Cam McCaul Bike Check - Trek Ticket

Nov 20, 2009
by Jordan Holmes  
Cam McCaul is one of the most premier riders of our sport today. He can kill it on the track, rip up the dirt jumps, and keep you laughing till you want to cry, while still busting out some of the most unique lines, and tricks. Recently on my trip to Aptos California I got a chance to check out Cam's new bike, however Cam didn't have too much spare time so I got him to do his bike check while he was riding to cut down on filming time.

Click here for the Cam McCaul bike check...Coming out of one of the nicest places to live in the world, Aptos, California, Cam McCaul has put in his time from day 1. A big influence at the famous Aptos Post Office Jumps Cam has put in a ton of shovel, and riding time at the jump spot. It's no surprise to me that when he drops in, everyone watches. Cam's riding style, and flow through the trick line is butter smooth, and he's a great person to showcase the style the riders in the area have.

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Cam was stoked to be rocking out the all new Trek Ticket. Trek has gone with some very unique graphics that work great with the bike. Wrapped in a black and cyan paint job the Trek Ticket has some great features like the E2 tapered head tube. Designed around greater stiffness and frame durability the tapered design of the E2 head tube incorporates a 1 1/2" lower bearing, and an 1 1/8" upper.

Trek Ticket
Trek Ticket
Frame and size2010 Trek Ticket
Large Frame
Fork2010 Fox 831, 15QR
HeadsetCane Creek E2 internal tapered
CrankarmsShimano Saint M810-1
Bottom BracketShimano Saint M810
PedalsShimano DX platform
ChainShimano Dura Ace 7700
HandlebarBontrager Big Earl 31.8
StemBontrager Rhythm, 50mm length
GripsSkulls
BrakesShimano Saint M810, 160mm CenterLock rotors f/r
Front WheelBontrager Rhythm
Rear WheelBontrager Rhythm Pro, 28h
TiresBontrager XR 1 26x2.2 120 tpi
TubesBontrager Standard 26x1.75-2.2
SaddleBontrager Rhythm
SeatpostBontrager Rhythm


The Ticket has a 135x10mm thru-axle rear end, and it's adjustable. Equip with hardware options from the factory for single speed, or geared setup the Ticket's adjustable dropouts move from 15.75 inches to 16.5 inches, allowing for adjustment of your chain stay length. Find the perfect position, and lock it in! Also, the hardware used for those adjustments is stainless steel, meaning you won't be breaking them anytime soon.

Proper cable routing
Proper cable routing

The Ticket uses ISCG05 chain guide mounts, allowing for ease of installation of any chain guide on the market right now. As well, it's been constructed with a forged yoke, and gussets. The forging process allows the manufacturer to remove as much material as possible while still keeping the strength that is needed. This allows Trek to construct the frame as light as possible, while still meeting their strength needs. This also allows Trek to add other features, like a flared seat tube for a super durable bottom bracket junction.

Frame detail
Frame detail

Cam had his Ticket blinged out with the new Fox 831 Fork, a Shimano Saint component group covering the cranks and brakes, and his bars, seat and post, stem, and wheels are all handled by Trek's in-house brand Bontrager. Cam's bike was not overly weight weenie style, but weighed in at roughly 27 pounds. Cam figures he can trim about another pound, to a pound and a half off of his bike, but would that be too light? He is still on the fence about that.

831 Fork
831 Fork

831 Fork side angle
831 Fork side angle

We have seen a bit of the custom Fox stanchions on the world cup scene on pro riders bikes like Jared Graves, Gee Atherton and Aaron Gwin. It looks to me that Cam has some fancy coating on his fork as well, hopefully something to look for in the near future.

Cam looked dialed riding the new ticket, so here's some information on what makes up the Trek Ticket. Available in 2 sizes, small and large, the Ticket's geometry has been refined upon by Cam McCaul. Manufactured out of Alpha White Aluminum, the Ticket is light, stiff, and very well thought out. The geometry on the Ticket was a little different compared to other bikes in this category.

2010 Trek Ticket Geometry
Trek TicketSmall Frame (13 inches)Large Frame (15 inches)
Head tube Angle70 deg70 deg
Seat tube Angle71 deg71 deg
Chainstay Length15.7 inches15.7 inches
Wheelbase39.7 inches41.3 inches
Standover27.5 inches27.2 inches
Bottom Bracket Height12.6 inches12.6 inches

Cam looked super comfortable on his Ticket, especially as he and his brother Tyler McCaul had just returned from a very important "business trip" to Mexico. Cam also mentioned something about a front flip superman, so keep your eyes peeled for that trick coming soon.

Picture by Justin Brantley
Picture by Justin Brantley

The Trek Ticket frame should be available through your local Trek dealer and the frame carries a US MSRP of $989.99. For more information on the Trek Ticket check out Trek Bicycle's website. Over and Out!


