Race Tech: Olympic Summer Games

RockShox supplies athletes with custom SID World Cup

The Olympic mountain bike cross-country event is still a ways off but viewers should keep a close eye out for RockShox-sponsored riders tearing around the revised course on a specially finished SID World Cup. 

According to SRAM MTB PR manager Eric Schutt, the Beijing-edition SID features no actual performance upgrades but the Chinese dragon festooned on the driveside leg should at least make so-equipped riders feel a little faster.  Other details include ‘SID Beijing’ badging on the arch and a bit of traditional graphic work on the side which will presumably straddle each rider’s respective national flag. 

Unlike production models, these special graphics are fully covered in thick clearcoat and, at least for now, the only way to get them is to have qualified for the Olympics. 

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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