirion s mechanic Damien Bideau preps the remote after a switch to air after running coil in Fort William.
Remi Thirion's mechanic Damien Bideau preps the remote after a switch to air after running coil in Fort William.

Pete Michaliszyn prepping the data acquisition.
Pete Michaliszyn prepping the data acquisition wiring and unit for tomorrow.
Data acquisition ready to go for Graeme Mudd tomorrow morning.
Ready to go for Graeme Mudd.
Leogang DH World Cup
Leogang DH World Cup

Will this be the winning bike of the weekend
Aaron Gwin took the win at Leogang in 2015 and 2016 - can he make it three in a row on Sunday?

Aaron Gwin s mechanic John Hall gets stuck into the apres Fort William rebuild.
Aaron Gwin's mechanic John Hall gets stuck into the apres Fort William rebuild.
Stack height on Neko Mullaly s YT Tues.
Stack height on Neko Mullaly's YT Tues.

Best of both worlds. Additional pins on the clips of Matt Simmonds.
Best of both worlds. Additional pins on the clips of Matt Simmonds.

The wheel hangover from Fort William continues down in the Saracen pits.
The wheel hangover from Fort William continues down in the Saracen pits.

The Bergamont going through their typical race weekend motions with a service of their Manitou Dorados.
The Bergamont going through their typical race weekend motions with a service of their Manitou Dorados.
No change of setting for the moment they ll wait to see how the track rides with the Fort William base setting.
No change of settings for the moment, they'll wait to see how the track rides with the Fort William base settings.

Eddie Masters swapped back to 27.5 mid way through practice in Fort William last week and team mate Reece Wilson might be joining him with rubber and rims hard to come by.
Eddie Masters swapped back to 27.5 mid way through practice in Fort William last week and team mate Reece Wilson might be joining him with rubber and rims hard to come by.

Got Kashima
#Kashima
Not a single 49 in sight.
Not a single 49 in sight.

The TLD Truvativ CoLab bars sitting pretty apparently there s a chance we will see these on the Intense builds at some point.
The TLD / Truvativ CoLab bars sitting pretty, apparently there's a chance we will see these on the Intense builds at some point.

The Antidote Darkmatter is far from a common site at the World Cups.
The Antidote Darkmatter is far from a common sight at the World Cups.

Bike porn
Bike porn?
The Darkmatter uses an idler pulley to try minimize pedal feedback.
The Darkmatter uses an idler pulley to try and minimize pedal feedback.

Charlie Harrison s forks getting the treatment from the SRAM support boys.
Charlie Harrison's forks getting the treatment from the SRAM support boys.

Charlie was apparently nearly maxed out on rebound and has gone for a stiffer tune this weekend given the high speed nature of the Leogang track.
Charlie was apparently nearly maxed out on rebound and has gone for a stiffer tune this weekend given the high speed nature of the Leogang track.
Thursdays are the support team s busiest days with most riders wanting a service.
Thursdays are the support team's busiest days with most riders wanting a service.

Laurie has been running these cups for a while which gives him an extra 12mm of reach.
Laurie Greenland has been running these cups for a while which gives him an extra 12mm of reach.

He is in between frame sizes so the cups paired with a medium frame give him the perfect fit.
He is in between frame sizes so the cups paired with a medium frame give him the perfect fit.

Plenty of semi-slicks getting dug out from the back of the vans.
Plenty of semi-slicks getting dug out from the back of the vans.

A tiny cassette with an 11-19 range... Minnaar has some horsepower.
A tiny cassette with an 11-19 range... Minnaar has some horsepower.

It didn t take Greg long to get back to the top after the Lourdes nightmare.
It didn't take Greg long to get back to the top after the Lourdes nightmare.
Bladed spokes is a recent addition to Minnaar s build.
Bladed spokes are a recent addition to Minnaar's build.

Chris King hub from Greg Minnaar s V10.
Chris King hub from Greg Minnaar's V10.

Faustin Figaret is running a 10mm stem spacer for the moment...
Faustin Figaret is running a 10mm stem spacer for the moment...
...but has plenty of option to change up if the track demands it. Here s a 20mm version.
...but has plenty of option to change up if the track demands it. Here's a 20mm version.

Manon Carpenter s mechanic getting arty with the greasing.
  Manon Carpenter's mechanic getting arty with the greasing.

