Results 1 to 83 of 83
  1. #1
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023

    Enduro-World-Series-Countdown-Interviews-Anne-Caro-Brian Lopes Team Ibis


  2. #2
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    You can follow live twitter updates from the EWS lf rd 1 from here

    EWS

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Accident Prone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    87
    See Lopes is riding a Ripley at EWS, WTF!! Why would he not be on his HD?? an XC/trail 29er, seriously!?? He obviously doesn't want to win. He is riding the most least capable bike out of every single rider entered in the series.

    Maybe Ibis have told him he has to ride it?

  4. #4
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by Accident Prone View Post
    See Lopes is riding a Ripley at EWS, WTF!! Why would he not be on his HD?? an XC/trail 29er, seriously!?? He obviously doesn't want to win. He is riding the most least capable bike out of every single rider entered in the series.

    Maybe Ibis have told him he has to ride it?
    Thought Id move this discussion back to this thread, don't want to upset the 650b wheeler crowd too much, so touchy like the Borg they must assimilate everyone.

    Yeah I was like WTF, this is the toughest course tightest and most technical of all the 7 rounds, it might be a good proving ground or epic failure, I just hope with all the hype which Im totally sick of re wheel size! regardless of which one it is shows that 26" is here to stay and if manufactures ignore it it will be at there own peril in the long run.

    I could name a few brands that have screwed the pooch over a few recent years by ignoring certain markets.

    More importantly its about the riders not the bikes we know the course isn't going to be lame.

    That all said back to fun stuff, Im sure the Ripley will be a good choice come the US rounds.

    This round is going to be tough on man and machine can't wait.

  5. #5
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023

    Dirt Fantasy League & EWS betting game!

    BTW you can join my Private league to compete if you wish!
    DirtEnduroFantasyLeague


    RotoVegas Enduro Bush Pilots
    League PIN: 21232


    Dirt Fantasy League, Gentleman! All Welcome.

    Also EWS have their own cool version bit different just choose the top 3 for mens and women's, simple, I like that its not factored to just the men like on Dirts you must have four men and can only have one women that sucks unfortunately. Dirt sort it out its 2013, not 1913!

    EWS betting, no money laid down either people just fun.

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Accident Prone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    87
    Yeah I agree mate, will just have to see how he goes I guess.

    I entered your Private League. Team Morrisons Muppets.

  7. #7
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by Accident Prone View Post
    Yeah I agree mate, will just have to see how he goes I guess.

    I entered your Private League. Team Morrisons Muppets.
    lol, awesome just accepted it, getting prepped for a wet ride today with my02 its pissing with rain here should be fun, sorta mirrors whats happening in Punta, it rained hard so racing will be even more tech and tires will play a big part, should suit Fabien even more!

    Chur, muppets love it

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Accident Prone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    87
    Yeah I got a bunch of mates down there now doing the 12hour Moonride and said its wet as lol suckers. I still cant ride for another 3-4months. Just started physio on shoulder 2 weeks ago, got a long way to go yet.

  9. #9
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Haha yeah not missing doing Moonride either did that for long enough, last year was the last straw lol.

    Ah not good on the shoulder, heal up fast dude, lest you have EWS and WCs to follow now

  10. #10
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023

    Prologue Results are in

    Some early round results of the first EWS


    1 33 CURE Alex URGE BIKE PR S E3 37.8 37.8 600
    2 14 BAREL Fabien CANYON FACTO S E5 38.0 38.0 500
    3 2 GRACIA Cedric ACA S E6 38.1 38.1 420
    3 23 MAES Martin GT FACTORY R S E1 38.1 38.1 420
    5 8 VOUILLOZ Nicolas UC MONACO S E6 38.8 38.8 300
    5 9 LAU Nicolas CUBE ACTION S E4 38.8 38.8 300
    5 24 QUERE Nicolas ACME S E4 38.8 38.8 300
    8 4 GRAVES Jared YETI / FOX F S E5 39.1 39.1 220
    9 11 LUPATO Alex FRM FACTORY S E4 39.5 39.5 200
    9 83 JEREMY Arnould IRWEGO COMME S E4 39.5 39.5 200
    11 29 BRUNI Loic CAGNES SUR M S E3 39.6 39.6 180
    12 19 NICOLAI Florian S E3 39.7 39.7 170
    13 3 ATHERTON Dan GT FACTORY R S E5 39.8 39.8 160
    13 10 DUCCI Manuel LIFE CYCLE S E5 39.8 39.8 160
    15 6 CLEMENTZ Jerome CANNONDALE S E4 39.9 39.9 140
    15 16 ABSALON Remy COMMENCAL S E4 39.9 39.9 140
    15 41 MAY Ludovic NORCO ENDURO S E4 39.9 39.9 140
    35 15 LOPES Brian IBIS/X-FUSIO S E7 42.0 42.0 96

  11. #11
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023

    Bikes of RD1 Punta

    24 Bikes of the Enduro World Series

    Manuel Ducci and his Ibis Mojo HD
    interesting Manuel is using the Slant and O2 shock?


    Brian Lopes and his Ibis Ripley


  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Accident Prone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    87
    and ACC 1st out of all the female riders

  13. #13
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by Accident Prone View Post
    and ACC 1st out of all the female riders
    Yep wikid and Emmeline Ragot 2nd beating allot of Enduro regulars awesome result, Peaty getting stamped though

  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Accident Prone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    87
    lol yeah Peaty miles behind, he was probably drunk lol

    Fabien the man! on his secret 650b Strive with some top secret covered up shock lol, I still can't believe Lopes is riding the Ripley

  15. #15
    Lightly salted
    Reputation: fuenstock's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,346
    Quote Originally Posted by Accident Prone View Post
    I still can't believe Lopes is riding the Ripley
    By the looks of Lopes face in that picture, he's not happy about it either. No doubt the ripley is an awsome bike, just not sure it's the best choice for this race.

