13 Dual Slalom Bikes from Strait Acres Slalom Invitational

Aug 20, 2022 at 3:11
by James Stokoe  
Snow Summit, Big Bear Lake, California once again made its home to the Strait Acres Slalom Invitational, the third year of the event, the second at this location. The first year was held at Rachel and Kyle Strait's property in Alpine, California and after the success of that first year, the Straits knew that they needed a bigger area to put together the World's Best Dual Slalom race so they reached out to the place that Rachel grew up riding and racing, Snow Summit.

When you have one of the best slalom racers in the world design the track, you expect something very special, however, the fans and athletes had no idea what was in store for them this year and with the help of the Snow Summit trail crew, Kyle Strait put together a breathtaking course that literally took the breath and scared the mess out of the athletes that had signed up to compete. The finals are yet to come, but in the meantime, we have put together a bike check on the steeds of some of the top riders out on course during practice and qualifying to give your guys a taste of what kind of bike it takes to battle and complete the gnarliest Dual Slalom course on the face of the planet.

Photos & Words by James "Pip" Stokoe



Kyle Strait

The man himself Kyle Strait with his Commencal MetaTR. The track that this dude put together in conjunction with Big Bear is what every Dual Slalom race should aspire to.
The man himself, Kyle Strait with his Commencal MetaTR. The track that this dude put together in conjunction with Big Bear is what every Dual Slalom race should aspire to.

Fork Pressure: 110 psi
Shock Pressure: 260 psi
Front Tire Pressure: 42 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 49 psi
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tubeless front, Tubed rear.

Kyle is running a Stan s Flow CB7 in the rear.
Kyle is running a Stan's Flow CB7 in the rear.

And Kyle is running a Stan s Arch MK3 in the front - different wheels between the front and the rear to help with compliance and tire profiles.
And Kyle is running a Stan's Arch MK3 in the front - different wheels between the front and the rear to help with compliance and tire profiles.

Some of the raddest bars ever made the Kyle Strait signature Descendant bars - they come stock at 808mm wide.
Some of the raddest bars ever made, the Kyle Strait signature Descendant bars - come stock at 808mm wide.



Harriet "HAZ" Burbidge-Smith

Harriet HAZ Burbidge-Smith and her Trek shortly after qualifying first in the Dual Slalom. This is one of the only events in her schedule that she will clip in also one of the only events that she mounts the shifter on the bars - speed and style has HAZ mounting the shifter on the top tube to allow for bar spins.
Harriet "HAZ" Burbidge-Smith and her Trek shortly after qualifying first in the Dual Slalom. This is one of the only events in her schedule that she will clip in, also, one of the only events that she mounts the shifter on the bars - speed and style has HAZ mounting the shifter on the top tube to allow for bar spins.

Fork Pressure: As hard as I can get it. Maxed.
Shock Pressure: Very high, pretty much locked out. Max pressure.
Front Tire Pressure: 30 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 35 psi
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tubes front and rear.

A 2-piston Magura MT-7 does the job on the rear for this event.
A 2-piston Magura MT-7 does the job on the rear for this event.

Although HAZ may run a 2-piston Magura on the back she prefers a 4-piston for the front - the speed Burbidge-Smith can create from a near motionless start totally justifies this decision.
Although HAZ may run a 2-piston Magura on the back, she prefers a 4-piston for the front - the speed Burbidge-Smith can create from a near motionless start totally justifies this decision.

We wonder if HAZ is ever in a precarious situation on the bike looks down follows the instructions and makes it through. We don t have to wonder we know that this rowdy rider does this a great deal of the time.
We wonder if HAZ is ever in a precarious situation on the bike, looks down, follows the instructions, and makes it through. We don't have to wonder, we know that this rowdy rider does this a great deal of the time.

HAZ s bar s glisten in the sun.
HAZ's bars glisten in the sun.

Fresh from Crankworx Whistler HAZ made her way down to Big Bear CA removed her shifter from her top tube to re-attach it to the handlebars but left the electrical tape so she can throw the shifter out the way when it comes time to bar-spin again.
Fresh from Crankworx Whistler, HAZ made her way down to Big Bear, CA, removed her shifter from her top tube to re-attach it to the handlebars, but left the electrical tape so she can throw the shifter out the way when it comes time to bar-spin again.

