19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015

Aug 13, 2015
by Mike Levy  
19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Cam Zink looks stoked to just be in Whistler, but we all know he's not here to just play around. He's won here before, so don't be surprised if Zink pulls it off again, or at least one massive move that we'll end up talking about for months to come. He'll be on his carbon fiber YT prototype that can be run single-speed thanks to a concentric bottom bracket main pivot.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Anton 'Clean Lander' Thelander is hoping to bring some of that easy style to Saturday's big show on his Canyon Stitched hardtail. He's gone with some relatively large-volume tires on his bike, especially up front, as well as a load of extra brake housing wrapped around the bike's head tube.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Louis Reboul and his Scott made the journey to Whistler from Lyon, France.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Specialized rider Mehdi Gani is another rider who's made the trip over from France.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Is Brett Rheeder going to win his third Crankworx event of the year? After winning in France and New Zealand, a victory in Whistler comes with a cool $25,000 bonus for taking the Triple Crown on top of the $25,000 for first place. Rheeder's had a consistent season so far, and he's looking to take another win on his Trek Ticket S that's built up with FOX suspension and a Shimano drivetrain.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  DMR's Dustin Gilding lives just a few hours from Whistler and had a hand in building the slope course, so he's probably feeling right at home.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Canyon's Tomas Lemoine.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Nicholi Rogatkin is coming off a third place at the Swatch Prime Line in Munich and a Best Trick win at the 26trix event courtesy of a frontflip barspin to tuck no hander, so it's obvious that he's able to throw down on his Specialized hardtail.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Torquato Testa, from Monza, Italy, with his Beddo hardtail.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Thomas Genon rode a Canyon Stitched hardtail in Rotorua, but has gone with a full-suspension bike for the burly course in Whistler.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Carson Storch looking very patriotic with his custom painted Diamondback.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Logan Peat is on his custom built Santa Cruz slope bike that's fitted with an X01 DH drivetrain and RockShox Suspension.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Yannick Granieri on another prototype YT carbon slope bike.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Canadian Paul Genovese with his Specialized P Slope - one gear, one brake, and one colour. He's also another rider that using a cable-operated brake with a gyro, which is an update from the hydraulic brake and extra long hose that his bike was sporting in Rotorua, New Zealand.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Greg 'Double or Nothing' Watts is known for throwing down combos that look like they're straight out of a video game, so expect some ridiculous moves from him and his Mongoose on Saturday. He's also in the minority of riders who have a front brake bolted to his fork, with the hydraulic line routed down through his fork's steerer tube.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Trek's Tom van Steenbergen and his flashy Ticket S.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  YT's Kelly McGarry flipped the canyon gap at Rampage, so we all know that he's not afraid of anything. Slope comps are all about mega tech tricks these days, but the New Zealander's preference to go massive rather than combining all sorts of spins and flips still makes him a crowd favourite.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  NS Bikes' Sam Pilgrim is sticking with a hardtail again this year.


19 Slopestyle Bikes - Crankworx Whistler 2015
  Brandon Semenuk might not live in Whistler anymore (he has a house and private slope course on the Sunshine Coast), but Crankworx is still his home event, so he'll clearly be hoping to stand on top of the box again. As usual, he'll be on a custom painted Trek Ticket S that's assembled around a stock aluminum frame (except for the carbon fiber seat stay unit). He's gone with a 7-Speed X01 DH derailleur and cassette, with a TT friction shifter bolted on the down tube that allows him to forgo a handlebar-mounted shifter and the cable that would normally be routed up to it. According to SRAM, Brandon's Pike DJ is set at 175 PSI, runs five Bottomless Tokens, and he runs the maximum amount of both compression and rebound damping. His stem is 40mm in length and his bars are 720mm, which is his go-to width on his slope bike. His stack height is 35mm, which is enough space the mechanical gyro he's running.



