9 Bike Questions with Gee Atherton

Mar 27, 2016 at 16:03
by Mike Levy  

Things got a little TMZ-ish last year. Rumors had been making the rounds for months that all three Atherton siblings had signed a three-year contract with Trek as the title sponsor of their team (the Atherton's retain ownership of the license and management), and that was confirmed with a December announcement that turned out to be just one of a handful of major team movements within a few months time.

Now, three months after the news that the Athertons and Taylor Vernon will all be racing aboard Treks, we caught up with Gee to ask him some follow-up questions about his new Session while the team was in Spain for a testing camp and to shoot with Anthill Films for Not2Bad.

Gee Atherton on his Trek Session Photo by Sterling Lorence

Mike Levy: The Trek Session and your previous race bike, a GT Fury, are both top tier bikes, but they're also very different in how they work. What would you say are the one or two most noticeable differences between the two?

Gee Atherton: Well, the very first thing that we noticed, even when we were unpacking the boxes, was the weight. The Session 9.9 is so light! The next thing that we noticed is harder to quantify, but I think the best way to describe it is that there is a real precision about the Session. It's obvious, even at a glance, how well thought out the bike has been.

Levy: Were you on a production Fury frame, and are you on a production Session frame? Was it a matter of transferring bar height and reach numbers from one to the other in order to duplicate your previous setup, or have you made changes in that regard?

Gee: The GT Fury frame I rode in 2015 was custom sized for me, and it took a while to get it right, to be honest. I tend to like my bars at 790mm wide. That’s the same, and I don’t expect it’ll change. Bar height we’ve replicated as far as possible but there are some differences in how the bike works and rider position, so we’re still experimenting.

Levy: The Session is a slightly shorter bike than the Fury. How does this affect its performance relative to a guy who's going as quick as you are?

Gee: Reach is shorter, back end slightly longer, rider position slightly more central. It’s all about finding the optimum rider position for getting the most out of the bike.

Levy: The Session is a full carbon fiber frame, whereas your previous bike was aluminum. So long as the weight is competitive, does frame material matter to you at all?

Gee: The thing about carbon molds is that they are so accurate, so you get exactly the same frame time after time. You don’t have to rely on the accuracy of molds. With regards to riding, carbon does feel different to aluminum but I haven’t ridden a carbon bike that's exactly the same weight as an aluminium one, so it's hard to say exactly why.

Gee Atherton on his Trek Session Photo by Sterling Lorence

Levy: You've tended to run coil-sprung shocks for a lot of courses while some other pros are starting to run air suspension more often. Have you spent much time on the Float X2, and do you see yourself using it more on the Session than the coil X2?

Gee: We’ve tried and tested both and I just prefer the feel of the coil - it seems more responsive. Some riders chose air because of the leverage ratio of their frame; that’s not necessarily an advantage with the Session.

Levy: How much does your Session weigh?

Gee: Late 34lbs or a shade under 35 depending on the build.

Gee Atherton on his Trek Session Photo by Sterling Lorence

Levy: You were a bit coy back in November when I questioned you about if the team will be using Bontrager tires... so, will you guys be using Bontrager tires? And if so, do you see yourself on the G5 for the majority of tracks?

Gee: Yeah, we’re running Bontrager G5 or G-mud, we haven’t had as much time on the G5 as we’d like yet - even when we got to our training camp in Portugal we chose the only week with snow in a year!

Levy: How long does it take you to get used to a new and completely different bike? Are we talking a handful of rides, or is it a longer process that involves testing and changing settings and parts until you feel up to race speed?

Gee: It's an evolution. You can have an initial feel you think is right, but until you’ve tried and tested other things, you never know. It was great to have the guys from Trek with us for some crucial moments; they showed us a lot of shortcuts! This week with Fox has seen huge progression, as usual. The expertise that team bring is awesome.

Gee Atherton on his Trek Session Photo by Sterling Lorence

Levy: With so many big names changing teams, 2016 is going to be an exciting year. Other than the obvious answer of winning everything while on your Session, what sort of results are you going to be happy with?

