Pro’s Bikes: Greg Minnaar and Nino Schurter

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There’s more than one way to go fast and these two know a thing or two about it. Both bikes are carbon fibre, both use carbon rims and SRAM running gear, but the overall bikes are about as different as you could imagine. Let’s take a look:

Hmm... wonder who's a World Champion. Scott 899 frame weighs less than 2lbs. DT Swiss carbon suspension forks up front. And look - bar ends!
When you say 'Stock SRAM XX', that somehow makes it sound ordinary. It's anything but ordinary...
Ritchey Superlogic carbon rims with handmade Dugast tubular tyres - made by skinning a Ritchey WCS race tyre and sticking the tread onto a silk threaded tubular carcass. There's $400 of silk alone in each tyre.
It's good to see Nino didn't go to down and ditch the stem cap. Long 'n' low cockpit

And now to something completely different:

Greg Minnaar’s World Championships bike. With a carbon frame, a touch of national pride, and a few special bits here and there. Randomly in the background we can see Mike Ferrentino, Karl Rosengarth from Dirt Rag and ex Junior hotshot Daryl Price (with rucksack).

Another winner in the 'meaningful stance' competition. Santa Cruz carbon V10.
Slick paintjob and Black Box black slippery Boxxer stanchions.
White hoses. Snazzy!
Avid CODE brakes. Alloy bolts too.
Ten speeds - no funny, special cassettes here. Not even a SRAM Red one.
Blackbox rear mech. Doesn't it look long? Older Edge carbon rims (new ones are called ENVE) so we assume they're lasting the team OK then.
Descendant crank is a production version of the Blackbox crank that he and Peaty have been riding for the last two years.
How come Nino didn't get his name on his shifter? The shifter is ostensibly an XO one. Alloy bolts (and not XX titanium bolts?) and Peaty grips.

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (11)

    i’ve got bar ends on my bike…what?, it’s not niche anymore??

    No rOcKeTdOg – all roadies do it.

    Really enjoying this “pro’s bike” series. More!

    like this series too.

    “Alloy bolts (and not XX titanium bolts?)”

    As alloy ones are half the weight it’s not that surprising!

    I know which one I want, and it’s red…what a bike!

    What I’d like to know is how careful do you have to be with the frame, with it weighing less than 2lbs? Does it have a limited life & need replacing every season, or only if it gets crashed?

    Looks fast standing still…

    I love this feature too. Good work fellas.

    Those black stanchions are anodised with Marmite.

    You heard it here first folks…

    Interesting how Minnaar is using a Vivid coil and Peaty a Vivid Air.

    Scott is pretty confident in its carbon technology. I’m pretty sure there isn’t even a ride weight limit on it. For more details on the Scale 899 and 949, have a look at our Scale launch story

    Looking at that V10, I think Minaar might fit a 29″er better, it looks a bit small wheeled and tall

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