Bike Check: Evie Richards' Trek Supercaliber

Jul 28, 2022 at 16:59
by Nick Bentley  



This lady really doesn't need any introduction. Evie is the current reigning XC World Champion and deservedly so. It's not been an easy year for Evie, since winning her world title with injuries and covid stopping her from racing World Cups, but it was good to see Evie out racing at the UK National Championships. Unfortunately, it wasn't the weekend Evie wanted, but it was impressive to see her out racing in the rainbow stripes at home.

Evie isn't the biggest bike tinkerer. Instead, she's more of a fit-and-forget kind of rider, running a pretty standard set-up and going from there while putting her trust in the mechanics at Trek Factory XC team to guide her in the right direction as she concentrates on the business of winning races.

It was a close first few laps with Evie Richards hot on Annie Last s wheel but after an off Annie s advantage proved too much. Evie powered on to secure second place in the Senior Women s class.
Evie Richards // Trek Factory Racing
Age:25
Hometown:Malvern, Worcestershire
Height:164cm
Instagram: @eviealicerichards

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bigquotesAt the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparklingEvie Richards

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Trek Supercaliber
Frame:Trek Supercaliber OCLV Carbon
Shock:Fox Isostrut
Fork:RockShox Sid Ultimate
Hub:Bontrager Kovee with DT Swiss EXP ratchet
Rim:Bontrager Kovee RSL
Inserts:Tubolight insert
Tyres Bontrager 29 x 2.2 tyres XR1 Team Issue
Chain Ring:SRAM Eagle XX1
Cranks:SRAM Eagle XX1
Pedals:Crankbrothers Egg Beater Ti SL
Cassette:SRAM Eagle 10-52
Derailleur:SRAM Eagle AXS XX1
Shifter:SRAM Eagle AXS XX1
Brakes:SRAM Level Ultimate
Rotors:140/140
Pads:SRAM Ultimate Organic Compound
Handlebar: Bontrager RSL OCLV Carbon
Grips:ESI foam grips
Saddle:Bontrager 155 Verse Pro Short
Bike Weight:9.5Kg

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Evie's bike has some unique touches, starting with the World Champion rainbow paint job that runs along the top tube and down the seat stays. Evie has also added some quotes to the paintwork to make this Supercaliber totally unique.

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Hidden inside the top tube of Evie's Supercaliber is a FOX shock that's not the Kashima-coated version you normally find on the top-spec Supercalibers - it's using Fox's performance coating instead. This is presumably to try and make it blend in with the RockShox fork mounted to the front of the bike and not to draw too much attention to itself as the team is sponsored by SRAM. The shock has the ability to be locked out from the handlebar and, despite its bespoke nature, has all the same tuning ability as a normal shock. Mounted to the front of Evie's bike is a Rockshox SID Ultimate Fork which has 100mm of travel.


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Mounted to the top of Evie's forks is a Bontrager RSL integrated carbon handlebar and stem, the stem portion of which is 70mm long and -17 degrees. The carbon bars are cut to 720mm wide. For grips, like many XC racers, Evie uses lightweight foam grips. Evie's are from ESI.

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The wheels on Evie's bike are from Trek's in-house parts brand Bontrager and are a set of carbon Bontrager Kovee RSL 29" rims laced to Bontrager Kovee hubs running DT Swiss internals and the rear has the 54t EXT DT swiss rachet fitted. Evie runs Bontrager's XR1 Team Issue tires that are 2.2" wide. Interestingly, these are running Tubolight inserts as well and are obviously tubeless, although the team were not too keen to give out those pressures.

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SRAM provided Evie's drivetrain and it is their XX1 Eagle AXS 12-speed group-set with a SRAM 10-52t XX1 cassette partnered with a SRAM Eagle 32t chain ring. Evie runs an MRP chain guide as well to insure that the chain stays in place. The 32T chain ring is fitted to a set of carbon SRAM XX1 cranks that are 170mm long. Evie uses Crankbrothers Eggbeater pedals to really keep the weight down.


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When it comes to brakes there is a set of SRAM level ULT fitted to Evie's bike with organic pads installed. SRAM, once again, provided the rotors and they are 140mm in diameter. Running over the brake lever on the left side of Evie's bike there are 2 Nokon cables in bright blue. These are coming from the RockShox gripshift lock out that Evie uses to control both her shock and fork. Despite the bike running a RockShox fork and a Fox shock this works without any issue.

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Evie runs a dropper on her race bike and it's no surprise to find it's a Rockshox AXS reverb dropper installed with Evie's custom World champ labels on her AXS batteries. On top of Evie's dropper is a Bontrager Verse Pro saddle that is 155mm wide.

