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The trail bike behind Brandon Semenuk's latest drop, Cascade

After watching Cascade, we had to ask Brandon Semenuk to break down his Trek Fuel EX and fill us in on how he set it up to bring some big moves from his slopestyle bike to this trail rig.
By Taylor SudermannPublished on
First, if you haven’t watched Semenuk rip on his Trek Fuel EX in Cascade, you’ll want to click play first.
With every Revel Co. release, we can expect to see an incredible performance from Semenuk, but it’s not very often we see that done on a trail bike.
So how did he bring his slopestyle tricks like barspins and tailwhips to his Trek Fuel EX? Let’s check out his bike and ask Semenuk a few questions about it.

How did you set this bike up to be able to barspin and tailwhip?

The wireless AXS drivetrain eliminates a few cables allowing this to become an option on trail bikes now
Semenuk puts his cable-free drivetrain to good use
Semenuk puts his cable-free drivetrain to good use

Did it take long to figure out some of the bigger tricks on this bike?

It took some getting used to, and is obviously not as trickable as some of my other bikes, but the tricks all require the same technique, so it was just adapting them to the trail setting.
Brandon Semenuk in action during the filming of Revel Co.'s Cascade
Brandon Semenuk in action during the filming of Revel Co.'s Cascade

Did shooting on this bike change how you approached the build?

The build existed before the bike, but this was my ideal bike set up for these trails.
Brandon Semenuk perfecting the trails before send-off
Brandon Semenuk perfecting the trails before send-off

Do you think we’ll see more from you on trail bikes in the future?

If there are more inspiring locations that are best suited for a trail bike then yes, definitely.
An inspiring place to shoot a trail part ✅
An inspiring place to shoot a trail part ✅
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