MONDRAKER partners with UCI to create DH World Cup “safety check” project bik
For 2022, Mondraker have partnered with the UCI to create the SUMMUM ‘Maiden Run’ bike, which along with UCI technical delegate, Jorge Garcia, will certify and check the safety of each World Cup and World Championship DH course before the participants take to the track.
Just as in motor racing, where a safety vehicle checks the track condition ahead of all competition, the UCI has introduced a pre-race, course check for 2022, which reflects the same philosophy. Jorge Garcia, the UCI Technical Delegate is responsible for inspecting and checking all aspects of the course to assess and highlight any changes or modifications needed well before the riders take to the track. This important role and check allows time for changes or adjustments to take place to the course if needed and is designed to improve rider safety on track.
Jorge García has the task of carrying out several descents at on each of the scheduled courses for the World Cup and DH World championships before any rider starts the official training.
Jorge García, UCI Technical Delegate commented, “Improving safety in a sport like DH is not easy. You must consider a lot of factors and variables. Even with a thousand eyes on it, walking the circuit 15 times in a week isn’t enough. A jump that looks perfect, tested at the real speed the riders are going through, can turn into a very dangerous jump”. That’s how it really is, until it’s tested in action you can’t see where there are potentially dangerous spots.
MADE IN MONDRAKER DESIGN
The exclusive SUMMUM ‘Maiden Run’ has been designed with the aim of being visible and thus identifying the important task of ensuring the safety of riders as it passes along the course.
Ricardo Leme, CTG Design Manager at Mondraker, responsible for the graphic development comments that, “The proposal for this new UCI programme was developed from scratch at Mondraker: the name, colours, logo… The idea came from the colours that are related to safety and rescue, as we see in our day-to-day life on planes, helicopters and rescue boats – but giving a different feel to the Mondraker colours, turning them into a very dark metallic blue, combined with a very vivid fluorine red and a cream-white that takes a chroma more to green. This combination makes the colours really stand out once they are on the frame. In addition, we added a satin look to do something different from what we usually do. We want people to know when they see the SUMMUM Maiden Run coming down that the race is about to start”
The SUMMUM Maiden Run is constructed from a 6061 Stealth Evo aluminium frame featuring the ZERO Suspension System and FORWARD GEOMETRY. Its components include the RockShox Boxxer Ultimate fork, Fox DHX2 Factory Kashima rear shock, Shimano Saint drivetrain, e*thirteen LG1 Race Carbon wheels and Maxxis Assegai tyres.
The first World Cup event will take place on March the 24th in Lourdes, France. That’s where we will be able to see the stunning SUMMUM Maiden Run for the first time.
SUMMUM MAIDEN RUN TECHNICAL SPECS
Frame: 6061 Stealth Evo aluminium
Fork: RockShox BoXXer Ultimate
Rear shock: Fox DHX2 Factory
Headset: ONOFF Mercurium
Stem: ONOFF Krypton DH
Handlebar: Renthal Fatbar
Seatpost: SDG Micro I-Beam Carbon
Saddle: SDG I-Fly 2.0 I-Beam
Brakes: Shimano Saint M820
Wheels: e*thirteen LG1 Race Carbon Tyres: Maxxis Assegai
Crankset: Shimano Saint M825
Chain guide: e*thirteen Vario
Rear derailleur: Shimano Saint RD-M820
Shifter: Shimano Saint
Chain: Shimano HG95 10 speeds
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG500, 10-25T