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Decathlon Rockrider XC mountain bikes on the UCI World Cup

Decathlon made waves earlier this 12 months when their inexpensive Rockrider mountain bikes turned up on the skilled cross-country race circuit. So when the UCI MTB XCO World Cup rolled into our yard at Nové Město, we popped over to the Rockrider Crew pit to get a more in-depth take a look at Stephane Tempier’s carbon race bikes – each the 900 hardtail & 900S FC full-suspension… and a few prototype gear!

Decathlon’s World Cup Rockrider XC bikes

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900S FC 120mm full-suspension mountain bike by Decathlon, Stephane Tempier, toptube detail

We have been stunned once we first noticed the information that French massive field sporting items retailer Decathlon was sponsoring a World Cup XC mountain bike group with their price range Rockrider bike line-up. So we took a more in-depth look and realized the model had redeveloped a inventory carbon & alloy bike into an all-carbon flex pivot bike.

However we wished to know much more, so we acquired in contact with the Decathlon growth group instantly for an in-depth interview on the place they’re headed within the Bikerumor Podcast #58 earlier this month!

Rockrider Racing Crew XC 900S FC full-suspension

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900S FC 120mm full-suspension mountain bike by Decathlon, Stephane Tempier, complete bike

We acquired a good take a look at the main points of the brand new 120mm journey full-carbon single pivot with carbon linkage-driven shock again in February.

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900S FC 120mm full-suspension mountain bike by Decathlon, Stephane Tempier, model name

However solely now do we actually see the official identify of this pre-production cross-country prototype – the Rockrider XC 900S FC – with the S telling that it’s acquired rear Suspension and the FC that it’s Full Carbon.

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900S FC 120mm full-suspension mountain bike by Decathlon, Stephane Tempier, main pivot

As we suspected, the carbon entrance triangle is unchanged from the alloy-rear bikes you should purchase in Decathlon’s massive field shops as we speak. However from that foremost pivot again, the one-piece UD carbon rear finish is all-new, including a seatstay flex zone to eradicate the necessity for a pivot above the dropout.

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900S FC 120mm full-suspension mountain bike by Decathlon, Stephane Tempier, Manitou Mara shock

Rockrider Racing Crew bikes have been all arrange with Manitou air suspension. A Manitou Mara distant shock handles the 120mm of rear wheel journey, paired to a 120mm Manitou R7 Professional fork up entrance with traditional Reverse Arch design.

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900S FC 120mm full-suspension mountain bike by Decathlon, Stephane Tempier, Fizik Antares Versus Evo Adaptive saddle

Stephane Tempier races on a carbon-railed Fizik Antares Versus Evo R1 Adaptive saddle with all-black 3D-printed padding.

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900S FC 120mm full-suspension mountain bike by Decathlon, Stephane Tempier, custom TRP Slate Evo brakes

Stopping is dealt with by a brand new set of customized painted-to-match TRP Slate Evo disc brakes, the most cost effective and lightest to get TRP’s most up-to-date full braking system EVOlution.

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900S FC 120mm full-suspension mountain bike by Decathlon, Stephane Tempier, TRP TR-33 rotor

As a substitute of the inventory one-piece stainless rotors, the Rockrider Racing Crew makes use of the two-piece TRP TR-33 rotors with alloy 6-bolt carriers for higher warmth dissipation and laser-cut cleansing slots.

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900S FC 120mm full-suspension mountain bike by Decathlon, team bikes

Rockrider Racing Crew XC 900 hardtail

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900 hardtail mountain bike by Decathlon, complete

The XC 900 is a price range hardtail you’ll be able to already purchase as we speak for simply 1900€ full, but it surely’s nonetheless a capable-enough race bike – a minimum of for the extra tame World Cup XC programs.

Construct package on the hardtails is just about the identical on the full-suspension bikes, though it does appear like the group could run the R7 Professional forks in a shorter 100 or 110mm journey place.

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900 hardtail mountain bike by Decathlon, cockpit

Cockpit is similar with carbon bars from ProTaper and lightweight alloy LYTI stems from French part maker Dulight. And each are constructed up with the light-weight BikeYoke Divine SL dropper seatpost and Triggy distant.

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900 hardtail mountain bike by Decathlon, TRP Slate Evo brake

The identical TRP Slate Evo brakes and TR-33 rotors.

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900 hardtail mountain bike by Decathlon, prototype Hutchinson Skeleton tire

The bikes are all on Mavic Crossmax carbon wheels, wrapped with prototype Hutchinson Racing Lab growth tires. Virtually all the Rockrider Racing Crew bikes had this low-profile tread setup for the dry Nove Mesto course. The sample appears to be the identical because the long-running Skeleton, however the knobs could also be barely reshaped or a minimum of have a decrease profile for faster-rolling.

Rockrider Racing Team XC 900 hardtail mountain bike by Decathlon, non-driveside

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