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.
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
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
Team: SCOTT-SRAM MTB-Racing
- 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.”
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.
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
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
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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