We have taken a look at Imogen Smith’s team bike in the past, both in 2014 before the Crocodile Trophy, and then almost a year later before the Swiss Epic. While the Bianchi Methanol 29 FS frame and Stan’s NoTubes Valor wheels remained the same those times – in 2016 the whole Subaru-MarathonMTB.com Team are on Norco Revolver 29 FS bikes, so there are a few changes.
By winning the 2nd round of the Australian XCM Series in Alice Springs, Imogen met one of MTBA’s qualification criteria for being on the Australian team for the XCM World Championships in Laissac, on 26th June.
While much of her bike build remains the same, here’s a look at her current ride ahead of the World Championships.
Obviously, the bike had a bit of knocking around last weekend in the Alps – but the repair and replacement of parts was actually pretty simple. You can take most of this bike apart with a 4, 5 and 6mm allen key, which is excellent for servicing when on the road.
A question of sitting
Imogen has been running a Tune Speedneedle for about a year, but switched back to a Fizik Vitesse incase the narrower saddle was in part involved with her hip injury. It seems unlikely and the Speedneedle will be going back on shortly – and perhaps a fixed post too.
Without a scale on hand, last time this bike was weighed in approximately this spec it was 10.35kg. If the dropper and Vitesse saddle go it will drop to about 10kg on the nose.
We’ll take a look at another couple of bikes as time allows before race day this Sunday. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for live updates.