Jackson Goldstone's Pint-Sized Custom Trek Session - Bike Check & Interview

Mar 9, 2018
by Brian Park  
Jackson Goldstone signs with Trek.


Jackson Goldstone is a household name in mountain biking. He's part of a new generation of athletes that, unlike many of those before them, has the opportunity to consider mountain biking as a viable career choice to pursue with their talents. He's now being supported by Trek, and we caught up with him at our Squamish HQ to check out his new custom extra-small Trek Session.


Jackson Goldstone signs with Trek.

bigquotesAs crazy as it sounds saying about this about someone as young as Jackson, we’ve known Jackson for a few years now. We catch up at Crankworx. Typically when anyone asks for support, they’re understandably asking for financial support. Last year at Crankworx, Ron Goldstone asked if we could help with a proper custom extra small downhill bike. Yeah! That’s something Trek is pretty good at. We have engineers and welders in-house who are really good at making that happen. These are fun learning projects for us.

Jackson’s talent is undeniable. However, what I love about him is his enthusiasm for riding. He loves sharing that enthusiasm with others. We’re happy to be supporting him as he gets riders of all ages excited about riding.
Travis Ott, Trek MTB Brand Manager

Jackson Goldstone signs with Trek.
Jackson's Trek Session

Frame: Trek Session custom extra small
Shock: Fox Float X2 custom valved
Fork: Fox 40 reduced to 190mm
Wheels: Kore Aerox 26” (the stickers are wrong)
Tires: Maxxis High Roller II (F) & Minion DHF II (R)
Hubs, Headset, & BB: Chris King
Drivetrain: Shimano Saint
Brakes: Shimano Saint
Cockpit: Kore
More: trekbikes.com

bigquotesIt’s the first time I’ve been on a DH bike that actually fits. They took my measurements and designed the bike to fit me perfect. It’s about an inch shorter and quite a bit lower than normal.Jackson Goldstone

Jackson Goldstone signs with Trek.
Custom alloy front triangle and carbon rear triangle.

Jackson Goldstone signs with Trek.
Jackson Goldstone signs with Trek.

Jackson Goldstone signs with Trek.
Jackson Goldstone signs with Trek.
That is a stoked young man.



Congrats on the new ride! You’ve ridden a bunch of bikes over the years, how does this one compare?


Jackson: Thanks! I’ve always ridden what I could fit—which has always been pretty much the smallest bike a brand makes. I’ve ridden lots of bikes, from Lil Shredder, Spawn, Norco, etc., and they’ve been great, but it’s been hard to find a bike that is the right size for me and what I want to do. So the fact Trek was willing to do a custom DH bike for me was huge.

Also, Trek has always been a dream brand for me. I’d always stop and see the booth at Crankworx and I’ve always wanted one of their bikes. I look up to Brett and Brandon a lot, and I’ve known Shandro for a while, so I think being supported by them is a great situation.

So what’s different about your Session?


Jackson: Trek made a custom sized DH bike for me, so it’s the first time I’ve been on a DH bike that actually fits. They took my measurements and designed the bike to fit me perfect. It’s about an inch shorter and quite a bit lower than normal. I tried a regular small Session last year and it was fun, but it was way too big.

We’ve had a lot of snow so I haven’t been able to ride it too much since I got the bike, but I’ve done some short DH laps and my initial impressions are that it’s so smooth. It’s like riding on soft pillows!

I’ll also be on a Fuel EX Women’s frame with 27.5 wheels, because it has lower standover and is a smaller frame overall. I’m still going to be riding a Spawn for a DJ bike until I grow into the Ticket and Ticket S. But I’m fully committed to Trek.

We recently ran a video of you and your dad exploring Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, how was that?


Jackson: The trails are so good, they feel like they get swept every morning. The alpine stuff is pretty special, and has amazing views.

Ron, Jackson’s dad: We were over there for the Rookies Cup, and I was so impressed. It’s a great series and a really well run event. We can’t wait to go back again this year.
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You kinda kicked your dad’s ass in that video… What is your dad still better at?


Jackson: Going up hill.

When we shot photos of your bike you were pretty excited about the colour. How did you come up with it?


Jackson: Once I knew it was coming I was on the site 24/7, using the custom builder [Project 1] to find the colour combination. I was thinking blue and white, or maybe a light blue and yellow, but decided “Pacific Blue” and “Old Style Gold” look good together. I already had the bright blue Chris King stuff and it totally worked out I think.

Who are you stoked on watching ride these days?


Brett and Brandon for slopestyle obviously, those guys are next level. On the DH side I look up to Minnaar a lot—literally too because he is really tall. Finn is inspiring too, I kind of think he’s blazing a path for other young riders like me.

