Exclusive: Cam Zink signs with Hyper Bicycles

Feb 10, 2012
by eric carter  
 
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Hyper Bicycles is proud to announce the addition of Cam Zink and Pablo Tafoya to the Hyper Bicycles Family! Hyper has officially purchased Tafoya's designs that were previously manufactured under the Corsair moniker, the same bikes that Zink had his 2010 dream season on, winning both the Red Bull Rampage and Kokanee Crankworx to clinch the overall FMB World Championship.

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Eric Carter Pablo Tafoya and Cam Zink with Hyper Bikes.

bigquotesCam is a two time Crankworx Slope style Champion and this year's defending champion for Red Bull Rampage. We are very happy to have Cam joining Hyper at a time when he is competing at such a high level and able to assist us in critical product development. - Eric Carter, Hyper Bicycle Brand Manager

Cam Zink signs with Hyper Bikes

bigquotesI am speechless. In 2010 I rode to my best season ever, accomplishing all my goals aboard bikes designed by Pablo. It is a miracle and almost too good to be true how things worked out on this amazing partnership with Hyper. The bikes are already Rampage, Crankworx and FMB World Championship proven winning designs and I am ecstatic to be back on them. - Cam Zink


Equally comfortable on a hardtail, slopestyle, all mountain or DH bike, Cam is a perfect fit for Hyper’s goals for the new high end line of mountain bikes. Cam’s throw caution to the wind, go for it attitude is always a crowd favorite, and you know when Cam is dropping in something big is going to go down.

Cam Zink signs with Hyper Bikes

Look for Cam on his Hyper 'Cam Zink' Pro Model frame at FMB freeride events, Crankworx, Red Bull Rampage and the highly anticipated film premier of Where the Trail Ends at 2012 Interbike.


After testing the products and being very impressed with the performance of Pablo’s current designs, Hyper has reached an agreement with Designer Pablo Tafoya to utilize his UNIT™ suspension system as well as continued development on future Hyper models. The UNIT™ system is the same design that Cam has piloted to victories at Crankworx and Red Bull Rampage, and it only made sense to keep this winning formula together.


bigquotesWe tested many different designs to make sure we bring the best possible product to Hyper Bicycles riders. Pablo's concepts and designs are unique, innovative and fit into the Hyper Bicycles mindset of value based performance and getting more people on bikes. The adjustability of Pablo's design features speaks volumes toward his thought process: developing products that are consumer friendly without compromising performance or having to mortgage the house to ride your bike. Pablo is a skilled rider who has the ability to test as well as design high performance bicycle products, which is an important factor for Hyper in the development process, and lends a lot of credibility to Hyper's new high end line of mountain bikes. - Eric Carter, Hyper Bicycle Brand Manager

Cam Zink signs with Hyper Bikes

bigquotesSo stoked! What an opportunity to help create the wave of progression that Cam and EC bring to this sport. To connect Hyper with Cam's dream-season results and EC's World Championship experience to the riders of the future is going to be so inspiring and fun. - Pablo Tafoya

Cam Zink signs with Hyper Bikes

Hyper boss Clay Goldsmid is equally enthusiastic about working with two key players in the world of Mountain Biking:

bigquotesProduct development leading to Championship results has always been our goal at Hyper. The additions of Cam and Pablo to the Hyper Mountain Bike Program give us two more key elements in reaching that goal. - Clay Goldsmid, CEO, Hyper Bicycle


Watch for Cam and the Hyper MTB Race Team at competitions, and expect more exciting product news as Pablo continues development on his already successful designs. Hyper Bicycles has been putting riders on bikes since being founded by former BMX professional Clay Goldsmid in 1990. The company grew from a line of custom racing frames to a major supplier of bicycles to the mass market today. Throughout its history Hyper has supported riders, teams, tracks and the sanctioning bodies that are the foundation of the sport of BMX. Hyper is based in Malaga, NJ.




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329 Comments

  • + 26
 exactly what i thought ^^
  • + 18
 with it being headed up by eric carter it doesnt matter if they arent a well known brand, having someone with that knowledge backing you will definitely be invaluable
  • + 13
 that may be... but first thought was "WTF?!" Wink
  • - 27
 So the pablo guy helped design for Corsair (fail), Atomlab (fail), and now this company. I wouldn't be throwing any money their way anytime soon.... I'm guessing they will just release the bikes that never went into production from when atomlab bought corsair.
  • + 5
 tafoya vs weagle
  • + 23
 "Amazing partnership with Hyper. The bikes are already Rampage, Crankworx and FMB World Championship proven winning designs and I am ecstatic to be back on them. - Cam Zink"

Never knew he rode hyper, or that hyper ever won anything but the longest ghostride or the most flips when lauched down a steep hill. Nobody in their right mind would ever buy a 'hyper' when there are many other quality brands to choose from.
  • - 9
 ^^ Actually, dipshit.

Hyper is coming back rather strong in the Bmx world aswell. Alot of people are buying Hyper because it's becoming a good brand again.

Keep your nickers out of a twist. You don't have to ride the bikes, so don't complain.
  • + 37
 Settle down, dipshit, it was just an opinion. Ohhh back in BMX..big shit. The above is a MOUNTAIN BIKE. I am discussing MOUNTAIN BIKES. As a matter of fact, I don't know ANYONE who rides a hyper besides the kids on my street.
  • + 11
 Thats like buying a Haro or GT because they make bmx, but every little tool in a tracksuit has one. I would decide whether or not to buy either of them based on their MTB credentials, I don't care who or what is going on in bmx. And that bike looks like a Halfords special.
  • + 19
 The fact that you are so pissed off that Cam is on Hyper, tells me I am not the one who should be calming down there, tough guy.

Generally a company like Hyper is going to put their Bmx developement after their Mtb developement, thus meaning they have updated their Mtb lineup.

You guys are so bent out of shape about CAM being on Hyper, no one is forcing you to ride Cam Zink's new Hyper are they ? Shut the f*ck up about it being a walmart brand. EVERY company could make a line-up of bikes for walmart to be sold to possibly the less fortunate or the kids who can't afford a " proper " bike.

You guys look at it wrong. That's about all that needs to be said.
  • + 20
 Drood, The frame on that bike is identical to the Corsair that Zink rode in 2010. It's been proven, just under a different name.
  • + 8
 agreed wtf. Walmart should not be associated with a "high end" bike company.......
  • + 6
 But I'm not pissed? I don't care what cam zink rides? I stated in my original post that I was unaware that Hyper had actually achieved anything significant. That's it man.
  • + 8
 Anyways whatever man, no point in arguing over something like this. Cam is a good rider and he'll do fine on whatever he rides.
  • - 59
 Zinc, Were you drunk when you signed the contract?!? There's something wrong inside Zinc's head, just how close he likes being to Kyle Strait is just creepy, but this takes that cake dude.
  • + 8
 You people are fucking retarded....
  • - 5
 I do like the bars and stem, I'm guessing they're not stock though.
  • + 16
 @Drood- He hasn't ridden Hyper, it's the same Corsair design he won the 3 biggest titles in freeride mountain biking on. Ya he could have probably won those contests on other frames but that's the approach their marketing team is going for and I say it's a damn good one. Who cares if no-one rides Hyper's, pretty sure that's why they signed one of the best athletes in the business to represent them at top shelf competitions.
  • + 22
 eric carter races his hyper DH bike at fontana every weekend. One of the quitest, sickest looking bikes out there. stop bitching about a sick bike when you probably ride an 05 big hit
  • + 5
 that bikes sick and all of you would "sell out" your bike company too if you had the chance and as long as they are capable of making a quality bike then whats the problem... and hell i love wall-mart
  • - 1
 Just too bad its not that high end looking...its aesthetics are taking from some wheres else Im guessing. The high gloss red and white hyper logo aren't doing it any favors.
  • - 2
 This bike looks remarkably similar to the shorter travel version of the Corsair Dominion, Ridden by Cam Zink to win Rampage.
  • + 9
 Yo just ride.
  • + 4
 i had a corsair and it was shit hot? atomlab are shit hot aswell so idk what thet other guy was on about saying they failed :s
  • + 4
 Honestly, i think cam had great luck on corsair, this is a step in a good direction.
  • + 3
 I think you guys have to keep in mind that this is actually a bmx company that has riders pushing the limits of bmx (mike spinner doing the first 1080 and quad whip rings a bell), that is trying to expand, and as it said, the frames will be basically the same as the corsair frames that have been well proven
  • + 0
 that bike looks like a canadian tire special
  • + 4
 "high end bicycles" and "do a lot of business with Wal-Mart" are not two things you usually hear together...
  • + 8
 I gotta say... they aren't very good at bowling.
  • + 4
 Probably because people are so arrogant and go as far as " hey, even though they are two COMPLETELY DIFFERENT spec'd and platforms of bikes, they're all the same Wal-Mart bikes."

