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2014 World Cup Downhill & Enduro Bikes, News and Photos

2/12/2014 11:25 AM

Silly season is well upon us w/ the team news thread, but there's plenty more news about the bikes all the riders will be using.

Brendan Fairclough tweeted that he'll be on a Scott Genius LT 27.5 trail bike at World Cup #1 in Pietermaritzburg.

2/12/2014 11:27 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/12/2014 11:27 AM

2/12/2014 6:55 PM

2/14/2014 1:10 PM

2/14/2014 11:07 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/15/2014 9:55 AM

Brook Macdonald is on a 650B bike for national champs, probably see this at PMB

http://instagram.com/p/kbWWRLRiwi/

2/16/2014 10:43 AM

Brook added this photo of his Trek Session 27.5 today

"Solid weekend on this fine peace of machine 5th in finals and first week/weekend back on the DH bike room to improve now back into it stoooookkkkkkeeeddd #650b #fast"

2/17/2014 1:50 PM

This is just speculation but isnt this the first we have seen of a 650B fox 40? Do you think we may see teams like the syndicate or the athertons showing up to PMB with 650B wheels?

2/17/2014 2:20 PM

coralcorn wrote: This is just speculation but isnt this the first we have seen of a 650B fox 40? Do you think we may see teams like the syndicate or the athertons showing up to PMB with 650B wheels?

the scott team and others had 650b 40s last year.

2/17/2014 3:12 PM

coralcorn wrote: This is just speculation but isnt this the first we have seen of a 650B fox 40? Do you think we may see teams like the syndicate or the athertons showing up to PMB with 650B wheels?

The 27.5 FOX 40 actually been in production ever since the launch last year. 27.5 BoXXers on the other hand...

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2/19/2014 4:03 PM

More on that custom Nukeproof Mega AM 275 for the CRC Team:



Also interesting to hear about the Pulse 275.

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2/19/2014 4:45 PM

A couple of Enduro 29s ready for a season of shredding.

Kirt Voreis's's's


Curtis Keene's's's

2/27/2014 12:06 PM

Lewis Buchanan posted up his 2014 DH bike and it's a beaut!

Kona Operator with DVO fork!

2/27/2014 10:10 PM

So much color coordination and then "cut the brake lines? that's for sailors - bro!"

2/28/2014 9:42 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/28/2014 9:47 AM

Greg Minnaar's PMB race bike?



haha, just kidding, but he does train with it.

3/9/2014 4:29 PM


It's not the most recent news (it's been a couple weeks), but the whole Hutchinson UR team will be running the prototype bike Mick had at worlds in PMB.
Apparently the bike feels just like the "old" one, but pedals way better.

3/11/2014 9:09 AM

Check out the WTB UK Enduro Team Bikes and video

from their PR-
On behalf of Wilderness Trail Bikes, Hotlines Europe are proud to announce the WTB UK Enduro Team.

Hotlines are pleased to announce an elite Enduro Team for 2014 supported by Wildness Trail Bikes. The team, comprising of two truly talented riders, will be racing on custom build Lapierre Spicy Team bikes adorned in the latest goods for WTB including the brand new, incredibly light and stiff tubeless ready KOM rims, Team Issue Vigilante tyres and Volt saddles. The elite riders in question are none other than Gary Forrest and Robert Williams.



Gary Forest has been on the DH Race circuit for over 12 years and at the end of 2012 made the switch to full time Enduro racing. 2013 was a great year for Gary, winning the annual Tweedlove King of the hill Enduro and ranking 32nd overall in the Enduro World Series. Gary comments;



“I'm really happy to be part of the WTB Enduro Team for 2014. I am looking forward to some fun riding and racing on the Lapierre Spicy in the moist Scottish weather as well as the dust on the Continent. Fingers crossed for an awesome year ahead”
Robert Williams has been a common figure on the UK Downhill circuit and like Gary, turned his hand to Enduro racing at the end of 2012 with respectable top 10 places in the UK Gravity Enduro series. Rob had this to say;
“I am hugely excited to be joining the WTB Enduro team for 2014; it’s a great opportunity to be able to compete using quality products and equipment. Winter training is going well so far with lots of hours on and off road, and the British and world Enduro series cannot come soon enough. I am really looking forward to getting time on the bike and I'm sure 2014 will be a great experience and I’m hoping to produce some good results”



Chris Wright, Sponsored Athlete Support for Hotlines, had this to say; “I cannot be anymore excited about this team! Two amazing riders on board undoubtedly some of the finest machines on the circuit. WTB have invested a huge amount in the development of the enduro specific tyre and rim range for 2014, and both Gary and Rob will be at the forefront of this technology. They will also be involved in testing and developing new tyres in the WTB range which will be released later in 2014. Along with the first UK Enduro World Series venue on Gary’s home turf, the team are set to take the 2014 Enduro season by storm!”

