Getting to Know Slopestyle Rider David Lieb

Aug 23, 2019
by Harrison Fetter  

David Lieb
After making the transition from BMX to mountain bikes, David never looked back recently winning the US Open at Highland Mountain Bike Park. Born and raised in Ida, Michigan David travels the country in a Sprinter van training in New England and South Carolina while competing in the FMB World Tour. We talk with this slopestyle rider about his training, bike set up, and plans for the future.

Describe yourself.

Aspiring positive thinker, problem solver, and a go-getter. I enjoy the learning curve of life and progression.

Where are you from and where do you live?

I was born and raised in Ida, Michigan. Currently I live in a sprinter van in north-eastern states like New Hampshire.

Who do you ride for?

GT Bicycles, Industry 9, and FiveTen. I also get hooked up from Kenda, Manitou, and Title MTB. Best sponsors in the world! I’m so thankful for them.

Peter Cirilli photo.

What are your strengths?

Problem solving and learning how to adapt to new situations. Van life has taught me to be ready for anything!

What are your weaknesses?

Balancing being distracted by social media and running my social media efficiently.

What does a typical day look like for you?

On a typical summer day, I wake up, eat breakfast at Highland Mountain Bike Park, then gear up and ride all day. After that, I go swimming at Knowles pond. In the winter, I usually spend time trail building in South Carolina but this fall I’ll be going to school full time to get my degree in mechanical design.

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Do you have any big projects or trips planned for the rest of 2019?

I’ve been working on planning my annual Crankworx Whistler trip but my van broke down so I might be going to Spain for an FMB Gold event instead of driving across the country.

How do you set up your bikes?

I like all of my suspension extremely progressive. Super soft on top and ramps as hard as possible to not give out on steep lips. For tire pressure, I run 30 psi front and rear for DH and 55 psi front and rear for dirt jumps.

Photo by Peter Jamison

Photo by Peter Jamison

What’s been your worst crash over the years?

I’ve been extremely lucky so far. I’d say the biggest crash was actually on my airbag where I tore my shoulder up landing funky in February. It’s all good now though!

How do you train for competitions?

Highland Mountain Bike Park in NH is the place for all of my training needs. A lot of dirt jump sessions, airbag, and foam-pit sessions keep me progressing!

Where’s your favorite place to ride?

Highland Mountain Bike Park of course!

How did you get into mountain biking?

I came from a BMX background and when I was 18 began working at Spoke Life Cycles in Ohio. The guys from there pushed me into riding XC and downhill. Also, Dakotah Norton, who I knew from BMX, called me and told me I needed to get a DH bike so I took his advice!

What bikes are you riding right now?

GT Labomba dirt-jumper
GT Fury LTS downhill bike
GT Sensor 29er trail bike

Photo by Peter Jamison

Photo by Peter Jamison

Photo by Peter Jamison

Photo by Peter Jamison

Who’s your favorite rider?

Favorite rider to watch is Thomas Genon and my biggest inspiration is Brett Rheeder because of his hard work and dedication.

What’s something you believe that other people think is crazy?

Politics are rigged and meant to divide us as humans.

Who or what inspires you?

Hard work and seeing results keep me going. Watching others put in the hours and then seeing their success makes me want to do the same.

Photo by Peter Jamison

What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?

I play guitar whenever I can find a second of free time. I love hearing songs and then trying to figure them out.

You and Peter Jamison have created a lot of videos together, how did those come about?

He messaged me on Instagram one day saying he wanted me to be in his movie (Passion) and we became great friends. We both have sprinter vans so all last year we traveled side by side.

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What’s your favorite motto or saying?

I say “send it” way too much.

What annoys you?

Kids who would rather play Fortnite than build dirt jumps and ride bikes.

Avery Stumm photo.

What makes you happy?

My family and opening boxes of bike parts from sponsors.

Where do you think the future of slopestyle is headed?

I hope it gets more technical. I like the free-coaster revolution and I want see more unique slopestyle courses with different line choices to express creativity.

Peter Cirilli photo.

Peter Cirilli photo.

If you weren’t a pro mountain biker, what would you be doing?

I try not to think about back up plans or alternatives. There’s nothing else I would want to be doing and I’ve known that since I was 12.

How do you want to be remembered?

I want to be remembered as a hard worker and someone who inspired every young bike rider to be the best they can be.

Anything else we should know about you?

I’m obsessed with Trader Joe’s cookie butter. Crunchy not creamy.

Photo by Peter Jamison


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 Now that I've watched the indoor park video, I can't tell if the guy raced BMX or rode street. He's fluid like a racer, but throwing barspins with ease. I love his style and he's boosting like a mad thing. One to watch.
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 I agree with the politics and the cookie butter but I really dont think slopestyle needs more tech. Id rather watch somebody do something unique with massive extension than a whole run full of barspin combos. freecoasters are pretty cool tho
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 Agree with you 100% on extension tricks and big features, I just want to see more technical courses with wall rides, up boxes, shark fins and actual mtb features as opposed to 10 massive straight trick jumps. Courses that require creativity as opposed to big whip bar combos on straight jumps. I think we’re on the same page hopefully
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 How long till we see freecoaster riders using up boxes for fakie/cab stuff.......
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 If you were to pick a rider that you would like your son to be like David Lieb is that rider. Not only is he a great rider he also gives back by working with kids at all the places he trains.
  • 2 0
 @spankthewan if you got that small bike out and rode Valmont we could see him there...
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 David has been an awesome addition to the GT family. We love having him around!
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 Yeah David! Legend.
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 TL; DR. But Sprinter van gets the PB eco warrior Thumbs up...
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 I’m a D.Lieb’r

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