Contained in the pits of Troy Lee Designs KTM sits the #26 of Alex Martin. After a get off in Anaheim, Alex determined to take a seat out of Houston and heal up. We took the chance to fulfill up with Mechanic Jordan Troxell (@jordantroxell) and have him stroll us via Alex’s TLD/KTM 250SXF .
WP provides the suspension for Alex’s bike. They run a WP 52mm Cone Valve fork and bladder shock. They’ve made some delicate modifications over final yr’s arrange for Alex.
A singular a part of Alex’s arrange is how he has his entrance brake lever and clutch lever positioned. The entrance brake lever is nearer to the handlebar. Oddly sufficient, the clutch lever is out all the best way. Jordan defined that Alex likes his clutch out all the best way and infrequently makes use of it in comparison with different riders.
Kite handles all of the wheels for TLD KTM. DID Filth Star Rims are held collectively by beefed up spokes and nipples for supercross.
Titanium axel and axel blocks sit on the rear of Alex’s motorbike. Discover that the actual wheel is neutrally positioned on the swing arm. In years previous, now we have seen riders slide the rear wheel all the best way to the entrance or all the best way to the again to assist with cornering and stability.
WP provides the radiators for TLD KTM. The spicket is bolstered with these welds by the race workforce.
An in depth up of the KTM engine that’s performed in home at TLD. Hinson provides the clutches. Alex and his workforce mate Shane McElrath differ in clutch choices so far as really feel and actuation.
A manufacturing facility bike wouldn’t be manufacturing facility with all of the bling items like this practice KTM gasoline cap. The TLD workforce truly runs a inventory gasoline tank in each open air and supercross. The inventory tank has sufficient capability to deal with the calls for of racing.
Spec Dunlop tires are provided to Alex’s KTM 250SXF. Final yr he ran a manufacturing set of tires.
From the cock pit perspective you’ll be able to see the Nekken triple clamps up high with outsized bar mounts that look a lot decrease than a number of the different riders. Alex’s Renthal bars are additionally a swept again and decrease bend than what you may seen on different bikes. Take a look at the clearance from the handlebars to the entrance forks.
Protecting items are littered across the motorbike. These carbon guards have been popping up on each KTMs and Husqvarnas this yr after some minor points in open air. Throughout the outside season rocks have been getting flung into the housing and giving the riders points. To keep away from and issues on observe, these carbon protecting items have been added.
As a result of Alex is a smaller rider, his holeshot gadget is definitely deeper than regular to suck the bike even additional down on the beginning gate. A decrease bike and begin blocks are two key elements of Alex’s gate drop requirements.
One of many items that change from rider to rider. Alex runs carbon head stays on the motorbike as an alternative of the inventory aluminum that you just see on a manufacturing mannequin. This can be a “really feel” that they’re reaching via adjustment on the flex traits of the bike.
FMF is the pipe provider for all the workforce. After the motors are inbuilt home, FMF then will get to work to finish the package deal. Jordan introduced up the truth that TLD has been method below the sound restrict necessities on all their bikes. These bikes are quiet…however don’t let the delicate noise of the motor idiot you. They’re fireplace respiratory manufacturing facility machines.
Alex has a speical Nihilo +20mm titanium footpeg. They’ve tried +10mm all the best way to +20mm to seek out a great place for Alex to plant his toes. This helps transfer his legs additional up on the motorbike and get just a little bit extra space from his butt to the seat.
The riders on TLD KTM are allowed to make modifications to gearing preferences. They don’t allow them to go too loopy however do have wiggle room to make modifications when wanted. Typically bigger modifications have to be made in gearing to regulate for prime altitude like Thundery Valley in Colorado.
Alex and the TLD KTM workforce run a inventory seat. Clearly the gripper materials is made to match the colour scheme however there may be nothing on or performed to this seat that isn’t on a inventory KTM250SXF.
We’ve seen these holes bored out into the Husqvarnas up to now to allow them to breathe extra. TLD KTM has the identical arrange on Alex’s bike to assist improve airflow and turn into much less restrictive.
A Motomaster rear disc is mounted to the Kite wheels and all slowed down by the Brembo brake system out again.
Acerbis provides all of the plastics together with the entrance disc guard you will discover on Alex’s bike.
Within the engine division, a base setting is created for all the workforce. Athletes could make delicate modifications however there’s a group settlement on the course of the facility plant lay out. As soon as they arrive to an settlement of the motor, they apply it to all of the bikes below the pits. Discover the inventory shifter. KTM/Husqvarna are working a number of inventory parts that come on their bikes off the showroom.The brake pedal, seat, and different elements are utterly inventory.
Protecting items like this carbon skid plate make sure the longevity of the motorbike on race day. Lots of the mechanics carry out preventative upkeep to maintain their riders on observe and racing.
One other customized piece to Alex’s bike is the sewn quantity on the high of the gripper seat.
Mechanic Jordan Troxell embracing the Huge and Daring type of Texas along with his cowboy hat on Saturday in Houston.