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Trek/VW and Subaru/Gary Fisher team camps
By Paul Mirtschin
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Being part of the same family, it makes sense to have both the Trek/VW and
Subaru/Gary Fisher team camps near each other. So we sent Jeffrey Horen
and Stephen Medcroft along to see what went down.
Photo: © Jeffrey Horen
One of the first things we noticed about the bikes at the camp was that all
they were all running what looked like No-Tubes aluminium rotors instead of
the Shimano XTR rotors. With the No-Tubes rotors coming in at 54g each, 85 grams
lighter than the XTR, there is a bit of a weight saving to be made.
XTR is almost everywhere else though, with the new lightweight group popping
up everywhere, from shifters to the derailleurs. The hubs are Bontrager however;
you have to keep the family involved somehow.
Photo: © Jeffrey Horen
All the Trek's were running RockShox forks; SID World Cup forks on the XC bikes,
Psylos on Wade Bootes Liquid, and Boxxers on the DH bikes. The SIDs all come
with the new bar mounted lockout switch, so no leaning down to switch the forks
for this team. Rear suspension is handled by RockShox SIDs with lock-out, however
the all-black paintwork isn't standard on the SID rear shocks in your local
shop. Wade Bootes Liquid was running a Fox TALAS rear shock, just to make things
Photo: © Jeffrey Horen
In the Fisher camp, the suspension duties go to Manitou. Swinger SPV rear shocks
where needed, and Skareb forks up front. Like Trek, the Fisher team uses as
much XTR as possible, while still running the Bonty hubs. The Sugars were running
the 165mm No-Tubes aluminium rotors as opposed to the 160mm aluminium rotors
on the Treks.
The Fisher team also has the option of running 26" or 29" wheels,
with all riders getting a Sugar in each flavour. It is then up to each rider
to decide which bike is best suited to the race conditions. At the Subaru Nova
Desert Classic, both sized bikes were run, and both proved just as effective
given the conditions.
On the road again
Photo: © Jeffrey Horen
Another note of interest was that the women's bikes were running the Sybil*Link,
while the men's ran the B*Link.
However, looking at bikes was not the only thing happening at the camp, there
was riding to do. Unfortunately, the weather did not agree, and road training
had to take the place of mountain biking on more than one occasion. Still, the
team got to spend time together, they had a chance to fine tune the new bikes,
and they also got a chance to race a little at the 1st
Subaru Nova Desert Classic, held a short distance away..
All the Trek and Gary Fisher photos
Images by Jeffrey Horen/mountainbikeaz.com
- Team issue
Trek OCLV Fuel 100 and OCLV HC Elite 98 racing bikes.
- Wade Bootes’
Team issue Trek Liquid
Trek/Volkswagon lead mechanic Gary Wolff tunes Allison Sydor's OCLV Fuel
Sydor and her Trek OCLV Fuel 100
'03 bottom bracket and cranks
- The XTR
'03 bottom bracket
- XTR '03
shifting and braking
Sydor , a long-time proponent of disc brakes, loves her new Shimano XTR
'03 disc brake setup
Trek/Volkswagon run Rock Shox SID World Cup forks and custom Rock Shox
air rear shocks.
XTR '03 group includes a mounting that can be used for cheater (old-style)
levers or, in the case of Allison Sydor's team-issue OCLV Fuel 100, a remote
lock- out switch for her Rock Shox SID World Cup front shock.
tires are used by all Trek riders. Allison runs IRC Mythos XC's, a front
tire on both the front and rear of her race bike.
- A meet
and greet started off the media day at the Trek/VW training camp in Sedona,
Arizona this week.
Brown at Trek/VW training camp
- 19 year old
phenomenon and 2001 Junior World Champion Mia Suemasa putting her media
training to work.
- The world
according to downhill, 4-cross, BMX, and velodrome specialist, Wade Bootes
Brown in deep discussion with the Rock Shox factory support team on modifications
to the suspension on his Trek OCLV Fuel 100
trails are too wet to ride, Trek team members, staffers, industry friends,
and media prepare for a training road ride.
Brown and Trek/Fisher sales rep Mike McGary at a stop during the road
Green and Joe Staron from IRC tires on the training day road ride.
Sydor and Susan Haywood leave the guests behind and take off for a brisk
40-mile extension of the training ride.
Green , 2002 UCI World Mountain Bike Champion, off for a little solo training
time on his road bike
Brown is full of smiles the moment a camera points his way
- Left to
Right; Liam Killeen, Mary Grigson, Ryder Hesjedal, Walker Ferguson, Chrissy
- Ryder Hesjedal's
Subaru Gary Fisher Team issue Sugar racing bike.
Hesjedal's Sugar runs B-Link rear suspension design with air Manitou shocks.
Grigson's Sugar uses Sybil Link rear suspension design with a Manitou
SPV rear shock
Skareb forks sit up front of the Sugars
XTR '03 on the Gary Fisher Team issue Sugar
XTR '03 disc front and rear.
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