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Ryan Leech and Norco Bicycles Celebrate 20 Years - Video

Aug 11, 2016
by Norco Bicycles  
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Ryan has performed thousands of bicycle stunt shows around the world including Cirque du Soleil and has been featured in dozens of mountain bike films. Norco Bicycles has been proud to support him since the very beginning of his career. Norco Bicycles' Pete Stace-Smith signed Ryan Leech back in 1996, so 2016 marks his 20th year with the Canadian company. In this video, Pete and Ryan's former teammate, Robin Coope reminisce on Ryan's career. And a fantastic career it has been thus far.

Ryan Leech amp Norco Bicycles

bigquotesI remember Ryan when he was living at home, his entire front yard was all set up about one foot off the ground with balance bars everywhere and no one else could even ride it, but he would spend hours and hours and hours plunking around his front yard without even touching the grass. He's putting a lot back into the sport that can be shared, not just with trials riders, but can be shared with any rider. He's a great guy. I'm honoured to still work with him. I'm honoured to have signed him 20 years ago. And I'm stoked he's still with us. And I wish him all the best for another 20 years. - Pete Stace-Smith


Ryan Leech amp Norco Bicycles

Norco Bicycles' Pete Stace-Smith and Chris Cook presented Ryan with a signature-series Manifesto frame mounted a commemorative plaque at the 2017 International Product Launch. As always, he was extremely eloquent upon receiving, despite it being an emotional moment.

bigquotesThe relationship with Norco and Pete has really shaped who I am. And Pete has been a mentor of mine throughout the entire process, and I've learned so much from him. Just so, so grateful to have had that first signing 20 years ago because that has been my life, so for Pete to see that potential in me, and for Robin Coope, who was in the video. It's never one person. We all fall into our roles, and the role I fell into has been quite a special adventure, and I am just so grateful for that. - Ryan Leech during his acceptance speech.


Ryan Leech amp Norco Bicycles

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46 Comments

  • 39 0
 Well now I feel old but congrats to Ryan for 20 years of impressive riding and brand representation.
  • 11 0
 Came here to say exactly that... Feeling old, but grateful for what Ryan has given to the community
  • 4 0
 I second that.
  • 24 0
 That chain ride and the rail road hop will always be in my head.
He was the pioneer of the smooth style (eliminating correctional hops) that Danny Mac and Chris Akrigg have since run with.
I feel old too, but then I was watching Hans Rey in 1988!
  • 6 0
 yup. he made trials look 'cool' and have some flow, vs the hippidy hoppity stuff that failed to attract as much interest.
  • 2 0
 @atrokz: Trials always looked cool, some of the riders didn't/don't, but the riding always pwns. Ryan just upped it that much more.

The lack of interest resides with the difficulty & the risk that results from that difficulty.
  • 18 0
 I did his 30 day wheelie challenge. It worked. Good for you Ryan, congrats on 20 years.
  • 3 0
 Always wondered about wheelie challenge. Would you recommend it to others?
  • 9 0
 @ThePeanutGallery: oh for sure! At first I wasn't as disciplined as I should have been so progress was slow. But it's very helpful and the steps are broke down to manageable bites you can handle. Plus if you have questions, he always has a response. If you send him clips of your wheelie he will watch it and critique with positive answers. Highly recommend this. He's awesome.
  • 7 0
 Peanut: I totaly recommend it, just like every other course Ryan has on his site. I learned wheelie in a year, to full profficiency. 9 out of ten I can pop it for quite a good distance. Trying one handed ones now. Then I learned manualing in less than 6 months. A lot to practice for me left to be as good at it as with wheelies, but I can say that in "on-trail" situations I get manuals like 7-8 out of 10 where I want it and for how long I want it. And that involves most kinds of bikes, including 29+ monsters. Now I am focusing on the balance course and I can see a direct improvement in climbing.

The best thing about his courses is that they are divided in steps for steady and solid progression. Everyone knows that to do a wheelie you have to pull on bars, pedal to keep wheel up and brake to stop leaning backwards. It ain't that simple. same with manual, just pull the front wheel buddy, stretch your legs to lean back, bend to lean forward. Not so easy for guys with no BMX/Street past.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: That's pretty cool to hear it worked for manuals too. I felt that bigger wheels make wheelies easier, not that I ride big wheels much. Same true for manuals or not?
  • 1 0
 @VTwintips: I don't know really, the tyre type and rim width is the biggest factor for me. My 26" DJ bike has a slick tyre on a 29mm internally wide rim. Side to side balance with that bike is a piece of a cake. Tyre like minion is problematic since those large center knobbs squirm a bit, so once the bike leans a bit they give making it lean more in a non-linear manner.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns:
Yeah, the progressions are really good. I think for people like me who come to mountain biking with only some road / casual biking background they're especially invaluable. I can understand the movements involved in wheelie, manual and bunny hops easily enough, but to put them all together Ryan's approach is great. Still working on all of them and only about a month behind me I've made decent progress.

So yeah, another happy customer here.
  • 1 0
 @ThePeanutGallery: Most his tutorials are very useful, even those for things you think you already know are worth going through.

