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Tom van Steenbergen is Ready to Rock Rampage on 26" wheels

Cracked Dirt: TVS's Trek Session

Words Pete Roggeman
Photos Kaz Yamamura
Date Oct 25, 2017

If you're a DH racer, your special edition bike usually comes out during worlds - if you're good enough to qualify and your bike sponsor loves you.

If you ride big mountain lines, Red Bull Rampage is your world championships. And this is Tom van Steenbergen's special edition bike. Kaz Yamamura is down in Virgin, Utah, documenting TVS's Rampage this year, and he sent us these photos and details of Tom's very special Trek Session Park (w/ 26" wheels).

Van Steenbergen has been building on site all week with the help of pals Corbin Selfe and Damon Iwanaga. He's using the same line as last year, but adding a few features since he thought he lacked something suitably 'big' in last year's line.

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The Rampage edition Session Parks are different from the previous versions. This one uses the same front triangle that the World Cup team is on, with a cup below the headset to accommodate 26" wheels.

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Tom sent a photo of cracked dirt to the Trek Paint Shop, and the bike came back exactly how he imagined it.

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The linkage and rear triangle give Tom's Session Park 190mm of travel. The bike also uses a trunion mount Float X2 - air pressure "very high".

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You can see that the seatstay bridge is different from previous versions, as well as there not being a floating shock.

According to Tom, the bike feels even more comfortable to jump than the previous version, which was already "very jumpable".

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Foxzocchi Bomber 40 fork, air pressure "very high". Engineers were tight-lipped about this fork, but we'll see if we can find out more about it.

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Shimano Saint drivetrain and brakes.

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Deity contact points...

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...bar, seat, and pedals.

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#26forlife. Or at least for Rampage. 26" x 2.3 Bontrager G5 Team Issue tires.

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Endur-Bro
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Endur-Bro  - Oct. 25, 2017, 4:13 p.m.

Performance 40 chassis with RC2 guts and BOMBER decals.  Weird.

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grambo
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grambo  - Oct. 25, 2017, 4:59 p.m.

Was gonna say, looks like Fox 40 lowers (and stancions/crowns?), RC2 damper and coil sprung? Interesting.

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SilentSentient
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Patrick Williams  - Oct. 25, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

The left side yellow top cap says air on it.

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Millsd
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Miles D  - Oct. 26, 2017, 9:24 a.m.

I know that fox bought out marzocchi at least the mtb part.... but I didn’t think that parts were swappable, it would be cool if they were

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Endur-Bro
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Endur-Bro  - Oct. 28, 2017, 3:10 p.m.

This is a FOX 40 with BOMBER decals.  

It's not like Mondraker WC DH team of years past machining down 40 guts to run inside 888s.

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