I also really like Danny Macaskill’s riding, I wouldn’t be riding without him I think. When I was super young, like 3-4 years old I’d type D-A-N-N-Y into YouTube and I’d watch those trials videos on repeat.

You’re in public school, how does that work?


Jackson: Well, a lot of my teachers are mountain bikers so they understand I think. They give me a lot of homework though, I’m going on a big trip this weekend, and I have to do a week’s worth of homework on the flight…

Ron: I think some people see Jackson as having an unfair advantage, and in some ways they’re right—you don’t see a lot of surfers from Saskatchewan. Squamish is just so conducive to mountain biking, and some of his teachers being riders is a good example of that.

But I’m not anything unique, I’m not in the bike industry or anything like that. I think the kids of the current pros could grow up to be something special. Those kids are going to have some amazing mentors. That being said, there are lots of kids who are doing cool things now, and we get stoked whenever we meet other kids who rip.
Jackson Goldstone signs with Trek

Ron, now that it’s got potential to be an actual “career” for him, how have you approached Jackson’s riding as a parent?


Ron: I’ve seen a lot of really talented kids, especially in BMX, where they get pushed too hard and it ends up killing the joy for them and they quit riding. I’ve worked to make sure he has opportunities without pushing him, but he’s had to work to capitalize on those opportunities. If he stops loving it then so be it, but for now he rides harder than any other kid I know. He just won’t stop riding.

Jackson, at this stage in your riding you have a lot of options in front of you. Downhill? Slopestyle? eMTB YouTube channel? Where are you going to take your riding?


Jackson: Honestly I don’t think about that a lot… mostly because it probably changes a lot. When I’m riding DJs a lot in the off season I’m all about being a slopestyle rider, but then when the chairlift opens I start to want to race world cups. Never XC though. I’d rather golf.


138 Comments

  • + 434
 "Never XC though. I’d rather golf."