You guys have got to be the biggest idiots I've seen on here. Almost every company has different tiered bikes, and Hyper just happens to have a Wal-Mart tier.

Again, you people saying its a bad choice are retarded. No one is forcing you to ride Hyper, so why complain about something that doesn't affect you ? Oh right. You're stupid. Nevermind.
  • + 8
 That bike pictured above IS his old Corsair, it's been repainted(badly) and they threw some decals on it...didn't any of you watch the freaking video?? I recall that bike being the "must have" bike for atleast a year! Now with Hyper decals on it it's junk? Hahahahahahaha Who's the real "sellouts" here?
  • + 3
 @ Bmxerch

Cool it with the "retard" comments man, no need for that aggression on here. While there is a place in the world for Wal-Mart tiered bikes, I think a lot of the superior MTB companies out there make it a point to always keep their products above that level and support local bike shops instead of large whole-sale, low quality stores like Wal-Mart. It's a statement when a company does something like that, and also it means they aren't making shitty bikes knowingly.
  • + 3
 I'll cool it with the " retard " comments as soon as people stop acting like retards.

Of course you cannot possibly be thinking of the less fortunate when saying crap like that. Why do I say this ? Because bike shops mark EVERYTHING up more than it needs to be marked up.

It's a low, properly priced bike.

When people come here and make retarded comments like " OMGZ GUIZE HYPER SEELZ 2 TEH WAL-MaRtZ DONT BUYZ " I pull the retard comments out. Why ? Because as soon as people start dissing a quality bike company, strictly because they sell to Wal-Mart is rubbish.

Whether you like it or not, 90% of todays top riders probably began on Wal-Mart spec'd bikes and rode the f*ck out of them. Idk about you but I'd rather see a Hyper from Wallyworld being rode as hard as it could than some stupid loser riding Mom and Dads' wallet of a Trek Session 9.9 with King, and the likes.

This, is why I will not cool it with the "retard" comments, because people continue to be retarded.

Neg props........ now.
  • + 2
 Wow... If the bike can stand up to the abuse and still go fast then, until you've ridden one or have been past by one on a trail, who cares what the decals say. But in the meantime let's all yell about it and call eachother names.
  • + 3
 @ Bmxerch

When you say retard it can offend a lot of people who have relatives or close friends that are mentally challenged.
  • + 3
 @ Bmxerch, you are a prime example of a pinkbike prick. f*ck off!
  • - 1
 Pretty sure you can suck my dick bud.

If I'm a prime example, so are you. I'm not the a*shole(s) shit talking Cam's decision.

It's people like you who bring out the arrogant side of me. You people have no f*cking respect for riders that are obviously much higher in terms of value than you, and trash their decision. Pretty sure if ANY company gave you free bikes you'd take them...

f*ck off. Wink
  • + 1
 I think that I know enough when I say that Cam Zink is obviously better than me, hence he won Redbull Rampage and I didn't. How am I an example of a prick when I don't make loads of comments regarding disability, why would I when my family has been effected by this. You need to calm down and stop using such derogatory terms to describe people who perhaps don't have the knowledge you do.
  • + 2
 Pineapple's good. haha
  • + 1
 you can find an affordable bike not sold in a Walmart.....
  • + 1
 No bike shop I know sells a bike for 100 bucks... /argument.
  • + 2
 BMxerch. Bike shop owners mark up bikes barely enough to make profit. They make the margins they need to survive but I can tell you that wholesale/manufacturer prices are only about 30% less than the rrp. Which is nothing, for example clothes shops frequently mark up their prices to the extent that they can have 70% off sales and still make significant profit. Competition in the bike selling industry is completely different. If you buy a very poor quality bike to ride off-road you are not only risking your own health and safety ( believe me I know from experience) but you are perpetuating the standard that selling crap is acceptable.

Association has a lot of influence in marketing (hence monster love to be associated with DH and moto), i.e. if wallmart sell crap and suddenly sell v-10s it's going to take a while for people who don't know to stop perceiving v-10s as crap. But since that's ridiculous and wallmart's motivation is not to sell quality but quantity the assumption that the bikes they sell are bad is extremely understandable, and probably correct. That is not at all to say that these bikes are bad, but the perception is understandable.
  • + 1
 and also 100 dollars sounds like a good deal until the derailer gets caught up in the spokes the fork freezes and the cheep wheels taco.
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  • + 49
 Hey everyone...EC here, thanks for all the interest and comments here, the good and bad. It all gives me the opportunity to explain a little more. So i will address a few issues I see most focused on here.

*Wal-Mart/ Big box...Again we sell bikes in Wal-Mart and will continue to do so, there are many uses for bikes in the world and not everyone can afford high end bikes.
The big box bikes are a completely different product offering from Hyper. Hyper wants to get more people active and out on bicycles...HIgh end or Big Box, which speaks directly to me.
I grew up in a household with little money and started riding bikes on a bike from Toys-R-Us...I am so thankful to have been able to find my passion of two wheels instead of a stick and ball sport, All of it due to my parents being able to afford a big box bike.

Am I to assume that everyone who has something negative to say about bikes in Wal-Mart also drives a Mercedes Benz, wears a Tag, and only uses the highest end camera when they are out on the family picnic?

I will be posting more responses...if you all have any questions fire em off and I will do my best to answer them.

Thanks Again.
  • - 14
 I don't even own a car!
  • - 12
 Are you aware of the egregious security issues at places like Dick's, Wal-Mart, Go-Sport and the like? It at best is inferior quality, overprice stuff while getting deplorable service. All the while, management does not care an easily passed turd.
  • - 12
 Got to be frank!
  • + 11
 It's great to see EC comment and reply directly! You can't say that about most other sports. I'm sure other riders can appreciate this as well.
  • + 8
 It is a good point you raised, EC; I bet that more than half of us on PB here, for better or for worse, started off with a department store bike (right there with ya on the Toys R Us bike- that's where I got my first mtb)