Albeit a number of years ago we saw a certain Pro-Snowboarder turn Pro MTBer do something very similar with black tape over their Specialized frame before a race. Any event that Kyle Strait puts his name to always leaves the fans wondering if his Uncle Shaun will make an appearance. However HAZ probably wasn t born when Palmer did this.
Albeit a number of years ago, we saw a certain Pro-Snowboarder turn Pro MTBer do something very similar with black tape over their Specialized frame before a race. Any event that Kyle Strait puts his name to always leaves the fans wondering if his Uncle Shaun will make an appearance. However, HAZ probably wasn't born when Palmer did this.



Luca Cometti

Luca Cometti with his Canyon Neuron. Luca qualified first ahead of the big show and his smile almost shows it
Luca Cometti with his large Canyon Neuron - 130mm travel trail bike, which Luca says is perfect for slalom, Luca stands at 5'-11". Luca qualified first ahead of the big show, and his smile almost shows it!

Fork Pressure: 145 psi w/ 4 volume spacers.
Shock Pressure: 320 psi w/ largest volume spacer they make.
Front Tire Pressure: 28 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 33 psi
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tubes front and rear.

There s a lot of TRP back there on Cometti s Canyon Neuron. We re suckers for shiny things and TRP s gold calipers definitely grab our attention.
There's a lot of TRP back there on Cometti's Canyon Neuron. We're suckers for shiny things, and TRP's gold calipers definitely grab our attention.

Custom pedals from Crank Brothers for Mr. Miata himself Cometti.
Custom pedals from Crank Brothers for Mr. Miata himself, Cometti.

Just in case you didn t know who Mr. Miata is Crank Brothers also put Cometti s name on the other side.
Just in case you didn't know who Mr. Miata is, Crank Brothers also put Cometti's name on the other side.

No set of Crank Brothers pedals would be complete without this a beautiful tribute.
No set of Crank Brothers pedals would be complete without this, a beautiful tribute.

What has TRP got up their sleeves with this shifter on Luca s bike and is this connected to another new piece of technology from TRP
What has TRP got up their sleeves with this shifter on Luca's bike and is this connected to another new piece of technology from TRP?



Jordy Scott

Jordy Scott and her Hyper Slalom Mini Mullet. 27.5 up front and 26 rear wheel.
Jordy Scott and her Hyper Slalom Mini Mullet. 27.5" up front and 26" rear wheel.

Fork Pressure: 155 psi
Shock Pressure: 250 psi
Front Tire Pressure: 26 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 28 psi
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tube in the rear, Tubeless up front.

The HT X2 pedals provide Jordy with a platform that harnessed her power to get her to a second place qualification ahead of the finals.
The HT X2 pedals provide Jordy with a platform that harnessed her power to get her to a second place qualification ahead of the finals.

Scott s SR Suntour Edge with 100mm of travel. Jordy runs the Suntour Durolux up front with 120mm of travel.
Scott's SR Suntour Edge with 100mm of travel. Jordy runs the Suntour Durolux up front with 120mm of travel.

Those purple I9 s though. And in Jordy s words We had some huge cases today and the wheels held up great
Those purple I9's though. And in Jordy's words, "We had some huge cases today, and the wheels held up great!"



Austin "Bubba" Warren

Austin Bubba Warren and his Evil Calling. Although Evil Bikes doesn t make this frame anymore in Bubba s opinion it s one of the most fun bikes ever built so it d be rude if he didn t race it out at Strait Acres Dual Slalom.
Austin "Bubba" Warren and his Evil Calling. Although Evil Bikes doesn't make this frame anymore, in Bubba's opinion, it's one of the most fun bikes ever built so it'd be rude if he didn't race it out at Strait Acres Dual Slalom.

Fork Pressure: 145 psi with max tokens
Shock Pressure: 290 psi, shimmed from Evil so it barely moves, just a little suppleness off the top for the chatter.
Front Tire Pressure: 38 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 45 psi
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tubes front and rear.

Bubba chooses to go with the Onyx hubs as well as a number of other athletes out at Strait Acres Dual Slalom.
Bubba chooses to go with the Onyx hubs as well as a number of other athletes out at Strait Acres Dual Slalom.

Warren s cockpit is made up of Burgtec Shimano and ODI grips.
Warren's cockpit is made up of Burgtec, Shimano and ODI grips.



