Bike Check: The Lupato Brothers' Trek Slash & Remedy - Finale Ligure Superenduro 2018

Apr 22, 2018
by Samantha Saskia Dugon  



Probably most renowned for their dedication to their beards and having their own Lupato brothers branded socks – Alex and Denny Lopato are a mountain bike loving, travelling and racing duo from Northern Italy.

We caught up with the brothers in Sanremo, Italy, ahead of the first round of the Italian Superenduro race series and chatted about both their bikes and the race. Despite living just over 3 hours north of Sanremo in the Piedmont region of Italy (near the renowned Aosta valley), the brothers had never raced or properly ridden the tracks in Sanremo prior to the Superenduro. They're used to riding the soft dirt and loam on offer on their home turf rather than the sandy and rocky trails and sweltering heat of the Liguria region. We chatted to them both about how they’re getting on with the course and how they’re feeling about the upcoming race day.


Denny Lupato
Rider Name // Denny Lupato
Age: 25
Hometown: Coggiola
Height: 170cm
Weight: 66kg
Instagram: @dennylupato
Alex Lupato
Rider Name // Alex Lupato
Age: 28
Hometown: Coggiola
Height: 170cm
Weight: 70kg
Instagram: @alexlupato

Denny Lupatos Ohlins Coil RXF fork with Andreani Piston Kit
Denny Lupato's Ohlins coil fork.

Talking about their favourite tracks after practice it’s stage 1 and 3 that come out on top for the brothers. With stage 1 featuring a little bit of everything from pedalling, to technical to flowy sections it is a great all-round trail. Stage 3 is a little tighter, with a number of narrow switchbacks at the beginning, forcing you to have to work and pump with the bike to gain momentum.

Both the brothers are running coil sprung suspension front and back and the Lupato brothers are supported by Ohlins all round but with a little something extra; Andreani a suspension tuning company that means their Ohlins forks have a wider range of adjustability as well as transforming the damping of the forks. The main and large difference between the brothers despite running their bikes set up pretty much identically is that Denny rides a Trek Slash 29er frame, whereas Alex opted for the 27.5 Remedy. Breaking the mould for European riders, the brothers run their brakes moto style (front brake on the right, rear on the left).

Denny Lupatos nick name. Denny It s a long story
Denny's personalised "Spongebob" sticker.

bigquotesI think it’ll be really really hard because of the heat. With it being a long day [60km of riding] with long stages and being self-sufficient [no outside mechanical assistance throughout the day], along with the style of trails, you can’t go full gas, you need to reserve some energy.Denny Lupato


Denny Lopatos Trek Slash 9.8 29er
Denny Lopato's Trek Slash 9.8 29er.
Denny Lupatos Trek Slash 9.8
Frame: Trek Slash 9.8 2934
Shock: Ohlins TTX 22
Fork: Ohlins Coil RXF 36 160mm with Andreani Piston Kit
Wheels: 29" Damil Extreme T7, 27mm rim width
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF
Drivetrain: 32 tooth Absolute black Oval Chainring with Sram X01
Brakes: Sram Code RSC brakes (set up moto style)
Cockpit: Bontrager Line Pro handlebars & stem
More info: Crankbrothers Mallet pedals

Denny Lupatos Ohlins TTX 22 Coil Shock
Denny Lupato's Ohlins TTX 22 Coil Shock.

Denny Lupatos Sram Code RSC brakes
Denny Lupato's Sram Code RSC brakes.

Alex Lupatos Lupato Brothers fender mudguard.
Lupato Brothers' branded mudguard.

Alex Lupato's Trek Remedy
Frame: Trek Remedy
Shock: Ohlins TTX 22
Fork: Ohlins Coil RXF 36 160mm with Andreani Piston Kit
Wheels: 27.5" Damil Extreme Tzero, 30mm rim width
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF
Drivetrain: 32 tooth Absolute black Oval Chainring with Sram X01
Brakes: Sram Code RSC brakes (set up moto style)
Cockpit: Bontrager Line Pro handlebars & stem
More info: Crankbrothers Mallet pedals
Alex Lupatos Ohlins Coil RXF fork with Andreani Piston Kit
Alex Lupato's Ohlins Coil RXF fork with Andreani Piston Kit.

Alex Lupatos Minion DHFs and Damil Extreme Tzero wheels
Alex Lupato's Minion DHFs and Damil Extreme Tzero wheels.

Stickers galore over each brothers' bike.

Alex Lupatos sticker
Mr.Wolf has Alex's back.