A little velcro to keep the noisy chain slap to a minimum.
A little velcro to keep the noisy chain slap to a minimum.
There s plenty of solutions through the pits for keeping mud at bay.
There's plenty of solutions through the pits for keeping mud at bay.

The NS Fuzz of Noel Niederberger is one of the most distinctive bikes on the circuit.
The NS Fuzz of Noel Niederberger is one of the brightest bikes on the circuit.
Leogang DH World Cup
Leogang DH World Cup

It s all in the details some Aussie spoke nipples for Connor Fearon and Josh Button.
It's all in the details, some Aussie spoke nipples for Connor Fearon and Josh Button.
Fresh rim decals on Jack Moir s ENVE s
Fresh rim decals on Jack Moir's ENVE's

The Leogang track is a different beast to that of Fort William mechanics are prepping tires to increase rolling speeds
The Leogang track is a completely different beast than Fort William, mechanics are prepping tires to increase rolling speeds.



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128 Comments

  • + 157
 Holy moly that Antidote... mmmmmmm.
  • + 7
 Just unreal!
  • + 10
 Agree. That is a super sexy machine
  • + 8
 @WAKIdesigns: The 'camo' is a little too much for me. The black/raw carbon is my fav. The white isn't bad either.
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: raw carbon is the best IMO. Reminds me of the Lahar but slightly less organic www.pinkbike.com/photo/9258066
  • + 4
 @bman33: dubstep camos may indeed be a bit much for some but it shows that guys can deliver complex custom color schemes and are no longer limited to raw carbon finish (which is amazing) and coloured text. I personally love the yellow camo with Senna Yellow head tube. If or rather when I buy my another bike from them I will order some special stuff. Hopefully until then they will source the metal looking carbon weave finish. It is heavy, but it looks unbelievable IMHO.
  • + 8
 @WAKIdesigns: hahaha that vid of the white one is pure porn with that music
  • + 5
 No kidding! I kept looking for the lasers, missile launcher, and awesome sauce reservoir. I feel like that thing wouldn't even let me aboard.
  • + 4
 Sexiest bike on the planet..
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: Wake i've spotted you out and about in Gothenburg on your Antidote! I was walking along with my girlfriend and was left gawping at your bike as you rode past Wink
  • + 5
 @bman33: you should see the rider ;-)
  • + 2
 Thinking of selling everything and building a top spec Antidote Darkmatter. YOLO and all that. Such an amazing bike. Mine will be naked carbon with near invisable black decals.
  • + 0
 @sgbula: someone has a high opinion of themselves Big Grin
  • + 2
 @NickB01: lol you should back me up on that one
  • + 4
 Paging Pinkbike, paging Pinkbike. Bike check on the Antidote, aisle 3.
  • + 2
 Which rear tire is it?
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: once I saw Nev surfboards use nasa carbon fiber for their boards. The carbon filaments went through a high temperature aluminum gas atmosphere were it melted with the carbon filaments making a mix. It looked like aluminum fiber. Maybe you mean that? Superexpensive btw
  • + 2
 @donpinpon29: it's afinish and it's called Texalium
  • + 0
 I'm probably alone for not liking the looks of a gloss finish over a carbon weave. I do like that yellow-green finish on the intense bike though. Looks really cool.
  • + 2
 @PanchoPaloma: ...I'm wondering too...looks dangerous!, lol
  • + 1
 The pink / black one on the Dirt www is a stunner.
  • + 1
 @vinay: no worries, some people think that visible carbon weave finish is cheap arse bullcrap reserved for hillbilly tuning of 20 year old BMW or Mazda. And I can understand that opinion. I personally think it's awesome and as much as I really love Syndicate V10s, there is something fundamentally wrong with painting carbon in silver metallic... not as bad as covering aluminium with 3M carbon tape though...
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Nah, my opinion is not guided by who it is for and what is fundamentally right or wrong. My opinion is based on the looks of it. I'm no design professional so I may not be able to describe it properly. Let's say I think that the 90-90 weave doesn't jive with the flow/lines of the frame design whereas with the Intense bike, it does. Not sure about that BMW. 30 years ago maybe BMW, Volkswagen etc had quite some 90 degree corners in their designs so maybe the weave is more fitting for those vehicles.