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Salespunk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    4,888
    Lopes' setup is going to be a big deficit. Not only is he riding a short travel 29'r, he is running a double with no guide. Chain drops are going to cost him some big time out on the courses.

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Accident Prone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    87
    He is really being held back riding the Ripley in this comp I reckon. If he was on the HD I would put money on him placing top 3 overall and a very strong contender to take the win. On the Ripley however I doubt a top 15 overall Very very sad seeing such an incredible riding being held back like this

  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    124
    You guys don't think Lopes gets to choose what bike he rides? Maybe he chose the Ripley?

  19. #19
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    1,143
    I suspect he wanted a challenge, ergo, ride the Ripley.

  20. #20
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by Accident Prone View Post
    lol yeah Peaty miles behind, he was probably drunk lol

    Fabien the man! on his secret 650b Strive with some top secret covered up shock lol, I still can't believe Lopes is riding the Ripley
    Yeah Peaty, still Legend haha.

    Um interesting with Fabian surprises me he bought into the hype, sell bikes or be inaugural EWS Champ, Im all for the right tool for the job especially since these guys have the options, choice who knows! But for this round and course Id stick with 26", Manuel for example I wouldn't be surprised if that setup Slant/02 Shock was just for the Prologue, come proper stages I suspect he will be back on the Vengeance and HLR shock!

    Ill predict it now in a few years allot more rules around changes to setup once you reach parc ferme on entering an event like proper dirt bike Enduro, no mods or equipment changes will be allowed, track /stage practices and shuttles will be banned and they should be now.

    I agree re Brian's bike setup even on the Ripley let alone not choosing the HD, Id want single ring setup, take the smaller ring, its going to be lost in the tech with flats mechanical and the distance total riding between stages imo.

    Other rounds will no doubt suit the Ripley, but even his fork looks XC, weird.

    Check out this shot of Anne Carro thats HD riding and this is a prologue, this is how its done!


  21. #21
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Accident Prone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    87
    Yeah he may be wanting to see how far he can push himself and the Ripley and in turn showing people what the Ripley is actually capable in the right hands but I think if he seriously wanted to win this thing then he would be on his HD no doubt.

  22. #22
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Here is a cool shot of Brian on the Ripley


  23. #23
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    Here is a cool shot of Brian on the Ripley

    For comparison, body position says allot. Also if anything the prologue could have done with some man made jumps like a mini version of street DH, fast lines being some jumps, maybe table tops and slower riders using the some bypass lines around them for example just to spice it up for the spectators and also reward riders of skill not just pedal power, still some close shaves to walls steps etc in that old fort section lol.


  24. #24
    Too Much Fun
    Reputation: benja55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    2,232

    Enduro-World-Series-Countdown-Interviews-Anne-Caro-Brian Lopes Team Ibis

    AC is just a badass of the highest order. Mad respect.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    Check out this shot of Anne Carro thats HD riding and this is a prologue, this is how its done!

    - -benja- -

  25. #25
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    186

    lopes on ripley...

    Quote Originally Posted by Accident Prone View Post
    See Lopes is riding a Ripley at EWS, WTF!! Why would he not be on his HD?? an XC/trail 29er, seriously!?? He obviously doesn't want to win. He is riding the most least capable bike out of every single rider entered in the series.

    Maybe Ibis have told him he has to ride it?
    there is a new dirttv video on the enduro world series homepage...enduroworldseries.com at 7.30 in the vid brian says, and I quote "it is the new model we are trying to get out in front of the camera" interesting...

  26. #26
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by benja55 View Post
    AC is just a badass of the highest order. Mad respect.
    Totally badass, best description!

    What makes her even more badass is her run was in the wet!

    The men were in the dry, gotta be some seriously hurt egos knowing that! Lol.



    Interesting ianthom, not sure I agree with that marketing myself but who the hell am I haha

    To me you don't put the latest M3 out with the F1 boys in F1 cars, but this is mtb and they go where they like!

    Ibis have a great spread though with Life Cycles ripping HDs, Anne C obviously, stoked shes not forced into the Ripley here, though shes sponsored by BOS suspension and I don't think they do 29er sus a good thing lol, and there are plenty of other riders representing HDs.

    Im not anti 29er just don't want to see DH or Enduro head that way personally.

    At least Lycra is banned at Punta Ala!

    They've just started the first stage on day 2 so hopefully all the Ibis riders including Brian L go well.

  27. #27
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Congrats!!

    Fab Fabian takes it overall!
    Tracey Mosely 1st in the womens!

    Men's Results
    1. Fabien Barel
    2. Jerome Clementz
    3. Jared Graves
    4. Martin Maes
    5. Dan Atherton
    6. Benjamin Cruz
    7. Sam Blenkinsop


    Women's Results
    1. Tracy Moseley
    2. Emmeline Ragot
    3. Cecile Ravanel
    4. Anneke Beerten


    AC crashed quite badly in stage 1

    Jared Graves 3rd an awesome result for him and the Aussies
    Sam Blienkinsop 7th best of the Kiwis also awesome since hes still a young gun World Up DHer not specifically training for Enduro.

    Peaty first of the Santa Cruz Syndicate home


  28. #28
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Posts
    1,143
    And Lopes on the Ripley? 15th. That's pretty impressive on a bike that is pretty admittedly not the right tool for the course.

  29. #29
    Lightly salted
    Reputation: fuenstock's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,346
    Is there any where to view/links video of the actual racing?

  30. #30
    It's the axle
    Reputation: Gregg K's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,654
    I've been trying to get the lap distance, and it's nowhere. Does anyone know!!

    And elevation gain. Why the secreccyyyyy?
    Note to self: 85% of FTP for 20 min.

