Bike Check: Christina Chappetta's Trek Slash

Mar 25, 2020
by Sarah Moore  



This winter, we welcomed EWS racer and all-round rad human Christina Chappetta to the Pinkbike team as a full-time presenter and race correspondent.

She's recently back from Crankworx Rotorua where she and the video team were busy creating a whole lot of awesome content and once racing is back on schedule, she will be travelling to enduro races, Crankworx, and other events to bring you the inside line on everything good. In the meantime, she's keeping us entertained with workout videos, pro tips for winter biking, and weighing the pros and cons of clips vs. flats.

Christina moved to Whistler almost eight years ago soon after discovering mountain biking at the age of 22 when living in Colorado. She's now a Canadian resident, and until Pinkbike hired her as a presenter, she was working full-time at Evolution Bike Shop in Whistler. She's started in nearly a dozen Enduro World Series races, with an impressive career-best finish of 6th place at the Whistler round in 2018.

She knows her race lines and tech, and her infectious enthusiasm and on-camera demeanor have gained her fans from her day one appearance on Full Enduro.
Rider Name Christina Chappetta // Pinkbike Presenter
Age: 31
Height / Weight: 130 lbs / 59 kg; 5'4"/ 162cm
Hometown: Whistler, BC
Instagram: @cchappetta1

Stage 4 was quiet the contrast to what riders were to ride through on the Stage 5. Green room to high alpine.
Christina on her way to 6th place at EWS Whistler in 2018.




Trek Slash Details

Frame: Trek Slash Carbon Small, 29" wheels
Fork: 160mm Marzocchi Bomber Z1 fork, 55 psi
Shock: 150mm rear travel, 135 psi
Wheels: We Are One Agent 29"
Tires: (Rear) Schwalbe Hans Dampf + (Front) Magic Mary (both with Addix soft compound and Super Gravity casing)
Drivetrain: Shimano XTR 12 speed, 170mm cranks, 10-51 range & 32T front chainring
Brakes: Shimano XTR 4 piston with 203mm front rotor & 180mm rear, metal pads
Cockpit: OneUp carbon handlebars with 50mm OneUp stem & EDC tool
Supported by: Trek, Shimano, Marzocchi, OneUp Components, We Are One Composites, Schwalbe, Troy Lee Designs, Smith Optics

Christina's suspension set-up factors in her light weight and aggressive riding style. She likes to run a few tokens and spacers so that she can run less pressure while keeping the beginning of the suspension soft but still firm enough to handle big hits and G-outs. She says she generally has to run faster rebound than bigger people because it takes more force for her to get the same result as a heavier rider. She prefers fast and technical trails so having the suspension dialed is crucial.

She runs no clicks of compression damping on her fork and never locks it out, even when climbing paved roads. She has a very sensitive wrist that has been broken a few times so more sensitivity in the fork helps. She prefers to baby it as much as possible and save the impacts to it for the more demanding descents.

Christina runs her bars quite low which she says helps keep her control in the downhill sections. She also noticed swapping to 50mm stem from a 35mm brought her more forward on the bike and in control of the front wheel, when she moved to a 29er from a 650b bike in 2018. She also swapped to slightly narrower 750mm bars from 760mm bars when she made that switch because it keeps the bike from feeling too big and uncontrollable for her while getting a slightly quicker response in side to side and cornering.

To keep her bike running smooth and plush, she likes to service her suspension frequently and keep fresh oil in the moving parts. This includes lubing her chain more often than needed to make sure her drivetrain is running smoothly and doesn't wear down quickly.

That's the Trailforks Marsh Guard helping protect Christina's eyes from dirt. Christina is also a big promoter of protecting the bike itself with frame taping bikes since it makes the carbon less likely to be damaged and helps keep the bike safer when transporting.

