Video: Cam McCaul's Rampage Bike Build

Oct 2, 2012 at 8:53
by CONTOUR Cameras  

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--Suspension-- Fork- Fox 36 180 Shock- Fox DHX RC4 I rode the bike with a dual crown 40 and a single crown 180 and ended up deciding on the single crown. It s the same length as the 40 so it doesn t change how the bike feels and it keeps barspins and tailwhips in the bag of tricks if the opportunity pops up. --2013 Shimano Saint parts-- Brakes Derailleur Shifter Cranks 165mm Cassette Chain Pedals --Bontrager parts-- Wheelset- Big Earl Tires- G5 Stem- Rhythm 50mm Seatpost- Rhythm Seat- Chromag Overture Chainguide- E-13 LG1 Chainring- E13 36 tooth Grips- Sensus Swayze lock-ons

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 Here's the details from Cam:

--Suspension--
Fork- Fox 36 180
Shock- Fox DHX RC4


I rode the bike with a dual crown 40 and a single crown 180 and ended up deciding on the single crown. It's the same length as the 40 so it doesn't change how the bike feels, and it keeps barspins and tailwhips in the bag of tricks if the opportunity pops up.


--2013 Shimano Saint parts--

Brakes
Derailleur
Shifter
Cranks 165mm
Cassette
Chain
Pedals

--Bontrager parts--

Wheelset- Big Earl
Tires- G5
Stem- Rhythm 50mm
Seatpost- Rhythm

Seat- Chromag Overture

Chainguide- E-13 LG1

Chainring- E13 36 tooth

Grips- Sensus Swayze lock-ons
  • + 1
 such a nice build
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 Prolly big earl handlebars would be my guess
  • + 38
 I can ride my bike with no handlebars.. Noo handlebars... Ha
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 Fox 36 Kashima coat Smile
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 they are some hefty looking forks! they put my 160mm to shame
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 bars look like renthals
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 What frame is it? (Sorry if it's in the audio, I can't hear it)
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 What size rear shock is that?
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 Hope that he brings at least one back up frame... Smile
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 its a trek slash frame
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 It is a Trek Session 9.9 frame actually.
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 Carbon frame for Rampage? There's your ultimate testing ground.
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 @Bikeman: Obviously not a slash its carbon
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 I think bikeman403 is partialy right. The chainstay and seatstay look different. They look a lot like the ones from the slash, or maybe the trek scratch.... thoughts??
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 its a 9.9 with aluminium seat stay and chainstay the chainstay is aluminium on the production 9.9 aswell
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 Cam McCaul: I've actually been tinkering around with my bike for the last few weeks leading up to Red Bull Rampage. Trek dialed in some special frames for us that have shorter chainstays and a bit more progressive suspension. It makes the bike easier to throw around and strong on the landings, stuff that's always important at Rampage! I'm also planning to run the FOX 180 long travel single-crown fork. It’s the same length as the dual crown and it keeps barspins and tailwhips alive in the trick bag. As far as extra safety gear, I'll probably add a Leatt [neck] brace to my usual quiver of pads
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 must be nice....
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 Random swap of forks at the end?
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 His second bike was on the repair stand in the left of the shot for like half the video, not sure why he flashed the one with the 40 for the camera.
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 Cam was at first undecided about running the 40 or the 36 fork. He swapped them on the build but didn't record that part. Here's a photo of the final build that he will be running at Rampage. www.pinkbike.com/photo/8736891
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 cmacdougall read the first comment he tried both forks on the bike but he decided to put the single crown in the end because it's the same length and he can do barspin and tailwhip if he wants Wink so it's the same bike he was building through out the video but he swapped the fork to get the feel of it with the 40 Wink
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 at first i thought he was building the bike on his kitchen
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 Bonnee McCaul (in a tone scarily resembling my wife's): You're still working on it? It takes you HOW long to put that together?!
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  • + 7
 NICE SHOP! I love to see riders doing their own bike build. As you can see this excites Cam as well... www.pinkbike.com/photo/8737232
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  • + 8
 changes forks like a NinJA!!!!!!!!
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 This goes without saying. But I just want to say. That having been given the opportunity to meet Cam at a recent event in Las Vegas, that this is the coolest Cat of all time. He truly is. And if there is a community of mtn biking, Cam McCaul is it. Thanks for being genuine man. We love you.
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  • + 5
 Its always good to see a pro build/repair his own bike, and he has a sick garage!
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 This might be a dumb question but I'm not into riding slopestyle myself. How do the riders pull off tailwhips and barspins with no gyro? Is it just a matter of leaving a bunch of slack on the rear brake/derailleur lines. and making sure not to spin them the same direction too many times in a row?
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 just wondering, how many times does cam's wife change clothes?
  • + 2
 well, not more then him-self! But it's cool, somethings blinks near the bike in different color
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 Yeah on the subject of forks - how is a 180mm fork "the same length" as a 203mm fork? I assume that Cam knows what he's talking about and I don't, but I do not understand. Is it just where you clamp the stanchions? (If you haven't already guessed, I ride a single crown.)
  • + 1
 the length from the crown race to the axle is the same. If you look at single crown forks, they usually have a more beefed up crown. For example my 180mm totem has the same axle to crown as my 200mm boxxer. the crown on the totem is 80mm tall while the boxxer lower crown is 45mm tall.