My man!
  • + 77
 Tell that to Nino brah...
  • + 135
 Give it 20 years and he'll be doing some kinda of XC like the rest of us. Happens to the best of us
  • + 28
 Xc is still mountain biking so it's still fun, but not as much as bike park and Enduro stuff.
  • + 31
 What's wrong with XC? Not Cool enough? Not badass enough?
Gwin once said he only knows DH and XC anyway. He considers enduro as XC.
  • + 18
 @indotrails: it's all the same thing. Enjoy it
  • + 5
 @jlawie: exactly. If we ride professionally, pick discipline the we do best. If we ride for fun, fitness, etc, ride whatever discipline that is most fun for us. as easy as 123.
  • + 39
 @indotrails: I think the means racing XC. Riding XC is Mountain Biking, racing XC is pure f-ing torture.
  • + 0
 A true 2-wheel lover rides DH Enduro XC and even Road. Just have a look at the DH and Enduro pros. I bet everyone also trains on XC and Road. Jared Graves for example, hell of an athlete. I never understood this "I ride only DH, everything else is for pussies" thing. Absolutely nothing wrong with a nice road session on a warm summer eve.
  • + 6
 @c00m: you left out BMX!!! all the good riders have skills that crossover from bmx
  • + 3
 Frankly speaking, I do think riding a little XC would be great for him.
  • + 7
 @jlawie: I just turned 40 and got new DJ bike. I hope I don't think about XC until I am nearing 70.
  • + 4
 @c00m: You can be a "true 2-wheel lover" without taking part in all the biking disciplines. It's a personal thing.
  • + 3
 Keep shredding dude ????
  • + 24
 It's pretty funny how many of you seem to be threatened by a 13 year-old's quick joke. Loosen up your bib shorts, dudes
  • + 3
 @indotrails: XC is boring at his age. he will love in due time
  • + 2
 @jlawie: Speak for yourself
  • + 2
 His teachers must be XC riders.
  • - 1
 in most of the world enduro is xc, you have to ride up the hill to go back down. No matter what the discipline, road is always the best place to train fitness. I think it was gee atherton who once said where else can you give 110% for hours on end without taking serious risks
  • + 3
 i couldnt say it better myself Tony !!!! Mtb riders with BMX roots ride circles around the rest.
  • + 2
 @AdustytrunkMonkey: Upvote for username
  • + 1
 @BaldBilly: soooooo true. When I’m finished with a race, I can barley walk. But I still love it!
  • + 151
 What is this, a Session for ants
  • + 28
 The bike has to be at least three times bigger than this!
  • + 9
 No kool-aid bottle mount.
  • + 6
 @colincolin: He's absolutely right!
  • + 13
 Well I for one welcome our new insect overlords.
  • + 112
 Is this family accepting adoption applications? I'm potty trained.
  • + 33
 Just wait 5 minutes for him to outgrow the frame.
  • + 58
 That colour way tho he has better taste than most of the muppets who's job it is to pick colours for bikes
  • + 23
 It’s is notably gold and stone colored...
  • + 38
 26 is so dead that even manufacturers try to pretend they cant make them anymore so they go and stick 275 stickers on them
  • + 5
 When will the bike industry takes kids serious? Dont they know dentists have kids too? I'm no dentist but I still drop lots of cash just to make Hotrock safe to take to an actual mountain.
  • + 5
 26 is THE perfect size for the 9 to 14 year old group. tons of rippers who are in that age range just destroying wbp on older dh rigs with 26 hoops.
  • + 28
 Custom bike? Looks like a Session to me...
  • + 0
 Looks like what the title says to me
  • - 1
 It's a Session tubeset and rear triangle, but they've shortened and lowered the whole bike for him.
  • + 22
 No bottle cage ?
  • + 18
 Hardly the most interesting part but Highroller front, dhf rear? Marketing be damned!
  • + 6
 This is the first time in a while that I feel like my bike has been relevant.... same tyre combo, 26 inch wheels.... it's basically the same as my 2008 Reign
  • + 1
 why the hate for the high roller, was the standard top tire for wet over hardpack for years where the minion would clog up. its more of a wet weather whistler tire than the minion imo, I've swithched to the WTB Vigilante on the small bike as the maxxis trail casings are crap and just leave the maxxis shorty's on the DH bike as its usually wet here.
  • + 1
 @Nicksp894: 2008! Bet it's the same size too.
  • + 1
 @XC-SCRUB: gotta make do with what you can afford! Trying to save up for something more current this year or next
  • + 14
 Please, let's come back to 26 inches !!!!
  • + 0
 Only if you're too small for a small
  • + 11
 Jackson, when you grow up you can use it as a DHBMX! Looks sick!
  • + 7
 At his weight (Jackson is pretty small for his age) isn't that front fork overkill? Wouldn't he rather a single crown he can throw around a bit more? I can't see him bottoming something like that out ever....
  • + 6
 Never XC - I'd Rather Gofl.... Where the heck did he learn that? Props man - keep it up, will be holding big thumbs up for you lil radddddster!
  • + 9
 Gofl
  • + 14
 @colincolin: golfing on the floor laughing?
  • + 8
 26 for life...ops...26 for kids.
  • + 3
 What a great story, I'll be watching out for this tallented youngster. You have to give some credit to Trek (and fox) for putting in a considerable effort and thus expense to produce that bespoke bike. A great feel good story. He's living the dream :-)
  • + 7
 Just hope jackson doesn't have a growth spurt anytime soon!!
  • + 10
 If he is anything like my kids, he has already out grown it between the interview and this article being published...
  • + 2
 So.... if you’re Jackson Goldstone, Brandon Semenuk, or Cam McCaul you get an absolutely awesome 26” wheeled bike. Anybody else you gotta go old school or bigger wheels. Now with 29” DH 27.5 will go away soon. If you’re 5’7” tall or shorter go suck it and ride the wagon wheels. Got it. BTW good on you Jackson. Keep shredding!
  • + 2
 HECK YESS!!!

So stoked to see this. Jackson is everything that mountain biking should be, he rides for the love of riding, nothing else. Not even a hint of ego despite being better than most riders on the hill. Trying to follow him is like riding behind a bunny rabbit just bouncing down the trail at insane speeds, I’ll never forget it. Way to go Jackson, you’ve earned every bit of this. Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

