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World Cup Pro Bike Check: XCC Winning Specialized Epic EVO of Victor Koretzky

Victor Koretzky, Specialized S-Works Epic EVO, World Cup Pro Bike Check: XCC-winning bike Snowshoe,WV
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After Koretzky’s double at Les Gets — taking the XCC and the XCO wins — his confidence is soaring, and showing in his riding on this S-Works Epic Evo. Not long after the Les Gets World Cup, Koretzky took to the Olympic test event, where he snagged another victory.  

Now, we caught up with Koretzky and his XCC-winning Specialized S-Works Epic EVO stateside at Snowshoe!

A big factor in Koretzky’s motivation is most definitely Olympic selection. France only has two spots for the home 2024 Paris games and a sizable talent pool to choose from…like Jordan Sarrou.

The World Cup XCC Race at Snowshoe

Victor Koretzky
all photos by Jordan Villella, c. Bikerumor

Rolling into the XCC race on Friday in Snowshoe, WV, Victor Koretzky of Specialized Factory Racing was confident and collected, and it showed.

When the lights turned green, Luca Schwarzbauer #3 (Canyon) took his place at the front of the charging pack and up the first climb.

On his wheel was World Cup cross-country leader #1 Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB), a battle that repeated in the XCO race, too (with white number plates on Sunday).

#13 at the front

Victor Koretzky bike check number

But it was only a short time before the upside-down #13 number plate of Koretzky made its way to the front. 

After a full lap, a small break was clear of the group: Koretzky, Schwarzbauer, Schurter, and #4 Sarrou — pushing the pace. At the start of the second lap, Schwarzbauer pushed on the start climb and through the first set of turns. Last year’s winners, Chris Blevins and World Champ Tom Pidcock, were left in the wake of the furious pace set at the front.

At lap three, the group lulled slightly, allowing more to join, including favorite Vlad Dascălu (Trek Factory Racing) and Charlie Aldridge (Cannondale Factory Racing). 

On the final lap, Schwarzbauer led and was immediately attacked by Aldridge going into the climb and turns. Koretzky waited patiently and went all in before the muddy, rocky downhill.

His move strung together the muddy rock feature and the slight uphill following. His effort distanced the chasing group.

Victor Koretzky bike check name

Koretzky found a slight gap in the final artificial rock feature and finishing turns. 

Countryman Jordan Sarrou made a last-ditch effort to catch his compatriot but came up slightly short, finishing seconds behind, with Schwarzbauer rounding out the podium. 

It’s All About The Bike: S-Works Epic EVO

Victor Koretzky, Specialized S-Works Epic EVO, World Cup Pro Bike Check: XCC-winning bike Snowshoe,WV frameset

Victor Koretzky chose the trusted S-Works Epic Evo over the newer, lighter & simpler short travel Epic World Cup for the XCC Friday.

Victor Koretzky bike check saddle

And that means he will race the same setup for Sunday’s XCO.

Victor Koretzky bike check flight

Koretzky Epic EVO had some cool bits that caught our eyes. Especially the RockShox Flight Attendant-equipped prototype SID and SIDLuxe Shock – with taped on AXS battery for extra security.

Victor Koretzky bike check fork

While the Flight Attendant isn’t new for the Specialized team, it is getting under more riders. We’ve previously covered it on Sina Frei’s Specialized Epic EVO here. While in the Specialized Team tent, we noticed some prefer the new automatic electronically-controlled suspension. But others still chose a manual grip lockout. 

Victor Koretzky bike check rear

Victor’s S-Works Epic Evo has all the top-end trappings from Specialized — like S-Works Romin Evo Mirror saddle. And the top from SRAM — like this XX SL AXS Transmission.

Victor Koretzky bike check stem side

And that cool custom made-to-order Darimo IX2 AL stem.

Coming out from that stem… You’ll notice that Koretzky opts for SRAM blips over the traditional paddle design on the latest SRAM XX SL Eagle drivetrain / transmission.

Victor Koretzky bike check lever

Koretzky favors the SRAM Level Ultimate brakes with 160mm rotors front and rear. 

Victor Koretzky bike check yoke

The frame is custom-made for Specialized Factory racing in sparkly red and silver. And the team rolls on Roval Control SL wheels with ceramic bearings inside.

Koretzky’s tires are Specialized prototypes labelled for Victor. But from what we can see, they look identical to the Specialized Renegade tire production model. This similarity to the current offering usually means a compound change or internal construction update. All that we can’t see from the outside.

We look forward to seeing what Sunday’s Cross Country race brings for Victor Koretzky.

Tech Specs: Victor Koretzky’s Specialized S-Works Epic EVO 

Victor Koretzky bike check full bike 2
  • Frame: Specialized Epic EVO 
  • Fork: Rock Shox SID Ultimate w/ Flight Attendant 
  • Crankset: SRAM XX SL 40
  • Chain: SRAM XX 12-speed flat top
  • Cassette: XX SL 10-52T 
  • Pedals: HT 
  • Grips: ESI
  • Wheels: Roval Control SL 
  • Seatpost: RockShox 
  • Seat: S-Works Romin Mirror 
  • Bars: Specialized Control Carbon SL
  • Tires: Specialized Renegade proto front 2.35″

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Jared Verbeke
Jared Verbeke
8 months ago

I’d like to know what computer mount that is on his stem? Been looking for a low profile one for a while.

Andy
Andy
8 months ago
Reply to  Jared Verbeke

Looks a whole lot like a 76 projects top tube mount, never considered possping one on a stem!

Clint
Clint
8 months ago

Wanted to know what front and rear travel Victor has on his Evo with flight attendant. Is it the 120 front and 110 rear like the Evo we can Purchase or less suspention?

Rob
Rob
8 months ago
Reply to  Clint

45 mm rear shock = ~124mm rear travel on the Epic Eco

Eric
Eric
8 months ago

Ummm. Its a sweet bike but Victor won the race not the bike

Jason DW
Jason DW
8 months ago

Jolanda posted on her insta yesterday about her bike.. she uses a bigger front rotor then this guy.. its fascinating how different these riders are.

Shane
Shane
8 months ago
Reply to  Jason DW

If it is a 35mm SID Ultimate, it has to have a 180mm rotor up front, unless it’s a super pro move and the posts are shaved down.

XC DUDE
XC DUDE
8 months ago
Reply to  Jason DW

Weaker/smaller hands = bigger rotors/more pistons (easier to get braking power). It isn’t always about rider weight ration to brake needs. Dude prolly has gorilla grip and doesn’t need lever/rotor assistance to get the braking power he needs.

XC DUDE
XC DUDE
8 months ago
Reply to  Jason DW

Weaker/smaller hands = bigger rotors/more pistons (easier to get braking power). It isn’t always about rider weight ratio to brake needs. Dude prolly has gorilla grip and doesn’t need lever/rotor assistance to get the braking power he needs so he can run superlight. Speaking of grams… surprised so many run AXS dropper with lighter options- must be a sponsor requirement.

John
John
8 months ago

Any ideas about the position for the flip chip, High or Low ?

Shane
Shane
3 months ago
Reply to  John

Based on the space between the shock and linkage, I’d say low. Mine in high has a gap to the shaft.

Dinger
Dinger
8 months ago

I wonder why more riders aren’t using the new Epic?

Ben
Ben
8 months ago

Check the weights – Epic Evo frame is lighter than the Epic WC, and regular Epic. Boggles my mind why would anyone would use an Epic WC?

Joe
Joe
8 months ago

Is the module on the seat tube part of the FA system?

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