Bike Check: Christopher Grice's Specialized Demo - 2019 Windrock Pro GRT

Mar 12, 2019
by Daniel Sapp  



Christopher Grice is only 15 years old but his list of top race results already spans a decade. Getting his start in BMX, Grice now is racing in the Juniors in downhill and is already racking up wins and National Championship titles. Chris resides in Pisgah Forest, NC alongside one of the strongest pools of US talent including Luca Shaw, Neko Mulally, Max Morgan, and others.

This weekend Chris won the Junior Expert 15-16 category at Windrock by nearly 20 seconds in the DH race with absolutely treacherous conditions. He went on to take third in the EWS caliber enduro the following day, climbing over 5,000 feet and descending 7,000 to end up on the podium. Grice's consistent riding, hard work, and commitment to training are sure to land him on top of podiums for some time to come. Not to mention, he's one of the nicest 15-year-olds out there. This year he is receiving support from a few brands including Specialized.

When he's not racing, Chris is keeping up with his schoolwork or digging on the trails near his house. He likes to spend most of his time outdoors and has never really been a fan of video games or that kind of stuff.

Celebrating a 20-second win at Windrock.
Rider Name Chris Grice // Specialized / Grice Financial Group
Age: 15
Height / Weight: 104 lbs / 47 kg; 5'1"/ 155cm
Hometown: Pisgah Forest, NC
Instagram: @christopher_grice

Christopher Grice is one of the smallest riders yet posted a big time. He won his category by just under 20 seconds.
Chris battling the conditions at Windrock to take the win in his class.

Specialized SWorks Demo 8 Details

Frame: Specialized S-Works Demo 8. Short reach, 27.5" wheels
Shock: Fox DHX2; 300lb spring, 1 turn of preload
Fork: Fox 40; 3 tokens; 43psi
Wheels: Industry Nine Hydra; Grade DH rims
Tires: Specialized Butcher 2.5", 20 PSI (Front); Specialized Hillbilly 2.5", 24 PSI (Rear) with Cushcores
Drivetrain: SRAM X01 DH 7 speed
Brakes: SRAM Code; 200mm front rotor, 180mm rear; metallic pads
Cockpit: Renthal aluminum bars, 10mm rise, 740mm wide; 45mm Renthal stem
Other sponsors: Industry Nine, Fox Racing Shox, Motion Makers Bike Shop, MRP, Blue Sky Fuel, 100%. All Sport Dynamics, Troy Lee Designs

Chris is a bit of anomaly when it comes to bike set-up. He's riding at the level of some of the best guys in the world yet he weighs significantly less. Chris' mechanic Brad Blackwell who has been working with him ever since he switched from BMX to mountain bikes says that there are a number of things that he considers when getting the bike set up.

One of the biggest is trying to reduce friction in every place possible. Since Chris is lightweight, he needs the maximum amount of rolling efficiency. From suspension to wheels and pivots, Brad tightens and greases everything accordingly and even has some secret methods for suspension pivot bearings that he won't say much about other than "it involves soaking the bearings in different solutions." Freehubs and bearings are serviced frequently. The suspension is set up very soft off the top for traction and small bump compliance then there's a lot of support in the middle and through the bottom of the travel, so it ramps up quickly.

Chris' hands are small and he likes to run his brakes very close to the bar, to the point where the lever will touch his middle finger upon full braking. Every run, Brad checks for piston creep on the brakes to ensure that the pull is consistent and nothing is dragging since there is next to no margin of error as Chris is really sensitive with the deadband in his brakes.

Bolts are marked and checked for torque to make it easy to see if anything is off.

SRAM's X01 DH drivetrain and an MRP chain guide keep everything running and in place.

Industry Nine wheels with their new ultra high engagement Hydra hubs.

Fox DHX2 out back. Chris runs a 300lb spring and a turn of preload and he's on the progressive Demo 8 link. From closed, he runs 8 clicks of HSC and 17 of LSC, 18 of HSR and 15 of LSR.

