What The Pros Ride

What The Pros Are Riding

When you’re trying to earn a living as one of the top mountain bikers in the world, you need a bike you can count on.

-First of all, the bike has to have great handling.

-Second, the frame has to be built up light, but it can’t be flimsy.

-Third, you need the wheels to be as light as possible but also strong and reliable on rocky trails.

-Fourth, the tires have to grip the trail reliably without slowing you down until you want them to.

-Fifth, your brakes need to offer great stopping power without sending you flying over the bars.

-Sixth, the drivetrain has to shift gears smoothly, quickly and reliably without getting jammed or dropping the chain.

-Seventh, the bars have to position your hands in the ideal position for maximum control and comfort.

-Eighth, the bottom bracket needs to be high enough to keep your pedals from striking rocks but low enough to maximize your cornering ability.

To sum it all up, everything has to work together to offer the highest level of performance and reliability. Check out some of the riders we profiled in the past year, the bikes they’re riding and how they set them up.

KEEGAN SWENSON

Discipline: Cross-country

Frame: Pivot Mach 4 SL

Travel: 100mm, front and rear

Bike weight: “I think it’s 23.5 pounds with the dropper post.”

Wheel size: 29 inches

Head tube angle: 68.5 degrees

Bottom bracket height: 12.8 inches

Handlebar width: 720mm (28.35 inches)

Drivetrain: Shimano XTR 9100, 12-speed

 

STEVEN WALTON

Photo by Travis Fant

Discipline: Downhill

Frame: KHS DH 29

Travel: 180mm, front and rear

Bike weight: 35 pounds

Wheel size: 29 inches

Head tube angle: 63 degrees

Bottom bracket height: 14 inches (356mm)

Handlebar width: 780mm (30.71 inches)

Drivetrain: Shimano Saint, 10-speed

AUSTIN “BUBBA” WARREN

Discipline: Downhill

Frame: Evil The Wreckoning

Travel: 180mm front/161mm rear

Bike weight: 32 pounds

Wheel size: 29 inches

Head tube angle: 65.2 degrees

Bottom bracket height: 355mm

Handlebar width: 780mm (30.71 inches)

Drivetrain: SRAM X0, 7-speed

LOIC BRUNI

Photo by Michal Cerveny/Specialized

Discipline: Downhill

Frame: Specialized Demo Race 29-650b

Travel: 200mm, front and rear

Bike weight: 39.7 pounds

Wheel size: 29 inches/650b (27.5 inches)

Head tube angle: 62.5 degrees

Bottom bracket height: 350mm

Handlebar width: 780mm (30.71 inches)

Drivetrain: SRAM X0-1 DH, 7-speed

MATHIEU VAN DER POEL

Discipline: Cross-country

Frame: Canyon Lux CF

Travel: 100mm, front and rear

Bike weight: 21.8 pounds

Wheel size: 29 inches

Head tube angle: 70 degrees

Bottom bracket height: 327mm (12.87 inches)

Handlebar width: 720mm (28.35 inches)

Drivetrain: Shimano XTR 12-speed

EDDIE MASTERS

 

Discipline: Enduro

Frame: Pivot Firebird 29

Travel: 170mm front/162mm rear

Bike weight: 33 pounds

Wheel size: 29 inches

Head tube angle: 65 degrees

Bottom bracket height: Unknown

Handlebars: Renthal Fat Bar

Drivetrain: Shimano XTR, 12-speed

MARTIN MAES

Photo by Red Bull Content Pool

Discipline: Enduro

Frame: GT Force Carbon 29/27.5 inches

Travel: 150mm, front and rear

Bike weight: 34.17 pounds

Wheel size: 29 inches/27.5 inches

Head tube angle: 65 degrees

Bottom bracket height: 349mm (13.74 inches)

Handlebar width: 780mm (30.71 inches)

Drivetrain: Shimano XTR, 12-speed

VAEA VERBEECK

Photo by Paris Gore/Red Bull

Discipline: Downhill

Frame: Rocky Mountain

Maiden Travel: 200mm, front and rear

Bike weight: 35.7 pounds

Wheel size: 27.5 inches

Head tube angle: 63.2–64 degrees

Bottom bracket drop: 9.5 to -1.3mm

Handlebar width: 780mm (30.71 inches)

Drivetrain: Shimano Saint

RYAN “R-DOG” HOWARD

Photo courtesy of Trek

Discipline: Freeride/slopestyle

Frame: Trek Session Park

Travel: 200mm front/210mm rear

Bike weight: 35 pounds

Wheel size: 27.5 inches

Head tube angle: 63.6 degrees

Bottom bracket height: 14 inches (356mm)

Handlebar width: 737mm (29 inches)

Drivetrain: SRAM X0, 7-speed

KYLE WARNER

Photo by Matt W are/Fly Racing

Discipline: Enduro

Frame: Niner RIP 9 RDO

Travel: 140mm

Bike weight: 31 pounds

Wheel size: 27.5 inches

Head tube angle: 65 degrees

Bottom bracket height: 335mm (high position)

Handlebar width: 780mm (30.71 inches)

Drivetrain: Shimano XT, 12-speed


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