Kialani Hines

Kialani Hines with her Pivot Shadowcat - definitely the most popular steed for the women out here at Strait Acres but no other is standing tall with the Marzocchi Bomber Z1
Kialani Hines with her Pivot Shadowcat - definitely the most popular steed for the women out here at Strait Acres, but no other is standing tall with the Marzocchi Bomber Z1

Fork Pressure: 120 psi
Shock Pressure: 300 psi
Front Tire Pressure: 32 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 32 psi, but will probably throw a little more in for finals.
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tubeless front and rear

Diety tying out the cockpit for a lot of riders out here including Kialani.
Diety tying out the cockpit for a lot of riders out here, including Kialani.



Kailey Skelton

Kailey Skelton with her KHS Black Magic which Kailey decided when we shot this bike check .
Kailey Skelton with her KHS Black Magic (which Kailey decided on the name when we shot this bike check).

Fork Pressure: No idea. Have not checked since Sea Otter and it was a little too stiff so took a little out, and now it feels dialed - so I haven't felt the need to check it.
Shock Pressure: I can think of a number if you want? But again, it feels perfect, so why mess with it?
Front Tire Pressure: 28 psi no cushcores
Rear Tire Pressure: 25 psi - (editors note: we're fairly sure the front and back tire pressures she gave us were reversed but Kailey approaches the sport with the best mentality - she doesn't care about the numbers, she's just stoked to go ride bikes and what feels right works for her: this should be a lesson to a lot of riders out there)
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tubeless

Fairly sure these are not 40 s but Kailey is a big fan of the decals so much like a 14-year-old kid with a book of stickers - they re going everywhere.
Fairly sure these are not 40's, but Kailey is a big fan of the decals, so, much like a 14-year-old kid with a book of stickers - they're going everywhere.

This logo is popping up more and more around the bike industry and it s sick to see...we re hearing of big things coming down the pipe from the surf skate brand. See what we did there
This logo is popping up more and more around the bike industry, and it's sick to see...we're hearing of big things coming down the pipe from the surf/skate brand.



Joey Foresta

Joey Foresta qualifying 2nd on his GT Distortion setup as a mini mullet - 27.5 front wheel and 26 rear wheel with a 50mm stem to make the bike a little bigger but not necessarily longer.
Joey Foresta, qualifying 2nd on his GT Distortion set up as a mini mullet - 27.5" front wheel and 26" rear wheel with a 50mm stem to make the bike a little bigger, but not necessarily longer.

Fork Pressure: 160 psi with a special tune
Shock Pressure: 300 psi, with a special tune and max spacers
Front Tire Pressure: 40 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 45 psi
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tubes front and rear

There s no denying that TRP has been making a huge splash in the brake world and guys like Joey won t trust their lives with any other brand.
There's no denying that TRP has been making a huge splash in the brake world, and guys like Joey won't trust their lives with any other brand.

A frame that was designed by Kyle Strait when he rode for GT. TRP supplying the shifting.
A frame that was designed by Kyle Strait when he rode for GT. TRP supplying the shifting.

Foresta can be seen from a mile away with the blue DVO fork - that and his style that so many riders either try to emulate or fall short and are just jealous of.
Foresta can be seen from a mile away with the blue DVO fork - that and his style that so many riders either try to emulate or fall short and are just jealous of.



Madison Pitts

Madison is another athlete that knows the Pivot Shadowcat is the best steed in her collection for this event.
Madison is another athlete that knows the Pivot Shadowcat is the best steed in her collection for this event.

Fork Pressure: 150 psi
Shock Pressure: 295 psi
Front Tire Pressure: 32 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 32 psi
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tubeless front and rear

Madison is one of the few athletes with a 12-speed cassette for the event.
Madison is one of the few athletes with a 12-speed cassette for the event.

It s those little touches that tie this bike together like the matching Fox Shox sticker on the shock and the fork.
It's those little touches that tie this bike together, like the matching Fox Shox sticker on the shock and the fork.

Just because we needed at least one image of the name of the most common bike on-site.
Just because we needed at least one image of the name of the most common bike on-site.



Teagan Heap

Teagan Heap and her Pivot Shadowcat. There are a fair few of these knocking about the Strait Acres Dual Slalom however standing at 5 foot 7 and a half inches when the moon is in the right place Teagan is one of the few who has chosen to run an XS frame.
Teagan Heap and her Pivot Shadowcat. There are a fair few of these knocking about the Strait Acres Dual Slalom, however, standing at 5 foot 7 and a half inches when the moon is in the right place, Teagan is one of the few who has chosen to run an XS frame.