Gee: Yeah, there’s been a lot of changes! But I try to think about my own game rather than speculate too much about what anyone else is doing. I can’t tell you that I’ll be happy with anything but wins! Last year was hard for me, chasing points the whole season after that practise crash at Lourdes. A lot of people have asked if being on a new team adds to the pressure, but nobody could put me under the pressure that I put myself under and historically I’ve always reacted well to change. I’m so stoked with the Session; I can’t wait to hit the track.

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  • 306 5
 I really liked this interview. It shows how thoughtful and intelligent Gee is in regards to bike setup. IMO he doesn't get as much attention as he deserves for being consistently one of best DH riders for years. Hope he does well this season!
  • 62 0
 I'd say he doesn't get as much attention because he isn't as outgoing as some of the other blokes on the circuit. (Ratboy, Atwill, Eddie & Wyn). I think this works to his advantage at some points being a bit more reserved, you can't really tell what he is going to do other than be damn quick. There is no denying that he is one of the top riders of the time.
  • 19 1
 I wouldn't exactly say he's obscure. I mean, he's in the spotlight for Hardline, Foxhunt, World Champs, etc. quite a bit.
  • 32 68
flag fercho25 (Mar 29, 2016 at 15:18) (Below Threshold)
 yes he desrves more attention. ALL HAIL LORD BUMMER!
  • 13 0
 With Trek support I think Gee could make a big impact in the standings this year.
  • 13 113
flag Aled-DHI (Mar 29, 2016 at 16:56) (Below Threshold)
 I think Gees time is long gone. I think if theres no WC win to his name this year its all over for him.
  • 39 8
 @Aled-DHI, your sound pretty cocky. I only wished you where able to compete at that level to gain a bit or credibility here. Pay a little respect to the man. Like it or not, Gee make's a mark in DH history.
  • 69 5
 Ah yes, the usual Pinkbike mentality that every rider must be a clone of Ratboy. I got news for you, not everyone is like that. I've never met Gee, but I'm sure he is plenty nice. Just because he's not acting like a drunken party animal doesn't mean he's a "Lord Bummer."
  • 124 1
 I have met Gee and Rachel. At Canada WC at Mte Ste Anne for a weekend I had very open and close dealings with them/GT.
Contrary to many beliefs, he is a VERY good and genuine guy. Focused, YES!! But this is his job. Its a very small window for a DH athlete (save a few huge names like Minaar, Peaty, Hill, etc) to be a top producer and money maker - and his sponsors expect very high performance. Sure stylin' and boozin' and partyin' works for some.... But that's not Gee at these events. I have seen him so banged up and honestly probably medically unfit to ride let alone race - but his nature is he can out will injuries and just lush his body and mind to levels only an extremely small percentage can even imagine!
Of course - when he and Rachel were 'in the zone' for preparation for race or training run, we just wouldn't bother or break that - but other times he sat back under tent, talked about random stuff, relaxed - and not just with us from GT. Anyone came around he'd sign autographs and take pics and talk about his bike or other bikes or anything. Gave some kids tires and rims from back of trailer (practice or used tires - how cool is it to be a kid and get a racers used stuff!!!).
All the "Gee is not a good guy" BS just drives me crazy. Different than the party crowd or goofy guys - but equally good with EVERYONE I saw and witnessed first hand.
In my mind a true professional working 110% to remain at the pinnacle of his specific discipline.
  • 35 0
 @Aled-DHI He was the 6th fastest rider in the world last year with 3 podiums. Can't really see how it could be over for him. He was faster than a lot of really good riders, Brendog, Blenki, Hart, Smith, just to name a few. Guys massively consistent and has 2 World champs and 2 Rampage podiums to his name, I think he will be making a good living out of riding for a few years yet.
  • 29 0
 @kgbdhbiker - thanks for the first hand perspective. It's refreshing to hear. I don't know the guy first hand like you, but it drives me nuts as well to read people bashing him in PB comments for no good reason other than he looks a certain way when he's at the races. It's ludicrous.
  • 38 1
 Here's my first meeting with him... Certainly not the Gee people claim to know or think.
Was on the couch at the GT trailer and tent on Thursday (I think). Was just chatting with Marc Beaumont, and two of the mechanics Mark and Pete. Gee came to trailer after being in the condo cleaning up after some riding. Rachel with him. Everyone was sort of lounging with feet up on table and stuff, and Rachel jumped into the only vacant chair and spot remaining and introduced herself. I was very nervous obviously - although none of them made me feel I should be - so I quickly went to jump up so Gee could sit. He raised his hands and said something to the effect of " sit down man, i can stand". Rachel chimed in to the effect "it'll do him good to stand as he's been on his ass all day during practise!" Everyone laughed. He chuckled and through ice at Rachel from the cooler.
So yeah... from what I saw and experienced first hand over a weekend race at Mte Ste Anne (and unfortunately only one day at Windham the following weekend), no matter where we were - pits or track walk or dinner, or sitting around tent signing autographs - never anything but a good guy!
  • 17 31
flag Rubberelli (Mar 29, 2016 at 19:26) (Below Threshold)
 Since I ride a Session, I'm rooting for him to win, so I can tell everybody that my bike is better than theirs. Because really, when you boil it all down, what's important is having the best stuff!
  • 7 24
flag fercho25 (Mar 29, 2016 at 19:46) (Below Threshold)
 I sincerely think the last person to care about the nick names and what people say about him is Gee, so why does it bother you guys so much? thats why I make jokes about him because I am confident im not offending him.
  • 10 0
 @Aled-DHI ... how boring would it be if ONE person won ALL the time? Its not like he's getting off and walking halfway down the track. Where is this "he's finished" attitude coming from? I don't think this sport is like boxing or mma where one person is champ till he's washed up and then fades into obscurity. Each athlete brings his own spice and without it, things would get pretty bland
  • 8 0
 Alot of WC races have results from first to tenth being separated by only mere seconds... sometimes less! So to say that Gee, who finished 6th last season(?), is done and one his way out is ridiculous.... all it takes is a small pebble to slow a racer down and they drop spots.... if he is still that high up in the standings i'd say he is pretty solid for a few more years....
  • 20 0
 Gee is still the one who can put a fight to Gwinning.. never ever count him out.
  • 5 0
 What I like about this is that he makes a lot of money from mountain biking, while 99% of PB readers whine about how much the sport costs them: Irony, perhaps?
  • 9 0
 When i see Gee, i see commitment although i never saw him in person. WC DH podiums, world championship podiums, some city downhill podiums, Rampage podiums. Few racer can do that.
  • 4 2
 Dayum you lbs !! we want it in kg!
  • 3 0
 Boy.... Our gee has grown up into a professional mountain biker, fast one too! Good interview.
  • 4 1
 @Gilmarques: it's about 15.4 kg.
(Divide lbs by 2.2 =kg )