Sorry if this explanation makes the designer in you cringe. But we can't really argue about taste, can we?
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I am liking raw finishes (in all materials) a lot more than I used to. Recent examples - Antidote, Nicolai, Intense 29DH proto, PP - Shan full sus (raw cromo).

There's a certain honesty to it that you can't get bored with.

I can't wait for Steve Jones review. I have the funny feeling he's going to like it.
  • + 1
 @vinay: no it doesn't make me cringe. What I meant about old Mazdas an BMWs is that, the old ones are often a target of hillbillies (and please note that there is no place that has more of them than capital cities), They buy a "sporty" car and make it into a "street race car". They often buy those poor cars who almost managed to die a peaceful death after a life full of adventures, instead resurrect them to put them through shameful suffering. They lower them, install terrible spoilers and "custom" bumpers, some horrible neons aaaand sometimes they cover the hood and maybe roof, with carbon like 3M tape. Most popular brands are BMW, VW, Mazda, Opel Calibra - that one is a true douchebag-mobil.

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  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: AKA "Fast and Furious" cars. Haha. Totally happens here in the US.
  • + 1
 @bman33: what's the ultimate douche bag car in (your area of) US? I cannot thinknof worse example than Opel Calibra. If you see one, the guy is almost certainly an idiot, you just change to the right lane and hope he disappears quickly...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: 'douche bag' has many levels in the US regarding cars. That said, typical young punk douche car as you described with the carbon and neon lights are older model Honda Civics. On the other end of the spectrum of doucheness are the 'Bro-Trucks' Super large trucks with blacked , over sized tires and/or super large exhaust pipes (usually diesel).
  • + 1
 Yeah I think I do like raw too, but maybe not necessarily in composites. I do like a raw steel or titanium bicycle frame where you can see the color gradient of the heat affected zone (due to welding). I'm not going to say it is fundamentally wrong to paint or polish a steel frame, but yeah, I do like to see the welds like that. I guess the same goes for these composites. Some apparently like to see the weave, some don't.

As for "douche" cars, I'm not that judgemental. Apparently some people enjoy modifying their cars maybe in ways similar to how we also do not so necessary modifications to our bikes. Some color coordinated anodized bits here and there, some carbon because that brake lever is a whopping 9g lighter (yeah right, because of that). They mod the motor to make it ride faster. Then again, some rich people buy a fancy new BMW that rides faster. It is the same, it just looks more slick. If people misbehave in traffic then that's what I dislike. The behavior, regardless what car they ride.
  • + 1
 @vinay: I would never call certain type of car as a douche car. But I make an exception for Opel Calibra - it is a douche car... it is like buying Kona Stinky, cutting off heatube and drop outs, replacing them with tapered HT and boost drop out to put in 27,5 wheels and Lyrik... I also found some peace of mind in judgmentalism after being strongly against it for a 3 years or so... at some point you have to dare to accept that if someone talks like an idiot, behaves like an idiot he highly probably is an idiot and giving him benefit of doubt is more exhausting than living with a possibility of judging him unfairly... after all, if I see an Opel Calibra with crappy spoiler revving an engine on the traffic lights, thinking he may be a decent human being like everyone else my also be unfair to people who just stand at traffic lights and wait fro green...
  • + 2
 @bman33: I feel your pain concerning the older model Honda Civic. They block the roads, occupy the canals and destroy your trails. And these drivers are laughing so loud, you can't even hear their sound system.

www.clublexus.com/forums/attachments/car-chat/118133d1201791952-honda-civic-monster-truck-hdcv-mt_2.jpg
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Actually we designed, built and raced a car once which we had painted silver. I think it looks cool. Past and future versions (designed by other teams, we had a new team for every new car, every new race) used white as a basis but we thought silver looked more aggressive. The reflections kind of support the shape which has pretty much been an aerodynamic affair exclusively. Of course the (relatively) single curved surfaces were covered in solar cells and the remaining area was littered with sponsor logos but I still think raw would have looked even more messy. Admittedly, it would have looked extremely messy because we filled all the voids on the surface with white plaster Wink .

