Ask Sam Hill

Sep 6, 2013 at 13:37
by Chain Reaction Cycles  

Pinkbike will be meeting with Sam Hill in Perth, Australia to talk about his first season on the CRC/Nukeproof squad and taking a look at his new 2014 Nukeproof Mega TR275 trail bike. We'd like to know what you want to know about Sam Hill.

2013 World Cup - Fort William Copyright Ian MacLennan 2013

Mr H wasn t too stoked on his quali so rest assured he has more in the tank ready to go all out tomorrow. Consistent smoothness is what this track demands and CRC s finest is gonna give er 2010 style.

Rules

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• Before asking Sam a question, look to make sure it hasn't already been asked.

What do you want to know from Sam Hill?
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548 Comments

  • + 360
 Sam , what's your take on Aaron Gwinn not
Winning since he started riding on the Demo
& what was your reason for leaving the big S?
  • - 117
flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:50) (Below Threshold)
 He's off Trek so he's off EPO, thats the reason. Its kinda hard to win an honest world cup. #drinkdrankdrunk #sorry
  • - 30
flag wish4dirt (Oct 5, 2013 at 12:01) (Below Threshold)
 Gatorade or H2O?
  • + 81
 Sam, exactly what DOES the fox say?
  • + 5
 i think everyone is hoping that sam hill will do what stevie did, when that is not the case. PB is doing an interview and doesnt know what to ask, so they turned to us haha
  • - 241
flag derekmccuiston (Oct 5, 2013 at 19:46) (Below Threshold)
 Why are you such an ass hole sam hill ........
  • + 29
 26inch, 650b, or 29er, what do you prefer and what's your take on the whole tire size controversy
  • + 3
 Do you think the UCI should let the riders select the tracks for the following years world cup rounds? There are enough riders across Mens, Womans and Juniors field to make it even. (Im my eyes the guy coming last every race would rather ride Val Di Sole over Pietermaritzburg)
  • + 0
 ^ only problem wwith that is the venues are having to pay fairly large sums of money to host the venue under the "uci world cup" flag. so its like a bunch of people in whistler forcing whistler to put a world cup there. it just wont happen.
  • + 1
 Man juice obviously.
  • + 3
 railing ruts or nailing sluts?
  • + 228
 What other bikes did you test before decided to join Nukeproof?
  • + 219
 Ass or titties?
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flag BOBSAGETJr (Oct 5, 2013 at 9:46) (Below Threshold)
 are your balls huge??
  • + 44
 sam whats been your craziest experience ever on and off your bike?
  • + 73
 What do you think the UCI needs to do to improve World Cup track selection?
  • + 22
 Is it tough being away from your family traveling the world? Do they come with you?
  • + 37
 Please tell us your favourite joke Smile
  • - 8
flag nation (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:32) (Below Threshold)
 Do you run your brakes 'moto' style or in standard configuration?
  • + 14
 He runs them 'Moto' style like all people in Aus (and other countries that drive on the left) you can see it in the picture at the top of the page.
  • - 41
flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:50) (Below Threshold)
 ass. #iamsamhill
  • + 5
 Wasn't even thinking...
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flag Pdownful (Oct 6, 2013 at 6:30) (Below Threshold)
 Hey sam your a huge fan of mine, Ive been doing are Locale FVMBA races and have won 2 of 4 them and came 1st in series final for all the Super D enduro. I feel i can ride better and have my skill higher. I got to ride with wade simmons in the area, he showed me some tips on how to break my nervous system, but when i get in that mood i ride horribly am just scared to let off the break. Ive talked to some people. they say i have high Potential in riding and i have the right skills but need to learn how to let off the break a bit. if you could provide any tips and or ideas? It would be great, Cheers from William Big Grin -- From British Columbia Canada
  • + 6
 Actually, a lot of people in Australia still run your 'standard' configuration. Any rider that has moved from BMX to DH will usually run this set-up, like Troy Brosnan for example.
  • + 188
 If I was not a badass world champion mountain biker I'd probably be a _____________?
  • + 155
 if ironhorse was ever re established would you consider riding for them again?
  • - 36
flag elanto (Oct 5, 2013 at 9:47) (Below Threshold)
 ^^ iron horse are still going they just make some halfords/walmart style bikes that are just terrible, if they made their 'Real' bikes again i would so get another one, my first bike was an iron horse and loved it