I'm amazed they don't teach you that in Portugal.
  • 3 0
 @oldmanDan: yeah bro, say that to my teachers... and in distances the same! you guys are like Miles and foots... dude meters and kilometers for life please ! Wink and thanks for the lbs lesson
  • 3 0
 @Gilmarques: every single time you see an article you have to go to google to see the conversion ahah
  • 1 0
 @tiagomano: thats right!
  • 2 0
 @Aled-DHI: Yeah, coz now he'll only be , like, what the fourth best DH mountain bike rider in the world, part of a ridiculously prestigious racing family, LOADS of titles, professionalism, modesty........~

Yeah, times up for him... obviously... :/
  • 101 1
 Does anyone else miss the TV show about them? I thought it was pretty awesome to get a behind the scenes look at such a successful family of racers, not to mention I got a good few laughs out of that show too.
  • 13 0
 You mean the Atherton Project? GMBN had a tour of the Atherton "business centre" and one of the things that they asked Jon(?) about was if they would make a new series- The reply they got was watch this space!
  • 1 0
 Yep that's the one. Couldn't think of the name for some reason
  • 21 31
flag waxyfeet (Mar 29, 2016 at 15:51) (Below Threshold)
 I watched a few and had to stop... I just couldn't watch all the Athertons "you know, yo know, you know, you know" over and over and over.