  31. #31
    Nouveau Retrogrouch SuperModerator
    Reputation: shiggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1998
    Posts
    48,307

    Enduro-World-Series-Countdown-Interviews-Anne-Caro-Brian Lopes Team Ibis

    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg K View Post
    I've been trying to get the lap distance, and it's nowhere. Does anyone know!!

    And elevation gain. Why the secreccyyyyy?
    http://www.enduroworldseries.com/med..._punta-ala.jpg
    mtbtires.com
    The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common

  32. #32
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    And Lopes on the Ripley? 15th. That's pretty impressive on a bike that is pretty admittedly not the right tool for the course.
    definitely impressive and it will no doubt help Ripley sales, interesting interview though on Vitalmtb, you can hear and see though he answered very carefully not unhappy but I think if he was buying an Ibis bike to ride for example something else would have been the choice. Im stoked he smashed the Specialised Enduro lol.

    I dont want to get into a war on wheels as Im so over it! I wish mtb would just get back to bikes being bikes like riders are riders they come in all shapes and sizes we dont care. Still an amazing result in that company in that terrain.

    Brian Lopes slaying some single track in Punta


    PB
    Brian Lopes was the fastest man on a 29er today, coming in a respectable 15 overall. Having seen Brian in practice on some of the stages, there's no question of his speed, but we would have to ask whether a 29er was the right tool for the job this weekend.


    Manuel Ducci and Curtis Keene, this is what Enduro is about!


  33. #33
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    More of what Enduro is about and so cool.

    Smiles and rolling off the start line, throw in a couple of Legends awesome!


  34. #34
    It's the axle
    Reputation: Gregg K's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    1,654
    Whoops. Wrong race. Thanks anyways.
    Note to self: 85% of FTP for 20 min.

  35. #35
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    375

    Enduro-World-Series-Countdown-Interviews-Anne-Caro-Brian Lopes Team Ibis

    So Lopes was the fastest 29er. What were the wheel sizes that were in front of him?


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD

  36. #36
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbiker View Post
    So Lopes was the fastest 29er. What were the wheel sizes that were in front of him?


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
    1st Fabian did use a 27.5 for the prologue, not sure if he stayed with that or went back to 26" for main stages, he's not a fan of bigger wheels!

    2nd Jerome Clementz Cannondale Jekyll 26"
    3rd Jared Graves SB66c 26"
    biggest surprise for me his result, new he would be up they're just didn't think he would have the endurance for the early rounds!
    4th martin maes std GT Force 150mm 26"
    5th da atherton GT proto 27.5
    6th Cannondale Jekyll
    7th Sammy B Lappiere Spicy 26"
    8th Remy Absalon on the Meta 6. 26", sure he used 27.5 for the prologue but in an interview said he preferred 26" on the stages.
    9th Joe Barnes Canyon unsure Jo also had a 26" pref but was cagey on what he'd run
    10th Giant proto 27.5
    11 Cube 27.5
    12 Yeti SB66c
    13 Manuel Ducci HD 26" of course HD on its own means 26" lol
    14 Norco 27.5

    3 of the four Stages were won on a 26" bike
    2 stages by Jerome
    1 stage win by Fabian the 3rd and longest most technical where he put 13s on everyone and passed Greg Minnaar!
    1 stage by Jared Graves the last one.



    Womens
    1st TMO did you 29r zealots proud using the new Remedy 29"
    2nd Emmeline 26" Spicy
    3rd not sure
    4th surprising 4. Anneke Beerten had been using an Enduro 29r at other Enduro events, but here used the 26" version

    The focus should be though that these guys/girls would win or do well regardless of wheel-size or on any wheel size and the results show that clearly.

    The fact which most bunny riders like the rest of us mistakeand don't understand from these pro riders is the effort and skill that they put into bike setup and tune, listen to Fabian talk about suspension tune and dampening, funny he's read my mind all these years, but thats whats important, not how big your penis oh I meant wheel size is [compensation ?] lol

    feel free anyone to correct me on bikes Ive got wrong cheers.
    Last edited by Maverick005; 05-23-2013 at 09:01 PM.

  37. #37
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Salespunk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    4,888
    I wish Ibis would have let Lopes ride what he wanted to ride. 29'rs have their place, but the Ripley was a fish out of water here. There will be courses later in the year that are much more suited to that geometry and travel.

  38. #38
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    133
    Lopes, would have killed it on a mojo hd. Why did Ibis let him chose the ripley instead of a more capable and longer travel bike which is the HD. C'mon Ibis people we would like to see a podium result. I think you should set aside marketing before anything else.

  39. #39
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    133
    Too bad though ACC crashed because I'm sure she would have won it.

  40. #40
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    I can understand why they wanted Brian on the Ripley he may have done better on an HD but he's also not doing all the rounds and has no interest in the championship, so using him to get the bike out they're is great for exposure!

    Anne Carro broke 3 ribs, I can tell you that hurts like hell, I did 2 in march and only got back on the bike a month ago, 5 weeks, Blackhawk down ahh, nothing can be done but time.

    Healing vibes to her, wish her a speedy recovery, the first couple of weeks will be the worst, no doubt she would have been in contention but thats racing and to win you have to finish, fastest doesn't always win.

    Not sure if I said this already, Fabian caught and passed Greg Minnaar twice, on 2 stages, GM tried to hold his wheel and got dusted lol, Fab Fabian legend.

  41. #41
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    124
    I don't know what Ibis pays Lopes, but to ride bikes for a living at his age is awesome. Especially if he's not going for the title, why not show what the great white unicorn can do amid all this 27.5 hype. He was way in front of any Santa Cruz Bronson's, the supposed Enduro specific wonder bike. Even gets me thinking about a Ripley for my number one. I'm 6'4" 200lbs and ride a Nomad and a Pivot 429...

  42. #42
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    588
    Manuel Ducci and Lopes dont use bashguard, a lot of other riders also dont use bashguard. Makes me thinking to get rid of my bashguard.
    Healing vibe for ACC.

