This is how Jakob Söderqvist's bike was left after just a few meters of racing
Young Swede Jakob Söderqvist is racing his first season as an Under-23 World Cup rider and in Lenzerheide he had one of the moments of the day when he suffered one of the most impressive breakdowns we've seen lately.
Impressive frame breakage, was it due to pure power?
Jakob Söderqvist's race barely lasted a few meters, the meters he was able to ride from the start until he crashed after his mountain bike broke in the bottom bracket area.
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We already know that the start of any XCO race is a delicate moment due to the stress generated both for the riders and for the equipment. In the first pedal strokes, a lot of power is applied and it is not uncommon for the pedal to come off or for the chain to break, but we do not remember having seen a frame break in the bottom bracket area for this reason before.
The entire bottom bracket and crank set came off the frame and Jakob could only pick up the components off the ground and walk back.
About the mountain bike, it is an Evolve FS of the German brand Arc8, a very light and quite exclusive model due to its rear shock system without linkage, the same type as the Trek Supercaliber. But the truth is that this failure seems something as spectacular as exceptional, and we find it hard to believe that it was caused by any design or construction fault and could rather be due to some previous impact in the area, which could have generated some crack in the frame or bottom bracket shell.
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