Slawomir Lukasik was the surprise of the 2021 Enduro World Series. Aboard his NS Bikes Define 150, the shooting star was the fastest privateer of the season. We met with him in Finale Ligure and took a closer look at his bike.
Slawomir Lukasik, aka Łukson, has had a damn good season. In the 2021 Enduro World Series, the privateer finished in a very respectable 11th place overall, leaving many pro riders behind, even though a new route marking saw him get disqualified at the last race in Scotland. The fourth place in Crans Montana was his best EWS result so far. All-rounder Łukson is a 12-time Polish downhill champion and this year’s Polish enduro and pump track champion. He is also a former European downhill champion, and his best result at the Downhill World Cup was 16th place in Lenzerheide in 2017. His goal is to achieve a consistent top 10 placement at the EWS.
For a privateer, the time and money required for an entire EWS season shouldn’t be underestimated. They must get to the individual events all by themselves, without a racing team or a well-known bike sponsor supporting them. Due to the pandemic, Łukson benefited from the fact that the 2021 EWS venues were all in Europe. He receives a small amount of financial support from NS Bikes, helping him cover a part of his travel expenses. The Polish distributors of Öhlins, GALFER Brakes and MAXXIS support him with products, though Łukson has to buy the rest of the components himself. He gets the bulk of his financial support from his girlfriend, and his parents let him live under their roof for free.
Łukson doesn’t use volume spacers in his fork. The Öhlins RXF36 M.2 fork uses three chambers: one conventional positive and one negative chamber, connected via a transfer port to balance the pressures, and a third ramp chamber, with which you can adjust the fork’s progression. In the main chamber (positive and negative), Łukson runs a pressure of 125 psi, with a pressure of 220 psi in the ramp chamber.
Slawomir Lukasik had an excellent 2021 EWS season. As such, we strongly doubt that he will still be riding as a privateer at the opening leg of the EWS in the Tweed Valley come spring next year. We wish him all the best for next season. You can follow Slawomir on Instagram @s_lukasick.
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Words & Photos: Manne Schmitt