Teagan Heap although small has a crazy amount of power and she needs full trust that not only her bike but also the components will hold up to her expectations during our conversations she made it clear that she puts her trust in TRP and Stan s to keep her from missing gates and clearing the jumps.
Teagan Heap, although small, has a crazy amount of power, and she needs full trust that not only her bike but also the components will hold up to her expectations, during our conversations she made it clear that she puts her trust in TRP and Stan's to keep her from missing gates and clearing the jumps.

Teagan pushes herself and her equipment and it s evident through the scares sustained.
Teagan pushes herself and her equipment, and it's evident through the scares sustained.

How many soon-to-15-year-olds do you know that have custom-painted Onyx hubs Yeah outside of Teagan we don t know of any either.
How many soon-to-15-year-olds do you know that have custom-painted Onyx hubs? Yeah, outside of Teagan we don't know of any either.



Barry Nobles

Barry Nobles and his 26 wheeled steed. If nothing else this event shows that 26 ain t dead.
Barry Nobles and his 26" wheeled steed. If nothing else, this event shows that 26" ain't dead.

Fork Pressure: 95 psi
Shock Pressure: 300 psi
Front Tire Pressure: Slightly too hard, probably about 45 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: Way too hard but probably about 50 psi - being a BMXerm I don't want any tire roll.
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tubes.

Nobles definitely had the cleanest and least beat-up grips on course today.
Nobles definitely had the cleanest and least beat-up grips on course today.

Barry Nobles with a tip of his hat to his BMX heritage running the Profile Hubs.
Barry Nobles with a tip of his hat to his BMX heritage running the Profile Hubs and when he was building up the bike he saw the Berd Spokes and geek out on them, so they had to become part of the build. He wanted to test them as a slope build.

Another tip of the hat to the BMX world by Nobles however with a MTB tweak.
Another tip of the hat to the BMX world by Nobles, however, with an MTB tweak.



Dani Johnson

Dani Johnson and her Polygon.
Dani Johnson and her Polygon Trid ZZ 26" Wheel front and rear.

Fork Pressure: 150 psi
Shock Pressure: 295 psi
Front Tire Pressure: 29 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 31 psi
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tubes front and rear

Dani s cockpit is tied out with style.
Dani's cockpit is tied out with style.

RockShox providing the minimal squish that Dani is looking for on this super fast BMX-feeling course.
RockShox provides the minimal squish that Dani is looking for on this super fast, BMX-feeling course.



Bryce Stroud

Bryce Stroud and his Norco Fluid 120mm travel in the back and 130mm travel in the front. Bryce is keeping it simple with 27.5 wheels both front and rear.
Bryce Stroud and his Norco Fluid, 120mm travel in the back and 130mm travel in the front. Bryce is keeping it simple with 27.5" wheels both front and rear.

Fork Pressure: 125 psi - all the tokens with a fast rebound.
Shock Pressure: 225 psi with a custom tune to make it as stiff as possible.
Front Tire Pressure: 30 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 35 psi
Tubes or Tubeless?: Tube in the rear, tubeless in the rear

Profile hubs front and rear.
Profile hubs front and rear.

TAG Speed Align System Stem.
TAG Speed Align System Stem.