I totally understand why some people are angry about brands "selling out" and choosing to sell bikes in Wal-Mart, as more often than not, they're not the best quality, can be poorly assembled and their sale could potentially divert business away from local bike shops; I think we all get it. At the end of the day though, if it comes down to a kid getting on even a crappy department store bike or wasting their youth in front of an X-box because their folks can't afford a high-end bike, I don't think there's a single person on this site that would chose the latter.
  • + 5
 DAMN RIGHT EC!! If there were no budget minded bikes (Wal-Mart, et al) then the world would have missed out on almost all the best riders ever! You yourself started on a Toys-R-Us bike, Lopes started on a Schwinn pixie with a Rams football helmet and hell, I once read that even the best BMXer of all time, Gary Ellis started on a Huffy!! There is nothing wrong with a company catering to different segments of the market. Mongoose had Wal-Mart (budget) bikes at the same time as their Mongoose Pro line up of higher end bikes (I still have my Goose Craig Reynolds Express and rate it higher than many new bikes). I'm sure the guys at hyper will make some great bikes for people of all budgets. Good luck guys.
P.s. Do you thing there's any chance that Hyper will bring out a new version of, or even re-release the high flanged hubs they made back in the day (early '90's) like the set you were running on the August 1994 BMX Plus cover. (I'd LOVE to lace a set of them up to my chrome ENVY rims). Hell, if you have an old set lying around you don't want then feel free to send them to me!
  • + 1
 what's the song called that starts to play at the beginning of the interview with Cam? it's kinda techno-y, thanks for the help, I've wanted to know what that song was called for a while
  • - 5
 Hit a nerve?
  • - 6
 Apparently quality and safety are issues we care not about!
  • + 2
 I just want to see bikes where they belong. in a bike shop. I don't believe a big store can offer the service and products that are needed by real world cycling. It seems to me that hyper is trying to undermine what bike shops have worked so hard to achieve. If you can buy a decent quality brand name bike at walmart, why would you go and spend more at a bike shop? Sure, you might be getting better quality and service, but most people these days are after a name. And if a department store can provide this name brand then why would you go anywhere else. Walmart and other department stores dont need our support. Privately run bike shops do, after all a bike shop give back to the cycling community in many more ways then a department store.
  • - 4
 Quality and safety!!!! Neg it again!!!
  • + 4
 Show me any bike shop, that has a 120$ "mtn bike". It doesn't exist. Let alone a shop that has the capacity to sell a couple hundred a week. Give it up guys, there will always be the need for extremely low end bikes, whether you and your elitist attitude want to admit it or not. I don't see anyone on here trashing any high end bike Co's for doing their manufacturing in china, and taking jobs away from your hard working countymen. It's the same thing. You can't have it both ways fellas.
  • + 1
 I would not be into mountain biking if it were not for the cheap big box bikes. My first bike was $200 Diamondback from Dick's. I took that on trips to Moab, and DHing in Winterpark. Then commuted for a year riding everyday. I loved riding that bike and not a SINGLE component broke after 3 years of heavy abuse/riding. I now have a nicer bike but I completely agree with EC. There is a need for low end bikes and I am glad a good bike company stepped up to fill that need.
  • - 3
 I hope to hell that I was the one that built the bike for you or someone else incarnate with my convictions! Because I took serious shit for quality done job 1!
  • - 3
 Quality and safety!!!! For the Fuckin' win!
  • + 1
 This new collective at Hyper cares very much for the spectrum of incomes, talent and future of bikes. It takes and irrational amount of commitment to create a product line from the DNA of so much blood and sacrifice from the dirt. We regret none of the dominoes that led us to together because they gave us a chance to work together so that people will be happier on bikes. It's our job to help people who we may never meet be better, more confident and happier turning what they daydream into reality on a Hyper. We are a bunch of kids in adult bodies that look forward to bringing your dreams to reality. P
  • + 2
 EC, thanks for thinking about the less privileged. i too grew up in a po-white-trash family riding spray painted second hand bikes. i applaud you in your efforts to bring affordability back into play. i'm always ranting about overpriced shit that the average mtb'r can't afford like 450$ pedals for christ's sake.
  • + 1
 You guys are all f@cking idiots. He's obviously making a killing in cash, and gets to ride the bike he wants to ride. They sell to Walmart they probably making stupid amounts of money..
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  • + 41
 *The bikes, Everyone is correct when they say the bike shown is Cam's old Corsair bike, it is the closest product to what ours will be that is available for him to ride.

This is a work in progress, the Hyper bikes will Utilize the same UNIT system with Industrial design changes to make them Hypers...yada yada I know...u all have heard it before...flame on and insert comments here about other companies blowing it by doing this, haha.

I will make no claims to what time frame they will be out, only to let people down later...I can say the process is much simpler and quicker then starting from scratch and developing a bike..a lot of the steps of the process have already been gone through with the UNIT technology.

Was or is it a mistake to make such a big release without product to sell? maybe.... everyone will have an opinion on that...but the fact is we saw the opportunity to grab Cam and the technology he has won on.

It is much easier for us to answer questions to you guys here this way then to have him show up unannounced on a Hyper or Hyper branded frame and have the speculation go crazy everywhere.
  • + 3
 seems like a rebranding of product is all, it happens al the time in other industries.
  • + 9
 I worked with EC when we were both at Mongoose....I managed the product development. EC is regarded by many in the industry as one of the best athletes to develop product with. He is a freak show on attention to details in suspension, geometry, weight, etc. I'll bet that by the time these frames are ready to purchase they will be fully dialed in.

Knowing that Cam has put the slopestyle and DH frames through the paces at Crankworx and Rampage respectively speaks well for the strength (remember the 360 to tank slap off of the Oakley sender before he went back up and nailed it??) Only thing tougher than that frame might be Cam. Now it looks like it will be with a financially stable company to actually bring the designs to market

Pablo has to be stoked that what he has applied his brain power to will actually get a chance to get out in the wild.

Also it looks like this crew has a real good fit together. Since EC is putting the team together I think it will be a bunch of riders that love to ride and have good attitudes. A big ingredient in success is the attitude that a group of people bring and this seems like everyone is pulling in the same direction.

Good luck this season to Cam, EC and Waylon.
  • + 3
 E.C. you the man,you touch it its gold,these typer's,need to do some history home work,before they type or talk,go big E.C,o ya CAM you the bad's on evry thing good luck in 2012 all gold for you
  • + 4
 I dont see how this is any different than what Turner, Iron Horse, etc, etc have done in the past... utilizing an existing technology and incorporating it into their own designs and it hits and wins. Perhaps it's because the market is now flooded with brainless trend whores who just purchase what an ego freak like DW tells them will make them faster... or perhaps is priced so high that it obviously MUST work and will replace talent and training with success by simply throwing money at the problem..
I love how people get all pissy over this stuff... no one is forcing any of you to ride this bike.
Department store availability of lower end bikes IS A GOOD THING you silly muppets! A company with money means lower priced, better kitted high end bikes(Aka, Mongoose, GT...) and resources to advance and grow.
EC, don't kill yourself trying to win over ignorance, stupid and stubborn always win.
Keep Pablo off the internet...
And good call not promising release dates that may or may not be met....that bike pictured above and it's history is a prime example!

And paint that bike, that red makes it look ultra-cheesy! Juz sayin... It's already getting the "Walmart Brand" tagged to it, it needs to lose that tag ASAP!
  • + 2
 If you can't beat them, Buy them...
  • + 0
 i believe they can make a good bike. i just would hate to give my monetary support to a company that is a sell out. I would rather support a company that only sells to bike shops, and doesn't undermine them This isn't what our industry needs.
  • + 2
 WHAT? Uh...Mongoose has done it for decades. You can't go buy a friggin Boot'R in Walmart. You can ONLY get them exclusively from bike shops! As well as replacement parts, etc. No online availability except from a very few bike shops that will sell online, not from department stores. Pretty much the exact opposite of what you assume. And undermining our industry?? REALLY? How about $4000 bicycle frames? What's that doing for the industry? It's keeping youth off bikes is what it's doing!
All of us, here on this ketboard right now, are completely useless to "the industry." We have the money to buy expensive bikes, and we'll only buy one a year on average, and that's probably pushing it. It's the kids these companies need to focus on. There's WAAAAAY more children wanting bikes, ANY bikes, than there are people spending $4000 on a frame. Those kids find their niche and slowly develop into dedicated riders and racers.
  • + 0
 I just want to take this opportunity to rip on the Mongoose Boot'r. They might as well sell that aluminum can of a frame at Wal-Mart, because when it first came out I got one of the first ones, and I cracked it at the headtube after 2 month, rode it for another month unknowingly until the crack was visibly huge, and bought a Demo 7.
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  • + 25
 I just don't get it guys. How come a defending Rampage champion & a freeride superstar has been changing from a dodgy bike sponsor to another year after year? Why the big names in the mtb industry do not sign him? WTF is going on here?
  • + 9
 In my opinion, Attitude to be an ambassador! Ouch, I feel the "negs" already!
  • + 2
 Well, it might be. But what it is really intriguing to me is why the big names have not been able to sign a guy like Zink? I mean, c'mon, they have all the money, great bikes, big travelling trucks full of toys & the good life for their riders...hmm...Is he really the Robin Hood of the little brands?...something else might be the reason.
  • + 5
 I noticed that too. Cam's a great rider, but I can't figure out why he hasn't gotten scooped by a specialized, giant, etc... That being said, I also remember when he stopped riding for Foes, and incessantly bashed them, presumably after they had paid him for two years. Saying things like that don't win favours, but only burn bridges. Good luck this time around, Cam, I hope you stay on the bikes for more than 9 or 10 months.
  • + 2
 I didn't know about Zink & Foes. Interesting...and agree, best luck this time for you Cam, you're an amazing rider
  • + 5
 That is true. I wonder if he cashes his check from Wallmart at Wallmart?
  • + 0
 Like anything, he'd be signed to a big company if they wanted him. They obviously do not. I doubt it is that he is too expensive, since a small company couldn't afford it any more than a big one.
  • + 1
 I'll shed some light here as I have actual facts, and these rumors are a bit of a bummer. First, he never rode for Foes, it was Felt. He and Felt parted ways late in the sponsorship season, leaving him with few options. As a brand, I can say that their vision for the future of the sport/product line is not in the gravity market. I have a friend that works at Felt too, FYI.

