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3/14/2017 5:06 AM

Hristo_Tanev wrote:

29er?


iceman2058 wrote:

That's a lot of rise on that handlebar for a 29er though...hard to tell for sure!

joaquinb wrote:

Looks like a front 27.5 and rear 29 to me, hence the high rise on the handlebar, to compensate.

All and all, armchair-engineer-wise, doesn't really make sense, should be the other way around to be an advantage.

I was thinking the same, might just be the angle of the photo making the front wheel look smaller (or the rear bigger) but could be testing a new idea or just the fact 29" DH forks aren't really available but wanted to try 29" version of the frame. is that a metric shock too?

I do wonder about the thought that a bigger front wheel makes more sense if using different wheel sizes, does seem to be the way its done however 29" main advantage is better rolling and on a mountain bike the back wheel has alot more drag and weight over it (hence semi-slicks becoming more common as a rear tyre for faster rolling) so a 29" wheel on the back could be helping this when it come to rolling, just as long as the geometry is adapted to suit i don't see an issue. having said that tyre drag and roll over are a bit different.

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3/14/2017 5:37 AM

They just want to test the rear function in waiting for a 29" fork, before to test the front one and to race Lourdes with a new 29" DH bike if it works .... ;-)

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3/14/2017 9:57 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/14/2017 9:57 AM

It looks like the Super Deluxe coil is what the operator was designed around, so speccing the Kage for last year on production bikes was just a temporary stop-gap

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3/15/2017 5:54 AM

So the Brendawg interview a while back when he gets bleeped out saying XX is now on YY as brand ambassador is now clear. Needles on Scott

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3/15/2017 6:46 AM

Hittheshowers13 wrote:

So the Brendawg interview a while back when he gets bleeped out saying XX is now on YY as brand ambassador is now clear. Needles on Scott

true dat - here's the PR

SCOTT Sports Introduces Andrew Neethling!
SCOTT Sports is pleased to announce that we have added Andrew Neethling to the family. In a new MTB Ambassador role, Andrew will travel the world to spread the SCOTT MTB Message.

After years of success on the Downhill World Cup Circuit, renowned video segments and phenomenal MTB ambassadorship, we felt that Andrew was the perfect fit for our MTB Ambassador role!

Looking to continue his career beyond Downhill racing, Andrew will transition into a brand ambassador role, traveling the world on his trail and DH bikes to meet new people, create stories and ultimately to push mountain biking.


"I am beyond excited and motivated to join SCOTT Sports. It is obviously a big decision to move away from full time racing and transition into a new role. I however feel very good and confident about it with the backing of SCOTT."

Andrew Neethling
SCOTT MTB Ambassador

Looking to the Future

Andrew is very much looking forward to continuing his MTB career post DH World Cup days, "I am beyond excited and motivated to join SCOTT Sports. It is obviously a big decision to move away from full time racing and transition into a new role. I however feel very good and confident about it with the backing of SCOTT. My goal is to promote cycling and hopefully get more people into riding and enjoying the sport that has given me so much.

SCOTT bikes have always impressed me with their technology, looks and market leading development. I know there are passionate people behind the company and that is key moving forward. I want to get out there and as cliché as it sounds…. show people how enjoyable riding can be.”

Andrew's brand spankin' new Genius 700 Tuned Plus!
“When the opportunity came up to bring Andrew on board, it was a no brainer. He came to us with an idea that was a bit different to what he had been doing for the last decade, and it was something we could easily get behind. We’re looking forward to getting creative with Andrew as he travels the world with his bikes.” – Julian Wagner, Bike Marketing

Andrew will be heading to New Zealand in a few days to meet up with long time buddy Brendan Fairclough to film an all new episode of “Chasing Trail”. Tough first week on the job!



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3/15/2017 8:10 AM

Hittheshowers13 wrote:

So the Brendawg interview a while back when he gets bleeped out saying XX is now on YY as brand ambassador is now clear. Needles on Scott

sspomer wrote:

true dat - here's the PR

SCOTT Sports Introduces Andrew Neethling!
SCOTT Sports is pleased to announce that we have added Andrew Neethling to the family. In a new MTB Ambassador role, Andrew will travel the world to spread the SCOTT MTB Message.

