Marco Fontana’s Bianchi Methanol XC Bike | GMBN Pro Bikes

Marco Fontana’s Bianchi Methanol XC Bike | GMBN Pro Bikes


– In today’s Pro Bike Check,
we’re gonna take a look at Marco Fontana’s Bianchi Methanol
cross-country race bike. (Slow rhythmic music) So Marco, the veteran
Italian cross-country racer, now rides the Italian brand Bianchi, on the Countervail team. And this is his race bike. It’s a small frame. Marco’s one of the shorter
riders on the circuit. Full carbon fibre, and it’s in that trademark celeste colour. Marco runs a lot of FSA
components on this bike. It’s got this K-Force bar, carbon fibre handlebar, 700 mil wide. It’s flat and we’ve got
this SL-K stem on there. It comes in 90 millimetres. You see it’s completely slammed, no spaces underneath that at all. It’s also negative rise, so it keeps that bar really
nice and low to the front. So we’ve got Shimano
Di2 gears on this bike. XTR, so the electric gear system 1×11. It’s also running this
internal root in the bar. So the wire comes out of the shifter, goes under the grip, into the bar, comes down inside and pops out here through the display that
shows Marco what gear he’s in. Then the wire comes out
around the head tube and into the frame here. From fully internal, I presume the battery’s
probably in the seat post, and then we’ve got a
wire running to rear MEC to run that rear derailleurs
and those 1×11 gears. We’ve got Shimano XTR brakes on here. Super light-weight and is running 160 rotor to front and
rear, so nice and small. Obviously a very light bike, you don’t need those big rotors. We’ve got a Fox 32 step-cast fork on here, so again, super light-weight. You can see where it’s cast. See that big step in the fork to get rid of any unnecessary weight. And he’s running this lockout up on the handlebar, so remote lockout. You can choose to run it fully open, and you’ve got a middle setting, and then a fully lockout. So to the wheels, they’re
Crankbrothers cobalt11. 29 a wheels, carbon fibre rims. You’ve got these spokes that
Crankbrothers are known for, where you actually tension
the spoke in the middle. Tyres are Kenda Honey Badger Pro XCs. And they’re super narrow,
they are 2.05 width. Really fast rolling
tyre, very low profile. The drivetrain we’ve got FSA
SL-K carbon fibre cranks. Just look at that weave, you can really see the carbon fibre there. It’s got a 36-tooth chain
ring, so pretty big. And FSA chain and that 1×11 speed system. So 11-42 cassette. You’ve got that XTR Di2 rear MEC. Really neat cable roots and
they’re actually for that wire. Just pops out of the seat tube, straight into that rear MEC. And Crankbrothers Candy 11 pedals. You’ve got an FSA K-Force
carbon fibre seat post. With that bit of a lay-back, and the Fizik Gobi saddle with carbon fibre rails. We’ve got an Elite
carbon fibre bottle cage to finish the bike off. And all in all, it’s a very neat, very fast looking bike. Lots of carbon fibre obviously, as most cross-country race bikes do. I really the fact that everything is internally rooted. We’ve got the shifter
cable going in there. Even the rear brake hose just pops out right in front of it. You’ve got a couple of these clear patches just to protect the
frame from the downtube, for any rocks coming
up off that front tyre. But also inside the chainstays, for anything coming off that rear tyre. Very fast looking bike. Click on the GMBN logo
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