18 Bikes of Red Bull Joyride

Aug 20, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  


THE BIKES OF RED BULL JOYRIDE at CRANKWORX WHISTLER




Photographer Margus Riga captured the following images of the world's best slopestyle riders moments before they dropped into their runs at this year's Red Bull Joyride. There's a mix of hardtails and short-travel slopestyle machines, but all of the bikes have been built up to excel on the massive jumps, drops, and wall rides found on the rider-designed course. Short chainstays, low standover heights, stiff suspension, and brake housing rigged up to allow for barspins and tailwhips are hallmarks of a modern slopestyle bike, but after that it's up to the athletes to add their own personal touches. Take a look at the similarities (and differences) between the bikes of mountain biking's top tricksters, shown in the order that the riders finished the contest.




Brandon Semenuk and his Trek Ticket S
  Brandon Semenuk and his Trek Ticket S.

Brett Rheeder and his Trek Ticket S
  Brett Rheeder and his Trek Ticket S.

Anthony Messere and his Morpheus Vimana Slope
  Anthony Messere and his Morpheus Vimana Slope.

Logan Peat and his custom Santa Cruz slopestyle bike.
  Logan Peat and his custom Santa Cruz slopestyle bike.

Louis Reboul and his Scott Voltage
  Louis Reboul and his Scott Voltage.

Tomas Lemoine and his Santa Cruz Jackal
  Tomas Lemoine and his Santa Cruz Jackal.

Yannick Granieri and his YT Industries Dirt Love.
  Yannick Granieri and his YT Industries Dirt Love.

Carson Storch and his Diamondback Assault
  Carson Storch and his Diamondback Assault.

Tomas Zejda and his Dartmoor Two6Player Pro.
  Tomas Zejda and his Dartmoor Two6Player Pro.

Kelly McGarry and his Diamondback 4XSlopestyle
  Kelly McGarry and his Diamondback 4XSlopestyle.

Nicholi Rogatkin and his Specialized P3
  Nicholi Rogatkin and his Specialized P3

Simon Pages and his Specialized P3
  Simon Pages and his Specialized P3.

Geoff Gulevich and his Rocky Mountain Slayer SS
  Geoff Gulevich and his Rocky Mountain Slayer SS.

Darren Berrecloth and his Specialized P Slope
  Darren Berrecloth and his Specialized P Slope.

Szymon Godziek and his Dartmoor Shine
  Szymon Godziek and his Dartmoor Shine.

Cam McCaul and his Trek Ticket S
  Cam McCaul and his Trek Ticket S.

Cam Zink and his YT Industries Dirt Love
  Cam Zink and his YT Industries Dirt Love.

Thomas Genon and his Canyon hardtail.
  Thomas Genon and his Canyon hardtail.

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82 Comments

  • 83 7
 nice photos, but to give some constructive criticism; a bike check photo where the bike represents approx 1/6 to 1/9 of the photo seems a bit.. unideal. I appreciate the time and the effort, but the next time it would be very nice if less sky/red bull tent/random people/scenery was visible, but up close high res pics of just the bikes was what was depicted.
  • 11 7
 Hey they gotta milk the publicity all they can out of the few events they have...
  • 15 6
 I agree. Maybe tone down the HDR a bit too...
  • 9 3
 @nwitherbee On a scale of 1 to "not HDR", take a guess where these photos fall.
  • 3 3
 @nwitherbee You don't know what HDR is.
  • 1 4
 @ ScottStedman @HollyBoni
sheesh OK OK. I was wrong.
You know what I mean though. Whats the term I'm looking for?
  • 34 2
 some of those drops must be abit more tough on hardtails but clearly doesn't effect any of the shredders Big Grin
  • 25 4
 Is it just me or anyone else thinks that Santa Cruz is actually de ugliest bike ever made in the last couple of years?
  • 16 1
 put the seat up on that and if you told me it was an xc bike i would of believed you.
  • 3 1
 Thought it was a blur Lt at first haha
  • 2 2
 it is simply a re-painted older blur 4x
  • 1 2
 maybe its a blur indeed, as it says "custom"
  • 4 1
 pretty sure it's a one-off frame specifically for Logan
  • 1 3
 99 percent sure it's a blur 4X. The singular toughest frame ever made, I'm pretty sure.
  • 2 1
 The linkage and geometry are both different than a blur 4x
  • 2 3
 I work at the shop that delivered that bike to Logan. It's essentially a Jackal with a shock thrown on it.
  • 1 0
 If that's true, it is really fucking cool! Hahaha
  • 2 0
 @RafaBMX I don't know how accurate that statement is, but that's what Logan told us when he picked up the bike. And it certainly did resemble a Jackal with a VPP swingarm thrown on it. I'm assuming the reason that the top tube is so much higher than a hardtail Jackal is because they must have had to raise it up to make room for the shock/linkage.
  • 21 1
 Is Messere tiny or is his bike just enormous?
  • 4 2
 Messere is a baby ; )
The bike is really just perfect for the size..
  • 6 1
 looks like a 29er!
  • 4 2
 he is holding it out as arms length so maybe it is just an accidental forced perspective illusion
  • 2 1
 He is tiny. The bike is normal sized. Lol
  • 2 1
 Looks like a session
  • 1 1
 the ticket s actually looks just like a baby sessions
  • 12 0
 Anyone else think that custom santa cruz slope is hanus looking?
  • 1 0
 It looks very short with a rather steep HA.
  • 1 0
 yeah does look a bit like a gate!
  • 7 0
 the YT guys are the only ones rocking steel frames. what a shame. I wouldn't ride anything but steel for a hard tail. That virmana slope still makes me feel warm inside Big Grin I must get one
  • 13 0
 steel is real
  • 6 0
 The Canyon hardtail is called Stitched. www.canyon.com/mountainbikes/series/stitched.html
  • 6 0
 McGarry s bike is so suspended ! Ready for rampage
  • 5 0
 Top 4 were all on full suspension.....must be better....
  • 6 0
 Give Semenuk an XC hardtail and he wud still score 90 points!
  • 3 0
 he is right. it is mainly cause semsnuk and rheeder have skills that are incomprehensible
  • 5 1
 Cam`s the only one running front brake..
  • 3 4
 Mc Caul is too.
  • 8 1
 i say Cam`s Wink , zink and Mc Caul Big Grin
  • 12 1
 my guess is its so they can do rad endos when they finish
  • 16 4
 grammar police: Cam's is the possessive of a singular Cam. Cams' is closer to correct, but still doesn't work with your sentence structure. To make it more clear, you could say "The Cams are the only ones running front brakes", or using your sentence structure, you could say "Cams're the only ones running front brakes..." but that sounds ridiculous.

