We at BPX are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the all new 2012 Scott Spark 29er, so I thought it was interesting that the top pros are now choosing 29ers over 26ers at the highest levels of competition.
Todd Wells (United States) after finishing off the team relay. (Sue George/Cyclingnews.com)
US cross-country national champion Todd Wells is optimistic about his chances at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Champery, Switzerland this weekend.
The American got to scope out the course at high speed on Wednesday as a member of the US squad in the team relay. While the team suffered from a crash on the first lap that put them out of medal contention, the riders continued to plug away, trying to catch as many other nations as possible.
“It’s nice to get in a hot lap under race conditions,” said Wells after finishing his lap. “The course has changed this week since we got here. The bark has come off the roots and they’ve become more slippery. The course has so many people on it right now that it’s hard to get in a good fast lap during training without stopping.”
Wells will opt for a 29er full-suspension bike for his race on Saturday – the new 2012 Specialized Epic. “I think it’ll be a good course for me,” he said. “I’m a big guy so generally the less climbing, the better for me. This is about as little climbing as you can get for a mountain bike race, and I feel like the big wheels will excel on this course.”