Cyclingnews was in Cairns, Australia, for round two of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. While the remoteness of Cairns meant some big names in the cross country discipline were missing, most were there fighting it out on the technical course.
First, we spoke with a few industry people in the pits about women's tech, before catching up with Julie Bresset, Jolanda Neff and new Specialized Factory signing, Kate Courtney about their bikes.
Recent Olympic gold medalist and back-to-back world champion, Julie Bresset is always one to beat in the women's field. Riding for the BH-Suntour-KMC team, Bresset is on one trick-looking BH Ultimate 27.5 with custom paint. The Ultimate 27.5 features radically shaped frame tubes, with the semi-integrated seat tube as a real stand-out.
A brand not often seen at the top-end of the sport, SR-Suntour provides the bike's suspension. Bresset is on a Axon RL-RC model which features a carbon and magnesium lower construction and titanium 15mm thru-axle. With a claimed weight at over 1,500g, this fork isn't super-light.
Keeping Bresset rolling is a pair of Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels and Michelin Wild Racer'R Advanced rubber in 2.25" width
The rest of Bresset's bike features a mixture of brands, with Shimano XTR doing the shifting at the back and a FSA K-Force crankset holding the single chainring on the front, keeping the chain in place is a E-13 XCX+ chainguide.