Christina's rear tire is a Schwalbe Hans Dampf with Addix soft compound and 19psi and her front tire is a Magic Mary Addix that she runs with 18 psi. Both with the Super Gravity casing.
Christina has been riding the We Are One Agent Rims for the past three years and despite running low pressures, she doesn't feel the need to ride tire inserts.


bigquotesI've never yet had the desire to run tire inserts because I am very confident in the durability of the carbon wheels I have been riding for the last three seasons. Combining the We Are One rims with Schwalbe's SuperGravity or Downhill casing allows me to run low tire pressures with my smaller build and still feel secure while racing and riding at a high caliber... not always picking the cleanest or smoothest lines! I prefer to run a slightly heavier tire, knowing it will be harder to puncture or slice, especially on big days in the backcountry where technical issues can be detrimental.Christina Chappetta


Before committing to clipping in, Christina tried a few different styles of pedals to make sure she was comfortable. She says she can clip in and out of the Shimano SPD pedals very easily and they have just enough side to side movement to allow her to move around on the bike. She sets the tension quite low so that she can easily eject a foot if needed.

Christina rides her OneUp 35mm carbon bar at 750mm wide, with a 50mm OneUp stem and integrated EDC tool for on-trail adjustments. She finds the longer stem on a 29er brings her further forward and more in control of the front wheel.

Christina runs her brake levers relatively close to the bar since her fingers aren't very long. She says it helps relieve the stress and fatigue of an outstretched braking finger and provides optimal strength while controlling the bite point.

Being shorter, setting up and picking the correct dropper post is even more important for Christina. She currently runs a 150mm OneUp dropper.

Durable Super Gravity casing on the Schwalbe tires to reduce flats.
No compression on the fork and low tire pressure to keep Christina's wrists happy.


We're stoked to have Christina on board and we can't wait to see more video content from her.


153 Comments

  • 190 7
 Christina = good PB presenter
  • 5 2
 She seems to be a very cheerful person with a ton of charisma and amazing rider in one package Smile We really all need positive people in this time...
  • 1 0
 She's SUPER KEEN.
  • 20 0
 Bars appear to be the correct width.
  • 36 21
 "She says she generally has to run faster rebound than bigger people because it takes more force for her to get the same result as a heavier rider."

What?
  • 19 16
 Guess its along the same logic as the earlier video regarding clipless pedals. Claiming 15-30% energy savings vs flats.
  • 84 2
 Rebound is in part depending on spring pressure so with her running low pressure in the forks she generally has to open up rebound quite a lot. Revalving the high speed rebound circuit for her needs would propably be the the better solution than just cranking the adjuster all out.
  • 16 16
 @Helmchentuned: yes, it's a given that a lighter rider running a lighter spring rate will need less rebound damping to control the spring. That said, what was written there makes no sense. Did anyone even edit this article before it was posted?
  • 36 63
flag thegoodflow (Mar 25, 2020 at 1:25) (Below Threshold)
 Here are a couple more gems:

"Christina runs her bars quite low which she says helps keep her control in the downhill sections."

Really? Her bars appear to be at least an inch higher than the saddle at full extension. Is that really considered to be "quite low"?

"No compression on the fork and low tire pressure to keep Christina's wrists happy"

Running the low-speed compression adjustment wide open is not the same thing as "no compression".

I try not to be too negative here in the comments, but this article reads like a high-school research paper written by someone with no prior knowledge of the subject, who's adding superfluous words to reach the minimum word count.
  • 81 25
 @thegoodflow:
Semantics much?
Shes using a 5mm spacer and 10mm low rise bar. Reckon that's probably quite low...

"No compression" is a pretty standard term in the community i ride with and is interchangeable with "compression wide open".

You post the same nit picking stuff on the dudes bike checks?
  • 46 56
flag thegoodflow (Mar 25, 2020 at 1:55) (Below Threshold)
 @dooganmcdoogan:

Apparently, when you're 5'4", running a spacer and riser bar on your 150/160mm 29er does not result in a bar that is "quite low".