119 Comments

  • 160 0
 Good to see everyone is walking their bikes.... Huck Norbis must be proud.
  • 23 2
 I wanna see someone on a blkmrkt killswitch out there!
  • 6 5
 Editor believes Brett's ticket S looks more like a session than Brandon's. Genon probably has the most sophisticated hardtail too.
  • 9 1
 sure wish you would have taken these photos during the daylight, so i could actually see the bikes.
  • 74 3
 Canyons full suspension bike looks so clean!
  • 2 0
 Soo true, is it a prototype though or is it purchasable?
  • 1 0
 I asked canyon recently and they said they haven't got any news on a release unfortunately
  • 63 0
 wow, I'm glad they know so much about semenuks bike
  • 41 2
 now every semenuk fanboy with a ticket s will run exactly those specs
  • 5 14
flag cmitchell (Aug 13, 2015 at 20:49) (Below Threshold)
 no semenuk fanboy owns a ticket S so no need to worry about a copycat
  • 2 16
flag GavElliott (Aug 13, 2015 at 21:27) (Below Threshold)
 Does anybody know if Brandon Semenuk runs a RockShox Revelation because as far as I know that's the only fork that you can run 5 bottomless tokens on?
  • 10 0
 @GavElliott

semenuk can run 5 tokens on a Pike ....
  • 3 0
 Then they found out did they just dial their ticket s into a bmx rigidity.
  • 41 1
 Turn the lights on.
  • 38 1
 those carbon yt's and canyon slope bikes are dialed
  • 12 2
 Surprised Mcgarry is riding the old YT Slope bike
  • 7 1
 Looks like Zink is running carbon rims too
  • 10 0
 I heard in Colorado that he cracked his carbon one.
  • 13 2
 i thought that was his old diamondback slope bike all sticker bombed since he's not with them anymore. I think since he's a giant the carbon yt didnt fit him.
  • 9 1
 nope. that's the old YT Play. and im 99% sure YT made him a XL size carbon slope bike, maybe im wrong.
  • 5 7
 It's a diamondback slope bike. I've seen it up close. The yt carbon slope bike was too small
  • 1 0
 What he said. It's a YT. Makes sense that the carbon slope bike was too small.. certainly looks smaller than this!
  • 37 4
 These are abhorrently underexposed...
  • 5 1
 I had to turn my screen up to max to believe Zink actually had a bike in front of him!
  • 3 0
 Yeah more light please
  • 3 0
 The point of these photos was to show the bike... right?! But Shit, the photos sure look COOL (fad/trends)!
  • 1 0
 Yeah they look cool not taking that away but they are here to serve a purpose and not only to look cool, id just be happy if i could see a bit more of the bike
  • 18 0
 Logan Peat's "custom" Santa Cruz pretty much looks like the Blur 4X I had many moons ago.
  • 1 0
 looks like a freshly welded head tube!
  • 6 3
 I loved my 4x. I could say it was the best trail bike I ever had until I got my foxy.
  • 1 0
 without the weird top tube/seattube thingy too
  • 8 1
 @downhere67
You know the rules man, no telling the truth about your own experiences okay?

Translation: whoever decided to neg prop you has issues. To me that's an example of the most inane use of the neg prop. You simply stated a love for a great bike, then stated a shifting personal preference amongst a group of bikes that remain unstated, and somehow that was unacceptable to someone. (Shakes head slowly in disbelief)
  • 2 0
 Thanks dude, that's a rad little bike. Explains the raw looking headtube area. And I like the way the linkage top pivot looks like it's just been punched straight through the side of the toptube, 'homemade' style as they put it. What I don't like so much is companies starting to pretend like 'yeah ain't it cool that we built a bike', well no, on two counts. One, you have a factory, designers and engineers. Two, if I can't go into a shop and buy one then don't show me it just to say 'oh look we knocked up a bike cooler than some of you will ever have, in about two weeks, but it's just for the family, sorry.' We know it's about brand placement, so the 'ain't it cool the top guy got involved' is a bit weird to me. Maybe my corporate-bullshit radar needs calibrating again. I'd let them off a little if it goes to production, probably still be a bit small for me though. Good job I squirrelled away a medium blur 4x frame Wink
  • 21 3
 SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!! Greg Watts once again winning the ugliest bike challenge!!!
  • 1 12
flag Hyperx (Aug 14, 2015 at 3:12) (Below Threshold)
 Sam Pilgrim won/win/will win all this challenges.
  • 3 0
 at least its the nicest greg ever had
  • 18 0
 Kelly McGarry is going to front flip the start jump and land on the finish line.
  • 9 0
 Freedom flags appear to be the new neon.They have been popping up all over PB the last few days (Zink - Palmer - Storch). (Hoping Storch does well as I've always been a fan of his riding style and attitude/presentation in interviews).
  • 1 0
 especially as Storch got robbed at Rampage last year #StorchRampage2015
  • 12 1
 I would do so many unquestionable things to have one of these bikes
  • 5 0
 I know i would
  • 11 0
 *questionable
  • 15 1
 Except for the Mongoose...
  • 7 0
 Heard from Good sources semenuks frame is a new geo frame
  • 9 0
 definitely you can tell right away from the photo the front triangle is clearly different the down tube is mostly straight compared to the stock ticket s. his top tube looks a bit longer and less curvy than stock and the gusset from the top tube to the seat tube looks different. looks more refined and better in my opinion.
  • 1 0
 Dsheffer- you're like Columbo or something! You're right and I hadn't noticed.
  • 6 0
 Where is Soderstrom? The Mccauls?
  • 10 1
 Not all bikes are shown. More to come.
  • 5 0
 Soderstrom recovering from injury. Cam will probably be commentating. Unsure for Tyler.
  • 4 1
 Tyler retired from slopestyle. (or taking a break? not 100% sure)
Cam too. Will be announcing
Soderstrom is recovering.
  • 1 0
 wow thanks for the answers! So sad not watching Cam, its a legend and so amazing to watch!
  • 2 0
 At daugherd, I actually ran and tested the TRP road bike brakes with the integrated master cylinder and found them to lack stopping power. I wanted a rear brake that locked up with little effort anytime i wanted and the TRP brake just didnt have it. I only used a 140mm rotor and never experimented with a larger one. I was running a colony bmx lever with an odyssey gtx sealed gyro and cables. The quality of the TRP brake was great and it was very durable in my opinion.
  • 2 0
 It would be cool to see someone make one like this but specific for mtb. I bet a smart engineer could figure out how to get the stopping power these guys need.