After years of success on the Downhill World Cup Circuit, renowned video segments and phenomenal MTB ambassadorship, we felt that Andrew was the perfect fit for our MTB Ambassador role!

Looking to continue his career beyond Downhill racing, Andrew will transition into a brand ambassador role, traveling the world on his trail and DH bikes to meet new people, create stories and ultimately to push mountain biking.


"I am beyond excited and motivated to join SCOTT Sports. It is obviously a big decision to move away from full time racing and transition into a new role. I however feel very good and confident about it with the backing of SCOTT."

Andrew Neethling
SCOTT MTB Ambassador

Looking to the Future

Andrew is very much looking forward to continuing his MTB career post DH World Cup days, "I am beyond excited and motivated to join SCOTT Sports. It is obviously a big decision to move away from full time racing and transition into a new role. I however feel very good and confident about it with the backing of SCOTT. My goal is to promote cycling and hopefully get more people into riding and enjoying the sport that has given me so much.

SCOTT bikes have always impressed me with their technology, looks and market leading development. I know there are passionate people behind the company and that is key moving forward. I want to get out there and as cliché as it sounds…. show people how enjoyable riding can be.”

Andrew's brand spankin' new Genius 700 Tuned Plus!
“When the opportunity came up to bring Andrew on board, it was a no brainer. He came to us with an idea that was a bit different to what he had been doing for the last decade, and it was something we could easily get behind. We’re looking forward to getting creative with Andrew as he travels the world with his bikes.” – Julian Wagner, Bike Marketing

Andrew will be heading to New Zealand in a few days to meet up with long time buddy Brendan Fairclough to film an all new episode of “Chasing Trail”. Tough first week on the job!



This is news I'm happy to read about. Needles is the man, and it's great to see that he'll still be involved in the sport doing what he does best: riding stylishly around the world.

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3/15/2017 12:39 PM

Big news from Brett Tippie and YT today! Official PR below:

YT nabs the Director of Good Times

It was really only a matter of time until the Director of Good Times would end up with YT. Brett Tippie is now part of the YT Family and takes his place alongside Aaron Gwin, Cam Zink, and Andreu Lacondeguy.



Brett Tippie is living proof that Young Talent is not about age, but about attitude. As a family member, his tools of shred will be the TUES, CAPRA, and JEFFSY. The Canadian is a perfect fit for Team Good Times and he is already looking forward to working together:

"I have lusted after the sexy YT bikes for some time, and after testing them, I was blown away about how plush, stiff and stable they really were with dialed angles and suspension kinematics. It's one of those bikes you feel natural on right away! With sick bikes, a cool punkrock image, and an amazing team of staff and riders I was sold and wanted to be a part of it." - Brett Tippie



At 48 years of age, Tippie is not exactly a blank page. Back in the 90s he was already leaving his mark on the sport, as he and his Frorider bros showed that you don’t need shaved legs and lycra onesies to ride bikes. Right from the start Tippie and his boys developed their own style, far away from competitions and results. Cliff drops and steep, technical descents were on the To-Do list instead. As you can imagine, Tippie’s new team mates are stoked on the new addition:

“YT is living up to their namesake and hiring the hottest Young Talent. Brett Tippie is a future legend and if you don't already know him, you will soon!”
Cam Zink

"So stoked to get Tippie as a team mate. YT is killing it. YT is all about the good times and getting Brett Tippie on board proves it. I'm sure there's not many people having more fun than him shredding bikes."
Andreu Lacondeguy

“Really psyched and happy to welcome a true legend of the sport in our family! Lots of laughs and funny stories ahead. Let’s shred together, old fart.”
Yannick Granieri

Brett Tippie Interview
Want to know what Tippie thinks about his new sponsor, freeride, and the zombie apocalypse? Find out in this interview:

