Piloted by athletes such as Cam McCaul, Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder and Ryan Howard, the Ticket S is likely the winningest slopestyle bike in the sport. Strengthening this argument is Brandon Semenuk’s win in yesterday’s slopestyle at Crankworx.
When Trek signed McCaul 10 years ago it didn’t have a slopestyle bike for him to compete on, so with Cam’s help the company started developing a solution. The resulting Ticket S is, essentially, a short-travel, full-suspension dirt jump bike. The 100 millimeters of rear wheel travel help take the edge off the massive features these guys are hucking.
For 10 years Trek has been working with its athletes to refine the bike, but it’s never been available to the public. Fans have been watching the likes of McCaul and Semenuk kill it on a bike they themselves can’t go out and buy. Torture. Well, Trek is finally making the Ticket S and other special project frames available in small batches through a recently announced program called Race Shop Limited.
Another Race Shop Limited offering will be the Session Park. Shorter stays, and a shorter and more progressive shock stroke turn a World Cup race bike into a playful mini DH bike. Reducing the travel to 190 millimeters, but making the stroke more progressive, allows the bike to sit lower and feel poppier off lips and exiting turns. The Session Park will be available in carbon only in spring of 2014 and will sell for $4,500.