Rider: Jack Bougie
Photos: Alexa Smyth
When I was younger my dream was to ride the Whistler bike park every single day. I hated climbing, loved steep descents, but never had the perfect bike for it all. The Knolly Chilcotin 167 completes the perfect circle. This bike charges downhill like the downhill bikes I had, climbs like my last race bike, and looks better than them all. Steep riding feels relaxed from the slack head angle combined with exceptional braking power. Flow trails feel fast with the Rock Shocks ZEB high speed and low speed compression settings. Overall, I feel confident launching this bike off anything that comes my way, whether that be in the bike park or here on the shore, I can tackle it all.
How tall are you?
I am 6 foot 5 inches tall. Since I am on the tall side, I have always struggled with finding a bike that fits. The Knolly Chilcotin 167 XL is the first bike that doesn’t make me look like an adult riding a kid’s bike. The upright riding style works well with my height and feels extremely comfortable.
What size frame?
Extra Large. I am around 195 pounds so I have felt like bikes are weak underneath me in the past. This is not the case for the Chilcotin, I feel that the bike is solid and rips silently through the rough shore trails.
What’s your build spec?
- Shifter: SRAM GX Eagle Lunar
- Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle Lunar, 12 spd
- Cassette: SRAM XG 1275 Eagle, 12 spd
- Chain: SRAM GX Eagle
- Brakes: SRAM Code R
- Cranks: SRAM GX Eagle Lunar, 32t, 170mm, Dub
- Chainring: SCAM GX Eagle 32t
- Pedals: Shimano XT spd
- Headset: Cane Creek 40 Series ZS44/56
- Stem: SPANK Split 35x40mm
- Bar: SPANK Vibrocore 35, 820mm, 25mm Rise
- Grips: Chromag Basic Black
- Saddle: SPANK Oozy 280
- Seatpost: Rock Shox Reverb Stealth 175mm, 31.6
- Seat Collar: Knolly Bolt on
- Wheelset: Spank Oozy Trail 345 HEX 32h J-Bend, 29” 15x110/12x157
- Fr Tire: Maxxis Assegai 29” 2.5”
- Rr Tire: Maxxis DHR2 29” 2.4”
- Fork: RockShox ZEB Ultimate RC2 170,mm,, 42mm offset
- Switched out my Grips to Chromag Basic
- A Moja coffee mud guard, since caffeine fuels my life
- SPD pedals because I learnt to ride with the 90s riders
- Still to come: RaceFace Carbon Bar
How much does it weigh?
34 lbs with pedals. For the perfect big travel XL bike, this is an easily manageable weight.