This summer, Absalon, 35, will try to win his third Olympic gold medal in mountain biking in Rio De Janeiro. But what is the world’s most accomplished racer riding this year? “My favorite race bike is the Fourstroke,” Julien told us. It’s the full-suspension, carbon, 29-inch-wheeled BMC. Like most top pros, Julien takes backup bikes to his biggest races. Julien’s second choice is his BMC TeamElite01—a light- weight, 29-inch, carbon softtail.
With Julien’s experience racing all over the world, he will likely know which bike he wants to ride before he even takes one lap around a course. Julien started using 29-inch wheels in some non-World Cup races in 2011. He began using 29-inch wheels in the World up races in 2013. He started racing BMC’s Fourstroke full-suspension bike in the World Cup series in 2014 and won both the World Cup series title and the UCI Elite Men’s Cross-Country World Championship on that bike.
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