  • 5 14
flag Matt76 (Mar 29, 2016 at 23:55) (Below Threshold)
 @sup3rc0w Yeah along with "Stoked" "Super Stoked" and "Rad".
  • 89 14
 Oh the Bullshit! If he had just gone from Trek to GT he would say the GT was better! Its all about money. He won a world champs on a heavy, out of date metal bike did he not? Beat a carbon frame Trek did he not? Correct me if I'm wrong.
  • 26 1
 For once in my life i agree with you :o
  • 31 1
 Well he didnt really say the trek was "BETTER", but said it was lighter the build was more precise(ie. No welds).
Would like to know what size reach/tt his session is and what same was for his custom gt.
  • 5 0
 @Shiny-side-up. Lol first time for everything. :-)
  • 11 6
 When he said precise I'm pretty sure he meant in terms of riding rather than talking about welds. Why would he care about welds on a bike
  • 7 2
 @timsim07: thats the point, no welds on a carbon mold. Jig vs mold.
Im sure its combo of both..its lighter. but he did say just by looking at it..." there is a real precision about the Session. It's obvious, even at a glance, how well thought out the bike has been."
  • 3 1
 He said it's hard to quantify. If He cared about the welds, that would be easy to quantify.
  • 5 2
 I suspect the "precision" comment related to stiffness. A stiff bike handles more precisely than a flexy one. And carbon tends to be stiffer than aluminum...
  • 2 1
 Yeah actually you might be right. Still not sure he means the welds but I think you're right that he's talking about how it looks rather than how it rides at that point
  • 1 5
flag fecalmaster (Mar 29, 2016 at 16:54) (Below Threshold)
 Is Racheal coming along for the Trak ride? ???"
  • 1 0
 No it just means he's so skilled he will win twice as much world champs on his session than compared to his gt.
  • 3 1
 @Matt76 he didn't say the trek was better, he said lighter...and GT are quite well known to be heavy bikes
  • 2 4
 Yes i know he didnt. But its quite clear in the tone that he has was saying it without actually saying it!
  • 37 3
 Not that he's ever been slow, & he's never been my favorite rider, but objectively, I really think Gee is going to be fast on a Session, perhaps significantly moreso than he was on a Fury.
  • 17 1
 more importantly, the new kit looks fantastic!
  • 2 0
 Except for the fact that he's got his knee pads on the wrong knees
  • 3 0
 @Lester22291 omg... the horror #ocd
  • 1 0
 @Lester22291 you made look for dagger pictures all over on google !! Hahaha
  • 1 0
 @Rideuse67: haha but I was right, wasn't I? I have the same pads and it drives me crazy when I make that mistake. iXS logo should be on the outside of the shin extension thingy
  • 1 0
 @Lester22291: Yes, you're right.
Damn it I even have a dream that I was fighting with my riding buddies because one of them has mistaken. HAHAHA

#ocd much ? :p
  • 27 3
 So we now know the Session is a different bike than the Fury...good to know. I don't know why they bother asking the riders questions about their old bike to their new bike. Each bike has pros and cons and at Gee's level I would bet it is hard to say one bike is better than the other - i think this could be said about all the bikes in the top 15 at a WC. Not to mention these are paid riders, they are obviously going to say things that favor their current bike. This just makes the old bike look like shit when we all know, last year Rider X was saying the same shit about their bike then. What IS interesting and useful info is comparing bike set-ups rather core differences of a bike like the material it is made of.
  • 10 1
 So true.
Give us some answers on how pros go about setting things like bar height, spring weights etc.
We all know the product they´re on right now is THE BEST EVER. What we really wanna know are those tiny little setup secrets that only come with experience and tons of work put into perfecting your setup!
  • 14 1
 Typical softball questions asked to pro riders by mtn bike "journalists"
  • 4 0
 I thought it was just me. It seemed like he said nothing. I hope riders make notes when they change teams so if they ever write a book they can say, oh moving to the Demo was such a massive change, or I wish Honda had continued with the RN01. Instead of, yeah, new bike, it's different, erm, new season. Go Trek.
  • 29 5
 Question 1) what does it look like ? it looks like a.....oh no not this again
  • 4 0
 Looks like a limousine.. i read that they are actually using custom (longer) frames.
  • 2 1
 I have it also on good authority that the frames are not standard in terms of geometry - I imagine its been a long time since Gee raced a standard production frame....
  • 10 0
 No joke I think that "looks like a session" joke is 5 years old this spring.
  • 3 0
 I can't believe it took this long for someone to bring this up, but the bike bears a slight resemblance to the trek brand's bike modwl, the Session
  • 21 0
 Can't wait for this season! So many team changes, new bikes, and riders back to health...going to be great!
  • 3 0
 Same here!! Can't wait!!
  • 11 0
 Gee is so consistent year in year out, a proper dialled in athlete that appears to work really hard in training on and off the bike.
  • 12 2
 I get really excited when I see any article like this come up. Thinking about some setup points and tips is really stinking cool to me.
  • 38 1
 "Bike is good. Bike is light. I like bike."

