Jackson Goldstone's Custom Painted Lunar Trek Session - Crankworx Rotorua 2020

Mar 4, 2020
by Aidan Oliver  

Jackson Goldstone is finally old enough to compete at Crankworx events and he has a very special bike to celebrate. To honour the fact the Rotorua whip off takes place at night (an event that we can't wait to see him ride in) Jackson has a custom painted full moon Trek Session to ride.

The rest of the bike is kitted out in a spec that most 16-year-olds could only dream of with Enve, Chris King, Fox and Shimano parts to drool over. Let's get into the full details of this lovely, lunar launcher.

Jackson Goldstone Trek Session
Rider Name Jackson Goldstone // Trek Bikes
Age: 16
Hometown: Squamish, Canada
Height: 5'2"
Weight: 110lbs
Instagram: @jacksongoldstone

Session Details

Frame: Trek Session 27.5, size small
Shock: Fox DHX2
Fork: Fox 40, 80psi
Wheels: Enve M9 rims with Chris King hubs
Tires: Maxxis Assegai - 24psi front, 26psi rear
Saddle/Seatpost: Chromag Overture/Enve M9
Drivetrain: Shimano Saint
Brakes: Shimano Saint M820
Bar/Stem: Enve M9 - 730mm width

Jackson Goldstone Trek Session
Jackson's full moon Project One paint job pays tribute to the night time Whip Off at Crankworx Rotorua.

bigquotesHere in New Zealand they do the whip off at night time, so it's kinda just an idea to have it matching the night. I came up with this, which looks pretty sick! Jackson Goldstone

Jackson Goldstone Trek Session
Jackson is running Enve M9 bars with a Bontrager Line Pro direct mount stem and Saint brakes.

Jackson Goldstone Trek Session
Jackson is running a Fox 40 with 27.5" wheels.

Jackson Goldstone Trek Session
A touch of home with a Chromag Overture saddle.
Jackson Goldstone Trek Session
A Shimano drivetrain keeps things spinning.

Jackson Goldstone Trek Session
Running Enve M9 27.5" rims.

Jackson Goldstone Trek Session
Started by Chris Kovarik, the Shut the f*ck Up chain guide promises to do exactly that.

Jackson Goldstone Trek Session
Jackson is a firm fan of the clips.

Jackson Goldstone Trek Session
A Chris King headset matches the hubs.

Jackson Goldstone Trek Session
The more you look the more detail you see.