So sam what did you think of your sunday ? you blitzed everything on that, if they started again would you ride for them ?
  • + 21
 Iron Horse sold their company along with their name so no, the company is not really "still going." way to steal someone else's question
  • + 5
 ye ironhorse are well and truly gone, its a pitty cus there 2010 sunday proto type looked sick
  • - 22
flag elanto (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:37) (Below Threshold)
 FYI iron horse is infact still going just not at the same calibre from when sam was racing for them

yes new owner but still going none the less

www.ironhorsebikes.com/catalog/product/view/id/68/category/399
  • + 0
 yes... if you are in to department store quality...they are going and going strong. My 4 yr old has a better bike!!!
  • - 20
flag elanto (Oct 5, 2013 at 12:31) (Below Threshold)
 Are you guys total f*ckwits or what Jesus !! Im not saying the current line up is good because it so isn't they are shit bikes, kiat saying for actuall fact the brand of iron horse is still going, if you don't believe it then you are 100% another stupid american a*shole
  • - 18
flag Fostered (Oct 5, 2013 at 12:41) (Below Threshold)
 my 4 yr old also just air punched you in the fottin brit balls. When you make bikes that lame you might as well rebrand...its a shame. Thanks for the fact check Sherlock.
  • - 5
flag elanto (Oct 5, 2013 at 12:56) (Below Threshold)
 No problem ass hat :cheers:
  • + 0
 You keep saying the new iron horse is shit but the iron horse you used to have was one of the best bikes ever, yet the iron horse you had is one of the new ones...
  • - 5
flag elanto (Oct 5, 2013 at 13:32) (Below Threshold)
 Nope, mine was an 06 ojiki FR
  • - 5
flag elanto (Oct 5, 2013 at 13:47) (Below Threshold)
 The new ones are shit, they're like the equivalent of halfruads apollo's, in not saying the new Sunday was shit "2010 prototype" that was amazing, the new owners have destroyed the good name that it was under sam hills feet back n the day the ojiki, kumincho, Sunday were awesome bikes
  • + 7
 If you loved the iron horse Sunday then you can ride it's reincarnation in the pivot phoenix.
  • + 2
 different owners, different frames, different engineers, different factory, different components, different quality, different management = different company
  • - 4
flag elanto (Oct 6, 2013 at 12:37) (Below Threshold)
 same name..............................................................................
  • + 4
 @elanto, I can't tell if you're trolling or really that dumb. They are completely different company's, nothing is the same except the fact that this company bought the right to slap the name Iron Horse on their bikes.
  • + 4
 I'm pretty sure thats what elanto meant to begin with but wires were crossed or something.
  • + 1
 He didn't because he said, "if they made their 'Real' bikes again". "They" can't make their "real" bikes again because the company that is now Iron Horse never designed or made any "real" quality bikes to begin with.
  • + 2
 You guys know that the new owner of Iron Horse is Dorel Industries who also owns GT and Cannondale. They own a couple shitty bike brands as well, but they already have 2 big, successful bike brands under their name so keeping Iron Horse as they were isn't really necessary for them. IMHO the bikes they make now are perfectly fine for beginners to the MTB scene and kids. They will never be a big DH WC scene bike company anymore. But fuck me I want a Sunday so bad.
  • + 136
 What's the one thing you are OCD about when it comes to race day, do you have any superstitions?
  • + 9
 This question deserves more props, I really want to hear his answer on the subject...
  • + 128
 Why is it that you choose to still run flats while the rest of the field is running clipless? Do you feel any disadvantage in speed compared to the other racers by doing this?
  • + 22
 Also wanted to say you've been a major idol to me and probably most everyone in the community for years. Watching you race is what really got me into the sport and I look forward to seeing more of your races in the future! Keep ripping!
  • - 12
flag elanto (Oct 5, 2013 at 9:49) (Below Threshold)
 He's just keeping it real Wink
  • + 4
 I would think he wouldn't be doing it if he felt a disadvantage in speed..
  • - 14
flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:52) (Below Threshold)
 Flat pedals get the medals. #iamsamhill
  • + 2
 Also, why do you think most racers ride clips (again) these days? Level has gone up/smaller margins? Tracks have become more straight forward? Fashion? The sport maturing to a more 'professional' level?
  • + 2
 Maybe he does feel a disadvantage in speed but can't ride clipped in! Clips can do everything a flat can do and more. Some guys me included can't ride dh as quick stuck to the bike. I can use clips but it normally results in slower times. Unless the course is basic,I run flats. Just all in the head,even on flats I barely ever dab a foot ,soon as I'm clipped in,its all I think about. Wish could use them though,I can see the benefits.
  • + 0
 confidence

if your not confident on clips you will never ride as fast and that very very tiny benefit on a pedal wont do anything. unless you can ride clips as fast and as confident and wild as you can flats there is no point using them. unless the track is stupid pedally like SA when what you might lose in the rough you make up in the pedal.

