Gravity’s Wyn Masters showing you his Urban Assault Skills. Check out that Ice Grey Bar and Stem!
A few weeks ago I picked up the new Patrol from Transition and met up with videographer Jack Anderson in Seattle for a few days of shooting. Jack and his friends cut a new trail through some classic northwest forest that was a prime spot to put the Patrol through it’s paces. With inches of fresh dirt, moss, leaves and pounding rain, we came up with Loam Patrol. Enjoy!
Just wanted to give everyone a heads up that the TV Show “World of Adventure” was here in Bend Oregon filming a Mountain Bike segment up at the local bike park. I was invited to come up and ride in front of the cameras with a talented crew of riders. The show will air on NBC 5pm EST this Saturday 10/25 (yup mainstream TV!!!) So stoked to help get mountain biking and my sponsors some TV time, its been a hell of a year so this is rad!
Our boy Charlie Sponsel took down another Enduro win this weekend up at Chuckanut out here in Washington. Charlie is really out on a rip this season, and taking no prisoners. Reports suggest Charlie was traveling at “Extremely Dangerous Speeds” through some of the tougher sections of the course.
Charlie Sporting the Gradient Enduro Stem that is now in stock!
Charlie’s been taking cross training very seriously this season, and it looks like all his hard work is paying off.
Spoke Magazine had this rad article of our boy Conor Macfarlane down in New Zealand. Conor killed it this season in Whistler, Colorado Freeride, The Gradient Trip, Dirt Diaries, and even Deep Summer! Talk about an epic season! We got a chance to bring Conor around to our local Dirt Spots here in Seattle and he shredded every line at them as well! Conor is very well rounded and that was proven by his absolute shredding on all of his bikes. Look for more out of this guy in the near future! We’re crossing our fingers he’ll be back to the PNW next season! Conor in Spoke Magazine
Red Bull Rampage is back! This year’s 2014 event offers up a wide variety of talent including our gravity riders Kelly McGarry and Mike Hopkins.
This event is a great way to prove the worth of our Gravity components. Our riders have seen great success in the past riding our components and they look to leave their mark again at this years Rampage event.
Kelly McGarry has done well in this event in the past securing a second place finish last time around. Along with that, he became well known for his backflip over the 72 ft canyon gap.
Here is the backflip incase you have forgotton:
Many of the riders are currently developing their lines for this weekend’s big mountain event. Mike Hopkins is in the qualifying round, but should get through as long as any complications don’t arise.
While preparing for his run, Red Bull interviewed him about his plans. He responded by saying “You visualize something; you have this image of how it’s going to work in your head… More often than not you’re like, ‘well, that didn’t work.” Credit to Mike Berard of Red Bull.
Here is some insight from our rider Mike Hopkins.
While warming up for his ride, Kelly McGarry overshot a gnarly 75ft canyon and launched himself over 100 feet. He is doing well and is resting for tomorrow. You can view his crash herre:
With the rampage quickly approaching, everyone is sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to see what the riders have in store. Keep a close eye on our Gravity riders, they won’t disappoint.
The Kootenay Range in Eastern British Columbia has always been a worthy destination for Mountain bikers from all area’s of North America. It’s also the home of many seasoned veterans of our beloved sport. As a Pacific Northwest company, Gravity Components has supported many of these riders over our last eight years of brand-hood. Two of these riders currently call the Kootenays home: Mike Hopkins and Garett Buehler. Gravity’s Andrew Taylor and visiting Kiwi Conor Macfarlane were both more than happy to jump on board and explore the local trails, coffee houses, and swimming holes throughout South Eastern, BC. Hitting the 2014 Summer Solstice proved to be perfect timing because we knew the riding was so good that we’d want to rip all day.
Gradient’s MegaEVO crankset features a full carbon arm set mated to a 30mm spindle that inexpensively adapts to fit 68/73mm BSA, BB30, PF30 as well as BB86 bottom bracket standards. We’ve conducted extensive testing on this bad boy over the past couple seasons and it’s finally ready for production!
Mike Hopkins leads the way down Rossland’s Red Mountain, straight into the Pre-Shambhala party that waited in the lodge below.
“The Mayor” of Rossland looks out over his homeland.
Revelstoke’s “Hot Dog Hallway” produced the most high fives and “Yeah Bud’s” of the trip.
Gravity would like to thank Red Mountain, The City of Revelstoke, as well as Mike Hopkins and Garett Buehler for being awesome hosts to this amazing destination. Bruno Long (Photo) and Derek Dix (Video) also deserve a huge high five for bringing this all together!
Stop by the Gravity Booth (9071) at Interbike in Las Vegas and check out our products and meet the team!
Mike Hopkins is a Professional Mountain Bike Athlete bred from Canada’s B.C. Interior. He grew up amidst the outdoor driven community of Rossland,
Andrew Taylor grew up in Santa Rosa, but moved to Santa Cruz for the riding scene.
Skye Schillhammer is from Western Washing and currently residing on the East Side in Spokane where he is attending college.