Coming from a bmx/Street background everything is about rolling and bitch-cranks are eternaly bad style while in an trail environment they are a must have. So getting detailed instuctions on 3/4 and 1/4 crank technique has been a real eye opener. Sure I can bunnyhop whaterver with speed but in the tight stuff you need those bitch-cranks and cleaning slow tech stuff is a lot more fun than walking even when uphill is only a transport to the downhill.

All this is quite obvious but old habits die hard. Be humble about your percieved skillset and surely Ryan's tutorials will make you a better rider.
  • 2 0
 @ThePeanutGallery: It's an awesome program that is WAY more in depth than you would think something like that would be. I could do a wheelie for a few pedal strokes if I was lucky, but Ryan teaches you how to wheelie non-stop for miles. As a plus, you get to see Waki's awesome drawings while you learn!

vimeo.com/142633633#t=17s I only had to stop because the parking lot stopped.
  • 1 0
 @VTwintips: not so much the wheel size directly, but the longer wheelbase makes manuals a little tougher - you can't correct like a wheelie, so your initial move has to be bigger but not put you past the balance point. Once your in the zone it's not too different. I find the hardest part is that unlikely a DJ or trials bike, on most others the seat is in the way.
  • 13 0
 Some brands just make sense.....like Bearclaw and Specialized, Chase and Cannondale, Sorge and Giant........Wait a second.....Well done Leech!!!!
  • 2 0
 nice ;-)
  • 1 0
 Jared and yeti...
  • 9 0
 It's awesome to see a company stick with a rider for 20 years. Congrats to Ryan.
  • 7 0
 In mountain biking, we often hear what a "great guy" virtually everyone is. In Ryan's case, it really seems to be true. Congrats on your success and longevity Ryan!
  • 5 0
 Congratulations Ryan! Still remember when we interviewed you at Sea Otter Classic this year! Such a nice guy! You are like a mentor to many Chinese MTB riders for your amazing performance in those movies. We are looking forward to seeing you and your astonishing skills in China some day!

A link for the interview if any of you are interested:
www.chinabike.net/html/show-43-2894.html
  • 4 0
 I remember being maybe 12 or 13 years old and seeing him riding trials in the whistler village during crankworx. That was the first time I had ever seen anything like that. Like a true little grom, I ran up and asked Ryan to sign my helmet after the show and he was so cool and encouraging. It was such a cool experience that I will never forget.
  • 4 0
 Riding on the chain. Gets me every time. I fall off of 3 foot wide woodwork. Classy and positive. Thanks for all of your inspiration over the years Ryan. Yoga for mountainbikers lives in my DVD player.
  • 7 0
 Dude's amazing.
  • 3 0
 I remember riding the water shed in Delta back in the day , and Ryan would be there working on his skills , on piles of logs and rocks and such . Nice to see dedication pay off .
  • 2 0
 His early trials vids on youtube are a large inspiration to me buying my first mountain bike. I owe a ton of stoke to him even if I've still never ridden trials. He may not have that 'latest and greatest' buzz right now, but I would love to see something from him again. I want some fresh Leech stoke!
  • 2 0
 Dude is a true ambassador for the sport. I remember my high school buddy who was more into the DJ (disc jockey) scene and even he was even proud of his Norco knowing Ryan rode one too. Smile
  • 1 0
 Nice work Ryan, I remember riding with you when you were learning the basics, bouncing on back tire, then front tire...me and Andy Cooper learned how to ride concrete barriers which at the time 22 years ago seemed crazy..Congrats you are a true mentor and just plain great guy, we are lucky to have you in this sport..
  • 1 0
 Nice work Ryan, I remember riding with you when you were learning the basics, bouncing on back tire, then front tire...me and Andy Cooper learned how to ride concrete barriers which at the time 22 years ago seemed crazy..Congrats you are a true mentor and just plain great guy, we are lucky to have you in this sport..
  • 3 0
 would be cool to see norco release a 2017 Leech model to celebrate. i would buy one!
  • 3 0
 Pete SS and Ryan.... both class acts.
  • 3 0
 one of my most favourite riders ever!!! True Legend
  • 1 0
 That last pic, could only be bested by an edit with those two legendaries.

Is he running a fvcking V-brake on the back of that bike?!!! Ô.o
  • 3 0
 Well done, RL.
  • 2 0
 Class act, phenomenal athlete, teacher, and yogi. Hero status intact
  • 1 0
 Ryan has a stoke for life that comes through in everything he does. Keep being awesome!
  • 1 0
 It's funny when I go to Cali and guys are like...Norco? Or those ok bikes? Umm..you said you lived under a rock?
  • 1 0
 Awesome dude in every way! .
  • 2 0
 Congrats Norco!
  • 1 0
 Class act. True Canadian gem.
  • 1 1
 Ryan leech is a sick rider BUT, all I can think of is his heavy breathing into his mic when doing shows HAHA
  • 1 0
 True OG
  • 1 0
 #legend
  • 1 0
 What a role model!
  • 1 3
 open boob

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