2019 UCI World Cup Downhill Tech

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4/8/2019 5:06 AM

peecee wrote:

29/27.5 maybe frame looks exactly the same and he still seems to be riding a vivid which these guys were in for most of last year when everyone else was on the new deluxe shocks.

all 27.5 frames with long base setup get clearance for 29. He must be running custom linkages to lower the BB.

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4/8/2019 5:47 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/8/2019 5:47 AM

peecee wrote:

29/27.5 maybe frame looks exactly the same and he still seems to be riding a vivid which these guys were in for most of last year when everyone else was on the new deluxe shocks.

I dunno, to my eye anyways, if you compare the two back wheels which are next to each other, Troy's seems visually smaller...

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4/8/2019 2:21 PM

Zipp enters MTB world as predicted, spotted on JC and ropelatos bikes amongst others. Basically a mass market version of what Bouwmeester was doing in Australia until he joined Crank Bros.

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4/8/2019 2:36 PM

watchcwgo wrote:

Zipp enters MTB world as predicted, spotted on JC and ropelatos bikes amongst others. Basically a mass market version of what Bouwmeester was doing in Australia until he joined Crank Bros.

https://www.vitalmtb.com/news/press-release/Zipp-Enters-MTB-Wheel-Market-with-Carbon-Rim-Designed-to-Deflect,2688

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4/8/2019 6:50 PM

Didn’t see it mentioned anywhere as to whether the hubs are borrowed tech from sram (x.0, 900) hubs or something different. To say Zipp has been making underwhelming hubs for the last decade would be a hilarious understatement

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4/8/2019 10:31 PM

In Luca Shaw’s latest Instagram post you can see a very shiny silver brake caliper on his bike. Not current m820 and looks too polished to be 9120. More new stuff imminent

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4/9/2019 3:12 AM

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4/9/2019 4:14 PM

Today is the Oceania MTB Championships (XCO and DHI). Any riders using Eagle AXS? Any sightings of the new Saint?

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4/9/2019 8:42 PM

https://www.vitalmtb.com/news/press-release/Tallest-Knobs-Weve-Ever-Seen-WTBs-New-Verdict-and-Verdict-Wet-Tires,2685

WTB has new mud tires.

Kenda also has a new mud tire I saw in Taipei called the Gran Mudda. Maybe a shootout needs to happen between the Verdict Mud, Gran Mudda, Maxxis' Wet Scream, Schwalbe's Dirty Dan, and more.

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4/10/2019 8:48 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/10/2019 8:50 AM

Verbl Kint wrote:

Today is the Oceania MTB Championships (XCO and DHI). Any riders using Eagle AXS? Any sightings of the new Saint?

New Saint? is this just speculation or actual rumor? Also, Finally.

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4/10/2019 9:53 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/10/2019 11:11 PM

jonkranked wrote:

New Saint? is this just speculation or actual rumor? Also, Finally.

Speculation. A friend of a friend mentioned that he might've seen something at Bright being used by a couple of Shimano athletes that didn't look like a Saint M820 series component.

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In other news, link below pretty much confirms GT has been experimenting with different CSU's for their forks. Wyn's bike clearly has a reduced offset.


https://www.ambmag.com.au/gallery/bike-check-wyn-masters-gt-force-at-the-ews-523155/page4

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4/11/2019 6:42 AM

Verbl Kint wrote:

Speculation. A friend of a friend mentioned that he might've seen something at Bright being used by a couple of Shimano athletes that didn't look like a Saint M820 series component.

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In other news, link below pretty much confirms GT has been experimenting with different CSU's for their forks. Wyn's bike clearly has a reduced offset.


https://www.ambmag.com.au/gallery/bike-check-wyn-masters-gt-force-at-the-ews-523155/page4

interesting. i've been speculating for a while that now that they have a new XTR out, saint would be next. M820 was released in 2012, and since then, all the other MTB platforms from shimano have been updated (some of them twice). although it'll be interesting to see *what* actual updates are made. switch from 10 to 11 speed spacing? will we finally see a dedicated saint cassette?

i find this chart interesting for reference as to when their stuff has been updated: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimano#Mountain_bike_groupsets

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4/11/2019 1:25 PM
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4/11/2019 1:35 PM

peecee wrote:

All of their new bikes are on the syndicate insta page

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4/11/2019 2:32 PM

Morrisgabriel wrote:

All of their new bikes are on the syndicate insta page

For those who don’t want to hunt through Instagram here are the 2019 Syndicate bikes.



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4/12/2019 8:12 AM

Here are all the Syndicate bikes together in the Instagrid view before they get all jumbled up in the feed:



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4/12/2019 11:26 AM

peaty is coming back!!! nice ;-)

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4/12/2019 1:10 PM

Ratboy on the new Cannondale DH proto. Appears to be using the shock hidden in the frame like the first leaked photos.


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4/14/2019 6:19 AM

jonkranked wrote:

New Saint? is this just speculation or actual rumor? Also, Finally.

Verbl Kint wrote:

Speculation. A friend of a friend mentioned that he might've seen something at Bright being used by a couple of Shimano athletes that didn't look like a Saint M820 series component.

* * *

In other news, link below pretty much confirms GT has been experimenting with different CSU's for their forks. Wyn's bike clearly has a reduced offset.


https://www.ambmag.com.au/gallery/bike-check-wyn-masters-gt-force-at-the-ews-523155/page4

jonkranked wrote:

interesting. i've been speculating for a while that now that they have a new XTR out, saint would be next. M820 was released in 2012, and since then, all the other MTB platforms from shimano have been updated (some of them twice). although it'll be interesting to see *what* actual updates are made. switch from 10 to 11 speed spacing? will we finally see a dedicated saint cassette?

i find this chart interesting for reference as to when their stuff has been updated: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimano#Mountain_bike_groupsets

Sure it’s not just the new XTR with a Saint calliper like Hart is running?