Brett, which projects/events do you have on your 2017 schedule?
My year is pretty stacked with stuff already, starting with officially kicking off the season at Crankworx New Zealand, where I’ll be doing the official daily Crankworx reports, my own show, “Just the Tip”, and 30 Second-ish Bike Checks for Pinkbike. Then we have Sea Otter, the rest of the entire Crankworx events in France, Austria and Whistler, reporting for Pinkbike on the Red Bull Rampage, plus many hosting, announcing events such as the BC Bike Race, BC Cup and Canada Cup DH (including the Stevie Smith memorial) and of course filming and shooting whenever possible for projects like Freeride Entertainments "Nothings for Free", the Kranked throwback movie, and photoshoots in cool mtb locations with bad ass photographers like my buds Ale di Lullo, Margus Riga and others!

Every mountain biker in the world seems to know you. How the heck did you become that famous?
Hmmm, oh boy. That's a long story! I filmed for the first freeride mtb film, Pulp Traction, in 1995 with Greg Stump, Christian Begin and Bjorn Enga. It kind of rolled on from there to make the original Kranked in 1997/98, the movie that really brought freeride to the masses. After that, three of us (Wade Simmons, Richie Schley and I) got signed as the world’s first professional freeride team, the Froriders, and continued to shoot for years for the Kranked series, NWD, and numerous tv shows and magazines. In the last decade or so, I have added hosting and producing webisodes for Pinkbike and sponsors, as well as live announcing various action events like World Cup and World Championships in MTB, Snowboarding, Skiing, BMX, Rallycross and Crashed Ice DH Icecross. Throughout it all, I have maintained a healthy addiction and love of anything MTB and tried to promote myself, fellow riders, sponsors and the sport in general as best I can.

Enduro, trail or downhill?
Freeride!!! (But am glued to watching World Cup DH, EWS, Fest Series and cool trail edits too.)

What happened to freeride in the last years? What do you think the future will bring?
Everything ebbs and flows, freeride will always have a place in mountain biking, but in more places, different varieties and disciplines.

Any new and fresh mountain bike talent on your radar?
There are so many talented rippers I don't even know where to begin!

Who’s your most inspiring rider?
I’ve always admired Peaty for his longevity, skills, passion, professionalism, approach to life, and the fact that he's always having fun. In the entire sporting world, Craig Kelly, a pioneering snowboarder, and extreme skier Glen Plake were a huge influence. At the Rampage, my favourites to watch are Andreu, Zink, Aggy, Sorge, Claw and Doerfling.

What’s the best thing riding has given you?
Freedom to pursue my passion professionally around the world in amazing terrain, family (I met my wife at Crankworx!) and lots of cool, crazy friends. (In the native world, you are wealthy when you have many friends and memories, so I must be loaded!!)



What non-bike related hobbies do you have?
Snowboarding. In my life before being a professional free rider, I raced World Cup Giant Slalom and Boardercross on the Canadian National team for Burton Snowboards, before retiring as the Canadian Grand National Boardercross Champion. I love freeriding deep powder on my board and snowmobile. I always travel with a 170 gram frizbee with a built-in light, and love to play disc whenever and wherever I can.

What would you do for a living if you wouldn’t have joined the mountain bike industry?
I probably would've been a comedian or actor and hopefully fulfilled my dream of being a crazy bad guy in a James Bond movie!

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Mountain biking and boarding I hope! I once said in an interview, that I’m a “lifer” and if there were to be a nuclear holocaust, the only things left would be Keith Richards, Sam Hill’s eyebrows, Richie Schley's hair products and my big mouth.

What meaning does mountain biking have for you?
For me it’s all about being in the mountains/forest/desert, breathtaking scenery, cool technology, camaraderie and high fives with awesome people.

It’s the zombie apocalypse: What are the five songs first on your playlist?
AC/DC-Back in Black, Led Zeppelin-Fool in the Rain, Metallica-Master of Puppets, Tech N9ne-The Rain, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers-cover of Higher Ground.

Your favorite riding spot worldwide?
I’d have to say British Columbia. From the Sea to Sky corridor (North Shore, Squamish, Whistler, Whistler Bike Park and Pemberton) to my home of Kamloops in the BC Interior including the Sun Peaks Bike Park. Very different types of terrain. Internationally, I have really enjoyed Northern Italy, Southern France, New Zealand and Utah.

