2019 UCI World Cup Downhill Tech

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6/2/2019 9:55 PM

sspomer wrote:

amaury's commencal from fort bill last year and this year compared in his winning bike check
https://www.vitalmtb.com/features/WINNING-BIKE-Amaury-Pierrons-Commencal-Supreme,2704

Looks shorter, steeper, and a higher bb. No way that could have won.

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6/2/2019 10:17 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/2/2019 10:18 PM

Looks a bit steeper, shorter and the bb is a little higher. #antitrend
Edit: Did not see this under the photo: "Looks shorter, steeper, and a higher bb."

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6/3/2019 6:41 AM

peecee wrote:

I wonder what greg has going on with his fork ? looks like a different adjuster than everyone else and to his previous forks



Jordi held what looked very much like a fork spring in a recent Dialed episode, said it was something special for someone special IIRC.

New top cap here on the spring side...

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6/7/2019 12:51 PM

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6/8/2019 7:48 AM

that unique maxxis that troy is running from RAW today

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6/9/2019 4:56 AM

Could these be the prototype Kenda tires Intense's riders where supposed to be using in Leogang?
It's definitely not an hellkat.


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6/9/2019 1:30 PM

Looks like an Aquila

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6/9/2019 11:11 PM

ORTOGONAL555 wrote:

Could these be the prototype Kenda tires Intense's riders where supposed to be using in Leogang?
It's definitely not an hellkat.


There is pics and footage from the Pits of Twin with the same tyre on his bike also so yeah its a proto

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6/10/2019 7:40 AM

moir's meats in action

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6/13/2019 1:13 PM

Close up from the IFR Leogang video

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6/13/2019 11:00 PM

Running a Aquila myself this i pretty much it, seems like Gwin is missing his Onza tires already lol.

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6/14/2019 3:51 AM

If you ignore the differences in side knobs and main repeating center tread pattern, then yeah it looks like an Aquila This new Kenda tire has more or less the same repeating side knobs, whereas the side knobs of the Aquila had alternating shapes. The center knobs here are more or less "vertical" rectangles (unsiped followed by siped), whereas the center knobs of the Aquila are siped vertical followed by siped horizontal. In short this new Kenda tire is more similarish to a DHF and the Aquila is more similarish to a DHR II.

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6/15/2019 7:18 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/16/2019 6:11 AM

Luca and the Syndicate testing a new fork supplier? Never mind. Thx for the updates everyone.



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6/15/2019 8:05 PM

TuTh Rider wrote:

Luca and the Syndicate testing a new fork supplier? Never mind. Thx for the updates everyone.



Nope, That is his brother Walker's bike. He works, or has worked for Öhlins and was spotted testing the soon to be released Specialized Demo last summer at Snowshoe with Öhlins components.

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6/16/2019 5:18 AM

TuTh Rider wrote:

Luca and the Syndicate testing a new fork supplier? Never mind. Thx for the updates everyone.



Broken_spoke.photo wrote:

Nope, That is his brother Walker's bike. He works, or has worked for Öhlins and was spotted testing the soon to be released Specialized Demo last summer at Snowshoe with Öhlins components.

You can see Lucas bike right behind his brothers with a 49

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6/25/2019 2:21 AM

Here you can see better the air cap on Minnaar's fork. It could just be an easier way of mounting the data acquisition rod. Or a big nut to undo the top cap easily, given they maybe changing volume spacers quite often.

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6/27/2019 1:28 AM

I hear Loris and Bulldog are running the new XTR brakes as opposed to Saints. Are there other riders who've followed suit?

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6/27/2019 3:39 AM

Verbl Kint wrote:

I hear Loris and Bulldog are running the new XTR brakes as opposed to Saints. Are there other riders who've followed suit?

This is something that DH racers have been doing for a while. If you look back to Peaty's cow themed V10, he used a full-XTR front brake paired with a full-Saint rear brake.

Last year when he won Andorra, Loris used XTR carbon levers paired with Saint calipers. I'm running an XO carbon lever paired with a Code caliper and I do like the feel that the lighter lever set up generates (it's still far more powerful than my set of Hope Tech 3 V4 brakes that I could never get to feel right).