MENTIONS: @Superenduro




38 Comments

  • + 7
 Any comments on the Adreani kit?
Not much actual feedback about it online (yes, I can use Google)
  • + 6
 www.mtb-mag.com/forum/pages/cse/?q=andreani&users=&date=&_xfToken

this is the forum of the "italian pinkbike" site (MTB MAG). The APK seems to give more support in the middle of the travel and increase smoothness. Good luck using google translator. (i can translate something for you if you need)
  • + 3
 I've got the Andreani high flow piston kit in my 2018 FOX 36, and had it in my 2016 fox 36 too. There is a higher oil flow cross sectional area for HSC and HSR (via the shim stack ports).

On the 2018 Fox 36 the HSR is preset by the selection of shims and the area of openings on the valve, the red dial controls LSR. The biggest effect I notice is how quick the fork responds to repeated hits, it can recover much more quickly but still doesn't kick back from a full travel big hit. The fork also seems slightly more supple on rough stuff due to the HSC area and shim stack.

Ring JTech Suspension if you want to find out more - they fitted and set up mine. You can see a photo of the original fox damper piston against the Andreani one (right in photo). It seems like an expensive little piece of metal... but then it does make a big difference particularly for rapid rebound recovery.

j-techsuspension.co.uk/products/andreani-piston-kit?variant=14133880966
  • + 1
 They make Motorcycle susp. stuff that's always on point. I'm putting their fork cartridges in my KTM Duke this summer.
  • + 8
 Frame size?
  • + 1
 19,5” with 40mm stem
  • + 3
 I thought Ohlins didn’t sponsor anyone and you had to buy it, regardless of who you are...is that just with the Moto stuff?
  • + 2
 The fact that it has aftermarket revalving makes me think these boys aren't sponsored by Ohlins. Happy to be proven wrong.
  • + 1
 I think they are sponsor by Andreani. Andreani is Ohilns italian distributor.
  • + 2
 We are sponsoring by Andreani group who give us the Ohlins materials
  • + 4
 Is the shock a special thing or is it offered in treks 230 * 57,5?
  • + 1
 Or in the Treck 210mm version for the 27.5
  • + 1
 @Larceny: Cool there are bearly coil shocks with this 57,5 stroke. Thanks
  • + 2
 @Chridel: i have a ttx on my slash as well its sweet. My forks are ohlins coils and they just had to be warranted. Issues with the bushings ohlins are sorting it though.
  • + 1
 @wellbastardfast: thanks just got answer from push that their shock will not fit so maybe I'll give the swedes a try
  • + 1
 I'm wondering how much pre-load he has on there. It looks like there is more shock body length than piston shaft length. Be interesting to know spring weight as well.
  • + 1
 It because we have the new spring that are lighter with wide spring turns but we have the same travel
  • + 3
 Frame Size??
  • + 1
 19,5” with 40mm stem
  • + 1
 Only reason I clicked the article is because it looked like the bikes had no rear shock lol
  • + 1
 Look like Sessions. But honestly I'm curious on frame size for these slight gents.
  • + 1
 Both on large
  • + 1
 Both we use the 19,5” with 40mm stem
  • + 1
 @dennylupato: I'm changing from a 17.5" 29er Remedy to a 27.5 2018 Remedy, I'm 171cm 63kg. I'm choosing the frame size and I usually ride enduro tracks with friends. I'm asking myself what's the point behind such large frame? Stability? Speed?
  • + 0
 Gosh PB please edit those releases before pushing them on the site!! Looks like this one was put in the Google translate machine before being pasted straight onto the page!
  • + 1
 Bikes are pretty much awesome. That's all that really matters in the end.
  • + 2
 Sweet looking bikes
  • + 1
 What size shock is in the remedy? Thinking of upgrading mine
  • + 1
 230x57.5mm Fox offers the DPX2 and X2 in this size
  • + 1
 I'd love a set of SRAM "Cofe" brakes.
  • + 25
 You should really upgrade to Covfefe.
  • + 18
 I had a Coffee brake... but it only lasted ten minutes.
  • - 3
 I wonder how they run the AB chainrings for actual racing as they seems to be less stiff and more prone to failure compare to others. I have seen two people with broken ones, both snapped where the built in spider meets the round part.
  • + 1
 I have run them for 2 years without issue. Lots of miles on mine in pretty harsh conditions and still going strong.
  • + 1
 That Mr Wolf sticker is badass
  • + 0
 Who put those tires on? Someone teach these Italians how to line up logos!
  • + 0
 that hurt my OCD too!

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