Chris' Fox 40 is tuned for his lighter weight and aggressive riding. He has the GRIP2 damper in it and 43psi with three tokens. From closed, he runs 8 clicks of HSC, 17 LSC, 18, HSR, and 15 of LSR.

Muddy conditions made the DH race absolutely treacherous.
Zach Faulkner Photo
Third in the U21 Enduro in challenging conditions after winning DH the day prior.

With drive and stoke for riding bikes coupled with a calm, cool, and collected attitude, it's no doubt that we're going to see Chris on the podium for years to come.


MENTIONS:@christopher_grice / @Specialized



198 Comments

  • + 178
 The guy who won the under 21 enduro is gown ass man!
  • + 63
 Holy crap he's a caveman compared to Christopher lol
  • + 24
 @mtbikeaddict: when you have all the talent and support in the world and chong beats you -life is great
  • + 75
 He's a virgin.....
Source: he's wearing crocs
  • + 44
 @mtbikeaddict: Not cool, man. It's cave 'person'.
  • + 22
 Ha. Awesome. I thought it was somebody’s dad accepting the award on their behalf.....
  • + 30
 @Waldon83: Nah dude. Crocs = massive amounts of BDE
  • + 5
 @Waldon83: My question is, did he race in those crocs?
  • + 8
 Came here expecting to see the top comment about the U21 enduro podium. Was not disappointed.
  • + 55
 PB: How does it feel to win the U21 Enduro?

Cro magnon man: Did you now that by switching to Geico you can save 15%? As for the Enduro race, hell, even a caveman can do that...
  • + 10
 One thing to consider -- maybe the under 21 enduro category was filled with a group of dudes like this, and the fact that the two younger dudes made the podium is a testament to their skill.
  • + 1
 @TheR: only Chris is a youngin. One builds the trails there and the other basically lives there
  • + 1
 @jkella: Haha! I'm old, so second place also looks really young to me! Maybe No. 1 looks older because of the beard.
  • + 24
 “...yeah so one minute I was waking up on some strangers couch brushing the Cheetos out of my beard and taking a handful of bong rips and the next thing I know I’m standing on this podium with a bunch middle schoolers bro, crazy shit... I’m telling you, that shit was laced...”
  • + 1
 @Waldon83:

