Doing any sort of huge drop or jump requires a special kind of courage, but even more so if you're the first rider to attempt it. However, being the first to guinea pig a monster move at Rampage is a whole other level that calls for some serious stones, of which the younger McCaul is obviously in possession of. He was the first rider to roll off the edge of a three-story tall step-down yesterday, a move that he's christened "El Presidente" in homage to his second favorite margarita at Chilis. If that's the case, I'd like to see the drop that's named after his drink of choice.

Tyler is aboard his usual downhill weapon, a medium-sized Fury that's fitted with Marzocchi suspension and that, aside from a few Rampage-specific modifications, is nearly identical to what you'd find him on when he's riding his home trails.


Coil Suspension

The large majority of competitors at Rampage are running air-sprung suspension, at least up front, but Tyler being sponsored by Marzocchi means that his bike is held up by coil springs at both ends. His 380 C2R2 Titanium fork has a stiffer fork spring installed in place of the 6.5 N/mm coil that comes stock, and Marzocchi has also given the compression valving a re-shim to handle the big moves that McCaul has planned. He also said that he prefers the front of his bike to be a bit stiffer than the rear, but that he isn't the kind of rider who's counting clicks and being overly sensitive to suspension setup, preferring rather just to make some quick changes on the spot and get on with it.
T-Mack bike Check

''Rampage is different in the fact that I pretty much adjust my suspension on the spot during practice to whatever feels right,'' he said. ''I never know how many clicks in or out most of the time, I just know when it's right.'' He did say that he prefers a slightly slower rebound setting for Rampage, though, which is a change that most of the competitors are going with due to the control it can provide when landing from a huge height.


T-Mack bike Check
The Fury's long reach is designed to work best with a short stem.
T-Mack bike Check 2.7 Minion DHF--normally rides 2.5 but ALWAYS rides 2.7 here in Utah.
Tyler has mounted up a set of 26'' x 2.7'' Maxxis Minion DHF tires in place of the 2.5'' wide rubber he normally uses.


Bike Setup

The Fury was designed around a shorter stem than the 50mm length that's still common on the front of many bikes, with the GT's long top tube working best with a stem in the 30mm range. Tyler is using Deity's Micro Direct Mount Stem and a 30.5'' wide Blacklabel handlebar with 25mm rise of rise, both of which being what he'd usually use anywhere else - no special cockpit changes for Rampage. However, one thing that is out of the norm is his tire setup. ''I've been using the 2.7's for Rampage for a few years now after Strait and Zink opened my eyes to how much better bigger tires work out here in this terrain,'' he said of his 26'' Maxxis Minion DHF rubber that's larger than the 2.5" wide tires that would normally be on his bike.

Like a lot of riders at Rampage, Tyler has gone with regular tubes, likely to avoid burping a tubeless setup on a hard landing. ''Air pressure is higher than I normally would use for riding DH trails but less than I'd run for something like Fest,'' he explained, going on to say that 30 PSI up front and 32 PSI out back feels just right. The relatively smooth terrain and extremely high speeds at a Fest event call for high air pressure, but riders are searching for more traction and forgiveness in the Utah desert.


T-Mack bike Check
  Some riders are running minimalist chain guides or even no guide at all, but Tyler has mounted up full-sized protection.


