Bike Check: Nicholi Rogatkin's Specialized P3 - Crankworx Rotorua 2020

Mar 7, 2020
by Aidan Oliver  

Nicholi Rogatkin hasn't had the best of luck at Crankwox Rotorua the last few years, but this year saw him bag 2nd place with an epic run. We caught up with Nicholi the day before slopestyle to check out his Specialized P3.




The man, the myth, the legend.
Rider Name Nicholi Rogatkin
Age: 24
Hometown: Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States
Instagram: @nicholirogatkin

Specialized P3
Frame: Specialized P3
Fork: RockShox Pike, 150 psi, middle rebound, 2 tokens, high compression
Wheels: Rear: DT Swiss EX471, Profile hub / Front: Sun Ringle Inferno 31, Profile hub
Tires: Michelin Pilot Slope 55-60 psi
Saddle: Ergon
Cranks: SRAM XO
Bars: Spank Spike 750
Brakes: SRAM G2, Trickstuff hydraulic Gyro
Pedals: Spank Spike
Weight: 22lbs

Nicholi runs a Sram G2 brake and Ergon GE1 grips.

New for 2020, shiny Profile hubs match the RockShox Pike.

Nicholi runs the Trickstuff hydraulic gyro for effortless bar spins.

Despite not being a sponsor Nicholi swears by the DT Swiss EX471 rim on the rear.
These Michelin tires were prototypes last year but they are now available.

Nicholi runs a BIG gear ( 26-8 ) for those crucial moments where you need to throw in some extra pedal strokes for the big gaps.

Profile racing rear hub.

Spank Spike pedals to keep the feet in place.





69 Comments

  • 39 6
 I still don’t get why he doesn’t have a visor on his helmet
  • 30 0
 Speculation: he might use his peripheral vision when doing his spin flip variations (cash roll, cork 720, and twister). So it’ll allow him to spot the landing better.

But then again it’s contradicts His Urban DH or fest series riding as he does wear a visor and goggles.
  • 94 3
 He took advice from his advisor not to wear a visor.
  • 4 2
 @Happypanda1337: Actually I'm fairly certain that rules state a Peak/Visor and goggles are required for Racing.

*edit: It depends on the race, for instance gloves are required for some races, the only time you'll see dudes like Blenki wearing them.
  • 7 2
 He does it to get in other's heads at competitions. "He doesn't have a visor on his helmet and I do...am I doing something wrong? Oh no, I forgot my trick list for my run and now I am up. Dam you Nicholi!"
  • 12 0
 Aero
  • 15 0
 Condor tribute
  • 2 0
 @Happypanda1337: Yup, I'm pretty sure he said almost exactly that at one point. With all the spins and flips he wants a bigger field of view to spot his landings. Makes sense to me, especially in a slopestyle comp.

@Dudeclimbsrocks: That's probably true for racing but I have a feeling he uses a visor and goggles at Fest events because he doesn't want to be the odd man out with all the cool kids around. I think he needs to take a page out of ol' Uncle Ron's playbook and own it!