Cam is one of the most positive, happy individuals you will meet and is an awesome ambassador for the sport. Pablo stepped up and offered Cam what he could, which was not much, but both were stoked with how everything went.

Evil stiffed Cam. Never payed him. End of story.

As for the big brand questions, Cam has his reasons and likes to do business in a certain way. This was not his only offer this season, nuff said.
  • + 2
 Sorry, I stand corrected, it was Felt. I still didn't like the way he reacted publicly when he switched, though. Feel bad about Evil - that's no way to treat athletes. Best of luck, Cam, and please try to remain civil after parting ways with this company.
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  • + 18
 I think people need to get past the fact that a company may lend their brand name to low end products. The stuff from companies like Hyper and Mongoose and diamond back etc that you see in wal-mart has nothing to do with the higher end bikes. All they are doing is lending name to cheap mass produced bikes. It's no different than the Burton or Ride snowboard packages you see in chain stores like Sports Authority. So what if you can buy a complete Burton package for $450. That doesn't make their high end stuff any less awesome. Those cheap board and binding models don't even show up on Burtons web sites or catologs.
  • + 12
 Hey now, no room for replies like these that are logic based, and actually make sense. go away. Wink (just kidding) You're right on.
  • + 1
 Well said. I agree 100%. That is the business model for some of these sports equipment companies. There is definitely a divide between their higher end, higher priced gear and their more entry level, lower end stuff. They are about making money, and if it means developing some lower end stuff, less R&D, cheaper materials, etc, they will capitalize on it. Their, respective, brands are reputable and well established. Plenty of people benefit from their budget gear, whether it is starting out in a particular sport, or having limited funds to do what they love, these companies fit that niche.

I don't know much about the big box line from Hyper, but have some legends of the sport behind the name now will be good for the riders and the company.This is a step in the right direction for any bike company.
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  • + 13
 They say it's the old corsair. Just weird how he goes from one sketchy brand to another you'd imagine one of the big Spesh, GT, Trek, Giant would have picked him up with the big bucks.
  • + 5
 yeah man! Its the corsair koenig! I got that frame in the past. Its the one for sure!!
  • + 2
 Wow wtf, why would he sign with them?
  • + 8
 Did he not just sign with evil about 9 months ago? lol
  • + 2
 He probably goes where the money is or he's trying to find a company where he feels at home.
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 Hyper started out in bmx. Pro bmxer Mike Spinner rides for Hyper and has a sig frame. His frame is actually made by SolidBikes in northern Cali. They also have a full bmx race team.
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 They also sell bikes at Wal Mart with the Hyper bike name on them. Who does that remind you of. I can think of one MONGOOSE and look at what happened to them in the past 10years in the US. You never see a kid at the park riding a hyper bmx bike and Spinner is a big name xgames guy that all about sponsors and money. LAME.
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 Haha true that's the first thing that came to mind
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 I had a bunch of friends that raced Hypers when they first came out but when they sold out to wal-mart they all ditched them, will be interesting if they make it, will they pull a GT and sign a bunch of top riders with an average product line?
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 KMC sells chains in Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart bikes spec Shimano drivetrains. Does this affect your opinions of Shimano and KMC?
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 Yeah, but didn't you catch that the Hyper is the BEST designed bike at Walmart. Seriously... the BEST (at Walmart).
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 You didn't catch that KMC and Shimano are the BEST products in Walmart.
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 who cares. the man is getting people on bikes and he's just doing what he loves. He is probably just getting to the point where he has stashed up enough money from those Walmart sales so he can now make a mtb team and just watch out because with an actual frame designer hyper has the resources to become a big name in the sport. And don't forget that ironhorse was also a big box store company.
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 Why is everyone hating on GT? Sure they have some low end products but I wouldn't mind riding one of their better bikes.
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 This is what I love about Zink, stays with the small evolving companies and the guys he's mates with...
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 Aaaannndddd, I think its safe to say Evil has gone down the shitter for now.
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 or they cant afford to employ cam zink? doesnt mean theyre quite down the shitter yet
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 Is there any pro rider left other than Polc?
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 Well they have to be able to employ Cam. They both signed a contract for X amount of dollars along with other things. Evil has to pay cam that money no matter what.
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 Interesting to see EC is working there too. Maybe it'll be a comeback from mass merchant land for Hyper....or a way to promote junk at big box stores.
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 All you people talking shit that it is a big box bike. Shut up, what do you know. You see one cheap bike and you think they all suck. Mongoose is a great example of how that is false.

I think a lot of members on here become blind to the fact that not everyone in the world has a passion for bikes, and they just need something to scoot around on. People don't know bicycle shops exist, so they pick up bikes from big box stores. I am confident in saying thats at least 70% percent of the population.

Like Eric said, its not about fancy bikes or something pretty to look at or what store it is sold in, it is about riding bikes, and affordable prices engage consumers to purchase bicycle and actually start to ride.

Plus all you guys saying the bikes are shit, I bet Eric, Cam, Pablo and all those guys could hop on one and beat the shit out of you on your in tenses, banshees, santacruz's etc. Literally own your shit.
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 I don't get some of the freeride team moves this off-season...
I am on board with GT and the Athertons, and all the racing team switchups; they make sense.
But this?
And Kyle Strait?
I mean c'mon, brand loyalty helps the CUSTOMER with the appearance that a trusted riding personality (that we tend to look up to and respect, at least for their riding) is standing behind a certain group of brand.
Kills me...
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 Oh and also, what's he gonna ride at the RBR? Not that cute little thing, that's for sure!
Ok, I know realistically they have time to get him on a long-travel sled, but again; C'MON.
He's known for BIG-MOUNTAIN EPICNESS!
Where's Hyper's freeride sled?
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 I for sure don't buy bikes based on who rides them!
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 the bike he won last rampage on
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 @lenmer - IMO, no one should based SOLELY on the rider. That's not what I said.
I take the professional's opinion and utilize that, along with other data, to make a buying decision.
And before anyone says: "but the'yre being paid to say that stuff", no, that doesn't matter...Their results in their field of riding along with bike breakdowns and articles helps to mediate the paid riders' "dinner plate talk".
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 togood2die
I heard from his friend that he'll be on a dominion, the exact bike he won last rampage on, just with hyper on the side.

And btw that "cute little thing" can and will take more abuse than any of your bikes. Sorry
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 Really? So my DEMO 8 is weaker? Hmm.

This is just not what kind of move people associate him with, in any way, shape, or form.
Taken at face value, this seems odd. Looking into the details, it's easier to understand.

