Bike Check: What the Supercross Pros Pedal
Two weekends ago, we braved the fumes of high octane race fuel to take a look at what bikes the Supercross pros had lined up in the pits. While most of the bikes on display were for warming up, many racers are also passionate cyclists. The vast majority of SX Pros have some background in BMX and notable riders like Cole Seely and Ryan Villapoto can regularly be seen on training rides.
So brap past the break for some mx and bike p0rn…
Was this beauty – RV1′s Specialized Venge. It’s set up on rollers for prelap warm up spins, so ignore the dorky flat pedals that have been mounted up.
When Ryan isn’t riding his motorcycle, he spends allot of time on his bike. His trainer, the legendary Aldon Baker, has trained many of the sports greatest athletes and was a pro mountain biker racer in a former life.
While Bubba’s race bike was being prepped, we took a look past his Suzuki to see what was sitting on the trainer.
His Giant TCR was equipped with a full Ultegra gruppo and finished off with Giant branded components.
Then Chad came back last weekend and pulled away from the pack for another win! Not bad for a guy who’s thirty one going on thirty two. That comeback story means more media attention and an upgraded bike. This entry level Stumpjumper build with Shimano SLX groupset, Renthal components (also one of his MX sponsers), and aluminum tid bits was sitting in the pits at Oakland.
For A3, Specialized, Shimano, and Fox, came together to present him with this Epic hi-viz yellow bike. Picture shamelessly stolen from Specialized Global PR Manager Sean Estes’s Instagram feed.
Just for posterity sake, here’s a picture of Chad’s actual race bike in the middle of it’s prerace tear down.
Tomac is a name that’s already made it’s mark in the cycling world, but now John’s son is trying to create his own legacy in the motorcycle arena. A crash at the first race of the season left him unable to race the first few rounds, but we still got a look at his toys.
Next to the fleet of candy red Honda’s was this hot number from Specialized.
JGR Yamaha (Justin Brayton, Josh Grant)
We actually had to wait a few minutes to get close enough for this shot because a group of young boys where drooling over these bikes. It’s amazing to be at a supercross race venue and hear ten year olds arguing over whether the Pike or Float 34 is a better fork!
TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda (Christian Craig, Cole Seely, Jessy Nelson, Malcolm Stewart)
Ruben Alanis Salazar