If you could turn back time, to which moment would you like to return?
I'd like to return to competing in Rampage due to over partying and a comedy of errors (my bike was stolen) and another shot at qualifying for the Olympics in Snowboarding GS. I'd also like to return to any number of days throughout the decades where the dirt was perfect tackiness, I was in the zone, and I was riding a trail or line for the very first time. You only get to do those once in the real world.

Do you have any hidden talents that people wouldn’t expect from you?
I can juggle and can also blow bubbles out of my eyes when submerged in water! I also like to draw and occasionally paint water color, like my father did.

Is your family involved in mountain biking, too? How do your private and your professional life blend with each other?
My wife Sarah grew up in Deep Cove, during the birth of mountain biking in Canada. She got her first mountain bike in 1986! She’s a solid rider who loves to shred the bike park on her big bike, and trail ride when she can. Behind the scenes, she works hard with getting me from A to B, organizing all the logistics behind the scenes so that I can do as much as I can do, and looking after our kids and home life. My 8-year-old girl has been riding since 3 and has even joined me on night rides on the north shore in the rain, and my 5-year-old daughter is on a big run bike with brakes. They are still quite young and I don’t push it too hard on them.

Clipless or flats?
Flats for life for me! (I rode clips in the 90's but with 5.10's these days I prefer flats.)

If you had one super power, it would be?
I used to want to be able to fly but I think I'd actually prefer to have regenerative powers like the Wolverine so I could go as hard as I wanted every day!

Was there a point when you actively decided to go pro and be part of the industry or did it just happen?
It kind of happened accidentally. I used to mtb to get my kicks and train when there was no snow to snowboard in BC. Then I was hired to be a Frorider. Before that, mountain bikers earned a paycheque racing and being on the clock. I always found it ironic that after years on the clock racing myself, after I stopped, picked up a bike more regularly and starting riding for thrills that I was more well-known and earned enough money to make a living, something I never did while racing!

Did the way to enter the business change since then? Like becoming a career path, for example?
I’m sure it has. All I can say is, working hard, shooting lots, being professional and a helpful person along the way (putting up booths, tearing down booths etc.) is what helped me. My advice to people who want to get into professional riding is work hard, be on time, network, be yourself, ride with the best riders you can, take chances but pick and choose your battles, be positive and consistent with media, look ahead and of course, have some fun with it!

Your favorite after ride meal?
Lasagna!

How does a typical Brett Tippie day look like, once you are at home?
Wake up with my kids at 7:30am, help get them to school, check the weather, do a quick surf online, take care of business or tasks, go for a shred in the local mountains, pick up my girls from school, do some activities with them (skiing, swimming, bike riding, frizbee, Brownies, ballet, art, etc.), have dinner, tune bikes and/or boards, put my kids to bed, go for a night ride in the local woods, surf online, return emails, and go to bed at 2-3am. Recharge and repeat.

The proudest moments of your career?
Being sponsored as a Frorider in the 90's stomping some of the first cliff drops and steep lines in the original movies, cracking the top 10 in World Cup GS and SBX racing, getting sober from drugs and alcohol 9 years ago, being inducted into the MTB Hall of Fame, hosting for Pinkbike, and continuing to ride professionally as an OG sharing good times and stoking people to ride bikes!

What’s the next big thing in mountain biking? In the sense of future, not wheel size.
I think people will continue to obviously go faster and bigger with crazier tricks in more exotic locations. I can see POV virtual reality experiences booming for entertainment and instruction.

What would you like to be the next big thing in mountain biking?
I'd like to see awesome bikes become more affordable for kids and more everyday people and crossover athletes from various sports start to MTB and find their niche.

Your favorite TV show?
I don't watch TV very often. It seems I'm always too pinned trying to keep on top of work, riding and parenting to sit down and watch TV.

Is there something you really miss in the sport?
I miss our fallen brothers and sisters who have passed away or have lost their ability or passion to shred the mountains. Enjoy it now because life is short.

