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Check out the bikes tackling the Red Bull Hardline course

See the bikes that the riders hope to conquer the Red Bull Hardline course with and get their initial thoughts after the first practice session.
By Charlie Allenby
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Now in its seventh year, the Red Bull Hardline course is looking gnarlier than ever. Known as one of the toughest downhill mountain bike courses in the world, the special course built by Dan Atherton and Ollie Davey blends technical downhill features with massive freeride-style jumps. So, as well as a talented rider, it requires an equally adept and burly bike.
Red Bull Hardline 2021 riders pictured on the course walk.
The class of 2021
Swedish rider Oscar Härnström explains how to get that magical formula on your bike, so it can hit the jumps and still be fast in the forest sections.
"It's kind of like a downhill setting, but you need to stiffen it up so you can hit the jumps, but still be soft enough that you're still fast on the technical bits, such as the woods," he explains. This means riders need to make their suspension stiffer than they would normally run on a traditional downhill track, so they don't bottom out on the jumps, as well as increasing tyre pressures to roll faster on the berms.
Oscar Härnström with his Intense M29 at Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Oscar Härnström and his Intense M29
Let's take a look at a selection of the other steeds this year's Hardline riders will be using to attack the notorious course.
Laurie Greenland with his Mondraker Summum RR at Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Can Laurie Greenland's new carbon Mondraker Summum RR make the difference?
Bernard Kerr and Vincent Tupin
Bernard Kerr Pivot with his Phoenix 29 bike at Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Can Bernard Kerr make it a hattrick of wins on his Pivot Phoenix 29?
Vincent Tupin with his Scott Gambler at Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Vinny Tupin will be bringing the steeze on his Scott Gambler
Thomas Genon with his Canyon Sender AL bike at Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Thomas Genon has opted for an air shock on his Canyon Sender AL
Adam Brayton and Jim Munroe
Adam Brayton with his Nukeproof Dissent 297 MTB at Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Adam Brayton's Nukeproof Dissent 297 before his off in the first practice
Jim Monro with his Atherton Bikes DH MTB at Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Jim Monro is the second rider lining up on an Atherton Bikes DH
Jono Jones
Jono Jones with his Pivot Phoenix 29 bike at Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Jono Jones returns on his Pivot Phoenix 29
Jono Jones is returning to Red Bull Hardline after not making it to finals day back in 2019. "The main features are so big and gnarly, you forget about the bits between. They're actually pretty sketchy as well, but you kind of just brush past them because you're thinking about the next big hit.
"There are sections on here that if you were at a World Cup or something like that, you would spend ages on that section, because it's so tough," he adds. "But when you put so many features together on one track, nothing really stands out. It's all crazy, the whole way down. At least there’s not one bit to worry about, it’s all pretty mental!"
Kade Edwards with his Trek Session at Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Kade Edwards is riding a Trek Session 29er
Gaëten Vige and Jérôme Caroli
Gaetan Vige with his Specialized Demo bike at Red Bull Hardline 2021
Gaëtan Vige returns to Red Bull Hardline aboard his Specialized Demo
Jerome Caroli with his Santa Cruz V10 MX at Red Bull Hardline 2021
Jérôme Caroli has opted for a mullet set-up on his Santa Cruz V10
Kaos Seagrave
Kaos Seagrave with his Canyon Sender CFR FMD bike at Red Bull Hardline 2021
Kaos Seagrave's Canyon Sender CFR FMD is easily the loudest in the paddocks
Craig Evans and Charlie Hatton
Craig Evans with his Santa Cruz V10 MTB at Red Bull Hardline 2021
Can Craigs Evans become a double winner on his Santa Cruz V10?
Charlie Hatton with his Atherton Bikes DH MTB on Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Charlie Hatton has big boots to fill on his Atherton Bikes DH
George Brannigan
Georage Brannigan with his Propain Rage CF MTB at Red Bull Hardline 2021
George Brannigan's Propain Rage CF is one of the slickest in the paddocks
Johannes Fischbach and Brage Vestavik
Johannes Fischbach on his Raymon downhill prototype mtb at Red Bull Hardline.
Johannes Fischbach is keeping his R Raymon downhill prototype under wraps
Brage Vestavik with his GT Fury bike check at Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Expect big sends from Brage Vestavik and his GT Fury
Matteo Iniguez
Matteo Iniguez with his Commencal Supreme DH 29/27 MTB at Red Bull Hardline 2021.
Matteo Iniguez's Commencal Supreme DH is overshadowed by his trousers
To keep up with everything that happens during practice on the days leading up to the final, make sure you like Red Bull Bike on Facebook, and follow @RedBullUK and @RedBullBike on Instagram. There you’ll all the news and updates from Hardline, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes clips and riding videos.
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Red Bull Hardline

Twenty of the world’s best and bravest riders are …

Red Bull Hardline

One of the toughest downhill mountain bike races …

United Kingdom

Thomas Genon

As an unknown teenager Thomas Genon won Red Bull …

BelgiumBelgium

Kade Edwards

A former junior downhill world champion, …

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Laurie Greenland

Regularly challenging for World Cup wins, …

United KingdomUnited Kingdom