Source checks out.
  • + 5
 @islandforlife: Damn! Ease up on Damon. He’s a cool dude and a helluva trail builder
  • + 11
 "U21" winner out here on course drinking beers. 1:15 at the highlights video. www.pinkbike.com/news/video-windrock-pro-grt-race-day-highlights.html
  • + 3
 @yourwelcome: I literally just laughed out loud at this while my eighth grade class work on a project and I read some PB comments. They all just stopped and looked at me. I apologized and asked them to carry on working quietly.
Well played @yourwelcome.
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: If you look closely there's cleats on them! Wink
  • + 1
 @jkella: I go to school 3 hours away so I come to train on weekends like many others...wish I lived there????
  • + 1
 Supposed to be the laughing emoji oops..ha
  • + 1
 @ripper13: I know you don’t actually live there but I just meant you ride there a lot! Definitely an advantage to know the good lines at windrock????
  • + 1
 @ripper13: aparantley emojis don’t risk on PB
  • + 1
 @Waldon83: Hold on, he could be a dad.
  • + 30
 Amazing bike! And some clever tweaks from his mechanic.
Although I have to admit that I doubt that such a level of support is what a 15 years old need. I have seen many talents been wasted due to structural training and almost professional support at a young age, causing them to lose the fun and feel pressure (from there parents). Wish him the best though, for some it works and hope that he is still shredding when he is 25.
  • + 24
 Boy, the kid's got virtually factory support... *sees "Grices Financial Group"* ah that explains it... lucky... I'm jealous of that posh opulence Big Grin
  • + 6
 So true... My father was a great talent in skiing when he was 15/18. The pressure was so high on him, especially from his parents, that when he got "the call" from the national team he refused and quit skiing.
Parents, but also the whole racing environment, can push you in many great ways, but also in the worst one.
  • + 16
 No wasted talent here. His parents put zero pressure on him. Chris has such a high level of support because he works hard and has earned it.
  • + 32
 When I first met Chris and his family it was evident from the get-go that his parents fully support him and put no pressure on him. We were on our way to Mammoth a few years ago and talking about how parents pressure their kids and as Chris progresses that's what people will think. His dad said to me "if Chris was into under water basket weaving that's what we would be doing". Whether I am up until 3 am installing new pivot bearings or I just adjust his derailleur, they never forget to thank me, ever. Super kind family with great values.
  • + 4
 @Sugarbrad: I second that. I got to know Christopher and his family last year, and his parents seem more in awe of Christopher's ability than anything else. His dad swelled with pride every time we told him about something amazing Christopher did on the trail.
  • + 1
 @Sugarbrad: what bike is he riding for the Enduro?
  • + 4
 @Svinyard: Sworks Stumpjumper 650B/27.5 non evo. Windrock is gnarly so we ran Cushcores front and rear plus DH tires.
  • + 1
 @Sugarbrad: gotcha, thank you!! My 7yro is DH racing a bit and everything else (BMX too) and figuring out the right bike size is challenging. Some people are people really small kids on big bikes pretty early. Not sure if that's a good thing or not. Kid bikes and sizing is a bit nutty. I assume he is on the smallest sized Stumpy or is it bigger? Any other advice to Dads besides your bearing/pivot magic? =)
  • + 2
 @Sugarbrad: that's great to hear. Are you his personal mechanic? (I might have missed that)
  • + 5
 @Iron-nick: Personal mechanic and above all friend. I have carried him off the track with injuries and punched out pieces of dead frame bearings in parking lots miles away from home. Nicest kid you will ever meet!
  • + 1
 @Sugarbrad: Great to hear! I know there is a big difference between supporting parents and parents who put pressure on their kids. I am lucky enough to have some supporting parents as well and, especially at that age, they may even be of more importance than any other support. They invest a lot of time and energy (and often a lot of money) in their kids.

I just hope that he keeps the motivation that he has now! His level of riding has great potential, but so much can happen that they lose their fun and thus motivation. Keep up the good work and hopefully we hear more from Christopher!
  • + 1
 @Iron-nick: had the same experience playing archery ... stopped at 15 because of pressure and no fun.
Now i'm 45 and stay in the first 1/3 of the local event ranking without training Smile
  • + 1
 @Sugarbrad: high level of support not related to being sponsored by what I'm assuming is the family business? Not saying the kid doesn't work hard to get his results but evidence points to some extra support that not everyone has. Best of luck to him.
  • + 21
 Just being honest, any negative comments would have to be from people who have not met this kid. I first saw him as 11 year old at a pump track race at i9. After watching him ride a couple of laps, I thought somebody is gonna sign that kid early. It was My 6 year daughter’s first race and she saw him and said “Daddy, I not have wace dat boy do I ? ????
He is super fast, dedicated, really nice, and seems to appreciate all the support he receives because he just loves to ride.
  • + 4
 Spot on! Haters gunna hate, what can you do? Anyone that knows Chris and his family knows what's up. Kind, respectful, hard working, and would give you the shirt off their backs. No doubt in my mind Chris will have a rainbow jersey to match his father's one day!
  • + 20
 I grew up racing against lots of kids with rich families who had whatever bikes and components they wanted who couldn't win a national level DH by 20s so I think you guys are overlooking a serious amount of natural talent due to some jealousy.
  • + 4
 Nailed it!
  • + 20
 Chris Grice is the hardest working kid I know, Much Deserving of the support. Excited to see big things from the kid in the future.
  • + 6
 Thanks Dak! Hope that shoulder is healed and you get back on that podium! USA!!!
  • + 9
 A lot of people jealous that the kids Dad loves his son and supports him. Only pinkbike comment section would hate on a Dad for supporting his kid.
  • + 4
 I would have no problem supporting my kids in this was and I'm far from rich. Gotta have priorities.
  • + 7
 Christopher -- Congratulations on your win this weekend in the downhill race, and your third-place finish in the enduro. Your bike is killer, and that's a sick photo of you taking that jump! Lots of luck in the future, and hopefully we'll be reading a lot more about you in the years to come.
  • + 7
 I have raced with this guy several times. Truly a skilled athlete that deserves every bit of Fame he has earned. Great talent that will go far in the future just wait and see. Anyone who doubts this just try to chase him down the mountain. Congratulations on your two podiums this weekend Christopher.
  • + 5
 Ooh come on Brad, don´t be such a girl and tell us, we know you are soaking the bearings in unicorn blood and panda´s oil.

