Brandon Semenuk's Trek Ticket S Bike Check

Mar 31, 2017
by AJ Barlas  
Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike

How does one of the best and most popular bike riders in the world set up his slopestyle bike? Brandon Semenuk has made the trip down to Rotorua for the first stop of the 2017 Crankworx World Tour and we pulled him and his mechanic aside for a couple of minutes to chat about his bike setup. Brandon is pretty tight lipped about some of his settings and preferences, but what we did learn in speaking with the mechanics in the SRAM pits is that a lot of slopestyle riders tend to run very similar settings on their slope bikes – essentially keeping things firm, leaving just enough to dull a little from the hits. The smoother courses work into this but fast rolling speeds are key too. In fact, while working on this, we asked a couple of other riders for their pressures and inadvertently set off a discussion on the topic of tire pressures. At the bottom of it, tire pressures seem to be within 10psi of each other across a number of riders involved in the discussion, but how they apply the pressures based on which wheel was where things differed most.

Chatting with Brandon's mechanic, Shawn Cruikshanks, we learned that despite the massive tricks and jumps that Brandon rides, it's rare to see something on his bike fail. As a result, it's not often that they need to swap something out from an accident and more of the work done on the bike is preventative maintenance – parts are more often replaced as part of an update.

• Trek Ticket S
• Rockshox Pike DJ
• Rockshox Monarch
• Chromag bar and stem
• Chromag Liason Series contact points (Wax grip, Contact pedals, Overture Seat)
• SRAM X0 DH drivetrain (set up singlespeed here)
• SRAM X0 Cranks
• Maxxis Tires (Ikon / DTH)
Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - Ride or Die
Ride or Die

Brandon's Stats

Height – 6'1"
Weight – 79kg / 174lbs
Riding Style (as noted by his mechanic) – "Smooth." Very calculated.

The Bike Details

• Frame Size – Large (only size for model)
• Tire choice/size – Front Maxxis Ikon 2.2 / DTH 2.15
• Tire pressures – 60psi front and rear
• Tubes or Tubeless – Tubes
• Wheelsize – 26"

• Travel: Fork – Slightly shorter than stock (100mm) / Rear – 100mm
• Pressures – Close to max front and rear
• Damper settings – Front: LSC – closed / Rebound – Often 1 or 2 out / Volume Spacers – comes with 4. Leaves it.
• Rear: Often run in pedal setting / Rebound – 1 to 2 from closed / Volume: "reduced"

Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike -
It's a compact frame.

• Bar height – 20mm spacer under stem w/ 25mm rise bars
• Roll – About equal with fork
• Bar width – 735mm
• Stem length – 40mm, 0º rise

• Saddle position – Neutral
• Tilt – Layed back, but pretty neutral for the style of bike

• Brake lever position – Down. Not vertical, but close to it
• Lever throw – Likes a lot of throw
• Rotor size – 140mm
• Chainring/Cranks – 26t ring on 165mm cranks

Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - 26t ring
26t chainring.
Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - Odyssey BMX Monolever for braking
Odyssey Monolever for braking.
Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - Avid BB7 Road mechanical disc brake.
Avid BB7 Road mechanical disc brake.

Any customizations or peculiarities? Particular about?
• Doesn't focus too much on weight, but does like it light, not at the expense of strength and durability, though.
• Quiet bike is key

Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - More common on the dirt jump slopestyle side.
  Steep lever position. More common on the dirt jump/slopestyle side.

Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - Brandon s current go to tire combo on his slope bike is the Maxxis Ikon front DTH rear.
Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - Maxxis Ikon up front.
Brandon's current go to tire combo on his slope bike is the Maxxis Ikon front, DTH rear

Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - Single speed.
Single speed here in Rotorua.
Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - Rockshox updated 2018 graphics
Rockshox updated 2018 graphics on his Pike DJ.

Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - A more regular styled gyro to what we re seeing on some bikes.
  A more regular style gyro to what we're seeing on some bikes.

Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike
Clean, simple lines all around. Brandon's bike says class.
Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - Brandon s Contact pedals have seen some use but are still going strong.
Brandon's Contact pedals have seen some use but are still going strong.

Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike

Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - rubber around the crank spindle prevents his cranks from spinning too far out of place.
Rubber around the crank spindle prevents his cranks from spinning too far out of place.
Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike - 165mm SRAM X0 Cranks
165mm SRAM X0 cranks.

Brandon Semenuk s Trek Ticket S slopestyle bike
  Ready for action.

MENTIONS: @trek / @SramMedia / @Chromagbikes / @revelco

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  • 68 0
 Such a clean bike. No mention of the altered frame compared to the factory ticket S?

More slope style bike checks please!
  • 15 0
 I agree, different top tube and geo. plus integrated gyro tabs
  • 11 0
 Different seat tube too. I'm rather disappointed there wasn't any mention of this in the article.
  • 7 4
 @nathanh: nah, he drilled those on. Looks integrated because of the fresh paint Wink
  • 16 0
 @Droptix: I talked to rheeder last year and he said that Trek did his gyro tabs.....
  • 5 5
 I have a p slope. Is cheaper than ticket and works good. The only bad thing is that I can't do anything awesomen such awesome bike but I'm not the rider for this beast.
  • 2 3
 @Droptix: definitely integrated dude, if the rest of the bike is specially made for him they aren't gonna cheap on the head tube
  • 6 1
 @nathanh: you can see the bolts in the pic
  • 2 1
 @peterjamo4: so I'm half right lol
  • 2 9
flag DaFam4mDena (Apr 1, 2017 at 7:54) (Below Threshold)
 The trek bike that lost at slopestyle rotorua
  • 2 1
 @Droptix: wouldn't say he drilled them, as he wouldn't have the bike before it's painted
  • 3 0
 Semenuk always runs plain black bars with spray paint over the logos. Anyone knows what's up with that?
  • 1 0
 He ran truvativs forever but idk how chromag would feel about the blacked out logos
  • 4 0
 @Droptix: Brandon rode truvativ bars and stem for forever, and now he is running blacked out chromag bars and stem, which @ridethree pointed out. being supported by chromag, I don't know how theyd feel about him blacking out the logos on their bars.
  • 1 0
 @NWuntilirest: ohhhh, was looking for the connection between gyro tabs and handlebars, just saw ridethree's comment lol
  • 33 1
 Ok kids,now you know how to do it. 60psi on the tires,and "close to max" pressure on suspensions. Good luck.
  • 13 0
 Don't forget the 735mm bars.
  • 4 20
flag choppertank3e (Mar 31, 2017 at 19:32) (Below Threshold)
 Pedal setting would surely kill any pop off the lip. Does anyone else feel that the suspension, drive train and wheel size in some of these events is more for marketing than what's the most effective? If we want to see suspension, gears and bigger wheels then the courses should demand it. If a bmx would work better then they should be allowed.
  • 10 1
 I'm 6'5", 230 lbs and 40+ yrs old but if it's good enough for Semenuk I guess I'll set up my bike the same way...
  • 5 0
 Single speed setup with highest end cassette and RD you can find.
  • 9 1
 @choppertank3e: if wheel size is for marketing purposes, why the f*ck is he on 26"?
  • 2 2
 @piersgritten: Because his frame can't fit 27.5
  • 3 2
 @piersgritten: Because his sponsor doesn't make a 24?
  • 32 0
 so that's what a wizard rides
  • 22 3
 Actually, his mechanic is the "wizard."
  • 3 0
 @Zaeius: Brandon must be Frodo Wink
  • 20 3
 what's a gyro?
  • 48 0
 just know they're delicious and great with a beer
  • 16 2
 Really, this comment is getting downvotes.. I don't get people on this site. What if the guy just doesn't know what gyro is, ever thought about that? Anyway a gyro allows you to spin the bars as many times as you want, some people prefer a long cable, but a gyro is always better. It lets you spin it as many times as you want, because it doesn't have a single cable like a traditional brake, you don't have to worry about cables getting kinked or wrapped too tight.
  • 9 1
