Decathlon made waves earlier this yr when their reasonably priced 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 Group pit to get a better 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
We had been stunned after we first noticed the information that French huge field sporting items retailer Decathlon was sponsoring a World Cup XC mountain bike crew with their finances Rockrider bike line-up. So we took a better 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 bought in contact with the Decathlon improvement crew straight for an in-depth interview on the place they’re headed within the Bikerumor Podcast #58 earlier this month!
Rockrider Racing Group XC 900S FC full-suspension
We bought an honest take a look at the small print of the brand new 120mm journey full-carbon single pivot with carbon linkage-driven shock again in February.
However solely now do we actually see the official title of this pre-production cross-country prototype – the Rockrider XC 900S FC – with the S telling that it’s bought rear Suspension and the FC that it’s Full Carbon.
As we suspected, the carbon entrance triangle is unchanged from the alloy-rear bikes you should buy in Decathlon’s huge field shops as we speak. However from that primary 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 Group bikes had 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 basic Reverse Arch design.
Stephane Tempier races on a carbon-railed Fizik Antares Versus Evo R1 Adaptive saddle with all-black 3D-printed padding.
Stopping is dealt with by a brand new set of customized painted-to-match TRP Slate Evo disc brakes, the most affordable and lightest to get TRP’s most up-to-date full braking system EVOlution.
As a substitute of the inventory one-piece stainless rotors, the Rockrider Racing Group 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 Group XC 900 hardtail
The XC 900 is a finances hardtail you’ll be able to already purchase as we speak for simply 1900€ full, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a capable-enough race bike – a minimum of for the extra tame World Cup XC programs.
Construct equipment on the hardtails is just about the identical on the full-suspension bikes, though it does appear to be the crew might run the R7 Professional forks in a shorter 100 or 110mm journey place.
Cockpit is similar with carbon bars from ProTaper and light-weight alloy LYTI stems from French element maker Dulight. And each are constructed up with the light-weight BikeYoke Divine SL dropper seatpost and Triggy distant.
The identical TRP Slate Evo brakes and TR-33 rotors.
The bikes are all on Mavic Crossmax carbon wheels, wrapped with prototype Hutchinson Racing Lab improvement tires. Nearly the entire Rockrider Racing Group bikes had this low-profile tread setup for the dry Nove Mesto course. The sample seems to be 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.