Racing: Specialized Riders Set Their Sights on MTB Worlds Aboard 2014 Bikes

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Go for it. Let it all hang out. For all the marbles. Worlds are the ultimate one-day mountain bike race – the highest achievement in our sport, after all the winner dons the rainbow stripes for life – so you can bet our team will be racing harder than ever.


We’re dedicated to giving our XC and DH athletes competing this weekend every advantage possible. All will be aboard brand-new 2014 bikes and equipment, adorned with extra special, nationally themed graphics.

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The S-Works Epic is the only full-suspension 29er to have won Worlds and with Jaroslav Kulhavy, Todd Wells, and Kohei Yamamoto all in prime form our hopes are high for some great results. Lea Davison will be gunning for the win on the ultra-light women’s-specific Fate carbon hardtail. All riders will be on production spec 2014 bikes custom adorned in the livery of their home nation.

Because the XC course is super tech, we cooked up something special to give our riders an edge when the going gets rough: prototype Command Posts to fit 27.2mm seattubes. Like the sweet paintjobs our riders are sporting, these posts, too, are one-off prototypes that will not be for sale.

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The complete S-Racing Factory Team will be in attendance for this event with Aaron Gwin, Troy Brosnan, and Mitch Ropelato all riding custom-painted bikes bearing the colors of their home countries, and relying on Specialized tires to put the rubber to the trail. Troy and Mitch will both be sporting custom-painted Dissident helmets as well.

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Reigning Olympic Champion, Jaroslav Kulhavy
Reigning Pro XCT Champion, Todd Wells
Reigning Pro XCT Champion, Lea Davison

Reigning UCI Overall World Champion, Aaron Gwin
Two-time Junior World Champion, Troy Brosnan
Three-time Pump Track World Champion, Mitch Ropelato