  43. #43
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Very cool video recap of the first event


    Punta Ala Enduro World Series Video Recap

  44. #44
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Looks like so much fun was had, awesome Event, great start to EWS!

    This is what events and riding should be all about smiles fun love the ending, Italians know how to let go!

    Also awesome segment on Fabian catching Greg Minnaar great lines Fabian!




    Can"t wait now for the next round.



    29-30 JUNE
    VAL d'ALLOS
    Enduro World Series

  45. #45
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    489
    Canyon Bikes were running 27.5" bikes. But they were secret prototypes, so they used different bikes for the post race pictures. I believe they even wrapped their linkages to hide them from on course photographers.

  46. #46
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by saidrick View Post
    Canyon Bikes were running 27.5" bikes. But they were secret prototypes, so they used different bikes for the post race pictures. I believe they even wrapped their linkages to hide them from on course photographers.
    Yeah so they raced those as once you go through the first scrutineering process, the Frame, Fork, Wheels all get stickered and you cant replace or swap them only repair them!

  47. #47
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Salespunk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    4,888
    Those trails look like so much fun!

  48. #48
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Hell yeah SP


    Not an Ibis but this is how an Enduro bike is setup, great insight into this rider Gravey Graves!
    Hopefully we get a few more articles like this from the other riders, Manuel Ducci
    and his HD next

    Bike Set-up:
    Yeti SB66c frame / medium
    Fox RAD 34 and Float X 2014 fork and shock
    Fox DOSS dropper post
    DT Swiss EXC 1550 wheel set, ghetto/split tube tubeless
    Maxxis 3C EXO Minion front and rear / 26psi front 29 psi rear.
    Shimano XTR group, with Saint brake calipers
    Renthal 740 wide fat bar lite and 50mm duo stem
    Stages power meter


  49. #49
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    1,189
    Good interview with Nico on Dirt, His take on 27.5 over 26 is about 2 seconds every three minutes! I was like WTF, that little! Obviously for these guys that would mean dropping 20 seconds or so. But 2nd and third on 26"
    Lopes didn't look too happy to be Riding the Ripley at this event.
    I won't be going 29 anytime soon. An HD with 27.5 that doesn't compromise tyre clearance or need a shock mod would interest me. I hope for a modded swing arm to be added to the Ibis online store.....

  50. #50
    Too Much Fun
    Reputation: benja55's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    2,232

    Word up.

    Quote Originally Posted by nzl62 View Post
    An HD with 27.5 that doesn't compromise tyre clearance or need a shock mod would interest me. I hope for a modded swing arm to be added to the Ibis online store.....
    I 2nd that emotion.
    - -benja- -

  51. #51
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by nzl62 View Post
    Good interview with Nico on Dirt, His take on 27.5 over 26 is about 2 seconds every three minutes! I was like WTF, that little! Obviously for these guys that would mean dropping 20 seconds or so. But 2nd and third on 26"
    Lopes didn't look too happy to be Riding the Ripley at this event.
    I won't be going 29 anytime soon. An HD with 27.5 that doesn't compromise tyre clearance or need a shock mod would interest me. I hope for a modded swing arm to be added to the Ibis online store.....
    I have followed Nico of over 20 years a huge fan of his and lots lf respect, take it though with a grain of salt, hes also selling bikes.

    Without naming names Ive heard this all before and then when that particular rider moves ln you get quite a different story, all good being pro your brand etc.

    The best way to determine this and it still amazes me how blind people are, racing proves everything and if racing this first round has shown, again it is the rider, not the bike, or wheels, I know Nico had a mechanical hence his poor result, but that was a 27.5 tire huh.

    He had ei this ei that 27.5 and he got delt to by racing.

    Fabien won, he would have won on a 26" at that venue and who will know if he could have actually improved on that time, he caught and passed fellow 27.5 rider Greg Minnaar riding a Bronson full carbon wheels etc etc and current World DH champion on two seperate stages, one being the longest most technical stages, this is where he got his 13s advantage over Jerome, that was not bike, but pure skill and analytical brains and balls.

    Jared Graves while a fantastic athlete and this only proves that more, 3rd in a field that had way more Enduro experience than him at that level, yet he podiumed and did it on a std bike no wheel gimmicks just smart choices, skills, fitness.

    Racing results shows again its down to the riders, great setup and smart choices re tires components that let you make it to the finish.

    Note: 3 of the 4 stages were won on 26"s

    Regardless of wheel size most pros here are on a similar techological level very little advanatges between them.

    Other locations courses will suit some wheels sizes better Im sure of that, but its also where we dont want Enduro to head, We dont want this to head to XC type Marathon event. Another reason why improvisation should be a major component as was until this event, as in moto a major part of Enduro, this reduces the chance to experiment, challenges rider and equipment even more, I wonder how different the bikes would have been if only one practice run was allowed for example, or none as in moto Enduro.
    Last edited by Maverick005; 05-21-2013 at 04:35 PM.

  52. #52
    screamer
    Reputation: budgie's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    1,267
    Screw all this talk of wheel size! What Enduro really needs in terms of technological innovation is a long-distance wirelessly-streaming GoPro camera. We're probably a year or two away at the most from this being a reality. Just think: each rider with an onboard camera, a couple dozen quad copters, all feeding footage in real time to an editing truck down in the pit area. Put a couple of video whiz-kids in there to mix the feeds, and stream it continuously over the internet for the viewing pleasure of thousands. Get a case of beer in there for Rob Warner, and let him loose. Sponsors would be falling over themselves to get a piece of that action.

    Now THAT would be awesome! This event really shows us the future of mountain bike racing, I think. Incredible competition, but also highlighting the other aspects that make this sport so remarkable: amazing locations & terrain, congenial atmosphere/culture, etc. It's just so great to see all these riders coming in from different disciplines, doing the sort of riding that I daresay got most of us into the sport in the first place. And to see the field so wide open, in terms of age, background, skill, gear, etc.

