2019 Factory Trials Bikes—Pat Smage’s Sherco 300 FST

Checking out the 10-time champ’s bike.

2019 Sherco 300 FST in grass.
FactoryOne/RYP/Sherco Pat Smage’s bike started life as a stock Sherco 300 FST model. The addition of over-the-counter aftermarket items and a few personal tweaks makes it one of the most competitive bikes on the circuit.Shan Moore

Pat Smage won the first two rounds of the 2019 NATC/AMA US National MotoTrials Series in Nehawka, Nebraska this past weekend, which lays a solid foundation for his pursuit of an 11th national title. Smage's Sherco 300 FST is one of the cleanest-running bikes on the circuit, and FactoryOne/RYP/Sherco team manager Ryan Young let us take an exclusive look at the bike, and Smage discussed the details of it with us.

The team began with a stock 2019 Sherco 300 FST model and added a lot of S3 components. Starting up front, Smage prefers the S3 World Team Replica handlebars with S3 dual-compound grips, which he says give him a confident feel when maneuvering the bike.

2019 Sherco 300 FST
The 10-time champ is super picky about his bar and lever placement. He runs a S3 World Team Replica handlebar with S3 dual-compound grips.Shan Moore

“I kind of run my handlebars and levers pretty neutral,” Smage said. “Not as high as some guys like them and not as far forward, but also not super far back or super low. They’re comfortable in the middle for me. If they’re too high, then getting over the front end is hard, and if they’re too low, then getting over the back of the bike is hard.”

To protect the grips, Smage runs S3 number 5 bar ends, which keeps the grips from being damaged if he lays the bike over. He’s picky about lever feel and placement, so he runs S3 lever adjusters for ultra-sensitive front brake and clutch adjustments. The 10-time champ adjusts the lever action so there is very little play in the front brake and clutch.

The stock fork that comes on the 300 FST is made by Tech, and Smage likes to slow down the action by going two clicks in on the damping adjustment, and he goes two clicks in on the compression on the Reiger shock as well.

2019 Sherco 300 FST engine.
The engine is basically stock, but the team pays special attention to jetting.Shan Moore

Smage likes wide and sharp pegs, so he runs S3 Hard Rock aluminum footrests, which have become very popular on the trials circuit. The S3 pegs have three mounting positions and Smage runs his in the farthest to the rear position, which gives him a better feel of the rear wheel, and he says offers a more comfortable riding position.

“I think for a taller rider the rear position is just more comfortable,” explained Smage, who at 6-foot-1 should know. “It makes the bike stretch out just a hair more. It’s just a more comfortable position for me.”

Smage likes to lower the rear brake lever, which he says makes it easier to get to from his riding position. Protecting the engine is a CSP skid plate, which is made specifically for trials. These skid plates have teeth on the underside of the plate, so that if a rider “plates” his bike on a rock or log, the teeth will prevent the bike from sliding backward. A lot of modifications on trials bikes are for protection since a trials bike is very vulnerable to hitting rocks and other obstacles, so FactoryOne runs Trick Bits fork guards on the lower half of the Tech fork.

To run the number 1 plate he’s earned 10 times now, Smage’s bike has a snap-on number plate with Dynamic Designs graphics. Keeping mud and debris out of the radiator is a Ryan Young Products radiator guard. The tires are Dunlop D803GP front and rear, and the 10-time champ keeps a close eye on tire pressure during events.

2019 Sherco 300 FST back wheel.
Smage’s brakes are standard Sherco and the sprocket is made by FactoryOne especially for him in order to comply with FIM and AMA rules.Shan Moore

“Typically I’m at about eight pounds in the front and five in the back,” Smage told us. “I like the front tire a little bit higher than most people. Usually they run a little bit less, but I was eight-and-a-half last weekend in Nebraska and that’s pretty normal [for me].”

As far as the engine, the flywheel, clutch, cylinder, and head are all stock. S3 adjusters are used on the carburetor for fine-tuning. Smage also runs a FactoryOne CNC-machined aluminum sprocket with Laser graphics. FIM and AMA rules state that rear sprockets cannot have the typical holes that most sprockets do in order to make them lighter; the reason being the minders spend a lot of time catching the bikes when a rider doesn’t make a big obstacle, and the concern is that one of the minders will get a finger caught in one of the holes. The FactoryOne sprocket meets those requirements.