Sorry pal, but the quality of the technical writing on this site is usually much much higher than this, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the gender of the writer. But thanks for implying that my reasonable criticism was based on sexism. Douchebag.
  • 4 1
 It takes more effort for her I guess to bunny hop. Because the bike weighs a lot in relation to her bodyweight
  • 44 5
 @thegoodflow: Maybe its time for a walk and some fresh air..
  • 16 3
 @zyoungson: haha, yeah you've got a point there.
  • 16 0
 I think that’s the lowest rise bar that OneUp has and the spacer might be due to the knockblock? It is absolutely essential we get to the bottom of this, if only we had a little extra time on our hands
  • 4 2
 Less weight = less energy to slow down = don't need as much damping
  • 8 1
 @dooganmcdoogan: Why would you ask that last question?
  • 6 1
 Maybe it makes sense to analyse Bruni, Pierron or Rude settings, since they are always at the limits of the bikes and tracks, but is it really clever here?
  • 28 3
 Not a fan of Christinas Clipless comment last time, but honestly... present your own bikes with description. We’ll see how PB comment board will treat you Smile
  • 9 0
 @thegoodflow: About the bar height, I'm 163cm and with a slammed stem and flat bars my saddle is still lower than my grips. That's on a small 27.5 wheeled bike with a 110mm head tube. It's just different for shorter people.
  • 3 2
 @thegoodflow: PB is just trying to promote women.
  • 8 21
flag thegoodflow (Mar 25, 2020 at 6:09) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: just to clarify, I was not criticizing Christina or her bike. She's rad, her bike's rad, whatever. I was criticizing the content of the article, which appears to have been written, quite terribly, by Sarah.
  • 6 3
 @thegoodflow: I'd agree with that. I'm 5'6" and usually ride either a small or medium frame. I'll only go medium if the stack height is the same as the small frame. To get into a decently low position I end up having to almost always run a negative rise stem and either flat bars or bars that actually have a negative rise. If I don't I always end up with bars that are above my saddle and make my bike feel like I'm riding a cruiser. To me, given that I ride a similar size bike, her bars look rather high.
  • 20 0
 @WAKIdesigns: It's heartening to see the PB comment community working hard, to stay at the top of their game. We argue like siblings in the back seat. Four year old siblings, admittedly, but all fun as long as dad doesn't stop the car.
  • 25 2
 @thegoodflow: you sound like a whinny teenager - semantics aside, we all know what she was trying to say....here, let me help you:

Bars low = "like...whats up with your stem height"...."played around with it dood, relative to the stack height only runnin' 1 spacer and minimal bar rise, run er' low and your not slow" #geometry

No compression = "yo Chris, how many clicks of compression you runnin' girl"..."none"

Faster rebound = "why you not runnin' more rebound clickz"..."I'm a small rider yo and since I don't use a lot of compression nor a lot of pressure by rebound needs to be backed off, no doy"
  • 5 3
 @codypup: hahaha that’s a great analogy.
  • 22 2
 @dooganmcdoogan:

PB Crowd: Why isn't her bike set up exactly like mine and why is she not using the terminology that I use? Down vote the whole article.

LOL
  • 3 2
 @vjunior21:
Totally agree with you there.
  • 9 3
 @thegoodflow: I just mean it’s easy to criticize, and frankly not that easy to be criticized Smile
  • 4 20
flag thegoodflow (Mar 25, 2020 at 8:11) (Below Threshold)
 @RadBartTaylor:

Wow, thanks for dropping all that knowledge on us. Maybe Sarah should consult your expertise next time she writes an article, as she could clearly use the help.

I'll just ignore your comments on the suspension setup, as they're nearly retarded. But, the bar height isn't low... She's 5'4" and running a spacer with a 20mm bar rise, and a 160mm 29er fork. In the profile photo, her bars are an inch above the saddle. It's a perfectly reasonable setup, but the bars aren't low.
  • 11 2
 @thegoodflow: low relative to her frame...ANY small frame is going to have bars higher relative to saddle on a 29er bud, it's...like...geometry and stuff....
  • 3 17
flag thegoodflow (Mar 25, 2020 at 8:27) (Below Threshold)
 @RadBartTaylor: But... it's not that low relative to her frame though. There are plenty of bars out there that don't have rise... unless your sponsor doesn't offer that. You're kinda dumb, aren't you, bud?
  • 7 0
 Yep, noticed this same thing setting up my kids bike. He's only 80 lbs, but on an adult XS bike. In order to get proper sag, and have the shock/suspension actually work for him, the air pressure has to be set really, really low. but at this low of air pressure, even one or two clicks of rebound (from the fastest setting) and the shock takes forever to rebound... any more clicks beyond that and it stays stuck down into it's travel. It has to be on the fastest setting for it to work properly... I'd actually like it to be just a little faster... but the only way to do that is to add more pressure, which I don't want to do.

