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Eight bikes from Canadian DH national championships

Downhill rigs, custom team bikes and aMTB DH racers from KHMR

Canadian national championships brought a mix of grassroots racers, domestic pros, international privateers and full-on World Cup factory team racers. That means all kinds of cool – and custom – bikes. Here’s eight bikes from the pits at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

Lucas Cruz – Norco Range team-edition DH

Norco Factory Team’s running the new Range platform, but with some changes to the linkage to make it long enough travel for downhill. Seemed to work at Kicking Horse, with Jamieson and Cruz on the podium (in third and fourth).

Tristan Lemire (Junior Men) – Commencal Supreme DH

Tristan Lemire’s racing internationally with Commencal/Muc-Off factory World Cup team, which gets him access to the new Supreme DH with a virtual high pivot. Lemire’s also running a mixed 27.5/29″ wheel setup.

Ainhoa Ijurko (Elite Women) – Canyon Sender

After a few strong junior years, Ainhoa Ijurko landed her first Elite Canada Cup win at Panorama on Wednesday. She did that on her 27.5″ Canyon Sender, set up with DyedBro frame protection.

Kendall McLean (Elite Men) – Specialized Demo 27.5/29″

Kendall McLean was always one of the most stylish on course. He was also always one of the fastest. He was on the podium at both Canada Cup rounds and not far off of it at Kicking Horse for nationals. He did all that on his alloy frame Specialized Demo, also running a mixed 27.5/29″ setup.

Ivan Hanchard (Junior Men) – Forbidden Dreadnought

Ivan Hanchard races for Vancouver Island’s Gravity MTB team, the team that won the Dunbar Summer Series overall title (presented by Stevie Smith’s mom, Tiana). Many of the team were riding the local Cumberland brand, Forbidden Bike Co.’s new Dreadnought. Some in its standard single-crown version. Several, including Hanchard, made it more DH worthy with a triple crown. It’s a setup that Magnus Manson raced at the Crankworx Innsbruck DH with the Forbidden Synthesis team, and was preparing for World Cups on. That plan’s changed, and we’re all pulling for Manson to make a full recovery.

Coen Skrypnek (Junior Men) – Kona Operator

Coen Skrypnek just got back from his first stint of World Cup racing. The Squamish-via-Calgary junior is riding this Kona Operator. Fast.

Bowhead Reach – half of the adaptive field

There was numerous Bowhead Reach bikes in the aMTB field. By the time I got to the pits, the number plate was off this one.

Robert Buren – Sport On Explorer 3

Robert Buren travelled all the way from Ontario to race the first aMTB DH series at Dunbar Summer Series, and did so on this bright yellow Sport On Explorer 3. It was one of the two main bike designs being raced last week, and fast. Sport On landed several podiums over three events.