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.

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.
In between the heavy rain showers, it certainly did feel like the first week of June here in Fort William.
Orange had their new 324 DH bike on display while the Dirt Orange World Team were putting the laps in on course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The new Mudhugger, developed with Matt Simmonds, seen having clearly done the job here in between runs.
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.
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.