With a huge turnout of big names this year at Cannonball it hasn’t been hard finding some top-notch rigs, from hard-hitting and efficient Enduro bikes to all-out speed demon Downhill bikes.
We wandered around the pits and grabbed a few snaps of some of the fastest racer’s bikes or anything that caught our eye.
Last year’s Queen of Cannonball, Sian’s bike of choice for the All-Mountain and Flow is the Norco Range 29er. Rockshox Lyriks up front and a Super Deluxe air shock up back. First place in the All-Mountain makes this a quick steed!
Sian’s younger brother Kye, fresh off 2nd overall in Junior DHI World Cup racing this season chooses a fresh Canyon Spectral for the All-Mountain and Flow races, cementing a solid 4th place in Pro Men, All-Mountain.
Fellow World Cup racer and Snowy Mountains local Tegan Molloy is aboard a new Kona Operator.
Freeride guy Jai Motherwell is on a Kona Process 153 with a few different bits and pieces. Hubs from BMX brand Profile, BMX style waffle grips on a Deity cockpit rounding things out.
EWS racer Ben Forbes of QLD is choosing his Trek Slash this year, with sponsors Zelvy Rims providing the wheels, Fox suspension, Magura MT7 brakes and Maxxis rubber.
Canberra’s Kye is aboard this prototype Banshee Legend 29er, direct from the manufacturer for testing in real-world conditions.
Remy’s been doing crazy well this Cannonball so far, aboard this Pivot Firebird.
Adelaide’s Shelly Flood is aboard this Kona Operator, complete with custom raw + blue colour scheme.
Muddy is on a Santa Cruz Bronson, rocking gear from his new sponsors Maxxis, Santa Cruz, Lusty, Shimano, Deity, Fox, ODI, SDG and Troy Lee Designs.
Victorian world cup racer Dean Lucas is aboard a custom painted Intense M29
Santa Cruz syndicate rep Luca from southern USA is on a Santa Cruz V10 for his crack at the Australian Open Downhill.
French team-mate Loris Vergier is also on a V10
The magician Dave Mcmillan is squaring off as many corners as he can aboard his Specialized Demo
Vanzacs crew rep Jackson is on his Nukeproof Pulse
Check out this beast of a bike from boutique Aussie manufacturer, Tramontane.
World cup racer Tracey Hannah is also here aboard a Polygon Xquare One DH
EWS international racer Yoann is on his Commencal Meta 29
Freeride legend Kyle Strait and DHaRCO team member is on a Commencal Furious
Kyle’s wife, EWS racer Rachel Strait is aboard a GT Sanction
We’re still out there hard at work getting more of these bike checks so watch out for Part 2!
Photos: Simon Noble