Sam Pilgrim Off NS Bikes

Dec 22, 2017
by Pinkbike Staff  

After many years of riding for NS, Sam Pilgrim is moving on. No news yet on where he'll end up, but good to see him give his NS Snabb one final rip.

bigquotesI have decided to end my sponsorship with NS BIKES after all these brilliant years!Sam Pilgrim



180 Comments

  • 120 10
 "I have decided to end my sponsorship"

LOL!
  • 24 4
 sam is still a legend!!!
  • 47 5
 RIP NS Bikes
  • 20 1
 He's announcing a new sponsor in January, apparently
  • 4 28
flag RedBurn (Dec 22, 2017 at 15:05) (Below Threshold)
 @JustinLund: HOPE sponsor him!! Create a carbon DJ frame !!!
  • 8 25
flag makripper (Dec 22, 2017 at 15:46) (Below Threshold)
 Mongoose or haro
  • 40 1
 @RedBurn: boi carbon dj frame rethink that
  • 4 0
 It must be cool to be on that level, he's awesome.
  • 8 2
 Here is Sam Pilgrim riding a Haibike in Ryan Taylors vlog with all of his sponsors parts on www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf3Il7-XpeU
  • 1 2
 @Lilnooogied: any carbon frame really
  • 3 4
 What's funny about that? Maybe he got a better offer?
  • 3 1
 @onemanarmy: He isn't sponsoring himself.
  • 2 0
 @freductions: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • 4 2
 @freductions: he just posted a video of him riding a haibike, it's covered in wrapping papper but that's definitely what it is. Confirmed
  • 8 1
 @freductions: Ive seen an arthritic 70 year old w haibike. And a 60 year old survivor of multiple heart surgeries w e-mtb. Those 2 people it makes sense, Can't think of any reason a young physically fit person should be riding this crap
  • 7 7
 @onemanarmy: because they are sick!
  • 5 4
 @onemanarmy: you tell em mate! Wink
  • 5 7
 @weebleswobbles: because they are sick!
  • 9 3
 @sampilgrim: they may be sick but they don't belong on mtb trails brah.
  • 2 1
 @sampilgrim: lol merry christmas
  • 7 3
 @sampilgrim: unsubbed from your youTube channel - that Ryan is an arse of the highest order and you are hanging with him!! f*ck dude, massive loss of respect HUGE!!!!, good luck with all your new ventures
  • 3 5
 @weebleswobbles: why not haha? I will be on as many MTB trails as possible
  • 7 0
 @sampilgrim: Not ours. Motorized vehicles are banned. And that's only going to grow in North America at least.
  • 6 1
 @sampilgrim: I don't care how famous you are brah, don't bring that shit on our mtn bike trails.
  • 3 1
 @sampilgrim: Sorry bud. But you lost a fan here. good luck I guess.
  • 2 2
 @pushingbroom: never was a fan, never will be
  • 3 3
 @weebleswobbles: st*u watch his YouTube vids Sam is rad! Always puts a smile on my face Smile
  • 1 0
 @sampilgrim: Yes boy shred on that e bike you will always be my favorite rider ????
  • 1 0
 I'm surprised more DJB riders don't get on Ebikes in their spare time - most of us seem to have a pathological fear of fitness.
  • 106 4
 New sponsor with dental coverage
  • 7 2
 Worked with nico vink with Scott. If you don't remind how he was before dirtmountainbike.com/features/interviews/nico-vink-interview-flyer.html
  • 3 0
 Definitely not ellsworth@Slabrung:
  • 1 0
 Lol
  • 9 8
 Glad I wasn’t the only one thinking of this.
One of the shortest books ever written:
A History of British Dentistry.
  • 2 0
 Savage.
  • 10 3
 @preach: Genuinely don't understand this 'British have bad teeth' meme. It was my understanding that we have free access to dental services and don't live off sugar + high fructose corn syrup like your yank countrymen.
  • 2 0
 @Yahtzeee: just a joke sir. Merry Christmas sir
  • 72 21
 how can manufacturers like NS even survive now days. The last time I saw a kid outside was at least 8 years ago.
  • 101 5
 maybe that's because you're never outside yourself?
  • 3 1
 @bonedog-because you haven't been to my house? i have an NS clash in the quiver. fun little bike
  • 7 2
 You clearly aren't getting out :/
  • 5 1
 Just bought my first ns bike, ns clash and though im still waiting on my fork to complete the build I'm extremely impressed with what I'm seeing so far. Super solid frame with integrated headset cups on tapered head tube, threaded bsa bb, supports 120-150mm fork, all for $185 shipped. It feels as solid as my banshee rune but much lighter, and more affordable. I think theres definitely a place for a manufacturer that can produce like this.
