18 Slopestyle Bikes From Crankworx Rotorua

Mar 28, 2015
by Paris Gore  

The Crankworx Rotorua slopestyle course has been a hit with the riders, and the practice days took on the air of casual jam sessions as the athletes warmed up for the big show. Take a look at the bikes the top slopestyle riders in the world will be competing on at this event.

Tyler McCaul and his GT.
  Tyler McCaul and his GT.

Ryan Howard and his Trek Ticket.
  Ryan Howard and his Trek Ticket.

Brandon Semenuk and his Trek Ticket.
  Brandon Semenuk and his Trek Ticket.

Carson Storch and his Diamondback Assault.
  Carson Storch and his Diamondback Assault.

Brett Rheeder and his Trek Ticket.
  Brett Rheeder and his Trek Ticket.

Cam Zink and his Carbon YT Slope.
  Cam Zink and his Carbon YT Slope.

Mitch Chubey and his Morpheus.
  Mitch Chubey and his Morpheus.

Paul Genovese
  Paul Genovese and his Specialized P Slope.

Antoine Bizet and his Kona Shonky.
  Antoine Bizet and his Kona Shonky.

Logan Peat and his .................
  Logan Peat and his Santa Cruz

Anthony Messere and his Morpheus Vimana.
  Anthony Messere and his Morpheus Vimana Slope.

Nicholi Rogatkin and his Specialized P.
  Nicholi Rogatkin and his Specialized P3.

Aton Thelander and his Canyon Stiched
  Anton Thelander and his Canyon Stitched.

Cam McCaul and his Trek Ticket.
  Cam McCaul and his Trek Ticket.

Thomas Genon and his Canyon Stiched.
  Thomas Genon and his Canyon Stitched.

Louis Reboul
  Louis Reboul and his Scott.

Tomas Zejda
  Thomas Zejda and his Dartmoor Two6Player.

Martin Soderstrom and his Specialized P. Slope.
  Martin Soderstrom and his Specialized P. Slope.



125 Comments

  • + 166
 prototype santa cruz slope bike Wink
  • + 106
 It's a Trek ticket with santa cruz stickers on it
  • + 25
 i knew that Fab ... just thought maybe santa cruz are in the process of making one Smile
  • + 11
 We can hope :p. That would definitely be a sick ride if they did.
  • + 18
 i just remembered crankworx whistler 2 years ago or so, when jamie goldman executet that sick superman over the insane double on his V10 in qualies Smile SC's 200mm+ slopestyler
  • + 57
 No no, Santa Cruz are making barrels now!
  • + 4
 Santa Cruz have made a slope bike i thought... Ive seen logan riding one in other videos, im sure
  • + 5
 @EnduroCX that was his old one. He is on something new this year.
  • + 3
 That's an old blur 4x from like 04-05 era....used to weld those...
  • + 2
 I'm responding to endurocx...
  • + 10
 Santa Cruz slopestyle bike with enve and rf for only 8999$..
  • + 4
 @scotttherider - it's not a Blur 4X. It's a non-production slopestyle frame. Notice the tapered headtube and modular dropouts.
  • - 1
 it looks pretty similar to the santa blur 4x
  • + 3
 @k-rider92 - It's clearly built off of the design of the Blur 4X, but has new modern features added like a tapered headtube and 12x142 dropouts, and likely ISCG05 tabs.
  • + 3
 @seraph - i will admit i wouldnt mind giving her a ride tho, the Blur 4X was a pretty fun bike at the time
  • + 0
 Me thinks its something along the lines of a nomad slope... check out 2:10 www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDvgP6BOl6Q
  • + 1
 @mcgrewk - that's an old video when he was still riding a custom Blur TR. His slopestyle rig now is essentially an updated Blur 4X with a tapered headtube, 12x142 through axle, and ISCG05 tabs.
  • + 0
 I like how someone is going to come out and say "It's a Trek Ticket with Santa Cruz stickers on it" and he's +101....really?

