We get a sneak look behind the scenes with Giant team riders Danny Hart and Andrew Neethling during a SRAM test session in San Romolo in preparation for this year's World Cup series.

Danny and Needles were in Italy with the SRAM guys and the Giant team back-up to hammer out some settings on their new equipment.

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Jon Cancellier, RockShox tech, flew over with 69lbs of one of a kind parts in his luggage. Needles is new to the BlackBox program and JC gives him the lowdown on what's so special about all the new stuff in the van.

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'And then I cleaned out the dust, covered the little widget in grease and put into the big hollow part' Needles gives Jon a rundown on how he set about servicing his own forks.

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Jon and team manager Joe Staub trying to decide if this could be the right saddle height for Pietermaritzburg.

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Danny has a new BlackBox Vivid to test this week. I had to delete the next sentence...

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Prizes for who can figure out where these go... It's a custom BlackBox part and there are only two of these in existence.

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Danny's new BlackBox fork with custom World Champ stripes and a few other special features - some you can see and some you can't.

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Danny's custom saddle. It's OK, he has a good supply if they get dirty.

Look out for the full story in Dirt 122, out end of March.

Photos: Victor Lucas