 @Kieran-Young: thanks, buddy. yep, didn't know what a gyro was. no worries, i don't ride slope so i've never heard the term before. i like beer.
  • 3 19
flag choppertank3e (Mar 31, 2017 at 21:19) (Below Threshold)
 @rocky-mtn-gman: Never seen a bmx in Walmart in the last 15 years? I call roadie turned mtber.
  • 7 0
 @choppertank3e: So what if he is. Good I wish I was a roadie turned mountain biker then ild be a LOT fitter on the climbs and long routes.
  • 5 0
 @choppertank3e: haha this website is so angry. sorry bud, i grew up in the sticks where walmarts don't exist so i've probably not been in one in quite a while. as for the roadie turned mtber; my mother taught me not to get into arguments with people whose toilet bowl water circles in the opposite direction, it's just not polite. have fun, buddy!
  • 1 2
 @rocky-mtn-gman: Not everyone on this site is as angry as a shit stirrer like me. Well done for not taking the bait but I am genuinely curious how you've never witnessed a detangler on a freestyle bmx.
  • 2 2
 @Paul7189: You'd also have a reason to shave your legs.
  • 3 0
 @choppertank3e: ride all mountain / DH stuff. i've never swung a leg around a slope or bmx bike.
  • 2 0
 @rocky-mtn-gman: Ayy it's no problem man, a lot of people in these comment sections are just dicks, they'll downvote you for absolutely no reason. Oh yeah I like beer too. Do prefer bud myself though, ain't getting a hangover from getting too faded lmao.
  • 1 0
 @choppertank3e: don't need another reason. I do it because it feels nice! Wink
  • 1 0
 @Kieran-Young: man, my buddy from Belgium loves bud light too. What's up with you Europeans likin that stuff? Ha just kiddin tho, I'll drink anything that is given to me
  • 14 0
 Are they carbon rims he is running now? no mention of the wheelset in specs
  • 7 0
 also of note is he appears to have an xo hub on there compared to running a freecoaster like at joyride last year.
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: i think he switches between. before the freecoaster he ran the X0 hub on standard bontrager rims, but now theyre destickered maybe somethings going on..
  • 15 12
 Yeah no mention of the type of wheels he's running cause there 26",can't let the kids no that one of the best riders ever to ride a bike prefers 26". This goes against all the crap their trying to push on us. Fest, slopestyle and downhill is where it's at real bike skills.
  • 13 6
 @Imnukepf: Meh. All those company can keep making 27.5 and 29. Im not buying into that crap. Ill buy used 26er all day.
  • 5 1
 @Imnukepf: yet all the top pros seem to run 27.5 in DH
  • 16 1
 @Imnukepf: No one has ever argued for 27.5 in slopestyle. Not an argument.
  • 6 1
 @Imnukepf: I agree on most of your points. However, I don't see any bike company or the industry pushing 27.5 or 29" for slope style or DJ bikes.
  • 4 8
flag Imnukepf (Mar 31, 2017 at 20:46) (Below Threshold)
 @mfoga: cause pros are paid to ride what there told,but pros could ride anything down a hill fast
  • 7 0
 @Imnukepf: So you think pro riders ride 27.5 for money but throw away a championship or world cup win by not picking what they think is fastest? Behave yourself!
  • 2 2
 @Paul7189: I think the point is they forced us to buy these wheel sizes without letting the community knowing. This doesnt only apply to racing but the MTb as a whole. I honestly think they would sell more bikes if they bring back 26er enduro. hardtails. downhill. etc. Id actually purchase a new bike but not the new 27.5 and 29.
  • 3 7
flag Paul7189 (Apr 1, 2017 at 7:40) (Below Threshold)
