Bike Checks: 3 Slopestyle Bikes From Crankworx Innsbruck 2018

Jun 14, 2018
by Paul Aston  
The second stop of Crankworx is with us. Some poor weather meant that the Whip-Off competition from last night has been postponed until Friday, but slopestylers are getting practice in and tricks dialed ready for Sunday's grand finale. Our man in the middle of the action, Szymon Nieborak, beamed over these images of bikes from Jakub Vencl, Lukas Knopf and Peter Kaiser.

Photos: @lunatyk


Jakub Vencl's Rose Bikes The Bruce

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle



Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
Rose Bikes The Bruce

Frame: Rose Bikes The Bruce - brand new with new geo and tubing
Fork: RST Space 100mm
Bars: Azonic Flow 750mm 50mm rise
Stem: Azonic Riot 40mm
Grips: Azonic logo grips
Brake: Shimano XT 160mm disc
Wheels: Alex Rims Volar 3.0 back, Supra 30 front
Cranks: Shimano Saint 170mm 34t chainring
Sprocket: Trialtech 14t
Chain: Sram 8-speed
Pedals: Azonic Wicked
Seat: Spank Tweet
Seatpost: Reverse
Tires: Mitas Scylla 2.25"


Czech sender, Jakub Vencl, is riding a new and updated version of The Bruce from Rose Bikes. He uses a rare RST Slope fork with 100mm travel, Azonic components and Shimano XT brake and Saint crankset.


Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
A rare Space fork from RST up front.

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
No need for a gyro when you have a spare meter or two of housing...

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
Jakob uses tried and trusted Saint cranks with super slim Azonic Wicked pedals. His wheelset is a mix of Volar and Supra from Alex Rims, with Mitas Scylla 2.25" rubber.


Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle





Lukas Knopf's Rose Bikes The Bruce

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle



Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
Rose Bikes The Bruce 3 Split Camo

Frame: The Bruce, Large
Fork: Fox 36
Wheels: Novatec Crisp, 13T Sprocket
Tires: Kenda Small Block Eight Folding 2.1
Chain: KMC X9SL Gold chain
Cranks: Sram XO
Sprocket: KORE 32T Sprocket
Handlebar: Kore Mega Bar 740mm wide
Stem: Kore Repute
Brake: Avid BB7 SL Road, Odyssey Lever, SST Oryg Cables and Odyssey GTX Gyro
Seat: Chromag
Seatpost: Kore

Lukas Knopf from Germany is currently ranked 13th in the FMB World Tour. He is also rocking a new version of The Bruce with a whole new tubeset and geometry, camouflaged by his 3-way colorway. The parts are from Fox, Novatec, KMC, SRAM, Kore and Chromag

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
Lukas uses a classic BMX gyro from Odyssey with a cable actuated disc brake.

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle






Peter Kaiser's Morpheus Vslope

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle


Peter Kaiser is riding for Morpheus, the brand that launched Anthony Messere sky-high to instant fame at CWX in Whistler back in 2011. He chooses the full suspension Vslope with maximum pressure and minimum volume in the suspension. He also has a Pike DJ painted in a classic Judy SL colorway, hopefully, this will be available to the public like the cherry red BoXXer.
Morpheus Vslope

Frame: Morpheus Vslope, Medium
Fork: Rockshox Pike DJ
Shock: Rockshox Monarch RT3, max pressure, reduced volume
Wheels: Industry Nine Enduro 305
Crankset: Truvativ Descendant,
Bottom bracket: Custom BB internals with crankstopper
Chainring: Sram 30T
Gear ratio: 30-12T
Chain: Sram PC-XX1
Derailleur: SB1 Chain Tensioner
Pedals: Chromag Synth
Gyro: Trickstuff Trixer Prototype
Brake: Trickstuff Direttissima
Stem: Chromag BZA 35mm
Bar: Chromag BZA 35mm, 740mm
Grips: Chromag Liaison
Headset: Cane Creek 40hi
Tires: Chaoyang Victory 26x2.25, 60psi
Saddle: Chromag Overture



Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
I hope this is the new colorway for the Pike DJ, takes me back to my youth, a place that my BMX-back will never return to. Peter pressures the fork to 150psi with two Bottomless Tokens.

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
Trickstuff supply prototype Trixer hydraulic gyro and the most expensive brake to throw off dirt jumps ever, the Diretissima.

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle
Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle

Crankworx Innsbruck 2018 slopestyle





Slopestyle kicks off on Saturday at 15:30 CET. For more information about CWX Innsbruck, check out our Essential Guide here.


MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx @lunatyk



74 Comments

  • + 74
 That Morpheus looks awesome, especially with the old school just sl color scheme... Then I saw the rear drops and almost barfed!
  • + 12
 the rear looks like ass, but it allows for tons of customization, using this system they can create the shortest chainstays, and is much more secure than traditional bmx drop outs.
  • + 10
 @pierson100: ya, I get why they do it, but I still don't like it.
  • + 7
 These dropouts were 100% the deal breaker for me a couple years ago when I was buying a bike. I loved everything else about it, but I couldn’t get past that.
  • + 6
 Rockshox biggest fail this year was not bringing out the new Boxxer in the 20th anniversary OG 1998 Boxxer pro replica aka their best design ever.
  • + 4
 Honestly I like the dropouts. They look serious
  • + 7
 The fact that I've ordered myself a set of 1997 Judy SL stickers for my Lyrik just three weeks ago, makes me feel a bit good about myself, especially after this. But truth be told, I am rocking 1998 SID stickers on my Pike 454 that takes care of my Jackal since 5 years now...

@heavyp I feel you dude! RockShox graphics these days are so boring that one falls asleep just looking at them. The mid to late 90's had the best schemes ever, especially 1997 and 1998, with black and cream as main bases for the Indy and Judy line plus the differently colored cores: black, red, blue, silver, yellow. Some brands, like Bontrager, had special stickers which were color-matched to their frames. But I will go one step further and say that Peter Kaiser missed the opportunity to make a throwback at a fork that was about a million times more fascinating than the standard Judy SL: the factory-only slalom-special Judy DS in red with blue core. Now THAT would've been really cool! Big Grin
  • + 0
 That Morpheus just gave me diarrhea.
  • + 1
 Cool skip-tooth cog tho
  • + 1
 @pierson100: I wouldn’t argue that it is more secure bolts over welds. The triangular joint that is welded is likely stronger.
  • + 52
 ROCK SHOX do yourself a favor and release the OG JUDY colorway before we revolt!!!
  • + 2
 i still remember crying a bit wheni snapped the brace on my SL‘s, seeing that colour being sent over the booters today i need a set again, not want, or even use to any degree,even black stantions to mimic the rubber booties. We want these now RS.
  • + 1
 @l0key: I punched a hole through the lowers in my 96 Judy SL halfway through a 50km race. Rode it home no worries. Replacing one lower leg still wasn't cheap.
  • + 15
 That's the '97 Judy SL colorway - the first two model years were all yellow with just the RockShox near the fork brace and JudySL by the dropout. These are still awesome though!
  • + 2
 its the 97/98 colour. you're right though and in 1999 they went to total crap! those were horrid
  • + 5
 @makripper: the ‘97 Judy looked ace but was utter piss to actually ride. Horrible things. The Z1’s I replaced them with were from another planet.
  • + 1
 @mindmap3: oh man those were so sick! 80mm of plush useable travel. Heavier but well worth it
  • + 1
 Oh wait, some had 100mm didn't they?
  • + 9
 Judy SL Yellow is back on the menu boys......I remember being in CW Rotorua and talking to the SRAM rep. Told him that RS better do the right thing and bring back the original yellow with the new Judy forks. It's a no brainer.
  • + 5
 Sid blue was nice too!
  • + 9
 So everyone hates on the throwback new red Lyrik/Boxxer, but goes gaga over the red, yellow, white (a little), and black throwback Judy/Pike DJ. Smh... PB comments... #confusion
  • + 5
 If you were around in the Mid 90s you would understand that the only colour more iconic than Judy yellow was Purple Ano!
  • + 1
 Shortsightedness
  • + 7
 I'm digging the old school Judy paint job on the Pike, but nobody is going to mention the fantastic contrast that provides to the mechanical beauty of the prototype hydraulic gyro? So sexy.
  • + 4
 That hydro gyro is brilliant but it shows how slowly improvements are happening on dirt bikes as that is still a prototype.
  • + 1
 @vid1998:
It's a prototype for a new model there already selling that trixer for a long time
www.trickstuff.de/en/products/trixer-dirtcap_KL.php
  • + 7
 Can you imagine how outdated geometries these bikes have? They should get a Pole before they hurt themselves on those huge jumps
  • + 1
 DUDE! That thing looks so RAD!
  • + 1
 SO cool!
  • + 4
 Saw the old school yellow Rock Shox. I do not wish to be reminded in any way about those crappy forks. Sometimes the past deserves to be buried for good.
  • + 5
 LOL those were a godsend compared to my INDY C fork!