  • 11 0
 So I went the bmx track a fair bit in summer and you know what, it was full of yoofs. Smashing their faces off on take offs, breaking bones and generally doing all those things sentimental FB memes say kids dont do anymore. But I realise we are in the post-truth age so will shut up
  • 5 0
 I know what you mean by kids not going outside, but just a few days ago I saw a bunch of kids outside with scooters bikes basketballs and such. Good to know it's still somewhat alive. I thought my generation was the last one to have that.
  • 5 1
 @usmbc-co-uk: some things will never change... but the downward spiral over my 40 years is sad to watch. Now I have 2 of my own and won’t lead them down the path of iPhones and YouTube.
  • 5 0
 Ns survives because they make good bikes at great prices. I bought their Fuzz and it’s the best money i’ve Spent on a bike in awhile: the Fuzz lets me ride at ski resorts all day long without my body getting beat-up and tired.
  • 13 0
 apparently you guys are not dirt/street riders. i own a Majesty dirt and always will. NS is iconic in the dirt jump world, a small world yes, but imo the best! love Sam, but he's trying hard to find a career in cycling after not competing at the top level. good luck to him.
  • 6 0
 @upchuckyeager: I've got a snabb e, a clash and a zircus.... chainreaction, price low to high 4life
  • 2 0
 @bubbrubb: dammit, was trying to upvote
  • 1 0
 @usmbc-co-uk: yoofs. thank you, you made my day
  • 50 1
 The latest in Ream Tumours: Sam Pilgrim to Haibike
  • 30 0
 On the world's first E-Dirtbike!
  • 13 0
 Rumor has it Alibaba is putting good funding on Redalp. They are building a DH, Enduro and Freeride team now.
  • 2 1
 Probably canondale, he made a video with Chris Smith recently who rides for them and they have e bikes
  • 5 9
flag Patrick-Baynes-2002 (Dec 22, 2017 at 13:32) (Below Threshold)
 @chyu: but Sam is a slope style bloke so how is a small motorcross bike gonna be when he cork 7 it and any way he said the company did a variety of bikes so how's that gonna be when he finds only e bikes which are mainly banned from competitions
  • 5 10
flag fracasnoxteam (Dec 22, 2017 at 15:26) (Below Threshold)
 @Patrick-Baynes-2002: my haibike is not an e-moped
  • 2 0
 If you check his comments on YouTube it's either trek, haibike, orbea or Norco.
  • 2 1
 Here is Sam Pilgrim riding a Haibike in Ryan Taylors vlog with all of his sponsors parts on www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf3Il7-XpeU
  • 8 2
 @freductions: well, that'll be shit if it really is Haibike, as I'll miss Sam's vlogs. I've got nothing against e-bikes, but I definitely won't be subscribing to any content about them.
  • 1 0
 Proofed. This will happen
  • 1 1
 What is a bloke?@Patrick-Baynes-2002:
  • 3 1
 @DONKEY-FELTCHER: People think im joking, he is on haibike 100%
  • 1 0
 @freductions: he’s not sponsored by fox and that’s just the stock build of those bikes. I’m 99% sure that he just rented them for the video
  • 1 0
 @lindblomxc: Well we will see in the press release Wink
  • 2 0
 @Roguee: Please be so wrong.
  • 2 0
 @lindblomxc: Fox=Marzocchi
  • 1 0
 @fracasnoxteam: yes it is fool
  • 24 1
 It’s easy to tell from his videos that Sam is a stand-up guy, but I’m truly impressed by this video. I’m used to seeing the cleché ‘thank you articles’ that pop out around this time of year, but to express thanks as he did here is raising the bar by a country mile. I wish you all the best of luck in the future Sam. ...on Canyon cycles?
  • 6 0
 i would have a hard time seeing him go to canyon since they already have so many slopestyle guys on their roster. would love to see the brit on a british bike. hope dirt jumper??? fully cnced frame??
  • 4 1
 @adrennan: Your point is valid, but as Sam expressed — he’s looking to branch out into other diciplines with the implication being that he’s stepping away from slopestyle a bit (likely starting to feel his age). Canyon would therefore be an excellent fit as they already have an established slopestyle crew that would carry the torch and allow Sam to make select event appearances while riding / competing in other cycling disciples.