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4/15/2019 3:15 PM

Brook would have been one of the riders I'd have picked for a potential 29/27.5 combo. Seems like he's staying on 27.5


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4/15/2019 8:00 PM

I would expect to see him do Maribor and one or two other rounds in an effort to get picked for the Worlds team, we all know what he is capable of at MSA.

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4/15/2019 9:31 PM

Dylan wrote:

The king has been on the big rig quite a bit recently. It would be sick to see him make an appearance at Maribor.

Big Dos wrote:

I would expect to see him do Maribor and one or two other rounds in an effort to get picked for the Worlds team, we all know what he is capable of at MSA.

He didn't race Nationals so under the MTBA rules he is not eligible to be selected for the Worlds team.

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4/15/2019 11:43 PM

Dylan wrote:

The king has been on the big rig quite a bit recently. It would be sick to see him make an appearance at Maribor.

Big Dos wrote:

I would expect to see him do Maribor and one or two other rounds in an effort to get picked for the Worlds team, we all know what he is capable of at MSA.

harwox wrote:

He didn't race Nationals so under the MTBA rules he is not eligible to be selected for the Worlds team.

MTBA writing rules to scratch their own back?

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4/17/2019 8:28 AM

Bluegrass picks up another World Cup team:
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We are pleased to announce that we have teamed up with SCOTT DH Factory with Marine Cabirou, Dean Lucas and Florent Payet. We will be their exclusive helmet partner for the whole season.



Some of you may have already spotted Marine, Dean and Flo riding with the BLUEGRASS Legit Carbon as we’ve run intense testing prior to announcing the partnership. For us it’s vital that pilots feel perfectly safe and confident, as the helmet should free your mind as soon as you put it on.

We are looking forward to the first World Cup Race in Maribor next week. Stay tuned all season long, as the team will use different graphics for every race!

Marine Cabirou: "I'm really happy of BLUEGRASS joining the team! The Legit Carbon Helmet is comfortable and light, look is awesome and we will add our own touch with Monkey's Sauce support."

Dean Lucas: "Really happy to be joining up with BLUEGRASS this season! Such a comfortable helmet that fits with our SCOTT goggles so well, everyone seems really excited to work alongside us and we will have really unique helmet designs.”

Florent Payet: “Stoked to ride with BLUEGRASS helmets, their experience brings us a perfect race oriented helmet, light and with an amazing comfort!”

Patrice Afflatet (Team manager): “Awesome to have BLUEGRASS on board, a dynamic team of passionate people, solid products, what else would you want?”

Ulysse Daessle (BLUEGRASS): “It’s a great pleasure to team up with SCOTT DH Factory. We share the same love of racing and dedication to the sport. We are stoked to see that the helmets suit them perfectly and we are exited to see the team perform this season and beyond.”

The Legit Carbon will be worn by 4 World Cups Teams this season: SCOTT DH Factory, Polygon UR, Norco Factory Racing and Insyncracing.


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4/17/2019 9:31 AM

New look and new partners for Commencal:
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With just over a week to go before the first round of the 2019 DH World Cup, the COMMENCAL VALLNORD DH Team unveil their new colours.
The 27th and 28th of this month sees the first round on WC circuit which will be held in Maribor, Slovenia. This will be the perfect opportunity for the team to reveal their new look!



This season, the team includes Amaury Pierron, Myriam Nicole, Rémi Thirion, Thibaut Daprela plus Thibaut and Gaëtan Ruffin. Amongst their new partners this year are ENVE brand of components, who will equip the bikes with wheels and handlebars, whilst BELL will provide the helmets.



After a good build-up to another summer of racing, the team is ready to do battle and it sure promises to include breathtaking action. Last years World Cup winner Amaury Pierron will have a lot to do to retain his accolades this year and managing the pressure of defending his plate of N ° 1 plate will be a new experience for him. Just like Thibaut Daprela in the junior category. We definitely have confidence in them!



Unfortunately for Myriam Nicole, the injury to her foot just days before the first major meeting of the season will slow her down for some time. For sure she will miss a few months of competition but her teammates can count on her to support them at the beginning of the season and fingers and toes crossed we will she her in her new colours at some point in 2019.

While waiting for the start of the World Cup, enjoy the shiny new SUPREME DHs and the all new team look!


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4/17/2019 4:54 PM

Posted this in the Racing Rumours thread for the Syndicate banter but some tech info also. Not sure about everyone else but I find Jordi’s frustrations hilarious


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4/18/2019 6:44 AM

boing. syndicate squish

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Someone call @cordijortes it isn’t landing like all the other bike’s on Instagram. 😭

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4/18/2019 6:53 PM

neko mulally's new carbine. looks like that 12-speed TRP derailleur out back too

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Look who got a new bike today... @nekomulally! @intensecycles Carbine. #intenseforlife #intensefactoryracing

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4/19/2019 10:26 AM

sspomer wrote:

neko mulally's new carbine. looks like that 12-speed TRP derailleur out back too

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Look who got a new bike today... @nekomulally! @intensecycles Carbine. #intenseforlife #intensefactoryracing

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he looks like a child behind it it's so big

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4/19/2019 10:35 AM

bizutch wrote:

he looks like a child behind it it's so big

i thought the same thing, but i'm guessing its just the perspective.

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