97 Comments

  • + 28
 Pretty much the least informative spec list ever.

Here's a better version:

Frame and size: 2010 Trek Ticket, Large
Fork: 2010 Fox 831, 15QR
Headset: Cane Creek E2 internal tapered
Crankarms: Shimano Saint M810-1
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Saint M810
Pedals: Shimano DX platform
Chain: Shimano Dura Ace 7700
Handlebar: Bontrager Big Earl 31.8
Stem: Bontrager Rhythm, 50mm length
Grips: Skulls
Brakes: Shimano Saint M810, 160mm CenterLock rotors f/r
Front Wheel: Bontrager Rhythm Pro, 28h, 15QR axle
Rear Wheel: Bontrager Rhythm Pro, 28h
Tires: Bontrager XR 1 26x2.2 120 tpi
Tubes: Bontrager Standard 26x1.75-2.2
Saddle: Bontrager Rhythm
Seatpost: Bontrager Rhythm
  • + 4
 Thanks for the info Seraph! I've fixed it.
  • + 3
 You're welcome. I happen to work at a Trek dealer and I'm pretty obsessive-compulsive, so I know these part and model numbers pretty well.
  • + 1
 For what it's worth: That ain't an Rhythm stem... It's an Earl OS freeride stem, 50mm.
  • + 1
 Looks like the 2010 Rhythm 50mm to me.
  • + 24
 the frame is amazingly well thought out with some pretty good geo, but sounda a little expensive for the everyday joe.
  • - 48
flag zmcycle Plus (Nov 20, 2009 at 5:05) (Below Threshold)
 considering it has 831 on it that run for 831$ mrsp. i dont think its that terribly priced.
  • + 36
 No, that's for the frame only... so with the fork you're looking at 990+831= 1821. Outrageously priced...
  • + 25
 Plus wheels, at least 300, plus brakes, at least 150, plus drive train, at least 300, cockpit, at least 200=broke!

Sick bike anyhow!
  • + 11
 sickest bike check ever! haha i wanted to see him hit them up on the mini bike Razz
  • + 7
 That frontflip superman was in nwd 10.
  • - 7
flag z-man (Nov 20, 2009 at 16:26) (Below Threshold)
 if you can't afford it, get a different bike! it's worth the cash!
  • + 13
 A new Trek Ticket Frame $990, a fox 831 Fork $831, all the other parts u need $1200, knowing your bike is worth more than the average person's car...priceless Wink
  • + 1
 ^^ I lold
Itold my biology teacher the price my bike and he said he payed a quarter of that for his car Razz

swish bike though loving the cyan Smile
  • + 4
 wow, i could build a downhill bike for the same price as building this. sweet bike, sour price tag.
  • + 3
 1200 CDN MSRP?! Eek Holy moley, for a bland looking aluminum hardtail frame!
  • + 1
 O didnt know that was just for the Frame. didnt see that.
  • + 2
 the frame looks just like the giant stp frame
  • + 2
 Hey, nice job digging up a news article from last year to restate what everyone else already said.
  • + 1
 Hey, the artickle might have been posted last year, but 4-5 months isn't ancient , and this frame is still pretty NEW to the market... I would hope something this new isn't already forgotten! Rolleyes
  • + 15
 Multi-Tasking at its finest.
  • + 12
 That has got to be the coolest bike check ever
  • + 11
 frame looks like an STP
  • + 4
 Best bike check ever! haha love it, as he is backflipping, talking about the setup.

Anyone know the song at the end? Pretty damn catchy!
  • + 1
 chromeo, bonafied lovin'
  • + 1
 thanks! Smile
  • + 4
 that guy is so good its unreal, he just takes the piss out of the bike then backflips it! hes not all there haha
  • + 3
 Cam. that was the sickest "bike check" I've ever seen! Very creative and way to kill it as usual!!
  • + 4
 why the cost of this frame is so high?
  • + 0
 Probably from all the R&D and actual work to go into the frame. Forging, a kind of aluminum I have never heard of, super adjustable dropouts, etc etc etc.
  • - 3
 Why you think that so high? I like itWink
  • + 12
 because the head badge says trek, that's why.
  • + 0
 Meh, its a Trek...so it'll probably be made by Giant.
  • + 1
 besides the fact that trek could buy giant at least twice.. Trek is the biggest bike industry in the world at the moment.
  • + 2
 Yes, Trek is the number one IBD, but a good portion of their bicycles are produced in Giant's factories. It's like Fox Racing Shox being made by SR Suntour.
  • + 1
 Cam has always been a real dope rider pushing the limits. As far as the bike, yea it's real nice for what it is but wayyy too expensive for something that's meant to have the bag beatin out of it on a daily bases...
  • + 3
 Cam McCaul ftw. I remember seeing this frame last year and getting stoaked on it.
  • + 2
 Nice! I lack it very much! I really lack it! Nice presentation, nice skins by Bontrager. Kinda similar to the Kenda small block 8 or the Larsen.
  • + 1
 Those Bontragers do look nice. Cam said he was running prototype maxxis tires in the video.
  • + 1
 I love my XR1 tires. I have the 26x2.2 120 tpi models on my Blur 4X. They weigh 515 grams each and hook up nicely for hardpack/loose dry dirt.
  • + 4
 thats a sick looking bike! trek has advanced so fast
  • + 1
 awesome bike check. Only problem is you said he was gonna do a brand new trick, but he already did the Superman Front Flip in NWD 10
  • + 1
 Hahahhahaha it sounds like he farts on the second to last jump.I love the ticket though i got to test one out at highland,pure amazing!!
  • + 1
 pretty sure cam runs maxxis tires like he says, in the video.