96 Comments

  • 68 2
 I need more Dual Slalom in my life.
  • 12 0
 Makes two of us !
  • 25 0
 More Dual Slalom and 4X would suit me fine.
  • 10 0
 I still want a Pivot Mx4!!
  • 6 0
 everyone needs more dual slalom
  • 3 0
 @RussellTinka: such a dope bike!
  • 7 0
 Dual slalom AND 26" bikes? This post just makes me happy.
  • 35 0
 4x bikes are the only real bikes. can handle light downhilling, can be seriously messed with around town. too bad there aren't any.
  • 5 19
flag NorCalNomad (Aug 20, 2022 at 14:21) (Below Threshold)
 Downcountry bikes
  • 18 0
 All these short traveled small wheeled bikes. Love it!!
  • 15 0
 Would be nice to add wheel size to each of them.
  • 14 0
 As someone who still rides 26” I would like to know what 26” tires these folks are using.
  • 6 0
 I see Kenda Regolith, Maxxis DHF and DHRII. And from my own shopping, Schwalbe might have the most complete 26" range going right now.
  • 1 0
 Right? I feel like there’s more 24in options these days. I’ve got a few 26 inch bikes still and need new rubber but options are limited.
  • 4 0
 26"er as well, I've been running Maxxis Holy Rollers for over 20yrs, and I've never had a reason to look for another tire, personally, the perfect all-around street/DJ tire. another of those awesome "put 'em on and forget about 'em parts".
  • 17 3
 Does this event have a bmx background?
  • 24 2
 It actually has a BMX foreground.
  • 9 2
 Rumour has it, it does in fact have a bmx background
  • 12 0
 Kailey Skelton had all the best answers.
  • 13 3
 If they run their rear shocks so hard they are ‘practically locked out’ then why don’t they just run a hardtail?
  • 11 1
 Sometimes you want just a little bit of suspension in the rear that a hardtail just can't provide.
  • 3 0
 300 PSI in the rear shocks of those Pivot Shadowcats is nuts!!!
  • 4 1
 @seraph: One isn't getting ANY movement at those pressures, at least on a DS track.
  • 1 0
 @hllclmbr: That's not true. Having a little bit of suspension, even if it's super high pressure, will also help with keeping the rear wheel planted during acceleration.
  • 1 0
 @seraph: and help with pop so long as the rider knows how.. which I'm sure these guys most certainly do!
  • 1 0
 I raced slalom on a hardtail last season… I just built up a Ticket S (100mm rear travel) STRICTLY for slalom racing this season. I have the shock at maximum pressure and it is LOADS better than the hardtail for this type of racing. You still use all the travel if you’re actually racing. In hard turns or under/overshooting a jump. It helps tremendously with carrying speed after a slight case and provides a significant amount more stability in turns and pedaling. Seems insignificant but if you rode the two back to back it would be night and day difference. Cheers
  • 12 2
 Since when is 5'7 short?
  • 5 1
 Yeah… and running a XS frame?
  • 3 0
 @sportstuff: I think a lot of riders go by feel and not by a geo chart. The Shadowcat is pretty long bike…with a really long ETT at 627 in a medium.. My medium frames have a 606 and 585 ETT with 74 deg STA. At 5’8” even with the 76 STA on the Shadowcat…I’d have to size down to a small.
  • 6 0
 I would buy Jordy Scott's bike right now if it was publicly available...and came in a long. 4X bikes are, still, my favorite. I wish there were more available and the mini-mullet is radical.
  • 3 0
 I've been thinking of going to a mini mullet on my Transition Triple
  • 2 0
 @ATV25: funny, I have a morewood ndzia and have been trying to track down a 27.5 fork with a 1 1/8 steerer for that exact purpose.
  • 1 0
 @ATV25: Doooo it Big Grin
  • 7 1
 wheel sizes? seems like one of the more important things to talk about
  • 6 0
 Absolutely love the dual slalom bike checks
  • 3 0
 Surely Nobles is running 195 psi in the fork. I can't imagine him running 95 psi for this, he's a thick dude. Dani's Polygon looks dope too
  • 4 0
 No mention of the short cage AXS X01 derailleur? Looks like it's about ready for production!
  • 3 0
 It's an X01 Eagle AXS body with a Force 1 short cage assembly. Custom made for a few SRAM athletes. Problem is it looks like SRAM doesn't make the short cage Force 1 derailleur anymore so you'd have to find one used or new/old stock and then make a frankenderailleur.
  • 1 0
 @seraph: idk round my parts there is a lot of used Force's floating around
  • 1 0
 @NorCalNomad: short cage Force 1 derailleur are pretty rare actually, since they had a 28t maximum cog size limitation.
  • 2 0
 it shouldn't be too hard to link an mtb axs shifter to a road axs derailleur..?
  • 2 0
 @nullzwo: It's entirely possible to run a road AXS derailleur with a flat bar AXS controller, but the fluid clutch on the road AXS stuff isn't tuned for MTB use. The Eagle AXS derailleurs feature a much stronger clutch than the road stuff.
  • 1 0
 @seraph: that's what i reckoned Frown although the sram mtb derailleurs aren't exactly durable as well... guess i'll stick with a saint caged 1x10 xtr then.
  • 1 0
 @nullzwo: "sram mtb derailleurs aren't exactly durable"

