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Bike Checks: Comparing Jesse Melamed & Remi Gauvin’s Rocky Mountain Altitudes – EWS Pietra Ligure 2020

Bike Checks: Evaluating Jesse Melamed & Remi Gauvin’s Rocky Mountain Altitudes – EWS Pietra Ligure 2020

Images: Matthew Delorme

The EWS is again this weekend for its second of three rounds in 2020. After the Rocky Mountain group have been driving round in Zermatt on a ‘secret’ new bike the 2021 Altitude has now been revealed, so let’s check out how Jesse Melamed and Remi Gauvin select to run their race bikes and what variations there are between their setups.

Jesse Melamed
Peak 170 cm/ 5’7″
Weight 68kg / 152lbs
Instagram @jessemelamed

Bike Particulars
Body Measurement Medium (Customized Ride9 Chip)
Wheel Measurement 29″
Suspension Fox 38 (170mm // 44mm Offset // 80psi // 2 Tokens) and Fox DHX (425lb Spring)
Drivetrain & Brakes Shimano XTR
Cockpit RaceFace and OneUp
Wheels & Rubber RaceFace and Maxxis

Remi Gauvin
Peak 177cm / 5’10”
Weight 80kg / 180 lb
Instagram: @remi.the.semi

Bike Particulars
Body Measurement Massive (Ride9 setting 2)
Wheel Measurement 29″
Suspension Fox 38 (170mm // 44mm Offset // 102psi // 3 Tokens) and Fox DHX (500lb Spring)
Drivetrain & Brakes Shimano XTR
Cockpit RaceFace and OneUp
Wheels & Rubber RaceFace and Maxxis

bigquotesWe’re in a singular place as a result of what we journey at house is simply actually sick. So mainly you journey at residence and the bike that you just wish to journey is extra supportive so it helps you within the corners and traction isn’t actually as a lot of a purpose as a result of the filth is so good.

So that you come to Europe and usually, there’s much less traction, it’s chunkier and it’s sketchier. You’re much less snug so that you have a tendency to want a extra reactive bike that’s centered extra on the traction. Since you are by no means capable of push that onerous right here the place you want the assist as a result of there’s simply much less traction and the corners are much less constructed up.

We find yourself going fairly a bit softer once we are in Europe in comparison with at residence. I took out 5 psi within the fork since coming right here and fewer compression and issues like that. It’s undoubtedly a steep studying curve, particularly on a brand new bike once you haven’t raced it in Europe but. You get right here and you must simply begin once more.

Remi

bigquotesMainly we had spent numerous time on the Slayer, almost all of winter, we have been planning on racing that for the primary two rounds then we might be on this bike. Getting on this bike and any new bike it is vitally tough to dial in and discover your home on it actually. We have been type of struggling to set it up so we requested for a place between 2 and three as we preferred components of three and we preferred components of two after which it simply occurred that it was the precise leverage curve of the Slayer in order that’s perhaps why we rapidly felt snug with it. Jesse

The brand new Altitude has a flip chip that may alter the chainstay size – Remi and Jesse have a customized one which splits the distinction between the lengthy and brief place.

One of many few variations relating to their cockpit setup are Jesse’s reduce down grips for his smaller arms.

Jesse chooses to run the Mallet E pedals (proper) whereas Remi chooses the Mallet DH.

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