It´s definitely interesting too see the tweaks which has to be done for such a light rider
  • + 3
 Tasmanian Tiger Oil, that's my secret.????
  • + 4
 @Sugarbrad: And are you somehow dealing the negative spring on his fork? I mean when I´ve tried to set up older 40" for my ex-girl I had to use such a low air pressure the fork sank so deep into travel even without any weight on it. Luckily I´ve solved with Fox guys at Crankworx. I am not sure how it is solved in todays 40".

The same question about shock rebound, usually I found the rebound settings too slow when inflated to low pressure for a light rider. Do you deal this somehow?
  • + 1
 Ceramic Bearings in the pivots? I always wondered about it but I figure it would be good for a litter smaller rider. @Sugarbrad:
  • + 1
 *Lite weight*@Sugarbrad:
  • + 10
 @bok-CZ: Excellent question. I can't get too in depth with our specific tune but here are some things that help:

-Burp your lowers! Chris runs a Fox 40 so he has the luxury of built in bleed ports integrated into the lowers. I trim the foam rings to enable plenty of space for air to exchange and to ensure there is no vacuum in the lowers relative to the atmosphere. On his trail, enduro, and slalom bike I use a zip tie to gently break the seal between the oil seal and stanchion. Not only does this prevent a vacuum in the lowers, but it also ensures the maximum amount of small bump sensitivity. Just make sure the fork is at full travel when you equalize the pressure in the lowers and atmosphere.
-Service your fork and air spring frequently! Any friction will be exaggerated for a light weight rider.
-You mentioned the negative spring chamber. Make sure to service your air spring frequently to reduce friction, and also to reduce buildup of grease in the negative chamber. Every time your air spring cycles, small amounts of grease infiltrate and ingest from the positive to negative chamber. Grease takes up space thus reducing your negative spring volume. Reduced negative spring volume will reduce small bump sensitivity and ultimately traction.
-Specific damper tune: I will use myself as an example because I can't tell you Fox's tune that Chris is running- I am relatively light weight myself at 140lbs. I too have found that stock tunes are way too stiff for me. Here are some things I have done to tune my suspension to my weight:
-Lighter weight oil in my damper, especially during the winter. I run 2.5 wt year round
-Softer compression tune, faster rebound tune. This kind of depends what suspension you are running but the concept is the same. A Grip damper for example has a spring backed IFP rather than a bladder to account for hydraulic displacement. This IFP spring can be swapped to a lighter spring or trimmed to reduce compression forces. In other words oil flows more freely through the compression circuit, more oil flow equals less damping and a reduction in hysteresis. For a faster rebound- lighter oil helps as well as a different shim arrangement on the rebound piston. In my Cane Creek Helm for example, I run one less shim than stock and my rebound piston is flipped over to allow more oil flow. Again, more oil flow equals less damping. Less damping equals faster rebound.
-Hope you find that useful and thanks for the question!
  • + 4
 @Sugarbrad: That's some good info... I'm using an MRP Ribbon Air for Enduro racing and was drawn to it for a number of reasons you point out... independently adjustable negative and positive air chambers, burp valves on the stanchions and a twin tube damper design. Some riders feel it's overdamped and run a slighly lighter weight oil, but I'm loving it right where it is... but I'm also 180 lbs.