    Completely, utterly awesome. Kudos to all at the EWS for hitting it out of the park on day one.
    On heavy rotation: White Lung: Deep Fantasy

  53. #53
    Nouveau Retrogrouch SuperModerator
    Reputation: shiggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1998
    Posts
    48,307

    Enduro-World-Series-Countdown-Interviews-Anne-Caro-Brian Lopes Team Ibis

    Quote Originally Posted by budgie View Post
    Screw all this talk of wheel size! What Enduro really needs in terms of technological innovation is a long-distance wirelessly-streaming GoPro camera. We're probably a year or two away at the most from this being a reality. Just think: each rider with an onboard camera, a couple dozen quad copters, all feeding footage in real time to an editing truck down in the pit area. Put a couple of video whiz-kids in there to mix the feeds, and stream it continuously over the internet for the viewing pleasure of thousands. Get a case of beer in there for Rob Warner, and let him loose. Sponsors would be falling over themselves to get a piece of that action.

    Now THAT would be awesome! This event really shows us the future of mountain bike racing, I think. Incredible competition, but also highlighting the other aspects that make this sport so remarkable: amazing locations & terrain, congenial atmosphere/culture, etc. It's just so great to see all these riders coming in from different disciplines, doing the sort of riding that I daresay got most of us into the sport in the first place. And to see the field so wide open, in terms of age, background, skill, gear, etc.

    Completely, utterly awesome. Kudos to all at the EWS for hitting it out of the park on day one.
    Add in the overhead full size copters to relay the video signals like they use for road racing.
    mtbtires.com
    The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common

  54. #54
    screamer
    Reputation: budgie's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    1,267
    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Add in the overhead full size copters to relay the video signals like they use for road racing.
    Drone!
    On heavy rotation: White Lung: Deep Fantasy

  55. #55
    Nouveau Retrogrouch SuperModerator
    Reputation: shiggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 1998
    Posts
    48,307

    Enduro-World-Series-Countdown-Interviews-Anne-Caro-Brian Lopes Team Ibis

    Quote Originally Posted by Crash-VR View Post
    I don't know what Ibis pays Lopes...
    IIRC Lopes is a part owner/investor in Ibis.
    mtbtires.com
    The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common

  56. #56
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Well said budgie, add crash cam to the bikes like in Moto GP!

    Part of me likes to see Enduro stay pure and not become corrupted too much by technology, I love the anticipation of following updates etc and the videos were pretty awesome for the time frame that got them up online.

    Keep on rocking EWS the surprises in the next round have me frothing with anticipation.

  57. #57
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023


    Sneaky view of Fabs shock on his bike, cable actuated located for transfer stages?
    Last edited by Maverick005; 05-22-2013 at 02:05 AM.

  58. #58
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    133
    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    IIRC Lopes is a part owner/investor in Ibis.
    This explains why he's riding the 120mm travel bike in an enduro race and saying he's just there to have fun and not race. What a bomber! Hope Ibis can sponsor new and younger riders.

  59. #59
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    133
    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    I have followed Nico of over 20 years a huge fan of his and lots lf respect, take it though with a grain of salt, hes also selling bikes.

    Without naming names Ive heard this all before and then when that particular rider moves ln you get quite a different story, all good being pro your brand etc.

    The best way to determine this and it still amazes me how blind people are, racing proves everything and if racing this first round has shown, again it is the rider, not the bike, or wheels, I know Nico had a mechanical hence his poor result, but that was a 27.5 tire huh.

    He had ei this ei that 27.5 and he got delt to by racing.

    Fabien won, he would have won on a 26" at that venue and who will know if he could have actually improved on that time, he caught and passed fellow 27.5 rider Greg Minnaar riding a Bronson full carbon wheels etc etc and current World DH champion on two seperate stages, one being the longest most technical stages, this is where he got his 13s advantage over Jerome, that was not bike, but pure skill and analytical brains and balls.

    Jared Graves while a fantastic athlete and this only proves that more, 3rd in a field that had way more Enduro experience than him at that level, yet he podiumed and did it on a std bike no wheel gimmicks just smart choices, skills, fitness.

    Racing results shows again its down to the riders, great setup and smart choices re tires components that let you make it to the finish.

    Note: 3 of the 4 stages were won on 26"s

    Regardless of wheel size most pros here are on a similar techological level very little advanatges between them.

    Other locations courses will suit some wheels sizes better Im sure of that, but its also where we dont want Enduro to head, We dont want this to head to XC type Marathon event. Another reason why improvisation should be a major component as was until this event, as in moto a major part of Enduro, this reduces the chance to experiment, challenges rider and equipment even more, I wonder how different the bikes would have been if only one practice run was allowed for example, or none as in moto Enduro.

    Fabien passed Gregg because they are just there to promote and get the bronson a lot of camera exposure "marketing". They are just there to have some fun. I think the syndicate is more focus on UCI WC Dh and not the enduro. You dont want to injure yourself and UCI WC is just less than a month away.

  60. #60
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    580
    Still trying to figure out what the hell is up with the tiny cassette Lopes is running on that Ripley...Is it me or is that half the size of the standard cassette?

  61. #61
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by ibismojo09 View Post
    Fabien passed Gregg because they are just there to promote and get the bronson a lot of camera exposure "marketing". They are just there to have some fun. I think the syndicate is more focus on UCI WC Dh and not the enduro. You dont want to injure yourself and UCI WC is just less than a month away.
    Thats not what Greg Minnaar said in an interview, he said when Fabian passed him he tried to hold his wheel and got blown to the weeds!

    Fabian has been riding Enduro since they first started he's no newbie to this style of riding.

    DH riders aren't pussies either who go along for the ride, this is as much training for them, pros train how they race, usually they ride faster in practice, Ive never met a DH rider who takes that approach and worries about getting injured, you play the game you get hurt, you cant ride safe or you will get hurt.

