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Video: Cyclocrosser rips down Whistler’s A-Line mountain bike trail

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Yohann Barelli shows how it’s done. And to think, we hesitate to bunny hop a barrier. Via Zapiks.fr.

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scentofreason
scentofreason
7 years ago

Best ‘hand slide’ crash/save I’ve ever seen….

boom
boom
7 years ago

#NotWarranty

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
7 years ago

hey- get em a redshift stem!

eadm
7 years ago

what bike is that? not that it would help me

Itchy Bon
Itchy Bon
7 years ago

yeah, but helmet visor…..

SamSkjord
SamSkjord
7 years ago

@eadm, It’s the new Giant TCX cyclocross bike.

Colin M
Colin M
7 years ago

Getting the timing, height, and speed of a CX bike jumping over a barrier is harder than hitting groomed tables in the bike park. Just sayin.

Yo is the man, regardless.

DeafDaddy
DeafDaddy
7 years ago

@eadm –

It’s the 2015 Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1 (https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/bikes/model/tcx.advanced.pro.1/18742/76161/)

Yoann (not Yohann) Barelli is a Giant Factory Off Road racing the EWS (Enduro World Series), not a cyclocross racer. Though he’d probably do very well at cyclocross events but his disciple is gravity racing…

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
7 years ago

^no it’s not.

scentofreason
scentofreason
7 years ago

Follow up, are those 6″ rotors on the front? Must be nice to be that light/low bodyweight…

Ob1Hoagie
Ob1Hoagie
7 years ago

That Frenchie makes crazy canucks look sane !!!

Mike
Mike
7 years ago

@satisFACTORYrider. Yes it is (on a UCI barrier). Dude, try double bunny hopping a road bike ~16 inches on a wet grass false flat in traffic sometime. Hilarity will ensue (for everyone else). There’s a reason there’s a lot more people landing groomed jumps than hopping barriers. We’re not poor bike handlers.

-cyclocrosser who only bunny hops the little barriers

K11
K11
7 years ago

@satisFACTORYrider (4:37pm) AGREE. @Mike. Dude, respectfully disagree. Why? comes down to ones experiences/ability, as to what an individual sees as easy/average/hard.

Colin M
Colin M
7 years ago

Back to disagree. Tables are just speed and a little pop. Barriers are not just a simple bunny hop. Add the fact that someone is probably right next to you.

<-Jumps the cx bike at the bike park & would rather run the barriers than get the timing wrong in a race when exhausted.

Pillz
Pillz
7 years ago

The jumps are not what is impressive imo but they are sweet. To me it’s the momentum speed/line on some of those slick parts like when he slides out the front. Nice vid.

sspiff
sspiff
7 years ago

As a regular ‘easy’ barrier bunny hopper and CX-bike-on-a-BMX-track hooligan, I completely agree with Mike. Sequentially bunny hopping real barriers in a real cross race is way harder than tables with a slammed seat. Especially 10 laps in. Remember, your local cross promoter is probably nowhere near UCI regulation.

matt
matt
7 years ago

Pretty sure those are Zipp 202s as well. Hard to say, but they’re sponsored by SRAM and the rims definitely have 3 white stickers at even intervals. Burly “road” wheels.

RED
RED
7 years ago

Like watching a bobblehead video !

JBikes
JBikes
7 years ago

See everyone, 29er’s rule.

satisFACTORYrider
satisFACTORYrider
7 years ago

I should’ve expanded. Given the same conditions- dry/solo I think it would be nbd for this rider to do the same with cross barriers. Comparing a jump skill playing in perfect conditions to a cross race during bad conditions is stupid. Jumping anything well needs speed&traction. I’m sure a cross rider may also have a hard time hitting a uci Bmx step up or squashing a table at race speed in traffic.

Pillz
Pillz
7 years ago

I started with racing bmx first as a child so for me it’s much different to be on a tall stiff bike with narrow bars. The whole feel of riding cross bike on fast singletrack is something you have to try to know why this video is sick.

xc-fr
xc-fr
7 years ago

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badbikemachnicx
badbikemachnicx
7 years ago

This proves that cross bikes are now just 29er rigid mountain bikes with drop bars.

SamSkjord
SamSkjord
7 years ago

@badbikemachnicx, please show your working. Did Road Bike Party show that road bikes are now just trials bikes with drop bars?

Joe P
Joe P
7 years ago

That hand slide was boss – and not for a minute would I have put even those fat skinny cx tires on that trail.

Mike
Mike
7 years ago

@K11 Because flat (no lift off), lack of adequate speed, and saddle height/handlebar drop. I could probably hop 6 inches higher with a 6 inch lower saddle, but you need to ride the rest of the course with power. Same reason descents are sketchier: hard to get behind the saddle when it’s steep. I don’t know, maybe I should run a smaller frame with a dropper post. That would be hilarious, but I’ve done races where I later thought my XC bike would have been faster…

@sspiff Nothing like catching a wheel with 1 to go… I’ve stopped hopping part way through a race once tired.

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