WINNING BIKE - Martin Maes' GT Force 69er 26

It's not just the wheel size that's unique about Martin Maes' winning setup.

Martin Maes wins again. The Belgian destroyer took his third Enduro World Series in a row of 2019, and he did it on his GT Force with mixed wheel size; 29-inch wheel in front and 27.5-inch wheel in back. Wheel size aside, Mr. Maes is on some less traditional component choices, too. Despite the dry, dusty conditions, he's running a cut spike out back (something he'll run anytime he can). He must have the notion of braking removed from his thought process with his smaller-than-most rotors. And finally, his fork has *only* 150mm of travel. Martin's mechanic, Mark Maurissen says, "it's not about being comfortable out there." Clearly the discomfort and out-of-the-norm bike setup is working for Martin with all these 1st-place finishes. Dig in.

-Photos and Interview by Sven Martin

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