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The fastest cross-country bikes that the pros ride

These cross-country bikes have all taken the pros to the top of the podium in 2021. Take a look at some of the fastest bikes on the circuit.
By Aoife Glass
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The fastest cross-country bikes on the planet are those ridden by the world’s fastest riders, and those are the riders that win in the Mercedes-Benz UCI Cross-country Mountain Bike World Cup. With tracks more technical and challenging than ever before, these bikes need to climb spectacularly, handle huge drops and jumps and fly over technical features.
These are the bikes that helped propel their riders to victory across the 2021 race season, in events spanning Europe, Asia and the USA, including the World Cup season, World Championships and the Olympics.

1. Evie Richards’ Trek Supercaliber

  • Frame: Trek Supercaliber with IsoStrut
  • Fork: RockShox SID Ultimate SL
  • Groupset: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
Evie Richards' Trek Supercaliber at Lenzerheide 2021
Evie Richards' bike after her Lenzerheide victory
Evie Richards' evolution through the 2021 season has been gripping to watch. Early in the season, flashes of potential shone through, and each race saw her get stronger, faster and an increasingly common presence at the sharp end of races.
Her first win was only a matter of time, and she did it in style to take the 2021 World Champ title, following it up with a decisive win in Lenzerheide. She then cemented her racing reputation with a perfect weekend at Snowshoe, winning both the short track and the main cross-country race and she gained enough points to place second in the World Cup overall standings.
Evie Richards racing at the 2021 UCI XCO MTB World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
At the moment, Evie Richards is making cross-country racing look easy

2. Tom Pidcock's BMC Fourstroke

  • Frame: BMC Fourstroke
  • Shock: SR Suntour Edge
  • Fork: SR Suntour AXION Elite 34
Tom Pidcock's BMC Fourstroke at Nove Mesto.
Tom Pidcock's BMC Fourstroke at Nove Mesto
Tom Pidcock took an interlude from the world of elite professional road racing, switching over to mountain bike to take a victory at Nové Město and then going on to take gold at the Olympics. His performance was spectacular, with the first signs coming in Albstadt when he battled from the 11th row on the grid to take fifth place.
Pidcock’s road sponsor Pinerello doesn’t make mountain bikes, so he opted for a BMC Fourstroke with Suntour suspension for cross-country.
Tom Pidcock performs at UCI XCO in Albstadt, Germany on May 9, 2021.
Tom Pidcock stunned the men's XCO field in Albstadt

3. Victor Koretzky's Orbea Oiz

  • Frame: Orbea Oiz
  • Fork: Fox 34SC
  • Shock: Fox Float
Koretzky's Orbea Oiz, used for his Albstadt victory
Victor Koretzky's Orbea Oiz bike
French rider Victor Koretzky kicked off the 2021 UCI Cross-country Mountain Bike World Cup season with a hard-fought victory at Albstadt. It helped solidify his reputation as a leader in the pack with a second win at Lenzerheide. Koretzky rides an Orbea Oiz full-suspension bike to handle the technical trails that make up modern cross-country racing, with a FOX Float shock and Fox 34 SC forks.
Victor Koretzky races at the 2021 Lenzerheide MTB XCO World Cup.
When he has good legs Koretzky has the measure of anyone

4. Loana Lecomte's Massi Aire SL

  • Frame: Massi Aire SL
  • Fork: Fox 32SC
  • Shock: Fox Float DPS
Loana Lecomte's Massi Aire SL bike.
Loana Lecomte's winning Massi bike at Les Gets
Loana Lecomte is one of the undisputed fastest women in the cross-country field, and she has four World Cup wins this year in support of that claim. Incredibly strong, her signature move of flying off the front of the race on gruelling climbs, establishing an impossible lead and keeping it helped her win Albstadt, Nové Město, Leogang and Les Gets.
Loana Lecomte rides in the lead during the UCI XCO World Cup in Leogang, Austria on June 13, 2021.
Lecomte was in a league of her own

5. Mathias Flückiger’s Thömus Lightrider WC

  • Frame: Thömus Lightrider WC
  • Forks: DT Swiss F232 One
  • Shock: DT Swiss R232 One
Mathias Fluckiger's Thömus Lightrider.
Mathias Fluckiger's Thömus Lightrider
One of the most thrilling aspects of the 2021 season was the pitched battle between Ondrej Cink and Mathias Flückiger, which made for high-speed, highly watchable racing. Flückiger took decisive wins at Leogang and Les Gets on his Thömus Lightrider WC.
Mathias Flückiger races at the 2021 UCI MTB World Cup stop in Lenzerheide.
Flückiger won the men's overall World Cup on this bike

6. Jolanda Neff's Trek Supercaliber

  • Frame: Trek Supercaliber with IsoStrut
  • Fork: RockShox SID Ultimate
  • Groupset: SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS
Jolanda Neff's World Champs bike 2021.
Gold leaf bamboo for Jolanda Neff
After a serious injury over the 2019–20 off-season, Jolanda Neff has been battling to regain her form, and 2021 saw her back where she belongs at the front of the women’s races. She put in an incredible performance in Tokyo to take Olympic Gold, probably the most coveted medal of the 2021 race season.
The rather stunning gold version of Neff's Trek Supercaliber is a nice reminder of her Olympic Gold, a special edition for the World Champs.
Jolanda Neff races at the 2021 UCI MTB World Cup stop in Snowshoe
There's just the right amount of gold on Neff's bike for it to stand out

7. Nino Schurter's Scott Spark

  • Frame: Scott Spark RC
  • Shock: RockShox Nude 5 RLC3
  • Fork: RockShox SID Ultimate
Lars Forster's Scott Spark RC World Cup AXS seen at Leogang 2021.
Scott Spark RC World Cup AXS
The legendary Swiss racer put pressure on the top riders in the men's race throughout the World Cup season but never managed to take that victory that would have seen him equal Julien Absalon's record World Cup win total of 33. However, he did take a decisive victory at the 2021 World Champs, which saw him take the rainbow stripes for an incredible seventh time in his career.
Nino Schurter races at the 2021 UCI MTB World Championships in Val di Sole.
Schurter piloted the new Scott bike to a win at the World Championships

8. Christopher Blevins’ Specialized Epic S-Works

  • Frame: Specialized Epic S-Works
  • Fork: RockShox SID SL
First American winner since 1994, Blevins rode the Specialized Epic to victory
American Christopher Blevins won the final round at Snowshoe
Christopher Blevins pulled a stunning move at the end of the final round of the World Cup in Snowshoe, accelerating past world champion Nino Schurter and powering on to become the first American Cross-country World Cup winner since 1994.
Blevins, the current short track world champion, rode his full-suspension Specialized Epic S-Works with RockShox SID SL forks.
Christopher Blevins races at the 2021 MTB World Cup round in Snowshoe.
With Specialized being an American brand, Blevins' win was most welcome
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