Nino Schurter seems like he’s aiming to go down in the history books as the world’s greatest mountain biker. And for all we know, he just might pull it off.
Nino has now won the UCI Elite Men’s Cross-Country World Championship five times, tying the record set by France’s Julien Absalon.
Nino is also a leader when it comes to innovative technology. Nino was one of the very first racers to switch from 26-inch wheels to 27.5-inch wheels in 2012 when he dominated the World Cup series on the then-revolutionary wheel size.
In Nino’s first outing on the new size at this year’s fourth World Cup race, he got two flat tires and still finished fourth. He also won two smaller races on the bike, races that weren’t part of the World Cup series. After that it came time for a tougher test—this summer’s World Championships in the Czech Republic. The new bike definitely worked. Nino won his fifth Elite Men’s World Championship on it. It was his first gold-medal victory on a 29er. If all goes well, he’ll earn another one in August.
INSIDE THE PROS’ BIKES
Nino Schurter’s 2016 Scott Spark 29er
“The frame is 140 grams lighter than the old one,” Scott tells us. It has a head angle that is 1.3 degrees slacker, a chainstay length that is 13mm shorter and a steeper seat-tube angle. The bike also features a lower standover height than Nino’s previous bike. The newest, top-of-the-line Spark RC-series frames are designed for use with 1x drivetrains, allowing Scott to make the frame both lighter and stronger by leaving out the mounting hardware needed for a front derailleur. The standard Spark-series frames are designed for use with both 1x and 2x drivetrain systems. “The Boost technology results in increased wheel stiffness and improved tire clearance,” Scott claims. Scott tells us that the new frame’s head angle is 68.5 degrees and the seat angle is 73.8 degrees. Nino’s 2016 World Championship-winning bike reportedly did not use the newest carbon fiber layup system that Scott had developed for the production models. That new layup pattern reportedly saves about 100 grams (just under 4 ounces) per frame. Nino used the more familiar HMX carbon layup in his newest race bike in order to make sure there were no surprises while racing for his fifth World Championship on the new frame.
2. Fork: DT Swiss OPM O.D.L. 100 Race, Boost 15×100 thru-axle design.
3. Shifter: SRAM XX1 Eagle.
4. Crankset: SRAM XX1 Eagle carbon cranks, with SRAM 38-tooth X-Sync Eagle ring (Nino may opt for a 40-tooth ring, depending on the course).
5. Pedals: Ritchey WCS XC pedals.
6. Brakes: SRAM’s new Level Ultimate disc brakes.
7. Shock: DT Swiss high-volume R414.
8. Handlebar: Ritchey WCS carbon bar, 680mm width, 9 degrees.
9. Grips: Ritchey WCS Truegrips.
10. Stem: Ritchey WCS C260 stem, run upside down to lower the bars.
11. Rear derailleur: SRAM XX1 Eagle, 1×12 system.
12. Seatpost: Ritchey WCS.
13. Rims: DT Swiss XMC 1200 Spline carbon rims.
14. Tires: Dugast Tubular FastBird 52mm tires, 29 inches.
15. Hubs: DT Swiss 240s straight- pull, with ceramic bearings.
16. Remote suspension lockout: DT Swiss TwinLoc remote switch to lock out the fork and shock when desired.
17. Computer: Garmin Edge 25 GPS.
18. Water bottle cage: Topeak Shuttle carbon cage.
19. Cassette: SRAM XX1 Eagle, 10-50t.
20. Headset: Ritchey SuperLogic Carbon, Press-Fit.
21. Saddle: Ritchey WCS Vetor Evo.
Photo by Armin M. Kürtenbrück / EGO-Promotion
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