If you could be someone else, who (or what) would that be?
I wish I could clone myself so I could do more in a day! I'd shred more places, with more people, create more content, do more with my family and share more good times experiences with the world! If I could clone myself, I'd be so happy...I'd be beside myself!!


About YT Industries

In 2008, CEO Markus Flossmann founded YT with the aim of building competition-ready, affordable dirt jump and slopestyle mountain bikes for talented young riders. After nine years, the product range includes high-end downhill, enduro, and trail bikes, which are regularly awarded with prestigious prizes. The secret of success: high quality products, fair prices, the direct selling method which eliminates the profit margins of middlemen, an unmatched reputation and last but not least, a team of world-class riders like Cam Zink, Andreu Lacondeguy, Aaron Gwin and Brett Tippie who are all part of the YT family.

Today, YT has established distribution channels in Europe, USA, South America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Africa.

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3/15/2017 1:28 PM

iceman2058 wrote:

Big news from Brett Tippie and YT today! Official PR below:

YT nabs the Director of Good Times

It was really only a matter of time until the Director of Good Times would end up with YT. Brett Tippie is now part of the YT Family and takes his place alongside Aaron Gwin, Cam Zink, and Andreu Lacondeguy.



Brett Tippie is living proof that Young Talent is not about age, but about attitude. As a family member, his tools of shred will be the TUES, CAPRA, and JEFFSY. The Canadian is a perfect fit for Team Good Times and he is already looking forward to working together:

"I have lusted after the sexy YT bikes for some time, and after testing them, I was blown away about how plush, stiff and stable they really were with dialed angles and suspension kinematics. It's one of those bikes you feel natural on right away! With sick bikes, a cool punkrock image, and an amazing team of staff and riders I was sold and wanted to be a part of it." - Brett Tippie



At 48 years of age, Tippie is not exactly a blank page. Back in the 90s he was already leaving his mark on the sport, as he and his Frorider bros showed that you don’t need shaved legs and lycra onesies to ride bikes. Right from the start Tippie and his boys developed their own style, far away from competitions and results. Cliff drops and steep, technical descents were on the To-Do list instead. As you can imagine, Tippie’s new team mates are stoked on the new addition:

“YT is living up to their namesake and hiring the hottest Young Talent. Brett Tippie is a future legend and if you don't already know him, you will soon!”
Cam Zink

"So stoked to get Tippie as a team mate. YT is killing it. YT is all about the good times and getting Brett Tippie on board proves it. I'm sure there's not many people having more fun than him shredding bikes."
Andreu Lacondeguy

“Really psyched and happy to welcome a true legend of the sport in our family! Lots of laughs and funny stories ahead. Let’s shred together, old fart.”
Yannick Granieri

Brett Tippie Interview
Want to know what Tippie thinks about his new sponsor, freeride, and the zombie apocalypse? Find out in this interview:

Brett, which projects/events do you have on your 2017 schedule?
My year is pretty stacked with stuff already, starting with officially kicking off the season at Crankworx New Zealand, where I’ll be doing the official daily Crankworx reports, my own show, “Just the Tip”, and 30 Second-ish Bike Checks for Pinkbike. Then we have Sea Otter, the rest of the entire Crankworx events in France, Austria and Whistler, reporting for Pinkbike on the Red Bull Rampage, plus many hosting, announcing events such as the BC Bike Race, BC Cup and Canada Cup DH (including the Stevie Smith memorial) and of course filming and shooting whenever possible for projects like Freeride Entertainments "Nothings for Free", the Kranked throwback movie, and photoshoots in cool mtb locations with bad ass photographers like my buds Ale di Lullo, Margus Riga and others!

