14 Bikes From the Desert Days Women's Freeride Gathering

Oct 5, 2023 at 11:00
by Alexa Christensen  



bigquotesDesert Days is a women’s open invitation to the desert between Sep 29 and Oct 7. The idea was to create an open and inviting space for women to experience the freedom of freeride. Both professionals and novices gathered for digging, riding, connecting and learning. Chelsea Kimball




Micayla Gatto | YT Tues Core 4

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Micayla is running the Marzocchi Bomber 58 in retro white.
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With a mudguard from Arrowsmith bike shop, based out of Nanaimo



Blake Hansen | Specialized Demo Mullet

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Blake is running the RockShox Boxxer Ultimate, SuperDeluxe Ultimate, and XO1 7 Speed drivetrain.
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With Tenet Components handlebars and Omen pedals finishing out the build.
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Blake's custom paint job was done by Tyler Angelo Marchesano at Specialized.

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Chelsea Kimball | Specialized Demo

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Chelsea is running Butcher DH tires, Roval wheels, Reverse components in the cockpit and TRP drivetrain.



Kaia Jensen | Transition TR11

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Kaia is stoked on the build she's put together for the desert. "It’s really cool to be on a bike that is so solid and confidence inspiring. I love how fun and comfortable the combo of TR11, OneUp components, Maxxis tires, and TRP brakes is. I've really been able to progress with this bike."

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Britny Ferguson | Revel Rail

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Britny is running TRP DH EVO brakes, Deity bars and stem, SRAM XO1 drivetrain, custom etched Race Face cranks, and custom Industry Nine laser etched hubs with her designs.

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CJ Selig | Canyon Torque

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CJ is running Reverse Components, Black One wheels and pedals, and Nico Vink's Signature handlebars and Shovel and Shred Saddle.

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Jordy Scott | Hyper DH

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Jordy is running the SR Suntour RUX 38 fork and the SR Suntour Vero shock. She runs the Kenda Hellcat tires in the front and rear.



Gemma Corbera | Cannondale Jekyll

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Gemma's Jekyll is sporting some special pink Reverse components, SR Suntour suspension, some zebra AMS frame protection, Hope Tech brakes and hubs, and Michelin tires.



Nikki Holzman | Norco Aurum

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Nikki's Aurum is from the Mt. Bachelor demo fleet, so it's gotten plenty of love already. When asked about set up, she said: "Ryan just pumped up my fork, Chelsea gave me a stiffer coil (450#), the tires had 30 psi 3 days ago, the brakes work pretty good, and the chain could use some lube."

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Cami Nogueira | Propain Spindrift

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Cami's Spindrift is sporting a dual-drown Bomber, OneUp contact points, Industry Nine wheels, and TRP brakes.

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Sally Thornton-White | Transition Scout

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Sally - " This bike is the absolute dream! It pedals like a beast and handles all types of descents. This is only the second mountain bike that I have ever owned and I love it so much I don't think that I will ever part with it."



Pascal Sapunar | Mondraker Superfoxy R

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KaJay Rooke | Juliana Roubion

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KaJay is a graphic designer and came complete with a custom mudguard.
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Kat Sweet | Norco Aurum HSP

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Kat is a downhill mountain biking coach and coaches Sweetlines downhill teams.

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73 Comments
  • 100 0
 The girls upping the bike pose game hard
  • 19 0
 Upping the graphics too. Rad little touches
  • 41 0
 +up Kat's "sweetlines" mtb coaching, took her class a few years ago and it really improved my riding.
  • 104 0
 But not enough to change your username haha
  • 14 0
 @cowboyray: Got a good laugh from that mate.
  • 2 0
 Kat is the best!! So many up and coming riders in WA came from her instruction. Stoked to see her getting some publicity here
  • 17 5
 Shoutout to KaJay! She is doing wonderful things for women in the MTB scene (i.e. Thunderstruck) along with helping to foster a great community at Highland. All of these women are absolute shredders - RedBull needs to get their shit together.
  • 12 1
 Stoked for you ladies, and the ladies in general. In the end, I'm stoked for fellow human beings enjoying what I too love, riding a bike, feeling progression, and experiencing beauty in nature. Respect.
  • 1 0
 Well this is a nice attitude and a good way to express it! Happy trails fellow human!
  • 9 0
 Awesome. Surprised at the mix of DH forks & single crowns....
  • 9 0
 My favorite color is ham
  • 8 0
 KAT SWEET! 3
  • 5 0
 Hyper's foray into high end MTB is just a running joke at this point, no? How long have these 'prototype' bikes been floating about now?

Either do it, or don't, Hyper.
  • 6 0
 oof Britny's Rail 29 is so sick!
  • 1 3
 i heard revel closed up shop
  • 1 0
 @mobil1syn: they sent me a replacement axle 2 weeks ago so idk
  • 6 0
 Where is Tania and her EVIL???? The people want to know!!!
  • 2 0
 Yes!
  • 6 0
 I WANT BRITNY’S REVEL RAIL 29!
THAT THING IS SO SICK!
  • 4 0
 Just a few friends that ride and started hanging out in the desert at this one spot challenging their friends to hit bigger and bigger features.
  • 6 1
 We need more events and women like that, especially because i wanna bring my daughters into MTB.
  • 4 0
 Looks like an amazing event! Do they have a website or there some content on the riding? Thanks!
  • 2 0
 I've seen a few clips on IG from a local rider that's out there. Seems like a kick ass event honestly
  • 5 0
 I vote Micayla's bike #1 looker, love that white fork
  • 5 0
 Loving Nikki Holzmann’s DILLIGAF attitude.
  • 5 5
 No point trying to get even close to their level of riding, but I'm afraid I won't even get near their level of creative posing too. Props.

Did Gatto consciously get a plain YT? Can't wait to see what it looks like a few weeks from now.
  • 4 0
 Blake Hansen's Specialized Demo Mullet, swoon!
  • 3 0
 Nikki is a SHREDDER!! so stoked to see her out there!
  • 5 2
 The aurum is the best rig of them all
  • 3 0
 hyper mtb making the sickest looking freeride bike you can't buy
  • 2 0
 Is it the terrain or is the HTA much steeper than the other bikes?
  • 3 0
 need more mudguard content
  • 2 0
 Too bad about the two riders (couldn't tell you who) who got fully upstaged (hidden) in the group photo.
  • 2 0
 Pink specialized looks amazing but would look even better with the white marzocchi on it. Nice poses.
  • 4 0
 Much love for the Scout!
  • 4 0
 Micayla !!!!
  • 1 1
 I don't think rampage was meant to be an open and inviting space to learn. Progression sessions are great but rampage is a competition. Big round of applause to pinkbike for their absolute bravery
  • 3 1
 Based on the bikes, they seem to be there for different reasons.
  • 1 0
 Yes!!! I've seen some of the videos on IG of the girls going huge warming up! So sick to see this happening! Micayla 3
  • 2 0
 That pink fade-out Demo is stunning!
  • 1 0
 Sstunning bikes... and a level of riding way beyond mine (and poses too)
  • 2 0
 Love to see it!
  • 2 1
 Sweet
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