Fastest on the mountain
By Mikkeli Godfree
Nathan Rennie posted the fasted time in qualifying for the world Downhill
championships and picked up the bronze medal on his machine on Saturday.
Steve Peat finished narrowly out of the medals on his V-10, but was
second on Thursday's seeding run.
Even if the V-10 bike doesn't win the World Championship, Peat is poised
nicely to take the World Cup Series with an almost unassailable lead
as the riders head off to the last round after the World Championships
We talked to the Santa Cruz mechanics Ed Chavez and Matthiu Dupelle
about the setups on both Rennie and Peat's bikes after the seeding runs.
"The two greatest differences between the two bikes is the suspension
setup, Rennie's is harder. Tyres also is a big area of difference. Peaty
always goes with a little harder compound and a narrower tyre (a 2.2"
on the back).
Nathan does a little adjustment to the upshift lever on the XO shifter
and he also runs way wider bars, almost 20m wider - Nathan runs little
extensions on them actually (little solid aluminium ones). Peaty doesn't
use lock-on grips like a lot of other riders. The grip on them is better
than most of the lock ons and he doesn't like the metal edge on the
"The greatest similarity between the bikes is that they both have Nathan
Rennie stickers on them! Nathan likes Peaty's bike so much he put his
sticker on it. Steve's got a sense of humour though so he just left
it on. It does confuse people though!
"We'll probably keep the setups the same right up through to the race
because it won't dry out too much and there is a lot of loose dirt up
there and a lot of moisture, that and showers are forecast for Friday
and Saturday's race day. "
The two greatest differences between the bikes is the suspension setup,
Rennie's is harder. Tyres are also a big area of difference. Peaty always
goes with a little harder compound and a narrower tyre (a 2.2 on the
Rennie does a little adjustment to the upshift lever on the XO shifter
and he also runs much wider bars, almost 20m wider. he runs little extensions
on them actually - little solid aluminium ones. Peaty doesn't use lock-on
grips like alot of other riders. The grip on them is better than most
of the lock ons and he doesn't like the metal edge on the lock-ons.
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Full specification - Steve Peat's bike
Frame: Santa Cruz V-10 Aluminium
Fork: Rockshox Boxxer World Cup Black Box
Rear Shock: Fox DHX 5.0 w titanium spring custom tuned
Stem: Chromag direct mount
Handlebar: Hozzerfeller DH Riserbar
Headset: Chris King - Blue and Red cups
Brakes: Code callipers
Rotors: Shimano XTR
Brake Levers: Avid Ultimate Black Box levers w. Code callipers
Rear Derailleur: SRAM XO short cage
Front Derailleur: MRP Carbon (with thicker plate than usual)
Crankset: OCT Holzerfeller
Chain: SRAM 991 hollowpin
Cassette: SRAM 990 12-24
Tires: Maxxis Wet Scream Super Tacky (lighter tube in
the back than the front)
Wheels: DT Swiss Fr2350 Wheelset
Saddle: WTB Rocket V
Seat Post: Truvativ Team World Cup seatpost
Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet