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Aaron Gwin Still Undecided on Bike Size for the Maribor World Cup 7

Large or XL? Rain or shine? Plenty to figure out before the clock starts ticking in Maribor.

Aaron Gwin Still Undecided on Bike Size for the Maribor World Cup

The 2019 World Cup Downhill season is within minutes of officially getting underway in Maribor, Slovenia. The Slovenian venue has returned after years of being off the schedule, and the iXS Downhill Cup held just a few days ago on the same hillside as the World Cup, proves that this first race should be doozy. The track looks fun, the topography is right and right on cue, rain shows up.

-photos and interview by @maddogboris unless specified

Feeling out the Maribor course during iXS practice.

@maddogboris caught up with Aaron Gwin, who has been in Maribor for a week or so. Gwin practiced at the iXS event but did not race. Suprisingly to us, one of the most calculated and prepared riders in downhill is still in a pickle about which size Intense M29 frame he should race. 2019 is Aaron's first year aboard Intense frames, and this will be his first World Cup with the new-to-him bike. The announcement came at the end of January 2019 that he and Neko Mulally would be on Intense Factory Racing, a departure from YT.

Aaron Gwin's size XL Intense M29 from the team launch in January.

Gwin says he's in between Large and XL sizes on the M29, and depending course conditions and newly taped sections for the World Cup that weren't in the iXS race, he'll decide which bike feels best after more training. If conditions are wet and slower, he'll go Large. If it's dry and wide open, out comes the XL. He's spent plenty of time on both frame sizes and communicates that there's no worry about feeling uncomfortable on either size. He doesn't seem stressed, so why should we?

14 minutes with Aaron Gwin on racing Maribor, bike set-up, track changes and more

(Bike nerds get stoked at about 2:20)

A little bit of sketch during iXS practice.


How the Intense Factory Racing bikes compare...

A cleaner version of the sketch line.

Vital MTB Poll

Should Gwin Ride a Large or XL?

Stay tuned for more World Cup DH coverage from Maribor all week on Vital MTB.

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