Every mountain biker in the world seems to know you. How the heck did you become that famous?
Hmmm, oh boy. That's a long story! I filmed for the first freeride mtb film, Pulp Traction, in 1995 with Greg Stump, Christian Begin and Bjorn Enga. It kind of rolled on from there to make the original Kranked in 1997/98, the movie that really brought freeride to the masses. After that, three of us (Wade Simmons, Richie Schley and I) got signed as the world’s first professional freeride team, the Froriders, and continued to shoot for years for the Kranked series, NWD, and numerous tv shows and magazines. In the last decade or so, I have added hosting and producing webisodes for Pinkbike and sponsors, as well as live announcing various action events like World Cup and World Championships in MTB, Snowboarding, Skiing, BMX, Rallycross and Crashed Ice DH Icecross. Throughout it all, I have maintained a healthy addiction and love of anything MTB and tried to promote myself, fellow riders, sponsors and the sport in general as best I can.

Enduro, trail or downhill?
Freeride!!! (But am glued to watching World Cup DH, EWS, Fest Series and cool trail edits too.)

What happened to freeride in the last years? What do you think the future will bring?
Everything ebbs and flows, freeride will always have a place in mountain biking, but in more places, different varieties and disciplines.

Any new and fresh mountain bike talent on your radar?
There are so many talented rippers I don't even know where to begin!

Who’s your most inspiring rider?
I’ve always admired Peaty for his longevity, skills, passion, professionalism, approach to life, and the fact that he's always having fun. In the entire sporting world, Craig Kelly, a pioneering snowboarder, and extreme skier Glen Plake were a huge influence. At the Rampage, my favourites to watch are Andreu, Zink, Aggy, Sorge, Claw and Doerfling.

What’s the best thing riding has given you?
Freedom to pursue my passion professionally around the world in amazing terrain, family (I met my wife at Crankworx!) and lots of cool, crazy friends. (In the native world, you are wealthy when you have many friends and memories, so I must be loaded!!)



What non-bike related hobbies do you have?
Snowboarding. In my life before being a professional free rider, I raced World Cup Giant Slalom and Boardercross on the Canadian National team for Burton Snowboards, before retiring as the Canadian Grand National Boardercross Champion. I love freeriding deep powder on my board and snowmobile. I always travel with a 170 gram frizbee with a built-in light, and love to play disc whenever and wherever I can.

What would you do for a living if you wouldn’t have joined the mountain bike industry?
I probably would've been a comedian or actor and hopefully fulfilled my dream of being a crazy bad guy in a James Bond movie!

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Mountain biking and boarding I hope! I once said in an interview, that I’m a “lifer” and if there were to be a nuclear holocaust, the only things left would be Keith Richards, Sam Hill’s eyebrows, Richie Schley's hair products and my big mouth.

What meaning does mountain biking have for you?
For me it’s all about being in the mountains/forest/desert, breathtaking scenery, cool technology, camaraderie and high fives with awesome people.

It’s the zombie apocalypse: What are the five songs first on your playlist?
AC/DC-Back in Black, Led Zeppelin-Fool in the Rain, Metallica-Master of Puppets, Tech N9ne-The Rain, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers-cover of Higher Ground.

Your favorite riding spot worldwide?
I’d have to say British Columbia. From the Sea to Sky corridor (North Shore, Squamish, Whistler, Whistler Bike Park and Pemberton) to my home of Kamloops in the BC Interior including the Sun Peaks Bike Park. Very different types of terrain. Internationally, I have really enjoyed Northern Italy, Southern France, New Zealand and Utah.

If you could turn back time, to which moment would you like to return?
I'd like to return to competing in Rampage due to over partying and a comedy of errors (my bike was stolen) and another shot at qualifying for the Olympics in Snowboarding GS. I'd also like to return to any number of days throughout the decades where the dirt was perfect tackiness, I was in the zone, and I was riding a trail or line for the very first time. You only get to do those once in the real world.

Do you have any hidden talents that people wouldn’t expect from you?
I can juggle and can also blow bubbles out of my eyes when submerged in water! I also like to draw and occasionally paint water color, like my father did.

Is your family involved in mountain biking, too? How do your private and your professional life blend with each other?
My wife Sarah grew up in Deep Cove, during the birth of mountain biking in Canada. She got her first mountain bike in 1986! She’s a solid rider who loves to shred the bike park on her big bike, and trail ride when she can. Behind the scenes, she works hard with getting me from A to B, organizing all the logistics behind the scenes so that I can do as much as I can do, and looking after our kids and home life. My 8-year-old girl has been riding since 3 and has even joined me on night rides on the north shore in the rain, and my 5-year-old daughter is on a big run bike with brakes. They are still quite young and I don’t push it too hard on them.

