2019 UCI World Cup Downhill Tech

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3/20/2019 9:13 AM

Commencal Vallnord enduro bikes



Words from the team
It’s a new season and we have a new rider in the team - rookie Antoine VIDAL, Junior French Champion, will race in the U21 category.

It will be the first season in Elite for Théotim TRABAC. He was integrated to the team in 2018, and with a 2nd overall result last year, he is confident for his first Elite year.

This 2 'kids' will be coached by who other than Cécile & Cedric RAVANEL.

After her big crash in February, Cécile will be off racing for almost the full season. But she’s feeling better and better every day, and she’s come to NZ to supporting the team.

New season, new colors.

This first event is the perfect time to show the new bike and new kits to everybody.

So, what do you think about this new kit, chalk grey and red ?


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3/20/2019 9:16 AM

i'd never seen this before until cruising our photo gallery and this rad speed blur/panshot popped up - https://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/member/Mtb-photos,6206/Brett-Wheeler,128404/miguelbento,21102

pretty cool IMO and figured i'd put it here even if it's existed for years ha.
https://www.starlingcycles.com/starling-cycles-sturn/


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3/20/2019 10:37 AM

sspomer wrote:

i'd never seen this before until cruising our photo gallery and this rad speed blur/panshot popped up - https://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/member/Mtb-photos,6206/Brett-Wheeler,128404/miguelbento,21102

pretty cool IMO and figured i'd put it here even if it's existed for years ha.
https://www.starlingcycles.com/starling-cycles-sturn/


SS DH is highly underrated, provided your tracks aren't too flat and/or your local race series has a proper start ramp.

If the Sturn is a little pricey, but you're keen to give it a whirl, here's your answer.
(or the more expensive German-made option)


This is what I managed to set up last Autumn - ran some zip ties through the hollow bolts in the dropouts and the tensioner's arm to prevent it from flopping around.

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3/20/2019 12:30 PM

Yeah man, I got the same Alfine-setup on my dh-bike. Super rad! Clean setup, less to think about. tho, im no racer.

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3/20/2019 5:21 PM

One of the best DH bikes ive seen in a while



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3/21/2019 5:27 AM

so.... will Yeti have a DH rig anytime ? may be Rude is not racing the EWS but will race some World cups ? I believe the guys is in portugal, not NZ

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3/21/2019 5:41 AM

luisgutrod wrote:

so.... will Yeti have a DH rig anytime ? may be Rude is not racing the EWS but will race some World cups ? I believe the guys is in portugal, not NZ

I don't think he will. Not this year, at least, for obvious reasons.

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3/21/2019 8:58 AM

luisgutrod wrote:

so.... will Yeti have a DH rig anytime ? may be Rude is not racing the EWS but will race some World cups ? I believe the guys is in portugal, not NZ

Verbl Kint wrote:

I don't think he will. Not this year, at least, for obvious reasons.

yea, i believe any ban he would potentially receive would apply to UCI races as well.

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3/21/2019 9:07 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/21/2019 9:09 AM

sspomer wrote:

i'd never seen this before until cruising our photo gallery and this rad speed blur/panshot popped up - https://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/member/Mtb-photos,6206/Brett-Wheeler,128404/miguelbento,21102

pretty cool IMO and figured i'd put it here even if it's existed for years ha.
https://www.starlingcycles.com/starling-cycles-sturn/


sideshow wrote:

SS DH is highly underrated, provided your tracks aren't too flat and/or your local race series has a proper start ramp.

If the Sturn is a little pricey, but you're keen to give it a whirl, here's your answer.
(or the more expensive German-made option)


This is what I managed to set up last Autumn - ran some zip ties through the hollow bolts in the dropouts and the tensioner's arm to prevent it from flopping around.

I ran one of those for a season of bike park riding. Works awesome- especially for $20.

I cut the 'tang' off the derailleur hanger and zip tied the main body of the alfine tensioner straight to the chainstay IE rotate yours another 45 degrees CCW and tuck it up another inch or so. EDIT- it might be cheaper to cut the tang off the alfine tensioner since deraileur hangers are more than $20.


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3/21/2019 10:38 AM

jonkranked wrote:

yea, i believe any ban he would potentially receive would apply to UCI races as well.

EWS is in partnership with the UCI now. He's probably stuck in limbo right now. Glaciers melt faster than the UCI hands down decisions about doping.

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3/21/2019 8:42 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/21/2019 8:43 PM

so the 29 / 27.5 combo seems to be legit. Finn just got 2nd at crankworx rotorua by .09 running it. brook won on 27.5 (so rad...brook looks f'ing focused!) and brannigan 3rd on 29 (i think he's on 29...also freaking rad to see him back in the mix). loic front flatted so we don't know how we would have done.

oh, finn wins "sickest foot-out turn of 2019 so far" in his race run too! i'm sure replays will surface at some point.

