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Bike Check: Stefan Garlicki’s Strike EVO

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Stefan’s race steed, the Solid Strike EVO.

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2016 has been a belter of a year for 26 year-old Stefan Garlicki. He retained his title as South African National DH Champ for the second year running, took wins in the IXS CUP and has had a number of respectable results on the World Cup circuit. Pretty awesome going when you consider he’s spending 6 months a year on the road, thousands of miles away from home . We caught up with him at the World Championships in Val Di Sole to check out his rig that has brought him so much success in 2016.

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Stefan rides a L/XL size framed Solid Strike with a 1270mm wheelbase and 453mm reach.

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Stefan runs his bars at 790mm wide. He chooses the Reverse Seismic carbon bars for their vibration damping properties, to help with arm pump on the long, rough tracks like Val Di Sole.

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For gripping duties Stefan runs the Schwalbe Magic Mary Super Gravity casing, Vert Star Compound. Pressures; 24psi front, 27 psi rear.

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Damping front and rear is provided by BOS. The IDylle Rare FCV with 230 psi and very little compression damping and the VOID air shock, ran at 160 psi.

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Stefan runs the short 165mm Reverse Legend cranks for extra ground clearance, coupled with Shimano SPD pedals. KMC provide the stealthy chain.

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Stopping power is provided by the Magura MT7 brakes. Stefan says he “runs his brake levers fairly far out compared to other riders”. For grips he runs the Reverse classic lock on grips, firmer compound, 31mm width.

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As bright as they are powerful; The Magura MT7 callipers contain 4 separate pads, generating immense braking performance. Reverse DH hoops and hubs are burly enough to survive a race weekend without much tweaking, laced up with sturdy Sapim spokes.

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Up front he runs the 50mm Reverse Fast Lane direct mount stem. For different tracks and their varying gradients, Stefan alters his bar height from track to track by as much as 30mm.

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Yup, we agree.

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Photos: Zach Faulkner

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