Casey Brown's Trek Slash 29 - EWS Round 6, Whistler

Aug 12, 2016
by Mike Levy  
EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.

There was a time, not that long ago, when 29'' wheels were thought of as a tool best suited for tall riders, or at least people of average height rather than the vertically challenged. But things like 1x-specific frames with stubby rear-ends, standover clearance that is nearly on par with a run bike, and lighter weight rims and tires have all made 29'' wheeled bikes a real option for anyone who can't reach the top shelf.

At just over 5' 3'', Casey Brown is on Trek's all-new, 150mm-travel Slash 29 in a 15.5'' size for the Whistler EWS, a race the looks to be very well suited to the new machine.

Interestingly, Brown had never ridden a 29er before this weekend, but she doesn't seem to mind having her first big-wheeled experience at one of the most demanding events of the year. Talk about jumping into the deep end of the pool... And while some pros, especially her teammate René Wildhaber, tend to be quite particular about their bike setup when it comes to things like tire pressures and suspension characteristics, Casey admitted to being on the other end of the scale.
EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Casey is running a 160mm-travel Fox 36 on the front of her Slash 29.

This fact probably plays a role in the Canadian racer's willingness to jump on a completely different machine just before the start of what many people think is the premiere Enduro World Series event of the season. However, it does make for a bike check that's a bit light on information.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
There's a Float X on the back of Casey's bike rather than a Float X2, and she's running the new Transfer seatpost.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
No cables here. Casey is racing with Shimano's Di2 drivetrain with a pint-sized MRP chain guide in place of a front derailleur.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Bontrager's aluminum rims front and back, and a carbon fiber bar from the same people.

EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Casey's best bud on the trail is this speed demon that she adopted, Snuff. ''She's previously owned, so she's a second-hand dog,'' said Brown of her pal. ''She's used, but she has a lot of kilometers left in her. She's a 2009 model.''

Rockets need rocket fuel, and Casey's dog is no different, receiving a high-octane diet of organic, free-range beef for fuel.

While her dog is fed only the best, Casey isn't exactly sure what breed she is. ''She's a mix of something, maybe an American Black Lab, so she has a lot of freedom under her paws.''
EWS 6 2016. Whistler Canada. Photo by Matt Wragg.

