Nico Vinks Darkfest Bike Check

Feb 7, 2020 at 2:12
by Samantha Saskia Dugon  

Is there any other words to describe Nico Vink other than 'all round mountain biking legend'? Well, we had a chat with legend himself at Darkfest, despite already being over here for a month building the course with Sam Reynolds and Clemens Kaudela, he's still hyped to be here and hitting the jumps all day, every day. One of the intersting things we came across on Vinks bike was his speedometer, usually a piece of kit that you'd see mounted on a roadies bike, yet here was one mounted on a bike belgonging to one of freerides bigest riders, check out why below.

Transition TR11

Transition TR11

Model Name Details
Frame: Transition TR11, Medium
Shock: Ohlins
Fork: Ohlins
Wheels: Hope Pro 4, chrome with Hope Fortress 30mm rims, matte grey decals
Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary, approximately 36psi
Drivetrain: SB1 Singlespeed kit, Hope Evo Cranks with 36t narrow wide chainring
Brakes: Hope V4, 203mm rotors front and rear, chrome
Cockpit: Hope Direct Mount stem, Signature Vink bars with 48mm high rise and 9 degree back sweep fitted with signature Reverse Vink grips.
Pedals: Hope F20
Saddle Reverse components saddle and seatpost

bigquotesFor Darkfest I’m running Ohlins suspension front and rear. Ohlins gives me specific tunes, just a lot firmer and slower rebound, just to be able to deal with the big impacts on the big jumps. Slow rebound to not get bucked in the takeoffs or when I case a jump and get bucked. I've got an SB1 singlespeed kit on for Darkfest, I don’t always run that, for example when I ride bike park I just run the hope cassette with a SRAM derailleur 7 speed usually.Nico Vink

Hope F20 Pedals
Hope V4

bigquotesFor years we’ve been just kind of guessing speeds, angles and everything and now we're just starting to measure more, to have more knowledge and a reference to go to when we're building more stuff in the future to have the exact speeds and angles and height. I just do a couple of runs with the speedo just to see how fast we're going on what jumps, it's a great way to gauge what we need to do for new builds in the future.Nico Vink

Ohlins Suspension
Cockpit complete with a Jordie Lunn sticker

Forever - Jordie Lunn


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