More cross-country tech from MTB World Cup #1

Wrap-up gallery from the pits at Pietermaritzburg

We've already brought you loads of tech news from the first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup of 2012 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa but we still have a few things to show you from the pits.

Included in this round-up gallery are more single-ring and tubular wheel setups on the cross-country rigs, a possible new carbon hardtail from Boardman Bikes, and in-depth looks at the bikes of Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing), Julian Absalon (Orbea) and Kona privateer Spencer Paxson.

Team sky rode these new boardman carbon hardtails in pietermaritzburg:

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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