Video: Sam Blenkinsop Takes on Wet & Wild Conditions with the New Maxxis Shorty

Feb 22, 2021
by Ed Spratt  


bigquotesSam Blenkinsop takes on winter in New Zealand aboard the all-new Maxxis Shorty. Maxxis Tires

Sam Blenkinsop in the slop. Photo: Cam Mackenzie



29 Comments

  • 36 0
 Blenkinslop
  • 20 0
 cue the "he's breaking the trail" comments
  • 9 1
 He is breaking the trail
  • 5 0
 "Twisting and turning he's feeling the burning he's breaking the berms"
  • 13 0
 Sheesh! I can't even throw that much roost on my motorcycle.
  • 14 0
 Can't even buy that much roost at KFC
  • 4 0
 @Waldon83: makes me wonder if a tire has ever been called a rooster. New Maxxis Rooster.
  • 4 0
 @neimbc: Kenda made a tire called the Excavator. Seems like the name would fit this edit.
  • 7 1
 There should be more Blenkinsop riding videos.
  • 11 6
 what he did to that berm at the end is a war crime
  • 4 0
 I want to see him trying to ride away with all the clay packed in every nook and cranny of his bike.
  • 7 3
 Thats actually summer in NZ
  • 1 2
 Normally you'd be mostly correct but today's a bloody scorcher.
  • 2 1
 I'd love a ride that isn't just a dust bowl... seems to be the typical conditions these days
  • 2 0
 @rrsport: ugh yeah dustbowl rides, totally dehydrate you even with 3 full size water bottles. Supposedly it's going to rain on Thursday.
  • 3 1
 no trails stay open when they are wet around here.. fucking sucks.
  • 4 0
 He's on the lower trails under the gondola in Queenstown, NZ. Queenstown MTB Club generally discourage riders from using the trails in the winter because it f***s them up so much, as is being shown in the video.
  • 1 0
 @notsofastoverfifty: rotate the trails, if given 1 season they will grow back to what they were before. I do understand the lack of man power to be able to accomplish this though.
  • 5 7
 Great riding!

Most of the trail in the video wasn't all that wet looking honestly (potentially jaded PNW rider here). Sure a few little puddles, and it was clearly wet/damp. But the trail surface didn't look soggy at all, and the mud didn't look like it was really clingy/etc. Honestly that looked like great riding conditions for most of it.

But that last berm was huge, sloppy muddy, and DESTROYED. Thats the sort of mud that can cause issues though. Looks sticky.

Also, I've been really liking my WTV Verdict this winter. A big improvement over the Vigilante in traction. The new shorty looks fairly similar, and I bet it would do great here as well. Maybe I'll give it a try next winter Smile .
  • 2 0
 danm he obliviated that track
  • 2 2
 Described it as well worth watching to a friend with "Blenki doing Blenki things."
  • 2 0
 shortytiiiimmmeeee
  • 1 0
 That wheel wiggle at 1:05
  • 1 0
 Still no gloves...#legend
  • 1 0
 great shot !!!!
  • 1 1
 Blenki is one of the most stylish rider on the WC!!!!!
  • 3 3
 he's breaking the trail
  • 4 1
 Needs a disclaimer: Professional rider on a private track where no trails were harmed (or they were immediately repaired after the filming) in the video.

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