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World Cup Pro Bike Check: Evie Richards’ XCC Winning Trek SuperCaliber

Evie Richards of Trek Factory Racing had a great showing in Snow Shoe, WV.
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Pro Bike Check Evie Richards Trek SuperCaliber rollers
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As we prepare for the short track and cross country races at Mount St. Anne. We decided to examine Evie’s race machine from last weekend.

Pro Bike Check Evie Richards Trek SuperCaliber start line

The conditions at Snow Shoe for the XCC women’s race were fast with a mix of fall and summer heat. Richards opted to use the Trek SuperCaliber bicycle she had raced on for most of the season.

Pro Bike Check Evie Richards Trek SuperCaliber attacks

This Gen 2 SuperCaliber is the updated version with more front and rear travel. Although the soft-tail Trek ProCal would have been a good option. Only one racer in the women’s field went for the hard tail: Loana Lecomte of Canyon CLLCTV.

Pro Bike Check Evie Richards Trek SuperCaliber group

Evie made the right choice as the rock sectors were damp and required a lot of skill to navigate at high speeds. In the end, Evie showed all her cards on the start climb and launched a massive attack.

Pro Bike Check Evie Richards Trek SuperCaliber to the finish

With one lap to go, her lead was a solid (but not insurmountable) 6 seconds, with Puck Pieterse of Alpecin-Deceuninck hot on her heels. Pieterse started to close the gap somewhat in the forest sections. On the final climb, Richards turned up the heat and rode through the artificial rock feature at top speed.

She crossed the finish line to the cheers of the West Virginia crowd, overjoyed with her effort.

Pro Bike Check Evie Richards Trek SuperCaliber full close

Trek SuperCaliber For the Win

Most (if not all) Trek Factory riders chose the Trek SuperCaliber (Gen2) option over the Snow Shoe weekend, and we expect the same for Mont Sainte Anne, Canada. The bike offers enough compliance with 80mm of travel in the rear and 110mm in the front.

The unique IsoStrut rear suspension makes the bike stiff and responsive without being too harsh on rocky terrain. Trek increased travel on the fork from 100mm to a modern 110mm in response to more dynamic XCO courses.

Most riders on the Trek Factory Team use the RockShox Twist Loc for dual-lockout. The slimmer version of the RockShox Twist Loc pairs better with the ESI grips that most cross-country racers favor.

For the XCC and XCO events, Richards rode 2.4” Pirelli Scorpion HC tires with inserts (we cannot disclose which ones), but only for the rear in the XCO.

Most components are stock, except for a trick little Carbon Ti top cap on the Bontrager RSL one-piece bar stem. The stem is slammed without spacers or a dust shield to get the bar as low as possible.

The Trek Factory Team uses LOOK X-Track Carbon Race-Ti pedals. Trek’s new pedal line mirrors the LOOK line in shape and function. After speaking with the team, they were pleased with the LOOK pedals and the extra platform they provide compared to the Bontrager Ti ones they had used previously.

Evie used a 34T front chainring for the short course on her SRAM Transmission Eagle-12 speed setup, providing the perfect push and climb.

Full Details: Evie Richards XCC Winning Trek SuperCaliber

  • Frame: Trek SuperCaliber Factory Finish with Ti-Hardware
  • Fork: Rock Shox SID Ultimate 110mm w/cable remote
  • Crankset: SRAM XX SL 34
  • Chain: SRAM XX 12-speed flat top
  • Brakes: SRAM Level ULT
  • Rotors: SRAM 160mm
  • Cassette: XX SL 10-52T 
  • Pedals: LOOK X-Track Carbon Race Ti
  • Grips: ESI
  • Wheels: Bontrager RSL 
  • Seatpost: RockShox Reverb
  • Seat: Bontrager Verse Pro 
  • Bars/stem: Bontrager RSL
  • Tires: 2.4” Pirelli Scorpion HC tires with inserts

We look forward to seeing what Evie and her Trek Factory Team can accomplish this weekend at Mont Sainte Anne, Canada.

For more information on the Trek SuperCaliber, check out; TrekBikes.com

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Dicky Dillen
8 months ago

Unless things have changed, Trek Factory Racing uses Tubolight. Evie’s image is smack dab in the center of their home page.

R Bitting
R Bitting
8 months ago
Reply to  Dicky Dillen

Which probably means she was running something else, and they didn’t want to say.

Dicky Dillen
8 months ago
Reply to  R Bitting

Mebbe it’s the Tubolighter?

8 months ago

Probably Cushcore, the valve says so.

8 months ago

Oh wow, a bike with “outside-of-the-headset” cable routing won!

Get it, manufacturers? Nobody wants Your sh*t!

Big Benny
Big Benny
8 months ago

Maybe Vittoria Air-Liner Light? I heard several pro teams start using it in cross country.

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