When every hundredth of a second counts, every little detail matters. World Cup bikes are as dialed as a Swiss watch and tuned to get down a hill in a hurry. To kick off our coverage of the tech of the 2019 World Cup, here are the greedy steeds that will satisfy your need for speed.
Rachel Atherton's Prototype
Vali Holl's YT TUES
Dean Lucas' Scott Gambler
Tahnee Seagrave's Transition TR11
Danny Hart's Saracen Myst 97.5
Aaron Gwin's Intense M29
John Hall in audio discussing sizing options and specifics
Cannondale's "Test" Bike
Matt Simmonds in audio
Sam Blenkinsop's Norco Aurum
Norco's Arthur Gaillot in audio
Charlie Harrison's Trek Session
Loic Bruni's Prototype Specialized Demo & Data Bike
Specialized's Brad Benedict in audio
Connor Fearon's Kona Operator
Nina Hoffman's Juliana V10cc
Juliana Bicycles have created a sick limited-edition V10 version of the V10 for Nina Hoffmann and Morgane Charre. Pearlescent paint never gets old!
Adam Brayton's Nukeproof
Anna Newkirk's Canyon Sender
Matt Walker's Pivot Phoenix 29
It's tough out there with two Matt Walker's on the same World Cup DH circuit. This Matt Walker is the Kiwi version, not to be confused with the UK version. The Kiwi Matt Walker is on a smoking-fast-looking Pivot Phoenix 29 with a FOX / Shimano build. True to form with the Pivot Factory Racing squad are the Reynolds wheels laced to Industry Nine hubs and Maxxis tires gripping the ground.
George Brannigan's GT Fury 97.5
Seeing George Brannigan back on the World Cup DH circuit warms our hearts. He's a full beast-mode Kiwi slayer and we know wild times on the track with results to match are in his future. He's on an idler-equipped GT Fury running a 29-inch front wheel and a 27.5-inch rear - in fact the whole GT squad seems to be on the reverse mullet program. Martin Maes has already proven the merits of this mismatch, so we'll see how this weekend goes. FOX suspension, Shimano shifting, Race Face components, Stan's wheels and Schwalbe rubber make it haul.
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