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  • + 1
 @vinay: it does look super cool and wooow what a machine! Congratulations, I guess it's a true boy's dream to build such thing. I mean I like the Silver Arrow stuff, but I love the raw material looks more. Doesn't matter if bikes, cars, furniture or architecture.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Yeah it is a cool opportunity where you get to test the previous car (we rode it from Oslo, along the Swedish east coast up to Narvik and Andoya in Norway) and then design, build, test, wreck (not planned), repair and race your own design on the highest level. Not many get to do that. There must be more (Cesar Rojo from Unno bikes comes to mind) but it is not common. And of course the adventure in Australia is just cool. And seeing these helicopters hover over you when you approach the finish line is pretty unreal.

And there is stuff you didn't expect to learn. Like you can't just take the media and politicians with a pinch of salt. It takes a whole truckload of salt to cope with the bullshit you come across once you've seen the other side of it. It is laughable really. But I can understand some of my professors of back then who refused to talk to the media. Because they mess up the story and then put the professor's name underneath. But yeah the position we were in back then, it was still on the funny side of shocking Smile .

I just noticed a former teammate (Job) published some footage on youtube. The first one about production may be nice if you're interested in composites. All the time I read here that production in small quantities is impossible because of prohibitively expensive molds, but obviously that only goes for steel molds that are supposed to last a decent while. Previous teams used MDF molds which were cheap to machine, could potentially last a few products but were a bitch to work on (because the fibres would stand up). Before the one minute mark in the video below you see we had a coarse shape machined out of foam (quick, cheap and little tool wear), then had it covered in ceramic paste and then had the fine shape machined in. Obviously the mold would last only a single product, but that was what we were going to make anyway.

youtu.be/Al25qj3cLLs

This one below is footage from the actual race. People who see this wonder why we needed to show our ass after the race, whether it was meant as an insult. No it wasn't. Our team advisor Wubbo Ockels was supposed to be with us during the race, as he was with the past and most future teams. But he suffered a cardiac arrest a few days before the race and had to stay home. He survived and recovered but we thought it would be nice to write "we miss you Wubbo" on our ass. It required more organisation and timing than we could muster that very moment Wink .

youtu.be/f1yXRbKY0FA
  • + 1
 it is beautiful, but as an ex-roadie, i've always loved 4k carbon.
  • + 124
 I think the arrival of remote lock outs on rear shocks is a pretty good indicator of the direction that WC DH tracks are headed...and it ain't good.
  • + 19
 the come back of ""pedaling sections"" ...
  • + 38
 You took my words out, that's exactly what I was thinking, 29-ers, lockouts on DH racing? XC gets rougher year by year, DH got softer. Really don't know where everyone is heading
  • + 24
 Don't forgot bladed spokes and semi-slick tires...
  • + 4
 I thought it was all down hill once rider's had to pedal to move the bike.
  • + 19
 It's a bicycle race so strong pedaling should be rewarded at least a little bit.
  • + 5
 And riders are wearing the tightest clothing they can get away with. May as well go back to Lycra.
  • + 0
 After I saw the lockout shock, I had to check the title to make sure it was a downhill article.
  • + 5
 @iamamodel: They've always done this since the lycra ban, regardless of the track... have people already forgotten about Sam Hill wearing lycra at Val Di Sole?
  • + 1
 The word on the street is that they are going to combine XC and DH for 2018. Looking forward to those sick Nino handlebar turn jumps!
  • + 3
 @scott-townes: Palmer woulda been world champion if he hadn't worn baggies... but I'm guessing even with hindsight he'd prefer silver to lycra.
  • + 4
 But funny this race has been won without chain.
  • + 1
 yeah I can't get my head round this one. Almost as odd as the dropper posts used at Pietermaritzburg (think that's spelled right)
  • + 1
 sh1t, maybe dropper posts here too. keep yer eyes peeled!
  • + 3
 I still need to get used to the SuperDeluxe on a DH bike. I am sure it is good shock, just doesn't look as cool and burly as the Vivid Air or X2.
  • + 1
 @SickEdit: Just like how Gwin was rewarded here last year, right?
  • + 1
 Grim can wins in leogang without chain
  • + 1
 @AZRyder: It was a downhill article..... From the late 90's....
  • + 1
 Just wait until someone wins on an enduro bike
  • + 68
 Nobody's come to completely rebuild my bike after a muddy ride a couple weeks ago... WTF.
  • + 56
 Well that settles it... Antidote with the sickest bike of 2017.
  • + 9
 Don't tell Waki you said that.