I don't pretend to know how the rebound circuit works in relation to air pressure, but they are connected in a way I didn't know before setting up his bike.

Thinking about taking his shock in to get a custom tune eventually... or not... he's 9 and it seems to be work just fine for him... and as he grows we can just add more pressure.

FYI - Bike is a 2018 Marin Hawk Hill 1 XS with a X-Fusion O2 Pro R shock.
  • 5 1
 @Helmchentuned: Yeah! Thanks for making that make sense... I'm no suspension guru... but it's true. When bigger people get on my bike, they notice it right away. When I sit on the bike, it still usually feels soft.
  • 8 1
 @dooganmcdoogan: Thank you :-) I'm no suspension engineer and don't claim to be. I keep it simple to not confuse myself... and perhaps others too.
  • 6 1
 @thegoodflow : generally lighter riders will have to open the rebound more (faster) than a heavy rider because the lighter spring force isn't pushing the shock or fork back as fast because it has less stored energy. On my wifes bike her rebound has more clicks than mine but its relative because my spring rate is higher.
  • 3 1
 @thegoodflow: based on the votes I think you know the answer to thatSmile

Nice post on MTBR btw.....lol
  • 1 9
flag thegoodflow (Mar 25, 2020 at 9:36) (Below Threshold)
 @rockchomper: yeah, duh. I don't need you guys to keep explaining that to me
  • 1 14
flag thegoodflow (Mar 25, 2020 at 9:46) (Below Threshold)
 @christinachappetta: so, you're cool with @dooganmcdoogan implying that I only criticized the content of the article because it was written by a woman, right? Just checking
  • 4 0
 @thegoodflow:

The PB rabbit hole
  • 2 0
 @justwan-naride: yes, my wife's in that boat and I'm the opposite. My XL enduro bike looks like an XC race machine with the saddle up. Bars are as high as I can get them and I'd like them higher still.
  • 11 1
 Nitpick mode ON;
That front tyre is in "super soft" compound, as evidenced by the purple label.
Got the rear tyre right, though.
Nitpick mode OFF;
  • 32 0
 Nitpick mode on, it´s ultra soft not super soft.
  • 3 0
 @Mondbiker: Haha, chapeau!
  • 7 1
 Great tyre choice! that's my favoured set-up for my enduro & then Magic Mary's at both ends on the big rig! Over the years I've tried other brands when they've been fitted on bikes I've bought or I've been swayed by discounts, peer pressure or trends but I always return to these, they just work!
  • 4 3
 Rock Razor in SG is the best non-dh rear tire out there in my books. It can do much more than what it looks like. Good compliment to Magic Mary which rolls slow as hell. Off course depends on terrain but if you don’t ride lots of slimy steeps where every bit of bite during braking helps, it’s totally worth giving it a try.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: not available for 29er though
  • 2 3
 @thegoodflow: that’s ridiculous from them. I’ll be buying Spec Slaughter DH or Minion SS DH this year. Minion SS comes in 2.5 but it’s a one crap tire Pattern.
  • 1 0
 I'm tried them and loved them for the first 60 miles. Then it felt like I had no grip anywhere.
  • 1 0
 Really like my Magic Mary/Rock Razor combo. I'd like to keep them, but they are some damn expensive tires to replace, and Minions or Butchers aren't too bad, especially forthe price. My only gripe.
  • 1 1
 @TheR: big differences in prices between Europe and US for sure. I am
envious of your Maxxis and Fox suspension pricing.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Yeah, usually I can find Maxxis somewhere for around $50 or less. Butchers are also acceptable when they're new, but I find their sidewall wears down before too long. Can also get these for around $50. But I have a hard time finding Schwalbe for under $80. Might be worth it, though. I can swing it. I'm no longer a 20-something working two part-time jobs for $10 an hour.

