Fastest bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Trek, Cannondale, and Specialized rule day in XC and enduro

Cross Country Enduro Race Coverage
Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

With the stages primarily consisting of buff singletrack, Ott opted for a slightly more efficient bike setup than usual.

Last weekend saw a bevy of racing action at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. Friday it was the Big Mountain Enduro, which was won by Marco Osborne and Cooper Ott respectively. The following day cross country took over on Vail Mountain, with current US National XC champs Howard Grotts and Erin Huck ruling the day. Scroll down to learn more about the bikes that carried these four riders to victory in this photo gallery by Eddie Clark.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Ott chose her Trek Fuel Fuel EX 29er, which has less travel and is about 2 pounds lighter than her normal Trek Slash 29er enduro race bike.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

The carbon Fuel EX features 130mm of rear Fox EVOL air-sprung travel combined with a 140mm Manitou Magnum pro up front and a Bontrager 150mm dropper post.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Ott’s drivetrain is built with SRAM XO cassette/derailleur and RaceFace Next SL 170mm cranks mated to a 34 tooth chainring.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Wheels were carbon Bontrager Line 30 wheels mated to Bontrager SE4 2.3” at 23psi with a Huck Norris anti-flat insert in the rear, and a Bontrager SE5 2.3” at 21psi up front.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Pedals are Shimano XTR.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Bontrager gets the call for cockpit duty.


Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Since he wasn’t familiar with the terrain, Osborne ran his standard EWS race bike, the Cannondale Jekyll.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Osborne’s Jekyll features an 180mm travel Fox 36 up front and the Cannondale specific Hustle and Flow equipped Fox Float shock in the back that can be run in either a 130mm or 160mm travel mode.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

For tires Osborne ran the WTB Vigilante 2.3” at 24psi in the front and a WTB Trail Boss 2.25” with 29psi, and both ran on WTB I25 rims mated to White Industries hubs.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Ready for anything.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Brakes are full Shimano Saint, and the drivetrain is a Shimano based XTR 11-speed rear derailleur mated to an 11-46 XT cassette with a 34 tooth Wolf Tooth Chainring mounted on 175mm Cannondale SL cranks with Shimano XTR Trail pedals.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Nice tribute to Will Olson.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Saddle by WTB. Fox Transfer get the dropper nod.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

A little anti-slip protection.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Just days before the race, Erin Huck had her race bike stolen, which meant she had to build up and test ride a new Cannondale Scalpel Si 29 that was overnighted to her the day before the race.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Huck ran Stans NoTubes Valor wheels with the same Maxxis 2.25” prototype 170tpi Aspens that she won the Outlier XC at Vail on last fall.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Huck’s Scalpel Si features 100mm of front and rear travel via a RockShox Monarch in the rear and a Cannondale Lefty Carbon XLR up front.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Drivetrain is SRAM based with a XX1 12-speed 10-50 cassette mated to Cannondale Stages power meter equipped Si cranks.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Brakes were SRAM Level ULT to round out a mostly stock bike build.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Crankbrothers get the nod for pedals.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Grotts relied on his proven S-Works Epic 29” full suspension with 95mm of Fox suspension in the rear and a 100mm RockShox Sid up front.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

His drivetrain was SRAM Eagle with a 36 tooth chainring and 10-50 cassette with SRAM XX1 175mm cranks and Xpedo pedals.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

For brakes he uses the Magura MT8 system.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

For Vail, Grotts chose the Specialized Fast Trax 2.3” Grid sidewall tires at 19 psi (front and rear) mounted on carbon Roval Control wheels to ward off flats and to maintain extra traction on the fast downhills.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Of particular note, his bike has Ceramic Speed bearings in all the suspension pivots and bottom bracket, but the jockey pulley bearings are reserved for the bigger World Cup class races.

Fastestc bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games

Always be prepared.

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