And for the record, he is tied with the Claw for my favorite riders of ALL TIME.
I like him as a person, rider, and "celebrity", so it can't be that you assume I'm being disparaging toward him.
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 Having talked to Cam and his buddies, he actually got some offers from bigger companies, but he wanted to work with the small biz and EC and Pablo, and he wants to help the company grow. Thats a great choice IMO and thats what I'd associate cam with. Felt, Evil, Corsair, all smaller companies. It looks like he found a good one he can really influence.
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 Wait a sec, didn't EC rock a Mongoose for a while? Last time I checked you can also pick one of those up at Wal-Mart. I think that the PB community hypes the big-box brands way too much and freaks out whenever someone tries to refine the image of any company with a bad name for whatever reason. "Cam Zink signed for Wal-Mart bikes?" NO. He f*cking didn't. His new whip looks pretty sick, and I'm pretty sure that in my lifetime, Walmart will never stock such a bike.
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 Mongoose makes a whole range of bikes, starting at cheap ones you can buy at walmart yes, and moving upwards all the way to what is essentially a world cup DH rig. To group the higher end bikes they make in with the cheap stuff is just ignorant, they have nothing in common but their brand name and the high end mongoose stuff has always been incredibly good value given the parts spec/performance.
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 I know, I've owned two high-end Mongeese before- it was a rhetorical question. Granted, I've got nothing but shit from nearly everyone about owning them. "That bike's a POS, it's a f*cking Mongoose; you could buy that at K-mart" Makes me want to punch people in the face. I'm sure that Zink will also get it a lot, and I hope he proceeds with the formerly mentioned.
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 I had a Mongoose before it sold out. I will never buy another one!
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 It's my prerogative!
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 Nkevin- I have also raced two of Mongoose's higher end bikes in the past getting essentially the same responses that you posted about. I have to say however that as you said, they are still in my opinion the best value for money(especially for people newer to racing especially since they were some of the most solid frames that I have ridden.
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 I guess my prerogative is for everyone else to decide? You're so mixed up. You're all mix up!
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 tell a kid who is 12/13/14 that hyper sucks when that's all they can afford to buy. are a struggling family, that it's all they can afford to buy from a big box store. not eveyrone can afford a new demo 8 every year.

fact of the matter is, get a person on a bike, and that's all that's needed to create a passion and freedom for the sport, no matter the company or the quality.

i was lucky in my younger years to be in the industry through the early 80's and 90's. found back my passion for riding again, now in my early 40's. i ride a 09' mongoose boot'r team and love it. but dollar for dollar, it was the best buy in comparison to all the prominent manufacturers out there and the bike rides as good as any at my level.

mass manufactuer companies make bikes to try and cater to all ranges of affordability. it's a matter of business and a way to stay afloat if one particular department fails.

who cares what the bike brand is or not. get out and ride, because most of this world doesnt get the chance too.

congrats cam and EC and good luck in 2012.
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 Guy's, I have been fortunate enough to work with E.C. in the past, and knowing what a stand up guy he is and how passionate about the sport that he is, I know that what ever designs that they finally decide on will be top level. Remember that he had a lot to do with I drive and free drive designs, which both worked real well. I don't know Cam but he seems like a good guy. The bike industry is crazy right now and getting with a good company that will stand behind you is tough. Don't hate on these guy's for taking their future in their hands and not letting corporate America dictate whether they get a pay check or not. Stop the hate, give this company a chance and see where it goes. Don't e-slit their throats before you give them a chance.
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 EC - Congrats! And thanks for posting follow up messages for us, although you're probably not going to get much traction on PB open forum. (it's rough in here.)

You and Cam are obviously better riders than all but about 20 riders on the planet so I'm listening to your message.

Here's my take:
"Not mortgage the house" means to me that I can expect a sub $1k frame w/ shock. ($2k complete?)
"High performance" means to me that I can trust this bike to survive about 30 or 40 crashes before it starts showing wear. Also backing up the brand with a warranty as strong as any other competing brand. This is where the affiliation with Walmart really impacts my decision. (besides the sh*t I'll get for riding a walmart bike)
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 fatlarry.....good question.....not mortgage the house can mean different things to different folks.

I am not going to throw numbers out here now, those will be available when we actually have bikes to sell to customers....I will say $1k frame with shock is a tough number to hit...there are some out there doing it, but the quality standard and performance we are looking to achieve with our first products offered I believe will be above a price point you are mentioning here.

What I do know is that we won't be doing $4000 frame sets or $7000 completes.

The bikes will be high quality, able to with stand abuse and supported by the brand if there are warranty issues.

We are excited about what have planned and the program we are putting together...but really now its time for us to put our heads down and show the consumer instead of tell the consumer how good Hyper is going to be.

