Bike Check: Sam Hodgson's DMR Rhythm 2021

Oct 23, 2020
by Nick Bentley  

We grabbed the DMR DirtWars round 4 winner and DMR pro-rider Sam Hodgson to take a look at his new 2021 DMR Rhythm. The 21-year-old from the Isle of Wight took the win in a competitive pro field at the DirtWars event.

Sam's new DMR Rhythm is a full DMR build using every component from the UK Brand. However, Sam has made some interesting personal touches to his bike alongside the normal things we see from slopestyle bikes, like the slice of a tire between the crank and bottom bracket and tires and forks with as much pressure in them as they can take, Sam has gone a step more with an interesting brake lever modification and attention to detail around covering sharp edges on his bars.

Sam Hodgson // DMR, Dynamic Style
Hometown:Isle of Wight
Height:5ft 7In
Instagram: @sam_hodg_mtb

bigquotesThis is the best bike I have ridden. I'm not just saying that either I really love riding it.Sam Hodgson

The DMR Rhythm is back for 2021 this time in aluminum.
DMR, Rhythm 2021
Frame: DMR, Rhythm 2021
Shock: N/A
Fork: Xfusion Slant HLR 100mm
Wheels: DMR Deevee 26"
Tires: DMR (Vee) Moto DJ
Drivetrain: DMR single speed
Brakes: Shimano Deore
Cockpit: DMR alloy Wingbar Handlebars, DMR Defy50 stem
Size: Small
More info: DMR Bikes

Sam runs a very interesting brake set up on his Slopestyle bike. There is a right-hand brake lever reversed on the left-hand side, creating a smooth face at the front of the bike for when he's doing barspins leaving fewer things for him to get his hands caught upon. You can also see there is lots of electrical tape used to cover any sharp areas to avoid injury during those technical tricks.

The Shimano Deore lever is covered in the eye side (soft side) of self-adhesive velcro to just make it nicer for Sam's hands when he spins the bars. Sam uses velcro on the headtube to stop cable rub and keep the coil of brake hose under control.
There is a cable tie just next to the stem to keep the brake hose in the right spot so that the hose does not kink at the lever. This goes to show the attention to detail Sam puts into his bike set up.

There is an Xfusion Slant HLR 100mm for with 34mm stanchions fitted to the front of the bike.

DMR Axe cranks and V12 pedals with a slice of an old tire between the cranks and the bottom bracket just to add extra resistance to the cranks to keep them from spinning too much in the air.

DMR Moto DJ tire made in collaboration with VeeTireCo.



  • 25 2
 Gotta appreciate all the custom touches on this rig. Awesome!

(Side note: it's "lever". Levers are what we squeeze to stop or pry something open. Leavers are the deadbeat Dads who never come back from that late night pack of smokes haha)
  • 8 1
 to add to that side note, a "station" is what you tune into on the radio or where you catch a train. The slippery tube bits that slide into the fork lowers are stanchions.
  • 2 1
 Lol It’s not just a typo either as it’s Spelt the same all The way through. Just very poor spelling
  • 1 1
 @enduroNZ: maybe an attempt to make it read the way he Sam pronounced it...idk...
  • 1 0
 Wait is that a custom Shimano lever??
  • 1 0
 @p-m-z: its is a standard one just upsidedown.
  • 18 1
 That's a proper dirt jump bike. A symphony of custom and unsightly practical modifications for pure shredability! It's a work of art just like his riding.
  • 7 0
 those tires are rad
  • 2 0
 Came here to say this. They look amazing.
  • 1 0
 True but why a colab, DMR already make sick DJ tyres
  • 1 0
 @McArdle: pretty sure they stopped for a while.
  • 1 0
 @McArdle: probably because the original supermoto tires were awful, sidewalls were so weak man, you could out 70psi in them and they'd feels like they're on 30psi
  • 1 0
 @Jamestyrrell: They did feel soft but I liked them
  • 2 0
 I have a really old spesh p1 that I take out every now and then. It gets the job done but I'm also not full time dirt jumping. I'm a point and shoot dirt jumper. If I bought a brand new dj what would be things I would even notice? They just look all the same to me but I'm genuinely curious to know what the differences are.
  • 1 0
 Most of them are pretty similar geometry wise these days so really it's about weight, strength and what appeals to you aesthetically. There are slight ride quality differences between aluminum and chromoly frames. Basically if you spend more you will get a bike that has higher quality parts so it will be lighter but still strong.
  • 1 0
 @shami: what dj would be considered to be the best right now? Like if you were to have a bottomless budget, what would the frame be?
  • 1 0
 @dwmetalfab: I actually prefer bmx for dirt jumps and don't even have a dj bike any more although I have owned several in the past, my favorite was the Deity Cryptkeeper, but they don't make them anymore. I like chromoly, so if I was to get another probably the NS Majesty. NS has some nice completes too. Transition makes a nice DJ too.
  • 3 0
 Loving all this DJ content PB has been putting out lately. As someone who rides DJ 90% of the time, I appreciate this. Keep it up please!

