Gallery: pro DH tech tricks and experiments

DH World Cup kicks off in Lourdes with new gear

Big data is everywhere these days, even on the bikes of world-class downhill riders. As the UCI World Cup kicked off this weekend in France, data acquisition sensors were found on many bikes. Some teams talk of using the data to compare suspension and gear setups; others aren’t quite sure exactly what to do yet with all the measurements of frame-mounted accelerometers and gyroscopes.

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The pre-race hype was all about 29ers, but there weren’t actually all that many on hand in Lourdes. 

Commencal are another team looking at collecting data - the lower linkage has been shaved to prevent it hitting their equipment
Commencal are another team looking at collecting data – the lower linkage has been shaved to prevent it hitting their equipment
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Check out the gallery above for a closer look at the data acquisition setups, plus some unique bikes and brake-pad configurations.

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Keep an eye out for more in-depth pro bikes from Lourdes in the coming days.

Rachel Atherton's Trek Session looks to be all new, with a non-floating shock linkage
Rachael Atherton’s Trek Session looks to be all new, with a non-floating shock linkage
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