AT's Showdown 2012: Bikes and Riders

Nov 10, 2012
by Paris Gore  
 
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Paul Genovese
  Paul Genovese

Greg Watts
  Greg Watts

Jay Trautman
  Jay Trautman

Nick Tingren
  Nick Tingren

Reece Wallace
  Reece Wallace

Cody Gessel and his leopard print pants.
  Cody Gessel and his leopard print pants.

Steven Bafus and his Specialized Hotcock........
Tom Glaser
  Tom Glaser

Tom Steenbergen
  Tom van Steenbergen

Casey Groves
  Casey Groves

The man behind AT s Showdown with his bike and his course. This contest would not happen with out him and the help of the awesome crew he had on board.
  The man behind AT's Showdown with his bike and his course. This contest would not happen with out him and the help of the awesome crew he had on board.

Garrett
  Garrett Robertson

Sorry for Partying
  Sorry for Partying

Connor Gallant
  Connor Gallant

Sam Dueck hurt his wrist from casing one of the jumps in Friday s practice hoping to ride today he took a nasty digger early on and called it quits.
  Sam Dueck hurt his wrist from casing one of the jumps in Friday's practice, hoping to ride today he took a nasty digger early on and called it quits.

Jack Fogelquist
  Jack Fogelquist

T-Mac
  T-Mac

Steven Bafus
  Steven Bafus

Mike took a run today and was soon to destroy his bike in practice. Awaiting for another he ll be back tomorrow for best trick. Watch out.
  Mike took a run today and was soon to destroy his bike in practice. Awaiting another, he'll be back tomorrow for best trick. Watch out.

Justin Wyper
  Justin Wyper

Max Kauert
  Max Kauert

James Visser
  James Visser

Martin Soderstrom
  Martin Soderstrom

Anthony Messere
  Anthony Messere

Brett Rheeder
  Brett Rheeder

R-Dog
  R-Dog

Carson Storch
  Carson Storch

85 Comments

  • + 23
 Sooo... this already feels like a stupid question but... erm Casey Groves... Optical illusion or rear 29er wheel???? and if so WHY??!?!?!?!?
  • + 10
 looks like lens distortion
  • - 11
 Looks like 24 in the front
  • + 8
 its in between distortion and the super low slung vimana. both are 26"

also "Mike took a run today and was soon to destroy his bike in practice" i sure hope that was a 1080 attempt, guess we have to wait for best trick
  • + 3
 Casey is short so his wheels look big. LOL
  • + 5
 its obviously 27.5...
  • - 1
 Montgumery definatley has the sickest machine out there!
  • - 5
 New Giant slope bike?
  • + 5
 R-Dog's ride looks dialed!
  • + 2
 no it doesn't matter whether it's distorted or not, a 29er wheel couldn't fit in that frame
  • - 6
 Its because the frame is the new morphine... the frame makes the wheel look bigger than it is because of the style of frame
  • + 3
 1. its a vimana 2. you copied exactly what i said just in a dumber context 3. give up
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  • + 16
 I don`t know how it rides,but that Harro looks bad (geometry wise) and everything-else-wise to be honest.
  • + 5
 I agree about the frame geo and the awkward spec doesn't help much. Tonnes of spacers and flat bars in particular always look bad.
  • + 4
 not only the geometry but its soo spindly. looks like the head tubes gonna snap
  • + 2
 lot's of strange bikes here... but greg watts' haro just looks like a dog, i mean i wouldn't build a jump bike up like that yet he's factory rider and can't seem to put a nice one together?
  • + 1
 Watts bike looks like the just "unbolted" the suspension off his Rampage bike and bolted on the HT rear end Wink They're the same color and everything... Still as "old" as it looks, I think it looks like nice straight steel HT. I agree though that it's kinda odd how a well known, sponsored rider has had to deal with these kinda janky looking bikes.
  • + 1
 most of the bikes here are small tube chromoly hard tails, why does watts look bad? his bike has saint and a fox 831 and easton wheels, when did that become janky?

