Over the weekend American downhill racer Aaron Gwin (Specialized Racing) did the unbelievable: he won the Leogang, Austria, World Cup downhill without a chain. The two-time World Cup overall champ snapped his chain right out of the gate and literally “coasted” to his second World Cup win of the year. How awesome is that?!
Believe it or not this isn’t the first ride without a chain that has been successful. Neko Mulally, who we profiled in Issue #184, finished fourth at the 2014 World Championships after breaking his chain at the starting gate.
Despite the continued success of athletes Troy Bronson and Aaron Gwin on the UCI World Cup circuit, Specialized’s top-tier Demo downhill bike has been around for quite some time. Advancements in carbon fiber and shock technology—not to mention those bigger wheels—meant it was time for a new bike. Specialized took advantage of the long layover between races on the UCI calendar to get the bike to its top athletes in time for its debut at Monte St. Anne this weekend.Tweet Print