Bike Verify: Florian Nicolai’s Trek Slash Part by Part
Florian Nicolai has been on the sharp finish of the EWS discipline 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 obtained underway in Zermatt final weekend. His new weapon to deal with the levels of the Enduro World Collection is the revamped Trek Slash, which he has been sneakily using for simply over a month, and though he’s nonetheless positive tuning his setup he says it has been a noticeable step ahead from the previous mannequin, notably on the subject of the rear suspension, which has given him quite a lot of confidence.
As you’d count on from Trek the bike is closely spec’d with Bontrager components, and like the remainder of their mountain bike race packages includes a smattering of SRAM and RockShox elements, together with the brand new Zeb fork which Flo has been using since February. Standing at 183cm tall he’s working a big body; he would not appear overly fussy on the subject of setup, and would not have a tendency to cut and alter settings fairly often other than pressures and some clicks right here or there.
Peak 183cm / 6′
Weight 75kg / 165 lb
Mannequin Trek Slash
Body Dimension Massive
Wheel Dimension 29″
Suspension RockShox Zeb and SuperDeluxe Final
Drivetrain & Brakes SRAM XX1 AXS & Code brakes
Wheels & Rubber Bontrager
The brand new Trek Slash within the TFR crew colourway made its race rebut final weekend in Zermatt.
The addition of a snack / storage compartment will certainly turn out to be useful throughout EWS racing.
||I discover quite a lot of distinction on the rear shock, we’ve got extra journey which is essential 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, we’ve got a steeper seat angle which you’ll discover rather a lot when pedalling up steep climbs.
Tokens 1 token & band in unfavorable facet
||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 a giant distinction. I like when the bike is sitting extra into the rear journey.
||I want aluminum bars as I’ve seen another riders break the carbon bars… I’m probably not assured using with a carbon bar. It feels higher too, it’s much less stiff and helps with the vibrations. I run a reasonably flat brake lever place as a result of it’s higher for my wrists, I’ve extra stability and it’s higher once 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 levels.
||Aluminum wheels are already fairly stiff for me so it’s okay… We don’t run an insert and the pressures will rely upon every weekend, for this week [Zermatt] we’ve been working between 1.6 and 1.75bar. I at all times run the G5, DH tire and the LineDH30 alloy wheel.
Tire alternative is straightforward for Florian: “I at all times run the G5”