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54 Comments

  • 142 5
 I'm happy to see marzocchi at rampage
  • 6 153
flag rapptar (Oct 15, 2015 at 11:40) (Below Threshold)
 looks like a session
  • 20 1
 oh look he posted it again
  • 9 2
 That looks nothing like a session
  • 2 47
flag rapptar (Oct 15, 2015 at 15:04) (Below Threshold)
 school is boring but people reactions are fun! ha just a joke
  • 13 1
 Looks like a bicycle
  • 115 0
 and I am happy to see him in full upper Body protection
  • 9 1
 Same! Strange to see folks out there in less than a neck brace and body armor. Massive stuff necessitates proper protection.
  • 62 1
 excellent choices all around- 26", armor, chain guard, coil, drops with extra long landings. T mac on point
  • 5 0
 smart, safe and stylish.
  • 8 0
 Finally some proper protection huh! Silly to see people huck huge shit with no armor. Wrong kinda yolo.
  • 4 0
 what, a tank top isn't good enough?
  • 3 2
 Interesting article, and we'll written.
  • 34 0
 Bikes look better dusty
  • 5 0
 Gives them character .
  • 5 0
 still say all bike companies should have pictures of their bikes dusty available on their websites.
  • 16 1
 Another 26er?? Starting to see a real "trend" among the professional riders here...You would think the bike industry would support the pros who push the sport, not just racers and marketing BS.
  • 2 3
 its not a 26er its 26 plus
  • 14 0
 I've been out of the loop for awhile, so don't laugh to hard.... but why isn't Cam competing in rampage... he's done craziest stuff out there from what i can remember...
  • 4 0
 I think he is commentating?
  • 3 1
 yea, i'm aware... i just figured that caliber of a rider would be competing instead of the latter
  • 3 0
 Didn't he commentate and not compete most of the season this year?
  • 16 0
 he has a baby hahaha. he's a family man and is taking the safer smarter route but still involved very closely to the sport, he still rides, he just doesn't compete
  • 2 0
 ahhh, good man, never seen him as being responsible now lol... but it all makes sense now.
  • 10 0
 Another rider on 26". But I am curious, is that a new 27.5 compatible Fury with 26 or the older model that was 26 only?
  • 5 16
flag zede (Oct 15, 2015 at 11:44) (Below Threshold)
 he is using 2.7" tyres... not enough clearance for 27.5 Wheel with 2.7" tyres so he had to use 26
  • 8 0
 It's the 2014 Fury World Cup. 26" frame.
  • 2 7
flag zede (Oct 15, 2015 at 13:11) (Below Threshold)
 I was trolling, i did not dare to use the term "26+"
  • 3 1
 It might be my imagination or the camera angle, but it looks like a 27.5" rear wheel with a 26" front wheel.
  • 2 1
 Looks like the old Fury to me
  • 1 0
 @streetfighter848 you're totally right!
  • 3 0
 She's a 2014. HMMMM. It's actually awesome to see the real deal guys choosing 26" bikes. I can't imagine that GT (who am I kidding... Dorel Industries) is going to be too stoked about this choice, though. Rampage is prime time to get your baller-ass new stuff in front of the masses on NBC, Youtube, wherever... and TMac rolls up on a two-year old bike with "dead technology". Props to him, though. He's going to take a VERY serious run at the top step of the podium with that drop of his.
  • 1 0
 That front wheel still looks smaller tho. But it could just be the camera angle
  • 6 0
 Wow, my DHF's must be really worn down.
  • 2 0
 Is there a reason for not using a chainguide at rampage? I don't understand why some of the competitors arent using a guide.
  • 3 0
 Marzocchi lives on, don't believe the hype.
  • 3 0
 Man I love that fury, such a sick looking bike!
  • 1 0
 His 380 C2R2 Titanium fork the Ti model comes with the esspresso finish, this is a c2r2
  • 1 0
 T.Mac's fork got caffĂ©latte coating.
  • 1 0
 mine aren't espresso. I think only one year was?
  • 1 0
 the top model 2016
  • 2 0
 Stay safe out there Ty
  • 2 0
 Cool bike
  • 1 0
 that dust... dust ... dust everywhere 3
  • 1 0
 Well well, another 26" bike )
  • 1 0
 nope 26 plus... it will be huge in 2017 mark my words
  • 1 0
 U makes me sad)) twentysix should live!
  • 1 0
 I was being slightly sarcastic... 26 will live, we just need to ditch this stupid PLUS marketing bullshit and call tyres what they are
  • 1 0
 this GT definately has wings
  • 1 1
 Is it just me or does cam and Tyler's head angles look a bit steep?
  • 1 2
 Please tell me that is not a carbon fibre bar he is running on that awesome metal bike!?
  • 1 0
 URT
  • 4 5
 Tubeless is dead.
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