Anyway, maybe you'll have better luck with pricing in Fiji than Sweden. Haha!
  • 3 0
 @TheR: You can get Schwalbe tires for much less, I hesitate to post exactly where but a few minutes with google will be very worthwhile. That said, Michelin Wild Enduro, $50 everywhere.
  • 7 1
 Pinkbike should have another contest. Random selection of a PB commenter for a bike check paired with a random PB staffer (ANY staffer) to write it up.

Then we'll see who WAKI and the Four Horsemen trample...and what kind of ridiculous setups the pedants run.
  • 8 1
 Why run a 150mm post with that much searpost sticking out? Why Not the 180mm? Frame restriction?
  • 7 0
 Rear wheel could hit the saddle if it was that low ??
  • 40 4
 Because this frame was designed in 2013 when 125mm dropper was the max
  • 6 1
 Tell that to Canyon. Still, in 2020, Canyon strives XL coming with 150mm Seatpost travel. I have my 2018 strive Seatpost extended to 7.5cm. Basically for everyone else whom I'm given to bike to ride the non-extended seat position is like an extended one for them.

You kinda get used to it a bit for normal trails. For bike parks and jumps I usually lower the seat post, there is tons of space in the bike frame as I can have it slammed. But why should I instantly replace the seaport for a bike that costs over 3k?
  • 3 0
 @Citrons:
And rocky mountain. Some of Their XL frames have 520mm sest post lol
  • 11 1
 Not everyone wants a slammed saddle, just look at pro DHers, they have a surprisingly high saddle in most instances
  • 4 0
 @Richt2000: Haha, solid roast.
  • 2 2
 You should only have your saddle as low as your knees on a big bike so you can still grip the saddle. Note how many downhillers still aren't slamming their seats even when they have the clearance to do so.
  • 8 0
 The seat angle of the Slash comes from another era.
  • 1 0
 What's wrong with 70 degrees???

That and also needing to weight the front end which can get floppy if you don't. Interesting about the 50mm stem. I run my bars (Slash 9.8 ) on the stock 35mm stem but one spacer down. Might look into a longer stem.
  • 7 0
 Love the Slash !
  • 3 0
 @bubbuli Trek make a specific Knock Block spacer today allow you to run aftermarket stems on knock block bikes. I have one and it allows me to run a Renthal cockpit but keep the knock block working.
  • 3 1
 She cool, Zocchis are cool, good matchup and good to see Marzocchi back in the game with the new Z1 and Z2s. Still remember how plush my 66RC and my friends' Z150 were.

Also, stoked to see some EWS coverage eventually. I miss the Whistler valley trails, maybe some local reporting while we wait?
  • 3 1
 @thegoodflow: steve from Vorsprung says run your tire pressure as low as you can without tire squirm or rim dings. he states this will make for the most complaint ride and will help fight hand and wrist pain. check out vorsprung videos they are great
  • 1 6
flag thegoodflow (Mar 25, 2020 at 9:50) (Below Threshold)
 Wow, thanks for that valuable insight
  • 3 1
 @thegoodflow: no prob! glad to help!
  • 1 4
 @rockchomper: pinkbike should recruit you to write articles for them!
  • 4 0
 @thegoodflow: dude id be stoked on that!
  • 2 5
 @rockchomper: yeah, I'd be stoked for you. I look forward to it, good luck!
  • 5 0
 I don't always ride my stationary bike, but when I do I wear birkenstocks.
  • 5 0
 Oh shoot, not on a Transition any more? Frown
  • 1 11
flag C0yotekid (Mar 25, 2020 at 9:00) (Below Threshold)
 Glad she came to her senses!
  • 3 1
 @christinachappetta Bike setup looks sweet! Dig reading on your reasoning for your setup.

