How Tough Are Enduro Bikes? | Asking Pro Mechanics At The EWS

How Tough Are Enduro Bikes? | Asking Pro Mechanics At The EWS


– So were here at
the World Enduro Series. I’m going to take a walk of the pits to talk to some of the pro mechanics to ask what it takes to look
after a bike at an EWS race. (Music plays) I’m with Todd from SRAM Rockshox. You look after everyone’s bikes. From amateurs to pros, but also across all disciplines. Cross country, downhill, and enduro. Are the enduro riders
particularly heavy on their bikes? – [Todd] It’s inherent
in the sport for sure. I mean these guys are
out all day long riding, really narly tracks. I mean going as fast as possible. These guys are all
incredibly talented athletes. So yeah, I mean these
bikes are taking a beating. Every aspect of the bike is just getting totally hammered, and pushed to the limits, so yeah. We see a lot of just, yeah, tired parts at the end of the day. Tired riders, tired parts. – It’s almost like riding downhill tracks on trail bikes really. And its a bit of a reliability test for riders and bikes. Do you ever see rider’s picking maybe, something like an aloid
rim over a carbon rim. Just cause they need that reliability. – Definitely, definitely, its, enduro is a matter of, it comes down to atrition. And so not only riders,
but also the equipment. So yeah, there looking at getting parts that are more durable, so for sure aluminium is normally, yeah, for most riders the selected rim. – I’m with Jordi at Fox, and something I find really interesting is my background is in downhill racing. Where I would spend a lot of time trying to find the perfect setup
for that one course. And with suspension
you’d be playing around with clickers or air pressure
to get your perfect setup. But with enduro, the course is big. The terrain is vary,
the riders themselves, do they play with their suspension much while their out there for the day? – [Jordi] Yeah, they do. And then by the end of the day they’ve forgotten what they’ve done and then you have to kinda decipher it. I think, like, one of
our jokes with Enduro is even a s***** setup works somewhere, on an enduro track. So, its, I don’t think
there trained as much as a downhiller is and your also, your not repeating the same
section over and over again. So it is much harder to
nail down a perfect setup. – Do you ever have to
like, educate a rider, and say alright, this is
what your high speed does. This is what your low speed does. So when their out there and their thinking all this doesn’t feel quite right, so they know what they
need to do themselves? – You do. Sometimes you have to educate them over and over and over
again, the same riders. But, I guess it helps if they
can adjust it a little bit. But really, they do end
up getting a bit lost. And I mean, we’ve all done it. You go to, you go on a ride
and you click something. And you think it feels better, and then the next day it feels worse. I think suspension is one of those things, you have to be really careful about what your doing and
tracking what your doing. Otherwise, you end up getting a bit lost. – And as far as lockouts,
things like that, does your average enduro
racer want a lockout on their bike to take advantage of that in the pedalling sections. – Maybe not so much for
the pedalling sections. But for transfers for sure. Just to keep the bike at an attitude that’s a little more comfortable to ride. Since they’re riding
such long travel bikes. At least keeps the seat up in a more comfortable pedalling position. – So of the hundreds of riders here at Enduro World Series, of course not everyone has a pro mechanic. There are lots of people who have to look after their bike’s themselves. Martyn, you’ve done the first days racing. It’s a big day out, is it seven hours, something ridiculous, 50 kilometres. You’ve now finished, what are
you going to do to your bike? – [Martyn] First of all
were going to wash it. We’ve sat here in this line now for 30-40 minutes. We’ve yet to eat so
probably should have eaten. Once we’ve done that give
it a good check over. It’s had a pretty hard ride. I’ll probably wipe my seals. A little low service,
and then set the gears, check the brakes, every bolt check. – I guess you want to try
and keep it to a minimum. You don’t want to be up
all night fixing your bike, but obviously you don’t want your bike failing tomorrow either. – Well that’s it, yeah like. We were up pretty late last night. We had, pretty lucky we got
some bigger brakes intact. So we had the three team bikes to change the brakes on
ourselves, and things. But yeah, try and get
an early night for rest. – As far as today on the trail, did you have to do anything to your bike? – I had to ride shambles to be fair. I crashed on the first stage. Levers went down, my bar is twisted. My bars even rolled, so
I was trying to go align. Punch my levers back flats. – So there it goes. A lot of work that goes into looking after these bikes to make sure they get around this whole EWS circuit. And the riders do the best they can. Click on the GMBN globe to subscribe. Definitely do that if you
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8 thoughts on “How Tough Are Enduro Bikes? | Asking Pro Mechanics At The EWS

  1. Nice to get a view inside the scene and what’s happening behind the curtains. Keep asking interesting questions! Like the alloy carbon thing might be quite interesting for some consumers. For me the same here. Carbon wheels are still not for aggressive Enduro and downhill use. Only perhaps if you put in a cushion layer.

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