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Pro Bike Check: Jose Borges BH Lynx 5 Carbon

In 2018 Jose Borges raced his second Enduro World Series on the Miranda Racing Team and finished 11th overall. His weapon of choice? A 29” BH Lynx 5 Carbon which got him a very respectable fifth place in the last race of the EWS season in Finale Ligure. That was reason enough for us to take a closer look at his bike.

The BH Lynx 5 Carbon of the Miranda Racing Team features some interesting details which distinguish it from the standard bike
In Finale Ligure Jose Borges aka ZÉ Manel took a respectable 5th place with his BH Lynx 5 Carbon. With his 6th position in the previous EWS race in Ainsa/Spain he’d already showed the enduro world what he’s capable of.
ZÉ Manel measures 1.83 m and weighs 76 kg. An EXT STORIA LOK with a 400 spring and 148 mm of travel takes care of the rear end for him.
At the front a 160 mm Formula Selva fork which ZÉ Manel rode with 75.5 psi in Finale Ligure.
The 170 mm Miranda XMOD cranks can be configured individually with a choice of different components. ZÉ Manel’s Finale Ligure setup included a 36 t chainring.
The drivetrain combines a SRAM Eagle cassette and SRAM X01 rear derailleur with a Miranda XMOD crankset
On Jose’s front wheel a Formula Cura brake with 200 mm rotor. Here you can find out why the Formula Cura secured our coveted purchase tip in our 19 MTB disc brake group test.
On the front wheel an aluminium prototype rim from Italian manufacturer Damil Components. The Michelin Wild Enduro tire is also a prototype which ZÉ Manel ran with 1.4 bar in the Finale Ligure race.
The Michelin Wild Grip’R 2.35 combined with a Damil Components aluminium rim on Jose’s rear wheel. In Finale Ligure ZÉ Manel ran this with 1.6 bar on all stages.
ZZÉ Manel relies on a CushCore tire insert front and rear.
At the back a prototype of the Formula Cura brake. The 200 mm rotor is designed to better dissipate the excessive heat.
ZÉ Manel doesn’t like carbon handlebars which is why he uses a 790 mm- wide aluminium Renthal FatBar with 20 mm rise
Miranda carbon cranks with HT T1-pedals
ZÉ Manel is also a bit of a DIY freak. He placed his multi tool in the down tube and fabricated a special holder for it.
Hard to find: the Sahmurai tubeless repair kit hides in the bar-end. –
S.W.O.R.D.
We wish Jose Borger aka “ZÉ Manel” all the best and lots of success for the upcoming season

Words & Photos: Manne Schmitt

About the author

Manne Schmitt

As the father of Robin and Max-Philip, I’ve been the ‘grey eminence’ at ENDURO since the get-go. Back in my primary school days I won my very first bike race at the school sports’ day. The after a less successful foray into football, I finally got hooked on long-distance marathon riding in 1989. For ENDURO I keep a close eye on developments in the industry for exclusive news and product launches, particularly by lesser known brands. After all, some of the most interesting stories happen a long way from the mainstream. As a social media expert (yes, it’s possible even for an old man like me!), I help out with communication and spreading the reach of ENDURO’s content far and wide. It’s always a real treat to meet digital friends in reality too!