Thanks again for everyone on here chiming in...the good and the bad, its all good...to the supporters thanks for being open minded, to the non supports thanks for giving us extra motivation to make our dreams reality.
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 For all of you who don't know. That is a very similar bike to the one he rode when he won the FMB Including: Crankworx, and Rampage. That is a super solid bike. If anyone has ever rode a Corsair, the bikes were awesome quality, geomerty, and obviously performed well.
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 He's not riding for evil because they are a small company that lost a lot of money with the revolt because of terrible manufacturing in taiwan and are now struggling to get the undead launched. I'm sure Cam's sponsor loyalty has nothing to do with it, they just can't afford him. Also keep in mind he's been riding for rockshox and TLD forever
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 Nearly nothing works on their website, nada to see. Crummy bike in my opinion. Wal-mart proud? Wal-fart f*cks the average man (i.e.) male & female, every time. Pardon my French, LOL. I think in this context, "f*ck" still fits into the "keep is civil" criteria as I'm a proponent for civil equality.
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 Most wal mart type bikes are sold to people who don't know an awful lot about bikes,for the most part they will suffice for their riding needs.
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 Disagree! They exploit the poor and uneducated masses.
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 You know about bikes because your passionate about them,these uneducated people as you put it don't have the same passion so why would they need a 500 dollar bike when it will never see real of road riding,there is also a thing called supply and demand,if they weren't selling they wouldn't make them.
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 Cut the illusion and give the masses what they need and not some lame imitation of something that it is not. Quality hard tails for starters.
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 The masses don't want mtb's,90% of the bikes sold in holland are commuter bikes.
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 By masses, I mean those prone to this article or predilection.
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 People prone to this article are the minority.
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 People prone to buy Wal-Mart shit are Americans so...
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 Geographically speaking!
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 Are there Wal-Marts in Holland?
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 Nope that i know. There are Ikeas though, but their quality compared to Wall-mart is a world apart.
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 not your smartest idea slating americans on an american site....
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 Site is canadian but there are a lot of american users,and wal mart is an american brand hence why americans buy them lol
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 Yes, how you dare you dirty b*stard! You must be an ally of the dirty communist Muppets! Leave Wall-fart apart! Wink lol...
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 @drfunsocks, Looks can be deceiving! I didn't "neg" either... just saying.
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 Would you shut up about Wal-Mart exploiting the masses? Did you not understand what was said about making bikes for the consumer with a smaller budget? Also, America includes Canada. You might be thinking of the United States.
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 No kidding?! America includes Canada, ah? I have been deceived all my life.
Wal-mart not only makes crappy, disposable & hideous bikes and yes; they do exploit the people that buy them, but they also have been found guilty of illegal child-labour practices, anti-competition monopolist tactics, filling the planet & oceans with plastic bags and contributing extensively with the epidemic of over-consumption in both developed & developing countries. Those are good enough reasons to me NOT to buy a bike from them.
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 Manuelmtb that is the whole world at fault not one company,every company on the planet exploits people and child labour was around for 100 of years in great britain and still is in some countries and is there only means of putting food on the table.
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 @marquis: I strongly disagree. There are lots of socially-resposible, environmentally-friendly companies out there, probably not the big ones, but yes there are.
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 I have a Hyper that I bought a walmart and for the price it kicks ass, I also have an S-works carbon, Foes Hydro, and some other toys and for the $160 for their DJ bike with a new fork that thing would kick ass. Just saying.
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 honestly all of you need to start listening to marquis because he knows what he is talking about. To ManuelMTB, i don't think you understand how much it costs to own a company in the U.S. and for one thing the products sold at Walmart are not MADE by Walmart. Walmart is a big box store just like Costco and you can find some quality stuff there but you can also find some serious junk. for example ipods are sold at Walmart, but Big Macs are sold there too. It's not the store that makes a product good or quality. It is the thought and workmanship that was put into the product that makes it a quality product.
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 My mystake. I correct: Walmart & other big box stores do not make junk, they sell it.
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 It's good to know people still base their opinions on how bikes ride based on what's on the website, and not by actually, you know riding it. I fear a future run by some of you idiots.
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 im pretty sure nearly every teenage to 30 year old person has an ipod and most of them would not say that is junk. I'm also pretty sure the tires on your car can be bought at walmart, so you just need to stop talking and for the people who still think these bikes are junk, by default you believe Corsair bikes are junk.
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 hope you all the best cam and wish you do well in the upcoming season. This was a good article and EC personally giving us some feed back is a good touch. I used to work for walmart when i was younger and it helped me through college. i as well come from a poor family and couldn't afford a big budget bike growing up so my first bike cam from a woolco now bought out by the bay. Me, personally i think its good and i give him mad respect for staying true to his roots and signing with smaller bike company and making his choice out of the passion for the sport and not the brand name.One of my over favourite riders is romo and he rides for mongoose and i don't think they sold out or even make crappy products plus romo make those sick episodes of STUND for free!! Being able to get a decent ride from walmart with out having to break the bank goes along way. We all ride for the love of riding not to prove a point to anyone
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 Thats the same bike he rode at red bull rampage you realize. When he was riding for evil he was riding a covered up corsair konig because evil didn't have a slope bike and this is just about exactly the same bike again with a different name. So don't say these bikes are crap etc. because they're the SAME BIKES he ride in 2010 and his record that year definitely shows they're not bad bikes.
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 If your going to sell in wal-mart and still expect to have a reputation for quality among the LBS, and avid cyclists have two brands! It would be demoralizing to see a Banshee, Knolly, or Morewood in a big box store after I just bought one of their bikes. It's the easiest fix to your issues, it will reduce brand confusion and show that your serious. Nice job signing Zink by the way, hopefully he pays off.
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 DK bikes are in Wal Mart... just sayin'
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 Zink's bike and zink are sick. EC is a legend. Pablo can design and bowl really well. More people on bikes is good for the sport. Letting these three team up is throwing gas on the fire. They will and already have made history. But bring on the competition. Whether we jump in or watch it... it will go down... it will happen. Hyper is now in the fight for market and a bigger market is better. People make brands. Brands do not make people. We all want more cookies, in the cookie jar so let us make it bigger and fill it fuller and teach people the way.
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 Holy f#ck does it matter who he rides for or what he rides? He's riding, getting payed and doing what most of you would do given half the chance! I can only assume that a Walmart bike is a piece of sh1t so I hope Cam goes out and destroys his opposition on it! Good luck CZ and Hyper!
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 i gotta say... i love that bike... it suits him, the geo isnt unlike the evil and the corsair, so i think hes gonna slay it on that bike. so what if its from walmart? they made him a proto slope bike that works. and if hes happy with it then anybody would be. cam zink is one of the most known riders in the world. good luck to him in the 2012 season
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 Comments on this are pretty funny. This frame design and others from Corsair were pretty damn sweet, they had QC issues (what bike company does'nt) and couldn't seem to fix them do to limited resources or who knows what. Hopefully Hyper can give these frame designs the support they deserve.
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 Make a bike but "can't seem to fix them"!!! Come on!
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 Agreed, I never said Corsair was a good company or they did right. It was shame the way the company was ran. All I was saying is that Pablo's designs have real potential, and hopefully Hyper does a better job than Corsair did at making, selling and supporting good bikes.
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 Although I love the Revolt, I think it's a pretty good move. Hyper bikes has nothing yet, but they have lots of DH and Super D races scheduled and Cam Zink with them. There are bound to be some sick new frames coming out soon. Cam doesn't have shady sponsors and he's not that bad at holding them. Almost all of his non-frame sponsors are the best in the business and he has had them for a while. If he was on Specialized, it would just be Semenuck and Messere vs. Specialized in slopestyle, something that would kind of ruin the purpose of sponsorships. As for me, I'd love to be able to get a cheap slope bike. Best of luck Cam, I'll be rooting for you!
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 Thanks for all the support everyone! Truly pumped on this whole deal and the bikes.
The bike in the picture is the same I rode last year while I was on Evil, just powder coated. It was a prototype for Corsair and very similar to the Konig. I have beat the hell out of it all 2011 and I am not worried to ride it until our actual Hyper production samples come out in a few months. They will be lighter and even better than this proto, which was a first try and a first sample home-run from Pablo. The DH bike will be almost identical to the Dominion prototype from Corsair I won Rampage on, just a few minor updates, for that was a first sample, as well. Just think of what we can accomplish with some time, money and more testing?! Hyper Bikes' high end line will rule the high end market and new, affordable Hyper Mtn. Bikes will continue to be the best bikes in Wal-Mart!
Didn't mean to send post last one from my old account...
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 This is shocking news to me. I never pay attention to what riders ride. I've seen a few Hyper's, always thought they were department store bikes. I still have a hard time with the idea that Schwinn's are sold at "Crappy Tire" now. Cam would do 3's off giant shit on a Schwinn just as well. The rider makes more difference than the bike manufacturer does when it comes to rider performance. Durability is a different story. I think this company will have a long way to go, but that's me and the way I see things. I always had the tendency to look down on Nasty for riding Huffy, rather than up at Huffy for sponsoring Nasty. Stupid way to be, but it sounds like I'm not the only one. I like what Cam does for the sport, I don't give a shit what he rides, I wouldn't buy one even if Cam McCaul, Ryan Leech & Danny Mac all rode 'em too.
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 The Evil had been so much sicker !
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 So much hate just because there associated with wal-mart so was gary fisher and so is Haro and greg watts does great ! so will cam the bikes will be AMAZING if Eric Carter and Pablo have anything to do with it cut them all some slack
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 I've never heard of Hyper Bikes but I'm going to get one anyway.
I wanted a Dominion when I read about them the first time whenever it was, eventually couldn't get my hands on one and bought a Konig instead. I love it but there's no getting away from the fact that it's a bit too short for me, and the choice of rear shocks is limited by the 190 length.
Imagine my joy when I found out I will be able to buy a Dominion, probably this year, in a more advanced state of development than the protos I tried at the Taipei Show last year. Who cares about the brand if the bike is really a Pablo Corsair?
A note to Hyper, Pablo or the other guys developing the bike. I think the slide drops look shabby and weak compared to the adjustable chips as used by Commencal and Transition. The back end isn't as good at soaking up bumps as a VPP setup, which I think is down to the very short chainstay length. I'd be happy if it could be set up a couple of inches longer than the Konig for DH duties.
Otherwise, I'm f*cking ecstatic the Dominion is going to hit the market.

