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In a bit of a repeat for Specialized bikes, Annika Langvad rode to the elite women’s World Championship in the second race of the weekend in Nové Město on the women’s version of the Epic. She rode her Specialized S-Works Era World Cup 29er at the front of the race from the start much like Gaze, and by the end of the second lap had distanced her competition and didn’t look back. She rode her Era and RS-1 through pretty much all of their travel on the technical course and built her lead outpacing the others on the climbs. Langvad’s Era was built up very similar to Gaze’s Epic, but with a few unique touches. Take a closer look after the break, plus her bike’s actual race weight…

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Langvad’s 95mm travel S-Works Era World Cup 29er is essentially the same bike as the men’s Epic, but built around geometry targeted at the top women XC racers. That mostly amounts to a bit shorter frame reach & stack numbers and a closer spacing of the bikes’ small to large size range. The women’s Era World Cups also end up with even shorter wheelbases than the Epic WC, making them more nimble on tight cross-country courses.

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As the current leader in the World Cup Langvad raced with the number 2 plate (number 1 reserved for outgoing World Champ Pauline Ferrand Prevot who had a pretty nasty crash onto her face during the race), so a World Championship win wasn’t too surprising even though no other Danish rider has won in more than a decade.

Langvad’s cockpit consists of an S-Works FACT SL carbon flat handlebar with team green ESI silicone grips, and SRAM Level Ultimate brakes. She sat atop an S-Works Power road saddle on a 20mm offset S-Works carbon post.

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Langvad’s bike gets the current Specialiazed Racing XC team paintjob with a thin black and bright green logos. It uses the same Brain suspension setup with the Brain internals Rock Shox RS-1 fork and Fox/Specialized remote Mini Brain rear shock. Her bike gets the same team name and flag top tube deal and personalized Carbon-Ti X-Clamp 3 seatpost clamp. For pedals she sticks with the classic, tried-and-true XTR race.

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For drivetrain, like the rest of her team, Langvad ride the new SRAM 12 speed XX1 Eagle with the 10-50 cassette and carbon XX1 cranks with a small 32T ring. Specialized team mechanics tell us that it is sponsor SRAM that wanted the team to run the complete Eagle group instead of swapping in S-Works cranks, but that they were really happy with how light and stiff the XX1 Eagle cranks were in any case.

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Her stem was a standard 110mm S-Works affair topped off by a Carbon-Ti cap and team-matching ano alloy bolt.

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Langad rode on a pair of two different Specialized S-Works tires set up tubeless for the win. She had a 2.1″ Fast Track 2Bliss up front and a 2.1″ Renegade 2Bliss tire in the rear.

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Total bike weight was just 10.35kg/22.82lb.

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Her face at the finish after winning was pure excitement, and a little different from Gaze’s earlier in the day. But both showed a similar dominant performance to win a pair of World Championships on Specialized’s premier cross-country full-suspension race bike.

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Peter
Peter
5 years ago

Wonder how SRAM likes that she’s running Shimano XTR pedals…

Juan Grande
Juan Grande
3 years ago
Reply to  Peter

Until SRAM starts making pedals I highly doubt they’re worried about it.

jlg
jlg
5 years ago

Did SRAM make pedals too ?

yard dog
yard dog
5 years ago

what tire pressure is she running

Dustytires
5 years ago

Thanks for such thorough coverage of the bikes Cory. Please keep the tech coming our way.

it seems that Shimano dominates the pedal choices of the pros in XC and CX over there. I saw a video of the junior women leaving the line and the SPD was dominant.

Interesting is that Langvalds bike and Gaze bikes are both kinda heavy, showing once again that it is always about the engine in this sport Looking forward to Nino’s bike weigh in, Scott has made such a big deal of how light their new kit is.

Hey Cory, is Nino wearing standard shoes? what brand? It’s good to see someone figured out that buckles/ratchets on the side of a shoe is a stupid place for mtb. Of course laces dont get caught in the rocks either haha

tessartype
tessartype
5 years ago
Reply to  Dustytires

Nino and Absalon both run Sidis, but both seemed to be on a new shoe this weekend – similar-looking to Froome’s new prototype/unreleased road Sidi.

Bontrager’s Cambion shoe also has the BOA dial more inwards. Definitely had a few smacks on it where a traditionally-located buckle would’ve failed.

Juan Grande
Juan Grande
3 years ago
Reply to  Dustytires

1. I’ve been wearing Sidi shoes for MTB with the buckles/ratchets on the side of the shoe for over two decades and have NEVER ever ever ever had one problem with anything on the shoes so I’m not sure what you’re referring to. I think the side is a great place to have access to tightening or loosening the buckles on the shoe.
2. Nino is wearing the top of the line Scott RC SL shoe and it is the furthest you can get from a “standard shoe.” Carbitex upper, HMX carbon sole and BOA system. Price $500
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/scott-mtb-rc-sl-shoe?skid=SCO00RB-MATBLAWH-S43&CMP_SKU=SCO00RB&MER=0406?CMP_SKU=SCO00RB&MER=0406&CSPID=0914&mr:trackingCode=DD872D35-8106-E811-80F7-0050569428E8&mr:referralID=NA&mr:device=c&mr:adType=pa&mr:ad=76622230718601&mr:filter=4580221846168531&CMP_ID=PLA_BNmyDeviceIndicator=c014&CSPID=0914&utm_source=Bing&utm_medium=PLA&k_clickid=23b3fcbc-bbf1-4266-ae4e-599fb9a38398&rmatt=tsid:1042820|cid:280658121|agid:1225955490226225|tid:pla-4580221846168531|prd:SCO00RB-MATBLAWH-S43|crid:76622230718601|nw:search|dvc:c|st:SCOTT%20Mtb%20Rc%20SL%20Shoe-|mt:be&msclkid=6f60f91d23fc1b05d45ea22c51fa7f80

Dennis
Dennis
5 years ago

This is the top-of-the-line Era form Specialized, right? 10.35 Kg doesn’t sound very light to me.

velonative
5 years ago
Reply to  Dennis

The reality is the RS1 fork is the beast here. If you replaced it with the new Fox SC, SID or DT it would be well under 10kg including pedals and bottle cage and that would be (for its realibilty and performance) extremely light. The confidence that the RS1 gives some riders through rock gardens etc though is obviously enough for some to warrant the extra 400+ grams – oh and she won…

mountguitars
mountguitars
5 years ago
Reply to  velonative

Better performance from inverted forks is the lighter unsprung weight.

wiki
wiki
5 years ago
Reply to  Dennis

The brain adds a lot of weight

Dustytires
5 years ago

I have raced and replaced my Fox SC, too flexy and I am no where near these athletes speed. Even my old SID was more confidence inspiring. I would like an RS1, but that means another wheel build. So stick with old fork for now, and take off the Boostinator, re-dish and race.

Andreas "Big A" Hansen

“so a World Championship win wasn’t too surprising even though no other Danish rider has won in more than a decade.”
Being a dane myself I have to add that young gun Simon Andreassen won the juniors world championship twice, that counts for something, right..! 😉