2015 Fort William World Cup – Pete’s bits from the pits

It’s Friday at the Fort … and a good chance to get round the pits and check out what the various brands are showing off.

Pete “wee man” Scullion did a lap and reported back with a few of his favourites.

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Gamut were keen to show off their all-new SXR chainguide. This prototype was still sporting a 3D printed lower taco, but this looks to be just the ticket for the all-mountain cycle.

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In between the heavy rain showers, it certainly did feel like the first week of June here in Fort William.

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Orange had their new 324 DH bike on display while the Dirt Orange World Team were putting the laps in on course.

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After a lap of the woods, Pete was slightly surprised to find big brother Rob of Continental, at his bike with a hacksaw. Don’t worry sports fans, he had a file to tidy it up.

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Ison had this MRP Raze shock on display. Effectively a rebadged Elka Stage 5 but as MRP own Elka’s cycling suspension wing, it promises future shock development from the MRP stable.

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Ison also had this sandwich board out front. Don’t be fooled by the sun in this shot as it was the meat in a heavy shower baguette.

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MRP’s new direct mount (from SRAM X1) chainrings are fairly interesting. Offset teeth instead of the narrow-wide norm, gives similar chain retention properties but with better mud clearance.

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We’re big fans of the HT X1s here at Wideopenmag, and Ison had both their X1 and new X2s on display here in the Fort.

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The new Mudhugger, developed with Matt Simmonds, seen having clearly done the job here in between runs.

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Gamut’s brand manager Chris was keen to get these new Gamut Podium pedals under my nose. Large in-board bearings and a large, low-profile platform shows great promise.

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More Gamut, and this time a similar offering to MRP’s, but in a standard narrow-wide setup but with the same SRAM X1 adaptability.

Want more Fort William World Cup?

Check out our Fort William track walk with Team Wideopenmag’s Charlie Hatton.

… and our first look at the new 2016 Nukeproof Pulse.

… and our exclusive interview with the Fort William course builders.