Carbon version in the future, perhaps?
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 As EC says himself, 'he can't believe that some of the other companies have passed over signing Cam Zink' Maybe there is a story behind that and he has had no other option but to sign for this brand. You only need to look at some of the lesser riders and the big brands they ride. To be honest I don't think it really matters, he's a quality rider what ever he rides.
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 As I read this thread of comments months later, whilst killing time at work, I feel that the best result of EC commenting on this article and all the ridiculousness that followed it, was that the twit @BMXerch kept his mouth shut after EC chimed in. Much appreciated EC, and I'm sure i'm not alone!
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 Never herd of them lol. Well maybe this company will really listen to him and devlope better products. Its like when Watts was on Gary fisher. Alls that company cared about was xc bikes. And thts why Watts isnt witht them anymore.
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 His bowling skills are kind of shit Smile ... He should better bowl with HIS big 2 bowling Balls instead of buying some Special Smile ... Bike looks like a kiddy 100€ Bike to me.. but it must work very good.. we will see next Season what he get managed...if he got even bigger "Bowling Balls", or if he crashed his nuts (then i would definatley would buy one of his "two Balls" to get Bowling World ChampionSmile
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 hes gonna kill it on hyper and all you haters will own one
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 I got my first bike from walmart so fuck yeah for hyper and Im glad there are gonna up there game! Hopefully the high end stuff be more inexpensive then all of the over priced bikes that rule the industry.
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 I'm not familiar with Hyper at all, so I won't critcize them... But WoW he sure didn't last long with Evil..! I just don't see why he's bouncing between so many bike sponsors (Corasir, Evil, Hyper)...
Why won't one of the high level bike companies step-up and endorse such a high level rider..?
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 I'd like to see him on Intense...
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 What a stupid sleeve.
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 wish i could propps this so much more. SO GAY ahaha.
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 Thanks for all the support everyone! Truly pumped on this whole deal and the bikes.
The bike in the picture is the same I rode last year while I was on Evil, just powder coated. It was a prototype for Corsair and very similar to the Konig. I have beat the hell out of it all 2011 and I am not worried to ride it until our actual Hyper production samples come out in a few months. They will be lighter and even better than this proto, which was a first try and a first sample home-run from Pablo. The DH bike will be almost identical to the Dominion prototype from Corsair I won Rampage on, just a few minor updates, for that was a first sample, as well. Just think of what we can accomplish with some time, money and more testing?! Hyper Bikes' high end line will rule the high end market and new, affordable Hyper Mtn. Bikes will continue to be the best bikes in Wal-Mart!
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 It seems that Hyper bikes are just Corsair rebranded. It looks very similar to the Corsair dominion and as they said in the article they are using Pablo's/EC's designs from corsair. Does this mean we may see the other Corsair frames available that were shown at interbike 2010? it does look like Corsair have disappeared as even their website is no longer up.
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 Corsair made an amazing frame in the Konig any frame based on that is going to ride great. All the best to them I hope that its works well for all involved, I remember EC talking to me once on a gondola at the Arai WC 2000. About a type of riding he wanted to try with 4 people racing over jumps together instead of a dual slalom, I think he was the first to come up with the idea for 4X.
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 When a not experienced but big brand wants to make its image better, its easy, just sign a big rider and let the fame do its work. I know Hyper has been on big surfaces for years but it's not considered like experience in the biking industry.
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 I think the frame looks really sweet and if I could Flick, flickable. The welds look beef and seems not glued. I'm a fan of the iron horse 7point so my opinion might not count since that is a walmat brand.Frown
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 Never heard of this company before , can't be too bad if Zinc is with them .
What bike will he be running at the rampage then ?
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 Thanks dude
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 A quick look on thier website does not exactly get the juices going...
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 Ya I checked it out too and under products and riders it said "coming soon"
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 walmart bikes!
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 ihscslnews.org/view_article.php?id=65 - I know it's an old article, but the companies moral values sure have not changed.
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 The bottom line is they make bikes for everyone.....more people on bikes = every growing industry Wink
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 why the hell does he keep moving...
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 Evil never did make him a slope bike
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 usually always comes down to money
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 Can I have his old bike?
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 comment are more interesting then the article . fuck walmart we don't want your made in some slave labor country piece of shit last a month disposable product.
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 you're close minded my young padawan. You will never become a jedi master.
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 stevil. by 'slave labor country' would you mean, say, Tiawan? where you'll find a $7000 rocky mountain flatline is now made. You shouldn't even be allowed in the same room as a Jedi.
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 I'm not to sure if that was a great move by Cam Zink... never heard of the brand and the slopestyle bike is just ugly... looks like it's from 2005... but it's to early to say anything right now, we'll have to see!!!
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 Please tell me that's not a real tat on his arm
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 I never saw this coming! That bike above looks exactly like these corsair bikes: http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/5746707/ or http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/6956451/
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 Yup, that's the same bike all right....
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 I really don't get why people are giving HYPER such sh*t!

Look at specialized, they make some goo top end bikes, yet they also make some horendous cheap £80 bikes you an get from toys r us and supermarkets in the UK, I don't here anyone saying they're selling out? They key to a successful company is diversifying and covering all aspects of the market where there is a demand. Yes they make cheap and nasty bikes, but to people who just want to ride to the shops erc that's all try need. If that helps them make profit to put into RND to make some the top end more specialist rigs then that helps the company keep going long term.

I've never heard of Hyper and I'm guessing they're not available in the UK. But if selling cheaper bikes allows them to move into top end design and development and make the bikes they WANT to be making we should all be supporting them, and for supporting the sport and making new rigs.

I'm looking forward to see what they come out with as the corsairs looked ace from a few years ago.

So stop being a bunch of snobby ***** and try supporting the industry we all love and giving some new guys a bit if support, rather than trashing a companies products that haven't even been developed yet!

Keep us posted on pinkbike with news of your new frame when you have more to show, looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with.
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 My ECD rips. People are always surprised to see a Mongoose getting ridden properly. Boutique bikes do not necessarily equal quality.
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 I totally understand the move. Evil is kinda out of business and Hyper wants to be in the game. Can't wait to see more from this brand!
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 am i the only one that dont know this brand? looks pretty cool...well, looks like a Norco a bit..
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 massive bmx brand
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 Pperini, don't worry bra, I've been riding bikes since I was 4 and I've never heard of them either.
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 Zink always ride weird bikes....
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 Awesome riders will always ride bikes good, no matter what brand. For me, I think I'll stay with a company that has been around the block more than a few times
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 i bet the day this hit pinkbike, is the same day the Hyper Bicycle website got the most hits on their website
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 haha hyper has definently com a long way from those $150 bmx-ish bikes at walmart. now mike spinner and cam zink are riding. thats crazy
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 this is what, the fifth switch now? though i don't know if this one counts seeing as how he rode for corsair, and thats all hyper is using for designs....
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 what the Hell is going on here?...on soooo many levels listed above, but that headtube? are you kidding me, bolts?....someone has to steal his sled b4 rampage or he's gonna get hurt on that beater....they had to back up the Brinx for him to be, riding that...
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 Attention for the avarage peson that does not know, most of these frames, Hyper, giant, Khs, norco, specialized, santa cruz, and a lot of other frames are made by the same factory over in China, the frame is pretty much the same average tubing for everything, design is different but you mostly pay for the name. Unless you are buying an ellsworth, foes, intense, turner, or other carbon frame you are pretty much getting the same thing. Another thing people don't realize is the welds you can get out of Tiwan(however you spell it) are stronger than something made in the USA.
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 Shocking news, I thought he just signed to evil? Well if this frame handles the abuse he will put it through it will prove worthy
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 Well Cam seems real stoked about everything right now. But thankfully he can ride better than he can bowl Wink
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 Can't wait til there on closeout at Walmart, $99 all day long! haha
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 Can't wait! I've already started comparing bicycles.... I can't wait for Hyper to come out with their review!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ro216R98lCA
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 seems tp be cool to be riding a up and coming companys parts. bit of a trend.
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 Whow is amazin, I think Hyper and Cam go to push new limits. I wish the best of lucky for yours Greetings from Argentina.
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 If walmart sold session 9.9s just since they sell a bike doesn't mean it sucks. Unless it's a hyper.
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 Does this mean Canadian Tire will be selling his bike now?
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 Every bike company started shit somewhere, Time for Zink to put there name out in the history books!
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 I didn't knew it was april fool yet...
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 WTF!! if he is the 2 in the slopestyle freeride podium why a big bike industry don sing him??
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 meh...bike looks okay? cant believe he hasnt signed with some one like giant trek specialized or something
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 Scuse the random typos there my damn iPhone keeps changing words randomly for Me!!
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 For all you people that can't put two an two together hyper basically bought corsair and now corsair is just rebranded hyper
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 In fact it looks like the Old Scott Nitrous
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 That Hyper frame looks just like a "Corsair Konig" Best of luck Cam and EC!
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 That's Zink's 3rd bike sponsor in 3 years?
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 Actually yes... but this 3rd frame is the same as the 1st. lol
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 Yeah since the Corsair designer went to Hyper... same bike different brand.
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 Doesn't matter, he'll kill it on any bike...
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 Or he'll kill the bike XD
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 This Hyper Bike really looks like a Corsair...Which Mr.Zink used to ride...Smile
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 no... really?...
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 For real...take a look at the suspension and dropouts...i got a Corsair...same stuff...LOL
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 Which is a nice bike...hehe..
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 hyper went from walmart to actual bike shops they seem pretty solid hope the move was a good choice
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 I like his new bike)))
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 Hey Cam..... I'm having a hard time finding those Geax Neuron 2.5" tires.
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 I will just say that, I am not convinced and I will not comment further on this article. I am going to circulated.
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 looks like a walmart bike
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 is it me or has cam zink been more all over the place then a Vietnamese prostitute
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 Pro biker isn't a steady gov. Pay cheque, I'd ride anything to be able to do what I love more! That being said obviously the bikes he's being paid to ride hold up and ride well...
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 Seems like a really sweet company, i look forward to see what happens this season
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 Never heard of it. wonder how their DH/FR rig looks like Smile
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 :S this is weeeeeiiirrd
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 I see it this way -