All that said, NS Bikes has slope / all-mountain / and downhill bikes, so what other type of bike is he really looking for? Sam Pilgrim Tour de France hopeful? Lol
  • 3 1
 @cwatt: ebikes. duh.
  • 1 0
 @cwatt: (likely starting to feel his age) - Eh? He is still in his twenties isn't he?
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: I think it might be a Cube, he was mentioning some business talks when he was doing a vlog in Munich...
  • 1 0
 Thanks matey!
  • 14 0
 Can't wait to see where Sam ends up. He's one of my favorite riders as well as personalities. Best of luck to him and his new team.
  • 3 1
 yeah him and tippie
  • 3 2
 Thanks mate!
  • 13 1
 @lindblomxc: On youtube he replied to a comment saying it was either: Orbea, Trek, or Haibike. He said it was one of these three. Orbea: Does not make a dirt jumper OR a DH rig, and has no plans for it in the future. My friend's dad works for them as the north american marketing director and can confirm that. Haibike: Only makes ebikes and makes no dirt jumpers, etc. Pilgrim also said that the new sponsor has a "wide range of bikes of all types", which rules out Haibike as well. However, this statement also supports Trek, which does have a very wide range of bikes, and since Trek is the only viable option out of these three it appears that is the new sponsor.
  • 1 1
 Thanks for the insight. I’ve been pouring way too much thought into this.
  • 3 1
 Your all wrong Wink
  • 1 2
 @sampilgrim: haibike confirmed then i guess, in that case what dirt jumper are you going to be running?
  • 16 1
 It suck, sam is the figure of nsbike!
  • 18 0
 Sucks for NS bikes , not for sam
  • 3 0
 @RedBurn: they still have max Freddrikson who's been absolutely killing it lately
  • 5 0
 I don't think Sam will sign with haibike as he said "they have a variety of different bikes" and at the end of the day he's a slope style bloke so a company only making e bikes isn't gonna work
  • 2 0
 Think you can make it there Pilgrim? Hey Pilgrim, you're gonna need a couple of stitches. Whoa! Taker easy there Pilgrim! Like I said Pilgrim you can eat here until you get back on your feet. Sorry couldn't resist the John Wayne quotes.
  • 5 0
 While everyones thinking of Sam, don't forget to sub to his YouTube. He's a legend.
  • 2 1
 Yo, thanks man!
  • 2 0
 Trek would be interesting... They already have a fairly veteran DJ/slopestyle crew, plus Trek Factory DH just released Muddy, so there is an opening there. Trek has a history of hiring veteran riders to help them develop product (Nyes, Cancellera, Contador) why not a DJ/Slopestyle legend.
  • 4 0
 Should have ended with him posting up bike in pb classifieds, then meetn buyer and parting with cash in hand!
  • 5 0
 chicks & bikepark? sounds like a plan
  • 2 0
 oh lord it is haibike, www.youtube.com/watch?v=jis6QhwiNqg&t he's liked comments of people who say it is, and look at the similarities: imgur.com/a/xAZJ4
  • 2 0
 and his instagram story.... now if this isn't a move for an increased pay check i'll eat my hat (not that i wouldn't do the same).
  • 1 0