  • + 1
 understandings.
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  • + 4
 guaranteed that wasn't the soundtrack he was rockin to in his shop that day or anyday...
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  • + 1
 I love that bike, the paint is sweet! I know trek does the project one custom paint job for their road bikes, why not for MTB? I want to trade in my Session 88 for a 99, but want a bad ass paint job like Cam's bike and I don't want it to look like crap because I did it myself.
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  • + 5
 ok who left their Redbull lid there?
  • + 1
 Good eye, good eye.
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  • + 3
 Any one notice there is a redbull helmet on his plastic boxes, isn't he a rockstar rider?
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  • + 1
 when ive got my bike company off the ground im going to produce loads of custom frames tell everyone about it and show them off and never release them to the public too... just 'cos
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  • + 3
 Please keep them coming, more bike builds for rampage =)
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 I think his girl flashed the camera at one point...
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  • + 1
 I want that huge fox logo in my dorm room Big Grin Such a sick build too. Best of luck at rampage!
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  • + 1
 Seems he did that over 2 days. How long did it take him to build it up all together?
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 00:37 = most important component.
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  • + 1
 Sick bike build! i wish trek had a mini dh like the kona entourage or transition tr250! I just don't need a full dh rig
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 Ya, they should have kept the Scratch and revamped it!!!
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 Pretty sweet garage he's got there!
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  • + 1
 It's a nice build and all, but it's not really doing too much for me for some reason...
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  • + 3
 Looks like a bike.
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  • + 1
 Er, did anyone else notice that he didn't seem to bleed his brakes? Or a Shimano THAT easy to fit?!
  • + 1
 The XTs I recently got came pre-bled, had to swap the hoses over (as American's have them on the wrong side and you can't swap levers) but thanks to a mate who's a bike mechanic helping out, even then a bleed wasn't necessary, just have to be careful. Ended up doing a bleed anyway just to check out the new (for me) system with the oil funnel...and it's pretty easy!
  • + 1
 But it's pretty clear his calipers have no hoses, and right at the end you see the hoses fitted, but no point do I see him fill them with oil?!
  • + 1
 he didn't bleed them. He mounts them, but at 1:06 they magically appear. I'm guessing he doesn't bleed his own brakes. I don't mean that in a negative way, but I would think he has access to someone who will do that for him. I'm surprised that he builds his own bikes. That's awesome.
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  • + 2
 Bertha says thats Naughtttyyyy!
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 I predict a possible tail whip
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  • + 1
 That is the coolest bike ever!!!
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 good thing he's not paied on piece work
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  • + 2
 I hope he wins!
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 I hope he spins!
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  • + 1
 it's coming up it's coming up it's coming up
  • + 1
 it's dareeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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 takes 2 days to build a bike? Slacker.
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 Attention to detail, everyone knows it takes longer when its your own bike
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 Why in the end, he opted for a triple crown forks?
  • + 4
 single crown you mean? and even if he went with the 40's that'd be dual crown...
  • + 2
 Possibly he meant to say triple clamp which is dual crown in the motocross world more or less.
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  • + 1
 Laughed my arse off all the way through that, some funky dance going on.
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  • + 1
 he had a float 36 and then he had a fox 40
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  • + 1
 That's such a clean looking bike.
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  • + 1
 Where's your bar ends Cam?? Tut tut
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  • + 0
 I love to get my bikes dialed. with some music. just like cam!
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 I'd guess closer to 34 pounds or lighter. I have a Session 9.9 with heavy FSA cranks but an otherwise pretty similar setup (SRAM X0 gear instead and a TALAS 180mm) and it's in the 33-34 range. It might be nice to have a lighter DH bike like that since it has the potential to feel a little more like the slopestyle bikes they're so used to....maybe...
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 Nice, but I still can't like Trek. Just personal preference, but yeah... I DO like the color, though.
  • + 1
 why dont you like Trek?
  • + 1
 See... That's hard to answer...
And that right there says it's not really a soundly justified dislike, it's more "bike racism" than anything...
But really, I think it's because I have such a love for Specialized, and I'm the personality type that commits to one and shuns the rest, and in the category of "HUGE bike makers" they are competition.
I also own a Ragley, and that syndrome does not play in there, for the simple reason that they aren't competition, so much as another option.
I appreciate Trek's innovations and their contributions to the biking community - without a doubt very influential - but unless you handed me the keys and said "Here! It's free!" I probably wouldn't go shopping for one.
Call me crazy, please, but you asked!
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 Haha I hear you Dude! Its part of what makes it fun for me. I feel the same way about Specialized, even though they are an amazing company, and I know that their stuff is killer, I am a Trek guy! Cheers!
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