Video: ZAM 2 - New Mexico

Dec 17, 2013
by zam  
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,ZAM continues! ,ZAM is a never-ending journey, a way of realising the dream of riding the most fascinating places in the world, places that are largely undiscovered by the mountain biking community. For this part of our adventure we headed to New Mexico in the United States.

Everything began in the spring of 2012. After several test trips to European destinations like Tarifa, Bardenas Reales and the Ukraine, Gaspi devised plans for an even bigger journey.

June 2012: Gaspi and his team began their seven thousand kilometer expedition to ,ZAM in the Altai Mountains of western Mongolia.

Spring 2013: The ,ZAM adventure continued in Sicily, where Gaspi was in search of new enduro trails. Gaspi returned to Sicily just a month after his first visit with a group of Czech riders and acted as their guide around the beautiful island. ,ZAM is not only about gaining new experiences but also about sharing them with other people.

Summer 2013: Gaspi took a group of Czech bikers to Canada and showed them most beautiful biking regions of British Columbia in "The Best of BC Tour“ camp. The group had never been to Canada before and specifically chose Gaspi as their guide for the adventure experience. The trip culminated with a heli-bike drop from the top of Barber‘s Mountain followed by a floatplane drop to a three-day trip through wild backcountry.

October 2013: The successful ,ZAM expedition gives birth to ‚ZAM2: The expedition to New Mexico, USA . The adventure is undertaken in the same Ford E350 van used in the Mongolia trip which was sent to the States to be prepared for its departure into the wilderness.

The aim of ,ZAM is to prove that it is possible to combine enduro and freeride biking with worldwide travel and to bring a fresh perspective on cycling in the form of video and photo documentation that will inspire the cycling community to share in similar experiences. Gaspi has announced that the team is ready to go to another exotic destination in 2014. ,ZAM will carry on!


Reader's Contest:
We have limited copies of photo books by Adam Marsal from the ,ZAM Mongolia expedition and the ,ZAM New Mexico expedition.



You could win a copy by answering the following question correctly:

What is the full name of the FUNN pedals used by Gaspi in New Mexico? (You can find the answer in the recent photo blog.)

Email your answer to zamcontest@gmail.com

Camera and edit by: Martin Smolik
Still photography and words by: Adam Marsal



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75 Comments

  • + 18
 I wish Mondraker were available in the States, wouldn't mind taking one for a spin.
  • + 1
 Yea buddy that Zero System looks pretty rad.
  • + 3
 Best bikes in the world get the zenith 170 with pro pedal on its like a 140 bike then flick off to be almost a full dh rig. Best bike I have ever owned
  • + 1
 Some one I know recently got one of these bikes , when I looked at it I expected it to feel odd to ride due to the stem/bar setup , had a little pedal on it and it felt completely natural , and very roomy which surprised me too.
  • + 2
 Yeah, I wouldn't mind taking one for a spin!
  • + 3
 Is it just me or does every time one of these ZAM edits come out I think it's something about cam zink
  • + 3
 Got two Smile Summum and a Foxy XR. Loved the Summum so much that I had to buy the Foxy. They are amazing and I highly recommend them. Won't be riding anything else until something as interesting is introduced.
  • + 1
 Go for the zenith xr 170 but I put the 180 36s on. but get the one like mine with a zero reach stem. So good
  • + 1
 Zhat waz' zo epic!!
  • + 1
 Every single bike shop in the uk recommend mondraker for aggressive riding....I just hav'nt got the funds for one lol.i shall stick with the big hit until I do....a Mondy dune is next for me
  • + 2
 The Zenith really is one the sexiest bikes out there. I prefer it over the new Dune design. Also about the vid, if you jump stuff, wear a fullface helmet, your teeth will thank you.
  • + 11
 Not sure why they felt compelled to include a mans ass in that video
  • + 3
 Euros man
  • + 0
 yea totally cool minus the nakedness
  • + 5
 we have a winner by ZAM question - Reg Vik will receive two photobooks,yeah! thanks all for emailing and answers! Stay cool and strong!
  • + 2
 Really disappointed at the reckless disregard for the fragile desert soil. As a resident of New Mexico it is these kinds of things that make it difficult for locals to gain access to new areas for trail development. While I dig the concept of the trip, I wish he would have shown a little more respect.
  • + 6
 I was looking for Heisenberg and an RV the whole time.
  • + 4
 Splendid....!!! Very nice po Americe..!!!! Smile mam radost a sem hrdej na vás,,,moc hezkej film
  • + 2
 Gaspi bude pristi leto jezdit v Praze pro jednu turistickou bikovou firmu
  • + 2
 That was ONE of the best all around mnt bike vids I've seen.............ever. Love the humor in it, the story, the people and of course the awesome riding !!!! Smile
  • + 4
 That's bloody good stuff. Thanks
  • + 1
 I rode AngleFire when I was in New Mexico. It was pretty damn awesome I didn't get to ride any of the local trails though i wish i would have -.-
  • + 4
 Fantastic. What a life!
  • + 5
 Not really. Working for a living is much more rewarding and hard work will always.....ooohhh who the hell am I kidding? Their lives are waaaayyyy better. Working for a living sucks! (unless your one of the few that gets paid to ride)
  • + 3
 Lmfao to the guy from Jemez Pueblo!! It's really like that there though ha
  • + 2
 Oh, I guess I missed summer. Never been in Mexico but I feel like I missed Mexico as well Smile
  • + 5
 That was the U.S. just so you know.
  • + 8
 Well that's embarrassing.
  • + 3
 @VTwintips dude, I cant believe that you actually know that New Mexico is part of the U.S??? that's just incredible.
@Apostt it's not embarrassing since your not from the U.S. Razz
it's way more embarrassing when people born and raised in the U.S. think that New Mexicans are foreigners and need a visa cause we are part of Mexico....

