As the dust settles on the most recent round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup XC race last weekend in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, Specialized publish the latest instalment of their behind-the-scenes video with their team, including Burry Stander and Jaroslav Kulhavy.

Bike choice is a big area of debate, with racers on 29er hardtails and short travel 29er full suspension bikes, and the Specialized athletes have a choice between the company’s Epic and Stumpjumper.

Tyre choice is critical, especially at this level of competition, and it’s something the guys share their thoughts on in this video.


And, if you still think cross-country racers can’t handle rough technical trails, fast forward to 4:17…