serious clips vs flats is way over stated its the smallest difference id rather take a 1% increase in fitness and run flats than run clips and not get any fitter.
  • + 3
 There are lots of benefits ridding clips,like that fact in the real rough stuff your feet stay planted no matter what. You can pedal over rocks roots without slipping a pedal,even with 510s I still lose a pedal occasionally. The whole ride position is different,keeping your body more central instead of off the back is way more efficient
  • - 1
 Running flats I have never lost my footing in the rough, you appear to have also ridden flats so you know the feel of flats, they do take a different approach and you get some float feel over the pedal but I have never had trouble in rock gardens or pedaling over rocks and roots with flats (even running crappy skate shows with no grip).

the benefits of hopping and feet been stuck can all been obtained with good technique on flats.

clipless can also cover up poor technique, riders who rely on the clips for hopping or moving the bike, as soon as you put them on flats they cant hop or move properly. (obviously not all riders are like this)
  • + 1
 You should never be relying on clipless for crucial fundamental skills. how often do you actually see those wc riders on flats slip a pedal? very very rarely. Its not a big issue if you know how to ride on flats.
  • + 1
 I do ride flats but only because I'm not as confident clipped in. Don't get me wrong,flats are great and maybe more fun and definitely better for learning your skills on. I've been riding 20 years I can hop, jump,drift etc on flats just fine. I'm saying for pros who have these skills dialed in,then imo clips are better because they do everything a flat can do and more. Id say most pros who ride flats do so because they're slower clipped in due to the mental side of it more than anything else . If you've NEVER? Slipped a peddle when riding flats over rough terrain id say your not riding that fast or maybe that rough a track. Or maybe your awesome lol.
  • + 1
 Obviosuly awesome haha nah I don't know, my speed and trails are perfectly fast and rough dont worry, Gotta be after all its dh Smile Iv just never slipped one. Either luck or just good flat control I don't know, but I'm way more likely to go off line or crash than slip a pedal.
Yeah I see the advantage of a clipless but only if its not slowing them down elsewhere. That was my previous point. Its not something you would sacrifice other areas for, I think people over estimate the clipless vs flats debate. For a wc rider yes it's more valid but the would assume they have very identically runs with no time to be made elsewhere with only the pedal left. We know there is lots more time to be made up in the rough we have seen it in previous races. Its rarely if ever going to be a deciding factor. If you put Sam on clipless and Hannah on flats mick would still out pedal Sam, his just better in that area.
Clipless vs flats is the worse debate its probably the most pointless but the biggest one too lol.
  • + 125
 what do you think of the current world cup tracks being dumbed down into bike parks, when you compare them to the past tracks that werent based on a bike park setting? how have you had to alter your style/training to adapt to this new style of wc courses?
  • + 4
 There is still some rough tracks on the WC circuit...
  • + 13
 i was in MSA this year..even with everyone saying that it was dumbed down.. its still pretty fucking hardcore at some point.
  • + 2
 Was scrolling down to type a similar question, looks like you beat me to it. Great wording though!
  • + 1
 the same few people are at the top, so it all balances out. If a WC racer can only compete on one type of track then he is a one trick pony.
  • + 117
 What's the best World Cup track you've ever ridden, results aside?
  • + 8
 My guess is Andorra
  • + 4
 Mont Saint-Anne Wink
  • + 9
 I'm pretty sure Schladming and Maribor, he is unstoppable on this track
  • + 9
 Schladming Obvs
  • + 12
 surely champery
  • + 2
 Willingen Big Grin
  • + 3
 He said it was Andorra at that race.
  • - 11
flag WAKIdesigns (Oct 6, 2013 at 3:59) (Below Threshold)
 I love all of the commenting and propping activity under this article... people can opinionate and speculate on absolutely anything, like what is Sam Hill going to answer to a question. Let's run a poll to make it more exciting. Negropping a non-insulting question is a gem, buahah - "I think your question is stupid!"

