Kyle Strait’s success as one of the world’s premier gravity athletes hasn’t come by chance. With a career spanning over two decades, including two Red Bull Rampage wins and podiums in slopestyle, dual slalom, dirt jump, speed and style, enduro, and downhill, Strait has figured out what works and what doesn’t when it comes to finding top speed on dirt.
The Southern California based rider is keenly aware of the impact bike setup can have on the results sheet. We have been working closely with Kyle to craft a ripping slalom race bike.
It all starts with our playful trail bike, the Vitus Escarpe 27, in Racing Green. Strait opted for the size medium frame and set the adjustable flip chip in the low setting for a lower bottom bracket, with an angle headset installed to steepen the head angle by 1 degree. This results in a mega-low setting which allows Strait to push into turns at tearjerking speeds.
The SRAM X01 AXS derailleur is garage-modified with a short cage for a 7-speed drivetrain. Kyle enjoys the precise shifting of wireless – when every fraction of a second counts, quick shifting is crucial.
Frame: Vitus Escarpe 27
Flip chip in the low setting
Stock rear triangle (Custom Aluminium chainstay to follow)
Fork: RockShox Pike Ultimate
Set at 140mm. 125psi, 3 clicks HSC, 7 clicks LSC
Rear shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate
200 psi, 8 clicks LSC, medium tune
205 x 50mm trunnion for 121mm travel
Headset: Angle headset, +1 degree
Drivetrain: SRAM X01 AXS DH 7-speed (garage made)
Brakes: SRAM G2 Ultimate, 180mm rotors
Front wheel: Onyx Vesper hub, Stan’s NoTubes Arch 27.5 front rim
Rear wheel: Onyx Vesper hub, Stan’s NoTubes Flow CB7 27.5 rear rim
Front tire: Kenda Pinner ATC 2.4x27.5
Rear tire: Kenda Karma 2 2.4x27.5
Crankset: SRAM X01 DH cranks 165mm, SRAM 32 tooth chainring
Bars: Deity Black Label bar cut at 780mm
Stem: Deity Copperhead stem
Saddle: SDG Bel-Air III, Strait Acres Edition
Grips: Sensus Meaty Paw grips
Pedals: Sensus Crue pedals