Had plenty of SRAM derailleurs go through a lot (a bent intense 951 hanger which is 2x the thickness of normal hangers) and still work great.
  • 1 0
 @NorCalNomad: well i hear a lot of them developing play in the parallelogram within one or two seasons of riding. but that's no topic for this place...
  • 4 0
 It’s still a little funny, but I think that is the best looking KHS bike I’ve ever seen
  • 4 0
 Kailey Skelton! Huge love for Your attitude! A joy of rider is not closed in numbers.
  • 4 0
 Kenda tires dominating DS
  • 5 0
 Dual Slalom rules
  • 4 0
 Good stuff, need more DS and 4x.
  • 4 0
 Someone actually riding and enjoying a Canyon Neuron?!
  • 3 1
 No mention of the custom X01 Eagle AXS "DH" 7-speed derailleur on Strait's bike? Blank Stare
  • 3 1
 Call me stupid but what’s the advantage to running tubes - thought tubeless was more grip everywhere
  • 9 0
 Tubes are less likely to burp or blow off the rim. That's why some are tubeless at the front only.
  • 14 0
 You can run higher pressures with tubes. You get tubeless around 45 psi and you are letting Jesus take the wheel.
  • 4 0
 The benefit of tubeless is you can run low pressure, so your tire deforms for for more traction in rough terrain. This is beneficial in dh, enduro, etc... Once you get over 30 psi or so that benefit becomes negligible, and a tube is better due to to the reasons listed by PhillipJ and Antmauller. That's why you usually see people in fest series etc.. run tubes, and BMX and DJ always run them.
  • 2 1
 I would like to know if they’re running tubes or “tubes”. Tubolito isn’t really in the same category as a normal rubber tube….
  • 2 0
 Rolling tires off of rims. I had to run 40+psi to keep tires on when I raced slalom
  • 3 1
 Bryce Stroud has the best of both worlds: "Tubes or Tubeless?: Tube in the rear, tubeless in the rear"
  • 1 0
 @PhillipJ: +1 +1 +1
  • 1 0
 @jamesstokoephoto is there any chance we get a cheat sheet with the wheel sizes of all these bikes.

Not knowing this simple spec on these bikes is killing me!!!
  • 2 0
 What bike is nobels? The frame name isnt anywhere I can see?
  • 5 0
 It's a Haro DJ, not sure the model. He stripped the frame once he got on Chase BMX. He did a video about the Haro FS DJ on his YouTube channel
  • 4 0
 @hughlunnon @az-shredder3: Haro Thread Slope
  • 1 0
 @PJJ205: can confirm
  • 1 0
 @PJJ205: Designed by Nyquist
  • 3 0
 Barry's Haro looks fun!
  • 3 0
 49 PSI!!!
  • 2 0
 I love my meta 4x built up as a trail bike. Best fun to ride.
  • 2 0
 Yeah I loved my Kona Howler as a trail bike but i think ‘downcountry’ bikes will be taking over now they’re tough enough to handle things but long enough to pedal.
  • 1 0
 @CustardCountry: I had a Kona Dudu set up for XC/trail back in the early 2000s and it was a blast. 100mm out back and 130 up front.
  • 1 0
 @seraph: yep. It was great fun. I cobbled it together out of spare and a 2nd hand frame.

But I stand by my comment that a good Downcountry bike would be better now
  • 2 1
 I wish those distortions we're available for the rest of us. I used to have a gen 1 distortion and I still miss that bike.
  • 2 0
 Love this event, sic track, sic bikes, positive vibe, lines ary busy tho
  • 1 0
 What's the reasoning behind running tubes?
  • 6 0
 You can run higher pressures
  • 7 0
 Less likely to roll a tire off the bead next to being able to run higher pressure
  • 1 0
 Is Hyper ever going to release their DH frame?
  • 8 0
 Hyper is in the business of marketing, not manufacturing bikes
  • 1 0
 I’m still convinced it’s some kind of money laundering/tax dodge as they’ve not released anything that wasn’t a cheapo Walmart bike since Cam Zink was a rider (about 50 years ago).
  • 2 1
 Happy to see silver/raw/polished components back in style.
  • 2 1
 Anyone seen Friday fails?
  • 1 0
 Also wondering about that
  • 2 0
 Real DS bikes are rad.
  • 5 5
 See people, tubes work just fine.
  • 5 0
 Yep, with such a high pressure it's not a problem
  • 4 0
 For this type of riding/racing, sure. Notice no pros that we know of races them in EWS, DH or even XC at this point.
  • 1 0
 SikMik not running this?
  • 2 0
 He’s got a shoulder injury
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah! TRP!
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