The weird and wonderful tech of the Roc d'Azur

Tandems with 150mm travel, and other strange sights from the biggest mountain bike event you've never heard of

The Roc D’Azur, which finished up last week, is probably the biggest mountain bike event you’ve never heard of. But the huge five day event is packed with the new and exciting – as well as the weird and wonderful, which we'll be focusing on here.

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Held in the South of France near the seaside town of Fréjus, the Roc D'Azur has been going since 1984. While the very first event only had seven participants, it’s now a huge event that draws in 20,000 riders, 150,000 spectators and a huge number of exhibitors. As well as everything from 80km marathon races to fast and furious enduro events, there's also a huge expo area. While the big boys such as Canyon, Scott and Lapierre have huge stands packed with their latest kit for visitors to fondle as well as demo bikes to test, there are plenty of smaller, dare we say more Euro brands showing what they've got on offer.

That means that there are always some curious sights to be seen around the expo village. Whether it's hand-made full suspension machines to futuristic forks, we hope this gallery gives you a little taste of what is possibly Europe’s biggest, best – and oddest – mountain bike event.

Jon Woodhouse

Technical Editor, UK
Jon's been working with bikes for as long as he can remember, from spanner monkey to product tester. He's always looking out for new kit that'll give an edge when the going gets rough and is happiest experimenting with geometry, rubber and suspension.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: If it involves dirt and bikes, Jon is there, whether big days out in the mountains or steep and technical plummets in the woods. It's all good.
  • Current Bikes: Mondraker Foxy Carbon, BTR Fabrications Custom hardtail, Scott Spark 700 Plus Tuned
  • Dream Bike: Nicolai Ion 16 Longest, made from carbon
  • Beer of Choice: Franziskaner Weissbier
  • Location: Monmouth, South Wales, UK

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