(It is bloody nice thought and I don't even like carbon).
  • + 4
 !! what a beauty Eek
  • + 9
 Sickest DH bike ever to hit the world cup circuit,Poland is definitely the home of bike porn.
  • + 31
 can that cane creek dbair survive a full world cup track?
  • + 5
 Good question. My Cane Creek DB Inline blew up on second trail ride...
  • + 7
 The full size Double Barrel Airs are fine, it's the Inlines with that stupid little rubber bladder compensator that will make your bike feel poppy.
  • + 5
 @Fix-the-Spade: i blew up the damping on a full size db air within the first 2 months of owning it.
  • + 3
 My old online was awesome at fort bill
  • + 7
 @poah: offline?
  • + 6
 @donpinpon29: i see giving my real experience with a shock gets downvoted.
  • + 3
 @adrennan: For what it's worth I upvoted you, sounds like you were quite unlucky with your CCDB, I've seen a lot more failures of Inlines than full size Air or Coil, always that little bladder thing splitting or moving out of place so gas gets into the damper oil.
  • + 1
 @Fix-the-Spade: yeah, my inline blew twice in the time i had it. supposedly they are using a better seal now, I would love to hear if it's reducing failures
  • + 1
 50/50 chance. I blew out the main seal of the DBair twice within a couple months, the first time was on the second ride. The second time it happened, I had to walk down the entire Fitzsimmons half of Whistler and back to the hotel, luckily had a back up coil shock to finish out the trip. It would take some serious convincing for me to ever buy a CC air shock again...
  • + 3
 Cane Creek shocks feel amazing when they're dialed, are a nightmare when they're not.
  • + 2
 @inter71: That's been my (2nd hand) experience. Had some buddies who loved them and they felt great when I would pedal their bikes. Had another buddy who hated it, I thought it felt like poo, and I kept telling him to put the effort in to tune it, but he wouldn't (lazy ass). His loss. Yet he still complains about it
  • + 24
 Crank Bros wheels on a WC rig. Living on a Prayer Bon Jovi style.
  • + 4
 They seem to work ok for Remi Morton, and he is not gentle
  • + 14
 As soon as DH bikes are being fitted with suspension lock-out capability that should be a VERY clear sign to the UCI that the track is pathetic. The only thing challenging about this track is purely the speed that they will go, there is not much to actually challenge and reveal true skill.
  • + 5
 Might as well add Mammoth to the tour.
  • + 4
 If it doesn't require true skill, why aren't you here racing with us? You clearly don't need a pedal assist on this course, Gwin won without even a chain. This is the highest level of racing and if a team think they can make up even fractions of a second using a little tech they will. If this can bother you, get ready for Worlds! haha
  • + 4
 Fayolle had a lockout for Lourdes, just saying
  • + 1
 @daweil: It seems like lockout is making a comeback. I think people just got to the point where the new suspension was so much better, that they were eager to ditch the bar clutter. Now, the honeymoon has worn off, so to speak, and people are like "yeah lockout is still nice for sprinting."
  • + 14
 I don't freaking care how that Antidote Darkmatter rides, but I WANT ONE
  • + 2
 Poles should take note of your wishes seriously
  • + 9
 with all the 29er drama, we haven't heard much about these lockouts popping up, anybody got any info? is it really just to get a stiffer rear for pedally sections, or is there more going on here?
  • + 18
 "E-BIKE" button
  • + 15
 Can't see what else it could be used for? Just stops the shock from wobba bob bobbing on flat sections.
  • + 26
 It's likely being spurred on by the fact that World Champs are in Cairns, Australia this year, a track that has a brutal sprint for the finish line.
  • + 42
 there should be a bigger outcry about lock-outs than 29ers, 29er wheels mean you can hit bumpy stuff faster, lockouts mean its not bumpy enough to warrant needing rear suspension.
  • + 11
 @mikekazimer: They would all do well to remember 2009, when they all turned up to Stromlo with lockouts and air shocks and special short travel bikes, only for two coil sprung V10s and a coil sprung GT Fury to be ridden to the podium.
  • + 6
 @Jack-McLovin: 'Flat sections' saying it makes me wince omg this is supposed to be DH not slopestyle without the style!!! a couple of smooth jumps and the odd table are fine but surely DH should be steep, rough and rooty/rocky am i right?
  • + 9
