Meet The Riders And Their Rides: Nino Schurter

Nino throws down some style for his fans on the way to his 2018 World Championship at Lenzerheide in his home country of Switzerland. Photo: Armin Kuestenbrueck/EGO Promotion

Nino Schurter continues to break records in the world of mountain bike racing. Back in 2017, Nino completed a near-perfect year, winning all six World Cup races, as well as the UCI World Championships and the Absa Cape Epic. This past year Nino won the Elite Men’s World Cup cross-country title once again and the UCI World Championships as well.

While Nino wasn’t able to win all of the World Cup races this year, he still won four of the seven events and took the title decisively. Nino now has the most Elite Men’s cross-country World Championships in history, with seven altogether, along with six overall World Cup titles—one shy of the record set in 2016 by the now-retired Julien Absalon.

Nino also has three Olympic medals (one gold, one silver, and one bronze) compared to Absalon’s two Olympic gold medals.

Nino’s team manager at Scott-SRAM, Thomas Frischknecht, racked up three World Cup titles and one UCI World Championship in the 1990s. “Frischi,” as he’s known to his friends, was widely considered the top male cross-country racer of that decade, but he told MBA back in 2017 that he considers Nino the greatest mountain bike racer of all time.

We decided it was time to take another look at Nino, his incredible win record and the bike that carried him to the top of the world’s most prestigious mountain bike podiums in 2018.

Nino grabs a quick drink on the way to his 2018 World Championship. Photo: Armin Kuestenbrueck/EGO Promotion


Age: 32

Home: Chur, Switzerland

Childhood home: Tersnaus, Switzerland

Date of birth: May 13, 1986

Profession: Pro cyclist (multimedia design)

Marital status: Married to Nina

Height: 173cm (5-foot-8)

Weight: 67 kilograms (148 pounds)

Shoe size: 43

Helmet size: Medium

Waist: 31 inches

Nino had to battle with Gerhard Kirschbaumer of Italy for the win in Lenzerheide. Gehard took the silver medal in the end.

Started racing: Age 7

Resting pulse: 45 beats per minute

Maximum pulse rate: 199 beats per minute

Hobbies: Free-riding, backcountry skiing, traveling, tech (GoPros, computers, phones, etc.)

Jobs held other than racer: Mediamathiker (website designer)

Racing strengths: Downhill, speed starter, mental load

Claimed weaknesses: Patience

Trainer: Nicolas Siegenthaler

Mechanic: Yanick Giger

Training region: Graubünden, Switzerland

Favorite race: Nove Mesto, Czech Republic

Favorite dish: Asian foods


Interesting facts:

  • Nino raced both downhill and cross-country on the Swiss national team as a junior.
  • Nino’s father coached the Swiss national downhill team from 2003 to 2009.
  • “When I was the Elite world champion in 2009, my father was the Master’s downhill champion.”

Tech Inside The Pros’ Bikes

Nino Schurter’s Scott Spark World Cup
Nino and his custom 2018 World Championship race bike. Photo: Jochen Haar

Bike weight: 9.86 kilograms (21.74 pounds), including pedals

Estimated price: “There is no estimated value of this bike as there is an electronic drivetrain on it that has not even been released.” — Thomas Frischknecht/Scott-SRAM (Notice that there is no deraileur cable.)

1. Frame: 2018 Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup Special Edition, Worlds Lenzerheide; carbon.

2. Fork: RockShox SID World Cup Carbon/RL3 Charger; Black Box Damper; Boost hub spacing; 100mm travel.

Nino’s one-piece bar/stem combo. Photo: Jochen Haar

3. Rear Shock: RockShox Black Box model, 100mm travel

4. Remote: Scott TwinLoc system, which allows Nino to lock or unlock the suspension while riding

5. Headset: Syncros FL1.5/TIB bearing

6. Stem: Part of a one-piece handlebar and stem combo; Syncros Fraser iC SL Special Edition cockpit; -25-degree rise; 90mm virtual stem length; carbon construction.

7. Handlebar: Cut to 680mm width; 6-degree backsweep, 9-degree upsweep

8. Seatpost: Syncros FL1.0 SL carbon/10mm seat-back

9. Saddle: Syncros XR1.0 SL carbon

10. Grips: Syncros silicone

11. Pedals: Ritchey WCS V6

Regarding Nino’s new wireless drivetrain, SRAM would only say, “Nino has been racing a Blackbox SRAM Eagle™ drivetrain since August [ … ] we are constantly experimenting with new technology, and designing, building and testing new products. At this time, we cannot comment on photos, rumors or speculation.” Photo: Jochen Haar

12. Rear derailleur: SRAM XX1 Black Box Eagle (wireless)

13. Shifter: SRAM XX1 Black Box Eagle (wireless)

14. Crankset: SRAM XX1 Carbon Eagle, DUB 175mm, Q-168mm, 38T chainring

15. Bottom bracket height: 319.5mm

16. Chain: SRAM XX1, Eagle Gold

Nino used a Pepi’s Tire Noodle in the rear tire to prevent flats at the 2018 World Championships. Photo: Armin Kuestenbrueck/ EGO Promotion

17. Cassette: SRAM XX1 Eagle Gold/10-52T

18. Brakes: SRAM Level Ultimate

19. Wheels: DT Swiss XRC 1200 spline 25, carbon 29″ Worlds Special Edition

20. Tires: Maxxis Aspen, 29×2.25″, 170 tpi (with PTN foam insert)

21. Bottle cage: Topeak Shuttle Cage Carbon

22. Computer: Garmin Edge 20

23. Tire sealant: Stan’s NoTubes, 50ml


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