There, I just saved you all the time from ever reading another interview of what a factory rider thinks of his new rig.
  • 17 1
 *moves bike companies*
"Old bike no good. New bike I like. New bike faster"
  • 12 1
 Good luck gee, I'll be watching and rooting for ya!
  • 7 1
 Gee's a professional, that's why teams love him. I'd be just like him if I raced - serious about my career, my profession and my training. Minnaar and Gwin and even Hill are all serious racers as are others. And those guys aren't too shabby. Not everyone is a media show boat. I like him. He's one of my favorite.
  • 12 6
 Bikeborg / DHbot professional athletes can be a little dull these days, Im rooting for the Rat
  • 4 0
 these questions were pretty generic and I probably could have told you all the answers without reading them, it would be nice if the questions were more specific to avoid political sounding answers
  • 5 0
 The only thing that bothered me about this whole article was the fact that his shoes didn't match the rest of his kit.
  • 4 0
 I was oblivious till you mentioned it.
  • 4 0
 Goddammit why did you have to say that, my OCD has really kicked in now
  • 1 0
 Don't think anyone's noticed or mentioned whatever it is sitting on top of the rear brake pad fins...
Wireless thermometer?
  • 1 0
 And that mould was missing it's u
  • 5 0
 Did the Athertons make their money through biking or were they already a well off family?
  • 2 0
 They were not particularly well off at the start but they took biking seriously and worked hard at it.
  • 1 0
Thx for the info
  • 5 0
 9 Questions and 3 answers: 1. I ride Trek, 2. I've got tyres on it 3. My sponsors make good stuff
  • 5 0
 Gee, please beat the pants off Gwinn. I'm totally rooting for the Brits this season. You and Peaty.
  • 7 2
 could quite possibly hold a visual resemblance to a Trek Session
  • 12 7
 Looks like a Session
  • 4 0
  • 4 0
 get him back on a commencal bike Wink
see how old you are
  • 1 0
 word..the dude did in fact beat lotsa riders on carbon frames. the alloy gt might have been custom-sized but it was like a workin mans rig. hes got new resources available now
  • 4 1
 note: Gee Atherton rides 790mm bars.
  • 4 2
 Thats basically a stock Session for 16. No doubt Trek built this production bike as a full race bike.
  • 9 1
 Apart from the frame being custom, forks and shock being RAD and likely all sorts of prototype shimano etc parts that is....
  • 1 4
 Not sure the suspension is custom. The X2 and 40's have quite a bit of adjustment.
  • 5 0
 Probably race valved
  • 1 0
 @Racer951 custom frame?
Thats the shock, fork, brakes, cranks that come on the production bike. clearly race tuned, but factory parts. Wheels arent.
  • 1 3
 yep, clearly a factory 40 and a dhx2
  • 2 1
 @owlie If a fork and shock have different parts inside the damper than a production model are they still production models?
  • 1 1
 Id say so. You dont know whats in there, only fox and the team do. But you walk into a Trek store, and those parts are on a bike you can buy.
  • 1 0
 Bontrager...vanilla, sturdy, not once bought outside the initial bike purchase, etc. That being said, I want to try the G series tires...
  • 1 0
 Bontragers are more than legit, sporting well sized and spaced square knobbs through the whole range, from XC to DH. I tried three different tyres from them and were more than happy.
  • 10 8
 Geez that's been a very quick and effective session Big Grin
  • 1 0
 very punny Smile
  • 3 2
 Gee has all the tools, he's easily the fittest and strongest rider on the circuit, no idea why he's not won more world cups.
  • 2 0
 A lot of the very good riders don't win worlds cups that much either and he won the Champs twice plus has been always in the top 10 for quite some years now. Same style as Greg Minaar.
  • 3 2
 One thing Gee will rarely do is get loose! Precision works on some tracks, but when you're against the raw speed and aggression of GWIN or the Flamboyance of Rat boy; and they hold a run together, then it's not enough
  • 3 0
 He has won a lot, I guess you mean more recently...word champs curse?
  • 2 0
 @passw Yeah that! Also (oddly for a guy who's been so successful and hit such monstrously gnarly lines at Rampage!) he doesn't seem to like taking risks on a race run - he talks a lot about points and consistency rather than win or bust. Just before they joined GT didn't he have like 10 podiums in a row without a win?

