Markus Stöckl Hits 167.6 km/h on a Mountain Bike - Video

Feb 8, 2017
by Red Bull Bike  
For two years, Markus ‘Max’ Stöckl laid out a plan to put himself in the record books yet again.

Markus Stoeckl performs during VMax 200 at the Atacama Desert Chile on December 10 2016 Editors Note Pictures is stitched from multiple photos Philip Platzer Red Bull Content Pool P-20170109-00650 Usage for editorial use only Please go to for further information.

Flying down the mountain at 167.6 km/h:

And in just 11 seconds and at a speed of 167.6 km/h with a standard mountain bike, whose components you could buy yourself in the high street, he reached that speed hurtling down a mountain with no name in Chile’s Atacama desert.

Markus Stoeckl performs during VMax 200 at the Atacama Desert Chile on December 10 2016 Philip Platzer Red Bull Content Pool P-20170208-01161 Usage for editorial use only Please go to for further information.

Stöckl has a penchant for the record books. Brought up in the Austrian mountains, his thirst for speed was established at a young age, his place in the speed annuals first cemented in 1999. In the interim, records have been set at the French ski resort of Les Arcs and on a volcano in Nicaragua among others. For his latest attempt on 13 December - sealed following eight practice runs - it was the barren Chilean desert with barely anything in sight from the 4,000 metre highest point from which he set off.

Training for the event:

With the gravel slope of 45 degrees deemed the perfect angle for his record, the 43-year-old's pulse hit the 170 beats per minute mark, the wind whistling past his ears on a 1,200-metre descent in a place 11,000 from his home in Austria’s Tyrol mountains.

bigquotes When above 160km/h, each and every extra kilometre per hour requires an enormous effort. If you want to get an idea of the air resistance, you only have to stick your hand out of the car window when you're driving at 150 or 160 km/h. This force has an impact on the bike and the entire body. Even though I'm no weakling, physically it is something that I have to contend with too!- Markus Stockl

Markus' POV:

Speaking emotionally moments after the finish and his latest record, he said: “I’m back on the mountain without a name in the middle of the desert. It’s tricky because it’s all rocky and loose at the start. It was such a long time and standing up there was like we already cried at the start. It was great fun.”

Markus Stoeckl during VMax 200 at the Atacama Desert Chile on December 10 2016 Philip Platzer Red Bull Content Pool P-20170109-00642 Usage for editorial use only Please go to for further information.

But for Stöckl, as thrilling as the successful record attempt was, it was just as much about the two years in its making.

“The whole project is an adventure,” he said. “This is the top bit of it but also travelling here with all the stuff and making our way through the middle of the desert.” His journey to 100km/h and then 120, he insisted, was straightforward but, as the descent ran out, the increased speed was harder to come by. “It’s hard to reach top speed,” he explained. “After 160, each km/h is a huge effort. If you want to reach a certain goal then you have to put it all in.”

Stöckl was a sight to behold on the bike. In a specially designed, figure-hugging suit, he effectively had rudders attached to his legs under the material and a helmet in two parts - the first a normal helmet, the second aerodynamically designed to ensure the less air resistance possible, the logic being the less air resistance, the quicker he could go.

Markus Stoeckl poses for a portrait during VMax 200 at the Atacama Desert Chile on December 10 2016 Philip Platzer Red Bull Content Pool P-20170109-00645 Usage for editorial use only Please go to for further information.

A carbon-fibre helmet, outfit, and bike were all tested in a wind tunnel to find the best design and seating position for his latest record attempt. But perhaps the most notable part of the record attempt is that the bike is one that you or I could put together… albeit with some effort and expertise. “It’s a standard mountain bike so there’s no part on the bike that you cannot buy,” he added. “Sure, it’s a high-end bike with the best parts of it but you can buy any part, nothing has been specially made.”