when i saw visser's ellsworth i kind of threw up in my own mouth, i figured that bike would take all the heat for being a dog
  • + 1
 Acually there's a LOT of Alu HT's, but I kind of agree. I only mean "janky" in comparison to everyone elses very flash bikes in the looks department. If you look at it by itself, it's a perfectly nice bike. I do wonder if Haro's ever going to bring out a new full-sus for him though. Completely agree bout the Ellsworth too Wink hahahaha.
  • + 1
 yeah, reece walleces chromag looks sweet though!
  • - 1
 Why are you talk shit about Greg and his bike? It's just a little different than the others. I think that none of you haters could do half of the stuff Greg's doing on the new P.3 or any other bike..... just shut up.
  • + 1
 @Mtb Harry: I agree, that Cromag frame looks tight.

@lehel-NS: Yeah the more I look at it alone, the more it looks like a perfectly fine bike. I think what some may be respinding to is how much it looks like his FS bke from Rampage down to the color and maybe even some of the sticker placement (it did to me anyways). That thing looks ancient and like it's gonna explode. His HT looks fine and I'd be happy to ride it personaly. Cody Gessel's frame looks equally "spindly" but it's STEEL, not ALu and that's just how steel frames look aye. They sure do ride a lot better then alu. HT's for every day and street riding IMO.
  • + 1
 I think that Greg's bike looks really good and old school. And looks like that "outdated geo" does not bother him... he did a 360 sui barspin! You don't see that done every day.

There are too many fashion whores around these days.
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  • + 9
 ***Tom van Steenbergen and Garrett Robertson
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  • + 5
 How old is Connor gallant?
  • - 16
 10, and wow greg watts setup here sure looks a lot better than it did at rampage!
  • + 12
 Dude Connor isn't 10, that's like grade 5 shit. I believe he is 13 or 14 now.
  • + 1
 Ho my god! :O
  • + 1
 The kids so small looking in that pic he makes his bike look like it's a 29R... Good on him for going out and taking it to those "older" guys aye, I hope he does well.
  • + 2
 his name is connor gallart and hes 13 now...
  • + 1
 Realize he didn't win, but I gotta give Connor props for being there taking a shot at age 13... Kids gonna be a star (or more of a star) if he keeps at it. I can imagine that the guys hes competing against are some great people to look up to and learn from aye. I grew up playing soccer at a very high level and often against older guys and there was always this animosity towards me for being young. I hope Connors not experiencing any of that (don't imagine he is) and can just enjoy riding and growing into a better and better rider as he get's older. Way to go Connor...
  • + 1
 I was at UDUG this year and so was he, he was trying to teach me no foot cans haha i got a very small one eventually. Hes a pretty cool kid and can tear it up!
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  • + 4
 Yup thats not a Giant but a GT Distortion,,maybe he snapped his Giant in practice and T-Mac gave him a backup bike ?
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  • + 1
 Anthony Messere's frame looks very "interesting" in the rear axle/cs department (edit: Casey Groves looks to have the same frame)... That extension is crazy, I don't know how I'd like to be landing backflips on that or spins where you over-rotate. Looks like it's just rip the back wheel off. Clearly it works for him and I'm sure he's put it to the test like every other ike he's ever ridden, but it sure looks strange to me.
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  • + 3
 Greg Watts saddle is at some what of an old skool height. Nice to be different and use your knees for a bit of control and not follow fashion.
  • + 17
 He's MTBs Nyquist
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  • + 5
 I want to see Mike's destroyed Specialized!!
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  • + 5
 hardtail, hardtail, hardtail, hardtail, nukeproof! Big Grin
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  • + 0
 I think its interesting how many people are running Bontrager tires and Chromag Overture saddles. Anyone else notice the reverse arch on Mike's bike? Haven't seen that on a Spesh since the camo Shermans on Berrecloths P.3 wayyy back in the day. Making a come back?
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  • + 2
 Anthony Messere was killing it during semi's, i think he was a favorite among many yesterday, it was fun to watch him front flip onto the storage containers.
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  • + 2
 It blows my mind how Soderstrom can manage to lay down such sick tricks in those tight pants
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  • + 3
 Fogelquist's slopebike is just plain gorgeous Drool
  • + 1
 agreed. That Nukeproof is one good lookin Slope Bike aye.
  • + 1
 fogel let me ride it in whisler...dialed bike, flipped it first run
  • + 1
 That is tight... lucky bastard hahahahahahaha.
  • + 1
 Yeah man hahaha
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  • + 3
 I have to say Tom Van Steenbergen's bike is my favourite one!
  • + 2
 Agreed. His and Van Steenberg's are my fav's too.. Dead Sexy looking bikes, but I think my old bones would prefer a Steel HT like Garrett Robertson's to actually ride.
  • + 2
 Yeah that's nice too! Love how Van Steenbergen's bike is so colour coordinated, and has such clean lines, nice and simple! Plus the kashima fork, mmmm!
  • + 2
 Oops, guess I wasn't to aware of what I was typing Wink ...