my first suspension fork haha
picclick.co.uk/1998-Rockshox-Indy-C-63mm-Travel-26-MTB-382436255060.html
  • + 3
 @makripper: Hah! My 1st set of suspension forks were a set of Scott Unishock corbon forks. Shit was flexy as hell!
www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/download/file.php?id=303402
  • + 1
 @makripper: I too had a bike with the Indy SL in '98! I think the only big difference with the SL compared to C was the SL had an aluminum steerer, coated stancions and bling top caps, but otherwise was the same internals. The preload on those forks was a joke...only compressed the spring a fraction of an inch and didn't do anything to change sag. The S model Indy from same year in '98 still rocked old school elastomers. I can't believe RockShox got away with that design for so long... They continued it with the Jett fork after too.
  • + 1
 @FurryCrew: Manitou Mach 5’s for me! On a Marin Nail Trail FS. Those were the days!
  • + 3
 @makripper: ha ha. They were absolute turds.

‘97 Judy XC’s were my first forks. They were like a nerf gun on the front of your bike because if you landed a jump or a drop heavily enough, the spring and elastomer would shoot out of the top! The top caps were bloody plastic. I had some RST Mozo Pro 4.5’s too. They were the days.
  • + 1
 @mindmap3: +1 for RST, hope they’re still just using 3 elastomers and a spring for internals!
  • + 1
 I had the yellow and black Quadra 21R that was full elastomer. Those were even more terrible.
  • + 1
 @cuban-b: bet they were half the price of a pair of Judys though!
  • + 4
 Loving the M90 camo vinil wrap on Lukas' bike! Does anyone know if it could be ordered online somewhere?
  • + 2
 ahh man I am loving the Rock Shox Pike forks with the old skool Judy paint job - if they put them into production I will buy a pair! Also sweet to see RST back in the game
  • + 1
 That Morpheus has such awesome parts and with that paint its the coolest i love that all the slope bikes are so different from each other too
  • + 3
 Am I the only person thinking the rst forks look sick?
  • + 3
 "Judy sl is what I meant"
  • + 3
 Is a cross between a Pike and a Judy a Pikey?
  • + 2
 Lukas' build is very nice! All parts make sense for slopestyle while leaving the whole bike very clean. Pretty perfect.
  • + 3
 I was going to paint my Reba's like that!
  • + 1
 Devils advocate here, that yellow on the fork looks like @$$. Rockshox needs to give up the heritage colorways and make their forks look good.
  • + 1
 That Pike looks like my first suspension fork, Rock Shox Quard 21R, love it!
  • + 1
 Why not the Judy DH or DHS paint scene though?

The SL was an XC fork not a Jump fork.....
  • + 1
 Why are we not talking about the SB One tensioner? Can we get those in the states?
  • + 1
 I hate RS but if they bring back that Judy SL colourway then I'll buy one just to reminisce.
  • + 1
 Dammmn that Pike! Been thinking of painting a WC4X in the classic Bomber orange, beat me to it!
  • + 2
 Pike DJ is gorgeous! Production please!
  • + 1
 I think that Morpheus with that fork might be the sickest slope bike I've seen!
  • + 3
 Who's Judy?
  • + 1
 RST in the house. I don't want to say they used to be a budget brand, but that fork looks good.
  • + 1
 It looks beefy af. Way heavier than the pike
  • + 1
 Imagine a modern yeti dj in turquoise with that pike in Judy SL colourway.
  • + 1
 That Judy fork colour scheme. Takes me back. Looks awesome
  • + 1
 Recognized that judy color. So old I am... ehats nect rs1 or mag20?
  • + 2
 That Judy fork......YES!
  • + 1
 Make jury dirt jump version
  • + 1
 Is the Bruce the same as the Saracen amplitude alx?
  • + 1
 Skip-tooth cog?! Old is new again!
  • + 1
 Full sus for slopestyle please.
  • + 1
 Morpheus rocks... the dropouts are perfection. Ride one
  • + 1
 That fork takes me back to the first page of my first MTB magazine!
  • + 1
 They should do a Judy xlc style eggplant colour too
  • + 1
 Those Judy XC's!
  • + 1
 SL!Smile )
  • + 1
 That fork tho
  • + 1
 That fork Big Grin

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