 @pballbiker: Thats not true at all. They don't force you to buy anything and you do not have to buy a new bike at all. Newer bikes have better geometry and are faster because they have bigger wheels. Its a proven fact. That is why they are trialing 29" downhill bikes. Because they roll faster. Otherwise they never would of bothered with the new sizes. Also its been a slow transition from 26" to these sizes. Its been going on for at least 10 years so you cant say they haven't given the "community" time and notice. If 26" wheels were better then professional riders would use them as they are smaller and therefore lighter. But they choose the heavier bigger wheel because its better. You really think that danny hart would choose 27.5" wheels because he gets paid to ride them and settle for 2nd place? A pro cares about 1 thing - winning. The payments and prizes come second to that. The sooner they kill off 26" wheels for anything that isn't style based (Dirt jumping, park, slopestyle etc) the better because its sad seeing people struggle and resist to move on and get with the times. Why use disk brakes as they are heavier and less aerodynamic than rim brakes? Why use dropper posts because they are heavier and unreliable? Why use 1x gearing because they have less of a range than 3 x systems? All of this is progress and nobody is forcing you to buy new parts and new bikes. The sooner people realise the sooner old fashioned out dated tech can be binned off and we could progress at an even faster rate.
  • 1 2
 i know i cant find out what rims he rides and i dont know what ones to get for my bike. he used to ride bontrager big earls but he might not any more and they stoped making those rims.
  • 2 3
 @Paul7189: Well yeah we have no other option but to buy into their "new and improve" bikes. So yeah we are pushed into buying them, for the sakes of what? minimal performance improvements? Im sorry but im not a racer and dont plan on to be any time on the future. I ride my bikes because I love riding bikes. What I dont like riding is the 27.5 and 29. 26er is more robust. less fix. thats why these slopestyle rider still have them and ride them because they are literally bomb proof.
  • 3 0
 @pballbiker: they ride 26 as the smaller wheels with less rotational mass is easier to manoeuvre.
  • 1 0
 @pballbiker: I have a 27.5 trail/enduro style bike and have had my Wilson 27.5 DH for 2.5 seasons. I live in Colorado, beat the shit out of them. 2 trips to Whistler (even cleared Crab Apple Hits) and endless DH bike park laps on the Wilson. Same wheels on both bike. No issue at all.
  • 3 0
 @bman33: Thats good for you. I still rather ride 26er. just a preference. if thats to much to ask for the company well then. They may just be losing alot of business not just because of me. Im sure there others out there that would be siding with me.
  • 1 0
 @pballbiker: You should have said that way then....Saved yourself from a bit of shit on the Pinkbike storm. Nothing wrong with liking what you have. But after a day of riding , I never noticed a performance, strength or "feel" difference on 27.5. They are faster without a doubt in those applications. 29" is a different ballgame, but they have have their uses also
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: it's probably because there's not really any features on the Rotorua course that could be used to do freecoaster tricks on, whereas the joyride course had a few
  • 3 0
 @piersgritten: semenuk is getting to the point where i would not be totally surpised if he did a 900 and just landed switch on the last jump. the guy is a robot.
  • 2 0
 @adrennan: i agree, he is definitely the most calculated rider on the scene
  • 13 0
 I'm just disappointed that DTH doesn't stand for "down to huck."
  • 2 0
 I have a set of DTH's on my new bike and honestly, same. Would've been such a cool name lol.
  • 11 0
 is it 30t or 26t ring?! - guess sleep won't happen tonight
  • 1 0
 Thought the same thing.
  • 11 0
 It's March and the 2018 like decals already out...mental.
  • 1 0
 Yeah I bet the increase his performance tenfold... All stickers get ripped straight the fuck off my bikes.
  • 6 0
 @cunning-linguist: I heard the 2018 decals give the riders a +20% style multiplier boost
  • 3 0
 @Droptix: I thought you were right then. Until I read "boost"...