Yeah, Van Steenbergens yellow with red color lay-out is just plain GORGEOUS aye... I love the red over the yellow frame, and the fact that it's CroMo is just icing on the cake too. I'd LOVE to have a rig that wel built/sorted. The Kashmina on the sliders just pushes it over the top looks wise too.
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  • + 2
 Martin söderström, chill mode activated
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  • + 2
 I'm totally a sucker for bright colored bikes..
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  • + 1
 Tom van Steenbergen BLT looks sooo sick! i want one so bad!
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  • + 1
 Lots of new names...cool!
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  • + 1
 Is the dude on the 16 hitting anything?
  • + 3
 Thats Steven Bafus, and yes, but on his Deity Cryptkeeper
  • + 2
 Damn, i was getting excited for nothing...
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  • + 1
 I thought that Reece Wallace rode for Trek?
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  • + 1
 sorry to say, mikes bike is the sexiest of them all.
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  • + 1
 love montgomery's bike, too bad its broken...
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  • + 2
 what about cam mcaul
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  • + 1
 Greg running Trail riding setup?
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  • + 1
 Those bikes look big, and why the full suspensions? x
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  • + 1
 why does max Kauerts bike say giant on it but it is a gt distortion????
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  • + 1
 What is the bike of Max Kauert ? a Giant but a slop prototype ?
  • + 3
 its a gt but he rides for giant and they dont make a slope bike so he put giant stickers on it.
  • + 0
 could of get a trance or something...
  • + 0
 i dont think so....
  • + 1
 ya dude i read it somehwere, its t-macs old one
  • + 0
 Yah dudes it's a trance!! Pfft. Get real. Maybe if you read the description you would know its tmac's old gt.. As we all know Giant does not make a slope bike.
  • + 1
 yeah x-fusion doesn't make a dh fork, so all the x-fusion guys like t-mac ride boxxers with no decals its like that
  • + 1
 I saw T-Mac rides Fury with FOX 40 on Rampage.
BTW, where is Kyle Strait?
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  • + 1
 Greg watts riding on a haro xc frame
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  • + 1
 Is Max Kauert running a proto giant?
  • + 3
 Looks like a GT distortion.
  • + 1
 yeah, it looks like a GT
  • + 1
 distortion with giant sticker. look at his bike and then at t-macs bike. same shit, different color
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  • + 1
 James vissers' ellsworth is amazing
  • + 0
 His fork looks like it's going to snap
I'm not sure why he is a pro using suntour stuff, even if he's sponsored by them
and what is with those seatstays and suspension system?
  • - 2
 Or just plain ugly like all Ellsworths... yeah, I'm gong with butt ugly.
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  • + 1
 whats with Greg Watts rig? looks 12 years old
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  • + 1
 T-mac was deffo on a 29er! WHY?! Just WHY?
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