Why Do You Like Your Ride?

Jul 26, 2012
by Tyler Maine  
On Wednesday, July 18th during the Phat Wednesday race at the Whistler Bike Park we stopped 24 riders and asked them why they like their bikes. Here are those riders, their bikes and what they had to say:

Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesI like the FSR system on my bikes and it's PINK! - Beatriz, 23, Brazil - Specialized Demo 8


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesMy bike is stiff, easy to ride and fun to jump. - Arno, 24, France - Banshee Scythe


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesI like my bike 'cause it's killer and look at this color! - Brant, 19, Canada - Intense M9


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesIt just works and if you're wondering it's made of cast aluminum. - Jonathan, 29, Wales - Empire AP-1


In the park
bigquotesIt's fast man. - Steve, 32, Canada - Transition TR450


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesI like my bike 'cause it's nice, smooth and plush. - Andrew, 31, Australia - Lapierre DH Team


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesI can point it, shoot and hold on! - Corrie, 31, New Zealand - Specialized Demo 8


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesI like going fast and taking chances! - Thomas, 27, Canada - Cove Shocker


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesI traded my Knolly V-Tach for this because it's light and I love it. - Paul, 43, Canada - Intense M1


Bike Park
bigquotesIt's fast, smooth and fun. - Avery, 25, USA - Evil Revolt


Bike Park
bigquotesIt's sexy! - Tippie, 43, Canada - Rocky Mountain Flatline


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesI've had it for 6 years and we're comfortable together, no need to change. - Jeff, 33, Canada - Rotec RL9


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesSimple, old english style reliability. - Rob, 19, England - Orange 224


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesIt makes me smile! - Nick, 19, Canada - Norco Aurum


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesIt's fun and Whistler is awesome. - Robert, 14, USA - Reign SX (Rental)


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesWhen I ride I don't have to think about the bike and I can just ride it. It does its job. - Leanne, 28, Canada - Rocky Mountain Flatline


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesIt's fast and strong. - Remi, 20, Canada - Commencal Supreme V3


In the park
bigquotesIt's a race bike - fast and slack! - Dennis, 22, Canada - Xprezzo Furax


In the park
bigquotesIt's fantastic! - Jerome, 16, Switzerland - Labyrinth Minotaur


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesLow and fast. - Kevin, 26, Canada - Banshee Legend


Bike Park
bigquotesIt was faster over night with endless travel. - Katrina, 25ish, Canada - Santa Cruz Carbon V10


Bike Park
bigquotesIt's the best one...period! - Adam, 69, Canada - Trek Session 9.9


Whistler Bike Park
bigquotesMy bike is light and sick, it just does everything well. - Kyle, 24, Australia - Santa Cruz Nomad (Aluminum)


Bike Park
bigquotesI love my bike 'cause it's really fast! - Sarah, Old enough to know better, Canada - Norco Aurum


Thanks to Ollie Jones for the images and the riders for loving bikes so much!


129 Comments

  • + 83
 Adam Billinghurst is pretty fast for a 69 year old Wink
  • + 7
 Dh really combats aging reflexes! Fountain of youth?

Rides: Slack and though. Like!
  • + 7
 i love the welsh guy's empire!
  • - 7
flag WAddict (Jul 28, 2012 at 5:32) (Below Threshold)
 You all know he's not really 69, right?
  • + 50
 Leanna is pretty cute
  • + 36
 Cute? Are you kidding me? Man, she's smokin' HOT! I'd change zip codes to be able to ride with her.
  • + 14
 I like my ride cos I cant afford anything else Big Grin DD
  • + 18
 Sexy girls and sexy bikes, Whistler here I come!
  • - 10
flag Maveri20 (Jul 26, 2012 at 14:13) (Below Threshold)
 I already dibs'd Leanna.
  • + 35
 there were 4 girls on the mountain that day and pinkbike found all of them
  • + 1
 I like her choice in chain guides.
  • + 3
 Maveri20, I know it's in jest, but really?
  • - 1
 you know her boyfriends stoked on her! if she has one....
  • + 25
 naw, id pick Beatriz over her.
  • + 7
 It's Leanne and she's taken. I'm sure Ken is flattered. Funny how damned many people I know in this article... Small mtb world.
  • + 4
 So let's go...quick poll

Leanna x Beatriz ?

