From the World Cup podium at Hafjell, Norway...
... straight to the pits in Boulder City, Nevada, here's a closer look at Stevie's ride. Stevie was the first racer to throw a leg over this new frame, helping him earn a handful of wins at the tail end of the season.
Low and slack. That's the way he likes it. Stevie runs the frame in the low BB setting with the fork extended as high as possible up front.
From Ti hardware to some clever details, many of the small tweaks are added by his mechanic, Nigel Reeve.
His custom number plate is comprised of a carbon backplate supported by two thin carbon bands around the fork stanchions. The fork bumpers are integrated into the bands.
Stevie was running these prototype Schwalbe tires in Norway. He typically runs them around 27psi in the front and 29 in the rear.
Muddy Marry meets Dirty Dan in this yet to be released Schwalbe tire.
Notice the dual valve stems on his Easton Havoc rims? Chances are it's a tube mounted in a tubeless system. This reduces the chances of flatting with very little weight penalty.
A carbon spacer takes up the room left over by the missing gears out back. At the speeds he's going, he'd never use them anyway. As an added benefit, this helps prevent the rear derailleur from getting bent into the rear wheel should he accidentally snag a rock.
Looking to quiet up your ride? Here's a tip from the pros.
What's the big difference between his RockShox BoXXer World Cup and a stock fork? Super slippery BlackGold stanchions for starters.
Internally, the fork has been tweaked to meet the unique needs of World Cup riders. How so? It's a well-kept secret...
The BlackBox goods don't end at the fork. A prototype Vivid shock with improved internals and increased sensitivity is mounted out back.
On the gas in Norway. World Cup win number one. Stevie has found his stride and we're betting it won't be his last.
Curious about how the new carbon frame rides? Check out our Wilson Carbon First Look feature for Stevie's comments, and be sure to hit up www.devinci.com for more details.