This is genuine troll madness - you guys made my day
  • - 1
 Gotta be Bright!
  • + 3
 oh crap waki is at it again
  • + 85
 Do you ever wish you could hear Rob Warner's "Commentary" of semi-swearing, yelling, and screaming like a madman on pure caffiene mixed with about 20 redbulls and a mountain dew during your race runs? Or is it preferable to just hear the sound of your bike on the dirt and the occasional scream from spectators?
  • - 10
flag dynamatt Plus (Oct 5, 2013 at 9:35) (Below Threshold)
 Occasional? That's how you know you're an American
  • + 82
 Hi sam. I race and find my self sticking to one gear really down the course. Over a wc track do you change gear alot. Cheers dude
  • + 3
 This is actually a really good question! I'm the same as you, same gear unless there's a bad stick point.
  • + 5
 If they didn't use their gears, I'm sure they'd take em off to save weight. I have seen pics of WC bikes with a cassette modified to be 6 speed.
  • + 2
 modified or the micro drive? either way im sure both exist. the micro drive is a 6 speed out the back with a smaller ring up front it gives a very similar range to a 9-10 speed but gives more clearance and less shifting. There are also those who modify their drives to take out the unused gears.

You would find most do use gears, they figure out what gear they need to be in before the next pedal so they can power straight away with maximum acceleration. In the entre you hear sam talking about it during track walk.
  • + 74
 would you rather? fight 100 duck sized horses, or 1 horse sized duck.
  • + 11
 HAHA I ask people this all the time!
  • + 11
 just need a kiwi accent for that question Big Grin
  • + 55
 If you met hoolydooly in person, would you hit him over the head with your handlebars, or smash him in the face with some flat pedals?
  • + 5
 Hahahahaah
  • + 3
 hahahaha
  • + 3
 Do you notice a difference in humour between Americans and the rest of the civilized world?
  • + 3
 Well, I haven't seen too much of the "civilized world" so I won't speak to all of it, but the riders from France and Greece liked it. I'd say those are both civilized non-American countries.
  • + 52
 Sam now that you have tried 650b bike what's your opinion on it? PS i wish you all the best for the next season,cheers
  • + 49
 Do you recommend using a neck brace? does it change your way of riding?
  • + 2
 Im not Sam, but I ride with a brace and I dont even notice it when I ride. I havnt taken a crash with it on so it might give you a psychological boost of confidence a that if you fall you wont get as hurt
  • + 5
 my friend broke his collarbone in 3 pieces last week, doctors said that the neckbrace broke his colarbone, with the pressure of the helmet on it, if he didnt wear it this day, he would have broke his neck... so yeah a neckbrace cost less than a rolling char.
  • + 43
 Hey Sam dude, do you thing there is any weight to the Pringles claim that once you pop you cant stop, or is it just a marketing gimmick?
  • - 42
flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:53) (Below Threshold)
 More of a Doritos kinda man. #iamsamhill
  • + 8
 @hoolydooly No, you're not. Sam Hill doesn't ride a Gt Ruckus and spend his weekends trolling on PB
  • - 3
 ...and you're a total f*#king gronk, so f#%k off. And you probably ride bikes like a complete newb.
  • - 8
flag hoolydooly (Oct 6, 2013 at 9:33) (Below Threshold)
 Look at my video's man, you'll notice i don't ride a Ruckus. And this has been a very productive weekend thankyou very much. There has been motorcycles and parties and concerts and all sorts.
  • + 1
 just looked at 3 of your vids and they are nothing special. Just an average PB vid that only your buddies have viewed #youwishyouweresamhill
  • + 40
 Hey Sam, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions.

