In what was a very exciting and closely fought race, French national champion Maxime Marotte rode to fourth place at the Albstadt round of the World Cup this past weekend, aboard this new Cannondale F-Si hardtail.
Marotte pushed a 36t ring on his XTR cranks, which were fitted with a Stages power meterJack Luke / Immediate Media
The Shimano-sponsored team runs a mix of Di2 and mechanical XTR groupsets, and Marotte opted for the latter. The left crank arm also featured a Stages power meter.
Leonardi supplied the chain guideJack Luke / Immediate Media
All of the team bikes were fitted with a super-light chain guide from Leonardi.
Leonardi is an interesting Italian brand that produces a lot of aftermarket components, replacement parts and tools for Lefty forks — that the team should choose to use these guides, when so many other equally lightweight options are available, suggests that Cannondale works closely with Leonardi.
Marotte prefers Look X-Track Race carbon pedalsJack Luke / Immediate Media
The riders in the team are free to run whatever pedals they choose, and Marotte chose Look’s X-Track Race carbon pedals.
The Schwalbe Thunderburt tyres were swapped out for a Racing Ralph to suit the muddy conditions on the SundayJack Luke / Immediate Media
Marotte’s bike was fitted with a pair of Schwalbe Thunderburt’s in these pictures, but the front tyre was swapped out for a Nobby Nick — a far more grippy tyre than the outrageously slick Thunderburt — come race day. These were mounted to a set of ENVE M525 wheels.
Interestingly, Marotte ran a 180–160mm rotor comboJack Luke / Immediate Media
Interestingly, Marotte chose to run a 180mm rotor up front with a 160mm out back — it’s more typical in the usually weight-obsessed world of XC to run a pair of 160mm rotors or even a 160/140mm combo.
A low front endJack Luke / Immediate Media
Like many other XC racers, Marotte ditched the top-cover of this headset and fitted an aggressively dropped stem in a bid to get the front end that little bit lower.
The fixed ENVE post was swapped out for…Jack Luke / Immediate Media
…a KS Lev Integra dropper on the SundayJack Luke / Immediate Media
With each race, more and more XC racers are adopting dropper seatposts. Marotte is among that number and swapped the fixed ENVE post pictured for a KS Integra dropper for race day.