How was modulation? I feel like they might be on/off yeah?
  • 1 0
 Modulation was fine. In a skatepark setting tricks like a tailtap required a lot of lever pressure and a lot of balance because too much force would cause the wheel to slip a little. On high speed jumps like 30 plus foot stuff the rear wheel wouldnt lock up when trying to stop. I know that the rear wheel locking isnt a good way to stop but it shows the lack of power, i simply couldnt squeeze it hard enough to lock the wheel at speeds like that. They had a weird method of adjustment where if you screwed the adjustment screw out to far it would shut off the system and they brakes wouldnt work at all. Honestly, it seemed like a cool idea but personally mechanical disk brakes and gyro work fine. In theory it should work though. Even on a lot of modern sportbikes the clutch is hydraulic bit activated by a mechanical cable. I think the new yamaha r1"s still use this method.
  • 3 0
 Maxiumum Rebound?.. correct me if I am wrong, but is that, he's running them ultra slow? I guess at 175psi they are still going to pop?
  • 12 0
 Exactly. The fork's spring rate is high enough that his rebound speed with it fully closed is probably still quick-ish.
  • 6 0
 except with five bottomless tokens its still stiff as fuck
  • 6 1
 When I first saw the DMR whip I thought it was an aggressive ht frame xD
  • 2 4
 It is a ht...
  • 4 1
 Respect to pilgrim, testa, rogatkin, gilding, gani, reboul and thelander.. They look like they're off to ride trails for the day.
  • 1 0
 Thelander has the new full suspension canyon he told me and that the other guys ride it but not he surprises me a bit. But i think he let Tomas Lemoine borrow his ht for the pump track challenge
  • 1 0
 Both of the canyons look well nice, I think I know what I'd pick right now, suspension or hardtail.
  • 1 0
 So you'd pick both? haha i really hope they are going to sell the ht in thelander blue for 2016 id buy that for sure
  • 5 1
 please Kelly no more injuries !!!
  • 4 0
 McGarry makes that YT look like a kids bike.
  • 2 0
 Apparently he's six foot four, I thought he was taller than that but he does like smaller bikes so I've heard, which might affect it optically. Seems he's further from giant status than I thought.
  • 7 5
 Sorry Rheeder fans but Semenuk will win this round. He's got all the motivation from Whistler and the skills to do it. Luck will be on his side this time.
  • 5 14
flag mtriquelme (Aug 13, 2015 at 17:55) (Below Threshold)
 I'm sorry, but you're wrong. The podium of this weekend is clear, 1st Rheeder, 2nd Semenuk, 3rd Peat. Is not about luck, is about pressure control, and Rheeder has a better control of this than Semenuk. Remember me! (C'mon guys, give me your negative props).
  • 2 0
 The geo of logan peat's santa cruz frame reminds me a of my jamis parker frame... except obviously the santa cruz would make a better bike.
  • 1 0
 TRP makes a hydraulic brake for road/cross that is a cable actuated at the caliper. Slope bikes should use something like that w/ a gyro.

