The pit area of any world cup race is a great place to spy interesting new bits and pieces that might make their way to full-scale production, or have a little geek-out at how the pros set up their bikes.
We spent the weekend at Fort William in Scotland, watching one of the greatest shows on Earth (well, in DH racing at least), and took a bit of time out to nosey in and around the mechanics' area, where the bikes were being set up.
Loris Vergier's Santa Cruz V10 29er
Loris Vergier piloted his bike to the second step on the podium, behind Amaury Pierron, also on a 29er, cementing the bigger wheel's place on the DH circuit.
Miranda Miller's prototype 29in Specialized Demo
The other big bike news was that Miranda Miller's proto 29er Specialized made it out in to the open. Specialized's mechanics weren't keen on anyone getting too close, so you won't see many decent photos around.
It's obviously a far more complex linkage than the current Demo, and on closer inspection it looks like the pivot locations will have flip-chips in, or they aren't set in stone yet. Watch this space...
Data acquisition on Danny Hart's Saracen Myst
With speeds getting faster and winning margins smaller, knowing exactly what's happening under the rider is increasingly important.
While previous data logging tech has been pretty obvious with wires, control boards and suspension extension logging pistons clearly on show, the system developed for Danny Hart's Saracen Myst is far more subtle.
His mechanic hinted that it might be commercially available next year, but that might be a step too far for most punters!
Gwin's mysterious rear mech
The YT Mob might run SRAM gears on most of its bikes, but the mech and shifter hanging off Aaron Gwin's Tues wasn't SRAM, nor was it Shimano. Even Box Components is on record saying it's not one of the company's.
YT has a strong partnership with e*thirteen though, and with cranks, cassettes, chainguides and wheels already in its product line up, perhaps we could see something coming from e*thirteen in the coming years?