Bike Check: Casey Brown's Trek Session - Crankworx Rotorua 2018

Mar 23, 2018 at 1:57
by Paul Aston  
Casey Brown and her Trek Session Bike Check

Casey Brown's latest Trek Session is her first customized bike, and she is stoked on it. She designed the paintwork herself and it is fresh out of Trek's Project-One custom paint shop in Wisconsin. Paint aside, Casey's bike is a run of the mill off-the-shelf bike with SRAM suppling most of the moving parts, while Bontrager takes care of the components, wheels, and tires.



bigquotesThat's Dean the Sardine, he lives in my living room! He's from a surfboard that is on my wall that has a massive fish with pineapples in the background. I thought I would stick him on the bike and teach Dean how to fly!



Casey uses a standard SRAM XO DH carbon crank, a 36t chainring, and an MRP guide for retention. She is also using Shimano's new Saint clip-in pedal with four pins extended for traction.

Nearly every component that isn't from SRAM is from Trek's sister component brand, Bontrager. Casey opts for the Line30DH wheelset.

Casey uses the Mino-link in the lower setting for the Rotorua downhill race.


Casey rides a stock, small-size frame. She tends to run a stiffer suspension setup than some riders, with 74psi in the Boxxer fork and two bottomless tokens. Rebound is -8 clicks from closed and compression is -14.

The SuperDeluxe shock uses a 350lbs spring. Casey says she switches her setup for different terrains – her bike for this weekend's downhill race is much softer and faster than the setup she's sending big gaps on at the FEST Series.

Bontrager's handlebar and direct mount DH stem are finished off with a "McGazza Forever" top cap, in memory of the big man who helped build the original CWX Slopestyle course in Rotorua, NZ.


SRAM's Code RSC brakes with 200mm rotors take care of stopping duties with McGazza lock on grips to match the stem's top cap.



MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx @trek




78 Comments

  • + 138
 looks like a gt
  • + 4
 I was gonna say kona but you have a point there..
  • + 5
 @bonkywonky: I agree. It looks very much like the new Process 153 CR, just without a dropper.
  • + 2
 You sir are a winner
  • + 2
 I laughed loudly Big Grin
  • + 34
 shimano pedals.... sram ought to be pleased about that
  • + 1
 Which model? I've been out of it for the off season and honestly thought they were HT's. I like the looks of them.
  • + 8
 Doh! Now I feel like an idiot, just read the caption after only looking at the picture earlier. Definitely losing the internet today.
  • + 3
 @NWuntilirest only the best
  • + 3
 Maybe Sram should start making pedals.
  • + 21
 @Mavic101: na man, they'd squeal too much
  • + 4
 If you look closely it appears she's wearing some AM7 shoes also... SRAM doesn't make pedals or shoes though so they probably don't care. Shoes and pedals are super personal. I've tried everything under the sun and shimanos work best for me.
  • + 2
 @Mavic101: I recall a time when Truvativ made Hussefelt and Holzfeller pedals. Something must have gone wrong with marketing if two people here on PB think SRAM should make pedals.
  • + 12
 I love this woman and her awesome attitude! As an American, I've had to expand my boarders a bit in order to have local rooting interest in Women's DH. Miranda has been my favorite since she hit the circuit, Casey is now a close second. Keep ripping, Casey, hope to see you on the World Cup soon. North America needs you!
  • + 11
 I would agree. I lucked into riding a lift with the two of them in Whistler years ago. We chatted , having no idea who either were at the time(just knew they were pros based on kits full of sponsors) both were extremely nice and even invited me to join them as I was riding solo that afternoon. After that I looked them up and they became two I would always root for.
  • + 1
 she quit racing world cups 2 years ago if i'm not mistaken
  • + 11
 What's a Trek Slash with a double crown fork? Slashion! - I'll show myself out...
  • + 10
 Sort of like the small green frog that lives on my fork crown...I call him filth.
  • + 3
 No 543765 tooth rear cog, no 45* head angle, a solid seatpost that doesnt adjust via brain waves, and some kinda medieval chainring chastity belt. What will they think of next???
  • + 1
 Casey (who appears to have some sort of SRAM sponsorship) runs the Shimano pedals that that Eliot Jackson (who is one of the few DH riders that Shimano is still sponsoring) does not.
  • + 2
 Pedals are personal.
  • + 3
 trek factory racing enduro is sponsored from sram/rockshox for 2018, before shimano was the team sponsor and as there are no pedals from sram who cares .-)
  • + 2
 Sardines or like we say sardinhas with a slice of bread and red wine to drink ,come on summer let the saints begin,nice bike girl
  • + 4
 She's only fast because she rides with Rachel's brothers
  • + 2
 lol circa 2016
  • + 3
 Dean the Sardine, nuff said!
  • + 4
 RIDE or DIE. Yep.
  • + 1
 I see team riders running that wheel set but I can't find a DH version of Bontragers Line 30 wheels when I search the internet. Are they available to the public?
  • + 2
 Where does one Aquire one of those mc Gazza top caps.?
  • + 1
 @bforwil: Didn't see the top cap listed
  • + 2
 Ditch the B O N T R A G E R on the wheels! Logos on wheels are lame.
  • + 2
 because of that I only buy wheels with sticker that you can peel off Big Grin
  • + 1
 @Patrick584: velocity blunt 35
  • + 1
 @Coldspringer: I run the blunt SS! Light, strong, made in the USA!
  • + 2
 Would you take the labels off if the brand was paying your salary?
  • + 1
 @nozes: no, but if I bought a bike with my own $ , that would be the first thing I would take off.
  • + 1
 That color makes me want to hang curtains and piggie frames on it. What color is that? Drywall
  • - 2
 Trek suspension loves to fold and dive real easy--too reactive of a linkage. Have to end up running it overly stiff just to make it hold up in hard corners/casual jibs--feels good with the ABPivot surrounding the rear axle while on the brakes (dynamic suspension movement), but that's about it.
  • + 2
 Yeah they’re terrible. Especially that year that Gwin won everything on them.
  • + 1
 "too reactive of a linkage"

-nobody ever
  • + 1
 Awesome, I hope Casey does well in Rotovegas, a little part of me wishes she was in Chile though
  • + 1
 Thers something fishy going on about this bike :>
  • + 1
 I thought she had one leg.
  • + 1
 This bike check needed more pictures of Casey included...
  • + 1
 She is a beauty i deed!!! ????
  • + 1
 Very much a portuguese style, sardines and pineaples!
  • + 1
 Casey.....dean the sardine....keepin it real.
  • + 0
 I really wish there was a giant Clif bar that came out of her helmet. Sans hair and sweat though!
  • + 1
 Switches from Shimano/FOX to SRAM. Smh
  • + 1
 Those cables look pretty close to that shock spring.
  • + 1
 Wonder if can fit a flip chip to my Remedy as curentlly not got one?
  • + 1
 Looks like a fkn fast bike
  • + 1
 what wheel size?
  • + 1
 Nice rig!
  • + 1
 Do you know ROTORUA?
  • + 1
 NICE!
  • - 1
 Does the CARPET match the DRAPES?!?
  • + 1
 @DONKEY-FELTCHER: milk was a bad choice
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