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  • 292 2
 I swear this guy was only twelve like 4 years ago
  • 8 165
flag Cashallen (Mar 4, 2020 at 10:58) (Below Threshold)
 He was 12 4 years ago haha
  • 72 1
 I feel like it was 4 years ago we were watching him ride to kindergarten!!!
  • 7 0
 @chrishei1: I think you mean 'shred' to kindergarten.
  • 2 13
flag pakleni (Mar 4, 2020 at 11:56) (Below Threshold)
 @chrishei1: It wasn't just 4 years ago?
  • 74 0
 How about showing more details of the paint work?! A custom painted bike post showing parts. Thanks! Frown
  • 5 0
 So who painted that bad boy? Sorry if I missed it in the post.
  • 2 0
 @mattradical: Eric Heth at Trek
  • 52 4
 Ahhh...to be 16 again. If only my minimum wage dish washing job covered a $10,000 hobby.
  • 10 0
 This is why we all had 4" travel xc hardtails with Jr.t's back in the day
  • 2 0
 @kiddlivid: Still got my Hungarian made cro-mo XC frame from '98 and my 130mm travel '98 Junior T... with V-brakes.
  • 33 2
 “The rest of the bike is kitted out in a spec that most 16-year-olds could only dream of” Or anyone can dream of.
  • 17 1
 clapping in my heart for Chris Kovarik
  • 13 0
 Please Pinkbike make a comparison video of riding the same track with the same bike, with and without the STFU chainguide! I am really curious how effective it is in being noiseless.
  • 1 0
 Yeah I’m keen on this as well. 1st time seeing it and I need
  • 11 0
 "What some people may call... …THE DREAM"
Sam Pilgrim 2016
  • 10 4
 For someone weighing only 110lbs I wold have thought he’d be running way less pressure in his tyres. 24 and 26 is not even what Gee Atherton runs on his bike and he weighs double of Jackson’s weight
  • 24 1
 Well, we are talking about jumps and whip-offs no? Would think PSI is higher for pumping and lips than daily DH riding.
  • 10 9
 @DirtbagMatt: yeah but still he could probably get away with 10psi less front and rear.Or he might just play it safe and run higher pressures so those Enves don’t disintegrate
  • 10 0
 @philmtb99: Why would he run less? Dirt Jumpers and BMX riders/racers run min 60psi even at his age/weight. Whip offs and most of what Jackson does at Whistler (A-Line, Dirt Merchant, etc.) are packed in jump lines.
  • 3 2
 @philmtb99: I ran higher PSI for a week in Whistler many years ago (28-30) to see if I would be faster due to rolling pressure, and I was actually slower the whole week. It felt fast, but the clock told me different.
'Feel' - was pinging off everything so was loose as. Less control, actually, it was a lot of fun, albeit slower
  • 2 0
 I'm going to make an educated guess he isn't running the heavier downhill version of the tires, which I'm sure most of the heavier people run, I think he's probably running the lighter version of the tires seeing as he doesn't need the stiffer sidewalls at his weight.. which in turn means he has to run higher psi than he would with the DH casings.
  • 4 0
 @vicrider: Nope. It says DH casing on the side.
  • 27 1
 If only he read the pinkbike comments to make sure he had got his settings correct, he would be so much better as a rider
  • 1 0
 @DavidGuerra: Ah, my X-ray vision failed me. I'll go with the others then and suppose it's higher pressure for jumping.
  • 5 0
 @Puddings: well I once came in the top 30% of my local enduro in the 30-39yo category, so I'm pretty sure I know what I'm talking about
  • 3 0
 saw the enve wheels and.... was not envious! although will be really interesting to see how the Commencal WC DH boys go this year on em...........
  • 3 0
 Does Shimano win a prize for the longest groupset?
M820 must be nearly eight years old now. Love it in this era of new everything every five minutes.
  • 2 0
 This kid is sick been following him for a few years, the youth groms of Whistler a group of kids that will take over rampage and other events in the next couple of years
  • 3 0
 As a fellow 16 year old I can confess that you guys are right, this is a bike I drooled over.
  • 4 1
 Anyone had any time on those Saint pedals?
  • 4 0
 Yh, they're really good, better then my old mallets with a better click, adjustable stiffness, worth every penny, HMU with questions if needed
  • 3 0
 I watched a really good yt review a while back that hit on my concerns - namely that I want a platform-enclosed clipless pedal to give me some stability if/when I miss a clip-in. Both myself and the reviewer started with Shimano's Deore/XT/XTR style pedals with the small, smooth platform and they don't do anything in that situation. They just add a bit of support beyond the cleat when clipped in - and even that depends on the shoes.
The reviewer had switched to Mallet Enduros and they gave him the exact performance he wanted, but he was sick of buying new brass cleats all the time (they're soft and wear quickly) so he got a set of these new Saints to try. He was not impressed and couldn't feel much difference between them or a smooth-platform Deore/XT/XTR clipless pedal. The pins aren't long enough and don't support the foot unclipped because the clip mechanism is too high.
On his advice I switched to Mallet Enduros and they're perfect. I'll just have to swallow the added cleat cost.

