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More cross country tech from MTB World Cup #1

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Current UCI World Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) tackled the challenging Pietermaritzburg course on a full-suspension Specialized S-Works Epic 29er.

Current UCI World Champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) tackled the challenging Pietermaritzburg course on a full-suspension Specialized S-Works Epic 29er. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Julian Absalon (Orbea) finished fourth using SRAM's new XX Grip Shift.

Julian Absalon (Orbea) finished fourth using SRAM's new XX Grip Shift. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Words of encouragement on the back of Marco Aurelio Fontana's (Cannondale Factory Racing) number plate.

Words of encouragement on the back of Marco Aurelio Fontana's (Cannondale Factory Racing) number plate. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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More words of encouragement on the back of Manuel Fumic's (Cannondale Factory Racing) number plate.

More words of encouragement on the back of Manuel Fumic's (Cannondale Factory Racing) number plate. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ag2r-La Mondiale road racer Jean-Christophe Peraud is making a run for a spot on the French Olympic team aboard this Lapierre.

Ag2r-La Mondiale road racer Jean-Christophe Peraud is making a run for a spot on the French Olympic team aboard this Lapierre. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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South African company cSixx provided the last-minute solution for many a World Cup racer's 1x10 drivetrain needs, as seen here on Jean-Christophe Peraud's Lapierre. The team apparently couldn’t' get a hold of the correct size on such short notice, though, so a chunk of rubber serves as an emergency shim.

South African company cSixx provided the last-minute solution for many a World Cup racer's 1x10 drivetrain needs, as seen here on Jean-Christophe Peraud's Lapierre. The team apparently couldn’t' get a hold of the correct size on such short notice, though, so a chunk of rubber serves as an emergency shim. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Kona privateer Spencer Paxson's setup is impressively versatile. Here, he's using Easton's tougher Haven Carbon bars instead of lighter-weight, less durable, or narrower options.

Kona privateer Spencer Paxson's setup is impressively versatile. Here, he's using Easton's tougher Haven Carbon bars instead of lighter-weight, less durable, or narrower options. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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SRAM XX controls and custom etched lock-on grip collars on Spencer Paxson's Kona King Kahuna.

SRAM XX controls and custom etched lock-on grip collars on Spencer Paxson's Kona King Kahuna. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A SRAM Quarq power meter on Spencer Paxson's Kona King Kahuna. Shimano XTR pedals are fitted here but according to Paxson, only because his sponsor-provided Crankbrothers pedals didn't arrive in time for the race.

A SRAM Quarq power meter on Spencer Paxson's Kona King Kahuna. Shimano XTR pedals are fitted here but according to Paxson, only because his sponsor-provided Crankbrothers pedals didn't arrive in time for the race. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Carbon dropouts and post mount caliper tabs on Spencer Paxson's Kona King Kahuna.

Carbon dropouts and post mount caliper tabs on Spencer Paxson's Kona King Kahuna. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Spencer Paxson (Kona) is running thru-axles front and rear on his Kona King Kahuna.

Spencer Paxson (Kona) is running thru-axles front and rear on his Kona King Kahuna. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Spencer Paxson's (Kona) new Kona King Kahuna carbon 29er hardtail weighed 10.18kg (22.44lb) in Pietermaritzburg.

Spencer Paxson's (Kona) new Kona King Kahuna carbon 29er hardtail weighed 10.18kg (22.44lb) in Pietermaritzburg. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Spencer Paxson (Kona) had more aggressive Maxxis Beaver tires fitted a couple of hours before the start of the riace in anticipation of rain.

Spencer Paxson (Kona) had more aggressive Maxxis Beaver tires fitted a couple of hours before the start of the riace in anticipation of rain. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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We ran into Trek Advanced Concepts Group wizard Ray Waxham in Pietermaritzburg, complete with his custom painted Trek Superfly 100.

We ran into Trek Advanced Concepts Group wizard Ray Waxham in Pietermaritzburg, complete with his custom painted Trek Superfly 100. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Check out the name decal on Trek Advanced Concept Group man Ray Waxham's Trek Superfly 100.

Check out the name decal on Trek Advanced Concept Group man Ray Waxham's Trek Superfly 100. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ridley made an appearance in Pietermaritzburg as well with this carbon 29er.

Ridley made an appearance in Pietermaritzburg as well with this carbon 29er. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Internal routing on this Ridley carbon 29er hardtail.

Internal routing on this Ridley carbon 29er hardtail. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A 140mm rear rotor, titanium hardware, and a thru-axle on Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) Trek Superfly.

A 140mm rear rotor, titanium hardware, and a thru-axle on Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) Trek Superfly. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Shimano's XTR Shadow Plus rear derailleur keeps things running quietly on Lukas Fluckiger's (Trek World Racing) Trek Superfly.

