INSIDE THE PROS’ BIKES: AMAURY PIERRON AND HIS COMMENCAL SUPREME DOWNHILL BIKE SETUP
Meet The Riders And Their Rides
INSIDE THE PROS’ BIKES: AMAURY PIERRON AND HIS COMMENCAL SUPREME DOWNHILL BIKE
France’s Amaury Pierron might well be the fastest downhill racer on the planet these days. He won four World Cup races in 2022, as well as the overall title for the year.
Pierron now has a total of 10 World Cup wins to his name, as well as two overall World Cup series titles. What’s more, he shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Before joining the Elite Men’s ranks at 17 in 2013, Amaury had already made a name for himself as one of the top junior downhill racers in the world. He took his first Elite Men’s World Cup medal, a bronze one, in 2014 at Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. Three years later Pierron picked up a silver medal from Val di Sole in 2017.
The next year his career exploded. He won three World Cup gold medals and the overall title in 2018. Then he won three more races the next year but lost the title to his friend and fellow Frenchman Loic Bruni. After a bit of a dry spell the next two seasons, Amaury won four more World Cup races in 2022, as well as the overall title. Thanks to his total of 10 World Cup wins and two series titles, Pierron now ranks seventh among the top male downhill racers in World Cup history.
If there’s some kind of gene for going fast on a bike, it must be in Pierron’s blood. Amaury has two brothers, and they’re both World Cup downhill racers, too.
The oldest brother, Baptiste, 29, won the European Downhill Championship three years ago and won a bronze medal at the Les Gets World Cup race in 2021.
Amaury’s younger brother, Antoine, 22, just started breaking into the ranks of the top-30 riders on the World Cup circuit this past year.
Amaury will always be the middle child of the three Pierron brothers, but he’s definitely the top guy in the family when it comes to racing.
Name: Amaury Pierron
Age: Too old (27)
Birthdate: March 4, 1996
Birthplace: Colmar, France
Height: 1m 80 (5-foot-11)
Weight: 80 kilograms )176 pounds)
Shoe size: 43.5 EU (10.5 U.S.)
Helmet size: M
Marital status: Single
Current town of residence: Sispony, Andorra
Your vehicle: Volkswagen T6
Started racing: 14
Turned pro: 22
Favorite course (North America): Snowshoe
Favorite course (Europe): Lourdes
Favorite food: Kebab
Goals: Goat (aka Greatest Of All Time)
Heroes: Too many heroes
Favorite recording artist: Nekfeu
Favorite movie: The Dirt
Hobbies: Moto, ski, sunset, food
Jobs held: Bike seller in a sport shop
Most embarrassing moment: Being with a couple—one is cheating the other, but both are your friends.
Always takes on a trip: Food
What you would be if you were not a racer: Sports teacher
AMAURY PIERRON’S COMMENCAL SUPREME V5
Frame: Commencal Supreme V5, large, aluminum, 200mm travel
Fork: Fox 40, 200mm travel
Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary, 29″ x 2.35″ front, 27.5″x 2.35″ rear
Tubeless sealant: Muc-Off
Tire inserts: Tubolight
Rims: Enve M930
Spokes: CN spoke
Front hub: Chris King
Rear hub: Chris King
Rear axle width: 157mm
Brakes: TRP DHR Evo,223mm rotors
Handlebars: Enve M9,800mm/20mm
Grips: Lizard Skins Bearclaw
Bottom bracket: Race Face
Pedals: HT X3
Cranks (model and length): Race Face Atlas, 165mm
Chainring: Race Face 36T
Shifter: TRP Gen2 Evo 7S
Rear derailleur: TRP Gen2 Evo 7S
Rear cassette: TRP, 10-24t
Headset: Chris King
Shock: Fox Float X2
Head angle: 63.5 degrees
Bottom bracket height: 352mm (13.9″)
Weight of complete bike: 17.5 kg(38.6 pounds)
Estimated value of bike: 14,000 euros ($13,500)
MBA: Where did you grow up?
Pierron: Alsace, and Brioude in Auvergne (France).
MBA: What kind of work do your parents do?
Pierron: Kind of architect.
MBA: How old were you when you learned to ride a bike?
Pierron: Four, I guess.
MBA: Who taught you?
Pierron: My older bro and my father.
MBA: Did you race any other kinds of bikes before mountain bikes?
Pierron: I just played football (soccer). That was sick, but not as sick as DH.
MBA: When did you get your first mountain bike?
MBA: How did you finish in your first competition?
Pierron: In my first national race, I crashed three times in my race run. Not great.
MBA: What titles did you win as an amateur?
MBA: What was your favorite subject in school?
MBA: What other sports do you enjoy?
Pierron: Moto, ski, hiking.
MBA: Can you tell us something interesting or unusual about yourself.
Pierron: I’m weird.
MBA: Is there anything else that people might like to know about you?
Pierron: I love cats. They are so cute. ο