Recently, Loris has been running the full set of new 4-piston XTR brakes, but since he's a mega puzzler, I am sure he will change it up depending on his anxiety level.

As most of these racers don't need full stopping power but slowing power, I can see why they might opt for the full XTR set up. I have yet to try the new 4-piston XTR set up though, it's supposedly just shy of Saint in the power department.

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6/28/2019 1:43 AM

I'm on the new XTR 4-pots. Still fairly new, about 10 DH runs (totaling approximately 20km) done in both rain and dust, along with 15kms worth of trail riding.

These are probably the best brakes I've ever tried.

I used to be on Zees (which were essentially Saint calipers with SLX levers) and I can tell you these XTR's have much much better modulation without any loss of power at all. Truth be told, these actually feel like they have even more power, which I think is probably due to the new lever design.

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7/3/2019 8:04 PM

Floating brakes for Saracen, lock-outs for Commencal, extended chainstay-bolt-on-thingies for Minnaar - World Cup DH bike tinkering hasn't been this insane since 1998. PIT BITS from Andorra.

https://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/PIT-BITS-ANDORRA-WORLD-CUP-DOWNHILL,12463/PIT-BITS-ANDORRA-WORLD-CUP-DH-Santa-Cruz-Syndicate-Prototype-Dropouts,130662/sspomer,2



(dolface, i can only do it from desktop, those three little dots bring up the option to get embed code, then just paste it in here)

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7/4/2019 1:41 PM

sspomer wrote:

Floating brakes for Saracen, lock-outs for Commencal, extended chainstay-bolt-on-thingies for Minnaar - World Cup DH bike tinkering hasn't been this insane since 1998. PIT BITS from Andorra.

https://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/PIT-BITS-ANDORRA-WORLD-CUP-DOWNHILL,12463/PIT-BITS-ANDORRA-WORLD-CUP-DH-Santa-Cruz-Syndicate-Prototype-Dropouts,130662/sspomer,2



(dolface, i can only do it from desktop, those three little dots bring up the option to get embed code, then just paste it in here)

Bolted on independent brake arm, extra bolted on bits for a longer wheelbase and crazy flame paint jobs are making me feel 16 again and I love it! Long live the late 90's DH Scene

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7/6/2019 2:23 PM

The winning men's DH bike at Andorra. don't roll over that link if you don't want to know. we'll keep it off the homepage for a bit longer as the aussies wake up.
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7/7/2019 5:09 AM

Bruni's Bike is sooooo damn good!!!

Where is the Girls winning Bike ?

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7/7/2019 6:07 AM

sspomer wrote:

that unique maxxis that troy is running from RAW today

I thought these tires looked familiar but couldn't remember from where. The 3-2-3-2 middle pattern looks pretty similar to a Bontrager XR4:

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7/7/2019 7:04 AM

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7/7/2019 7:44 AM

It kinda looks like one of the tires from back in the early days. Smoke and dart? Farmer John?

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7/8/2019 12:38 AM

Nina's V10 had a pretty hard time on that crash, look how the VPP layout let the rear triangle to flip backwards...

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7/9/2019 8:43 AM

carll wrote:

Why is Cannondale being so coy with their DH rig? Trying to build hype for something that nobody will buy anyway...

peecee wrote:

Clueless!

Now Cannondale have Ratboy and Co and a new DH bike in the making, I think it's the start of a new beginning for them they are one of the originals and will always have a following.
Cannondale should throw back to their heyday with the new DH and Ratboys team by giving the team riders the retro colour ways as a throwback to when they were the greatest team on the planet!





old bike top, 26 rims top

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7/9/2019 8:49 AM

metadave wrote:

The return of the legend......



best bike

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7/9/2019 10:09 AM

Was watching Amaury Pierron's race run from Andorra, which is absolutely insane to watch... like wtf. But I actually noticed that he was running the old Code levers on his bike, kinda curious as to why he'd run these instead of the new Code's. Any ideas? But seriously, watch that race run, it's mind melting.





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