The Fort William World Cup usually brings with it some weird and wonderful things to see in the pits. Here’s Day 1’s delights.
Here’s what Pete managed to hunt out in the pits on day one here at the 2022 Fort William World Cup.
Photos by Pete Scullion.
Scottish clothing and protection brand Endura look to have new versions of their MT500 and Singletrack helmets on show here at Nevis Range. Details are slim on the ground but rumour has it that they’re with dealers already.
The MT500 numbers look to sport the Koroyd protection and plenty of ventilation in a lightweight setup. No Koroyd for the cheaper Singletrack offering but plenty of places to let the wind in and some pretty jazzy colours.
A plethora of the as yet unreleased Hope HB.916s are on display here at Nevis Range. Hope have this rather fetching silver fade, while Ohlins have a chameleon number on their stand, and if you can catch him chasing after the Duracell bunny’s inspiration, wee Bo, then you might get a glance of his rather colourful custom number too.
Take a swing by the Specialized Gravity Republic pits and you might just spot a brand new tyre from the Big S that Bruni & Co. will be rocking this weekend. The Cannibal is designed as a high volume tyre with large centre knobs and staggered shoulders for some serious bite, fast rolling and good puncture protection. Sounds ideal, right?
The Cannibal is available at £55, in T9 Gripton compound on a Grid Gravity casing, 2.4″ width only and either 29″ or 27.5″.
Cotic RocketMAX Gen.4
Cotic’s new RocketMAX is the fourth generation of the big travel flying machine, with this particular iteration hand-crafted in the UK by Five Land Bikes. 160mm Droplink travel, 29″ or Mullet, four sizes, three builds and available now.
£2,099 for the frame and £3,999 to £6,999 on the full bikes.
A selection of Steve Peat’s V10s
Santa Cruz have a number of Steve Peat’s ‘Last Orders’ bikes on display, this being his Lenzerheide Milka Moo Moo V10. There’s also the Spitfire V10 from Vallnord on their stand too. The only missing vessel is the tartan V10 he rode on home soil here in Fort William that year.
Which is your favourite of Peaty’s custom Last Orders whips?
Lachlan Blair’s Orange 279
Local lunatic Lachlan Blair has made some mods to his Orange Factory Racing 279 with a floating braking arm that is somewhat reminiscent of the ones that used to appear on the Orange downhill bikes of the early 2000s.
Fort William is a long and physical track, so young Lachlan will be looking to find anything that will help him hold onto that pony come Sunday afternoon.
Rachel Atherton on track
While being on the start list was enough to fuel some serious discussions about whether she’d race this weekend, you can’t fail to be excited by the fact that Rachel Atherton was out riding practice today at the Fort William World Cup. Whether she races or not, this indeed one of the best things we’ve seen at Fort William in recent years.
Keep your eyes peeled here for anything else that catches our eye here at the Fort William World Cup.