Pro tech secrets from the Enduro World Series pits

A peek at what the pro racers used to tackle the formidable final round of the EWS

BikeRadar has been out in Finale Ligure, Italy for the gruelling last round of the Enduro World Series. It would have been downright remiss of us not to have a nosey around the pits to check out the pro riders' tech – and here's what we found.

Damper switching

The newly-crowned champion, Richie Rude, has been using the new Fox 36 fork, which features an easy-to-use 15mm QR axle, and FiT4 damper. However, he swapped to the more adjustable RC2 damper for this round, as it offers better control. Teammate and victor in Finale, Jarred Graves, used a custom-tuned version of the standard Fit4 damper.

Champion richie rude's fox 36 fork – he switched to an rc2 damper for this round:
Champion richie rude's fox 36 fork – he switched to an rc2 damper for this round:

Prototype pedals

Cube’s Nico Lau was spotted with a prototype version of Shimano’s popular trail pedal, seen here on the right next to his teammate’s XTR trail item.

Nico lau's prototype shimano trail pedal (right):
Nico lau's prototype shimano trail pedal (right):

Return of the coils

Greg Callaghan and Nico Lau swapped between Fox’s lightweight and pedal-friendly Float-X shock and these coil-sprung X2 units depending on the nature of the stages at hand.

Greg callaghan and nico lau swapped between fox’s lightweight and pedal-friendly float-x shock and these coil-sprung x2 units:
Greg callaghan and nico lau swapped between fox’s lightweight and pedal-friendly float-x shock and these coil-sprung x2 units:

It was coil springs all round in the Giant pits though. A brace of Vivid coils for Josh Carlson and Yoann Barelli.

It was coil springs all round in the giant pits:
It was coil springs all round in the giant pits:

Wheel and tyre trickery

The label on the rim below says Procore, but that’s a standard tubeless valve. Apparently, the Cube action team didn’t use Schwalbe’s Procore system at this round.

Apparently, the cube action team didn’t use schwalbe’s procore system at this round – that's a standard tubeless valve:
Apparently, the cube action team didn’t use schwalbe’s procore system at this round – that's a standard tubeless valve:

The Cube team were however packing lightweight inner tubes taped to their frames. Every gram counts!

Lightweight spare inner tubes for the cube team:
Lightweight spare inner tubes for the cube team:

We spotted this highly cut-down Schwalbe Magic Mary in the Canyon pits. The ramped cutaways are intended to reduce rolling resistance, but we’ve heard of this practice backfiring as the treads become further apart.

We spotted this highly cut-down schwalbe magic mary in the canyon pits:
We spotted this highly cut-down schwalbe magic mary in the canyon pits:

Some kind of big-spender doesn’t want us to know what rubber they’re running. You can’t fool us!

A master of disguise has clearly been at work on this tyre…:
A master of disguise has clearly been at work on this tyre…:

Meanwhile, Curtis Keene chose to run hefty DH-casing Specialized Butcher tyres front and rear on his Enduro 650b – an option unavailable to him on his 29er.

Curtis keene ran hefty dh-casing specialized butcher tyres front and rear on his enduro 650b:
Curtis keene ran hefty dh-casing specialized butcher tyres front and rear on his enduro 650b:

We spotted this Roval Traverse front wheel on Curtis' bike. The oversized end caps look like they may be designed to take advantage of SRAM's Torque Cap technology for extra stiffness.

We spotted this roval traverse front wheel on keene's bike. the oversized end caps look like they may be designed to take advantage of sram's torque cap technology for extra stiffness:
We spotted this roval traverse front wheel on keene's bike. the oversized end caps look like they may be designed to take advantage of sram's torque cap technology for extra stiffness:

Seb Stott

Technical Writer, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep!
  • Current Bikes: Focus Sam 3.0, Kona Process 111, Specialized Enduro 29 Elite
  • Dream Bike: Mondraker Crafty with Boost 29" wheels, a 160mm fork and offset bushings for maximum slackness.
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