Sauser to use elliptical rings for 2009?

World champ spotted on Rotor 2x9 set-up

Reigning mountain bike world champion, Switzerland's Christophe Sauser is well-known for his obsession with all things technical: if there is any advantage to be gained by a change in equipment or minor tweak, chances are that he will use it. 

Based on recent spy photos, Sauser has been continuing with his experimental ways with a pair of distinctive breaks from his usual tried-and-true equipment setup. 

Sauser appears to be among the latest converts in the non-round chainring movement as his two-ring Specialized S-Works crank is now fitted with a pair of 2x9-specific Rotor Q-Rings.  

In addition, his long-preferred Crankbrothers Eggbeater 4Ti pedals have apparently been swapped for Look’s new Quartz, at least for now.

Sauser was decidedly coy when asked about the substitutions: “Yes, I was testing those products, but nothing is definite yet,” he said.

Even so, the rings in the images clearly have a lot of wear on them so it seems that Sauser has been testing them quite extensively.  Will this stuff make the final cut heading into ’09?  We’ll have to wait and see.


James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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