Also, full geo of that DMR frame would be cool
  • 1 0
 I remember when trials bikes were the kings of ad-hoc, cobbled together bike building. But it looks like slopestyle bikes have taken that honor, with mechanical disc brakes, slices of old tire, upside down brake levers, and tons of electrical tape all over the place.
  • 3 0
 DMR make really nice stuff. Everytime I look at their site, I want to buy stuff.
  • 2 0
 What is a brake leaver? You gave the weight of the rider but no weight on the bike. How much does it weigh?
  • 4 2
 Does that make you feel better.... ....btw that was a guess. But if I wrote these things I would just make up numbers that sound appropriate to appease the masses...and occasionally a high number when the brand pisses me
  • 2 0
 Someone who has decided to start riding brakeless.
  • 1 0
 @takeiteasyridehard: “ and occasionally a high number when the brand pisses me off...”

Now THIS is the kind of reporting I’d sign up for! Reading your bike checks and scrutinizing every bit of data to see which company is on your shitlist this week lmao
  • 1 0
 @Osirian: Reminds me of team-robot bog. Wish that was still active.
  • 1 0
 Oh shit, this is cool idea with foam over brake lever, or use chap levers that have only 1 bolt underneath ( like Deore or sram analog) or use both
  • 1 0
 Anyone have any feedback on the cranks? I heard they creak really bad, is that true?
  • 1 0
 Have ir for 3 years with no issues.
  • 1 0
 I was debating a pair and it’s apparently a washer that is used but the cranks don’t come with it only with a specific bb and people just put it on without and it creaks
  • 1 0
 @Ooofff: Im assuming it comes with the DMR BB?
  • 1 0
 Mine started creaking after I swapped out the chainring. I figured I did something wrong. Planning to have the shop take a look at it.
  • 1 0
 @nug12182: I think it’s a praxis one but not all of them come with the wierd washer
  • 1 0
 @Ooofff: I believe thats what they sell on the website.
  • 1 0
 OOOh Isle of Wight. That was a fun place as a kid. Blackgang Chine . . . . oh the memories . . .
  • 1 0
 Love the bike. Had some axe cranks on my DJ bike, they looked great but creaked so bad I had to swap them out.
  • 1 0
 His stem is a steele industry not a DMR Defy, he's reping a home town brand
  • 1 0
 Nice dj! Take some toenail clippers to those zip tie ends for the ultimate flush cut.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Yah! he chose the green one. The prettieist color, I think.
  • 1 0
 He is from the Isle of Wight?? Where is that ?
  • 2 1
 i believe it resides somewhere on
  • 1 0
 Love the dirt filled handlebar clamp bolts
  • 1 0
 Best DJ bike of the my opinion
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