www.trpbrakes.com/category.php?productid=1198&catid=206&subcat=0
  • 1 0
 So did Hayes back in the day. Agreed though, I think it would work pretty good in this case. I did ride a bike (back in the day) that had one and it wasn't far off from the full hydro's on power. Then again, I had avid's most reliable brakes at one point and they really surprised me how well they worked. BB7's.
  • 2 0
 I tested these brakes in this exact application. I found they lacked stopping power. The quality of these brakes are very good and they were very durable for me. I was running a colony bmx lever with an odyssey gtx sealed gyro and the trp rear brake with 140mm rotor. I wasnt happy with the stopping power, while they would slow you down they wouldnt lock the rear wheel up easily which i wanted for skatepark riding and stuff. Ive switched back to an Avid bb7 hooked to the gyro and i prefer that to the TRP brake.
  • 5 0
 where is sam reynolds?
  • 1 0
 I assume he's in, but they didn't show all the bikes
  • 1 0
 Clicked on the article, straight to the comments section - it's what PB is all about, right? - just to say I had no comment to make...until I saw the quality of those pics, that is.
  • 3 0
 Semenuk's bike must have a lot more parts than the others... Or is it jut a little biest?
  • 3 1
 It just that info was easily available, and his bike is one of the most interesting ones out there.
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy psst down tube not down tune in the the semenuk text
  • 3 1
 It's like when you're searching the buy sell ads and you find something you're interested in but the pics were taken IN THE DARK. Whyyyyy!?
  • 2 0
 Shifters on old road bike frames... Bad. Shifter on slopestyle frame... Goooood.
  • 2 0
 The only guy on earth who is currently riding a fork stiffer than Gwins is probably Semenuk then! Ahahaha
  • 3 0
 Good to see an Italian hitting the slope at JoyRide. Yeah Toto go for it!
  • 2 0
 I think that Trek guys only gave "updated version of ticket s" for Semenuk. Poor Rheeder xp
  • 1 0
 Rheeder got a new pain job on his
  • 3 2
 Wait... Don't these guys know that they need tueblesss27.5b+boostduro rims for a bicycle to actually function properly?

My bet is no one will win this event.
  • 4 1
 semenuk ftw
  • 3 2
 I mean, while we're at it, might as put in all the rest of the course builder's bikes..
  • 2 0
 What the hell is McGazza riding?
  • 5 0
 old YT slope bike. YT Play
  • 2 8
flag carfreak2000 (Aug 13, 2015 at 20:04) (Below Threshold)
 He is riding probably the first Carbon Slopebike ever made.
  • 3 0
 ^erm.. Do you know something we don't?
  • 2 0
 No it is the old 2012 yt slope bike...the first they ever made I think!
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum @TheLongMan Lol I actually mistook Yannick's picture for McGazza's picture. haha, Well anyway McGarry was the one test riding the YT Carbon slopestyle prototype a few months ago but it seems he's not riding it this time and it was Yannick's photo that I saw the carbon prototype..
  • 1 0
 You're spot on, but yeah you musta been drunk this time. In future, Mcgarry is the massive fraggle Smile . I didn't neg prop you btw, I actually thought you might have some inside info lol.
  • 2 0
 @tobiusmaximum Funny thing I am actually kinda drunk. lol
  • 1 0
 If Rheeder wins (I hope he does) will that be the biggest prize won by any mtber?
  • 2 1
 Logan Peat with the mane.
  • 1 0
 what is Tomas Lemoine bike ???
  • 3 0
 canyon stiched slope as genon ! to coming soon
  • 2 0
 Full suspension stiched, should be out soon as said because now the riders are aloud to show the bike as before in L2A genon wasn't
  • 1 0
 Lol Rheeder's Trek Session Ticket S come on guys...
  • 1 0
 I predict a win by a soft tail!
  • 1 0
 thought this was about the bikes but i dont see any..
  • 1 1
 "Slope comps are all about mega tech tricks these days."
Mega tech compared to what?! Road biking?
  • 1 0
 woulda been cool to see some pikes
  • 2 1
 Sexy mood lighting
  • 2 3
 This article serves as more proof that all slopestyle bikes look a right laugh.
  • 1 0
 No Bearclaw?
  • 1 1
 Brett Rheeder!!
  • 2 3
 Those marzocchis look Awesome. Marzocchi Lives!
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