Height training before the attempt:

The preparation to get there included testing runs on all manner of surfaces from the snow of home to the Chilean mountains, including his fair share of falls, unsurprising with the speeds in question. Whether this latest record has quenched his thirst for the record books remains to be seen. Lying on the ground fresh after the attempt, he spoke of a desire to return home to his family. But after his previous record in Nicaragua, he said the fires still burned inside. That volcano run, in his mind, “wasn’t fun enough - it wasn’t a real challenge”. But in Chile, he claims to have “found that”.

bigquotes It's important that it feels like an adventure. We are travelling to another continent, heading into the desert for countless hours, sleeping in tents under the mountain with a good bunch of guys - it all makes for so much excitement. You never know what is going to happen from a start point before you try it.- Markus Stockl

The footage, firing out a cloud of dust visible from some distance, suggests the record itself was fairly straightforward but Stöckl admits to being perpetually on the precipice of just one wrong move, his only protection being a built-in airbag to his riding outfit.

Markus Stoeckl performs during VMax 200 at the Atacama Desert Chile on December 10 2016 Grit Koenig Red Bull Content Pool P-20170109-00647 Usage for editorial use only Please go to for further information.

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  • 191 13
 Next time he should do it in MPH. Looks like the MPH record is still up for grabs
  • 65 2
 Someone will take you seriously. Big Grin
  • 23 141
flag pedrosalas7 (Feb 9, 2017 at 9:13) (Below Threshold)
 what's the difference? speed is speed no matter what units your measure it with.
  • 49 0
 @pedrosalas7: you and @turkeybaconsmellybitches are cousins or something aren't you?
  • 24 26
 No, murican measures are trash.
  • 12 3
 Metric speed records work better than non metric ones?
  • 12 0
 Imagine if he hit a jump going this fast another world record
  • 4 23
flag greg390 (Feb 9, 2017 at 21:36) (Below Threshold)
 @torero: Please , elaborate on that.
  • 6 0
 @thedriftisreal: "Imagine if he hit a jump going this fast another world record"

The world's fastest kack?
  • 1 0
 He should still drill metric speed-holes in everything - SAE speed-holes aren't as quick.
  • 1 1
 @arrowheadrush: @arrowheadrush: I LOL’d a good bit for that one.
  • 1 0
 @dazzhotchkin: yes, you get a bigger number with metric. Haha
  • 1 0
 @thedriftisreal: Eric Barone did it... bike broke in middle
  • 1 0
 @FireBallDHR please tell me @pedrosalas7 is serious!!! Smile
  • 81 1
 So I guess now there is no disputing which is the fastest DH bike in the world now! Smile
  • 28 2
 Is that a 26er?
  • 27 1
 @OperateEng: According to industry he would have gone 37% slower on a 26
  • 13 5
 @BikeEveryDay: honestly, a heavier bike would have been faster. in this case, I think a long, heavy 29er with 7 inches of very active suspension is ideal. more weight = higher terminal velocity, bigger wheels = less rolling resistance, especially on that terrain...
  • 2 1
 @OperateEng: Don't know about that but its definitely not an e-bike
  • 48 1
 The first picture really shows how incredible it was that they were able to get so many people to do this at once AND stay in a straight line. The future is bright my friends...
  • 9 0
 Its the 2022 downhill red bull helmet, wc downhill tracks looks straighter and straighter every year
  • 39 2
 This is 104,1mph Wink
  • 11 3
 thank you. i was about to google that Smile
  • 16 19
 No, is 167 kmh
  • 15 1
 No this is Patrick!
  • 34 3
 What a f*cking beast!!!

Maybe Gwin can beat him chainless?
  • 27 0
 Can we get a bike-check sort of thing here?
  • 9 0
 I was just thinking that! Great ad for the hub company.
  • 9 0
 Tire pressures and suspension setup would be interesting.
  • 18 1
 My guess.