 @app-uncture: if we can't make the pedally sections go away, maybe we can just spice them up. Say, set fire to the gaps? Water hazard? Swinging pendulum that you gotta dodge?
  • + 4
 @Fix-the-Spade: And Minnaar winning PMB worlds with on 10" travel mode v10 with all those 27.5 prototypes (devinci) and enduro bikes around
  • + 1
 @axolotlx: Yes, you are absolutely right. It seems the direction downhill is going is not good right now. Most riders aren't really happy with Leogang as it's too smooth, really hope Phil Atwill and some others do a hardtail run just to make a point.
  • + 3
 @Ron-C: DANCING GIRLS!!!
  • + 1
 @axolotlx: You've put it very well. I have seen people claiming "no skill" and "road race" - this is not the case. It's more like BMX or slopestyle influence... it starts to become an "air dh" type of race. Still takes skill, but it's not what most riders believe DH should be. There's super d, 4x, enduro and air dh races for this. It would be a shame if we started needing to have "tech dh" races at crankworx or something, where you actually send the riders down the gnarly, natural, all out terrain that we all think of when you say "Downhill MTB"
  • + 8
 I also have a chain that matches my bike. I can assure you that this is not because of 'made it' but rather because I was foolish enough to spend over $100 on a blue and black chain......
  • + 6
 Holy Grail shock by Fast Suspension making an appearance on that NS Fuzz. One of the lesser popular shocks around, but defs looks like a solid piece of engineering.
  • + 5
 what does everyone think of those intense color schemes? nice change of pace from black and red?
  • + 4
 good gravy...why is it that black bikes look so dope?...that Antidote is pure mmm mmm goodness....
  • + 3
 Can someone tell me what metric shock are for ?
Except that their size is in mm now, is there a single technical difference ?
  • - 1
 Not really any difference other than the lenght is now exact to nearest mm & new sizes will not fit right on older bikes
New way to ruin the resale value of non metric shocks?
  • + 4
 Jack Moir and Dean Lucas get the prototype 29ers, and Charlie and Nik get new paint jobs, seems like a fair trade.
  • + 2
 Jack 'Film' Moir's WynTV segment made me fan no matter what he's riding
  • + 2
 The fact that world cup riders are beginning to use lock out's is crazy to me. I know riders used them in Pietermaritzburg but damn, have courses become that smooth and flat?
  • + 3
 Aaron Gwin's YT is ultra sexy Fab
  • + 1
 I thought for a moment we weren't going to see the obligatory photo of a mechanic cutting off knobbies. But, you threw it in at the very end. Good job!
  • + 1
 I see bash/rock rings are back as well , the Antidote is using one , also anyone know what repair stand is holding the Antidote???
  • + 2
 hope it rains. Should spice things up abit.
  • + 1
 You can tell the wc courses are getting too pedally when more and more riders need a lockout on their shocks...
  • + 1
 GT Fury really looks like 10 years ago Norco's ... coming to a circle
  • + 1
 What tires are on that Darkmatter?
  • + 2
 Continental Kaiser project. Best intermediate tire ever.
  • + 1
 Vee Tires @rnm410
  • + 0
 Press fit bearings. Internal cables. Metric shock mount. Please stop pushing this crap on us and telling us we need it.
  • - 3
 You forgot to add
29" wheels
Boost spacing
  • + 1
 as a "wanna be" mechanic... stuff like this makes me moist
  • + 1
 As in where do I get them, will they fit my bike frame etc......
  • + 1
 Anybody know about the cups that extend reach?? Very interested.
  • + 1
 What else do you need to know... Pretty straight forward if you take a look at the pictures...
  • - 2
 They're cutting the side knobs to increase rolling speed? More likely they're just trying to safe weight as you don't need side knobs in bermed corners.
  • + 0
 Aron Gwin
No moto brake style ??
Weird
  • - 1
 Chris King hub with pinion gear setup? Hmmmmm........
  • + 5
 Chris King has been using the Ring Drive setup in their hubs for ages.

Some good cut aways here: dirtmountainbike.com/features/work-freehub-body.html
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 @WolfStoneD: Thanks Wolf. I think it's funny that I'm getting down voted on my comment. It was a joke meant to lean toward a motor in Greg's bike. I guess kids these days don't understand how the rear end of a truck works. (Get it? Greg keeps winning? 29er now?) I guess I should stick to nursing.
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