Julie Bresset is a star in her sport. The sympathetic Frenchwoman started taking part in races at the age of eight, so it is not surprising that cycling has now become second nature to her. From the very beginning of her cycling career, Bresset has been able to achieve success and confidently mastered her way to the top of the world elite in XC sport. Just last year, she achieved what is probably the biggest and most important victory of her sports career to date by winning the London Games. At this year's UCI World Cup we were able to get a closer look at their mountain bike – a Bra Ultimate.
The standard equipment definitely looks different. Bresset's Ultimate differs from the one found in the online shop as early as the paint finish. A plain white with subtle details such as the UCI colors on the inside of the chainstays and a child's drawing of a cyclist on the seat tube - it doesn't have to be more for the 1,63 meter tall Frenchwoman. The Sr Suntour Axon is used in the RC version with a carbon casting at the front of your bike. You can block it at any time with a pop-loc lever. The remaining components seem to be a colorful mix of FSA, Shimano and Magura.
Apparently the main focus here was the overall weight. The new MT8 brakes from Magura in combination with 180 millimeter brake discs decelerate both the front and rear wheels. While the stem-handlebar combination and the crank come from FSA, and Bresset relies on carbon here, they use the new XTR components from Shimano for the gears. Another eye-catcher on Bresset's ultimate bra is the gold chain. This comes from KMC and has a particularly smooth surface with the golden titanium nitride coating, which is used for optimal switching. At 1440 grams, the Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels are among the lightest wheels on the World Cup circuit. In Val di Sole, Julie relied on the Michelin Pacer tires with a width of 2.25 inches to achieve the best possible rolling resistance with optimal grip.
Another highlight of the bike is definitely the titanium bar ends. Many drivers do without this extra. However, when choosing grip positions, these are a real boon and can help prevent cramps during the race. Things didn't go according to plan for Julie Bresset in Val di Sole - she ended up in an unsatisfactory 39th place.