Suspension: Hard AF
rebound damping: all the way
Tire pressure: Hard AF
  • 1 0
 @freestyIAM: sounds about right.
  • 8 0
 @alijabosdotcom: Minion SS 27.5x2.50 3C MaxxGrip in the DH casing. Same tires you can buy for your bike!
  • 16 0
 No water bottle mount though! Game over man!
  • 1 0

Insane AF to see a Minion SS at mach chicken on loose terrain. Love that tire.
  • 3 1
 He's riding the handlebar upside down
  • 2 1
 looks like a session
  • 3 0
 I'm going to find out where this happened, take my Meta V3 and try it for myself
  • 21 0
 man falling would suck...
  • 6 0
 @drummuy04: Good thing he was wearing that helmet. Oh wait...
  • 18 0
 But did he strava?
  • 4 0
 Make it a segment...people will come
  • 16 1
 I wanna know what brakes he was running! Juicy 3's?
  • 4 0
 My dad wants to know the stopping distances involved as well whilst we're at it
  • 2 0
 nah Hayes 9 fo sho.
  • 4 0
 Mate, Canti's all the way!
  • 1 0
 @FurryCrew: 987's of course, in anodised purple.
  • 2 0
 @FurryCrew: I would have just stuck the sole my shoe against the back tire.
  • 2 0
 @mikeyrides: I too have always wondered how long it would take a mountain bike tire to saw through a human foot.
  • 11 0
 Amazing speed (at 104.1 mph) on a bicycle with 170 beats per min just hangin on to it! Evel Knievel would be givin a thumbs up! Man on a mission with a dream.......I love it!
  • 11 0
 top pic seems like a 2017 POY candidate already.... he just needs to pull a roost every now and then on the way down.
  • 9 0
 While I would love to see that, changing directions at those speeds would make me clench my ass so tight, it'll have its own gravity field XD
  • 10 0
 i wanna wear that suit to work
  • 5 0
 "I come in peace" - helmet on of course.
  • 2 0
 @conv3rt: much more fun if ya don't say anything. Your coworkers would recognise your voice anyway.
Just stare.
  • 1 0
 rotating your robotic gaze towards any sudden movements. I can dig it.
  • 10 3
 Now turn around and pedal back up. Don't we have enough bikes now that "slay downhill" but "pedal efficiently" to accomplish this?
  • 10 2
 Mondraker reminds me of the James Bond film Moonraker
  • 8 0
 Britney Spears called, she want's her red suit back....
  • 6 1
 The Summon is fast bike, as proven by Hart this past year, however, couldn't they have used a more aerodynamic bike to make him go faster?
  • 13 0
 Yeah but I believe he was going for a record on a production bike
  • 1 1
 Is the record just for a standard bike with no fairing? Just curious if that's the case.

Because it's not the world record for a bike, this is:

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  • 5 0
 For the younger one, David Barone been going over 200 km/h since 1999. (remember the bikes from that era ?)
  • 7 0
 Eric Barone, not David
  • 1 0
 @MTBLegend92: oups, gave my self neg reg for that.
  • 1 0
 Barone was doing that on a prototype bike. But didn't Markus hit mid 170s on a production bike like, 10 years ago?
  • 1 0
 ...double post...
  • 1 0
 @Clem-mk: the records differ by the type of bike as well as on the surface you are riding on (gravel/ dirt and snow). Snow is the faster ground and the prototype bike has a massive aerodynamic advantage...

MS owns the records for gravel/ dirt and snow on standard MTBs.
  • 1 0
 I remember when his bike exploded
  • 5 0
 He should have tried chainless, would have cleared 170kmh easily
  • 4 0
 So who takes it to the next level and adds a nice set of doubles at the bottom?
  • 4 0
 Crossing my fingers I see someone at my local trail network dressed like Markus because they "saw it on Pinkbike".
  • 4 0
 When he drunk the can of energy drink at the start that was really cool.
  • 3 0
 IDK....kinda wish there was a kicker at the bottom. You make it more interesting.
  • 1 0
 I don't think he set it on a mountain bike,

