An Inside Look at the Crankworx Pros’ Slopestyle Bikes
By: Colin Meagher
A Look at the Crankworx Pros’ Slopestyle Bikes:
Cam Zink was running ten speeds during the Slopestyle Comp.
Martin Soderstrom, like many others, was rocking a single speed
Sam Pilgrim was rocking a single speed, and a 140 rotor in the rear.
Sam Dueck's Norco SS had custom valving stashed inside this prototype Monarch air can. ''It has a gate inside--small can feel for small bumps, but a big impact will open the gate up and add a bit more squish.''
Dueck was also using an old BMX trick: a chunk of rubber to slow down spinning cranks, making it much easier to find the cranks during tail whips, etc.
Yannick Granieri 'MacGyvered' together rear cog retention device after finding that his Commencal's full suspension SS set up would tend to buck the chain off the rear hub on the larger impacts of the Boneyard course in Whistler. Adding a couple more cogs acted as a chain guide for the rear.
Casey Groves was thoughtful enough to rock a mouthguard. ''I really don't like going to the dentist.''
Jack Fogelquist opted for the suicide saint shifter mount on his Banshee Rampant.
Amir Kabbani had a similar set-up on his Mongoose slopestyle bike.
More than one rider had a custom top cap from RockShox that permits the front brake cable to run through the steerer, helping to minimize cable wrap issues on bar spins. This particular set up belongs to Amir Kabbani.
Kabbani opted to run 5 gears in the back.
Graham Agassiz was running a KMC chain to bling out his Bass slopestyle frame. This bike was a full suspension design with the pivot on the BB shell, similar in design to the Yannick's Commencal and the Black Market Kill Switch.
If you can't fix it with duct tape... Mitch Chubey's cable control. Note the brake line going into the stem.
Mike Montgomery was running a hydraulic gyro to keep things clean for bar spins.