I also use the Whistler Performace Lubricants ForkBoost Lube on race days - wplbike.com/products/forkboost-4oz
  • + 2
 @islandforlife: Rad, I haven't ridden the Ribbon for any extended length of time but everyone raves about the small bump compliance and chassis. Seems that you are right in the range for most off the shelf stock tunes at 180lbs. Lucky!
  • + 2
 @Yumaguy: Good question, short answer is no. Most ceramic bearings are optimized for rotational forces, not to handle the extreme stress that pivot bearings experience from lateral loading. I have found some techniques to increase bearing life, reduce friction, and add water resistance.
  • + 1
 @Sugarbrad: That makes sense... thoughts on angular contact bearings?
  • + 2
 @islandforlife: Depends on the application really. The downside to angular contact bearings in relation to frame pivots is that there isn't a lot of space. OD and ID are major factors. So most likely a single row bearing is all that can be used. The downside to single row angulars is that they can only carry axial load acting in one direction only. Of course the axial load carrying capacity of angular contact ball bearings increase with the increase of contact angle.
Some frame manufacturers will stack two non angular bearings on top of each other to reduce axial forces and essentially give the opposite bearing "help" rather than a single or double row angular bearing. Why? I have some educated guesses but I'm not an engineer. Most likely it's because angulars are designed for higher rpm rotational applications and OD and ID limit what bearing can actually fit in the frame. Again, I'm not an engineer and only have a pretty basic understanding of why engineers use specific types of bearings in frames.

Hope that answered your question
  • + 2
 @Sugarbrad: the blurp didn't help for longer than few pushes and luckily the fox guru had some lighter negative spring so this is solved, but thanks a million for your exhausting explanation, I really appreciate it a lot.

Will try the lighter weight oil next time if I face that issue again. Yeah it's very useful, thank you Brad!
  • + 4
 @Sugarbrad: wow that has been more useful than all the info I have found in internet on suspension setup for light riders, thanks!!
Im dealing with this problem too, I’m looking for the best setup in a fox 36 weighting 60 kg (130lb). I’m running my fork at 45 psi to get correct sag, making very difficult to get a fast rebound, I must ride with it fully open in winter.
Its surprising you are using 3 tokens in his fork, I ended using none...you would recommend the same amounts tokens with the stock oil weight in the damper??
Thanks, good work!!
  • + 2
 @bok-CZ: Yeah man anytime.
  • + 2
 @gatokl: Just to clarify the settings that Dan posted are for Chris's Demo. So they are for a Fox 40 and DHX2. Hopefully this is the first of many bike checks because Chris has some really unique one-off setups. Wait til you see his slalom bike...

To answer your question-The 36 and 40 have completely different compression ratios so the setups will be completely different regarding spring curve. Running a lighter oil will certainly speed up your rebound damping. However, it will also change your compression damping so if rebound is your chief complaint and you are happy with your compression damping you might want to consider a different rebound tune. You can request that straight from Fox actually. Some other things to consider are tight bushings, has your fork exceeded it's service interval (if your damper is the older bladder style have your mechanic at your LBS check for bladder ingestion), and is the pressure in your lowers equalized.