Both Gary and Rob will be racing the full UK Gravity Enduro Series and a selection of the World Series.

3/19/2014 12:52 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/19/2014 1:28 PM

The American Dream posted up a new bike on his Facebook page.

- Keene confirms it's a Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper featuring EVO geometry. 2014/2015 model maybe?
- The RockShox Monarch looks a bit different (all black)
- We're pretty curious about the wheel size. We have a hard time thinking Keene would be using 26-inch wheels on a race bike these days, but it doesn't look quite like a 29er, either. The head tube junction, however is reminiscent of the 29er models. Specialized is offering 27.5 tires now. Hmmm

What do you think?




3/19/2014 2:34 PM

27.5 Rovals please!

3/19/2014 3:21 PM

Of course it's a Specialized 27.5/650B!
They stand to lose tons of cash in the current market without a 27.5 offering.
It is truly a case of the customer (and dealers) demanding a product and Specialized having to comply.
I am sure more models will follow....

So what does this do to the Enduro 29er marketing campaign?

Anyone remember when Mike Sinyard insisted Specialized would never make a 29er?
They don't hardly make 26" bikes anymore.
Look for 26" to be the next "new size" in about 2018 or so!
Hahahahaha!

3/19/2014 7:31 PM

its a normal 29er. you guys suckered bikerumour into posting it tho haha

3/19/2014 7:52 PM

I'm pretty sure the big S will be making 650 soon though, can't see why they wouldn't. I already saving cash for the first one they make!!

3/20/2014 9:05 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/20/2014 9:07 AM

"Look for 26" to be the next "new size" in about 2018 or so!"
This is so true. I've seen the industry rehash stuff too many times to count now.

3/20/2014 2:35 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/20/2014 2:37 PM

Looking into the crystal ball; hacked together 650b Stumpy (29er front end, new rear + linkage+ shock) released late spring/summer to salvage some lost sales.

Real version redesign 650b Stumpy for next model year.
There will be some blown up Enduro World Tour marketing release w/ Team Keene to get the internet dorks drooling.
Let's see if it comes with a 6 digit MSRP!


The proof is that they now have 650b tires. If you know anything about Specialized, you would know they would never ever EVER make a tire that does not fit any bike they make.

SBC is a little late to the game, but will come full force.
Exactly like 29ers about 5 years ago!

3/26/2014 10:41 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/26/2014 10:43 AM

Fresh new DH rigs for Team CRC Nukeproof. Beyond the new paint job, only minor modifications to the Pulse frame, as the team are reportedly happy with the basic platform. SRAM's new 7-speed X01 DH group will help keep those pedals turning over, and specifically for South Africa it looks as though they will again be bringing out the modified Mega AM "mini-DH" to suit this venue's particular track layout.



In the latest episode of CRC's The Hub, jump ahead to 1:40 for a chat with team manager Nigel Page about the new bikes.

More information HERE.

3/26/2014 11:31 AM

Little preview of the Riding Addiction/Commencal team bikes from Remi Thirion and Cam Cole:





https://www.facebook.com/remi.thirion.12

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cam-Cole/147746105300653

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3/26/2014 12:31 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/26/2014 12:32 PM

We've had some hints already, but here's a first look at Sam Hill's new Royal gear - specifically his 2014 race jersey!



Go Sam!

3/26/2014 1:08 PM

What a shame, TLD did an awesome job at showing that "badass mofo" side of Sam.
But the jersey does look awesome.

3/26/2014 1:10 PM

sspomer wrote: Greg Minnaar's PMB race bike?



haha, just kidding, but he does train with it.

I wouldn't be surprised to see one of the 3 rocking a new "enduro" style specific bike that SC will be debuting very very soon... Its for the top 3% of riders only.

3/26/2014 1:42 PM



Catch all the latest from Team Atherton/GT in this sneak peek feature: http://www.vitalmtb.com/news/news/Sneak-Peek-Team-Atherton-Racing-2014-Launch-New-27-5-DH-Bike-Presented,733

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3/26/2014 7:48 PM

Top 3 % of riders huh?

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