MENTIONS: @trek / @foxracingshox / @shimano


  • 66 2
 Really impressed with her riding in not2bad. Tons of style, doesn't look out of place at all running trains with the big dogs of slopestyle. Best of luck in wistler.
  • 41 1
 24" dog? whats her base length....I must have all dimension of everything related to anything.
  • 9 32
flag wolf-amongst-lambs (Aug 12, 2016 at 21:40) (Below Threshold)
 All she needs is pair of oakley and she's my dream girl lol
  • 11 1
 @wolf-amongst-lambs: a real wolf here
  • 4 0
 a traildog is one of the best things i've ever gotten !!
  • 55 0
 Pinkbike Dogcheck
  • 13 0
 Classic dog at 24". If it was one of the new metric dogs, it would be 610mm.
  • 30 4
 I have to admit it... my next bikes gonna be a 29er. There I said it. Sorry but I'm getting to old , to fat, beat up and I can't whip for toffee anyway but i will always love speed!
  • 4 0
 I demoed a Mega 290 and took it straight to some dirt jumps...obviously a full suspension trail bike isn't the right tool for the job there but the 29er was more fun than my 650b in that scenario. At that moment I realised that I was gonna have to get my wallet out because not being able to jump was my only concern. I was talking about Guinea pigging some new dirt jumps we have on my new 29er and everybody thought I was mad but I've no doubt that once it's built I will have a bike that's better than my 650b bike in every way.
Oh and I can whip (a bit!) and there's no problem there so you have no excuse :-P but yeah the old, fat and beat up bits I get!
  • 2 0
 @ThomDawson: I think the Mega 290 have all the angles spot on but heres a question that I have always wanted to ask, how does the longer long chain stay performs in turns and switchbacks?
  • 1 0
 @AlexS1: u
Had a go on a spec enduro 29er and that was brilliant in the turns and everything but that has a really short back end (that's the bike that turned me onto 29ers ). Dunno bout the new nukproofs not sure on the length. But had plenty of goes on a 27.5 2014 mega and I don't like it. To long at the back sucks the fun out of it for me, no pop to play with and doesn't turn aswell as my process.
  • 3 0
 @AlexS1: I've always preferred longer chainstays, in fact I think short chainstays are a daft idea and shouldn't be a part of anything but dirt jump bikes and bmxs. So I'm used to them and I think that's all it takes is just to get used to it. For me they have many benefits (stability, grip, etc) but what some people see as a disadvantage in corners I see the opposite - with longer chainstays I can weight the front wheel easier so it will grip more and so I can corner harder than bikes with short chainstays. You can also still manual, bunny hop, jump, etc with long chainstays. To answer your question more directly I'd say the chainstays can help you corner but it's the overall length of any bike (not necessarily the chainstays) that may make the bike slower on the tightest switchbacks.
  • 1 0
 @markg1150: Thanks for the comment!
  • 2 0
 @ThomDawson: Thanks for the comment!
  • 22 2
 I'm pretty sure Casey Brown is the greatest human in Canadian mountain biking right now. Also, can we now refer to her as "The First Lady of Freeride"?
  • 1 2
 Other canadian females on the top of the world podiums are ahead of Casey for that title but she's up there.
  • 5 0
 Nah, this isn't about race results. She's only raced a couple of enduro's this season, and placed well for how little she's done. I'm more referring to her style, how big she goes, and how awesome a person she is. Is there any woman on earth that can huck and whip as hard as her? I don't think so. With a solid team behind her now, I think she's set to become the first female freerider/freeracer. No doubt that's what Trek was thinking in picking her up.
  • 3 0
 In my mind Casey Brown is one of the main leaders of today's generation of female shredders though I do not want to belittle any shredding from other Women. It kills me that mtb is so male dominated, and I value every roost and whip from a woman. She may not top the EWS, but she's a super important influence. When I bought the last Anthill film to find that it has two women in it I was ecstatic. Send it Casey! Also, if that bike was made in the USA I would have it. Long travel 29ers sound like stokage. Also, Baby blue is free speed.
  • 18 1
 Ah, the old fork tube sternum cracker, a staple on every short person's 29er!
  • 1 3
 Or XC rider!
  • 4 0
 @delusional LOL!! The struggle is so real, though... Even with flat bars and yes, the stem slammed, my size small 29er feels like I'm riding a Harley with ape hangers.
  • 1 0
 @ryetoast: have you tried one of those FSA stems with the -20° neg rise? That would get the bars lower.
  • 1 0
 @ryetoast: Syntace have stubby one that goes down to 44mm.
  • 15 0
 Even just for the dog's pics that was worth to click on this article Smile
  • 13 2
 That bike is a machine I can't wait to get mine!!!
  • 4 0
 Do you know if customer bikes will be available in blue? It seems they'll be only available in red.
  • 4 0
