Bike Talk with Maja Włoszczowska | SHIMANO

Bike Talk with Maja Włoszczowska | SHIMANO


We’re here with Maja
Włoszczowska… – Once again! We’re here with Maja
Włoszczowska… …it’s so hard! – Włoszczowska… – It’s like you curl your
tongue or something… Włoszczowska… – You’re getting closer. – We’re here with
Maja Włoszczowska… …and we’re going
to do a Bike Talk. Maja, you’re going to tell
us all about your bike… …and the setup of
your Kross bike… …let’s begin! – We should start
with the frame… …because of the special
painting on my frame… …and there’s a special
story behind it. I asked for a nice painting for the
world championships last year… …and when I got the
design I really loved it. It’s colorful, some green
leafs, pink flowers… …and we were going to Australia, so
I wanted to have a jungle style… …and then there
was a flamingo. And I really like the flamingo. When I got my frame in
Australia, somebody asked me… …’are flamingo’s
living in Australia?’ Are they? No, flamingo’s are
not in Australia. But I found that there
was one in the zoo… …and it was even the
oldest one in the world… …so there was some connection. There are of course many
new things on this bike… …compared to last year. First of all: we are on Shimano! I’m super happy with Di2. I was part of the testing
crew already in 2014… …but I never had the
opportunity to race on it… …so now I’m super excited
to finally have it. I’ve used it many times on
my road bike in the past… …but this is my first season
with Di2 on the mountain bike. So that’s great. – Let’s talk about your
setup of the Di2… …how you use it… …and how you feel it benefits
you on the cross country track… …and when you’re racing. – First of all I feel it’s
working super smooth. That’s great, because I don’t
even realise I’m changing gears. They’re just changing. It’s really awesome. I’m using the bigger
cassette, from XT. Because I really like to
spin on a high cadence. So that’s why I wanted to
have a 46T ring in the back. – And when it comes
down to braking… …let’s talk about your brakes. You’ve got the XTR
race brakes… What do you look for in a brake? Do you look for something that’s going
to give you a really sharp bite point… …or do you just like to have the
feel setup specifically to you? – First of all I want
brakes to brake. What is not that obvious. With Shimano XTR you don’t have
any doubts that they will. I like them to really
brake sharp… …that’s what I prefer. Sometimes you have really high
speed and a though corner… …and there’s not
much time to brake… …just a few meters… …so it’s important that the brakes
manage to slow your bike in those meters. – Let’s talk a little bit
about pedals and also shoes. First of all: pedals. What do you look for in a pedal
when you’re racing cross country? – First of all at the start you
need to click in really quick. And you want to feel that the power you
produce is really well transferred… …to the pedals. So you don’t waste it anywhere. Also a thing most riders are searching for is
the ability to clean the pedals while riding… …we race a lot in
muddy conditions. And we have to get off
and on the bike again… …and sometimes with
really muddy shoes… …and I think Shimano pedals are absolutely
the best in getting clean quickly… …and being able to work really
well in muddy conditions. That’s what I’m the
most happy about. And about the shoes… …I have to say that I’m
absolutely in love… …and it’s a true love… …because I’m already on Shimano
shoes for my whole career. And even if I could choose
between many brands… …I’d stay with Shimano. Especially the new model… …it’s much softer at the
top than the previous ones. But is still has a
really hard sole. And also with transferring the
power, it works really well. Thank you Maja for
showing us around. And if you liked Maja’s bike, make
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