Bike Check: Sam Pilgrim's Haibike Hardtail - Nines 2019

Sep 13, 2019
by Samantha Saskia Dugon  

There's no one bike that is made just for the Audi Nines tracks, instead each rider has a set up that works for them that wouldn't work for anyone else, and probably the perfect example of this is Sam Pilgrim's Haibike DRT Jump Bike.

bigquotesThis is a Haibike DRT. This bike isn't even available, they just made a few of these so I've got the only one in this luminous green that matches the Magura Raceline MT7 brakes which are also team edition only. I've got Tag Metals bars here this is the only set of these bars in the world, 3" rise, the whole set up of this bike is ridiculous and a normal mountain biker would suffer severely if they were to get on it.Sam Pilgrim

Rider Name // Sam Pilgrim
Age: 29
Hometown: Colchester
Instagram: @SamPilgrim

Haibike DRT Team Edition and Magura Raceline MT7s

DIY Paintjob

Could that tire BE any closer?

bigquotesI've got 2", 2. well whatever, 2.0 tires, most people question why I have them, I enjoy it, fast-rolling 80psi and the closest tire to the seat tube I can possibly get which makes it smaller for bunny hop tailwhips out in the street, I've got carbon cranks which don't actually snap somehow, don't care about the brand, don't care about who make them, BUT, they are carbon and they make my bike light.

I've got Pilgrips, available now, in my own merch store, cheapest grips on the market and actually the best most affordable and more comfortable grip you can get as a mountain biker. I've got a pair of forks on the front that I've sprayed myself with a spray can from Halfords, don't care which brand they are. I've got Halo chaos wheels, the strongest wheels you can actually buy, even if they're missing spokes, they still work amazingly.
Sam Pilgrim

Magura Raceline MT7 brakes and Pivotal seat.

Trickstuff Trixer Gyro

bigquotesI've got a Pivotal seat on there which is quite BMX-y and a half link chain to finish it off just like a BMXer, and if any of you geeks on Pinkbike have noticed, half my pedal is missing, which someone will definitely comment, and there'll probably be a comment, "Where's your e-bike?" Well, it's actually in the back of my motorhome getting charged. Umm, that is it, that's my awesome jump bike, accept it." *mic drop*Sam Pilgrim


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 Pedal matches that smile!
  • 56 2
 Sam in great, but I would be scared to death to ride his bikes. Have you seen his builds on youtube, OMG!!!! Look at that pedal.......hahahhhahahha
  • 20 2
 Every video, I'm like no he didn't And he did.
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 I always shed a tear when I watch him "install" new components, yet, at the same time, have the utmost respect for his punk-rock approach to doing stuff. It seems to work??

To the sky!!!!
  • 23 1
 Love it when he gets to the headsets...
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 On the opposite, Sams videos showed me not care that much about weight or equipment and focus on riding skill.
  • 4 1
 hammering the headset cups in is something that even world cup mechanics do
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 @Ben-P: Sam doesn't normally use a hammer!
  • 35 3
 You can ride whatever you want when you ride like Pilgrim, boys gonna fly and spin however TF he wants to.
  • 10 0
 You can even spray your orange factory fox with can spray.
  • 4 0
 @chyu: Yeah that's nutters. He probably has like 10 of them.
  • 22 0
 One of my favourite characters to watch on video. Super talented yet concentrates on having a good time.
  • 7 0
 Yeah more people should spend less time wanting to show up with pristine bikes and just Go out in the woods and have fun
  • 6 0
 He's great isnt he. Doesn't give a f**k. Just has major fun and by god he's a gifted rider. Check out his mini bike sessions for example.
  • 3 0
 @Shiny-side-up: absolute boss and a real funny c*nt!
  • 21 4
 LMAO - "I've got carbon cranks which don't actually snap somehow, don't care about the brand, don't care about who make them, BUT, they are carbon and they make my bike light." SRAM is like wtf man?!
  • 35 0
 Pretty sure SRAM doesn't pay him, or he'd be singing a different tune.
  • 7 0
 A candy red set of Marzocchi's is the only thing that bike is missing. Doesn't care what brand though...wonder if they dropped him?
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 @chriskneeland: Marzocchi is owned by Fox, which he is sponsored by.
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 @phops: i think he was dropped by them, hence why he has painted all his forks
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 @Martynich94: That'd be a shame. Dude's a beast.
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 @phops: is he still sponsored by them? It seems like when he got that last dh bike he mentioned it had a boxxer in the bike check video, and shortly after that is when he started painting all his former fox forks. I imagine if they were still sponsoring him they wouldn’t want him to be covering up all the forks as that kind of inhibits the advertising side of sponsorship
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 @InstantBreakfast: If I owned a fork company, this dude is on a short list of riders I'd want proving my product. There's only really two options in the DJ/Slope fork market right now. Manitou, Cane Creek, MRP, X-Fusion, etc would all be smart to get this guy on their roster.
  • 20 0
 Best. Bike check. Ever.
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 mic drop
  • 16 1
 Am I the only one who heard the updates in his voice as I read them? lol
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 "Luminous green" homie that's highlighter yellow
  • 9 1
 Casually sets up a paradox:

Either comment "Where's your ebike?" and get down-voted to oblivion,
Don't comment "Where's youre-bike?" and now Sam Pilgrim is .....wrong?
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 @TheR: but what about brakes? I see only one
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 @bok-CZ: "one gear,one skinny 160 brake and no idea..." his words.
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 Sounds like someone has been going against the grain of the industry....Can't fault him for that. I hope it works so others can follow his lead.
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 That chain is on backwards
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 The brake lever is on the wrong side.
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 @sampilgrim How is the new Trickstuff Gyro? They claim they have sorted out the reliability issues, but I still wonder how often this needs a bleed. I heard the drag is quite high, but clearly not enough to stop some guys running it? I wish there was more user reviews/ info about it.
  • 3 1
 I was riding behind him at Wind HIll a while ago. He went off and did the Pro Line (big jumps, big drops, scary stuff) with a massive great pump sticking out of his backpack. Nutter!

  • 2 0
 Sam Pilgrim is an amazing rider and he can be quite technical with his line choices but damn lol, his way of assembling a bicycle is cringeworthy and absurdly ingeniously intuitive
  • 1 0
 I love his video's and his whole ethos of not needing or having to have the latest/flashest gear to have fun. Especially his Walmart bike challenge at Whistler. Though his rattle can fork sprayjob has gotten me all tRiGgErD, theres paint on the fork seals!!!
  • 7 3
 Probably should recharge that pedal.
  • 1 0
 thats great! haha
  • 4 0
 That's an MT7 lever, but it's an MT8 2 piston caliper.
  • 4 0
 yup! awesome thing about magura is you can swap masters, levers AND calipers on most of their brakes. love maguras because of that reason and because their stopping power is impeccable
  • 5 1
 I somehow heard his voice reading this article
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 There are still few clues on the fork brand...
  • 3 0
 I want to see Sam and Rat shred with the rest of the 50:01 boyz. Throw Brendog and Atwill in there too for some British Pie.
  • 4 0
 Sam is a real gentleman. Lovely.
  • 3 0
 Half the fun of his bike build videos is when that American skateboarder shows up & gets hit with something.
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 Now THIS is a bike check. The true definition of, "it ain't the bike."
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 Legendary attitude !
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 Is there a reason for the half pedal?
  • 6 0
 Casing a jump very hard!
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 Yah. The whole one broke.
  • 2 0
 That bike is the dream! What an absolute beast.
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 Seems like Sam doesn’t care what parts or components he’s running. It’s just a giant mismatch of everything Razz
  • 2 0
 I love Sam
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 Those cranks are lacking rattle can treatment??
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 it doesn't make a big difference, but the chain is wrong way, Sam
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 Insaneum!!! Big Grin Love that guy.
  • 1 0
 Hit that bike check....HARD.
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 pilgrips are sold out when are they coming back in stock??
  • 1 0
 That is one F*CKED UP bike!

I LOVE it!!
  • 1 0
 Sam’s new ride is well good!
  • 1 0
 It has no e-motor so its fake.
  • 1 0
 What a bike check and now It's time for a Moni!
  • 1 0
 Octane One Zircus frame .... with an extra downtube gusset
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 Buy far my favourite biker to watch, To The Sky !!!!!
  • 2 1
 Ha. Mint.
  • 1 0
 best human
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 It's the dream!
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 Rad dude
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 an E-bikeman.
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  • 9 0
 Pretty sure Sam's got as many forks as he wants.
  • 3 1
 Let me just put on my one trouser.
  • 4 1
 @GriefTheBro: right after you pull up your underpant
  • 3 0
 Well he obviously needs lots of forks for dampening the vibrations coming to his pair of handlebars.
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