 @sngltrkmnd: Red and then Blue and Black for the 9.8
  • 28 0
 All bikes are machines...
  • 3 2
 It's a matter of point of view
"the Earth's most efficient machine creates its most efficient animal, the bicycle"
  • 9 0
 Best looking bike on the market IMO. So clean and proportioned.
  • 7 0
 To be honest, it does look like a session... Wink
  • 7 0
 Holy stack height batman!
  • 2 0
 I've never seen a head tube that's so much higher than the seat tube before!
  • 6 0
  • 3 0
 That Casey Brown's has more spacers on that stem than Trump has braincells...
  • 4 0
 That's a nice bike. Starting to love all these awesome 29ers.
  • 2 1
 Float X on her bike while the production version will be a Float X2. Weird. Also, Trek riders have done well on the Remedy 29 platform in EWS events of past. The 29er was used even when the Slash 27.5 was available.
  • 4 1
 What's up with the seat tube angle? Looks way too slack...
  • 1 0
 Welcome to the world of LLS 29'ers...
  • 3 1
 It *looks* slack but it's sitting at 73.6 (or 74.1 in the high setting). So, not particularly slack.
  • 3 0
 Did someone find the batterie of the Di2 ?
  • 1 0
 Looks like the wires are routed into the frame, so I'd guess the frame has a battery compartment.
  • 1 0
 So much fun to share my biking advantages with my black lab boarder college trail dog. My dog got the name of 4 wheeler. Happy Trails!
  • 8 7
 Just today, broke chainstay in Session, me no like it Trek, Casey its Great.
  • 5 5
 Good luck with warranty. When I did it they blamed me and I was S.O.L. #ftrek
  • 12 1
 @Dustfarter: Their actually #NotTooBad with their warranties. I broke both the Treks I've owned and they replaced them and, even upgraded me. Thanks for that btw Trek people.
Go Casey and Snuff dog!
  • 3 3
 Trek is in a tie for last place in bike industry customer service when it comes to their frames.
  • 1 0
 @irideyourtrail: Good, will drop bike tomorrow, hopefully they will help me.
  • 1 0
 How come the RSL Slash comes with a Travel adjust fork but the Trek riders don't use them?
  • 11 0
 Forks without the 2 position setup feel better.
  • 1 0
 @j-t-g: It doesn't say much for the parts selection of "Treks Race Shop Limited" bikes.
  • 5 0
 Most pros run a lot more power & endurance so a slack HA climbing not to much issue, mortals the talas is a gift when climbing all day long
  • 3 1
 Because riders who can afford the RSL but aren't that picky about suspension performance are very likely to be slow both up and down - making the dual air fork an excellent choice (makes it easier to climb with, gives up comparably little downhill if its not being ridden super hard).
Faster riders can spec the RC2 Fox36 or similar fork, and the rest of us can merely wonder what it's like to be able to complain about the performance of a $9600 USD bike.
  • 3 0
  • 3 1
 Trek pls make an alloy version. All the best Casey!
  • 2 0
 Why is she not using the x2?
  • 3 1
 By far my favorite female rider.
  • 2 0
 Awesome ride, looks slack as hell. Would love a demo!
  • 2 0
 not a big Trek or 29 man but it's purdy Smile
  • 5 4
 beautiful girl with nice 29bike and traildog!
  • 4 2
 27.5 for life
  • 3 5
 Is the Slash 29 gonna replace the Slash 27.5, or will both continued to be offered? I can't get used to the looks of a 29er, but would love to try the 27.5!
  • 6 1
 The Slash will only be available as 29, and the Remedy will only be available in 27.5.
  • 3 6
 @charmingbob: Ah, that comes as a real surprise. So Trek is of the view that their "most enduro" type model, the Slash, will be in high demand in the 29er version? I have my doubts about that. I know "aggressive" 29ers are becoming a bit more popular (Evil, Spesh etc), but question their strategy here. Anyway, not trying to start a wheel size discussion here, just more questioning the offering, although the Remedy looks sweet and am sure can handle a beating.
  • 2 0
 @MTB-Colada: Give it time, I'm thinking Trek will come back to a 650b Slash. I'm on a 2014 Slash 8 - think it was the first year they offered it in 650b. It's a bruiser - a real speed demon that will let you push it as fast as you can. I'm guessing the 29 version could be scary fast. I love my bike, but after being on it, I said my next bike will likely be a Remedy or Nomad, or at least something similar to those. The Slash climbs ok but shines on the decent and I, like a lot of PB peeps, am ok with that as I only climb out of necessity and for exercise. Don't get me wrong, climbing is fine but it's not like I get jacked to clean a climb. At 66 degree head angle, I really feel like the Remedy will be an amazing compromise between both and I'd love something that is at least a little less sluggish going uphill - especially if you get a two setting fork you can push down to 67 or 68 degrees.
  • 2 3
 Fork w/o 2 positions feel better??? Try a Pike.... Older Fox Talus forks gave dropper forks a bad name.
  • 3 1
 I have its rubbish compared to the solo
  • 1 1
 There are DNA tests for dogs to determine the breeding.
  • 1 0
 Casey rules!!!
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