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3/22/2019 1:37 AM

sspomer wrote:

i'd never seen this before until cruising our photo gallery and this rad speed blur/panshot popped up - https://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/member/Mtb-photos,6206/Brett-Wheeler,128404/miguelbento,21102

pretty cool IMO and figured i'd put it here even if it's existed for years ha.
https://www.starlingcycles.com/starling-cycles-sturn/


Strange looking at a bike [on here] that was fabricated a short 20-min drive from my house...

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3/22/2019 9:34 AM

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3/22/2019 5:53 PM

Spomer - Rotorua pit bits coming soon? Should be some new things on various bikes out there.

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3/24/2019 6:34 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/24/2019 8:18 AM



lots of clips with Matt Simmons on the new cannondale bike

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3/24/2019 7:32 AM



Different Shock position from what was seen before..
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3/24/2019 8:28 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/24/2019 8:29 AM

Hyperpower! wrote:

Different Shock position from what was seen before..

is there some kind of lower damper thing going on too? looks like a shaft or something between chainring and that linkage mount/pivot. i have no idea, just looks interesting.

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3/24/2019 8:42 AM

sspomer wrote:

is there some kind of lower damper thing going on too? looks like a shaft or something between chainring and that linkage mount/pivot. i have no idea, just looks interesting.

Someone earlier did mention seeing one with a shock AND a separate damper shaft.

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3/24/2019 9:28 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/24/2019 9:29 AM

Hyperpower! wrote:

Different Shock position from what was seen before..

*sorry, double post

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3/24/2019 9:28 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/24/2019 9:35 AM

Hyperpower! wrote:

Different Shock position from what was seen before..

Aesthetically, shock in downtube looks so much better. Possible twin damper setup is interesting, but seems so unnecessary now a days.
Looking at other pics floating around, it’s hard to tell if the upper shock has a reservoir. Would make sense for the additional damper if that’s the case. Prototype clearance issues maybe

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3/24/2019 11:24 AM

Could the coil be a dummy?? Cannondale did this with the new lefty adding a fake upper to the xc bikes....

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3/24/2019 11:31 AM

It doesn't seem to have a reservoir indeed.




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3/24/2019 11:46 AM

That C-dale seems like a perfect candidate for a Romic shock !

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3/24/2019 12:38 PM

remote resevoir like an avalanche hop-up kit? maybe just a hose, not a shaft in that first pic? looks like nothing is there in those 2nd shots. i love speculating off of 50kb screengrabs haha. can't wait to see it for real.



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3/24/2019 12:43 PM

Interesting. Judging by the lines of the link mounting bracket and the thin toptube it looks like a carbon frame (just speculation), but that damper mount screams prototype. That long mount doesn´t look confidence inspiring at all. Really weird bike indeed.
My money is on some sort of proprietary shock.

Wasn´t the upper shock mount on the toptube on the previously spotted bike?

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3/24/2019 2:16 PM

Wonder if the spring part of the shock is designed to take side loads while there is a separate damper just for dampening. Wasn’t Ohlins saying it was difficult to design a shock for mountain bikes because it’s structrual and a dampener? This could be an attempt to eliminate that

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3/24/2019 3:51 PM

sspomer wrote:

so the 29 / 27.5 combo seems to be legit. Finn just got 2nd at crankworx rotorua by .09 running it. brook won on 27.5 (so rad...brook looks f'ing focused!) and brannigan 3rd on 29 (i think he's on 29...also freaking rad to see him back in the mix). loic front flatted so we don't know how we would have done.

oh, finn wins "sickest foot-out turn of 2019 so far" in his race run too! i'm sure replays will surface at some point.

I'm not sure if Brook is on 27.5 wheels. His tires, wheels doesnt say anything and lowers says 40rty, same with L. Greenland bike

Look closely
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0h-APsAgsY from 1:25 to 1:35
For me there is a difference in wheelsize between this tues and Laurie summum

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3/24/2019 3:57 PM

AdamO wrote:

I'm not sure if Brook is on 27.5 wheels. His tires, wheels doesnt say anything and lowers says 40rty, same with L. Greenland bike

Look closely
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0h-APsAgsY from 1:25 to 1:35
For me there is a difference in wheelsize between this tues and Laurie summum

maybe he's not. just assumed he was. here's his bike from insta


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3/24/2019 5:19 PM

Mike_Tarry_775 wrote:

Could the coil be a dummy?? Cannondale did this with the new lefty adding a fake upper to the xc bikes....

I'm thinking that as well. That link looks huge and inside the frame. I'm not even sure this makes sense, but maybe it's possible they're working on the damper settings in the downbtube and using a dummy shock as the spring to swap spring rates quickly?

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3/25/2019 1:54 AM

Another pic of the new Cannondale.
Photo by Lino Correia.

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