Whip-Off Winning Bike Checks - Crankworx Les Gets 2018

Jun 21, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
Crankworx 2018

bigquotesIt's a UPS bike so it always delivers. It might be a little late at times, but it'll get there. Ryan 'R-Dog' Howard

Ryan Howard is best known for his ridiculous whips and effortless style, but his custom painted bikes always attract plenty of well-deserved attention too. This season his Trek Session 27.5 has been painted with a UPS theme, which opens the doors for all kinds of puns about sending it...

As far as suspension set up goes, it stays the same no matter if Ryan is taking DH laps, attending a Fest Series event, or going past 90-degrees in a whip-off competition - stiff, with a medium amount of rebound damping.

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The Trek Session's custom paint job is full of little details, like this tribute to Kelly McGarry on the top tube...
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...And one to the Aptos Post Office jumps on the seatstay.

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Bontrager G5 tires.
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SRAM Code brakes

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There's a fresh Rockshox BoXXer up front - it only has two days of riding on it, along with the usual assortment of Ride or Die stickers that always accompany R-Dog..

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The whip master.

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Vinny Armstrong took the win in the women's category aboard her Scott Gambler, a victory that even the speedy Kiwi DH racer hadn't predicted.

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It might seem like flats would be the way to go for Whip-Offs, but Vinny came straight from DH practice and ran her Shimano Saint clipless pedals.

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Vinny's Gambler's suspension is split between Fox and RockShox, with a BoXXer up front and a Float X2 in the back.

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The bike's drivetrain and brakes are handled by Shimano's Saint components.

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Your Crankworx Les Gets Women's Whip-Off champion.


  • 52 2
 Casey Brown looks different today
  • 21 2
 R-Dog with 27.5"! So 26" is really dead!!! sigh!
  • 3 2
 NO !!!
  • 3 0
 That's surprising. Would love to hear his thoughts on the change. He's been holding out for years.
  • 7 21
flag fecalmaster (Jun 22, 2018 at 8:07) (Below Threshold)
 Does anybody really win a whip off? Is a diarrhea brown Trek even worth looking at? Will Batman strike this weekend? tune in next week for not too many answers!
  • 3 3
 @fecalmaster: spoiler: you will.

And in more pressing news, is a diarrheal username worth replying to? Find out after this...
  • 2 6
flag fecalmaster (Jun 22, 2018 at 11:31) (Below Threshold)
 @wimcdo: if what your saying is true then nobody cares.
  • 14 1
 How long is this mandated red boxxers thing going to last?!? Let them paint them SRAM...
  • 1 0
 vinny has a black boxxer
  • 1 0
 @bathman: because she is riding an older one. Just compare the castings and you'll spot some differences (except from the colour) Wink
  • 1 0
 Retail version of 2019 BoXXer is going to be red or black lowers apparently.
  • 2 1
 was just about to ask the same. Sick bike, funny concept; ruined by the red lowers.
  • 11 1
 ...And to make it even more confusing: The Germans call clipless pedals 'click pedals'. Wink
  • 32 1
 which makes more sense...
  • 5 1
 So do the norwegians
  • 5 1
 everyone should call them clip pedals. i imagine most people don't remember what toe clips are anymore. a huge misnomer
  • 1 0
 @eyeslide: #rattrapsaintdead
  • 6 0
 Can we get winning pump track bike checks?
  • 3 0
 1 gear, 1 brake, 1 front fork, very little knobbies. Oh...and stickers
  • 5 0
 That UPS theme would have went well with Casey. "What can brown do for you?"
  • 7 10
 Too much of a good thing. Crankworx was awesome as a once a year event where all the worlds best got together and got to goof off for our viewing pleasure. Now it's just the same 24 to 48 riders every few weeks doing the same old thing. However....the Innsbruck loam DH was worth every second of viewing, so keep winning
  • 5 1
 That's an idiotic thought process. By your thought process, every series in every sport should be a one and done.

What about uci downhill? Same riders?

Moto gp.

You do realize that every course is different and every event is a new opportunity... right?
  • 2 1
 @onemanarmy: Talking about the Whip Off Contest...and Whip Off Contest only.

It was an insanely unique event to the crown jewel of the sport & the only thing so unique that it took place nowhere near anything on the mountain. Just 3 jumps a couple thousand feet up the hill.

If you've seen one Whip off now, you've seen them all.
  • 3 3
 The brown and red colour combo ticks alls the boxes
  • 1 1
 Vinny proving it's the rider not the rig!
  • 1 0
 Why ups tho?
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