    Sorry don't buy that for one second, they no doubt were they're to have fun but these guys don't race just for show, thats not in there make up, thats why they are World Champions!

  62. #62
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    124
    Quote Originally Posted by ibismojo09 View Post
    Fabien passed Gregg because they are just there to promote and get the bronson a lot of camera exposure "marketing". They are just there to have some fun. I think the syndicate is more focus on UCI WC Dh and not the enduro. You dont want to injure yourself and UCI WC is just less than a month away.
    What better promotion for the new Bronson than a win at its first Enduro?
    Especially considering that its being toted as the end all be all for these events.

  63. #63
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    124
    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    IIRC Lopes is a part owner/investor in Ibis.
    That makes sense. It also makes me think that HE chose to ride this bike because he has a vested interest in its success. I mean who wouldn't want a bike that could win a XC race one weekend and an Enduro the next.

  64. #64
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    133
    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    Thats not what Greg Minnaar said in an interview, he said when Fabian passed him he tried to hold his wheel and got blown to the weeds!

    Fabian has been riding Enduro since they first started he's no newbie to this style of riding.

    DH riders aren't pussies either who go along for the ride, this is as much training for them, pros train how they race, usually they ride faster in practice, Ive never met a DH rider who takes that approach and worries about getting injured, you play the game you get hurt, you cant ride safe or you will get hurt.

    Sorry don't buy that for one second, they no doubt were they're to have fun but these guys don't race just for show, thats not in there make up, thats why they are World Champions!

    I just see this as a tune up ride for them to prepare them to the wc dh series and marketing as well. Syndicate's main focus is dh not enduro so I guess they are playing it safe.

    Fabien is a wc champ himself but his retired now and more focus on the enduro. Even Fabien said it in an interview names like Gregg and Lopes are just there to have fun...So I guess they are not riding their hundred % cuz they have different goals in their mind. Just saying...

  65. #65
    OriginalDonk
    Reputation: OriginalDonk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    446
    Brian Lopes just posted this on Twitter here:

    Brian Lopes ‏@BrianLopes 1h

    Seems some think @IbisCycles made me ride the Ripley in Italy. Far from true, i watched video b4 I left & felt it would b the right choice.

    Sounds like it was his call and he went with what he thought would be best. How he weighed best for the terrain and best for the company in the decision is something only he knows. I think we'll see what's at play if he goes with the HD or something else in other events.

    I do remember watching him haul the mail against the big bikes with the first generation Mojo and he was placing high or winning some of those events. Look forward to seeing the next round he shows up for to see what he brings. Wouldn't be surprised if the custom painted Mojo HD that was a the focus of an Ibis MTBR "Lopes New Whip" thread shows up.

  66. #66
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Of course the Syndicates focus is DH. Not saying its not, but I dont buy it that guys like Greg, Cedric, Rat,Peaty don't take it serioulsy on the way down, Enduro is about enjoying yourself, but the training alone is a different requirement to DH, that said, GM would not like being passed by anyone on the way down.

    Heres Cedric showing what fun is about and some footage of the Syndicate boys, not hanging around either and it should be fun otherwise why do it, note what Rob Roskopp says about Cedric, does not mention marketing. Im not trying to knock Greg Minnaar either.
    Just shows its about the rider not the bike which was my original point.


  67. #67
    mtbr member
    Reputation: doismellbacon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    2,332
    Quote Originally Posted by Pelly_NH View Post
    Still trying to figure out what the hell is up with the tiny cassette Lopes is running on that Ripley...Is it me or is that half the size of the standard cassette?
    Apparently a lot of the top dogs were running straight DH gearing.
    Somewhere I saw Minaar talking about how they just brought their "everyday trail bikes" ($10,000 lol) and got schooled by all the guys running DH gearing and tires that had to push their bikes up the climbs between stages.... that part kinda blows.

  68. #68
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by doismellbacon View Post
    Apparently a lot of the top dogs were running straight DH gearing.
    Somewhere I saw Minaar talking about how they just brought their "everyday trail bikes" ($10,000 lol) and got schooled by all the guys running DH gearing and tires that had to push their bikes up the climbs between stages.... that part kinda blows.
    Peaty and Minnaar were running Ardents in the rear and Highroller 2s up front.

    I know Fabian and Jerome were both on XX1 not sure on ratios. Probably a different front ring though.

    Fabian on Michelin
    Jerome on WTB
    Jared on Minion 2.5 EXO tubeless front n rear

    Been running the HR2 EXO 2.4 up front Ardent 2.25 rear myself, been taking me a bit to get used to the HR2 after the Minion being my go to tire up front for so long.

  69. #69
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    1,421
    FYI, we actually suggested to Lopes that it seemed logical to run the HD but he felt the Ripley was the way to go. He generally likes to run shorter travel bikes than the average. I'm guessing he was attracted to the acceleration and felt he could deal with the lower travel on the rough parts of the course.

    We laughed when we saw people thought we were making him ride the Ripley. None of us at Ibis is going to tell Brian what bike to ride. If you know Brian, that's funny....

  70. #70
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Hans its been an entertaining thread and we aim to entertain just like Enduro

    Big call to say its the lest capable bike Judith, Brian has an amazing skill set, plus he's won how many DS/4x championships, bike probably lest of his worries, just hard to see him on an HD for so long ripping it up and now on big wheels, but obviously big on capability for its given travel, still would have loved see him on an HD to see what he could have pulled.

    First 29er home and stoked it kicked butt over that Specialised Enduro, though Curtis Keene was on a Stumpy 9er at this round and DWL stomps HL lol, definitely some interesting choices though for this round, whether it was a gamble or calculated on experience at that venue can only speculate into the mind of the pros, but if they run that venue again next year be interesting to see what changes people choose.

    I think the French and Italians definitely had the advantage, but US should have an advantage in Colorado later in the season, re tires gearing etc, 29er alley

    This guy entertains, always stoked always smiling!


