Sam is one of those guys; we’ve all met them. He’s someone who picks things up obscenely quickly. I honestly have no doubt that if he had chosen basketball or golf or football or tennis he would have achieved the same success effortlessly. This works within bike riding too. The guy gets a downhill bike one second, and the next he’s putting out an edit which leaves you forgetting that he’s primarily known for his riding on a hardtail. Here’s what he had to say about it:OW: This is pretty different to your previous edits. Apart from the obvious lack of singing, coffins, and white suits there's much more big bike. How did this come about?
SR: I have always enjoyed bombing turns and jumps on my hardtail but this year I got a downhill bike that's actually cool so I’ve been playing on it loads! I love that it opens up all sorts of terrain that is otherwise unrideable on a jump bike or BMX.OW: Are we gonna see a Reynolds run at Rampage in the near future or do you not love big bikes quite that much yet?
SR: Maybe, you never know! It looks gnarly and isn’t something I would ride for fun but could be cool to go to one day! This edit is pretty much made up of stuff I like to build and ride. More fun and less gnar.OW: Hill bully huckfest features at the end of the edit. Must have been good to ride in such a unique event
SR: Hillybilly Huckfest was absolutely one of my highlights of the year, I can’t praise Makken enough for putting on such a great event. It was purely for riders and by riders. Makken had created the best course, invited some rad and unique riders and it really put the big money making events to shame! If it's on again this year I would love to go again.OW: What style of riding influences you the most at the moment?
SR: Anyone inspires me as long as they are enjoying themselves and trying something new! That’s why we all ride right? Seems like so many kids have forgotten that and just ride to win contests. I spend a lot of time riding Masters of Dirt shows with FMX guys who really inspire me with their extension and attitude, those guys are the OG freestylers and I prefer a huge superman over a gap to a triple barspin any day! OW: A flair on a downhill bike... how did that go for you?
SR: I built that dirt quarterpipe over a year ago with one of my best mates Tom Grundy, we spent some miserable rainy days digging that thing so he deserves a shout for that! Even Dayson helped out too. It's been too wet to ride until recently so we took full advantage of it and a flair on the big bike was something I had in mind ever since we found that spot. Took a few goes as you can see in the final edit but got there and nailed it a few times for fun! Easy baby...OW: Final Words?
SR: I just want to say thanks to all of my sponsors and to Monster Energy for working on this project with me. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read this – I hope you like the new edit!Words and Interview: Olly Wilkins