Meribel World Cup XC Pro Bike Checks – Scott 3Rox & Haibike-Sabine Spitz
Talk about a stacked deck, Scott Sports‘ two primary mountain bike teams include legends old and new: Thomas Frischknecht, Florian Vogel, Nino Schurter, Jenny Rissveds and Geoff Kabush. Their race weapons of choice are the hardtail Scott Scale and full suspension Scott Spark. The latter took the win at the Meribel World Cup XCO race under Schurter in its 27.5″ wheel guise. So, while he was warming up, we hit up the team pit for photos of the rest of the bikes.
A little further down the row was another living legend’s team, Sabine Spitz, who has their collection of young stars in the women’s field. Check out actual weights and plenty of pics below…
Florian’s Spark had the full DT Swiss and Ritchey build up with SRAM XX1 providing the drivetrain. Spec and parts were very consistent across all of the Swiss team’s bikes.
They’re all running tubulars, and the team van was full of wheels with Dugast tubies glued up.
Full. Of. Tubulars. There were even spare tread strips laying around for repairs.
A little yellow tape on the pedals either provides just a bit extra width for tread block support, or marked them as his. Do those Paradigm pedals look a little leaner than normal? The outside edge is missing quite a bit of material compared to the pair I reviewed, so either there’s been a LOT of drillium applied, or they’re a taste of things to come.
DT Swiss suspension likes using carbon for their outers.
His bike comes in at 9.63kg (21.23lb). It’s reasonable to assume Schurter’s Spark comes in about the same weight. Their team guys said the only difference between the two is Nino’s World Cup paint scheme, which you can see on his hardtail:
At the time, it was converted to use on the rollers. Or as a pit bike.
He runs a negative rise stem and inverted handlebars. Several of Ritchey’s flat bars, including the Superlogic 2X here, use an offset extension from center, allowing a +/-5mm rise.
Most of the pros mark their wheels, and even though these are top of the line carbon rimmed DT Swiss Spline wheels you and I would drool over, they’re “Spare 2” for Nino.
Assuming those skinnies and clinchers are about the same as a set of fat tubulars (or possibly even heavier), this 8.45kg (18.62lb) weight is probably pretty close to full race day weight.
Geoff Kabush is part of the separate Scott 3Rox team and is sponsored by Fox. They’ve been running the Di2-powered iCD electronic remote lockout for a couple years now, even hiding the battery inside the top tube. He’s also running a Syncros cockpit and wheels with Maxxis tires.
Lately, he’s been a fan of the Pace, which apparently are available in less hidden guise these days on plenty of pro bikes. Maybe one day soon we’ll be able to get them, too.
Jenny also gets some custom paint to celebrate her winning ways.
Frischi runs a bell so you know when to yield.
HAIBIKE – SABINE SPITZ & CO.
The Sabine Spitz Haibike pro team is made up of Spitz, Kathrin Stirnemann and Adelheid Morath. Above is Stirnemann’s full suspension Sleek Team, but with a very non-stock build.
Tune parts weigh (or not) heavy on the build, as so linked alloy cable housings. More foam grips, and more Magura suspension and brakes on the European teams.
The stringy carbon Tune bottle cage was bolted only to the lower mount hole then zip tied to the frame to get the bottle low enough for easy removal.
KMC gold chains match the gold Tune hubs…
…laced to Stan’s NoTubes Valor carbon rims.
The 29er full susser came in at 9.53kg (21.01lb).
Spitz’s hardtail was on display as her full suspension Sleek Team (background) was getting prepped for action.
She wrapped some Schmolke carbon bars with road bar tape. White, of course.
Tune carbon levered and spindled 15mm thru axle saves grams and looks awesome. If you’re gonna have your name on your frame, then have your name on your frame.
The hardtail had Stan’s Race Gold alloy rims, but this one got the Valor carbon rims, also with Tune hubs.