Good on ya travis for making this happen!!!
  • + 2
 Jackson obviously gets a lot of amazing support from his family; he’s very fortunate and seems to appreciate it. His dad also seems to have a very balanced perspective on his prospective career.
  • + 3
 27.5 Frame with 26” wheels!! Just like my bike build, see it works! Low and slacked = stable, better traction, cornering speed!
  • + 5
 the rear looks long
  • + 4
 I feel like my youth was trash-pt.2.
  • + 3
 Fairplay to Kore for making him a bespoke small size wheelset, I mean 26" wheels, who's ever heard of such a thing
  • + 2
 If they went to the effort of making a specific front triangle then why did Trek not bother with a 26 specific seat/chainstay set up? Looks like a 27.5 rear to me!
  • + 3
 I know I 'm 37 years old and 85kgms but still I'm gonna ask Santa Claus for this bike next Christmas.
  • + 1
 Cant wait to see the footage Jackson will put out on that little beast!! My son and I really enjoyed that father and son edit from the Goldstones. Did Norco drop the ball on not holding onto that kid or what?!
  • + 3
 does anyone take the time to line tire logos up with the valve anymore? takes 10 seconds!
  • + 2
 Would love to see the suspension working. Rear tire and seat tend to get fussy on small long travel bikes. But so rad to see such a built little bike.
  • + 4
 Embarrassingly long chain stays, sort it out Trek!
  • + 3
 eMTB YouTube channel? Seriously?
  • + 16
 Was that not a joke about Sam Pilgrim and his sell out to Haibike? That's what I took from it anyway
  • + 8
 @hairy-g: yes.
  • + 1
 ask Pilgrim
  • + 4
 Don't. Just don't.
  • + 13
 YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME
  • + 16
 Well, the model does remind me of a popular bike. Let me think, what was it again...
  • + 1
 @vinay: v10... It looks like a v10.
  • + 1
 @ibishreddin: Good call! Personally I was thinking of some kind of big wheeled KH24 but then I realized this one has another wheel. Probably for additional stability and also to be able to discuss geometry stuff on the internet. Just looked that v10 of yours up on the internet and indeed, that one has another wheel too!
  • + 3
 JEALOUS! But he deserves it.
  • + 3
 Give this guy a Tacoma quick before E-bikes gets him!
  • + 1
 Bike looks sick - keep shredding dude ????
,,,,, Trek need to sort him a small jump bike - ????if u agree
  • + 1
 they need to make a 24 ticket
  • + 2
 At 6ft6 (199cm) and 115kg, I find it weird that we use the same fork.
  • + 1
 they dropped it to 190 but i have no clue how he's going to use all that either - it must have the softest set up ever
  • + 4
 @crysvb: Jackson can send it harder than most. I'm sure he won't have too much trouble using up the travel.
  • + 1
 @KMcNeil: i'm not saying that he doesn't send it, it's just a lot of travel for someone who doesn't weigh much. from personal experience i had to sell my 170 with a regular spring because i was only using half the travel & couldn't source a softer spring
  • + 2
 Is Jackson unusually small for a 14 year old?
  • + 1
 Yeah, I wonder if he'd had got the same kind of appreciation of he were a lanky skilled 14 year old lad. There are enough well over 1.70m.
  • + 2
 Even for the short front that rear end looks Hella long?
  • + 1
 24" wheels look like they'd fit him much better. As they are now, 26s must feel like 33s to this kid!!
  • + 2
 That bike is sick AF! What a talented lad!
  • + 1
 It will be interesting to see where he takes his riding when he's older, WC ? Slopestyle?
  • - 2
 I think it’s funny that he has to get an extra small custom bike. When I was his age (two years ago) I was riding a large Trek Slash, and the next year I was riding an Extra large Remedy. Nothing against short people though...
  • + 1
 My parents got annoyed about buying me new shoes all the time growing up quickly as a kid, imagine how Ron feels haha
  • + 2
 And apparently Ron needs to find a helmet sponsor.
  • + 1
 Seriously, how tall is he?
  • + 2
 6'9"
  • + 2
 Count the bricks...?
  • + 1
 137 cm
  • + 1
 Great boy, just riding by passion without thinking about marketing BS Smile
  • + 1
 looks like a session... oh wait
  • + 1
 These guys should check out Super T
  • + 1
 Colors much like the Nomad.
  • + 1
 He seems pretty short for his age (14?)
  • + 1
 you won when your teachers are mountainbikers too!
  • + 1
 That’s squamish ... it’s packed with riders and great trails
  • + 1
 This kid speaks more intelligently and kindly than the leader of the USA.
  • + 1
 eMTB YouTube channel... hahahaha that was quite passive aggressive. Big Grin
  • + 1
 The dude is always smiliing. True next generation ambassador to the sport.
  • + 1
 You should get gold and stone grey colour ???? enjoy the ride man!
  • + 1
 Still looks like a session
  • + 2
 Damnit not going to tear up
  • + 1
 27.5 lowers on that Fox fork as well.
  • + 1
 tartan pants>lycra pants
  • + 2
 26 is not dead!
  • + 1
 i like MINI MAN better than young man
  • + 0
 Awesome family,great riders so happy for them .
  • + 0
 how the hell are kids supposed to ride 29"

wt actual f
  • + 1
 Looks like a Stinky 24.
  • + 0
 And here i am with my Cannondale F800 with Fatty fork. Frown
  • + 0
 At least it doesn't look like se session.
  • + 0
 Who noticed the raptor in the back
  • + 1
 Looks like a Session.
  • + 0
 Hehe @whattheheel it might fit you!
  • + 1
 Soz, I meant to upvote haha
  • + 4
 I didn't!
  • + 1
 Nice Ride!
  • + 0
 Looks like .....a talented enthusiastic rider, crack on buddy
  • - 3
 Man, that session really......................... Psh.
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