@sarahmoore Thanks for the writeup and pics! Look forward to moore. (Sorry, couldn’t resist)
  • 1 0
 Christina is not only an amazing rider, but an exceptional person as well. She is a top tier rider who can hang with the rest of us schlubs in the goofing off department. I look forward to lots of great content from her, and of her.
  • 4 1
 Some good tips for smaller riders that are looking for a little more control over their larger wheel bikes.
  • 7 5
 *lockdown boredom modality ON*
- ungodly STA
- cranks not level in first pic, OCD screams
*lockdown boredom modality STILL ON*
  • 4 0
 Bike Looks absolutely Mint!!
  • 2 1
 Dang. I always thought it was cool that she was on a transition. Not sure why I find trek to be such a lame brand (especially since I ride the equally ubiquitous Specialized).
  • 7 8
 Turns out she wanted a good bike, not a cool one. I know, weird!
  • 7 1
 Slash is a siiiiiick bike. You should take one for a spin.
  • 2 2
 The current Slash could use a steeper seat tube angle, and the standover is a little high relative to the reach.....and that's it for nitpicks. The suspension is xc firm/efficient when climbing, but provides excellent support in the chunder or landing big drops. And for $3500 you can get the aluminum framed version (only a pound heavier than the carbon frame) with a decent GX build and the same rear shock as the pro-level builds (and a Yari that can easily be upgraded down the road). It's the best deal for an enduro/big line all-mountain ride going.
  • 2 0
 Demo a 2020 Enduro and you'll find a few more things on the Slash that are less than ideal. Wink
  • 2 1
 She knows exactly how she wants her bike set up . She probably does not need inserts because of her riding skills. And yes damed fine live reporter as well. Exelent addition to the PB team.
  • 2 0
 I'm 14 inches taller on the same length dropper. I wonder what length I would need for my dropper to be proportional to hers compared to my height?
  • 3 0
 What grips does she run ?
  • 3 0
 Looks like they’re the standard OneUp grips. Standard file pattern on the palm like an ODI ruffian and ribbed for pleasure under the fingers like a Renthal.
  • 3 3
 wonder why she doesn't run silicone grips like ESI chunkys. They damp a lot and probably help with her wrist
  • 5 3
 @bashhard: meh my ESIs suck. They're basically disposable after every few rides or any impact. Plus they "mold to your hand" which for a bigger rider like myself means the foam is compressed at the end of the bar to about half its original thickness. Plus they slip like crazy despite trying every trick in the book to keep them in place. They're okish on my commuter bike but for MTBing I'm searching for a replacement.
  • 2 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: yes, I've ripped a pair as well after a crash. But other than that, they last a few months which to me, is acceptable with the plus of riding comfort I get. Mine never slip more than a few degrees
  • 3 1
 *Pedant alert* I see XT cranks. And I dont get the chain lube thing.

Nice bike, rad addition to Pinkbike!
  • 4 2
 Great bike check! Lots of personal and setup details along with good pictures. Thanks Pinkbike and Christina!
  • 4 1
 For what’s its worth, I really enjoyed reading this article, nice work!
  • 2 0
 6th place at the EWS! Damn. I knew she was good. Didn't know she was that good. Looking forward to more of her riding!
  • 2 1
 A more candid than usual pro bike check, much appreciated. I've also got a hand issue, good to hear how the pros deal with it. Cheers.
  • 2 0
 what width tyres is she running? 2.6 or 2.35
  • 2 1
 They're 2.35
  • 1 1
 But why use the stock Rockshox rear shock? Seems like everyone else on the Slash or Remedy the past several years swapped it for a coil or, at least, a Float X2.
  • 2 0
 Because somehow her's hasn't failed? Lol
  • 1 0
 @TheBearDen: I mean, that's funny, but doesn't quite answer the performance aspect. It packs up on longer descents and blows through its midrange travel really quickly.

