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Bike Check: Florian Nicolai’s Trek Slash Component by Component

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Bike Test: Florian Nicolai’s Trek Slash Element by Element

Florian Nicolai has been on the sharp finish of the EWS subject for the reason that very starting, and after stints onboard Rocky Mountain and Canyon he then joined Trek Manufacturing facility Racing for the 2020 season, which lastly bought underway in Zermatt final weekend. His new weapon to sort out the phases of the Enduro World Collection is the revamped Trek Slash, which he has been sneakily driving for simply over a month, and though he’s nonetheless effective tuning his setup he says it has been a noticeable step ahead from the previous mannequin, notably with regards to the rear suspension, which has given him numerous confidence.

As you’d anticipate from Trek the bike is closely spec’d with Bontrager components, and like the remainder of their mountain bike race packages encompasses a smattering of SRAM and RockShox elements, together with the brand new Zeb fork which Flo has been driving since February. Standing at 183cm tall he’s operating a big body; he would not appear overly fussy with regards to setup, and would not have a tendency to cut and alter settings fairly often apart from pressures and some clicks right here or there.

Top 183cm / 6′
Weight 75kg / 165 lb
Mannequin Trek Slash
Body Measurement Giant
Wheel Measurement 29″
Suspension RockShox Zeb and SuperDeluxe Final
Drivetrain & Brakes SRAM XX1 AXS & Code brakes
Cockpit Bontrager
Wheels & Rubber Bontrager

The brand new Trek Slash within the TFR staff colourway made its race rebut final weekend in Zermatt.

The addition of a snack / storage compartment will certainly come in useful throughout EWS racing.

bigquotes I discover numerous distinction on the rear shock, now we have extra journey which is necessary for me as 150mm on the previous one was not sufficient. It’s extra like a downhill bike so you may go quicker when it’s excessive pace and straight. It pedals higher, now we have a steeper seat angle which you’ll discover lots when pedalling up steep climbs.

Stress 70PSI
LSC 12
Rebound 9
Tokens 1

Stress 185PSI
Compression Open
Rebound 5-6
Tokens 1 token & band in unfavourable facet

bigquotes I’m nonetheless testing, I haven’t discovered a setting for right here [Zermatt]. I solely change 1 or 2 clicks at completely different occasions, not an enormous distinction. I like when the bike is sitting extra into the rear journey.
bigquotes I want aluminum bars as I’ve seen another riders break the carbon bars… I’m probably not assured driving with a carbon bar. It feels higher too, it’s much less stiff and helps with the vibrations. I run a fairly flat brake lever place as a result of it’s higher for my wrists, I’ve extra stability and it’s higher after I’m drained.

SRAM Code brakes are paired to 200mm rotors. Flo says he runs his lever place very flat because it helps with consolation on lengthy phases.

bigquotes Aluminum wheels are already fairly stiff for me so it’s okay… We don’t run an insert and the pressures will rely on every weekend, for this week [Zermatt] we’ve been operating between 1.6 and 1.75bar. I all the time run the G5, DH tire and the LineDH30 alloy wheel.

Tire selection is straightforward for Florian: “I all the time run the G5”


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