Video: Building Reece Wilson's 2021 World Champs Bike

Aug 26, 2021
by Sarah Moore  

bigquotesWorld Championships is a special time, the one time a year when riders swap team colors for flying national pride on their backs. Custom-painted helmets and bikes celebrate culture and ancestry. Normal rules no longer apply.

Part of the tradition is the bike build – a ritual almost always held the week of the big race, as if to keep the rider in suspense, but almost certainly to keep the bike clean before hitting the track.

There’s a special energy surrounding these buildouts, with the mechanics applying the pinnacle of their care and attention to a bike that may only tackle a handful of downhill runs. Applying the perfect amount of grease where necessary (removing it in others), knowing the subtle difference a millimeter here or there can make, and jeweling it with anodized titanium bolts. This is their craft. Combined with the art of the painters, you have a steed as unique as the rider who will hopefully be inspired by the extra boost of confidence such a bike can bring.

Reece Wilson is the reigning DH World Champion, and while he won’t be wearing the rainbow stripes when the clock starts ticking, he has roughly four minutes to earn the right to put them back on. Reece will be racing aboard his custom white chroma Session that his mechanic Joe Krejbich and Trek Factory Racing have meticulously assembled. His build features a SRAM X01 DH drivetrain, SRAM Code RSC brakes with 220mm rotors front to back, and RockShox BlackBox suspension to tame Val di Sole’s notorious course. A Bontrager wheelset, and Title cockpit round out the bike built for a King.

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  • 26 2
 Don't say it..don't say it.......
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 Can’t resist! Nice airplane! Where’s your giant?! Are you doing rampage this year after the WC circuit is finished?!
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 @Mntneer: Couldn't resist either. Looks like a Session.
  • 14 0
 Are those Reece's carbon pieces?
  • 14 3
 I thought he rode a Giant?
  • 8 3
 I dunno, looks like a Session.
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flag pedalt0themedal (Aug 26, 2021 at 14:24) (Below Threshold)
 Reece Wallace rides Giant
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 That’s just like me in my shed.*

*scrambles around on floor for lost bolt, swears, cries, realises I don’t know the fu*k what I’m doing, before taking the whole sorry mess to the bike shop to be told ‘we don’t have the parts in stock.
  • 2 0
 When they wax poetic in the write up about adding grease then literally build all the linkage and bearing points drier than the sahara, what a bad build video. Also the angle of the brake hose at 2:18 makes me want to vomit...
  • 7 2
 Who OK'd that paint job? The gold one was so much better.
  • 4 0
 I liked his water bomber paint job best!
  • 2 0
 it does look pretty familiar Book
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 Please dont tell me he bled the brakes after installing the pads....
  • 1 0
 But can lightning strike twice?
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 You're not predicting Vergier again? Such modesty

@GotchaJimmy: Fanie Kok
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 @ceecee: you'd be mad not to. Depends what the Bontrager rubber says. If that's what it is.
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 @BenPea: it says Michelin DH22. I'm a fan of fast-edging tread since discovering Vigilante. Tho it would be funnier if they were Assegai
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 @ceecee: so it seems! And happy fast edging, man.
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 @BenPea: then madness
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 @ceecee: I totally predicted this.
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 No grease?
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 Am I missing something...why is this an aluminum frame?
  • 2 0
 They don't make the Session in carbon for 2022.
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