If you ever wondered what bikes the most experienced athletes in the industry use, now is your chance to find out from Chris Spath’s article written for IBC community. The photos belong to Constantin Fiene so let’s see what it is all about.
Rachel Atherton: Trek Session
Rachel rides a Trek Session standard bike, RSL – Race Shop Limited colour. The frame is size L, the stem is 50 mm and has a positive rise of 20 mm. The handlebar has a width of 775 mm. The bike has Fox suspensions, a DHX X2 rear shock and a 40 Float RC2 fork, tires inflated at 65 psi. The fork is not a standard one, but this is the only thing we know. A Shimano Saint line is installed on the bike and an 8 cog cassette gives Rachel the necessary range of gears. The bike weighs 15.4 kilos.
Aaron Gwin: YT Tues
Aaron Gwin’s bike frame is a standard one, so everyone can purchase it. Except for the Fox suspensions and Onza tires, many of the bike components are produced by e-thirteen. The breaks are produced by TRP. The handlebar is Renthal and the transmission is e-thirteen and Sram.
Troy Brosnan: Specialized Demo
Loic Bruni: Specialized Demo
Greg Minaar: Santa Cruz V10 Carbon
Greg’s last victory at Fort William was a very important one. Greg uses a handlebar named after him, that is a Minaar handlebar, with an impressive width of 808mm and a stem of 60 mm long. Some of the components are ENVE and Chris King and the suspensions are Fox with the classic combination: 40 Float RC2 fork and DHX X2 shock. Minaar uses a 10 cog cassette, in 11-25 format.
Josh Bryceland: Santa Cruz V10 Carbon
Danny Hart: Mondraker Summum
Even though he is not such a tall guy, Danny uses a size L frame. The wheels are produced by Pancho Wheels and the tires are Maxxis. Mondraker has a new suspension partner that is Fox and they produce the 40 fork and the DHX shock for Summum. The transmission is Sram.
Brendan Fairclough: Scott Gambler
The first version of Gambler prototype could have been seen in Crankworx, New Zealand. Since then, a lot of work has been put in optimizing the frame and eventually the rear triangle was build from carbon and not aluminium. The bike has Fox suspensions and the angle of the headtube is of only 62.4 degrees.
Sam Hill: Nukeproof Pulse