1. Hyper is a shitty brand, they make shitty bikes.
2. Their bikes are in walmart, meaning most likely they make a lot of money.
3. Cam Zink had one of his best years ever in 2010 on the same design bike (different name) and is very well known in the Freeride scene.
4. Their using his "starpower" to sell more bikes to the people that aren't in their niche of "walmart bikes". I guarantee it will work, it is why companies use entertainers and athletes to endorse their products all the time.
5. This same frame design won two of the biggest competitions of freeride mountain biking, and that's a good angle for a marketing team.
6. Cam is most likely not just getting bikes for free. I'm sure there are other perks for him to move forward with such a low end, no name brand.
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 as long as he is happy its a good move as he is on fire really
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 its his corsair konig repainted again lol.
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 No one has even address the true issues. Just avoidance, negs and shit on top of more...! I'm not buying it or the bike brand for that matter so I win! You can too!
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 I will not bend! Quality and truth! Liber-fuck'in-rate your minds! Palmer wanna-be!
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 I've seen the international shit-end of the companies that Carter has partnered with. What say you?
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 Go Sport for starters!
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 Dude has gotta earn his crust some how.
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 Avoidance is obvious.
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 Gotta run. Food for thought!
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 I honestly think that the general consensus is that mtb pros get paid billions of dollars for riding a bike,and when they retire they all retire to monaco and rub shoulders with the rich and famous and have cocktails with king and queen,tis the reason i wanna be pro you know.
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 Wasnt EC a part of MONGOOSE when if started to fail.
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 That's like saying that all companies that fail are down to one person,wasn't ec just riding for goose.
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 Not sure just noticed it thought I would mention it. I am sure he is a great guy.
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 I am sure he is an average Joe, but to say "I'm doing it for the kids" is crap! He is doing it for himself and the money. If, he were doing it for the kids he'd be giving away thousands of quality bikes to kids of all backgrounds and economic situations, per year with long term service plans to boot. If, he were doing for the kids he'd be contracting "the kids" and not Cam.
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 And where in world would he obtain all these bikes he'd give away to the worlds less fortunate for free? Just how would they get paid for? Better answer that first before you move on to further character assassination...
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 He said it not I!
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 That's for EC to figure out.
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 goose started to fail? goose/gt have the same owners, ec just moved to gt side as thats the race part of the company, ec and hypers a great thing,
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 Looks like I hit a nerve!
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 Looks like Zink sure has alot of Brand Loyalty....
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 Sram, Deity, Oakley, Mavic and TLD for more han 5 years...
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 Felt, Corsair, Evil and Hyper all within 4 years....
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 Écoute le vidéo tu verras il dit qu'il est avec sram depuis qu'il a 16 ans et Oakley depuis qu'il a 15 ans. Si ca c'est pas être fidèle je sais pas quoi dire.
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 He's a super loyal guy! (Sarcasm intended)
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 Stikman from TLD here. I get the pleasure of working with Cam Zink here and he has been with us for a while, he has never threatened to leave (even with offers from other companies) and is always a solid performer on and off the bike (wins comps, comes to photo shoots when we need, helps with product development, comes to events and autograph signings, etc...). I don't want to speak for his bike deals, but its a bit unfair to look at his bike track record and throw instant hate. Felt was, well, Felt. Corsair-he loved the guys, loved the bike, but they could not make the business work, so he had to find something else, Evil the same thing, it's not Cams fault the business was struggling...throw in Hyper and you basically get him reunited with Pablo (corsair) and get involved in a stable brand for the long term.

Cam is getting to ride his bike for a living, and help people like Hyper, TLD, Oakley, Mavic, etc...make better products. I don't hate, just jealous as f@ck!

Congrats Cam.
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 Harry Rhulen, the owner of a Culture of Speed, here. I have had the great pleasure of meeting with and in some cases working with most of the professionals in this email. You could not find more dedicated and knowledgeable people than Eric and Pablo. I have spent many hours on the phone with Pablo discussing his vision for the industry. He is a visionary. I have worked with Stikman in a couple of different capacities, and he is straight up. His points are well received. As far as Cam is concerned, you couldn't find someone more loyal. The man has been riding an Evil bike, in spite of their inability to support him. Evil makes awesome stuff, but they are trying to find their way through some issues. Cam could have abandoned the ship long ago. Being one of the only shops in the world that still has an inventory of Corsair bikes, I am so pleased to see that Pablo has a new outlet for his ideas. We work and sell the Corsair brand regularly. Congratulations to Cam, Eric and Pablo. I can tell you that you have the support of the fastest bike shop in Colorado.
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 I'm really scared to say this.. but... Sell out?
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 My thoughts exactly
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 Beer in plastic cups - awful!
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 The slope bike looks good.
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 who is Hyper bikes??????
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 I think this article has the most comments ever
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 It's about the rider more so than the bike , now put the handbags away
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 What a useless thread. People fighting over nothing.
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 What?! Who?! Razz

It's all change this year team wise!
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 Thats a nice paintjob on the old corsiar!! LALWAZZZ
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 cam zink is just too damn good to not ride a bike with a name behind it.
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 why was this shot at a bowling alley?
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 Because we were bowling...
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 Really ugly looking bike, hopefully this Bike doesn´t slow down his career too much!!
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 whats with the one white spoke?
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 Great photos Ian! Ken
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 Thanks Ken, shot in a bowling alley in the dark at 6000 iso with an iphone for light. Maybe we should shoot all our bikes like this?
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 Leaving Evil to ride a walmart bike company... Evil lost too much good riders
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 I dont really blame him for leaving Evil. He spends the majority of his season on a slope bike, rather than hardtail or DH bike, so kinda sucks when the brand doesnt build anything other than those! As nice as the Evil's are, they cant really support a slopestyle rider.
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 Will they be carrying these at wal mart aswell?
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 isnt that just a corsair konig?
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 Its not April 1st today is it??
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 @$#% walmart!!! Disgusting.
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 live is shirt !!! why ?
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 Bolts on the headtube?
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 you can change the headtube angle, Scott has a few bikes like that too.
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 sleeves for an adjustable headtube angle. Probably so it gets the same feel from around 90-120mm travel
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 commencal too.
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 scott high octane style from back in the day !
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 Hyper Zink xD
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 what fork he rides?
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 argyle rct
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 When are white rims gonna die, so ugly
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 I'm not blind to malarkey. I'm only interested in the bottom line!
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 Zink podium for Hyper at Teva Winter Games!
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 bike actually looks decent
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