2021 was a big year for Kona Super Grassroots rider Noah Hofmann. He earned himself both the Austrian Junior DH and Enduro national titles and rode with Miranda Miller and Connor Fearon as a World Cup and EWS Junior, gaining some valuable experience. For 2022, he has made the move into Elites in the DH and that kicked off over the weekend with the opening round in Lourdes, France.

Anyone following DH these days will know just how tight the racing is, and with the qualification cut off at 60 riders, it’s harder than ever to qualify. Unfortunately for Noah, his qualification time landed him in 78th, a little too far out of contention for the main show.

It’s no consolation prize for Noah, but we thought we’d share with you Noah’s custom-painted Operator CR 29 that he’ll be racing this season.

Drivetrain-wise Noah has opted for a SRAM XO DH setup, combined with a OneUp bash guard and guide, and a set of Crank Brothers Mallet DH pedals.
Suspension-wise Noah has spec’d EXT ARMA HBC V3 shock out the back mated to a Boxxer Ultimate up front.

For 2022, Noah has partnered up with German component brand Reverse Components for wheels and cockpit. For his wheelset, he’s opted for the Reverse Black One 35-TR Stealths. The wheels are shod with Schwalbe Magic Mary’s.

It’s a full Reverse Components set up in the cockpit, with their direct-mount stem, bars, and grips. SRAM Code RSC brakes take care of slowing things down.

When Marcus Pfeil isn’t painting Noah’s bikes, he’s painting helmets and Harley’s!

And the build is rounded out with a Reverse Components saddle and seatpost.