2012 UCI Downhill Women’s World Champion Morgane Charre has been knocking around the trails of Punta Ala recently, doing some pre-season training and testing. We managed to pull her aside to take a look at her Bergamont DH bike, the Straitline Team, for a close up look.
“So I’ll be racing the whole World Cup circuit this year, World Champs, plus several French Cups / IXS Cups as well as Crankworx Europe. (Maybe Crankworx Whistler..).” (Morgane Charre)
Bergamont have gone for a fairly bright colour scheme that sets the Straitline apart.
First things first, notice the Manitou upsidedown Dorado fork. She uses a fairly standard tune and rebound speed is set to be middle of the road. Her rear shock has a 350lb spring.
Morgane runs a 760mm bar cut down from 780mm.
The front end up-close with the lowers protection.
E*Thirteen LG1 chain management.
1×10 SRAM as standard, however Morgane uses a 1×7 setup for racing. She starts normally in third gear then heads down the block as she gets closer to the finish.
Another world champion that uses flat pedals!
Magura MT7 brakes on 203mm front and rear discs.
Soft Renthal Push on grips, motocross style. (she is searching for her ideal diameter still so this is work in progress.)
Sun Ringle´ Inferno rims and Jumping Flea hubs matted together with Maxxis Minion tyres.
This is where Morganes bite point is.
Morgane training on her trail bike in Punta Ala, Italy.