Kyle Ebbett, East Coast Mountain Bike Legend, Has Passed Away

Oct 18, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  
East Coast mountain bike legend, Kyle Ebbett, died on Monday, October 15th, after his boat capsized while fishing on Lake Iroquois in Vermont. He was 45. According to reports, Ebbett had a phone and a life vest, and the incident was a “freak accident.”

Ebbett was a mainstay of the US mountain bike scene in the early to mid-2000s, traveling around the country with riders like Aaron Chase, Jeff Lenosky, Eric Porter, and many others, while filming for Don Hampton's Chain Reaction series. Best known for his street, slopestyle and dirt jump skills, he was also a talented trail builder.

Our condolences go out to Kyle's family, friends, and fans. Rest in peace.
Photo by Jeb Wallace-Brodeur Professional rider Kyle Ebbett of Essex rides a dirt jump line built in the back yard of Knight Ide s house in Newark.

Kyle Ebbett sending the garden pump track at Knight Ide s annual IdeRide Jump Jam.
Photo: Adam Klein





30 Comments

  • 32 0
 RIP E-Bot. You've been a huge inspiration, especially to those of us who were part of the New England scene in the mid 00's. Silky smooth riding, always building something rad, and deeply invested in growing the scene. Thank you for everything! We'll keep the flame burning for you.
  • 15 0
 Saw this dude chug a six pack, then fufanu'd a mezzanine 6 feet up out of a 4 foot quarter pipe. To this day its still one of the gnarliest things I witnessed on a bike. Ride in peace man!
  • 14 0
 Ah man, so sad! I remember Kyle and Aaron Chase battling head to head every “Trail 66” dual slalom race. They gave me a lot to look up to as a jr racer. Rip in peace,Kyle!
  • 12 0
 Truly one of the East Coast greats. Super nice, no ego and a sick rider. I'm glad I got to know him "back in the old days". Thanks for everything, Kyle. You are missed.
  • 10 0
 RIP Ebbett. A legend and inspiration to me growing up and you will be missed.
  • 7 0
 I heard about this yesterday and am just gutted for all! Gutted for a community that lost a true OG. RIP Ebostrich and build me some big jumps in the sky for when I get there!!
  • 9 0
 This is really sad. A true east coast legend I looked up to as a kid
  • 8 0
 All the years doing crazy shit on a bike to go out like that...enjoy every minute of every day, you never know what's next.
  • 8 0
 Later radbro, biggest gap ever!
  • 5 0
 RIP friend, will never forget meeting you when we were all kids at platte... so sad. Sincere condolences to the family. Thank you for always being cool and humble! Never forgotten.
  • 5 0
 Heard about this last night and glad PB put something up. I'll never forget riding with him in VT, what a rad guy and incredibly talented rider, so awful to hear this!!
  • 3 0
 This is a huge loss to anyone that knew Ebbett. Im so saddened by the news, its very painful to think that he wont be around.. life is not fare
  • 4 0
 So sorry for friends and family. Praying for comfort and peace for his family tonight. So sad.
  • 1 0
 Such a tragedy. I was one of the cinematographers filming the Trail 66 series back in the day. Had many interactions with him
. Filmed him on the cape as well one year (98 i believe) during a dual slalom / observe trials exhibition. He and several others made a make shift DS course to demo DS for the public. One of nicest guys I ever met. Rest easy buddy!
  • 1 0
 Terrible! Ebbett had incredible skill especially in consideration of his size and high CG! RIP Love and strength to his family and friends.
  • 3 0
 inspiration to Vermont riders #rip
  • 1 0
 Great memories of him in a snow cat helping us design a 4 cross coarse in snow at Shawnee Peak ski mountain. Great guy and great rider.
  • 1 0
 RIP, It was the good old days together living day to day only for the fun of it. You are in that better place now my friend and my heart goes out to Donna and family as well.
  • 3 0
 F en Sad. Rest Easy !
  • 1 0
 RIP Kyle, was a cool dude who sold me a RockShox boxxer back in the Iron Horse days. I still have the fork.
  • 1 0
 His segments at “killing time” and others was soo good.. rip
  • 1 0
 Rip man
  • 1 0
 gutted.
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