Bike Check: Szymon Godziek's Custom Red Bull Rampage NS Fuzz

Oct 7, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

Red Bull Rampage is the ultimate test for mountain bikes. Its combination of raw terrain, sharp rocks and huge amplitude means that riders have to put the ultimate trust in their machines before hucking them into the unknown. For that reason alone, it's always interesting to take a deep dive into the pro's bikes from the event.

Symon Godziek heads to the desert of Utah this week for his third edition of Rampage. Previous visits have seen him finish 8th and 6th, but he'll be hoping to break into the top 5 this year on this custom NS Fuzz painted by who combined copper and its oxidized state to create this contrasting ride.

The big change Szymon has made this year is switching to an air shock. As Ohlins doesn't make one that fits the Fuzz, he's had to shop around and settled on an unbranded RockShox Super Deluxe which should make his bike lighter and more progressive for the bigger hits on offer at the event. Alongside this, he's beefed up his spec and is running a set up that most of us would find practically unusable in any other scenario. All the set up and spec details are below:

NS Fuzz Details
Frame: NS Bikes Fuzz 27,5 Custom, one piece 3D forged rocker arm (medium)
Shock: Trunnion air shock, 300psi
Fork: Ohlins DH 38 M.1, 130 psi
Wheels: Novatec Demon, 27,5" front and rear
Tires: Continental Der Baron Projekt 2,4 ProTection, 40psi
Drivetrain: Singlespeed, SB One G3C Drive, Hope 36T chainring
Brakes: Hope Tech 4 V4 Custom Colors
Cockpit: NS Bikes handlebar, 780mm, Hope direct mount stem, NS Bikes Hold Fast grips
Weight: 15.23 kg
More info:

Szymon has made the switch from a coil to an air shock for the 2021 event. It makes his bike lighter and can be set up stiffer for the huge hits in Utah.

Ohlins suspension takes care of the front. Szymon is running his DH 38 M.1 at 130psi.

This bike has one goal in mind...

The copper paint gives way to an oxidized blue on the bottom portion of the bike.

Novatec rims ready to face the ultimate test.

An early look at some new developments from Hope.

And the corresponding caliper attached to 203mm vented rotors front and rear.

Most freeriders run singlespeed on their big bikes these days and SB One is almost universal as a chain tensioner.

The Reverse Nico Vink saddle is another extremely popular choice for freeriders.


  • 76 0 Killed it on this paint job, this frame is wet af!
  • 32 0
 Love the Polish Air Force sign on the st. Hope he flies better than them though Wink He certainly has a better machine Wink
  • 12 1
 @lkubica: I was going to take issue with your comment as my Polish grandfather was bomber crew in WW2, but then I saw the flag :-)
  • 18 1
 @not-finbar: I am talking about the current state of Polish Air Force, not trying to do any disgrace to WWII heroes. The sad reality is that Polish people are great at doing things ad-hoc, are brave or even careless and learn quick. But boy we suck big time when in comes to make things organised.
  • 1 0
 Epic, I love sparkly orange / copper colored bikes and this one definitely hits the spot.
Good luck Simon!
  • 2 0
  • 1 4
 @lkubica: wtf
  • 2 0
 The whole idea of painting and design was done in Thirty Three Bicycles Studio, built in 33workshop and painted by Dreamworkers Smile
  • 29 1
 Heavy duty rampage bike weighs less than most enduro bikes these days
  • 22 0
 It's the cassettes man I'm sure of it.
No one can ever convince me that a 50t+ cassette is normal.
They work and I use them but damn.
  • 2 19
flag zyoungson (Oct 7, 2021 at 6:41) (Below Threshold)
 An enduro bike could get down a rampage line (probably) and then pedal back to the top with a trail (also probably). This bike is a one trick pony, only goes down.
  • 1 4
 Takes some cojones to spec it with "some new developments from Hope" brakes... Sure they are great but really? Prototype brakes? For Rampage?
  • 1 0
 Yep came here to say same. My enduro is half a kilo heavier than this.
  • 10 0
 It would be really cool to see a review on one of the SB One chain tensioners. They seem to find their way onto many freeride bikes and trek tickets these days.
  • 2 0
 I have one am seriously impressed by it. Solid and very adjustable. Never lost a chain whilst using it either. My only gripe is that you are restricted by what rear cog size.
  • 1 0
 @enduroNZ: if you incorporate a derailleur hngr extension W/ your tensioner like the wolf tooth one which was og made to run a bigger cassette you should be able to run a bigger cog and they aren’t very expensive. It should also give you better chain wrap on smaller cogs so they wont end up slipping I run a 34 oval w/12 tooth cog SS on my spec status 140 no problem not sure about bigger travel frames though w/more chain growth
  • 1 0
 I was thinking the same thing... I'd like to run my Fugitive SS. I'd really like to run 30/18 for general trail riding. Anyone know if they can swallow a slightly bigger than recommended cog?
  • 10 0
 Reverse saddle? It looks to be installed in the correct direction to me?.... Sorry that was a extra lame joke.
  • 10 0
 this paint job, masterpiece!
  • 10 2
 Śliczny znak polskiego lotnictwa ....leć Szymon leć!!!
  • 7 0
 Ahh yes Trunnion air shock, I know it well.