  71. #71
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    dirt tv edit EWS Punta Ala Rd 1

    Awesome we video!

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://mpora.com/videos/AAdhcli5pb90/embed" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" allowfullscreen=""></iframe>
    DirtTV: Punta Ala Enduro World Series Round One a Mountain Biking video by orpheusproductions

  72. #72
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    573
    Interesting to see the details when they come out. I had originally thought they were hiding the linkage but definitely more to it.

    Mojo Suspension just glossed over the shock details on their FB page

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mojo-...481168?fref=ts

    "Fabien Barel the first ever winner of the Enduro World Series just shared his suspension set up with us .

    Check out his FOX set up below -

    - 'I was running a 34 with a special Tune from Mojo in it. Extra volume spacer on the air chamber and firmer damping on the cartridge.

    - On the rear, I was using a Float with the boost valve set to 175 psi and the compression on the medium setting.'"

    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post


    Sneaky view of Fabs shock on his bike, cable actuated located for transfer stages?
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  73. #73
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    573
    Good POV video of the Prologue stage from Kona/Alex Stock.

    Punta Ala prolouge onboard with Alex Stock | Kona COG
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  74. #74
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by seleniak View Post
    Interesting to see the details when they come out. I had originally thought they were hiding the linkage but definitely more to it.

    Mojo Suspension just glossed over the shock details on their FB page

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mojo-...481168?fref=ts

    "Fabien Barel the first ever winner of the Enduro World Series just shared his suspension set up with us .

    Check out his FOX set up below -

    - 'I was running a 34 with a special Tune from Mojo in it. Extra volume spacer on the air chamber and firmer damping on the cartridge.

    - On the rear, I was using a Float with the boost valve set to 175 psi and the compression on the medium setting.'"
    Interesting, this is the stuff I froth over Lol.

    My 34 is running and extra spacer as well, we uppded my dameping by adding 5wt 20cc to the air chamber but I would love that special mojo tune, maybe get my small bump compliance back which is killing me in corners with roots or holes,

    Not surprised he runs middle setting on that bike on the rear, the dwl is the first bike I run in full open position with this type of shock myself.

    He's Not on the Float X, maybe he will be on Foxs hot list by next round!

    cheers great oil dude!

  75. #75
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Cube action team video edit Punta Ala



    @48s
    Nico Lau would have easily got that front wheel up on a 26" bike, you can see he couldn't weight shift and manual fast enough for that section, you needed to boost the gap on both side tire tap in the centre hard to do and time at speed but normal affair on a 26" bike, just saying.


    @3.33
    that girl can use her muck off on my bike!

  76. #76
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    573
    Damn I really want to see a POV of Stage 1 now. ACC crashed, Nico busted a wheel, think Ratboy crashed on that one also and lost his shoe....

    More good coverage from Dirt who did a great job

    DirtTV: Barel and Moseley win Enduro World Series rd#1 at Punta Ala | Dirt




    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    Cube action team video edit Punta Ala



    @48s
    Nico Lau would have easily got that front wheel up on a 26" bike, you can see he couldn't weight shift and manual fast enough for that section, you needed to boost the gap on both side tire tap in the centre hard to do and time at speed but normal affair on a 26" bike, just saying.


    @3.33
    that girl can use her muck off on my bike!
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  77. #77
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    1,189
    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick005 View Post
    I have followed Nico of over 20 years a huge fan of his and lots lf respect, take it though with a grain of salt, hes also selling bikes.

    Without naming names Ive heard this all before and then when that particular rider moves ln you get quite a different story, all good being pro your brand etc.

    The best way to determine this and it still amazes me how blind people are, racing proves everything and if racing this first round has shown, again it is the rider, not the bike, or wheels, I know Nico had a mechanical hence his poor result, but that was a 27.5 tire huh.

    He had ei this ei that 27.5 and he got delt to by racing.

    Fabien won, he would have won on a 26" at that venue and who will know if he could have actually improved on that time, he caught and passed fellow 27.5 rider Greg Minnaar riding a Bronson full carbon wheels etc etc and current World DH champion on two seperate stages, one being the longest most technical stages, this is where he got his 13s advantage over Jerome, that was not bike, but pure skill and analytical brains and balls.

    Jared Graves while a fantastic athlete and this only proves that more, 3rd in a field that had way more Enduro experience than him at that level, yet he podiumed and did it on a std bike no wheel gimmicks just smart choices, skills, fitness.

    Racing results shows again its down to the riders, great setup and smart choices re tires components that let you make it to the finish.

    Note: 3 of the 4 stages were won on 26"s

    Regardless of wheel size most pros here are on a similar techological level very little advanatges between them.

    Other locations courses will suit some wheels sizes better Im sure of that, but its also where we dont want Enduro to head, We dont want this to head to XC type Marathon event. Another reason why improvisation should be a major component as was until this event, as in moto a major part of Enduro, this reduces the chance to experiment, challenges rider and equipment even more, I wonder how different the bikes would have been if only one practice run was allowed for example, or none as in moto Enduro.

