Dan McConnell is one of the top XC riders in the world and we managed to persuade his very busy mechanic to give us a run down on his ride.
McConnell’s bike, just before it’s test outing with his mechanic.
Having your own personal bike like this is not a hobby it is a responsibility, to win.
The controls are all electronic. Fork lock out switch pictured here.
Dan’s saddle position.
Negative rise stem.
Tyre and wheel choice is crucial, dry or wet, the difference lies here.
160 mm discs front and rear.
Centre-lock mounting systems save weight.
The soft tail system is about taking the edge off – not suspension, the added comfort brings control and a better ride.
McConnell knows what his power output is at all times and can plan his energy use during the race.
A small weight weight penalty for the added reassurance of all but eliminating the possibility of dropping a chain.
The XTR Di2 system has been flawless so far this season. McConnell was one of the main prototype testers.
The fork lockout remote.
Shifting is via one shifter.