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WINNING BIKE: Nico Lau's Cube Stereo 160 Super HPC 27.5

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WINNING BIKE: Nico Lau's Cube Stereo 160 Super HPC 27.5 - WINNING BIKE: Nico Lau's Cube Stereo 160 Super HPC 27.5 - Mountain Biking Pictures - Vital MTB

After 6 days, 24 stages, thousands of meters of climbing and twice that in descending at the 2013 Trans Provence stage race, Nico Lau came out on top by a narrow but calculated 1-second margin over Jerome Clementz. His rig of choice was the Cube Stereo 160 Super HPC 27.5. With exception to the custom bright orange Cube Action Team paint job, Nico's 1800 gram frame is identical to the stock model and has a 66.5-degree head angle, 74.6-degree seat angle, 160mm travel, and those newfangled 27.5-inch wheels. The entire bike weighs in around 28.6-pounds (13.0 kg).

Bike Features

FOX 34 Float CTD fork
FOX Float CTD shock with remote CTD lever set to ~25% sag
FOX DOSS seatpost with the lever underneath the bar on the right (with the rear shifter) and stealth routing
26/36/44 Shimano XTR triple with the teeth on the big ring ground down to act as a bash guard (no chain guide)
10-speed Shimano XTR rear derailleur with Shadow+ clutch
Shimano XTR Trail brakes with 200mm front & 180mm rear (Nico runs his levers pretty flat & zip-ties his housing together to prevent rattling)
Shimano XTR SPD pedals
DT Swiss Spline EX1501 Wheels
Schwalbe Magic Mary with Super Gravity casing up front - Tires are mounted tubeless at just 22 psi (1.5 bar)
Schwalbe Rock Razor or Hans Dampf with Super Gravity casing and Trailstar compound out back
Short 40mm Syntace stem and 770mm wide handlebars with three spacers between the head tube and stem
Well-worn Syntace lock-on grips
DT Swiss RWS thru axle
FSA headset
SDG Saddle

Credit: Sven Martin

WINNING BIKE: Nico Lau's Cube Stereo 160 Super HPC 27.5

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