- Breatiz, to me.
  • + 1
 Leanne - she's got the right proportions!
  • + 1
 @ Mammal, I was just going to say.. I bet Ken would be flattered by these comments Razz
  • + 0
 SARAH! experience always trumps youth.
  • + 5
 definitily katrina...why?----> she has a V-10.
  • + 2
 I'd date Tippie... LMAO
  • - 3
 her bike sucks and all demo 8's do
  • + 0
 Says you who rides a...Devinci Ollie. Nothing against that bike but Devinci weren't half the company they are now, and definitely can't compare to the demo, a consistently lauded bike for years.
  • + 31
 Fat guy says i got this bike cause its light..... Lol. Rock on Paul 43
  • + 8
 Haha and why in the hell he traded his Knolly V- Tach for this Intense!? Because as he says ; it's light?
  • + 8
 FOR AN INTENSE M1 ?! My name is Paul and I found that hilarious
  • + 1
 Paul, my respect to you! That's one of the best conserved M1's I ever seen... The other ones i've seen are in Germany
  • + 23
 "It's the best one...period!" typical trek rider haha!
  • + 2
 typical.
  • + 3
 tell me about it. sorry but i aint drinkin the koolaid.
  • + 19
 I love my bike cuz I designed and engineered myself, accelerates like a rocket and makes the worst track to feel so smooth!
Maximilian-Peter Werner, 28, Finland - NORLAND CYCLES, STEALTH RIDER

www.norlandcycles.wordpress.com
  • + 3
 Awesome design! It looks really smooth!
  • + 2
 Dude that is amazing , do you have any close up shots of it ? looked in your album hoping to see some juicy shots Smile
  • + 35
 I like my ride because I spent wayy too much on it to not like it...
  • + 4
 @A-Nay3186 I know that feel bro lol
  • + 19
 I'm Remi. I'm 20 yrs old from Brazil and I am the stig's flourescent cousin.

This feature made me feel warm inside :-)
  • + 20
 I love checking out real rider's bikes..... it's cool to see what people actually ride when parts don't just fall from the sponsorship tree.
  • + 8
 TopGear ref FTW
  • + 10
 "TopGear ref FTW"

most definitely
  • + 12
 i know everyone likes the fisrt picture Smile
  • + 12
 Sweet wolf shirt brahski
  • + 2
 No, EPIC wolf shirt.
  • + 8
 I like this article, they should do more of these. I'll start:

"Hey Maveri20, why do you like your ride!?"
"I like it because it doesnt complain about how much I ride it... unlike other things I ride."
  • + 1
 Hey, I love my bike because with it you really feel the ride... and you feel it silently which is even better!"

