Name: Adam Falshaw
Occupation: Deers Leap Park and Bike Shop Manager, bun eater
Bike: Trek Remedy Carbon Special 2016 custom
Discipline: All Mountain riding
Frame: Trek Remedy Carbon Special with Fox Re’aktiv Kashima shock
Fork: Fox Float 36 2018 Factory RC
Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb stealth B1
Wheels: Blue Flow Carbon rims on Hope Pro 4 hubs and DT Swiss spokes
Groupset: Shimano XTR 1×11
Cranks: SRAM Eagle Carbon
Brakes: Hope Tech 3 V4 twin piston with custom colour combo
Tyres: Maxxis High Roller 2 front and Rear
Pedals: DMR Vault MG
Stem: Hope 50mm AM 35mm diameter
Bars: Raceface SixC 35mm Diameter
Grips: Raceface Half Nelson Lock-on
Rotors: Hope Floating rotors, 203mm front, 180mm rear
Seat: SDG Bel Air 2 ti
So, all of the above looks lovely on paper doesn’t it, proper exotic build stuff – but how does it all come together on a bike and does it make for a solid, fun to ride bike; or is it all style over substance? Well this was my thinking behind the bike build.
First things first, the frame. Being 6ft on the nose but having shorter legs and a longer back I had to get a larger frame with a longer reach, but keep the seat height down a notch to fit me in the right way. Trek’s sizing is great, and the Remedy was a perfect fit for me at 19.5. Next was the speccing up and there was reason behind everything.
The shocks, the rear was a given with the frame, the Fox Re’activ Kashima reduces braking bob and keeps the bike efficient at all times. Up front the Fox 36 are super stiff, buttery smooth and are so tuneable; you can set them up for any trail and they will perform beautifully. I’m a heavy chap so to have such a plush suspension below me deals with my heft like I’m a feather but keeps the bike tracking the ground below – giving me grip when I need it.
Next is the brakes. Hope have long been my favourite parts company because they are British and engineer beautiful, colourful parts but they work superbly well. I’ve never had a part failure either, so I trust them and when it
comes to brakes I really want reliability. I chose the twin pot brakes due to the immense power they can dish out and the clever floating rotors deal with the heat transfer (brakes get very very hot under braking load) and keepbrake fade to a minimum. They also look seriously cool in a mix of Black and Orange.
Wheels are a very personal thing, some people like ultra-lightweight, fast to spin up from standstill whereas I like a more solid, robust wheelset that can take a good bashing and flatter my bull in a china shop riding style. I had been riding Hope wheels which had been great but wanted to build a ground up set using a carbon rim but something that offered a bit more width allowing me to run a lower pressure in my tyres. I decided on a Blue Flow Carbon Rims onto my favourite Hope Pro 4 Hubs. Blue Flow were new to me, but it turns out they are wonderful, stiff, strong rims that took serious bashing on the famous Whole Enchilada trail in Moab, Utah where they were smashed at speed against rocks galore. Setting them up tubeless was a doddle and I have been running them with the tried and tested Maxxis High Roller 2 tyres at around 25psi which on a 35mm wide rim gives me so much more grip. This has been the best set up I’ve ever used and can’t see me changing any time soon.
The Groupset is Shimano XTR and has been faultless. Shifting is fast and precise and the whole system has been caped in desert dust, Deers Leap clay and various other nasty surfaces and still never missed a beat. The higher end groupsets are generally lighter and have a better shifting action and in the case of the XTR I can shift through my whole cassette in two full shifts which helps when you have a sudden need to climb having just come down a steep descent for example.
With regards to the rest, my bar is 800 wide and paired with a shorter 50mm stem I have complete control over the front, even in the toughest conditions and the stem keeps my weight nicely back, planted with my weight just right and balanced. The grips are a very personal choice as is the seat, but I will say that having ridden SDG Bel Air saddles for over 20 years and tried many in the meantime, it’s still absolutely my go to saddle for comfort. And pedals, I am a huge DMR fan and I believe their pedals to be the best out there. It terms of grip, the Vaults are outstanding feeling like they are literally glued to your feet, and they are completely serviceable – so again when you are surrounded by desert dust getting into every crevice, it’s great that I can strip the pedals to remove said crud and keep them running.
In the end I’m pretty chuffed that I have built a bike that can pretty much do it all; from big drop offs, jumps, downhill, uphill and everything in between. Sometimes I have made mistakes in thinking a part will enhance the ride and in some cases it hasn’t but having learned from those mistakes but that’s the fun. Its an addictive thing building a bike and building one around you and what you want to do on it is a great way to learn about bikes and teach you how little changes can affect the bike and how you ride.