Howard said the inspiration for his Signature model came from Evel Knievel, but with a lot less white.
words and images by Zach White
After years of being called out by customers - or would-be customers - for not offering product that their sponsored athletes compete on, Trek is finally responding. The new Race Shop Limited line brings the same product their team riders use to the public, starting with the Crankworx-appropriate Ticket DJ, Ticket S, and Session Park. Limited runs of pro-level Trek product will eventually be available to all genres of their line, such as road, XC, and even Bontrager parts. And regardless of what the product is intended for, it’ll all be a one-run-and-done limited quantity.
Trek Signature models will be available in “double digit” quantities, starting with the Ryan Howard Ticket S this fall.
(L) Impressively short, 400mm chainstays are one of the stock Ticket S features that were previously only available to Trek’s pro riders. (R) The Ticket S gets relatively simple external cable routing.
The final product of a decade-long evolution, the Ticket S is said to be the exact same frame that Cam McCaul and Brandon Semenuk ride. Featuring 100mm of very progressive travel and extremely short(for suspension), 400mm chainstays, the Ticket S is made for slopestyle riding. Stock Trek features on the frame include ABP Full Floater suspension design, C3 geometry and a Mino Link that allows a 1/2-degree adjustment of the head angle and 5mm variation in bottom bracket height. According to Semenuk, running the Mino Link in its steeper setting also increases suspension progression a little bit, and is how both he and McCaul run theirs. The frame will be available this November, and will only be offered in black for $1500.
Like all of the new Trek slopestyle Race Shop Limited frames, the Ticket S will be offered in black.
If you like the frame, but black isn’t your color, Trek is also offering the Ticket S in Signature models that will be anything but. Starting with a Ryan Howard version, the Evel Knievel inspired paint job will be available sometime this fall in “double digit” quantities. Trek plans to offer a new Signature model each quarter in similar quantities, but is keeping tight-lipped about the sequence of rider designs and what the designs are.
More optional external cable routing awaits, depending on how the Ticket S frame is set up.
Essentially a re-release of the original Ticket dirt jumper, Trek has simply updated a couple of minor details. For one, rear spacing is now 142x12, and the horizontal dropouts are compatible with either single speed or geared setups. Like the Ticket S, it will only be available in black, and there is no plan to offer it in a Signature series color scheme anytime soon. MSRP is $700 for the frame, and they should be available this spring.
The Ticket DJ is back, with a couple of minor updates.
Semenuk’s custom Session specific to the Redbull Rampage will be available this spring, too. The OCLV front triangle doesn’t really change from a stock Session, but the alloy chainstays shorten 20mm to 420mm, and travel gets reduced 20mm to 190mm. Treks says the slight reduction in travel equates to a negligibly lower bottom bracket, however it isn’t enough to claim a different measurement for. Available as a frameset only, you’ll have to build up a custom 190mm Boxxer to get the same feel as Semenuk’s personal Session Park. MSRP for the frame with shock is $4500.
Looking for a Redbull Rampage whip? Check out Trek’s new Session Park.
(L) A carbon rocker really ties the 190mm-travel Session Park together. (R) Carbon meets alloy at the Session Park’s main pivot.