Otherwise, they're shimano pedals. Barring missed clips, they're virtually perfect. Though I don't think I could justify the Saints over a pair of deores or XTs. Heck, I can't even justify any of them over the more xc-oriented XT pedals other than they look a bit odd on a bigger trail bike. I honestly don't feel enough difference in support.
  • 2 0
 @big-red @Jaib06 hey thanks for responses.
That's what I was wondering @big-red whether there is a significant step up in support over XT trail style or whether it's just better to have Mallets for that support so your comments were spot-on
  • 3 5
 What’s betterthan saints and old mallets is the “new” Mallets DH
  • 2 0
 I've been running them for 18 months now, i also ride the xtr 985 trail pedals and the dx on other bikes. The Saint pedals are superior when it comes to contact with the shoe sole. The trail pedals barely offer any more contact than the xc version. The dx pedals also offer a good contact surface, but Saints are better when not clipped in. The height of the pins can be adjusted to increase grip. The Saints have been the first ones i also rode in the bikepark, before i always used flats there.
  • 2 1
 Haven't had any time on the Saint pedals, but I love my Look En-Rage Plus pedals. Solid feel of the Mallet DH but with the tension adjustment and cleat of an SPD. They've been super solid after a year plus with no play in the spindle bearings and still on the original cleats, though it's time for a change.
  • 1 0
 @Focotrailrider: I dont know why your comment is being downvoted. It seems relevant. I hate the mallets personally, as the wires in the middle act like a ball bearing and spin freely. I almost broke my ankle when they rolled me off the front of the pedal. Shimanos and looks have not done this to me since the mechanism doesnt fully rotate.
  • 4 0
 @big-red: I agree that the trail version of the shimano pedals don't really add any significant support or platform vs the xc versions, but one feature that they do add that I don't ever hear anyone talking about is that they streamline the profile so pedal strikes are less likely to abruptly grab and dig into the terrain as badly. Just thought that was worth mentioning as it seems that aspect is mostly overlooked.
  • 1 0
 @thegoodflow: Good point. Not something I've really noticed much a difference in, but could help for sure. Where I do notice exactly that is on my Mallets. I had eggbeaters on an xc bike for a few years and I loved them, but rock strikes sometimes spread the spring clips enough that they disengaged from the cleat. I'd forgotten about that until now (it was years ago I was riding those pedals) but it's something that just hasn't happened on my Mallets and I'm glad for it.
  • 3 0
 Can't wait to see how he does in the Whip Off!
  • 1 0
 Sorry, I got a little drool in that 2nd to last pic on the stem cap. Won’t happen again.
  • 3 1
 why does every dh bike have a seat that is tilted back?
  • 10 0
 When you sit on a saddle that low your knees are heavily bent and your pelvis is rotated back compared to a normal riding position. Having the seat angled back to match is more comfortable for a DH saddle height. If the seat was level and that low you'd be sitting on just the back edge of the saddle with all the pressure on your sit bones. Tilting the seat back spreads out the pressure points better for the rare times you're actually sitting on the seat.
  • 2 0
 @ActualSize: that makes for sense!
  • 1 0
 seats should always poingt at thge stem or higher for steeze points, just looks better lol
  • 2 0
 @PeterT: fr lol
  • 1 0
 This makes me question what the hell Ive been doing with my life since that first riding in Whistler video came out.
  • 2 0
 Missing some wolves and viking runes on it.
  • 2 0
 grip lock on bolts facing up....literally unridable
  • 2 1
 26 kinda low doe if ur givin er the beans????
  • 15 17
 Looks like a... (No, no! Don't do it!)
Looks like a... (Come on man, the joke is old...)
Looks like a ... (MUST RESIST...)


Ok, sorry guys. I couldn't help myself.
Start the downvotes....
  • 1 0
 That Session looks like.......it’s made by Trek....
  • 2 0
 Oh sorry mate, I misclicked one...
  • 1 0
 It’s a session painted to not look like a session , brilliant !
  • 2 0
 Great bike. Nice setup.
  • 1 0
 Hmm the derailuer........
  • 1 0
 I wonder where his custom xs 26” session is going. ????
  • 2 2
 Why's he got that swag lean on the seat though...?
  • 6 0
 Prostate health bragging
  • 3 3
 He rides the recommended air pressure of someone double his weight! ????
  • 33 1
 Because he sends it double as hard.
  • 3 0
 Nothing wrong with that air pressure. He has suspension, it's a whip off on a pack in jump line. BMX riders/racers even his weight or less run 60+ psi.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Man when I was racing world cups I was running 72psi in my 40 at 165 pound rider weight. That’s crazy.
  • 1 1
 Looks like a session.... oh wait..... lol
  • 1 3
 As sick as the paint is, this bike is basically useless since it's both a 27.5 and a Session!
  • 1 2
 Looks like a Session
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