When Ned Overend won the first Cross-Country World Championships on a RockShox RS-1 fork in1990 in Durango, suspension forks entered the world of mountain bikes with a bang. Over 20 years later, just a couple weeks after RockShox introduced the new SID 29” to the public, Jaroslav Kulhavy from Specialized Factory Racing became the first racer to ever win a World Cup on a 29er. With RockShox suspension leading the way again, Kulhavy’s landmark victory scored a big win for bigger wheels. Riding on a RockShox Reba 29” chassis with Brain technology, Kulhavy led from nearly start to finish at round 2 of the 2012 UCI World Cup in UK’s Dalby Forest. While some still debate, discuss and hesitate, many riders are already benefitting from the new mountain bike experience: 29”. Just like suspensionin the late 1980s, the 29”concept was born in the United States. Already popular in the US, this international victory shows that Europe is catching up fast…winning races!
2nd World Cup 2011 Dalby Forest (UK) The Right Gear Unrivaled
Kulhavy’s Solo: A Masterpiece On XX
Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Factory Racing) dominates the second round of the XC World Cup in Dalby Forest (UK). Racing on his full SRAM XX equipped bike, Jaroslav solidified his lead lap after lap for his second career win. Looking to chase Jaroslav down, Julien Absalon (Orbea) clinched a consistent second spot, while behind him Marco Aurelio Fontana and Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory Racing) battled to the line with a tight sprint that left Marco in 3rd and Manuel in 5th. Result: 4 out of the top 5 riders on SRAM XX. Jaroslav Kulhavy now leads the overall World Cup ranking, with the top five all on SRAM XX.Men Elite1 Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized 1:40:53(RockShox Reba 29 – Full package XX)2 Julien Absalon (Fra) Orbea 0:00:50(RockShox SID XX World Cup – Full package XX)3 Marco Fontana (Ita) Cannondale 0:01:39 (Full package XX)5 Manuel Fumic (Ger) Cannondale (Full package XX)
Source: Tyler Morland