Then the first season with the new Fury I 100% believe that he threw that world cup title away by trying to ride safe for the points to protect his lead insead of gunning for more wins. (Not that Stevie Smith didn't deserve it, he was sensational in the second half of that season).
  • 3 0
 The guy has done pretty well out there. I'm not sure exactly what standard you are holding him up too. I think Gee has something like 10 WC wins and didn't Minnar break the record for most WC wins last season with his 18th? I mean when the most all time is 18 and a guy has 10, I'd say that pretty darn good. I have no idea where to find the information but it would be interesting to know how many riders have actually won more WC races than Gee. I can't imagine its all that many riders.
  • 1 0
 @sino428: Fair play, hadn't thought about it that way. I think it's only Minnaar, Peat, Vouilloz, Gwin and Hill. So yeah, that's pretty good company!
  • 4 2
 Thanks for the thoughtful interview Gee!!
  • 3 2
 Gee riding on the Bontrager G5 tires. A marketing dream come true!
"The Gee man rides the G5's"
  • 1 3
 As cocky as Gee is and not being the fairest of sports, his answers were decent and straight forward. Some big names prior to him while aboard the Session did very well and all I can hope for is that he does well this season tup
  • 3 2
 Does anyone have any idea what these people make in terms of salary?
  • 4 2
 Well Aaron Gwin drives a $180k Porsche 911 gt3 RS... So they do alright for themselves Razz
  • 4 2
 And that Aaron Gwin has excellent taste in cars, and also seems quite fond of german engineering.
  • 4 6
 Pro Skateboarder Nyjah Houston drives a $250k Lambo, with all the tech and complexity of DH Racing, who would have thought skaters could get paid more, with not even half the training and effort you need to be a top DH rider.
  • 1 0
 Aaron is the first one to push the envelop in terms of asking for big amounts of $$$, most likely some other riders will follow, Loic, Jared and the rat will be next probably.
  • 7 0
 @juxtapozy it's not about how much work it takes, it's about how marketable it is, and skaters can sell a hell of a lot more redbull than DH riders.

