As many of you may know, Carson Storch was in Barcelona last winter for a week getting ready for the contest season. We were able to show him the best spots that the mediterranean city has to offer and Harrison Mendel filmed everything on video. One afternoon, we shot Carson’s new prototype slopestyle bike that he will be using at the biggest events of the world. Check it out below.

Frame: 2016 prototype Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 750 SS
Fork: SR Suntour Durolux 100mm w/ custom internals
Handlebar: Chromag OSX 25mm rise x 750mm lenght
Stem: Chromag Ranger 31mm
Grips: Sensus Swayze lock-on w/ Sensus bar-ends
Headset: Chris King
Brake: The Shadow Conspiracy gyro w/ Odyssey lever, Shimano CX calliper & Shimano 160mm disc *He now uses a Trixer hydro-gyro and a Shimano XT lever
Wheels: Blank wheels w/ Chris King hubs *He now uses Hope Enduro’s wheels
Tires: Kenda Small Block Eight 2.35 front / Kenda K-Rad 2.3 rear
Cranks: Shimano Deore XT 170mm
BB: Chris King press fit
Chainring: Shimano Deore XT 32t narrow wide
Chain: Shimano XTR
Pedals: Chromag Overture
Seat: Chromag Overture Liason Series
Seatpost: Chromag Dolomite
Weight: 12.7kg (28lbs)

“I worked with the eight in-house engineers to turn a popular trail frame, into a SS machine. They were able to get the chainstay down to 394mm, and got the rest of the geo spot on to make a very light, balanced bike.”

“It also uses the Ride-9 system which allows 9 different geo/suspension setups. I have been running it in the slack position which makes the BB drop a bit and it feels awesome. I love slope bikes because they allow you to push so hard into lips and get that pop, while the suspension is there when you need it.”

“I am running the Chromag OSX bars cut down to 29.5 inches (750mm), and a 31mm Chromag Ranger stem. The short stem feels pretty good for barspins. You get less of a gyro-effect, so basically less effort. The bar width at 29.5″ is just a width I have always ran. They are narrow enough to feel comfortable throwing the bars around, but wide enough to feel stable. Also, I  run the Sensus Swayze lock-on grips, which in my opinion are the best grips ever!”

“The gyro in my bike setup that is pictured, is one of a few different detangler set ups that I have been experimenting with. I had to drill and tap holes in my head tube to be able to run a BMX gyro, and the one I have on this setup is a Shadow Conspiracy mounted upside down, with an Odyssey lever/components, hooked up to a Shimano CX caliper. It worked alright, but required a ton of maintenance because there was like 8 different things to constantly adjust. My current setup is a Trixer hydro-gyro hooked up to a Shimano XT rear brake, and it works amazing.”

“My fork is an SR Suntour Durolux lowered to 100mm. It has 36mm stanchions, yet is still light. The internals are a bit custom, and I run it just with heavier oil and 150lbs of air pressure to allow for more progressiveness. It feels amazing. My rear shock is basically maxed out at 300lbs of air pressure, and pretty slow rebound.”

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Photos by Héctor Saura

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