Bike Talk – Loris Vergier about his Santa Cruz 29er | SHIMANO

Bike Talk – Loris Vergier about his Santa Cruz 29er | SHIMANO


Hi, this is my new beast… …a brand new Santa Cruz 29er. We’ve tried to adapt it to fit big wheels. We’ve changed the angle a little bit. It has a full Shimano set up. We have 203mm disc brake rotors… …to try to slow the beast. And a Saint transmission. We’ve tried to adapt the whole
bike with a 7-gear transmission… …to save some weight. Because the wheels are bigger and heavier. It’s a little bit different
to ride a 29er… …but it’s still a bike,
so it was not a problem for me. But you have to change your habits
and your steering to adapt to it. This means it’s going to be a little bit harder
to turn, you have to be a little smoother… …and try to adapt your
speed for tight turns. This is the major change. Especially when it comes to braking… …it’s not possible to
delay braking with a 29er. So really try to anticipate turns… …to slow these big wheels. With these brakes it’s rather effective. You can see the saddle is
advanced to its maximum… …it is not to touch when
you have big impacts. Because I’m not really tall
compared to Greg & Luca. It was my biggest challenge
to make the change to a 29er. Big change this year. Last year I was on a
Specialized and it was fast. It’s a little bit different with this bike. This year with Santa Cruz… …it’s more freestyle and hardrock… …so it suits me a little better. The bike is different too,
it’s a bit more sensitive. It’s a bit of a real bike for once. It’s a bit of a change. But yes, I want to try
to do like last year… …finish in the World Cup top 10… …and to be on podiums from
time to time would be amazing. And this plate number 7, I really like it. These are my goals for this season… …and to ride as fast as possible.