Hope that helps!
  • + 1
 @Sugarbrad: Thanks for this, ya I'm more interested because my Knolly Fugitive LT uses dual row angular contact bearings along with custom over-sized CNC'd titanium axles for the main pivots. I can read their marketing stuff on them which sounds great, but good to get some perspective from an outside source.
  • + 3
 @islandforlife: Knolly has some burly pivots and bearings for sure! I’m sure the engineers had a reason for basing their platform around dual row angular contact bearings.
  • + 2
 @Sugarbrad: thanks! It is very kind of you to take the patience to answer each question!
  • + 7
 Wow. Pinkbike is so full of jealous little bitches. How about just giving the kid some props and leaving it at that?
  • + 8
 Only on PB do you have to ashamed to have money..
  • + 3
 I really like how much this bike check talked about his light weight. Compensating for this isn't as simple as strapping lead weights to the frame, like has been tried in the past, because the rider's body doesn't have the strength to naturally finesse the added weight around. I have personally found using lighter casing tires makes a huge difference but rocks don't care about rider size when it comes to a sidewall slash. Im interested in what I read here about reducing friction next.
  • + 3
 Dad runs a local insurance agency, and likely is able to deduct his support for Chris on taxes as advertising. Pretty smart move if you ask me. I wish I could deduct support for my kids' activities! Kid is a ripper, need to make it up there to Pisgah someday . . .
  • + 0
 I'm genuinely curious, how does this work? I would think the dad's business paying for the kid's stuff could be considered nepotism
  • + 3
 @mtbikeaddict: It's sponsoring a race team... doesn't matter who the rider is, it's still advertising/promotion. I'm sure Lawrence Stroll has no issues writing off the millions he's dropping on F1 teams for his son Lance to drive in.
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: You can deduct whatever you want, doesn't make it legal. Only matters if you're audited though.
  • + 2
 @drunknride: I just read up on Grice Financial group and David Grice for one reason and one reason only...that his son is sponsored by them and i read that fact in this article. If they would have put ad money into adverting in their local papers and billboards(what most think of as more legitimate than sponsoring something like a bike team) I would have never heard of them at all. I might not be a target customer..yet, but, I am now more familiar with them than 99.9% of financial advisers in the country.
  • + 1
 @islandforlife: "Team" of one?
  • + 3
 @mtbikeaddict: of course! A team is about more than just the rider... there's the mechanic, the sandwich maker (mom), driver (dad), mental therapist (dog), etc, etc, etc...
  • + 6
 Anyone else suddenly a little jealous of that kid on his Fox/Hydra'd out carbon superbikes, personal mech, etc? Big Grin
  • + 6
 Nice sponsors!
  • + 4
 Welcome to Pisgah. Lots of big time component manufacturers are based here. Of course hanging out with established pros with good contacts helps with exposure for guys that dominate their age groups.
  • + 7
 @BigballmcCall: I was referring to Grice Financial Group actually!
  • + 1
 @BigballmcCall: No, welcome to rich parents.
  • + 3
 @dualsuspensiondave: I would love to say some moral high ground spiel, everything I have I made myself blah blah blah but no. I wish I had rich parents. Good to see him putting them to good use!
  • + 7
 Nope. One of the nicest, most composed, and professional young guys I've ever met. Super dedicated on his own accord, great family, ton's of raw talent. Just wait until he gets stronger. A prime bike might make you a couple seconds faster, not 20.
  • - 1
 @RooneyPD603: Couple seconds faster than a similar setup on a non-Sworks full suspension sure, but vs a 3x hardtail/cheap fs? But I digress
  • + 1
 @RooneyPD603: nailed it
  • + 1
 @jaame: Didn't mean anything like that. Of course everyone wishes they had rich parents. Just pointing out that it usually takes more than just living in Pisgah to buy and race a bike like that. Not taking anything away from his talent or dedication from his parents.
  • + 3
 @dualsuspensiondave: trust me. You can’t buy the talent and speed this kid has. Watching him ride, he has elite talent.
  • + 1
 @dualsuspensiondave: no I wasn't suggesting you were saying anything. Just talking...
  • + 6
 The nicest human you will ever meet. Super cool kid with a great attitude
  • + 3
 These bike checks give me all sorts of ideas for how to set up my bike. Would the torque marks line up at the right torque time after time?
  • + 2
 No you need to re torque Fasteners every time you remove them and replace them or after a few rides depending on hours specified by manufacturer
  • + 3
 The marks just let you know if the Fasteners came loose
  • + 3
 Not exactly. Anytime I service pivots or bearings I bring the torque to factory spec with a digital torque wrench and re-mark the pivots. It mainly just gives the ability to spot a problem before it's a big problem. It's a ninja trick I picked up from my good friend Than White who is a very well known World Cup mechanic for USA Cycling.
  • + 2
 Awesome. Thanks for the clarification and the tips.
  • + 4
 Watched him ride like a beast, in the worst conditions last week...smiling. Keep it up Grice, you are good.
  • + 1
 Are the stars and stripes sleeve meant to be worn by every national champion or just Neko ? I mean there were lots of champs at Windrock....but I only saw him and Neko wearing them.
  • + 3
 U21 cat, sorry man, you look like a total sanbagger by these kids Big Grin cheers!
  • + 16
 Seeing that podium reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer is telling everyone about Karate. Then later on Elaine finds him beating up on little kids in the Dojo.
  • + 8
 except its not his fault, looking at the picture there should have been a U 16 or 18 cat but there obviously wasnt.
  • + 4
 @optimumnotmaximum: I wasn’t saying it was his fault. I just have a humorous view of life and all it’s intricacies.
  • - 2
 @optimumnotmaximum: I commented on how it looks. I found it funny. I did not mean to accuse him or organizers of anything. If I added this explanation right away, it would not be as funny.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: sometimes i like replying seriously to halftroll comments.
  • + 2
 @optimumnotmaximum: For DH there was a 17-18 category. Great junior turnout for DH and Enduro. There were younger junior categories but his time was conducive to U21s.
  • + 1
 @Further clarification regarding the Enduro: Junior X riders were included in the U21 category. They did all 5 stages compared to the Open Sport class which only did 4 stages. Check out the times! These U21s did a whole extra stage and broke the 30min mark!
  • + 2
 43psi!!! My border terrier would run more than that!! What a lil ripper, awesome to see he’s got some tech support like that, his mechanic sounds a legend
  • + 1
 I was sad... please just subtract 3 PSI, it would be so fitting Smile
  • + 2
 Cheers! I have had some great teachers for sure!
  • + 2
 I'm gonna go ahead and thank this @sugarbrad guy for his time. When in doubt, hold a press conference until they have no more good questions. Well done.
  • + 3
 Ha, I’ve been answering questions while on a chair lift at my “real” job. Just love the industry and working on bikes!
  • + 3
 This dude is so fast and rides so hard it's scary.
  • + 2
 the next big hit! ps that demo looks crazy small! shortest reach and wheelbase
  • + 2
 What a stud! Aside from the DH results, nobody could have talked me into pedaling 5K feet of vert at age 15.
  • + 2
 Same because my bike was a 55lb super 8 with monster T's and a 44t chainring.
  • + 3
 Awesome to see a future star getting a write up. Congrats Chris.
  • + 3
 Finally a Demo that fits someone
  • + 1
 EXACTLY
  • + 2
 I'm 6' and my size Long fits great. What are you on about exactly?
  • + 1
 @Sugarbrad: I'm 6'1" and when I sat on an XL it felt extremely cramped. I had to triple check that it wasn't a medium. Check the reach number of a Demo against that of the YT Tues, Commencal, Giant Glory, Pivot Phoenix etc. The Demo is tiny.
  • + 1
 @pdxkid: I'm well aware of the geo numbers but thanks for the heads up. I think a more fair comparison would be to compare the new demo to the frames you mentioned. A lot has changed in 5 years... Excited to see what engineers come up with in the next 5 years for sure.
  • + 1
 @Sugarbrad: I don't want to keep beating this dead horse but I am comparing "the new demo" geo numbers to that of the other bikes I listed. The kid is riding a new demo.
The size L new demo has a reach of 440mm XL new demo has a reach of 460mm. Compare that to:
Canyon Sender L= 460 XL= 480
Commencal Supreme L=455 XL=480
YT Tues L=452 XL=474
Pivot Phoenix L=454 XL=482
Giant Glory L=461
The Santa Cruz v10 is also small with L=424! XL=451 and XXL=470