Whew, sorry.
  • 2 1
 @Steezysam

When a sentence is divided by a colon, you have two "sentences" either side of it. In fact, these are not two sentences but two independent clauses. Only the first one (i.e., the one that starts the sentence) gets a capital letter.
  • 2 3
 I think he was joking and just saving it after. Haha @its-that-guy
  • 14 0
 hey i`m sorry for my grammer, what more can you expect from a guy who lives in finland, sits in snow when its -30C, drink votka to survive the cold and fight polar bears and reindeers for food...
  • 1 2
 @snowdog85 I'm just taking the piss(as usual). If you asked me to write something in swedish i doubt you would see much grammatical prowess lol.
  • 1 2
 Sorry, I meant polish(not swedish)!
  • 1 1
 Scratch that, double sorry now. Meant finnish. I need to stop pinkbiking when im drunk
  • 1 1
 @steezysam. false! cam is the apostrophe signals that the space and I are missing so it goes from cam is to cam's just like he will to he'll (or at least that was what i believe he was aiming for. dunno if it works on proper nouns, it certainly works in speech)
  • 1 1
 @jordanneedsafork you're correct if talking about a single Cam running a front brake. The confusion, and need for some sentence tweaking, arises because of the multiple Cams implicated in this front brake scheme. Capisce? But w/e, arguing about grammar on a mountain biking site calls to mind an old line about the Special Olympics...
  • 1 1
 That's a ass load of photoshop for bikes that "specialize" in "tricks" from the early 90s. Too, this is the first time I can remember reading that you need a bike to be designed to spin bars or frames. Go figure...

Can we have a segment of "slopestyle" where these dudes hit each other with sticks immediately after douching-out. Cool that you're into bikes... lame that your "go to trick" is a backflip or casing a jump.

Redbull is on it, so that part I dig. When you guys finish laming out over this garbage, the Quarter Master segment will be up and running. Oh, no suspension or full face helmets....
  • 5 2
 Them seat angles, tho :-0
  • 3 0
 My guess is it makes them easier to grab for supermans, etc.
  • 5 0
 Not quite sure what's weird about it? Same way all DJ/slope bikes are..
  • 1 2
 Good luck sitting down on Darren Berrecloth's bike. The seat's gotta be like that for a reason...
  • 5 1
 seats on dj bikes are not for sitting on
  • 1 1
 yep....they are for saveing your balls if something gets messy!
  • 2 1
 congrats to riders that rode on hard tails. diferent from other riders that use the fact that they use hard tail to run away like ChikenPilgrim did
  • 2 0
 This Rocky SS looks yummi.
  • 4 1
 Those treks!
  • 2 1
 Trek seems to be well represented.
  • 3 1
 Love the plaid finish on Rheeder's sled.
  • 1 0
 and those white walls... mmm
  • 2 1
 Hmmm... Rheeder and Semenuk have different seat-stay arches...
  • 3 2
 Carbon Protos
  • 3 2
 Beside few of older riders whats wrong with their legs??
  • 6 1
 Nobodys wearing the right sized pants
  • 3 1
 Never skip leg day
  • 2 1
 Always baffles me when somebody wears armour under their pants for "fashion" reasons, because it looks ridiculous to have armour showing through your skinny jeans.
  • 1 0
 Logan Peat and his 2016 Santa Cruz Blur 4x?.
  • 1 1
 The helmet hanging off that Dartmoor Two6Player Pros handlebar looks like a size XXXXXXXXXL.
  • 2 2
 Love the colours on theses dartmoor's!
  • 1 0
 these*
  • 1 2
 Maybe they didn't name it because it is such good value for money! Sweet looking bike.
  • 1 1
 love the colors on Thomas Genon's canyon
  • 1 2
 Referring to canyon stitched
  • 1 1
 Messere is just small Big Grin
  • 2 1
 no disrespect intended. Its just that his bike looks a bit of a 29er next to him.
  • 1 2
 Brandon Semenuk!!!!!!
  • 1 4
 Is nicholi running 24" wheels?
  • 7 2
 something is wonky with the perspective, messere almost looks like he's on a 29er
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