Gravity-Transition rider, Jake Grob, keeping it fast through Silver Mountains DH course.
Video courtesy of DHcamcam
Tomorrow, Bike Magazine is launching an Online feature on their new platform. It’s an interactive widescreen multi-media platform interlinking video and photography. Here’s the jist of it; I took the Bike Mag crew on a Multiday Hut trip through native New Zealand jungle. It turned into a bit of a sufferfest but there’s a lot of character and the story is pretty funny. – Mike Hopkins
Here is part five of the video series shot in Squamish, Canada
Bear back biking are proud to have another excellent team for the 2015 season. We have had some extremely talented staff work with us over the years and this season is no exception. When you can combine passion, ability and abundant enthusiasm and the desire to see guests have the best holiday possible, the results create a superb experience. www.bearbackbiking.com
This is my version of riding. I know what you guys are expecting and I’ll tell you right now. There are no massive hits, or lofty spectacles, but, and this is a big but, there is riding. Don’t get me wrong. I, like most of you love, myself a proper jump. But putting a bike through its gears on the ground is the reason I ride. Heaps of speed, corners of every variety, and long and low hits. I mean if you are going to build something, why not make it a direct representaion of how you ride? Incorporate the aspects you love and hopefully others will enjoy it too.
It’s taken a little while but it’s come to my attention that I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. Why the hell I’ve spent countless days building disconnected pieces of trail is beyond me. The whole build, film, abandon, format doesn’t exactly justify the effort. Rather than build a ”One and Done” I put the sweat into something that would see more traffic than my treads alone. So I built this trail, the one in the video, to serve as an addition, to Rossland’s ever expanding trail network: it’s something that can be ridden by anybody. I get to give back to the community that raised me, all the while you all get a new trail extension. Better for you and more rewarding for me, chalk it up as a Win-Win. The doors to the Loam Factory are ”Open.” – Mike Hopkins
Mike rides the GRID 35mm Bars and Stem, and our GRID Tool Free Chainguide. Check out his blog HERE.
Connor MacFarlane- “The talented Tim Pierce and I worked on a short video at the end of last summer to try help me get to rampage. It is being released tomorrow over on pinkbike so feel free to upload the teaser to instagram (tag @twobeardedmen) and share the HD version off the Two Bearded Men facebook page. I would love if you guys shared this and got the video some more hype which in turn will hopefully give me a better chance of getting invited to rampage!”
Bear back biking are proud to have another excellent team for the 2015 season. We have had some extremely talented staff work with us over the years and this season is no exception. When you can combine passion, ability and abundant enthusiasm and the desire to see guests have the best holiday possible, the results create a superb experience.
To explore more, visit bearbackbiking.com
Wyn is riding a prototype Bulls Wild Core that sports 200mm of rear wheel travel by way of a single pivot, linkage activated suspension layout. The main pivot sits extremely high and well behind the imaginary vertical line drawn between the bottom bracket and seat tube, a design that provides a rearward axle path that is often associated with a bike that carries speed well over rough ground. An idler pulley keeps chain growth in check, although it does make for a more complicated drivetrain. Note the long cage Shimano derailleur that’s required to take up the change in chain tension, as well as the odd angle of the chain guide.
While Masters didn’t provide a weight for his machine, last year’s bike came in at just under 38lb with a very similar build kit that certainly leans more towards reliability than out and out gram counting.
Wyn had to rush off up the hill for practice, but his mechanic, Peter ‘Northern’ Duke, gave us the low down on how Masters likes to run his bike.
Gravity rider Connor MacFarlane made it onto the July 2015 cover of Spoke Magazine!
Connor stated “I have been digging in this spot for a number of years and as my riding has progressed and moved from riding my hard tail to riding my downhill bike more often so have the features I build. This drop got built at the start of the New Zealand summer and remained un-hit the whole summer until about a month before I flew to Canada. I was saving it for Read more
For those who have met Buehler you likely see a laid back friendly demeanour that captures the essence of mountain biking. This of course translates into his riding style as one of the premier mountain bike athletes we see in the industry today. What you don’t see is his keen eye for talent.
When Garett called us to pitch the idea to bring his Gravity teammate Conor Macfarlane into the mix we needed to pay attention. Native to New Zealand, Conor has been tearing it up for the past couple years making a strong statement as a threat to be an elite rider in the near future. With snow on the ground in Nelson BC this past Spring, Garett packed his bags and travelled to summer in New Zealand to do some shredding with his new Knolly teammate. The result is one bad ass edit!
Kelly is from Nelson New Zealand and lives part time in Whistler, BC.
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,
Charlie Sponsel is from Portland, Oregon and runs the Team Robot Blog and Writes for Pink Bike. He also sends it further than you on the weekends.