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    Nino seals WC title, favored for Gold in London

    I think it's fair to say that if it wasn't for Nino's surprising success on his weird bike, this forum would still have its old name,, and there would be way fewer new 27.5" bikes available 2013

    Kirk Pacenti thought it up, Nino Schurter and Scott Swisspower picked up the ball and ran with it. No one expected or predicted that the first score for the middle sized wheel would be HT XC racing. Of course, all good publicity is welcome. This and has been a shot in the arm for the middle size

    Thanks Nino, best of luck at the Olympics!

    Wonder if the Olympic commentators will discuss "wheel size wars" intelligently ? Not holding my breath

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    broken link?
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    I blast down a mountain once, and in my wake, lies a new single track for the rest of you."-sm

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    Old enough to know better. And old enough not to care. Best age to be.

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    He'll do well on the Olympic course. But don't count Absalon out. Remember the race in Belgium this year? Absalon absolutely destroyed on that course.

    But that being said, this year's Olympic course seems like it was made for bullets like Nino to attack the A lines and put a second or two on the chasing pack every time.

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    This just about sums it up;

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuspectDevice View Post
    This just about sums it up;
    yup!
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    Too bad Scott doesn't seem to capitalize on Nino's success and make available ( and i mean widely available ) the damn frame.

    He'll do well on the Olympic course. But don't count Absalon out. Remember the race in Belgium this year? Absalon absolutely destroyed on that course.
    And every other top10 rider, WC != Olympics. I wouldn't be surprised in the least even if Nino didn't win a medal, specially since that course serisouly sucks donkey dingleberries ... i hate these artificial courses.

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    Catherine pendrel was well off her usual pace at world cup #7 but she too has the title swept now. Her mere 7th place finish suggests she was saving her body for the olympics.
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    Bet

    Here is my bet on London....I got 66:1 on Fontana, couldnt ignore it.....16:5 on Nino, 11/4 on Absolon.....as much as I would like Nino to win on the wheelsize of the furture.....COME ON FONTANTA :-)
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    Fontana has been doing fantastic in these last few rounds. I'd wager on him too!

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    Would be interesting to see how that course looks like during an actual race. Was hard to judge from the walkthrough videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curmy View Post
    Would be interesting to see how that course looks like during an actual race. Was hard to judge from the walkthrough videos.
    It's going to be fast. The head of the Swisspower team says he expects 13 minute laps from the best riders. Perhaps that's just talk, but from the looks of the course, I can imagine that being done.

    At least on the first lap, that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FNFAL View Post
    It's going to be fast. The head of the Swisspower team says he expects 13 minute laps from the best riders. Perhaps that's just talk, but from the looks of the course, I can imagine that being done.

    At least on the first lap, that is.
    I wonder how many folks will be lapped, and what a commotion it will cause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curmy View Post
    I wonder how many folks will be lapped, and what a commotion it will cause.
    That part I'm not so sure about. I don't think there's an 80% rule like there is in the World Cup. Luckily, this is a course of few choke-points.

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    80% rule will be implemented. I know some riders who did the test event...very fast and not too bad, but 100% man made, very straight forward. But 200m climbing per lap, lots of kickers, corner and crappy drops.....so it will produce a worthy champion!

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