Point is, the Demo is small. Doesn't mean it isn't cool. I dig the looks of it but have never ridden one.
  • + 3
 Way to go kid..Keep up the hard work!
  • + 2
 I'm the same age and 11 inches taller than him... dang lol
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 Yeah, he is tiny. My 10-year-old is over 80 LBS and 5' tall. Just think when NICO was 16 his times would have placed him in 1st place at the Worlds Race. Shandro's kid looks to be doing well also. Another thing to note is the outside of cycling sponsorships. The bicycle industry has no money so finding outside companies with decent cash flow to help fit the bill is the proper way to go.
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 Way to ride Chris Grice!
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 Damn kids and their flexible bones! LOL
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 this dude is riding better bikes and better suspension than i am at almost double his age, im both envious and impressed with his skill. keep shredding mate.
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 Hillbilly back and Butcher front ... mmmmm i'm lost
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 He wanted more braking bite from his rear tire. He doesn’t like a cut spike and there are a lot of rocks and hardback sections so he didn’t want a full spike up front. A lot of guys run a spike in the back and dry tire up front in mixed conditions.
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 *hardpack
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 from the picture I thought this was going to be a 29er demo.... then I realized the frame is just tiny
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 ... then I realized that the rider is just tiny FTFY Wink But either works, goes with the territory.
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 This kid can rip! He’ll be one to look out for in the upcoming years
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 I weigh 83 kilos more,...
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 Are the Enduro results anywhere?
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 Downhillsoutheast.com I believe
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 47 kgs ... a tiny shredder.
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 Awesome!
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 Lets see the 1st Place Bike, not this Dentist's kids bike!
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 Whoa whoa whoa, the Dentist's kid is on that Hyper back there... this is a financier, get with it peasant. Razz
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 Which bike would you like to see? The bike featured is Chris’s “B” bike if it makes you feel any better. We have an identical “A” bike that we use for better conditions and bigger events. Chris receives support from Specialized which includes bikes. He is the youngest Specialized ambassador. Check it out, pretty rad to be on the same program as absolute legends in the industry!