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  • 4 2
 safety is # 1. See how many times he slides out on his helmet instead of taking a hit on a shoulder. any extra head tweak could be dramatic. www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJcss4rU8yI
#2 convenience. any time visor moves during a contest run could cost a win
#3 visibility
#4 travel bag space
  • 4 0
 cuz he wants to look like the juggernaut
  • 1 0
 @Happypanda1337: good call. i searched jamie bestwick - he was rarely wearing a visor as well. and nicholi has a BMX background as well. could add to it
  • 3 2
 He claims its to help with peripheral vision while cash rolling, but thats BS as he will cash roll his DH bike (which is obviously harder) wth his visor. I bet the reason is plain and simple marketing. It give him a unique appearance that everyone associates with the name Nicolai Rogatkin. I remember reading an interview back in the day with Kelly Mcgarry (I think) and him saying how his long hair was also an easy thing to remember and easy to spot when kelly is riding amoungst a field of other guys in full face helmets. Sponsors probably love it when a rider has a unique persona/ look, as it is just more recognizable.
  • 5 0
 When you're a top dog, you do anything you want
  • 6 0
 @leon-forfar: just because he can cash roll a DH bike with a visor doesn't mean the visor doesn't change anything. I can ride park with a backpack on but its easier, more comfortable, and convenient to ride without.
  • 1 0
 @KandT-MTB: My point is that he has the choice to use a visor or not. For the major slopestyle events, riding what he is best known for, he has developed and identity and sticks with it. He is one of the slopestylers that has all eyes on him when he drops. For the "lesser" filmed events/ DH bike events, eyes aren't necessarily all on him when in the presence of legends like Nico Vink and stuff that are the top dogs in their disciplines. Maybe I'm wrong, but just mentioning that I read an interview about how it is important to have your own unique appearance or marketable qualities beyond just being a great rider. I think it's safe to assume most of us have worn full faces, my visor is generally barely even visible in my peripherals. I have more of an issue with limited visibility from the chinbar while doing tricks. Obviously to each their own, we all have what works for us, and if that works for him, thats cool
  • 8 0
 Legend has it he never repaired it after his Rampage 2015 crash
  • 1 0
 I think I've read somewhere that he follows Dave Mirra for not having a visor as well.
  • 12 0
 aside from the hydraulic gyro this is about as basic as a bike can get. Love it!
  • 1 0
 Even the stock color way for this year on the P3
  • 5 0
 @theronsta: Specialized has gotten lazy with the P.3. The frame remains unchanged and it's down to one (crappy) build and no frame option. And two colors. And they have done a poor job of keeping them in stock. Frustrating. Oh yeah and only one size.
  • 1 0
 How does a hydraulic gyro work? Anyone have a link to an explanation?
  • 2 0
 @kdstones: trickstuff.de/Trixer-dirtcap
Well it's in German... But with Google translate you should be able to understand how it works.
  • 1 0
 @kdstones: It is quite simple how it works, just think of it like a sealed bearing, but problem is keeping it sealed as pressure from fluid wants to force the brake fluid past the seals as it rotates, there has been many hydro giros all with same problem that leak oil over time
  • 6 0
 Me: 20ft gap needs 160mm plus suspension and dead sailors it.

Him: 20ft plus gap with mind bending tricks needs that thing.
  • 1 0
 Since this is bike check, not a rider check, I would say profile cranks are missing!

However what I like about dj/street/park - is how you land a trick, not how u set up your bike,since you will replace parts frequently in case you ride
  • 4 0
 EX471s stronger than Infernos??
  • 3 1
 I’d say stronger than the mtx even, sun rims are pretty soft.
  • 3 1
 There are very few things stronger than EX471 and Ex511 is not one of them.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: yeah, a good bit wider but barely heavier than 471, doesn’t seem to be as bombproof. Too bad the 471 isn’t about 28 internal width. I almost went for a 511 in front to profile my 2.5 a little better, 25mm is a bit narrow for trail riding for me, doesn’t track as well in the rough
  • 1 0
 EX471s are some of the toughest rims out there. I'm running them now and it almost doesn't make sense how stiff they are laterally for 25mm internal.
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: EX471 works great on the rear with DH tires. For thinner casings like I use for local trails I too prefer wider rims. I will buy XM481 for the front. Ex511 is not tougher than EX471. It is just wider
  • 1 1
 @the-burd: okay good thats what i care about. the lateral stiffness. any rim can take a vertical landing but landing sideways doing 3's is the real test
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Is it good idea XM481 for the rear?
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: kind of crazy the 481 and 511 are both .5mm thicker at the spoke (Top of rim) than the 471. But the 511’s “bridge” that creates the box section is thinner even though it’s wider, I think that’s one of the reasons they aren’t as strong. I also think the 471 is a different alloy possibly
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: Yes, my MTX rims have been soft too. They go out of true sooner than my old Transition Revolutions for sure. But I've been running the MTX because they're budget, and every shop caries them. So the availability is good and I just deal with truing more often.
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: I cannot seriously comment after one big hit even though I had many damn hard hits ending with a flat despite using an insert on 471 where I stopped to see how demolished my rear wheel was only to find it 2-3mm off true with a 1mm dent after taking off the tire. I have been suspecting that width of the rim plays some role here but then O realized than 511 is barely 2.5mm wider. All I can say is that when paired with stable dh tires, it makes little sense to me to go 511 again. Maybe for 29”. I run 27,5.
  • 1 1
 @Vyckinis: my ripper friends have been running 481 on front and rear with great success
  • 1 0
 @Vyckinis: I built up a set of xm481 for my fugitive lt this last year, and I was surprised how quickly I managed to dent and flat-spot the rear. No problems at all with the front, but I'll be rebuilding the rear with a ex511. Fortunately they are the same erd, so it will be an easy swap.
  • 3 1
 1. How do they make the bike stand up?