nsmb.com/logan-peats-new-santa-cruz-slope-bike
  • + 1
 @dubdryver - while Santa Cruz did make a prototype slope bike, he was not riding it at this competition.
  • + 23
 Well Logan's bike is looking good!?
  • + 8
 Yeah its a real nice Trek... errr... Santa Cruz prototype...
  • + 22
 check out our homie Logan blocking his ride.hahaha,,,....dude can kill those jumps
  • + 21
 where is mcgarry and his yt saw him out on his old db bike
  • + 3
 the YT proto may have been kinda too small for him? that`s why he rod he`s old bike?
  • + 11
 or he snapped it lol
  • + 21
 dem treks are sexy ass bikes
  • + 11
 Do I spy cable detanglers and calipers on Rheeder and Semenuk's bikes?!? Two cables visible from the lever to the detangler. 2to1 junction on the downtube. Maybe the death of hyrdo gyros and their leaking issues.
  • + 3
 they use mechanical brakes, cos the gyro seemed to feel more smoother, maintance free and lighter to spin if i remember right... they told that on last years events
  • + 1
 Nice! Makes sense as trying to find a rotational seal that holds fluid under hard braking seems impossible and the cable gyro was perfected many moons ago. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  • + 2
 anyone got any further details on the gyro setup they are running i understand how the top cable and lever works and that with a road calliper the pull is fine to work with bmx lever but how are they getting a long enough cable on the bottom under the gyro the standard bottom gyro cables are definitely not long enough looked in local shops today and compared on my ticket
  • + 1
 @pedaladdiction SST Oryg is available in a long travel MTB lower cable meant for cable pull discs. One of the cable adjusters is left-hand threaded but can be switched to match your lower plate. Semenuk runs his detangler upside down to clear the tapered headtube. This does not change any function. Just drill/tap some gyro tabs on your frame and a gyro plate under your stem and you should be good. Not exactly a bolt on but all the parts are BMX and super cheap. You could take 3 standard cables and run 2 from the detangler to a cable splitter and 1 cable to the caliper. You would need a splitter much like the old Primo Pervert though. Use one of the slimmer gyros and cable pull shouldn't be a problem. If you use the older types it could be an issue flipped as they are taller.
@Snowdog85 Thanks for linking the bike check. I guess I missed that article.
  • + 1
 Fantastic cheers guys yeh i've sorted all the other parts gyro tabs etc just needed for infer about the lower cable as like you say i was going to run a twin cable and machine my own split clamp to go to a single cable but wasn't keen on how it would look the oryg looks much cleaner! cheers guys keep an eye out will be posting a new build thread when done
  • + 12
 Cam zink's YT makes my peepee go ba-doing-doing-doinnnggg
  • + 9
 The dropouts on the morpheus look sketchy as hell. Sure they work fine though...
  • + 7
 el oh el hardtails. Tonights show gonna be awesome...So many guys to root for!
  • + 5
 Come on pinkbike, stop being lazy. Telling us the name of the bike is not a "bike check".
  • + 6
 Dude, bit harsh. Doesn't actually say "bike check" anywhere in the title or article does it? The title is "18 Slopestyle Bikes From Crankworx Rotorua". So this ain't a bike check, it's pictures of riders and bikes. Still might be lazy on their part, but you can't really rag on them for not doing bike checks when they haven't actually said they are...

Edit: of course they may have changed the title, in which case, as you were.
  • + 2
 Thought it said bike checks. Maybe they changed it or I could have misread it.
  • + 6
 Cam's whitewalls are pretty radical, I want em.
  • - 1
 a Touch of OLD SCHOOL G ride C Mac gone Gangsta on us lol
  • + 1
 Bontrager G Zero tires. Both 2.2 and 2.4 sized available with the white walls. I had them on my Ticket S.
  • + 1
 Ah, good on ya @seraph for that insight. I can't find the whitewalls- but I heard Cam lives in the next town over, I'll def ask for a set.
  • + 7
 That YT... Take my money
  • - 2
 Do you have any? And if you do will it be enough that is something you might never get to know haha
  • + 4
 of the last prices what YT has had on the bikes, like th Carbon DH bike goes for 3999, i guess the YT carbon slope may be 1499-1999€
  • + 0
 If it goes into production at the moment they have some problems to fix the kiwi didn't rode his for instance
  • + 3
 Hey ss noob here but why do all the trecks have a derauilier? Is it like a coincidence that those particular riders like having one or is it some limitation of the bike? If it is not what do they use the deraulier for?
  • + 15
 The suspension on the ticket s doesn't pivot around the BB, so you can't run one single speed without a chain tensioner due to chain growth.
  • + 9
 Plus,Semenuk runs gears on his bike, all custom.
  • + 1
 Thanks for answering man.
  • + 4
 Semenuk runs his shifter mounted to the water bottle bolts on the downtube. I would really like someone to make one of those available to the public.
  • + 2
 They use srams roadbike shifters...
  • + 4
 Brandon has been running a down tube mounted TT friction shifter since 2009, when SRAM made a limited run of these custom shifters for their top slopestyle athletes. He has hung onto that shifter and has re-used it every year on his competition bikes; it was there for his 2011 and 2013 Crankworx victories and is on his 2014 bike
  • + 1
 So I guess what I really want is for sram or shimano to get off their asses and make a real one.
  • + 5
 Looks like Martin is riding a 24'
  • + 4
 Or its just that he is a tall man...
  • + 2
 How the fuzz can most of them ride those X0 carbon cranks without snapping them? Or are they just that sponsored? I have snapped 4 different SRAM carbon arms on small kiddy jumps, now back on Saint.
  • + 0
 I bet they have beefed up versions of them
  • - 1
 No kidding, over the past year I've seen more snapped carbon Sram cranks than Konas over the past few years. How is that even possible!
  • + 11
 Or they use the DH versions...
  • + 3
 The DH ones are no less notorious. In fact, the older DH ones used the same crank arms as the XC ones.
  • - 4
flag savmeister (Mar 28, 2015 at 14:55) (Below Threshold)
 Maybe you should all learn to ride properly ???
  • + 3
 I teach mountainbiking and ride every day. 1 set of Noir, 2 XX1 and 1 X0 DH all failed. The DH version is a joke, they died without even jumping the bike. I was handed new ones on warranty every time, worked in a bike shop. But will never trust carbon arms again.
  • + 8
 Carbon arms are fine. I think only 2 or 3 sixc cranks have been reported broken. It's just the sram stuff that's dangerous.
  • + 3
 what? I ordered a tr500 and it has a xo crank ... now i'm worried
  • + 2
 I rode them for two years and never had any issue. Never seen anyone else have any either.
  • + 6
 Terry the messenger should quit casing jumps and smashing his pedals into the ground.
  • - 4
flag kofoed (Mar 28, 2015 at 23:12) (Below Threshold)
 It's because they are all 16 years old dudes and weigh 50kg..
  • + 3
 @terrythemessenger

