I spent six days at Hadleigh Farm marshalling the Monument Drop with a good view of Deans Drop. I had the opportunity to talk with the riders and their coaches, couldn’t really observe any advantages of any particular kit being used. I did have to recover a bike of a fallen rider, a carbon Cube 29er hard tale, really light with the forks set up really hard! These riders have excellent skills and ability, their fitness is fantastic. On the whole this event and all the people involved are a credit to the sport of mtbing.
Olympic XC and the 29er
Ah a bit like my first mtb [a raleigh maverick] which had 1 chain ring too. That had only 5 gears though and the chain was kept on by 2 chain guards on eith side of the chain ring.
So what is wrong with a similar chain ring as my old maverick - ie a chain guard and a 11-40-odd tooth cassette on a conventional set up - you would only really need a special cassette and mech?
with the forks set up really hard!
Clearly their mistake was listening to Chris Boardman rather than all the middle aged pony trekkers on bikes on here.
Just dont see why you would need a 29r on a garden path
But then again i am a trail rider
to my mind if you weren't riding a 29er or at the very least 650b on that course you were doing yourseld a disadvantage . . .
they fly, i've got one , ride one, maybe peeps should try one, otherwise you'll never know.
I saw Fontana had lost his seatpost and instantly wondered if it was a cannondale SAVE seatpost. Always questioned their longevity and maybe that was the answer
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