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Bike Test: Maxime Folco’s Blue Collar Trans Vesubienne Trek Prime Gas

If anyone rider sums up the spirit of the Trans Vesubienne, it would simply be Maxime Folco. A lifelong resident of the area, he grew up using and racing on these form of trails and 2020 marked his ninth time racing the Trans V.

Maxime is not simply right here to make up the numbers, he has been second extra instances than he wish to depend however has by no means managed to make that last step on the rostrum. For the final couple of years he had a small take care of Lapierre to race the e-MTB class, however for this yr he’s again on his common mountain bike as with no sponsor commitments he prefers it to an e-MTB.

He admits that he has no real interest in chasing sponsors once more and does not like social media – he simply needs to experience his bike quick. It is very a lot a blue collar affair, there is no such thing as a manufacturing unit suspension or digital wizardry aboard his bike – simply a mixture of components he had already and OE gear. This yr he was pushed all the way down to fourth as he admits he has struggled to coach correctly since being locked down in New Zealand earlier this yr (he was working there when the pandemic hit).

Particulars
Top 5’11” / 179cm
Weight 143 lb / 71kg
Hometown Good, France
Mannequin Trek Prime Gas
Body Measurement Massive
Wheel Measurement 29
Suspension Fox 34 Stepcast and Float DPS
Drivetrain & Brakes SRAM X0 & Shimano SLX
Cockpit
Tyre pressures 1.8 + 2.0 bar / 26 + 29psi

Fork
Journey 120mm
Stress 65psi
Sag 25%

Shock
Journey 115mm
Stress 105psi
Sag 25%
Lockout Distant

The SRAM GX Eagle groupset that the bike arrived with was switched out for a lighter X01 model – together with the 10-50t cassette, which is a reasonably vital weight saving, whereas the SLX brakes simply labored so he did not really feel the necessity to change them. The Fox suspension is paired to a RockShox twist shifter to actuate the lockouts – each entrance and rear are paired collectively on the shifter.

The wheels are a little bit of a combination and match affair – on the entrance he’s operating his DT Swiss XRC 1200 from final yr in 25 internal width, whereas on the again he has the Bontrager OE carbon wheel, though he additionally has his XRC 1200 with a barely burlier tyre for the rear within the prologue as there’s not an excessive amount of climbing in it and he does not wish to should mess about altering tyres within the night. He says he prefers the profile of the 30mm rim, it provides higher consolation and puncture safety, however the OE wheels are heavier, therefore retaining the entrance wheel. Contained in the tyres there’s nothing particular, simply normal sealant and no inserts, on race day he depends on wise pressures to maintain him rolling. They’re shod with a Maxxis Forekaster on the entrance and a fast-rolling Ikon on the rear for race day.

What’s there to say about Shimano’s XT pedals? Stable, dependable. The cockpit is the OE Bontrager carbon bar and 60mm stem that got here inventory with the bike, simply with the stem flipped the other way up to get weight on the entrance for climbing. ESI’s foam grips are mild, comfy and low cost – very best for a blue collar construct. Maxime likes to have his Garmin in entrance of him when racing – he likes to have the climbing metres exhibiting so can gauge how far into the race he’s and the way a lot tougher he can push if he must.

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