Killer paint job, btw
  • 4 0
 "Symon Godziek heads to the desert of Utah this week for his third edition of Rampage." No. It will be his 5th one. He was there in 2014 and 2015 as well. As far as I remember he got injured during training in 2015.
  • 6 0
 Dear Pinkbike! Rampage bike checks are the best of the bests of the year, please do as much bike as possible. We can't wait.
  • 5 0
 This bike has one goal in mind... Bronze
  • 4 0
 According to Internets he is going to kill himself. Continental tyres with 40 psi!!!
  • 5 1
 Maybe he will close his helmet straps this year
  • 4 0
 Best looking bike of the year
  • 1 0
 NS bikes & rondo bikes, correct me if I’m wrong these are the same team and seriously the best looking bikes from a small company anywhere. Keep it up!
  • 2 0
 I’m surprised Ohlins don’t have a 75mm air shock for their athletes. I know they don’t sell one publicly but assumed their athletes would have access to one.
  • 5 6
 I am really excited about the new hope levers. Finally bearings in the pivot, smaller overall size, looks a lot neater and the hose is not parallel anymore with the bar which will allow for better cable alignment. I hope the silver option will come with silver levers finally. Different anodizing options would be great but it’s not gonna happen. Silver or maybe black but all the other options are so ugly. Especially when the whole bike is kitted out with the same colour. I almost threw up just thinking about it…
  • 3 0
single speed is all you need
  • 3 0
 Now if he wears a brown kit he’ll be camouflaged in the canyon.
  • 1 0
 does anyone have any experience riding the NS Fuzz 27.5? I'm considering this for my next DH rig, either this or Commencal Furious?
  • 2 0

I have the NS Fuzz 27.5( 2016 Fuzz 1). Great dh bike. I rode it at Whistler for 5 days, no complaints. The OEM wheels were shot after that, but the bike never failed me.
  • 1 0
 No one ever really talks about em much, at least on PinkBike, but I always thought NS makes some of the best looking bikes out there.
  • 1 0
 On second thought I take that back, the Fuzz is sexy but the rest of their current line up is meh.
  • 1 0
 Looking at this bike makes me realized that the way I ride I should be riding a XC bike at the bike park.
  • 1 0
 Shout out to every bike company that made a custom bike for their athletes!!
  • 2 1
 "sharp rocks and huge amplitude"
  • 1 0
 Are centre locked rotors better than 6 bolt for gravity oriented riding?
  • 1 3
 From what I understand, there should be a match between rotor and hub. Either way, the hub and rotor seem to be six bolt here so we'll see whether it holds up. Exciting!
  • 5 0
 I guess technically you get the brake force spread over a wider area of the hub with centre-lock rotors but I've never heard of either type failing and you see both at world cups and rampage. Just depends on your hub/wheel sponsor, or in my case which the discount wheelset on crc comes with.
  • 3 0
 Yep. 6 bolt is basically unrideable.

Source: just trust me bro
  • 2 0
 Very pretty.
  • 2 1
 Why the secretive Super Deluxe "Trunnion air shock"?
  • 3 0
 He's probably sponsored by Öhlins, but the fat air cans on their shocks don't clear the opening in the frame or won't fit for some other reason. So he runs a "Non-Rockshox" SuperDeluxe without the logo stickers.

Edit: According to their website Öhlins doesn't make an air shock in 225x75 Trunnion (or 250x75) sizing - which lots of DH bikes use, this one included.
  • 1 0
 Trunnion mount air shock - where do they sell these?
  • 3 6
 Its time for burlier forks. Freeride/slopestyle is not the same as downhill racing. They need much better suspension components. The loads are way higher than downhill racing activities.

Its like running a Pro4 racing truck in a rock crawling event.
  • 3 0
 marzocchi super monster t 300mm, thats the shit
  • 1 0
 What make are Novatec rims? Never heard of them.
  • 1 0
 It'll use a Alex supra rim, won't let him down.
  • 1 0
 Absolute stunner. This is a BEAUTIFUL bike!
  • 1 0
 Tubolito tubes in there???
  • 1 0
 wheels: Novatec

poor guy
  • 1 0
 This is insane. So damned good.
  • 1 0
 Damn that is a great looking rig.
  • 1 0
 That is a slick looking bike. Beautiful colours.
  • 1 0
 Simply gorgeous
  • 1 0
 Looking good
  • 1 0
 Brutal. Love it so much!
  • 1 2
 God-ziek tier paint job
  • 3 5
 Man, all the bike seems looks like a session.
  • 1 2
 More so than not.
  • 2 4
 Excuse my language but thats fucking sexy!
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