2. Those pedals are Oozy

3. 8t sprocket! Wow that's tiny. How do they fit a freewheel inside?
  • 7 0
 Driver hub, bmx
  • 1 0
 Someone holds it in position, then lets go and gets out of frame for about 2 seconds while people take pictures, it's actually really interesting to watch

youtu.be/DFvUnGqFxMg?t=105 skip to 1:45
  • 1 1
 @matt-15: thanks Dogg! It is a team effort. I thought there was a stick or something!
  • 1 0
 magic
  • 1 0
 I'd like to see details on Thomas Venom's bike and what looks to be a new Marzocchi DJ fork (or is it just a custom assembled Fox 831 made to look like a proper Marzocchi fork).
  • 1 0
 I believe those guys are running the bomber 27.5 100mm travel. I looked up the axle to crown on that fork and it's only 10mm longer than a pike dj. I asked Veronique Sandler on IG and she replied hers was a 27.5. And hey it's cheap, so there you go.
  • 2 0
 @the-burd: Genon was running the 27.5 previously, but if you look closely at the bike he was riding at Rotorua, it's def a 26" fork with a pinch bolt 20mm axle.
  • 2 0
 Really couldn’t put any effort into matching colours? Looks like he found a bunch of close out pricing on discontinued colours.
  • 2 0
 Pilot slope looks like a Wild Rac'r Advanced Ultimate tread...is it just a different casing?
  • 2 1
 Curious to know why he would bother running a quick release in the front. Loving those Profile hubs, especially since they are coordinated with the frame and fork!
  • 1 0
 E?!? Don't match at all! One looks chrome,one looks painted chrome...
  • 1 0
 @jjhobbs: I said coordinated, not matching exactly Wink
  • 1 0
 Profile Elite hubs are so slick. The best. But at first, they have a bit more drag until they wear in. Great to see more riders choosing "durable design & handmade" over "lightweight/newest technology".
  • 1 0
 Kinda surprises me that these slope bikes have Pikes and not some short-travel version of the Lyrik.
  • 5 0
 I assume you realize the Pike 'DJ' model is the only high-end 26" fork Rockshox makes, right? Lowering a 27.5" Lyric to 100mm would result in a 30mm longer axel-to-crown measurement, which is obviously unacceptable.

If you're asking why Rock Shox chooses to build their current DJ/Slope fork around the Pike chassis and not the Lyrik, it's kind of a legacy move.

The original Argyle urban/dirtjump fork was a classic Ø32mm Pike, with steel stanchions, steerer, and entry-level internals. It may have had a solid vs hollow crown as well. Lots of people chose to ride lowered Pikes on their DJ bikes instead, for the weight savings and superior feel. When they introduced the current Ø35mm Pike chassis, they kept the classic Pike around for a few more years, branded as a fancier Argyle.

Eventually, Rock Shox retired the Argyle, and decided to replace it with a DJ specific version of one of their modern Ø35mm chassis forks. The Pike must have been the obvious choice due to the name recognition, and clearly sufficient in terms of stiffness and strength. At 100mm and 26", any advantage to the Lyrik chassis would have been negligible.

Realistically, aside from looking to share the same crown casting, the Pike and Pike DJ are different forks. The DJ has a jumping-specific damper and spring, as well as a unique lower casting with different axle and arch designs.
  • 2 0
 @alreadyupsidedown: fantastic reply good sir, I was going to reply the same, but couldn't be arsed.
  • 2 0
 @alreadyupsidedown: ah, makes sense all around. I’m definitely not up on 26” DJ/slope forks so was just curious.
  • 1 0
 Rogatkin be like: only have one brake, lets use 140mm rotor from some road bike Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Tubolito tubes huh?
  • 1 0
 60psi on such lightweight tubes!
  • 1 0
 I just got one as a spare to put in my swat hole and it is tiny!
  • 1 3
 Does anyone know what bolts is this spank split stem using? M6 or M5? I want to run a higher rise bar and m5s with 4mm allen just don’t do the job to keep the bar from rotating
  • 1 0
 split stem = 5mil
  • 1 0
 26 is alive and kicking park ass
  • 1 0
 That gyro is pretty cool !!!!
  • 2 3
 Hey Michelin... rotate those knobs 45 degrees or they will be as useless as knobs on virtually every Continental tire.
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