1.) You've won in Lycra and you've won in baggies. Do you have a preference?
2.) Tubes, or tubeless? What's the average psi range you use?
3.) Maxxis and Schwalbe both make fantastic tires, how has it been to switch from one to the other? What is your current favourite Scwalbe tread? What was your favourite Maxxis tread?
4.) How has being a Dad affected your racing and riding?
5.) You have competed at the highest level on dw link, FSR, and now a linkage driven single pivot. With all respect to your current and past sponsors, do you have a favourite?
6.) Do you use the Schwalbe Super Gravity casing at all, or a full dual ply casing for racing?
  • + 8
 Answer no 5!
  • + 42
 when did you start racing and how long did it take to get your first sponsor?
  • - 34
flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:53) (Below Threshold)
 3 yeaes #iamsamhill
  • + 23
 why are you responding to the questions?
  • + 11
 And how did that sponsor notice you?
  • + 35
 Being honest Sam.....Does the bike realy matters that much or in the top world cup stage where all the guys are competing in a tight milisecond level....its more about the rider ???

And another question Sam .....After all these years of being sponsored ......Do you ever feel like you get tired of selecting your rigs and components from the sponsorship base ??
I mean had you ever liked to be free to choose your bike and the components independent from the sponsorship and basically only for what you like your self.......

I was a fan of yours and still am........im only 20 days older than you from a country you may never even think people ride bikes for fun .....therefore it certainly had never even crossed your mind we have Sam fans here who are looking forward to see what their totem wears... what bike and parts he uses and etc................

I have always tried to keep our nation up with your news .....

www.bike20.ir/showthread.php?t=3357
  • + 31
 What do you see as having changed between the years you were dominating the field (06-09) and now? And what needs to change for you to get back on top of the podium again?
  • - 1
 In prehistoric times, humans only lived to be in their mid 20's to 30's. Genetically, you have higher testosterone levels and more physical fitness during these younger years.
  • + 1
 That's great. Sam is 28 or so, as is Gee, Minnaar is 31, Hannah is 29, Peaty (granted, he's no longer on the podium) is 94. I don't think Sam's age has anything whatsoever to do with it.
  • + 31
 What were the biggest differences between the Demo and the Nukeproof?
  • + 2
 chainstays
  • + 41
 One of them is a DH bike ?
  • + 6
 ^ Nailed it!!
  • + 1
 Sam got his Nukeproof to run shorter stays.
  • + 30
 Was doing this interview part of your contract? If so, are you planning to review your contract for next season?
  • + 25
 Are you going to reply to a single comment
  • + 2
 If he is in Australia at the moment he will be asleep. He just has a hell of a lot to catch up on during breakfast!
  • - 33
flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:59) (Below Threshold)
 #that all depends on what kind of Australian he is. Some of us tend to party all night, sleep all day, and send pinkbike messages as sam hill before we sleep. #iamsamhill #stopping now #sorry
  • + 2
 All I was saying is that because he isn't answering yet, doesn't mean that he won't reply.
  • + 6
 it says ask Sam Hill anything, nobody said he was going to reply. (just kidding)
what i read in some comments below was that the pinkbike staff will select some of this questions and then they will have an interview with him, this is not going to be like stevie Smith ask anything post.
  • + 2
 He's not personally replying to any of these comments.... Someone is going to sort them and find out which ones are worth replying to and then they're going to be in a video interview........ .. . . .. .. . . .. .. . .. . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. . ... .. . . .. .. .. .. ... . .. . . . .. . .. ... . . . .....................
  • + 23
 Do you often go on trail/xc rides as part of your training...if not, would you consider it to be a good way to train?
  • + 0
 These days it's hard to find a WC DH racer that does not spend more time training on trail bike than they do on their actual race bike. It's great for physical conditioning as well as making you a smoother rider.
  • + 2
 I'd imagine if you train on you big rig all the time you'd be more likely to have a big spill?
  • + 20
 I'm gonna ask the most important question here..... JEDI or SITH?
  • - 1
 He's Han solo
  • - 45
flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:55) (Below Threshold)
 Jedi. #iamsamhill
  • + 17
 You rarely ride in the rain, yet you easily adapt to those slippery and wild tracks. which type of terrain ( in the dry) do you think helps you to be comfortable on those wet tracks?
  • + 4
 How do you know he rarely rides in the rain? Australia isn't one big desert you know.
  • + 5
 Champery in 200...7? During an intetview after his wicked, wild, and arguably one of the most historic rides, Steve Jones asked him about riding in the rain, and Sam said he doesn't ride in the rain back home. "You get your bike muddy".
  • + 3
 Fair point
  • + 2
 I think it's because everything we ride on in WA is rubbish for grip. Mostly pea gravel, silt like icing sugar and sand. Although the powdery stuff does get pretty wild when it rains. Could be wrong though...
  • + 15
 After following you on instagram, I have come to see you are a very happy man with your beautiful wife and your awesome kid. Has this effected your overall outlook on DH racing? With so many more important things on your mind, do you still find time to train as much as you would have 5 years ago?
  • + 4
 I wanted to ask a similar question as I now have a 20 month old and another on the way. To add to your question, how do you balance your home life and maintain the same motivation and drive? Where do you see yourself/what would you like to be doing in 5+ years from now?
Cheers!
  • + 15
 Your come back from shoulder injury is an inspiration to fans around the world that are themselves recovering from shoulder injury. Can you talk about your injury a little? What type of shoulder injury was it, was the surgery absolutely necessary, what type of surgery did you have, what did you do to recover, how does it feel now?