www.specializedfoundation.org
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 @Sugarbrad: Holy friggin crap. Of course. Rolleyes Facepalm Which one? You need to specify because he has so many. Not only does this kid have his $10k+ DH bike, trail, enduro, slalom, Bmx, crew of trainers and what-have-you, but hey, this is only his "B" bike, he has a duplicate better bike for much bigger and better events than this measly Pro GRT (!!???!) No, that didn't make us feel any better. lol
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 Most of the Pinkbike guys aren't heavier. lol
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 I is using a shorter rear shock. Check the shock adapter
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 Negative, that's the updated progressive link. Part #98918-8900 that comes OE on 2018-19 Demos. He runs a standard length and stroke shock.
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 Here are leverage ratio comparisons between the OE link and Progressive link. We have found that relying on the kinematics of the link for bottom out prevention rather than high speed compression damping has increased small bump sensitivity and traction. Keep in mind the graphs are inversely proportional:

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4.bp.blogspot.com/-H2lcRWVTSdw/VeTVW3YEJnI/AAAAAAAAXYI/QuGzKf4hyUM/s1600/Specialized%2BDemo%2B2015%2BWC%2BEdition_LevRatio.gif
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 Best podium picture ever -oh wait my 6 year old son raced a "beginners" skiing race and got third behind two 12 year old girls, that looked the same.
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 Reminds me of one of local grassroots enduro races last year. A mid forties mom getting into riding entered the women's beginner category... not a problem, great idea to get started. But it just so happened that at this race, only 3 "women" entered the beginner cat, so at the end of the race they put them all on the podium. She, at 44 years old won... but she felt a little weird when she got on the podium and was standing beside 10 and 7 year old girls... haha.
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