Every year, teams trot out drool worthy custom bikes, prototypes and new gear for world championships. The biggest race day of the year brings out all sorts of unique builds reflecting riders home countries and the latest in mountain bike tech.
At Mont-Sainte-Anne, several Canadian riders had special custom bikes for the return of world championships to home soil.
Elliot Jamieson’s 90’s-inspired Norco Aurum HSP
Jamieson was riding the same 1990's colour sceme at Mont-Sainte-Anne as his teammate Sam Blenkinsop
Jamieson turned lucky race number 13 into 6th at Mont-Sainte-Anne
Aurum HSP in sparkling 90's glory
Norco's Aurum HSP is one of a growing number of high pivot suspension designs. The pain job calls back to Norco's original high pivot design, which never made it to market
SRAM XO1 DH 7 speed drivetrain
RockShox Boxxer Ultimate to match
RockShox kitted the Boxxeer Ultimate out to match the frame
Rockshox Super Delux Coil Ultimate hiding behind the Aurum HSP's shock linkages
Gold and pink is always an amazing combo
Eliot Jamieson's Vipor-inspired Norco Aurum HSP
Jamieson may not have been born when the 1993 Norco Vipor ZTS that inspired this custom worlds paint job was made, or even in the same decade, but that didn’t stop the Norco Factory Team junior from racing it to a 6th place in the junior men’s downhill on Sunday.
Magnus Manson’s Canadiana Caynon Sender
Magnus Manson with his MSA edition Sender
Canyon Factory Racing's MSA Sender
Worlds are a huge deal, and CFR had bikes to match
Full Canadiana, from Moose to bears and orcas
Steve Smith makes several appearances on the bike, with both riders being from Vancouver Island
Rape plate #50 for Manson at MSA
Tuned by Canyon Factory Racing team mechanic Lukas Grauel
Last reminders before dropping in
Magnus Manson after crossing the finish line in his race run
Canyon Factory Racing had custom world championships paint jobs reflecting the home country of each of its athletes. For Mark Wallace and Magnus Manson, that meant maple syrup, lumber jacks, chainsaws and, of course, the enduring presence of Stevie Smith. The 2018 Canadian downhill national champion rode to 35th at Mont-Sainte-Anne on Sunday.
Kirk McDowall’s mountains and maple leaf Devinci Wilson
Kirk McDowall's red and white Devinci Wilson
A Canada theme colour scheme for Mont-Sainte-Anne world championships
Mountains and maple leaf details on the rear triangle
Race palte on, ready for Sunday
Custom anpe plate and more details on the main frame
McDowall is from Vancouver, and the mountain details extends to the lower frame
Down to red accents on McDowall's crank arms
Red and white SRAM rear derailleur
And even his own Vault hubs from Race Face
Maxxis Shorty tires still on from Friday's sloppy qualifying run
2016 and ’17 Canadian downhill national champion Kirk McDowall hails from Vancouver, B.C. The coastal mountains that rise up above McDowall’s home inspired this custom paint scheme from Devinci-Unior Factory Racing. Bringing a bit of West Coast to the burly Quebec course must have helped. McDowall world champs best with 15th in the stacked elite men’s downhill on Sunday. Read our pre-race interview with McDowall here.
Laurie Arseneault’s Cannondale Scalpel Fsi AXS
Laurie Arseneault's Cannondal Scalpel
No dropper, and still flying down La Beatrice.
Earlier in the season, the Canadian under-23 national champion was showing off a starry Scalpel Fsi. At world championships, Arsenault and her bike were all business. SRAM added some more functional bling to the bike, with its AXS wireless drivetrain. Arseneault piloted the black-and-white Cannondale Scalpel to an incredible top-10 finish in the under-23 women’s xco world championships race on Saturday.
Sean Fincham’s Norco Revolver FS 100
Sean Fincham's Norco Factory Team issue Revolver FS 100 covered in mud from Mont-Sainte-Anne.
Sean Fincham crosses the finish line 11th in the under-23 men's XCO world championship race. Photograph by Nick Iwanyshyn
Ok, so the Norco Factory Team rides this glossy red and white colour scheme at World Cup’s all year. But the Canada-inspired colours were never more appropriate than on the Mont-Sainte-Anne, where Fincham finished 11th as the top Canadian in the under-23 men’s cross country race. RockShox did make one change for the special occasion. Subtle rainbow-chrome finishing on the Norco team’s SID Ultimate forks.