Video: Veteran UK Racer Ian Austermuhle Rides Hope's Prototype High Pivot Bike

Nov 2, 2021
by Tom Caldwell  

Ian Austermuhle is somewhat of an unsung hero for Hope Technology. Quietly winning (or doing very well) for years now in Masters and now Veterans class, mostly at UK gravity and national events and a select few EWS rounds and maxi-avalanche races. Coming from a strong and successful trials background since he was 8 years old, Ian has some pretty top notch technical skills which he now transfers over to mountain bike racing. Competing in National Trials, Scottish Six Day, Scot Trials and some European Rounds, it seems Ian is a force to be reckoned with on anything two wheeled.

I headed to the North East for a few days to visit Ian and the Hope Tech guys to give Ian some of the limelight he deserves for being a solid brand ambassador for Hope, on board the HB130, his Beta trials bike, and the Hope 916 prototype. Take 5 and see what Ian is all about.

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  • 17 3
 ahhhh the infamous hope squeal! love it!
  • 1 1
 Doesn't sound any better than the Magura Turkey gobble gobble though
  • 7 0
 @TheTh0: That's a funny way of spelling Avid
  • 8 0
 He may be in Vets now, but still smokes 99% of the younger guns. And has been at the top end of trials in the UK since his teens. Another of those many Yorkshire legends where age is just a number.
  • 2 1
 His hair is hidden by the helmet, but going by face alone, if you told me he was 30 I would believe you.
  • 2 0
 At local events, it seems like plenty of 50 yo+ riders in Enduro are often faster than 3/4 of the racers and within 30 seconds from the pace of racers in the pro classes. My hunch is there's more than a few stories to tell. Not to mention a potential group of faces/names with whom a certain market of people would identify...
  • 9 3
 I have high hopes for this one.
  • 5 3
 I like how you pivoted this as a pun!
  • 2 0
 If you have idlers for legs, you're guaranteed a high anti-squat.
  • 6 0
 “Never underestimate an old guy on a bike!” Watch the video
  • 5 0
 if you think he is old then you have some bad things coming to you man
  • 3 0
 Seriously good skills right there. Love the beer can size coil on that bike, looks clean as.
  • 3 2
 Vets is the category to be in for sure (not enduro yet for me, 1 was enough, sticking to Dh).
The old boys are so friendly and competitive when the pips sound, but stoked for each other to still be alive Smile
  • 4 0
 Nice to see some smooth precise riding, not a Schaalp in site!
  • 1 0
 "Quietly winning (or doing very well) for years now in Masters and now Veterans class, mostly at UK gravity and national events and a select few EWS rounds and maxi-avalanche races."

Not quietly he ain't...
  • 3 0
 Wheres those first set of trails ?
  • 1 0
 Not sure about the first bit, looks like dalby off piste 1min in
  • 3 1
 Absolute sick style! He shows how age is just a number. Love my HB130, can't wait for my HB916!
  • 2 0
 Nice to see an older rider get some coverage. Ian is a great rider and is miles ahead of the rest of the vets
  • 1 0
 Your not joking. I'm in vets and had a few of the same races this year. This guy is fast
  • 1 0
 The front triangle of the new bike is "bikeporn",the rear end looks a little ugly...
  • 2 1
 I love Hope products! So good stuff

What’s the difference between Vet and Masters age wise?
  • 2 0
 UK masters is 30 an over Vets is 40
  • 2 0
 Smooth AF through that gully. Not for the faint-hearted.
  • 1 0
 Would have been nice to hear a comment from Ian about the prototype bike or the high pivot vs the 130
  • 1 0
 I can gladly do that once my HB916 arrives Smile
  • 2 1
 Tidy riding, tidy bike. Nice work Hope!
  • 1 0
 Lovely bike. Great riding. Thanks for this video.
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