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

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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 had 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 Dimension Medium (Customized Ride9 Chip)
Wheel Dimension 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 Dimension Giant (Ride9 setting 2)
Wheel Dimension 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

We’re in a singular place as a result of what we journey at house is simply actually sick. So principally you journey at house and the bike that you simply need to journey is extra supportive so it helps you within the corners and traction isn’t actually as a lot of a aim as a result of the filth is so good.

So that you come to Europe and customarily, there may be much less traction, it’s chunkier and it’s sketchier. You might be much less comfy 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 in a position to push that onerous right here the place you want the help as a result of there may be simply much less traction and the corners are much less constructed up.

We find yourself going fairly a bit softer after we are in Europe in comparison with at house. I took out 5 psi within the fork since coming right here and fewer compression and issues like that. It’s positively 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 need to simply begin once more.

Remi

bigquotesMainly we had spent plenty of time on the Slayer, almost all of winter, we had 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 extremely tough to dial in and discover your house on it actually. We had been type of struggling to set it up so we requested for a place between 2 and three as we preferred elements of three and we preferred elements of two after which it simply occurred that it was the precise leverage curve of the Slayer in order that’s perhaps why we shortly felt comfy with it. Jesse

The brand new Altitude has a flip chip that may modify 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 lower 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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