 @Minibeast: yep looks like it's haibike he's going with, that's 2 videos he been riding them in, and i asked him if he was going to compete in crankworx next year on YouTube and the answer was probs not
  • 5 0
 Commencal
  • 2 0
 I wonder who can fill his shoes as the face of NS bikes. Such a big personality & always friendly. Great guy all around. No trick monkey will be able to replace that.
  • 3 0
 If Max can stay healthy, he can bring the trophies in, but it'll be hard to replace Sam with his regular and popular vlogs. Either way, good luck to both Sam and NS.
  • 1 0
 There's a local rumour that some Polish guy riding for another Polish brand is going to switch teams.
  • 1 0
 Such a good person, with such awesome brand, always love their dirt jump.bikes, fuzz also awesome, never had a chance to ride snabb, but I believe it is ok too, Always enjoyed edits from Sam!
  • 2 0
 Sam is the reason I have a Fuzz and a Void. Great bikes. Always good to change it out from time to time.
  • 3 1
 So maybe now NS headquaters crew in Poland will be nicer to an average Joe customer... NOT.
  • 2 0
 Will have to keep my eyes peeled for Pilgrim in my home town of Colchester to see what bike he’s riding in the new year
  • 2 0
 I've a NS Snabb T & NS Eccentric ALU, the Snabb is the best all round bike I've ever ridden.
  • 2 0
 I ´ve expected the bloody e-bikes to take over all-mountain bikes, but a dirt rider..whoa
  • 1 0
 @sampilgrim cant't wait to see you new Haibike , but how will you compete in FMB because Haibike don't make Slopestyle or Dirt jump bikes ???
  • 2 0
 Hmmm... new sponsorship is probably someone sick at a guess Smile
  • 2 1
 Really? Sam taking a share?
  • 3 1
 "An ebike would be way sicker to pedal up these hills on" rumor confirmed!
  • 2 0
 YT Bikes, Stick with those 2 letter acronyms
  • 1 0
 I would have said that too had he not given an indication of e bikes to which yt does not make
  • 1 0
 Considering the push they're making and the people they're cutting ties with... this is possible.
  • 2 0
 Sam is the reason I remember SWATCH and Monster Energy.
  • 6 3
 Sam Hill ftw
  • 3 1
 Pilgs on C3? Let’s hope
  • 1 0
 Hopefully he's making a switch to the Mayflower
  • 1 0
 Cannodale ? Cardigan ? Pilgrim?
  • 1 0
 Juicy deals on Chain Reaction Cylcles in 5...4...3...
  • 3 2
 Sam on Queef-Huffer Bikes?
  • 1 0
 Wtf???? Next......bike 2018?????
  • 1 0
 I hope he lands a spot with a good company!
  • 1 0
 Defo gonna be canondale!
  • 2 0
 Was thinking that, but PB has vanished my comment! Wondering if Dale are gonna push DJ an gravity again. I dud love my Chase but Dale sold out on aggro bikes when they got bought out
  • 1 0
 Evil?
  • 1 0
 good luck (dmr I mean)
  • 1 1
 he will be riding an e-bike
  • 1 0
 Trek please
  • 2 2
 I hope whomever picks him up pay him enough to fix those fugging teeth
  • 1 0
 Topman
  • 1 1
 He is ns bikes , but good luck to him
  • 2 1
 cheers mate!
  • 1 0
 Welcome to Haibike!
  • 1 0
 Good luck Sam!
  • 2 2
 Finally!!
  • 2 2
 $5 on Trek!
  • 1 1
 Rose!
  • 2 3
 it's gonna be a dartmoor xD
  • 2 3
 He's riding for Haibike now, I DMd him on instagram and he confirmed it
  • 1 0
 Is Haibike the same as hellobike?
Goodbye
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