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This week we’re continuing the mountain bike testing theme. I recently got invited to a ride with MBUK and BikeRadar Tech Editor, Rob Weaver, and owner and designer of Cotic Bikes, Cy Turner. Cy wanted to spend some time with Rob to get his thoughts on the review of their bike in the recent Bike of the Year test. So I thought it would be a good opp…
 
Guy Kesteven is one of the most experienced mountain bike testers in the industry. Having tested literally thousands of bikes over nearly 25 years, there aren’t many people who know more about bikes and kit than Guy does. We sat down to chat about Guy’s journey into the sport, his career so far, how testing works, and where things are heading. Guy …
 
OneUp Components has grown from a good idea into a global mountain bike brand. Today, I’m joined by two of their founders, Chris Heynen and Jon Staples to find out more. OneUp is probably best known now for their EDC tool which fits in your steerer tube, but the company actually started when Chris, Jon and Sam decided to go all out and make a 42 to…
 
This week I’ve got a bonus episode for you, as I’m joined again by one of our most popular guests, Katy Winton. I think it’s fair to say that Katy has had a testing offseason. After finding out late last year that she wouldn’t have a ride with Trek for 2021, Katy set out on a rollercoaster ride to find a way to race this year. We sat down to chat a…
 
This week I’m joined by Saracen Brand Manager Andy Ayers, and the Madison Saracen Factory Race Team Manager Will Longden to chat all things Saracen. We find out a bit about the history of the brand and how Madison came to acquire the name. Andy tells us about how downhill racing quickly became a big part of the brand and Will takes us behind the sc…
 
Hannah Bergemann is an incredible athlete, and an exciting part of the future of freeriding. With a background in freestyle skiing, Hannah has quickly made a name for herself, which has recently lead to her getting a much sought after RedBull helmet deal. We chat about Hannah’s early years and find out how her environment has been such a huge part …
 
If you cut Craig ‘Stikman’ Glaspell then he’d bleed downhill racing. He’s been there from the very start. With an early race career inspired by none other than John Tomac, through his time as a world cup mechanic, journalist, photographer and presenter, all the way to his role today as Global Brand Director for Bike with Troy Lee Designs. We chat a…
 
Today I’m joined by IMBA Europe’s President, Thomas Larsen Schmidt. Our trails are seeing more use than ever right now, and there are definitely some issues coming to the surface. So, it feels like an important topic for me to cover. We sat down to talk about the current state of trail access, user conflict and the challenges that we face. Thomas p…
 
Today we’re going behind the scenes at Öhlins with their MTB racing team leader, TJ Hansen. We get a bit of history on Öhlins and their background in motorsport. Then chat about their entry into the mountain bike world and the work they do with the Specialized Gravity Team. We discuss the trend for faster rebound speeds and the challenge of making …
 
Tracy Moseley was one of my first guests nearly 4 years ago now, and a lot has changed since then. We chat about Tracy’s current role supporting the athletes on the Trek Factory Racing programmes. Hear her thoughts about the importance of team fit and culture, as well as what she’s doing about that with Trek. We talk about her pregnancy, being a pa…
 
I think it’s fair to say that Aaron Gwin has had a rough couple of seasons. A steady stream of injuries and misfortune have kept him away from where he’d like to be, at the very top of the sport. We chat about how he deals with tough times. How he feels about people saying he’s no longer got what it takes and how his approach to racing has changed …
 
As today is International Women's Day, I thought it would be good to chat to some of the awesome women who work in the industry. So today I'm joined by Emily Horridge, who runs a guiding company in the French Alps. Emily also runs a successful YouTube channel helping you to improve your riding. Rachael Wight is the Editor of offroad.cc and a guide …
 
Jesse Melamed is always a popular guest on the show, and he certainly didn’t disappoint with this detailed chat. We get stuck into his 2020 season, taking the EWS overall, and dealing with Covid. We also get pretty in-depth on getting his new bike set up, and we end up chatting about Formula 1 too. Jesse is a technically focussed athlete at the top…
 
Charlie Murray is a super talented up-and-comer from New Zealand. He definitely made his mark on the Enduro World Series and World Cup downhill circuit last season. Charlie even dabbled in the e-Bike World Champs. Which, despite running out of battery mid race, has paid off pretty well for him, as you'll find out in this episode. Charlie provides g…
 
Stefan Garlicki is a South African World Cup racer with a crazy story that we can learn a lot from. We chat about Stefan’s horrendous injuries which pushed him to the point that he suffered from PTSD and panic attacks. Stefan has worked hard super hard on his recovery, and part of that has even led to him learning to backflip!We also find out what …
 
Downtime is 4 years old today, and I wanted to mark that in some way. My most popular episode ever, with the one and only Josh Bryceland, was about to drop off the end of the podcast’s RSS feed. That means that the only place you’d be able to find it is on my website, and it’s still so popular that I wanted to make sure people can access it easily.…
 