Maybe someone should teach you Mountain Biking...

Shots Fired!
  • + 1
 anyone got any further details on the gyro setup they are running i understand how the top cable and lever works and that with a road calliper the pull is fine to work with bmx lever but how are they getting a long enough cable on the bottom under the gyro the standard bottom gyro cables are definitely not long enough looked in local shops today and compared on my ticket
  • + 5
 Photos are mint but that one of Martin is just epic.
  • + 3
 Funny Logans bike is behind him, pretty sure its a Ticket with Santa Cruz decals
  • + 1
 Please somebody help me. I have a Specilized p2 and I really love it; but I wanna change the front suspension for a good rock shox or a Fox. What's the type I need in any of these brands. (For example fox talas 32?) Thanks
  • + 2
 rockshox argyle
  • + 3
 There is also the Rock Shox Pike DJ with 35 mm stanchions and the Fox 831 with 34 mm
  • + 1
 Thanks bro
  • + 1
 Thanks bro
  • + 1
 Mang WTF's with all the derailleurs? :s

Still, C-Mac's Trek is soooo rad. Just rather have it with a concentric BB pivot & no clunker on the back.
  • + 3
 Storch is not with fox anymore?
  • + 2
 I thought Carson storch had his arms in really long boots for a joke hahah!
  • + 2
 man those things look so fun. The most I would do on them is go off plastic skateboard ramps though
  • + 2
 two guys using zocchi 55!!!
  • + 2
 all those bikes to absolutely tiny...
  • + 2
 Lotsa Chromag Overture saddlesWink
  • + 1
 Lovin this bikecheck, very cool machines. Dartmoor catches the eye the most. The rest is pretty obvious but the plastic YT.
  • + 1
 Nice to see dartmoor at all these big events alongside all these mostly huge brands. Nothing will ever be as good and as affordable as dartmoor tho. Go Poland lol!
  • + 1
 Best looking full-suspension GT ever! The 2015 GTs look great, bring back the Distortion!
  • + 2
 those Tickets though.........
  • + 2
 soderstrom a P Slope looks absolutely mint.
  • + 2
 ticket in every picture
  • + 1
 they all look so nice, hard to choose which one is the best
  • + 1
 Thomas Genons Canyon is tight.
  • + 1
 R DOGS bike looks awesome
  • + 1
 thomas's canyon is absolutely beautiful
  • + 1
 free XO cranks all around
  • + 1
 Almost as many Marzo and Suntour forks with 2 each as Fox only with 3!
  • + 1
 And "Trek Ticket" sales rise after a recent article on pinkbike.....
  • + 1
 ok thomas..... you see that gun in my hand? dont try anything stupid
  • + 1
 Only 1 of 4 Trek riders seem happy to be here...
  • + 1
 Don't know what it is but that scott is a damn sexy hardtail.
  • + 1
 It's a Voltage.
  • + 1
 55's!!!
  • + 0
 Sitting in the tent with the riders and their bikes.....c'mon rain, stop so we can get this thing started!!!
  • + 2
 where's Sam Reynold?
  • + 2
 and Sam Pilgrim?
  • + 1
 Nice to see Cam on a proper bike, he deserves it.
  • + 1
 Does Brett have knee pads under his pants or built into his pants?
  • + 1
 I've seen enough treks for the rest of my life...
  • + 5
 Seriously, Trek Ticket takeover.
  • + 1
 Why is there a need for shifters on Slopestyle bikes?
  • + 1
 Sometimes you need more speed when you are a rider of such caliber. Why switch cogs all the time when you can have 3 and change gears when needed. Smile
  • + 1
 Dat black durolux
  • + 1
 Yes. Wonder when thats coming out.
  • - 1
 I REALLY WANT TO SEE LOGAN PEAT'S BIKE!!!!!! IS THAT A NEW SS FRAME OF SANTA CRUZ???
  • + 3
 not sure if sarcasm or that you haven't noticed that its a ticket s with santa cruz stickers...
  • + 0
 I haven't noticed until just now I saw the comments on the top. ha ha
  • - 2
 the Scott is the nicest one
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