Video: 7 Quickfire DH Bike Checks from Sun Peaks - Crankworx Summer Series

Aug 13, 2020
by Pinkbike Originals  

In between downhill practice runs, we flagged down some of the athletes to get a quick overview of their downhill rigs.


35 Comments

  • 74 0
 Final guest didn't say much.... But guess he's running Fox front and rear?
  • 10 3
 Looks like he had a Race Face.
  • 3 0
 Quite sure he went outside the tape there...
  • 11 0
 Definitely running four pawt brakes
  • 16 0
 "Shi-maaah-no"
  • 12 0
 C'mon Casper, podium again please.
The lad is magic to watch.
Change rear tyre and puts a crushcore in and his bike is ready to rip. Legend (I know he only has 1 bike, but it looks like that is all he needs).
  • 3 0
 Is it just me or is that Norco HSP ridiculously short? Im getting Karpiel apocalypse vibes lol
  • 1 0
 In terms of numbers or just what it looks like?
  • 1 0
 @Bikerdude137: Just the looks lol
  • 3 0
 @MaksVraz: tbh it is shorter then most bikes of a similar size, i'm 5'8" and am riding the large...
  • 4 0
 Mullet for the win
  • 2 0
 That Kona has odd internal routing does it not?
Rear mech - up chainstay to down the seat tube? That can’t be right?
  • 1 0
 It's a little unusual but not notably strange. Niner do basically the same with the RIP 9, Santa Cruz do it similarly, though they don't send it through the seat tube. It seems like it's rarer on trail bikes, Kona's included. But the YT Tues, Nukeproof Dissent, Transition TR11, and a bunch of other downhill bikes send it down the upper rear triangle stay. Maybe that's because there's less impact/stretching on the cable/housing when you route it on the upper stay. Coming out of the seat tube is a bit unique, but that seems like more of a visual/style decision? Not sure!
  • 2 0
 I sort of hate my Trek Fuel Ex, but the downhill bikes are hot fire.
  • 1 0
 Just out of curiosity, why do you hate it?
  • 2 1
 I did a 3 day demo of one in Moab to try out a 29er trail bike and I really liked the bike. I was able to outride my friends on all the flowy trails and on Slickrock. If I lived out there or rode similar terrain I would own one.
  • 1 0
 is it a love / hate relationship? same here lol....i get so comfortable on it and end up always pushing the bike and myself a bit too far
  • 3 0
 @housem8d: I hate the proprietary shock and I don't like the 34 fork. I have the 2019 model, so maybe the 2020 is a lot better. Hate is probably a strong word. I just don't love it.
  • 2 0
 @HB208: but why you hate them, like, not enough support? bottom out easily? fox 34 feels too flexy?
  • 1 0
 @HopeFbn: Yeah, I feel like I blow through the shock quickly and the small bump sensitivity isn't what I would like. My hands always feel thrashed if I spend too much time going through rough terrain at speed. As far as the fork, yeah, just too flexy. I think they should do a 36 on the bike... it certainly deserves it.
  • 2 0
 @HB208: They do tout a redesign of the proprietary shock once every so often, and it's always "new and improved" and all the shop guys on Trek will say "Oh yeah, the last one was horrible but THIS one is really good now and it's the best ever!!!"

FWIW, I thought the 2020 was an improvement from the old 2019 one, shock included, when I rode it. Longer, slacker, more front travel and fatter stanchions on most of the models from what I can recall. Still though...proprietary kit is almost always a no-go for me, and I'm sure many others.
  • 3 0
 @parkourfan: I think for that reason for 2021 Remedy they are not putting a proprietary one, looks like the reactiv shock doesn't pair well for long travel bikes.
In the case of the fuel ex, since is aimed to a more mellow terrain, probably our buddy is underbiked and feeling the struggle of a soft shock.
Also, for heavy riders, the reactiv shock is a no go.
  • 2 0
 @HopeFbn: Anecdotally, my buddy who's 230+ lbs is on a stock 2020 fuel ex as his main ride, manages a shop (with plenty of other brands to choose from) and seems to love it - apparently it has enough adjustment from stock to work for him.

Especially for a long-travel bike, I want rear suspension that works with air AND coil, in a common size, that I can put just about whatever I want on there, though. Old trek and specialized were very, very bad at that. Glad there's more cross-compatibility now.
  • 2 1
 @HB208: i have the 2018 with no knock block, (anglespacer) 140mm lyrik, mullet set-up, dh tires and shortened rear travel for mOaR SpOrtiNESS down xc (no reaktiv, just a stock rs deluxe)

i got the frame then built it up to my liking....(after blowing up that shitty reaktiv 2018 fox damper, that thing is just crap for aggressive riders)
  • 2 0
 @parkourfan: yeah, now there is no problem to get a coil on any of the long travel options Trek offers.
Regarding the Fuel Ex, we might be in a case of personal preference.
My gf says that the Fuel Ex shock feels better than the Slash (Fox > RockShox).
  • 1 0
 The rear shock isn’t proprietary. You can run a 210x55. I do. With a fox 36 factory 170mm fork up front. Bike rips@HB208:
  • 1 0
 @housem8d: That sounds like a ripper. I'd rather not spend the money at this point to upgrade everything.
  • 2 0
 Why is there a whole on the downtube of Casey's Trek?
  • 3 0
 you install there a clip retainer for the cables. Looks like she forgot to put it on, or if she is changing cables frequently, maybe leave them unclip so its easier to change them.
  • 1 0
 Were they all running HT pedals?
  • 1 0
 @Eesha Des Aurum bei 1:20 is genial Smile
  • 1 0
 Haters gon hate
  • 2 3
 Epic Evo or Ranger today?!!!
  • 1 0
 Same question here! Don't fool us with dh bike video !
  • 2 4
 Where is that Epic Evo review??

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