Phil Atwill has had a rough couple of years with some pretty nasty injuries that have made repeating that Lenzerheide 2017 podium a big challenge. However, at the final round in Lousa last year he stuck it into 5th place. We sat down to find out about that journey back to the podium. We chat about his move to Greece, filming for Gamble, injury, the…
 
Rémy Métailler is an incredible rider, who’s moved his insane skills from Whistler Bike Park to finding gaps on the steeps around Squamish, and he’s documenting it on his huge YouTube channel. Rémy has recently signed with Propain Bikes, so we chat about that move. We cover his channel, his use of affiliate links and how that’s helping him make bet…
 
Fabien Barel clearly has a huge passion, energy and deep understanding of our sport. Today we’re catching up with Fabien on the 2020 season and finding out how he feels his enduro and downhill teams got on. He shares some tips on how to increase your peak speed on the bike. We chat about his thoughts on the evolution of the do it all trail bike, an…
 
Rich Houseman knows a thing or two about what it takes to get sponsored. As the youngest ever factory-sponsored BMX rider, aged 6, he went on to become BMX World Champion and have a successful DH and 4X career. Rich moved into the world of sponsorship in 2004 when he started at hookit.com. He went on to manage the one and only Aaron Gwin, and has b…
 
Gary Fisher is one of mountain biking's founding fathers and was very much responsible for bringing mountain biking to the masses. Gary grew up with cycling in his veins, and this passion took him on a crazy path through road racing, free love, LSD, and popularising the mountain bike around the world. We sat down for a wide ranging chat to find out…
 
Yoann Barelli is back to let us know all about his team set up for 2021. Yoann has been focussed on the environment for a good while now and that can really be seen in how he’s chosen his partners for 2021 and beyond. It’s definitely a different approach and one that Yoann is stoked about. So hit play above and listen to this episode with Yoann Bar…
 
Let's start the year off right with a dose of energy and positivity from the one and only Yoann Barelli. Yoann has made some big changes to his setup over the last year and we chat all about it in this episode. From starting his own coaching business, to changing his team set up, we find out what he's been up to. It's super interesting to hear what…
 
Paul Aston is someone who's dedicated his life to bikes. From the early days of dirt jumping in the Midlands of the UK, all the way to racing Downhill World Cups as a privateer. Paul is probably best known for his time as European Technical Editor for Pinkbike, and that infamous ENVE wheel review. In part two we chat about his role at Pinkbike, and…
 
Paul Aston is someone who's dedicated his life to bikes. From the early days of dirt jumping in the Midlands of the UK, all the way to racing Downhill World Cups as a privateer. Paul is probably best known for his time as European Technical Editor for Pinkbike, and that infamous ENVE wheel review. This episode is split into two parts. In part one, …
 
Morgane Charre has excelled in both downhill and enduro, taking the 2012 downhill world champs and winning her first EWS in Finale Ligure this season. We sat down to chat about her journey from a background in Skateboarding and BMX to becoming a world champion. Morgane tells us why she chose to move to enduro and how she has adapted her riding to t…
 
Chris Hilton has spent his career shaping the technology that we get to ride, and his journey has now taken him to Chief Technology Officer at YT Industries. We sat down to find out about his incredible career. From his early days as a racer through numerous roles, not just within the bike industry, right up to today. We chat about some of the inno…
 
Laurie Greenland is one of the few people who's shown that they are capable of taking the win at a DH World Cup amongst the current crop of incredible riders. But what does it take to stand on the top step week in, week out? In this episode, I sit down with Laurie Greeland and his friend and coach, Olly Morris, to find out what they are doing in th…
 
E-bikes are a huge area of growth, with some trail centres in the UK already seeing around 50% of their traffic coming from e-bikes. Therefore, whether you like them or not, they are here to stay, and I wanted to find out more. I was lucky enough to be lent a brand new Marin Alpine Trail E2 for a month, so I could get some experience for myself fir…
 
Tracey Hannah is a mountain biker who has had a career full of the highest highs, and the lowest lows. We chat about everything, from having a four year break after her first World Cup season and dealing with horrific injuries, to competing in a home World Champs and an incredible battle for the overall. So hit play above and join me for a chat wit…
 
Jamie Edmondson came to most people’s attention when he took a podium at the last round of the World Cup in Lousã. However, his climb to the top steps of the sport started way before that. We chat about his early race career, his challenging junior years, what it takes to go privateer, how knowing Ben Cathro comes in handy and much more. So hit pla…
 
Alright, it’s time for a quarantine catch up with the one and only, Eddie Masters. We will be finding out how his season went, hearing about his get fit quick plan, chatting World Cup and EWS racing in general, team rumours, hotel room marathons, the state of World Cup downhill and plenty more. So hit play and join us for a catch-up.You can follow …
 
This weekend it was Lousã World Cup which hosted the final two rounds of the 2020 season. I'm joined by Eliot Jackson and Neko Mulally to chat about the racing. We cover all the important things, like what was Loic doing with his fork, will Greg race next year, and did the weather really change the results? So hit play and join us to chat about thi…
 
