The downhill race track is also a little different to what riders were racing all season, with a steep and rocky start that flattens out toward the finish. That calls for some interesting tech to give the riders the best setup possible.
With one quick wander about the pits, we saw some seriously cool stuff, have a look here.
Jack Moir with the only carbon 29er from Intense. It’s a monster of a bike, he’s a lanky fellow, hence the tall front end. The tight and compact JS Tuned linkage sits right down low in the bikes chassis. Lukas Flukiger’s BMC really grabbed our attention with so many sweet little mods and details to point out. A little weight taped to the rim opposite the valve, that’s a small little detail if there was one. Carbon KS dropper post. Connor Fearon’s top tube. Danni Beecroft so stoked with the paint job from Pivot. So prototypo. A typo, or a prototype? Wyn Masters happily dialing in his GT with ACDC album covers stickered over his frame. Someone help Patti Butler out, he’s in need of a bottle of shampoo. The downhill bike everyone is talking about, well, it’s not even a downhill bike. Sam Hill brought both his DH bike and enduro bike to Cairns but has decided on the latter, a small bike for this course for sure. His reasoning was simply that he’s not ridden his DH bike since the Fort William World Cup where he raced to qualify for the World Champs, and the EWS series has tracks far steeper and more technical than this DH track, though not quite as fast you’d have to think. The Nukeproof has a 180mm RockShox Lyrik up the front and the only change from his EWS setup is a DH 7-speed drivetrain. Marcelo Gutierrez on the Giant Glory. A FOX shock with remote lockout going onto Brook Macdonalds GT. Iron Maiden album covers for the Kiwi. Neko Mulally’s YT Tues is a real beauty, the finish is sublime.