This guy did it faster hitting about 223 km/h on a cross country mountain bike going down a ski slope.
  • 4 0
  • 3 0
 I just put a Minion SS on the front of my bike...
  • 4 3
 Stable gravel slopes do not reach 45 degrees. More like 35 degrees or so. No need to exaggerate it, still steep as hell on a bicycle.
  • 2 0
 38 degrees is the angle of repose, which is the steepest a slope of these kinds of gravel materials will hold at. Checked this one on my computer screen with a clinometer app and it reads as 40 degrees (close to 38 degrees), steep but not 45 degrees. Puckered my a*s watching.
  • 3 0
 Dare you to touch his brake rotors!
  • 3 2
 Imagine how much faster he'd go with Plus Tires, after all, it's been proven to be faster than regular tires on the downhill.
  • 3 0
 Bet he did a massive skid at the end of that
  • 1 2
 I kept wondering how is this possible? Then I realized a conversion to MPH was needed. Wow. 104 MPH. Still very impressive to hold those two wheels steady at that speed.

Curious what happens now... how fast could a more customized bike go? Longer bike with bigger wheels. 104 may just be the start.
  • 2 0
 God that's impressive. I can't believe how stable the bike was. Expected a bit of a speed wobble
  • 2 0
 First Danny Hart Dominates the World Cup and now this.... Its offical Mondraker has the fastest DH Bike ever.
  • 3 0
 Somebody put a ramp in the middle to break the gap record please
  • 2 0
 Looks a good run in for a FEST line.

Lil' tip ol' man. You go faster if you pedal. Blank Stare
  • 1 0
 Still a bit far from world record on snow , but I guess you don't want to feel that soil on your ass. Flipping impressive , amazing speed !!!
  • 1 0
 this guys helmet looks like that evil villain man ray guys head from SpongeBob. you know, the dude who rolls with dirty bubble?
  • 2 0
 This is not the current speed record on a bike. Its 233.30 km/h set in 2015 by Eric Barone.
  • 1 0
 that helmet is sick! now all us roadies want to get our hands on the sick helmet for TTs!
  • 2 0
 Those are some good bearings in those hubs!
  • 3 0
 My first thought is those bearings are not greased, but probably a thin coat of oil at best along with the pawls.
  • 3 1
 And here I am thinking I am badass when I hit 80kph on my road bike.
  • 1 0
 I wonder how fast he would of managed if he was wearing normal riding gear?
  • 1 0
 Is this the same guy whose bike fell apart and he ate shit and was carried away in his underpants?
  • 2 0
 remove the brakes, will be faster, seriously
  • 2 0
 Wondering how many of those suits I'll see at my next enduro.
  • 2 0
 What is the worlds fastest Manual/speed mono/wheelie?
  • 1 0
 I would've opted for avid brakes and then set furthest distance on a single pedal stroke record
  • 1 0
 I thought someone did this last year??
  • 1 0
 So which video should I watch?
  • 2 1
 love this post! more like this! thnx PB!
  • 1 0
 11 seconds for gettin from 0 to 167? That's a fast acceleration!
  • 3 0
 Faster than my car.
  • 1 1
 He would be faster if he wasn't wearing that overpriced non-aerodynamic watch...
  • 1 0
 Cyes but he wouldn't have been able to tell the time half way down.
  • 3 1
 26 for life!
  • 1 0
 Will that suit and helmet help me climb my favorite hill faster too?
  • 1 0
 going run my bars like the ones on the wind tunnel engineering at is best
  • 1 0
 Well, that settles it. 27.5 is faster.
  • 1 0
 Music from "House of Cards" ??
  • 1 0
 Aaand he did it riding a Mondraker. Coincidence?
  • 1 0
 I didn't know the Dominos Pizza Noid rode bikes?
  • 1 2
 This isn't even a big deal. Roadies hit 130kmh routinely while racing, and on far more treacherous descents with more fragile gear and bikes.
  • 1 0
 Is that trail on Trailforks?
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 Fast and smooth
  • 1 0
  • 2 3
 How fast was he really going though?

30 speed.
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