  • 6 0
 Riding Style -> 'godlike'
  • 5 0
 Love a good old bent handlebar
  • 6 3
 It looks pretty retro. I would honestly expect Ryan Howard to have something like this, not Semenuk, but it's still a cool bike.
  • 5 7
 Retro.. just because of the wheel size? Jeez.
  • 6 3
 That doesn't look like singlespeed to me am i missing something?
  • 14 0
 The derailleur here only keeps the chain with the good tension, but it is single speed, no shifter seen on the bike! (I think he does run a shifter sometimes though, mounted on the top tube If I remember correctly.
  • 3 1
 Notice no shifter on the bike. Derailleur just positioned to a gear using limit screws. Allows him to choose between gearing based on course requirements.
  • 2 1
 There's no cable attached it shifter.
  • 1 1
 No shifter, i'm guessing.
  • 1 1
 You missing lack of shifter , so the rear mech just keep tension on a chain
  • 2 2
 He hasn't got a shifter. It has a cassette, but the derailleur is set to only one gear using the limit screws.
  • 17 2
 so i think what you guys are saying is that there is no shifter? repeat one more time?
  • 5 2
 @cuban-b: there's no shifter
  • 9 2
 @DHaddict82: I'm not positive, but I'm 99% sure this particular bike doesn't have a shifter
  • 2 1
 @Aprilfisheye: mounted on the down tube with a shifter adapter, would be in the way for a few tricks if it was on the top tube Smile
  • 1 0
 @Droptix: I wasn't sure about that, but your explaination makes sense! Thanks buddy. Wink
  • 2 1
 @Aprilfisheye: I try my best! Smile
  • 1 0
 @jaame: why does he have derailleur when he has got only the driver (no cassette) at some competitions? Furthermore, why doesn't he use a rear chain guide, which is lighter? I know he doesn't care about the weight, but still tho Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @pdidko: derailleurs keep tension on the chain and allow the chain length to change throughout the suspension travel. those sprung chain tensioners don't work. the ones that are bolted into place would not allow the chain length to change
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Thank you very much for the answer. Do you think it wouldn't work?
  • 2 0
 I have heard they are absolute shite. I went for a Zee mech and used the limit screws to hold it in place.
  • 3 1
 Seems like suspension isn't even needed alot of the time ...But you've got to sell forks somehow #bigbmx #whatwouldnyquistdo
  • 1 0
 What I'm wondering is if it's the same frame he got the paper mâché done in the previous years or if he got another frame? New one is dope! And so was the other one! :o
  • 2 0
 No free coaster. Heartbroken Frown /3
  • 2 1
 Is he running the freecoaster or no? Not really a good feature on this course
  • 2 2
 I think he should move to specialized and then they can put an integrated tissue box or a dummy in their so he can literally spit it every time he throws a run.
  • 1 0
 They got the cranks wrong he has sram xo Dh not xo1 and they are the x-sync ones
  • 2 0
 how is he running an x-sync direct drive chainring with xo dh cranks
  • 3 2
 A cable pull road brake. Wow
  • 7 0
 Few years back semenuk showed up to joyride with this brake and a mech gyro. Garnered a lot of hate, now a lot of riders run the same setup
  • 3 0
 @anchoricex: I would think about using a mechanical brake too, if they weren't shit, and I wasn't shit at barspins, and incapable of any other trick that involved the bars going round, and if my bike had gyro tabs.
  • 1 0
 yeah why the road version? lighter?
  • 2 0
 @jaame: mech brakes aren't shit when you get the right ones!!
  • 3 0
 @WoodenCrow: cable actuation/pull of the road version works with the bmx odyssey brake lever
  • 1 1
 @anchoricex: also, the bb7 road SL was designed to be used with 140 discs
  • 1 0
 Haha! yeah! Look how lame the best freakin' rider in the world looks with those mech roadie brakes!
  • 2 0
 @jaame: how good does a brake need to be to stop you after the last jump.
  • 1 0
 @choppertank3e: Not much. Brake is mainly there to adjust speed before takeoff, grip a landing if it needs last second corrections (I.e.: landing slightly too rear heavy) and of course, braking at the end. For the end, they just lean forward or sideways to take weight off the rear end and hit the brakes
  • 1 0
 @choppertank3e: nowadays, they even add a berm to slow the riders down
  • 2 0
 @Droptix: I use my brake to control manuals, although I guess he is a level above that
  • 1 0
 @choppertank3e: mainly brake is for tailwhips/frontflips.
  • 1 0
 his forks have taken a good dunt to the nose!
  • 2 1
 I feel like trek should give me one
  • 1 0
 I am guessing he isn't running 35 mm bars and stem?
  • 1 0
 I mean deurailure not cranks
  • 2 1
 "Close to Max"
  • 1 1
 It's a 31mm Ranger stem Wink
  • 1 0
 Such a wizard on a bike
  • 1 0
 how does he change gears
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