CRANKWORX COVERAGE: Slopestyle Bike Tech

While the world’s best slopestyle riders were busy pouring Monster Energy coffee drinks all over newly anointed champ Greg Watts, a closer look at bikes that were thrown down around the winners circle reveals some tricks to the trade.

The smell of victory—in this case, the smell of Monster Mean Bean energy drink, which Greg Watts and his custom Gary Fisher Roscoe go drenched in after he cinched the win

The smell of victory—in this case, the smell of Monster Mean Bean energy drink, which Greg Watts and his custom Gary Fisher Roscoe got drenched in after he cinched the win

McCaul's Trek Remedy goes where most Trek Remedy's have never gone before—thanks in part to some trick upgrades. Oh, and a boatload of talent and utter lack of fear.

Semenuk's Trek Remedy goes where most Trek Remedy's have never gone before—thanks in part to some trick upgrades.

With all those bar-spins, McCauls custom shifter is relegated to the downtube.

To keep free from all those bar-spins, Semenuk's custom shifter is stowed on his downtube.

This Trixer hydraulic brake Gyro lets McCaul barspin to his heart's content

Trixer hydraulic brake gyro.

SRAM's BlackBox product development program in action

SRAM's BlackBox product development program in action

Brand loyalty.

Brand loyalty.

Third-place finisher Martin Soederstrom's NS full suspeinos slopestyle rig

Third-place finisher Martin Soederstrom's NS full suspension slopestyle rig

This NS frame has just enough travel to take the edge off of big-time slopestyle courses like the boneyard. No shit.

This NS frame has just enough travel to take the edge off of big-time slopestyle courses like the boneyard. No shit.

Soederstroem was representing a whole continent on the podium.

Soederstroem was representing a whole continent on the podium.

A strategically placed rubber block acts as a spring to let the chain account for the frame's suspension

A strategically placed rubber block acts as a spring to let the chain account for the frame's suspension