Clipless or flats?
Flats for life for me! (I rode clips in the 90's but with 5.10's these days I prefer flats.)

If you had one super power, it would be?
I used to want to be able to fly but I think I'd actually prefer to have regenerative powers like the Wolverine so I could go as hard as I wanted every day!

Was there a point when you actively decided to go pro and be part of the industry or did it just happen?
It kind of happened accidentally. I used to mtb to get my kicks and train when there was no snow to snowboard in BC. Then I was hired to be a Frorider. Before that, mountain bikers earned a paycheque racing and being on the clock. I always found it ironic that after years on the clock racing myself, after I stopped, picked up a bike more regularly and starting riding for thrills that I was more well-known and earned enough money to make a living, something I never did while racing!

Did the way to enter the business change since then? Like becoming a career path, for example?
I’m sure it has. All I can say is, working hard, shooting lots, being professional and a helpful person along the way (putting up booths, tearing down booths etc.) is what helped me. My advice to people who want to get into professional riding is work hard, be on time, network, be yourself, ride with the best riders you can, take chances but pick and choose your battles, be positive and consistent with media, look ahead and of course, have some fun with it!

Your favorite after ride meal?
Lasagna!

How does a typical Brett Tippie day look like, once you are at home?
Wake up with my kids at 7:30am, help get them to school, check the weather, do a quick surf online, take care of business or tasks, go for a shred in the local mountains, pick up my girls from school, do some activities with them (skiing, swimming, bike riding, frizbee, Brownies, ballet, art, etc.), have dinner, tune bikes and/or boards, put my kids to bed, go for a night ride in the local woods, surf online, return emails, and go to bed at 2-3am. Recharge and repeat.

The proudest moments of your career?
Being sponsored as a Frorider in the 90's stomping some of the first cliff drops and steep lines in the original movies, cracking the top 10 in World Cup GS and SBX racing, getting sober from drugs and alcohol 9 years ago, being inducted into the MTB Hall of Fame, hosting for Pinkbike, and continuing to ride professionally as an OG sharing good times and stoking people to ride bikes!

What’s the next big thing in mountain biking? In the sense of future, not wheel size.
I think people will continue to obviously go faster and bigger with crazier tricks in more exotic locations. I can see POV virtual reality experiences booming for entertainment and instruction.

What would you like to be the next big thing in mountain biking?
I'd like to see awesome bikes become more affordable for kids and more everyday people and crossover athletes from various sports start to MTB and find their niche.

Your favorite TV show?
I don't watch TV very often. It seems I'm always too pinned trying to keep on top of work, riding and parenting to sit down and watch TV.

Is there something you really miss in the sport?
I miss our fallen brothers and sisters who have passed away or have lost their ability or passion to shred the mountains. Enjoy it now because life is short.

If you could be someone else, who (or what) would that be?
I wish I could clone myself so I could do more in a day! I'd shred more places, with more people, create more content, do more with my family and share more good times experiences with the world! If I could clone myself, I'd be so happy...I'd be beside myself!!


About YT Industries

In 2008, CEO Markus Flossmann founded YT with the aim of building competition-ready, affordable dirt jump and slopestyle mountain bikes for talented young riders. After nine years, the product range includes high-end downhill, enduro, and trail bikes, which are regularly awarded with prestigious prizes. The secret of success: high quality products, fair prices, the direct selling method which eliminates the profit margins of middlemen, an unmatched reputation and last but not least, a team of world-class riders like Cam Zink, Andreu Lacondeguy, Aaron Gwin and Brett Tippie who are all part of the YT family.

Today, YT has established distribution channels in Europe, USA, South America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Africa.

No love for Neko Mulally?

"It was really only a matter of time until the Director of Good Times would end up with YT. Brett Tippie is now part of the YT Family and takes his place alongside Aaron Gwin, Cam Zink, and Andreu Lacondeguy."