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57 Comments
  • 40 1
 That old school metal shift housing is rad. it reminds of the old bike checks in Mountain Bike Action.
  • 2 0
 It's not that old school. It's a high end Jagwire kit that was used on a lot of road bikes up until hydro discs took over.
  • 3 0
 @alxrmrs: it looks like Nokon, not the Jagwire (or Ashima or Ican). I'd consider the Nokon to be old school. I haven't heard from them in forever, and I'm quite surprised to see they're still available in Europe.
  • 21 0
 Both 140 diameter discs? I would bet the current SID accepts 160 as minimum diameter…
  • 2 0
 Dremel can get you to where you want to be, haha. Joking aside, 140 might be a little adventurous even if it fit.
  • 19 1
 Cool bike. Cool racer.
  • 12 1
 try to hide the shock of a competing brand using the color codes of its sponsors, without thinking of removing the sticker of the brand, how funny is it
  • 4 0
 shhh.....[nothing to see here RockShox, move along]
  • 1 2
 pretty sure the fox logo is anodized on there
  • 2 0
 @mjlee2003: a little tape couldn't hurt
  • 3 0
 voids the Fox warranty is sticker is removed lol
  • 7 0
 Ha. I see it as a tacit acknowledgement that the Kashima coating doesn't do jack.
  • 9 0
 How does Evie run 140 rotors when the fork & supercal frame are 160 direct mount (no adapter)?
  • 1 0
 Custom rear triangle?
  • 9 0
 @zahava: more likely en editor's mistake
  • 1 0
 Sounds like some of the Supercals have a 140mm post mount like my old Top Fuel does, so I think she's running 160/140. Now the real question is...why lol
  • 7 0
 Supercalibers from size M/L and below have a triangle that accepts a default 140mm rotors Smile
  • 3 0
 Smaller size supercalibers are 140 direct mount in the rear.
  • 2 0
 @down0050: Those look like 140s front and rear. I don't think those tires in the mud could handle much bigger than that. Slip!
  • 1 0
 Definitley 160mm front rotor. I have 140mm versions of that rotor on my road and gravel bikes and they look a bit different.
  • 1 0
 just go nuts with the post mount facing tool and remove ~10mm of post. what could possibly go wrong
  • 5 0
 @down0050: Quick search puts Ms. Richards at around 57kg/125lb. If you don't need heat management and quite a bit less weight than most of us then 160/140 no problem. Even 140 x2 no problem. Plenty of road bikes haul things down from speed with 140. Also, I think the racer knows what she likes, running the rainbow and all.
  • 3 0
 Nokon cables haven’t seen them in a while ,what a pain to install them ,great bike and yes in the end that sparkling eyes thing is really a true thing ,try looking at a mirror after a great day of riding ,it’s like some chemicals have enter your body,you are born again :-))))) ,and that egg pedals haven’t seem them also for a very good time to ,nice bike ,keep on
  • 2 0
 Good thing they keep those tire pressures Top Secret! Especially since there are soooo many other teams & riders using the exact same configuration of Trek Team Issue tires and a lesser known insert.
  • 2 0
 This photo makes my eyes bleed. Did someone not say cranks level, valves at 6 o'clock, tyre and rim logos to match symmetrically. Pro photographers and mechanics are getting sloppy!
  • 2 0
 RULE 26 // Make your bike photogenic.
When photographing your bike, gussy her up properly for the camera. Some parameters are firm: valve stems at 6 o’clock. Cranks never at 90 or 180 degrees. Others are at your discretion, though the accepted practices include putting the chain on the big dog, and no bidons in the cages.
  • 1 0
 passes the eye test....that's a great looking bike! Though I got to wonder whether that metal cable routing rattles internally for the rear brake and shock lockout...if not, I want some for my bike
  • 3 0
 Evie uses our FIT XC model in Aqua Smile
  • 4 1
 Go Evie! Bike is awesome, nice job earning such a sick ride!
  • 4 2
 SuperCaliberfragilistikXCalagosquish Idk just came to me somehow
  • 2 0
 Is that an old school Nikon cable for the fork lockout?
  • 2 0
 Nokon not Nikon- stupid autocorrect
  • 1 0
 That bike looks fast, I want one just like it.
  • 1 0
 How do you take this frame apart?!
  • 7 7
 I want to see her entire co2 footprint now
  • 1 1
 Why what are you going to do with it?
  • 1 0
 Carbon ti thru axle sikk
  • 1 0
 Love that quote
  • 1 1
 The more I look at it, the more this makes me want to crash...
  • 1 0
 More bike checks please
  • 5 8
 Hi, thanks for the piece, just spottet two little misspells: „XX1“, not „XX!“ and it‘s „Crankbrothers“ pedals, not „Crankbrother“ pedals Smile
  • 5 1
 ESI grips as well... not KSI grips.
  • 7 1
 Who edits these nowadays??? Lots of easy typo's in the many recent articles. Mistaking ESI with KSI is a head scratcher - the K and E aren't even close on the keyboard. Makes me think someone who knows nothing about bikes is doing the final proofs here now.... But please keep doing these on XC race bikes as I love the detail pictures regardless of what the text says!
  • 1 0
 I like XX! better!
  • 1 0
 @mgs781HD: I'm just happy we're not having to try to read some of the older product reviews that were on here. Not mentioning names... but they may have been tested in Pisgah.
  • 1 1
 @mgs781HD: Nobody edits these... It's how endless scroll news is today. Want copy-edited material? Read a book or magazine.

I also noticed many typos, filler words, misspellings, and the second or third paragraph is just a run-on sentence. I do very much enjoy the XC bike checks, and they don't get a lot of clicks, so mistakes are forgivable.
  • 2 2
 FAF!!!

(bike and rider)
  • 5 8
 Fox shock on a Sram bike. That's embarrassing Rockshox!
  • 10 1
 It's a frame-specific shock that only Fox make www.pinkbike.com/news/first-look-treks-new-supercaliber-2020.html
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