The bike is awesome. I have one. But the entire 2020 Trek Factory Team has a RS Super Deluxe on their Slash (at least, for now).
  • 2 0
 @iliveonnitro: I threw a MegNeg on mine - transformed the stock rear shock.
  • 1 0
 Same here. Upgraded it with the MegNeg and it made a huge difference. I have more support in the middle portion of the stroke. Bike carries more speed out of corners and in straight lines.
  • 3 0
 So no more Transition ?
  • 9 0
 just the transistion to trek
  • 3 1
 How can she ride a bike with such a slack seat angle it's amazing!!
  • 2 0
 That mudflap setup is a mess
  • 1 0
 Why such a drastic change from Transition Sentinel? How would you compare their rides?
  • 2 0
 Cheers
  • 3 2
 Shock: 150mm rear travel, 135 psi??? which shock ???
  • 1 2
 I’ve heard plenty of people say that the thru shaft thing is not very good. Maybe she too replaced it. But doesn’t want to make it official...
  • 7 1
 She is sponsored by marizochi so she did not mention the rockshox shock. Many riders do this because it would be unfair for a sponsor to pay and get the same exposure as a company that did not pay. That is why it is also unbranded. The shock uses trek thrushaft. The frame uses a proprietary shock.
  • 2 3
 @andr3wman: she's also sponsored by trek, so...
  • 5 3
 No KnockBlock?
  • 2 1
 I also was wondering how did she manage to keep the knockblock working!!
  • 5 0
 Knock block collar under the stem.
  • 3 1
 Easy I cut it out too last year when I had the trek @Bubbuli:
  • 6 9
 +500 Waki points for heavier tires instead of heavy insert. Been on Procore for two seasons, including procore+double down and I am back to DH tire... + TUBE! Thin casing + pepe insert only for xc/trail. Also having triedboth SG and DD, never again on DD.
  • 1 0
 why no DD anymore? i've never run one. i do have MM SG on the rear though and i'm amazed at what i can climb, including really loose and steep stuff. it's also a very confident inspiring and super tough tire that's wearing way better than i expected. it may be slow rolling but i love it. MM 2.6 with Rimpact up front is awesome as well.
  • 1 2
 @jamesbrant: in my personal anecdotal experience it doesn’t offer anything above SG and is almost 200g heavier. That’s the weight of an insert.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: If you are comparing apples for apples they are much closer in weight, like MM SG vs DHR2 DD is like 70g difference in stated weight and Schwalbe are known for being very optimistic about their weights.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a session
  • 2 0
 You mean a Gambler
  • 2 1
 Sick double suspension bike.
  • 2 0
 Sick bike!
  • 1 0
 I came here to hear about fork dampening
  • 8 11
 my English teacher wouldn't have been happy with this article, extremely boring read and it's like the author doesn't know their audience. Was this written for PB or a Sunday newspaper insert
  • 2 0
 The irony is that apparently pinkbike does know their audience
  • 1 0
 No X'up No Likey
  • 2 2
 The first re:active shock to stay on a slash.... Woah
  • 2 1
 Current re:active stock shock (on the Slash) is really good.
  • 2 0
 @peleton7: no it's not. Go race a full proper Enduro and let me know if you still stand by that comment. I mean shit, even their factory Enduro team doesn't run them.

They are very inconsistent over long descent are are still far to unreliable.
  • 2 1
 Look
  • 1 1
 That's some nice frame protection ;-)
  • 6 7
 What's the point of a dropper if you can't slam it?
  • 4 1
 Like many other things in life, just because you can slam it doesn’t mean you should.
  • 1 3
 I agree, why not a 180 or even a 210 dropper? That detail really bothers me
  • 7 8
 Damn huge down grade from transition to trek Frown
  • 3 6
 Running a shorter stem (35 instead of 50) brings you farther forward?? I guess that's antimatter physics.....
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 35mm bar diameter on 50mm stem. Had to take a second look too, with 35mm being such a common stem length it did the ol‘ switcheroo in my head as well.
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