seriously though come to New Mexico and ride its great in the winter.
  • - 7
flag Josefe (Dec 17, 2013 at 22:26) (Below Threshold)
 New Mexicans might as well be foreigners...
  • + 5
 In a nation founded by emigrants who's the foreigner?
  • + 6
 Everybody except Native Americans. Big Grin
  • + 2
 And where is a high population of Native Americans located... New Mexico. Who's the foreigner now @Josefe?
  • - 3
 I wasn't born in the US so I am definitely a foreigner. New Mexicans though... definitely a foreign group
  • + 1
 Aahhhh, New Mexico. Not really new, not really Mexico. Does have some good riding though.
  • + 2
 super work guys, adam , marti , gaspi and lukas,on the top
  • + 3
 What helmet is that?
  • + 1
 What Gopro mount is that? Where can I buy one? That thing gets amazing shots!
  • + 1
 You and your film crew do a real disservice to the MTB community as a whole.
  • + 1
 One of the BEST edits Iv'e seen here. Really catches the spirit and vibe of the place and people.
  • + 1
 at 12:50min epic shot !
  • + 1
 Please who nows the name of the songs? thanks
  • + 1
 Dobra prace Marty, no i Gaspi no Big Grin
  • + 1
 nothin but nothin but respect for that video
  • + 1
 i want his helmet any one know what kind it is?
  • + 1
 wish these bikes were avail. in Canada Frown
  • + 1
 If only they'd been riding Jamis ZAMs also Wink
  • + 1
 is the lady on the 3rd picture Bertha from 2 & 1/2 men?
  • + 1
 Nice riding, nice trails, but the edit is a bit boring
  • + 0
 3:19...the lady explaining how to get to Heisenberg's Winnebago for some shabu shabu...
  • - 1
 It was good until 6.27. Not sure if I am the only one that notice the swinging dick as he came out of the port-o-potti with his pants down. Weird...just weird.
  • + 1
 Czechs arent as prude as Americans...shit is normal dont be such a prude...i saw americans fully clothed in sauna too Big Grin
  • + 1
 Ha! If you only knew me. I am far from prude. I just do not see too many mtbk vids that throw in a quick male frontal.
  • + 2
 Now I have to go there.
  • + 1
 This is what it's all about. FREERIDE BABY ! It's a way of life.
  • + 1
 Quality vid
  • + 1
 naparadu Smile )
  • + 1
 Dope ass video
  • + 1
 GOPRO 3+ GOOD !!!!
  • + 1
 Niceeeeee
  • + 1
 get better at the end..
  • + 1
 Excellent.
  • + 1
 I want his helmet
  • + 1
 What helmet is it?
  • + 0
 Rad stuff ,Zam
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