    What I meant Mav, was that the difference was tiny. 2 sec over 3 mins? I'll stick with 26" and learn to ride my bike better. I actually don't want a crutch- I want to be a better rider. My three rides on a 29" , I hated it. On flattish XC ground sure but I like riding rough terrain. Gonna cause a few flames but I have met very very few riders on 29"s that were "good riders" - they were fit and fast, but lost when the terrain started to point down and get a little tricky. There are exceptions, of course. I also thought contrary to opinions on here, that Lopes looked a bit awkward at see otter on the Ripley (compared to previous years on the HD) Not as low,not throwing it about, a little ungainly in the air compared to his years on the Mojo's.
    I know for a lot of people this kind of bike is their wet dream, not me. I want my trail bike to rip down like my DH rig but not kill me on the climbs.
    Where I ride I see the niner brigade screaming up the track then rolling back down the road. I'd rather walk

  78. #78
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by nzl62 View Post
    What I meant Mav, was that the difference was tiny. 2 sec over 3 mins? I'll stick with 26" and learn to ride my bike better. I actually don't want a crutch- I want to be a better rider. My three rides on a 29" , I hated it. On flattish XC ground sure but I like riding rough terrain. Gonna cause a few flames but I have met very very few riders on 29"s that were "good riders" - they were fit and fast, but lost when the terrain started to point down and get a little tricky. There are exceptions, of course. I also thought contrary to opinions on here, that Lopes looked a bit awkward at see otter on the Ripley (compared to previous years on the HD) Not as low,not throwing it about, a little ungainly in the air compared to his years on the Mojo's.
    I know for a lot of people this kind of bike is their wet dream, not me. I want my trail bike to rip down like my DH rig but not kill me on the climbs.
    Where I ride I see the niner brigade screaming up the track then rolling back down the road. I'd rather walk

    Nah all good bro and well said above, I just get a bit amped up about the hype, you pointed the above out very well, and Ive wanted to say exactly what you've observed but I have kept tight lipped due to the flaming as well just gets a little hot in that kitchen sometimes its not worth it, but have been studying hard body position as well and you've hit the nail on the head.

    I noticed the same thing for sometime, BL as you said Sea Otter, Punta as well, I call it the toilet seat position, nothing new but it is new with highly skilled riders and Im seeing it now on 27.5 Nico on his Cube especially.

    Like all bikes GEO takes time to sort, great riders can ride anything great, thats where people often over look, but body position still tells you allot good spotting, thats the path to becoming a better rider seeing that.

    Some companies get it right and sometimes people just use the wrong tool, even pros can get that wrong or as I suspect allot of brands just rushing to get put to market first. Cant argue that about the Ripley!
    Santa Cruz seem to have got it right re 27.5 and hard to tell at this stage but Canyon too, though that bike looks huge compared to a Bronson.

    Tracey Mosley made some great comments re the first round great insight and honesty, the venue caught some out and Id say lucky stage 2 was removed one of the more DH stages, probably wouldn't altered top results, but she said knowing what she knows now 26" may have been her choice but the distance in the transfer stages decided her decision to go 29er, I liked that she also pointed out its the first year, lots of learning about whats best at this level, it will be an learning phase through out this year, I also loved her comments about the shuttling, this I think had a major effect on results and a max of two practice rides too each stage on each stage should be mandatory, this will level the playing field which I feel this round was out of control.

    All good nzl look fwd to riding with you when you are back on board

  79. #79
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Quote Originally Posted by seleniak View Post
    Damn I really want to see a POV of Stage 1 now. ACC crashed, Nico busted a wheel, think Ratboy crashed on that one also and lost his shoe....

    More good coverage from Dirt who did a great job

    DirtTV: Barel and Moseley win Enduro World Series rd#1 at Punta Ala | Dirt
    Agreed would be awesome to see that, so feel for AC though, 3 broken ribs. Ratboy losing his shoe right at the start, who said the Syndicate was taking it easy.

    Hopefully she will heal in time for rd 2 should be enough time, after a couple weeks she might be able to ride an indoor trainer, up till then though definitely too painful.

    Interesting re mechanicals, flats can happen to anyone but 26" bikes have reached a pretty strong point of reliable evolution, watch this with interest on 27.5, 29er, it cost Nico Vouilloz as well, up till then he'd been on a std Spicy!

  80. #80
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023
    Updated info on bikes used.

    Dan Atherton must be even more pissed being behind 16year old understudy on a standard GT Force 26" and using flat pedals WTH!

    even more reason its about rider not the bike.

    1st Fabian Canyon 27.5 proto
    2nd Jerome Clementz Cannondale Jekyll 26"
    3rd Jared Graves SB66c 26"
    4th martin maes std GT Force 150mm 26"
    5th dan atherton GT proto 27.5
    6th ben cruz Cannondale Jekyll 26"
    7th Sammy B Lappiere Spicy 26"
    8th Remy Absalon on the Meta 6. 26"
    9th Joe Barnes Canyon unsure Jo also had a 26" pref but was cagey on what he'd run
    10th Giant proto 27.5
    11 Cube 27.5
    12 Yeti SB66c 26"
    13 Manuel Ducci HD 26" of course HD on its own means 26" lol
    14 Norco 27.5
    15 Brian Lopes, Ripley fastest 29er in the field

    Mens:
    - 3 of the four Stages were won on a 26" bike
    - 2 stages by Jerome
    - 1 stage win by Fabian the 3rd and longest most technical where he put 13s on everyone and passed Greg Minnaar!
    - 1 stage by Jared Graves the last one.


    Womens
    1st TMO did you 29r zealots proud using the new Remedy 29"
    2nd Emmeline 26" Spicy
    3rd not sure
    4th Anneke Beerten Enduro 26" version
    Anneke had been using the 29" c
    version at other non EWS events

  81. #81
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Salespunk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    4,888
    I see a lot of 6's up there

  82. #82
    banned
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    2,895
    One race is statistically insignificant.

  83. #83
    Mtb Guide
    Reputation: Maverick005's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,023

Similar Threads

  1. UCI World Enduro series 2013
    By rodeoj in forum Enduro Racing
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 10-16-2012, 01:11 PM
  2. Brian Lopes?
    By xDetroitMetalx in forum Urban/DJ/Park
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 09-12-2012, 05:12 AM
  3. Brian Lopesís Oakley-Ibis Tranny
    By eurospek in forum Ibis
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 05-11-2012, 02:58 PM
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-25-2011, 07:26 AM
  5. Brian Lopes and an SL-R :)
    By Just J in forum Ibis
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 06-04-2011, 07:12 AM

Members who have read this thread: 1

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •