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Diamondback Invades the Pacific Northwest

Jun 1, 2015
by Diamondback Bikes  
Photo credit Mike Hopkins

2015 has been a busy year from the Diamondback mountain bike team. With nearly six months since the roster was solidified we thought it was high time to get the crew together in the Pacific Northwest and shred some bikes through shoulder deep ferns. We spent the first day at the Diamondback HQ in Seattle with product and marketing teams to suss out the next few year's worth of product and initiatives followed up by a BBQ and ride with the staff at Duthie Hill.

Orange bikes rule Diamondback and Transition blurred the lines of competition and spent the weekend rallying trails together.

A big thanks to our local hosts from Transition Bikes this weekend: PB, Sam Burkhardt, and Jessica Serdowich.


The next few days were spent lost deep in the woods. The conditions were everything the PNW is known for: ghost clouds passing silently through massive cedars, the finest mist clinging to every bit of gear, dark tacky dirt that smelled of rich organic earth, greens that ran the full spectrum of color from the treetops to the ferns and mossy carpet blanketing the floor surrounding perfect strips of dirt. It was a perfect setting for a mega crew of locals, our team and some very excitable trail dogs.

Porter sending a steep one in Cascadia.
Eric Porter dropping into a steep zone.

Diamondback Invades the Pacific Northwest
Carson brought out the big bike for the last day of riding.

Diamondback Team Camp 2015
Simon Lawton negotiating the alders.

Diamondback Team Camp 2015
Carson and Mike getting wheelie silly.

Diamondback Invades the Pacific Northwest
Mike... sending it with style.

Diamondback Invades the Pacific Northwest
Off camber steep shoots are the norm. Simon makes it look easy.

Diamondback Team Camp 2015
Porter.

Diamondback Invades the Pacific Northwest
The waterfalls were more like water trickles, but still made for beautiful scenery.

Diamondback Team Camp 2015
Wandering through Jurassic Park.

Diamondback Team Camp 2015
L to R: Simon Lawton, Eric Porter, Tyler Deschaine (DB Product Manager), Lacy Kemp (DB Team Manager), Carson Storch, Mike Hopkins.

A huge thanks goes out to Diamondback's product manager, Tyler Deschaine for shuttling us around everywhere, Bellingham's Sam n' Jess for hosting an awesome BBQ (fire pit, croquet, tons of salmon and a mega cooler of beer? Yes please!), Paris Gore for snapping the majority of these awesome photos, and most of all the incredible trail builders of the PNW. It was a total blast to show the boys the fruits of your hard work. Thanks for all of the dedication!


MENTIONS: @parisgore / @Knucklebox / @diamondbackbikes




21 Comments

  • 3 0
 How come none of these pictures look like they're from Duthie? DB4L!!! @lacykemp What's Carson gonna ride now that y'all don't make the assault?
  • 1 0
 I think only one might be. The rest, th3s3cr3t spots and/or Bham.
  • 1 0
 We didn't have our photographer with us at Mt. Duthmore! Carson is still riding the Assault.
  • 1 0
 I had the opportunity to move to WA (near Bellingham) this past month, and I passed it up to stay in San Diego. This post is making me hardcore regret that decision - the trails looks unbelievable!

The DB team is looking good though! I hope to see some rad stuff from Hopkins this year.
  • 2 0
 OH yeah bud. That was not the right decision at all. haha! Just kidding. Best of luck!
  • 4 1
 Alot o trannys in the back o that pickup...
I must ride photos 3 & 10 - looks like my old home, Bellingham
  • 3 0
 Those trannys made exceptional hosts! Hooray for cool bike companies everywhere!
  • 1 0
 I bet Smile and agreed...hooray! I'm 5.3 miles from Diamondback HQ
  • 4 0
 Isn't Diamondback out of Kent? I thought they shared the building with Raleigh and maybe someone else? I'm a couple miles from them as well.

Western Washington FTW. Always.
  • 1 0
 Yup, they are based out of Kent. I ride past the building when I go on my lunch training rides during the winter.
  • 3 0
 Fun to see local trails, ridden with style no less. Woot.
  • 2 0
 Where is that sick roll in! Steep
  • 1 0
 I believe it's up in Bham, in the lesser known spots.
  • 3 0
 Pnw makes legends!
  • 2 1
 My friends...this is why you live in Washington:-)
  • 2 1
 Awesome!
  • 2 1
 Nice.
  • 2 2
 So... This is a Diamond Back ad where they aren't riding Diamond Backs?
  • 7 0
 All the bikes the Diamondback athletes are on are Diamondback. We rode with other people from Western WA that ride for other companies. We're not bike biased when it come to fun riding buddies.
  • 1 0
 Nor are any of us @lacykemp ! As Bob Marley once said, "One Love! One Heart! Let's get together and feel all right."
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