Australian Mountain Bike - - Between The Tape -

When we caught up with Sam Hill in the pits, the ob­vi­ous topic of con­ver­sa­tion was his de­ci­sion to use an en­duro bike for the down­hill event. “For me, it’s some­thing I’m com­fort­able with and I’ve raced it all year in the EWS races,” he told us. “I haven’t re­ally had any time apart from Fort Wil­liam on a down­hill bike this sea­son. So for me, it just comes down to be­ing com­fort­able on the bike. And I don’t feel like I could ride a down­hill bike as fast as it could go.” “A lot of the EWS stuff is as rough and fast as what’s up there (on the Smith­field DH course), so I feel like this bike will han­dle it well. I feel this is the bike I’ll go fastest on this week­end. “There’s not much change to the EWS set-up. We’ve just swapped the driv­e­train out for a down­hill 7-speed. And we’ve gone up with the front chain ring by two teeth. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same. Plus the spe­cial green and gold paint scheme for Aus­tralia on World Champs week­end.”

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