Second, holy crap is skateboarding not easy to be successful in! There are so many skaters out there trying to make it which means it is so difficult to get to the top, and there is no-one who can reach that level by being half assed about training.
  • 4 1
 @wingguy I think what he was getting at is how much training needs to be done to become a WC rider in terms of fitness training, dieting etc.
Skateboarders and bmx riders can still drink 4 cans of red bull and snack on haribos and still be successful in their sport.
  • 2 0
 Maybe, but since no-one wants to sit down and watch a live feed of you doing a weight room circuit every weekend the amount of gym training you need to do for a sport is even less relevant to how much you can earn. Just think how much golfers get paid.
  • 2 1
 hey what's wrong with Haribo's Frown
  • 1 0
 In recent times not in the past
  • 2 2
 A Porsche is most certainly not 'Excellent' choice in cars. Personal opinion. : )
  • 1 0
 @Wingguy Yeah I know what you mean, and Skateboarding is a far more popular sport which means more money, so naturally top athletes will get paid more. Makes sense, really.
@cuban-b Nothing is wrong with haribo's lol, they're great!
  • 1 0
 Skateboarding is insanely skilled, if you don't think it is go out and give it a go. How many 13 year old kids do you see wearing DC, Emirica etc t-shirts and knocking around with a skate board compared to Mountain bike t-shirts jeans caps etc. Skaters get paid more because their merchandise makes crap loads more money
  • 1 0
 @Narro2 Aaron's had the car for little over a year now, so he was still with Specialized. But I reckon he'll be turning up to the first WC in a Veyron nextWink
  • 3 2
 because you are riding with trek now, you are gona do waaaay much better!
  • 2 1
 How tall is he and what size is he on?
  • 2 1
 Not sure how tall he is but have it on good authority the frame isnt a standard size. Its better to judge your sizing from fast privateer guys about your height rather than the top 10 world cup guys though - you just cant replicate what they are doing on a bike so comparisons are not a great idea.
  • 1 0
 I read in another interview a month or two ago that he was on a XL.
  • 1 0
 XL frame. Don't know height.
  • 2 0
 Who's authority? While linkages and sometimes chainstay lengths are easy to change, creating a brand new mold for a carbon front triangle is a hugely expensive process. Even in the highly funded world of road cycling only a couple (literally) of pro's get custom geometry these days. I don't see anyway that Trek are making a new size for Gee unless they were planning on releasing a new size anyway.
  • 1 0
 I think he is 190 cm and I recall hearing that he is on a special sized Session, a bigger one. Not sure were I saw it though.
  • 3 0
 It's almost like companies use WC DH teams as testing grounds for new ideas!
If Trek is still making top tier carbon frames in the USA changes should be relatively easy.
Well before the Ticket S was ever released I asked MaCaul what his slope bike was, told "It really a mix of a bunch of different frame parts"
  • 3 0
 It's not about where it's made, it's about how it's made. It is very cheap to make a one off aluminium or steel frame with a different geometry, it is very expensive to make a one off carbon frame with a different geometry. It wouldn't surprise me in the least that slopestyle riders can get custom frames made up. Heck, Gee even said in the interview that he had been riding a custom Fury, which again doesn't surprise me because it's an aluminium bike. But it isn't in the least bit relevant when we're talking about carbon DH rigs.
  • 2 0
 Was at Llangollen last year, he's a couple of inches taller than me, so 6 1" possibly 6 2".
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 @wingguy I am not going to blart on about who I got this info from but the frames are a different geometry - believe what you like, entirely up to you.

I am not sure why people get so strange about the top riders using different geometry bikes or proto parts - We are simply not doing what they do on their bikes, not even close.

Do you not notice in the question where he is asked if he is on a custom sized session after his custom fury he just doesnt answer and diverts to bar size? - If it was a standard frame he would say so, better for PR is it not?
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 I'm not bothered at all about riders using custom geometry or parts. I like that it happens a lot. Gwin probably went through more linkages last year than he did tyres. Fairclough has used not only offset cups but custom offset fork crowns. SantaCruz were prototyping different VPP links to tune the Syndicates' chainstay lengths from track to track last year. Damn near every factory rider is on suspension internals at least a generation away from what is available, if they'll ever be released. However, given what I understand about carbon frame manufacturing vs what some guy who knows a guy who knows a guy says about what Gee is riding I do not believe that he is riding a custom Session mainframe. If it's a new XXL size they haven't released yet, maybe. Custom geometry for him only, nope.
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 @Racer951: So what is different about the geo. We don't care who spilled the beans but give us the numbers please. Without those its the equivalent of name dropping ...
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 So back to question 2. Gee, will you be riding a production trek session?
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 hope he kills it this year.
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 Gee's tough as nails! youtu.be/RK3LXYe_H_w
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 All hail lord geesus
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 Looks like a session.

We're still using this gag right?
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 Yes, forever.
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 Good interview! I feel better about my coil spring fork!
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 see you on ASPDHC 2016 gee (maybe) Big Grin
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 Where about spain?
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 I hope The Athertons are involved in the 29er version's development.
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 have any men ever won a WC downhill race on a Trek? srs
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 Yeah, there was this one guy, not sure you've ever heard of him. Aaron Gwin. Ring any bells?
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