After having won bronze in 2008 and
silver in 2012, Switzerland’s Nino Schurter
finally won the Olympic gold medal in Rio
this year. Having already won four World
Cup cross-country titles and five elite men’s
world championships, the Olympic title was
the only major achievement Nino had yet to
Impressively, Nino’s Swedish teammate
on the Scott-Odlo mountain bike team,
Jenny Rissveds, matched Nino’s accomplishment, as she picked up the women’s
Olympic gold medal a day earlier.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Julien
Absalon had a tougher time this year. His
sponsor, BMC, shared their assessment
of the course on their website before the
race: “The mountain bike course in Rio is
very specific and nothing like what the MTB
riders are used to. Entirely artificial, it has
been built on an open hill to provide the
best visibility for spectators and TV cameras. Absalon rode the course last October
during the test event: ‘I prefer natural
courses than these new types of tracks with
artificial features linked together by trails
with very smooth and hard ground. But
the obstacles are nice, and the long climb
suits me well,’” said Absalon. Despite his
Schurter and Rissveds
Win Olympic Gold Medals
managed to place eighth this year, despite
coming into the race with the 2016 World
Cup points lead. Jaroslav Kulhavy, who
won gold in the 2012 Olympics, earned the
men’s silver medal this time, while Carlos
Coloma Nicolas took the bronze.
In the women’s ranks, Jenny Rissveds’
Olympic win was more of a surprise.
Jenny had only scored her first elite-level
World Cup win in July. Rounding out the
women’s Olympic podium, Poland’s Maja
Wloszczowska won the silver medal and
Canada’s Catharine Pendrel took the
As for the American riders, Lea Davison
finished seventh, Chloe Woodruff placed
14th, and Howard Grotts ended up 38th in
the men’s division.
Pivot Boost Mach 429SL
A couple modern tweaks
In 2014 the 429SL was awarded Bike of the Year from the
wrecking crew—and for good reason—with its progressive
geometry and capable suspension platform. Over the last year
Pivot has released several redesigned bikes, ranging from the
Mach 6 to now the 429SL.
For 2017 the 429SL uses 100 millimeters of rear travel, a Fox Float
Kashima Factory shock, Di2 and mechanical drivetrain compatibility,
the ability to run 29-inch or 27. 5+ wheels, and the same progressive
geometry. Pivot made the 429SL to work with 100–120-millimeter
forks and uses a full-carbon frame and rear triangle. To go along with
Pivot’s lineup of bikes, the rear triangle uses 12x148 Boost spacing.
These bikes will be available in complete builds or frame-only options.
Double gold: Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds won gold medals in the world championships in July, then followed that up with gold medals at the Olympics a few weeks later.
Photo by Lynn Sigel/EGO-Promotion