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A Real-Time Wheel Build and Interview - Patrik Zuest of FSA - The Inside Line 11

When you've built hundreds of mountain bike race wheels and it's your turn for The Inside Line, a real-time wheel build is necessary. Patrik Zuest handles it without a hitch.

A Real-Time Wheel Build and Interview - Patrik Zuest of FSA - The Inside Line

Welcome Mountain Bikers, we're trying something a little unique today with our guest Patrik Zuest of FSA. He builds a brand new wheel from start to finish during our interview. Patrik is a long-time mountain bike rider and mechanic. Starting as a frothing grom in bike shops, he eventually worked is way up to the pro mechanic ranks. He was Aaron Gwin's mechanic with Yeti when Gwin first burst onto the scene at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup in 2008. Since then Patrik has kept the love of bikes running is currently a jack-of-all-trades at FSA, running everything from tech support and QC to photography and video. We hope you're hanging in there and being safe as things open up, and we hope you enjoy the show with our little experiment. There are a couple of audio inconsistencies, but the stories and the tech insight are worth the full listen. Thank you, listeners, thank you, Patrik...YEW!

Full Inside Line Interview


Real-Time Wheel build (which includes first 30 mins of interview)


Patrik shredding during his Whistler bachelor party.

Patrik in the Yeti pits at Bromont, circa 2008.
Working on Gwin's Yeti 303 in 2008.
Cody Kelley
Syndicate at Sea Otter
PNW sunset

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