Today we are going inside Privateer Bikes. We are joined by their MTB Brand Manager, Sam Meegan, and Redburn Design's Ali Beckett to chat about the development of their enduro bike, the 161. We chat about where Privateer Bikes came from, their progressive approach to geometry, the challenge of designing for optimum value and plenty more. You'll hea…
 
Today I'm joined by Strength Factory's Ben Plenge. Ben was responsible for our most popular episode of the year when he joined me in January to help you stay fit and make sure you can still shred when you’re 70. This time we sat down to talk more specifically about how to put together your winter fitness blueprint, to give you the best chance of sm…
 
This weekend the World Cup rolled into Maribor for the first ever double-header race weekend. So, I'm joined by Eliot Jackson and Neko Mulally to chat all things Maribor. We find out first hand what it was like to be racing a double-header. We chat about the impact of the weather conditions, tyre choice and THAT triple! Hit play and get behind the …
 
You probably haven't heard of Erick Auger, but you definitely should. Erick has been into mountain bikes since the very beginning and now runs Faction Bike Studio, a consultancy which supports the bike industry in designing and making the awesome bikes that we all love to ride. So Erick knows a thing or two about bikes. We sat down to find out abou…
 
Finally, after over a year, we’ve got some world level racing to talk about, and it’s started out with the biggest race of the year, World Champs in Leogang. I’m joined by the awesome Neko Mulally and Eliot Jackson to find out what went down. We chat weather, changing conditions, ruts, set up and more. There is a small technical issue with a very s…
 
Is racism an issue in mountain biking? Why are people of colour so underrepresented in the sport? In order to find out, I'm joined by Eliot Jackson and Phil Young to talk about diversity and racism in mountain biking, find out how we are doing and what needs to change. Eliot has recently started the Grow Foundation specifically to increase diversit…
 
Because it's World Champs week, it felt like a good time to catch up with the one and only Ben Cathro. We chat about his year so far, including signing with Pinkbike, getting back into training, going on the points chase, building his own DH track, having a baby and plenty more. I also ask the question we all want to know the answer to, will he rac…
 
Today I'm going to be finding out all about the brand new Specialized Stumpjumper EVO. In order to do so I'm joined by product manager, Steve Saletnik, and engineering guru, Brian Robinson.We are going to find out what actually goes into making a bike like this, and I have to say I was pretty blown away by the amount of detail that the team have go…
 
Today I’m joined by Keegan Wright. Keegan's career took off when he won the New Zealand National DH Champs and Crankworx Pumptrack at the start of 2017. Since then, he has gone on to pick up a ride with the Unior Devinci Factory Racing team, and take on the Enduro World Series. Keegan is full of energy and is always on the go, as you'll find out in…
 
Today I’m joined by Dustin Adams from We Are One Composites for a catch-up. We Are One are growing fast, and even a global pandemic hasn't slowed them down. I chat with Dustin about how they've approached the growth and the challenges that come with it.We also chat about their project to build a carbon fibre bike in Kamloops, Canada and find out th…
 
Today I’m joined by Pivot Factory rider, Matt Walker. Matt had an awesome 2019 season taking 8th overall in the Enduro World Series and scoring an impressive 11th place at downhill World Champs in Mont-Sainte-Anne. As you’ll find out, Matt has a great approach to riding and racing, and it seems to have worked well for him. He was one of the origina…
 
Want to go behind the scenes of the development of the new Trek Slash? Then this is the episode for you. I'm joined by Trek's Director of MTB Product Development, John Riley, and Senior Engineer, Dylan Howes to find out just what it takes to develop a bike like the new Trek Slash.We chat about how a project like this gets started, Trek’s approach t…
 
Do you want to make the most effective use of your time on your bike and in the gym? Do you want to lose excess weight to get lean for riding and racing? Then Derek Teel from Dialed Health is the man to help you. In this week's episode, I sit down with Derek to find out a bit about his background racing downhill for Yeti. We talk about how that too…
 
Isac Paddock is one of the youngest mountain bike photographers on the World Cup circuit. He's also one of few photographers who only shoot for one client, but still manage to make a living. So how has he done it? We sat down to find out about Isac's route to where he is now, working his way from taking photos of toilets, to taking photos of legend…
 
Charlie Harrison was one of the standout riders of 2019. He stood on the podium at the first and last round of the season but unfortunately suffered a wrist injury that required surgery mid-season. We sat down to chat about his career so far, all the way from his early moto days to that amazing 3rd place in Snowshoe. We cover teammates, the importa…
 
Today sees the launch of the brand new Canyon Sender, and I'm going to take you behind the scenes of its development! I'll be chatting with top World Cup racer Troy Brosnan and his mechanic Aaron Pelttari to find out about their input to the project. Including the secret testing they have been doing, what wheel size Troy will be running in 2021 and…
 
Elliott Heap comes from a motocross background, but when he found mountain bikes, he took to it like a duck to water. Getting into Enduro and DH racing early on, Elliott was introduced to Nigel Page. Nigel clearly saw something in him and started supporting him from early on. Since then, Elliott has raced World Cup DH, won the junior world title in…
 
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