Bike Check: Rourke Croeser's Full-Dynamix Higher

Late last year, Rourke Croeser and Travis Walker signed up to ride for the Full-Dynamix factory team. Full-Dynamix didn't budget for the lads doing the Cape Epic, so they had to look to USN to help them compete. We chatted to Rourke and Travis during the Epic and got a look at Rourke's Full-Dynamix Higher bike.
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Full-Dynamix is the mountain bike division of Italian bike maker Battaglin Cicli. The Higher is the company's professional level bike for marathon and XC racing.

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A Marzocchi 320 LCR Carbon fork does duty on the front.

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Rourke favours the trusty SRAM XX1 drivetrain (with a spiderless crank) and a RockShox can to control the tail. Look's S-Track pedal was a popular choice amongst 2015 Epic pros.

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The wheelset takes us back to Italy with a stunning pair of Alchemist wheels and hubs.

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The cockpit features a FSA bar with XX brake levers, Marzocchi lockout, XX1 shifter, and a Powertap Joule GPS mounted on a negative angled stem.

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A Selle San Marco Aspide Racing Protek Open saddle.

Rourke Croeser talks about his Full-Dynamix bike setup for the 2015 Absa Cape Epic:


Ray caught up with Rourke and Travis at Oak Valley during the 2015 Absa Cape Epic:





19 Comments

TheJ, Apr 08 2015 06:10

100% resembles the very popular chinese carbon dual frame.

NicoBoshoff, Apr 08 2015 06:16

^^^ This is true

Odinson, Apr 08 2015 06:32

That Marzocchi is HOT!

Odinson, Apr 08 2015 06:33

100% resembles the very popular chinese carbon dual frame.

 

Post a pic for a comparison.

NotSoBigBen, Apr 08 2015 07:03

That Marzocchi is HOT!

 

How little clearance is there between that tyre and arch though  :eek:

Steven Knoetze (sk27), Apr 08 2015 07:27

Couldn't agree more with the chinese carbon 29er frame similarities.
Also check out the Triton SQC01 dual sus. Identical!!

the nerd, Apr 08 2015 07:41

Full dynamix is a catalog frame, lots of companies do it. They chose a frame and then brand it themself and back it up with warranty etc. No different to the big brands.

GoLefty!!, Apr 08 2015 07:51

yip, just with a much nicer paint job and hellish sticker price

notmyname, Apr 08 2015 08:13

So impressed with these two champs.

Jaco-fiets, Apr 08 2015 08:20

For sure the ugliest frame for 2015!!

TheJ, Apr 08 2015 08:26

673785d1329260727-dual-suspension-chines

TheJ, Apr 08 2015 08:29

790415d1365913083-dual-suspension-chines

TheJ, Apr 08 2015 08:33

Full dynamix is a catalog frame, lots of companies do it. They chose a frame and then brand it themself and back it up with warranty etc. No different to the big brands.

 

Shock, horror. You saying some big brands also just resell Chinese blanks and then slap stickers on and a 300% markup? Nooooo. :)

Marius, Apr 08 2015 08:36

When are these guys going to realize the importance of a professionally designed paint scheme for bikes. If you paint it like that it looks cheap!! Rather just ride it naked like the pic above, much better lookin imho.

Odinson, Apr 08 2015 08:40

How little clearance is there between that tyre and arch though  :eek:

 

Common trait of the new Marzocchi forks. I've read of some guys who are restricted in their tyre choice because of the poor arch clearance. 

GoLefty!!, Apr 08 2015 10:10

When are these guys going to realize the importance of a professionally designed paint scheme for bikes. If you paint it like that it looks cheap!! Rather just ride it naked like the pic above, much better lookin imho.


What's sickening is that marketers think they can exploit us without consequence.

rock, Apr 08 2015 11:25

either way the lack of a direct mount front derailleur tab is nice with a 1x setup.

 

very euro and very catalogue.

 

love the brown stanctions on the 'zokes.

Mr X, Apr 08 2015 11:32

Sticker check more than a bike check. Yes they are very expensive stickers.

Ryanpmb, Apr 08 2015 01:39

Seen this bike. Most outstanding part was the stem setup. No top dust cap on the headset, about 130mm stem and somewhere between a 10-20deg neg angle... Almost old school these days :D