not the bonti's.

and the pics of the bike doesn't have the gyro.

but w/e still nice. treks stepping it up.
  • + 1
 It's part bike check, part advertisement. The specs are probably for the stock bikes that will be sold as completes.
  • + 1
 the ticket doesn't come as a complete.
  • + 1
 Pretty lame "bike check" then, since Cam is clearly riding a bike that's set up slightly differntly. (tires, detangler) Not that the video wasn't enjoyable though. Smile
  • + 3
 how the f*ck can he do that?
  • + 1
 lmao to the fact he can fucking do one of the hardest tricks in the zone rite now while fucking having a convo with the camera! LOL
  • + 2
 831 cause thats the area code here (where fox is based)
  • + 2
 Also costs $831 and was announced on 8/31/09
  • + 3
 best bike check ever
  • + 1
 another crappy product from Trek, overpriced with no reason, not even Yeti cost that much.
  • + 1
 true that
  • + 1
 Those tires are look great! maybe a little bit more on the side walls though... for protection more than traction.
  • + 1
 They make 3 sizes with 2 different tpi counts for each. You can run the 60 tpi for a little bit more sidewall strength or the 120 tpi for less rotational weight. Personally I run the 2.2 120 tpi model on my Blur 4X for xc/am.
  • + 2
 thats soo outrageously priced ! 989.99 us !
  • + 2
 why is the stand over taller on the small compared to the large?
  • + 1
 Im guessing its becuase the larger is not taller but is longer than the small, therefore the area where the standover is measured is lower than on the small, because the top tube is stretched out. Not certain though.
  • + 2
 bike really nice also cam very cool Big Grin funny rider.
  • + 2
 yeah i was thinking the same think...mmmmmmm
  • + 2
 i love how the big earls have a 2 1/2 rise.
  • + 1
 wow that looks very nice especially with the new 831 they r very nice to ride
  • + 0
 You know he'd be rockin' a steel frame with 15" chainstays if he wasn't sponsored by Trek!
The Trek frame is nice, but crazy expensive.
  • + 2
 He'd be rocking whatever the company he was sponsored by wanted him to run.
  • + 1
 just like his brother is riding a GT with a sketch fusion velvet fork Rolleyes
  • + 1
 Too bad the smaller, kickass companies can't afford these guys.... NS has Soderstrom though, maybe they'll pick up some other top dogs someday.
  • + 2
 Did he do a backflip tuck no hander while talking?
  • + 1
 i have a ticket of 23 lbs
  • + 1
 go cam!!! SWEET bike man!!!
  • + 1
 mate that thing is fucking floorless!!!
  • + 1
 id like to say that the bike is good looking, but i can't
  • + 1
 what is the molel of chainring that he runs?!?!?!?!
  • + 1
 Fox using Kashima coatings?
  • + 1
 omg that bike is so nice,
  • + 1
 almost looks fake at some points cause of how smooth it is!!
  • + 1
 are those tires 2,0 or 2,2?
  • + 1
 wow that was the raddest bike check video ever!
  • + 2
 hes a boss
  • + 1
 that is a very nice bike, yeaman
  • + 1
 sick
  • + 1
 Sweeeeettt
  • + 0
 Front Flip Superman?! Holy Shi*t.
  • - 1
 Trek to take over the world!
  • - 2
 that cant be cam's bike, he alsways runs that hydro gyro
  • + 4
 It kinda failed and leaked everywhere but I'm sure you'll see it again...
  • + 2
 See the video, he is running one.
  • + 3
 That is the best bike check I have ever seen. Entertaining to watch, and listen to. Not some random dude no-one has ever heard of mumbling about a bike.
  • + 2
 Air2k,
see the photos? Its taken off Razz Cam removed it the day after the event because he had NO back brake.
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