Shimano's XTR Shadow Plus rear derailleur keeps things running quietly on Lukas Fluckiger's (Trek World Racing) Trek Superfly. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Trek World Racing was yet another team in Pietermaritzburg using ultralight carbon fiber tubular wheels and tires made by Dugast.

Trek World Racing was yet another team in Pietermaritzburg using ultralight carbon fiber tubular wheels and tires made by Dugast. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Like many cross country racers in Pietermaritzburg, Julian Absalon (Orbea) ran a 1x10 drivetrain - with just the big ring in this case.

Like many cross country racers in Pietermaritzburg, Julian Absalon (Orbea) ran a 1x10 drivetrain - with just the big ring in this case. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Julian Absalon's (Orbea) Orbea Alma was equipped with a RockShox SID World Cup BlackBox in Pietermaritzburg. Check out the spare master link taped to the hydraulic lockout hose, too.

Julian Absalon's (Orbea) Orbea Alma was equipped with a RockShox SID World Cup BlackBox in Pietermaritzburg. Check out the spare master link taped to the hydraulic lockout hose, too. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Julian Absalon (Orbea) went old-school with his 26"-wheeled Orbea Alma in Pietermaritzburg.

Julian Absalon (Orbea) went old-school with his 26"-wheeled Orbea Alma in Pietermaritzburg. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Julian Absalon (Orbea) did, however, sneak in a set of tubular Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels wrapped in Dugast tires - conspicuously covered in giant Hutchinson logos, of course.

Julian Absalon (Orbea) did, however, sneak in a set of tubular Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels wrapped in Dugast tires - conspicuously covered in giant Hutchinson logos, of course. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Much of the Cannondale Factory Racing team went with tubular wheels and tires but Jeremiah Bishop instead stuck to his familiar tubeless clincher tires - wrapped around brand-new 29" versions of Mavic's Crossmax SLR wheels.

Much of the Cannondale Factory Racing team went with tubular wheels and tires but Jeremiah Bishop instead stuck to his familiar tubeless clincher tires - wrapped around brand-new 29" versions of Mavic's Crossmax SLR wheels. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Team Sky rode these new Boardman Bikes carbon hardtails in Pietermaritzburg.

Team Sky rode these new Boardman Bikes carbon hardtails in Pietermaritzburg. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Team Sky's Boardman machine is built with a tapered head tube - but there's a straight steerer fitted here.

Team Sky's Boardman machine is built with a tapered head tube - but there's a straight steerer fitted here. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Looped stays on the new Boardman Bikes carbon hardtail are presumably intended to deliver a slightly softer ride.

Looped stays on the new Boardman Bikes carbon hardtail are presumably intended to deliver a slightly softer ride. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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720mm-wide, flat carbon bars with contrasting-color ESI Racer's Edge grips on Lukas Flückiger's Trek Superfly.

720mm-wide, flat carbon bars with contrasting-color ESI Racer's Edge grips on Lukas Flückiger's Trek Superfly. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) single-ring setup for Pietermaritzburg, featuring a Shimano XTR crank and chainring secured with a cSixx carbon fiber chain guide.

Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) single-ring setup for Pietermaritzburg, featuring a Shimano XTR crank and chainring secured with a cSixx carbon fiber chain guide. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Fox Racing Shox 32 Float 100 FIT RLC on Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) Trek Superfly.

The Fox Racing Shox 32 Float 100 FIT RLC on Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) Trek Superfly. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Not only have 29" wheels taken hold in the World Cup but so have single-ring drivetrains, as seen here on Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) Trek Superfly.

Not only have 29" wheels taken hold in the World Cup but so have single-ring drivetrains, as seen here on Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) Trek Superfly. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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cSixx is a relatively new company based in South Africa specializing in carbon fiber chain guides.

cSixx is a relatively new company based in South Africa specializing in carbon fiber chain guides. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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World Cup bikes need to be light but racers value function, too, as evidenced by Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) Trek Superfly.

World Cup bikes need to be light but racers value function, too, as evidenced by Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) Trek Superfly. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) race wheels are built with Bontrager's latest prototype hubs laced to Trek-built carbon fiber tubular rims.

Lukas Flückiger's (Trek World Racing) race wheels are built with Bontrager's latest prototype hubs laced to Trek-built carbon fiber tubular rims. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Trek World Racing used custom tubular tires built by Dugast with Bontrager treads.

Trek World Racing used custom tubular tires built by Dugast with Bontrager treads. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Ridley follows the 'big chain stays, slim seat stays' model on this carbon 29er.

Ridley follows the 'big chain stays, slim seat stays' model on this carbon 29er. (Image credit: Jonny Irick)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

We've already brought you loads of tech news from the first UCI Mountain Bike World Cup of 2012 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa but we still have a few things to show you from the pits.

Included in this round-up gallery are more single-ring and tubular wheel setups on the cross country rigs, a possible new carbon hardtail from Boardman Bikes, and in-depth looks at the bikes of Lukas Flückiger (Trek World Racing), Julian Absalon (Orbea) and Kona privateer Spencer Paxson.