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3/16/2017 12:24 PM

Havent seen Gwin using a coil shock in a long time





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3/16/2017 2:57 PM

wanna know more about gwin's 2017 set up?
http://www.vitalmtb.com/features/Aaron-Gwins-2017-World-Cup-YT-Tues,1657

: )


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3/20/2017 9:24 AM

Has the Polygon team become the test team for every obscure brand?

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3/20/2017 11:52 AM

The thing I found most interesting in when was the last time you saw the Hannahs,Neethling or amyone on that team have a mechanical...they might be obscure brands but its all in the stats.

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3/20/2017 2:24 PM

Another view of Sam Blenkinsops Norco DH prototype


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3/20/2017 7:41 PM

Just No. I think that's for a different website.

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3/20/2017 7:45 PM

bavshredder wrote:

Another view of Sam Blenkinsops Norco DH prototype


They need to just put a pull shock in there and save a couple of linkages. Rock Shox was gonna go full bore pull shock before the whole Enduro craze came up. I drew up a really nice frame design before they ended up canning plans. It's waiting. C'mon Rock Shox...

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Found this on the FB page of the Portuguese Cycling Federation. It was taken during this past weekends 2nd stop of the Portuguese DH series. Seems like a 29er to me thought......
Given the small amount of space between the wheel and the "seatstay-connetcion thing"

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3/21/2017 5:03 AM

Petder wrote:

Found this on the FB page of the Portuguese Cycling Federation. It was taken during this past weekends 2nd stop of the Portuguese DH series. Seems like a 29er to me thought......
Given the small amount of space between the wheel and the "seatstay-connetcion thing"

Looks like an NS BIKES frame.

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3/21/2017 5:17 AM
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Petder wrote:

Found this on the FB page of the Portuguese Cycling Federation. It was taken during this past weekends 2nd stop of the Portuguese DH series. Seems like a 29er to me thought......
Given the small amount of space between the wheel and the "seatstay-connetcion thing"

gbcoke wrote:

Looks like an NS BIKES frame.

I think so, i think its written on the rocker-link. Seems like NS is testing...
Is it maybe the first 29er DH bike to enter a race?

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3/21/2017 11:24 AM
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Petder wrote:

I think so, i think its written on the rocker-link. Seems like NS is testing...
Is it maybe the first 29er DH bike to enter a race?

29er in DH race 10 years ago:

BCD DH29er at Angel Fire in 2007

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3/21/2017 12:00 PM

Petder wrote:

Found this on the FB page of the Portuguese Cycling Federation. It was taken during this past weekends 2nd stop of the Portuguese DH series. Seems like a 29er to me thought......
Given the small amount of space between the wheel and the "seatstay-connetcion thing"

gbcoke wrote:

Looks like an NS BIKES frame.

Petder wrote:

I think so, i think its written on the rocker-link. Seems like NS is testing...
Is it maybe the first 29er DH bike to enter a race?

I believe there was a trek session 29 proto that was raced a year or so ago.

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Petder wrote:

Found this on the FB page of the Portuguese Cycling Federation. It was taken during this past weekends 2nd stop of the Portuguese DH series. Seems like a 29er to me thought......
Given the small amount of space between the wheel and the "seatstay-connetcion thing"

with a usd fork, yes it could be a 29

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3/21/2017 2:45 PM

WTF ???

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3/21/2017 3:24 PM

Re 29'r in DH. Luke Steobel has done it now for a couple year at the NW cup events. Won it last year. https://www.rootsandrain.com/rider13549/luke-strobel/results/

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3/21/2017 3:54 PM
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So is this the first 29er RS Boxxer seen in the wild then?

Every other proto has either been USD or shaved 40 as far as I recall.

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3/21/2017 10:40 PM

onthewhiskey wrote:

So is this the first 29er RS Boxxer seen in the wild then?

Every other proto has either been USD or shaved 40 as far as I recall.

Could be Lyrik 29 lowers On BoXXer Frankenfork?

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3/21/2017 11:24 PM
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The wheel in the right picture does not match the wheel in the left picture. One also seems to have a vivid air the other a vivid coil.