Emil Johansson is a relative newcomer on the slopestyle scene, but the 18-year-old is already making his mark, with a fourth place finish at Crankworx Whistler last year, a third place finish at Crankworx Rotorua, and a second place finish at Crankworx Les Gets. If that rapid rate of improvement continues, look for a new face to be standing atop the podium once tomorrow’s competition concludes at Crankworx Innsbruck.
Emil is also the newest addition to Trek’s C3 program, where he joins slopestyle heavy hitters Brandon Semenuk and Brett Rheeder. We caught up with Ray Waxham, Emil’s mechanic for this weekend, to learn more about the stylish Swede’s custom Trek Ticket S.
Emil's bag of tricks includes a 360 triple bar spin, so he runs an Avid mechanical disc brake caliper paired with an Odyssey gyro and brake lever in order to avoid worrying about tangled brake housing.
Shock pressure? Very, very, very, firm, as in 350 psi, the maximum pressure for the RockShox Monarch shock. The Ticket has 100mm of travel, but it would take a seriously harsh landing for Emil to go through all of the travel. Tire pressures are between 55-65 psi, and the fork is also set up extremely stiff - this definitely isn't a cushy all-mountain rig.