Art’s Employee: Alex Kachlakev
Position: Warehouse “Jack-of-all-trades”
Bike: Specialized P. Slope
About The Build: Specialized designed their P. Series bikes for the true artists of the mountain biking world. If you want to ride hard, pedal fast and throw tricks with uncompromising style, you are on a P. Series bike with a red “S” on it. Alex wisely selected the Specialized P. Slope for all his dirt-jumping and he’ll be the first person to tell you that he loves it more than his girlfriend. Only joking of course …or was he?
Alex needed a rig that was light enough to throw skyward, strong enough to withstand a hard landing, and responsive enough to provide a smooth transition to the next trick. Alex’s P. Slope features a Rockshox Argyle RCT Solo Air 100mm fork and a tuned RockShox Monarch RT3 rear air shock to help take the edge off of those times when a bit too much speed results in a huck to flat. It is spec’d with a SRAM drivetrain to transfer every ounce of power down during those hard efforts between jumps and an Easton Havoc handlebar allows him to stay in control when he manages to keep his hands on it. Chromag Scarab pedals provide a stable platform during sketchy landings and Avid Elixir 1 Hydraulic Disc Brakes slow him down if you can ever get him to stop shredding.
As an Art’s warehouse steward Alex is noticeably stoked on life but, put a bike under him, and you can tell where his true passion lies. This man wants to ride his bike for a living. With the long flowing locks of a Bulgarian prince and a fishhook-esque lip ring, Alex has his own style and could care less what you think of it. He must have thick skin to put up with the abuse of working at a bike shop for 7 years, especially one with half the strong personalities of Art’s Cyclery.
There are really no better words to describe this build than those of Alex himself. When I asked him to talk a little bit about his P. Slope he rattled off a response that would make any bike manufacturer shed a tear.
“This bike should come with an altimeter and a reserve oxygen tank because it boosts higher than the average space shuttle. It’s my favorite bike I’ve ever had and my pride and joy! She guides me from lip to landing with the grace and steeze of a ballerina Brandon Semenuk. Stiff as a hardtail but with the soft touch of a gorgeous woman when you need it. The P. Slope is P. Awesome, P. Light and P. #thebestbikeever! Check her out but don’t stare for too long because you’ll get a cavity from the candy paint!”
Frame: Specialized P. Slope
Fork: Rockshox Argyle RCT Solo Air 100mm
Rear Shock: RockShox Monarch RT3, Air Shock
Wheels: Specialized Alloy Hubs / Alex Rims
Brakes: Avid Elixir 1 Hydraulic Disc
Crankset: Truvativ Descendant BB30
Chainrings: Truvativ Alloy 32T
Chain: KMC Z410 Chain
Bottom Bracket: Truvativ BB30
Shift Levers: n/a
Front Derailleur: n/a
Rear Derailleur: n/a
Pedals: Chromag Scarab
Seatpost: Alienation Pivotal
Saddle: United Beacon Pivotal
Stem: Specialized forged alloy, top load
Handlebars: Easton Havoc Aluminum, 30mm rise
Tires: Front: Geax Saguaro 26 / Rear: Specialized Rhythm Lite
Water Bottle Cages: n/a
Grips: Sensus Swayze Lock On Grips
Extras: Custom brake cable guide on bars (credit to Pro rider Mike Montgomery), Grip flange anti-crank spinner on spindle, blessed by Nepalese Shaman for good luck!
Soon-to-be-Upgraded: Rear Hub. Alex wants a nice loud e*thirteen TRS+ Rear Hub.
Weight: 27.5 lbs.
Alex, Jeff Herbertson, and Jack Fogelquist embarked on a Western Road Trip awhile back, hitting Woodward Tahoe on the way to Vail, Colorado for the GoPro Mountain Games Slopestyle contest. Check out the Pinkbike video coverage below.