WHAT WAS THE NUMBER 1 MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN YOUR SELECTION OF WHICH WHEEL SIZE TO RUN?
Loris Vergier: On average, I was able to avoid mistakes and do the moves I wanted to!
WERE YOU SURPRISED BY THE WHEEL SIZE SELECTION YOU’VE MADE OR IN THE AMOUNT OF DIFFERENCE YOU FELT?
LV: We did some testing at Mt Saint Anne, and had some really good feedback on what was good and where, and a week after got surgery! Spent almost 3 month off the downhill rig and when I had the chance to jump on the bike, I wanted to feel as good as possible, as fast as possible so I jump straight away on the mullet ! Never really switched back since, but that doesn’t mean I won’t go back and forth, or anything. I was just clear for the moment and needed to find confidence in my skills so it was the right choice for now!
IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO SIZES INSTANTLY NOTABLE TO YOU, OR DOES IT TAKE A COUPLE OF RUNS TO REALLY NOTICE WHERE THE DIFFERENCES ARE?
LV: It was pretty instant really, it’s just easier to point and shoot where you want to! I also have more leg room and can move around the bike more, and since I’m not that tall it’s a big deal for me :)
DID YOU SET UP TIMING IN SMALLER SECTIONS OF TRAILS OR FOCUS MORE ON TOP TO BOTTOM RUNS TO SEE WHAT IS FASTER?
LV: Both! Full runs, with sections in it so you can tell where you lose time or gain time
DO YOU BELIEVE MORE TIME CAN BE MADE UP ON STRAIGHTAWAYS WITH BIG WHEELS ROLLING, OR IN TIGHT CORNERS WHERE THE 27.5” WILL TAKE THE ADVANTAGE?
LV: Fast rolling sections are obviously faster with the Full 29 but you take those seconds back when it gets tighter, so it’s really close in overall time, you just need to pick which one you feel better on!
WOULD TRACK CONDITIONS OR TYPES OF TRAILS HAVE YOU RUN A FULL 29ER SET UP?
LV: In theory yes, it’s an easy switch, I raced for 3 years with it but in real life once you feel comfortable with something it’s tough to get you out of it haha, and in the end if you really wanna ride with something, you’ll make it go faster, full 29 or mullet ! Racing will tell us :)
WHAT SIZE BRAKE ROTORS ARE YOU RUNNING?
WHAT’S YOUR IDEAL TIRE PRESSURE AND HOW MUCH DOES IT CHANGE TRACK TO TRACK?
LV: It goes around 1.6 bar on the front, less if you can’t feel the tire flex too much to get more grip, and 1.9 generally on the back, goes higher when it’s hot and it’s a world cup haha, I don’t like having a rolling feel on my back tire.
It doesn’t really go far off from that.