Inside we take a look at Jack Moir’s Bergamont Straitline Team bike that features some custom fork tuning from JL. Check it out.
The Bergamont Hayes World Team has received some attention this year and rightfully so. Team owner Eddie Masters qualified well (4th) in Cairns, and Jack Moir has had some success with the team as well taking 11th in Cairns.
For the race at Leogang, Jack ran some 27.5″ wheels on the bike as well. Check out the full Bergamont range at http://www.bergamont.de/en/bikes/mtb-fullsuspension/gravity-downhill/
Sicklines: Hello Jerome, Your sticker, JL Suspension Service Center“, are on the Bergamont Worldcup Team Manitou Dorado. What is your relationship with the team?
Jerome: I sponsor the Worldcup Team, service, and tune their suspension. They also give feedback to me that helps us improve our products.
Sicklines: What kind of tuning do you offer?
Jerome: The complex TPC+ compression is tuned for every rider individually. Each phase of the ramp up characteristic is set up for the riders needs. The TPC+ is quite a great suspension technology out of the box. For example I have adjusted the highspeed rebound for our Worldcup racers.
Sicklines: What setup do the Bergamont Team riders use?
Jerome: Jack Moir and Ed Masters use the same setup. The just tried several spring rates, but since Leogang they have their final setup, which they will use at the North American Worldcups.
They prefer a sensitive first part of the travel, a very progressive middle and a high ramp up at the end. The fork sits up quite high in the travel and offers very good traction. Ed Masters runs a low shock compression and very fast rebound. Jack Moir uses a lot more compression and rebound. Casey Brown runs a very balanced suspension.
Sicklines: Will you accompany the Bergamont Worldcup Team the remainder of the season?
Jerome: I´d like to, but it is not feasible. I would need sponsors, because I do everything on my own and work 24-7. Otherwise I could not tune the forks and shocks of ordinary customers anymore.
Sicklines: Do you have any upcoming projects?
Jerome: My main focus is on the Manitou Dorado. My turning lathe is always working, even my suppliers are keen. My goal is to bring it to perfection and make it more reliable. On the Worldcups the fork works great because of the service intervals,but for the ordinary customer it needs to be more refined.
The current concern is that we have a noisy fork at the moment. I have to do several more tests before we can launch the final product.
Sicklines: Thank you for you time Jerome. Any final words?
Jerome: You are welcome! Visit http://www.jl-racing-suspension.com/