Video: Talking Shop with Thomas Vanderham, featuring Jill Kintner

Aug 31, 2018
by Maxxis Tires  

On this episode of Talking Shop, Thomas chats with Jill Kintner, one of the most decorated cyclists in BMX and mountain bike history. Thomas met up with Jill as she was prepping to defend her Queen of Crankworx crown in Whistler. One of the main events of the festival the - the Air DH - has always been one of Jill's strongest. But what does it take to stay on top, year after year? Do you opt for a DH bike to soak up the late season roughness on A-Line in the Whistler Bike Park? Or do you go for a lighter trail bike with less travel? And, of course, what about tire selection?

Jill with her Norco Aurum

Downhill bike to soak up the braking bumps and bomb holes? Or...

Jill with her Norco Range trail bike

...a lighter and more nimble trail bike?

Spoiler alert! By the time Crankworx Whistler was done and dusted, Jill had won the Air DH, taken second in Pump Track and Dual Slalom, to retain her Queen of Crankworx crown going into 2019!

Jill on her way to winning the Air DH at Crankworx Whistler, photo: Boris Beyer


  • 19 1
 Great to hear exactly why she runs certain tyres and suspension set up, good insight;
  • 5 0
 Agreed. Refreshing to hear some science and logic for the choices instead of "I don't just feels good".
  • 6 0
 @chinaboy: Suspension and tyre choice is still a mine field for most riders, so more of these types of interviews please PB;
  • 12 0
 Need more of these!! Nice work Thomas
  • 8 2
 How about a Sprinter van show-and-tell segment - how the pros set up their vans as they go from event to event.
  • 3 1
  • 5 0
 Wondering if the schedule between krankworx and dh wc was right maybe more female riders would show interest in this event.
  • 2 1
 This is my thought, she's fast but none of the fastest racers turn up for this. What if the top 5 WC girls rode? Would she always decimate them?? Be interesting. Also, what does she do the rest of the year, why doesn't she race WCs?
  • 1 0
 Tracey Hannah has raced it, can’t remember how she placed. I think it’s a different kind of race then WC. But certainly would be interesting.
  • 4 3
 At the end of the video it said "congrats on your third CONSERVATIVE queen of crankworx"... was that supposed to be CONSECUTIVE?
  • 2 0
 Has been edited. Smile
  • 2 0
 Yo Thomas more talking more riding and more whips please!
  • 3 2
 Nice third "conservative" win Jill ????
  • 1 1
 neg props? look at the end of the video...big mistake!
  • 3 5
 Yo Thomas less talking more riding bro

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