BMW Racelink.
  • + 7
 Cool article. We all love are bikes for different reasons. Different styles, loyalties and $$$. However, the main point is we love our bikes. So you havent in a while, go tell you bike you love it.
  • + 4
 I love my bike because I grew up poor and couldn't afford one. One of my wealthier friends got a stinky in 6th grade and let me ride it. It was the coolest thing I had ever sat on. When I got older I joined the USAF and got paid a whole bunch of money. You know the first thing I bought? Kona Stinky 6! My bike IS my childhood dream and lets me ride the way I have always wanted. Smile
  • + 4
 I love my bike cause he's born in Canada, is pretty stiff and can do anything. It's made for nortshore, slopestyle, mini DH, enduro... Just everything you can do on a bike!! And like it has been said before, My bike makes me smile every time i saw it... And finally, the brazilian girl...just woaw!
  • + 8
 Hello Beatriz and Leanna Smile
  • + 1
 Here here! Both very beautiful women. I'd say Katrina's right up there too, but unfortunately, she hid herself.
  • + 5
 Bikes are fun,exciting, freedom, adventure. Make me smile everytime I get on one. Even if you are 40 you can still play like a kid.....
  • + 3
 I love my bike because it is reliable and it can bring me down from the hill safely, even it is fun, because after all i don't have to service it every second. Zsolt, 21, Hungary - Custom Built 2007 Specialized Big Hit 3
  • + 2
 Nice to see a Welsh ripper there. Gooo Jonothan ! Big Grin and seriously no one commented on that flourescent pink Demo 8's or those sexy Norco Aurum's ?! Unless i missed the comment. 'o'
  • + 3
 Some real nice looking bikes we have here.. However, how can some of these kids afford some of those rigs? 5 grand or more! Cool parents- with money! Lucky dogs =]
  • + 1
 If you use Nick as an example, no. Hes fully sponsed, he probably paid next to nothing for that bike
  • + 5
 That Empire is sick!
  • + 3
 hey man,i just love my bike,no matter what is he looks like,bike is the best maschine ever made.period
  • + 4
 on the first one im not sure whos sexier the girl or the bike
  • + 4
 I think its the combination Smile
  • + 5
 There was a bike there?
  • + 2
 IMA LETCHU ALL FINISH BUT SARAH IS THE COOLEST CHIC IN WHISTLER OF ALL TIME! Seriously tho, she's super nice. Works at a local shop. A shredder too, from what I hear.
  • + 1
 good job on that piece of information, my life seriously upgraded now because of it Smile
  • + 2
 I like my commencal meta 5.5 because I can beat my dad on his carbon hardtail on the downhill and then on the uphill too!
  • + 2
 Why are they all pretty much big dh bikes... Why no sx trails or eunterouge's?
  • + 4
 this is cool
  • + 2
 Why do I like mine? Because its a hardtail, and no one rides a hardtail in my group than me.
  • + 1
 I couldn't find three pretty girls at my bike park in a week let alone one day on Wednesday! Plenty of fat guys every day...
  • + 3
 Big shout out for Beatriz and Leanna!
  • + 3
 Good to see Tippie's still keeping it classy! Rock on ma man!
  • + 3
 Im moving to Brazil right now..
  • + 2
 "i can point it, shoot and hold" hahaha that made me chuckle.
  • + 1
 I like my bike because it's reliable, and you can throw anything at it without having doubts...Scott Voltage FR10
  • + 2
 Front page!!! Da lĂȘ Bia!!!!
  • + 1
 love the Empire! Mikel, 20, from the Basque Country and a i just bought a second hand MSC F.4 which is really sick!!
  • + 1
 Are all the Canadian girls that hot and ride? Thats cool.Some of the bikes I've never seen but sick though.
  • + 1
 nice fork brett tippie! how's the duro lux? when is it going to be available to the masses?
  • + 2
 Leanne with the Rocky Mountain 3 wowowoww dream girl
  • + 2
 Could this be a weekly feature please
  • + 1
 I agree, yes please.
  • + 1
 Sarah, Old enough to know better, Canada - Norco Aurum. Can i have your bike?
  • + 1
 haha number 18 "its slack" its a right slack bike !!! good "n" slack !!! Razz
  • + 1
 Who else would of said: I hate mine, but it does the job to what i can afford!
  • + 1
 Ha I was thinking the same thing..."I like by bike because I got it for $1,500".
  • + 2
 SC Nomad
rocks everywhere Jailbreak
  • + 2
 Tippie we all know you're Rocky Mountain Flatline is sexy
  • + 4
 Tippie is sexy
  • + 2
 Tippie, you sly dog.
  • + 1
 Props to the lad with the orange!! Top quality bikes Smile
  • + 1
 thats a useless page, everyone likes their bike ``because its fast``
  • + 1
 That Revolt is for sale. Maybe....
  • + 1
 Robert, 14, USA - Reign SX (Rental) un grande!!!! tifo per lui
  • + 1
 Lol, Adam Billinghurst XD apparently he's 69 years old Razz
  • + 1
 remi looks fucking boss in them colours!
  • + 1
 I can't believe Tippie just said "It's sexy" he never stops talking Big Grin
  • + 1
 Where can I get a pink demo ?
  • + 1
 spray lol
  • + 1
 I like my ride, cause it tends to scare the shit outta me Big Grin
  • + 1
 how the hell does she have a pink demo?! i need that kind!!
  • + 1
 soooooo where can i get a pink demo?
  • + 1
 Do something like this with djs
  • + 1
 Mountain Bikers sure are an eloquent bunch.
  • + 1
 What's the t-shirt of the blue frame that 3 guys are wearing?
  • + 1
 I believe they're SheGNARnigans' T-shirts. Pretty hot sellers in Whistler right now.
  • + 1
 Should've asked the old guy in the background of the 2nd to last pic!
  • + 1
 i like my bike because they spelt xprezo wrong
  • + 2
 Quick! A medal to Steve!
  • + 1
 I like my ride because... it's a Foes... with a Curnutt... 'nuff said! Wink
  • + 1
 Yeah it is cool to see what the average joe rides.
  • + 1
 What's that blue frame shirt everyones wearing ?
  • + 2
 I believe they're SheGNARnigans' T-shirts. Pretty hot sellers in Whistler right now.
  • + 1
 that commencal looks sick
  • + 1
 For a man of so many words all tippy could manage was " it's sexy"
  • + 1
 Props to 69 guy
  • + 1
 What no GT's ?????
  • + 2
 I'm not sure I even saw one GT bike that day in the park, they are not that popular up here - no Canadian distribution.
  • + 0
 Not true! The shop I worked at we had GT! Awesome bikes... the representative for our area sucks though! 3 months to get in a bike! Our other brand KHS only takes 4 days!
  • + 1
 just back from 9 days in whis and never saw one GT either brule. they are not popular up here. unforch it appears that pajamas are popular up here. i'd hasten to say that giants, v10's and the sesh are the most ubiquitous bikes i saw in whistler.
  • + 0
 When the bloke on the M1 said it was light was he being sarcastic?
  • + 1
 He also stated what his old bike was and this M1 is over 10pounds lighter.
  • + 1
 Tippie is sexy!!!!
  • + 0
 How do I get Beatriz from Brazil's number?
  • + 0
 No Wilson s ... How many forks weren't fox or rock who'd? One or two?
  • + 1
 wolf shirt FTW
  • - 3
 Wonder if there is a reason Katrina never took of her helmet!? shame.... great taste in bikes and black really is her colour! can see this being a new topic.... 'whistler girls gone wild' we demand more!!
  • + 0
 Maybe because in Whistler how you look is less important than how you ride?
  • + 0
 So true! that's why us Brits are such amazing riders!
  • - 3
 Leanna, I'll come ride with you any day....
  • + 0
 she's taken. already riding someone else
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