Nino Schurter’s Scott Spark

If there is one rider who can single handedly make cross-country racing cool, it’s Nino Schurter. The Swiss World Champion is a huge personality, with an ever-present smile and a huge presence on the bike.

He puts everything into his riding and racing, and is just as frequently in the air, crossed up, as he is drifting fast through corners or dropping into an A-line. He’s the guy everyone wants to be like on the bike – he has style, ability – and he wins a lot.

It’s hard to pick one thing that is immediately obvious – but the gold SRAM Eagle 10-50 12 speed cassette, with a matching gold chain is hard to miss. The huge range offered by Eagle may well mark the end of the front derailleur for SRAM in their mid to high end mountain bike group sets.