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.

Sian A’Hern

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 Ahern’s Norco Range

Kye A’Hern

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.

Kye A’Hern and Spectral

Tegan Molloy

Fellow World Cup racer and Snowy Mountains local Tegan Molloy is aboard a new Kona Operator.

Tegan Molloy’s Kona Operator

Jai Motherwell

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.

Profile rear hub

Ben Forbes

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.

Ben Forbes’ Trek Slash
Magura MT7 4-piston brakes
Maxxis Aggressors and Zelvy carbon rims

Kye Hore

Canberra’s Kye is aboard this prototype Banshee Legend 29er, direct from the manufacturer for testing in real-world conditions.

Kye Hore’s Prototype Banshee Legend

Remy Meier-Smith

Remy’s been doing crazy well this Cannonball so far, aboard this Pivot Firebird.

Remy Meier-Smith and Pivot Firebird

Shelly Flood

Adelaide’s Shelly Flood is aboard this Kona Operator, complete with custom¬†raw + blue¬†colour scheme.

Shelly Flood’s Kona Operator

Graeme Mudd

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.

Graeme Mudd and Santa Cruz Bronson

Dean Lucas

Victorian world cup racer Dean Lucas is aboard a custom painted Intense M29

Dean Lucas and Intense M29

Luca Shaw

Santa Cruz syndicate rep Luca from southern USA is on a Santa Cruz V10 for his crack at the Australian Open Downhill.

Luca Shaw’s V10

Loris Vergier

French team-mate Loris Vergier is also on a V10

Loris Vergier and SC V10

Dave Macmillan

The magician Dave Mcmillan is squaring off as many corners as he can aboard his Specialized Demo

David Macmillian’s Specialized Demo

Jackson Davis

Vanzacs crew rep Jackson is on his Nukeproof Pulse

Jackson Davis and Nukeproof Pulse

Sam Fraser

Check out this beast of a bike from boutique Aussie manufacturer, Tramontane.

Sam Fraser and a custom Tramontane

Tracey Hannah

World cup racer Tracey Hannah is also here aboard a Polygon Xquare One DH

Tracey Hannah’s Xquare One DH

Yoann Barelli

EWS international racer Yoann is on his Commencal Meta 29

Yoann Barelli’s Commencal Meta

Kyle Strait

Freeride legend Kyle Strait and DHaRCO team member is on a Commencal Furious

Kyle Strait and Commencal Furious

Rachel Strait

Kyle’s wife, EWS racer Rachel Strait is aboard a GT Sanction

Rachel Strait’s GT

We’re still out there hard at work getting more of these bike checks so watch out for Part 2!

Photos: Simon Noble