2017 World Championships bikes and kit
Take a look at all of the one-off, custom kit from the DH World Championships in Cairns, Australia
The World Championships is a special event – riders represent their home countries rather than their sponsors, in an attempt to claim the coveted rainbow stripes. Months of preparation accumulate to one, balls to the wall, flat out race run where the only thing that matters is the time it takes to travel between the start and finish lines – it's racing in its purest form. To help riders achieve their dreams, sponsors go all out to create some of the nicest looking, highest performing kit out there. We've scoured the internet to find the pick of the bunch, so keep scrolling to see who is wearing and riding what...
Myriam Nicole's Commencal Supreme DH
Jack Moir's custom Troy Lee Designs D3
Greg Minnaar's custom V10 29er
Aaron Gwin's custom three wheeler YT Tues
Tahnée Seagrave's custom Fox Rampage
Sam Hill's Nukeproof Mega 275C
Laurie Greenland's Mondraker Summum
Loic Bruni's Specialized S-Works Demo
Adam Brayton's Scott Gambler
Dean Lucas' Troy Lee Designs D3 and prototype Intense 29er
Danny Hart's Mondraker Summum and Bell Full9
Loris Vergier's Santa Cruz V10 29er
Bernard Kerr's Pivot Phoenix
Connor Fearon's Kona Operator
Gee Atherton, Rachel Atherton and Kade Edwards' red white and blue Trek Sessions
Emelie Siegenthaler's Pivot Phoenix
Mick Hannah's Polgyon Collosus DH9
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Alex Evans is BikeRadar's mountain bike technical editor. He started racing downhill at the tender age of 11 before going on to compete across Europe. Alex moved to Morzine in the French Alps at 19 to pursue a career as a bike bum and clocked up an enormous amount of riding. Riding those famous tracks day in, day out for eight years, he broke more bikes than he can remember. Alex then moved back to the UK and put his vast knowledge of mountain biking to good use by landing a job working for MBUK magazine as features editor. Since working for MBUK, Alex's focus has moved to bike tech. He's one of BikeRadar's lead testers, knows how to push bikes and products to the limit, and wants to search out the equipment that represents the best value for money. Alex is also a regular on the BikeRadar Youtube channel and BikeRadar podcast.