Ps. PB. I would love to know what course of action the world cup riders take for a ac grade 3/4 separation. Surgery or not? What are athlete outcomes for those who have surgery vs those that don't. Describe pain, strength, endurance and flexibility. If you could do it over again would you stick with your choice of (surgery or no surgery)?

All the best Sam!
Thanks PB.
  • + 19
 How wide is your handlebar?
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flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:54) (Below Threshold)
 745mm #iamsamhill
  • + 30
 Ban the TROLL!!!
  • + 9
 yeah. someone needs to ban this cat
  • - 28
flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 18:52) (Below Threshold)
 Im not fucking trolling. thats how wide they are. Well, troys are anyway,.
  • + 1
 He has sig bars made by nukeproof, my guess is he uses them, so go look on their website
  • + 2
 He may have cut them down though
  • + 3
 True, but when you have sig bars, they're generally tailored to your needs and likes so that cutting down isn't needed.
  • + 1
 I guess
  • + 16
 Do you ever use clips on your dh or xc bike?
  • - 38
flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:59) (Below Threshold)
 #no, only on my road bike. #onlysamhill
  • + 3
 There were actually pictures of him on a road bike during some specialized camp. He was wearing baggies and using flat pedals! Which actually makes sense as he rides flats on his dh rig
  • - 2
 Look at his Instagram, i called him out on it and he said "only on my road bike"
  • + 1
 Fucking hell saxon shut up. if your trying to be funny its not working.. if your parties are bunch of your mates sitting up til 3am thinking your funny as on pinkbike then yes you do 'party' all night. fuck me dead you can be so lame sometimes
  • - 5
flag hoolydooly (Oct 6, 2013 at 19:32) (Below Threshold)
 Hahahahaha. Get your angry on mate. Just because you didn't get any red cordial.
  • + 1
 lol, you really need to be back in pre school
  • + 13
 You son Bam is going to be a little ripper, when are you going to put him on a nukeproof?
  • + 3
 He's already on it bro ;D... If you are on instagram, Bam already have his bike XD
  • + 2
 Hes definitely going to be a ripper. Id say he might go dirt bike though. he loves his little dirtbike haha
  • + 10
 Psychologically, how badly did your crash at Fort Bill affect your approach to racing, and what did you do to work past it? Does it still niggling your approach to riding now that you have a family?
  • + 11
 If you could have one super power what would it be and why?

I thought a non riding question would be refreshing to answer....
  • + 12
 What is your favorite top 3 WC tracks?
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flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:55) (Below Threshold)
 schladming, Valnoord, Maribor. #iamsamhill
  • + 12
 hey Sam, what music gets u stoked to ride....
  • - 1
 please say METAL \m/
  • + 8
 Hey Sam,
Just curious about the tats. It doesn't seem all that long ago that you got into body art and how come? and how was the season as a whole for you? and lastly is 6 races enough or not? appreciate the time
  • + 8
 do you still have outrageous samapolloza party's after worlds are done? and what's the funniest thing that's ever happened at one?
Thanks Sam, your a top gun mountain bike pilot!
  • + 8
 Hi Sam, it's great to see you being a big part of, and enjoying Pagey's team - rather than the big corporate machine. Any chance you are racing Oceania Champs in Mid March at the Awesome Mt Hutt track NZ?
  • + 2
 haha and crc isn't a big corporate machine!? That said they are by far the best shop out there
  • + 11
 Sam have you ever thought about entering rampage?
  • + 10
 Would you consider running at Red Bull Rampage?
  • + 10
 Do you remember calling me and a couple others homos on Instagram?
  • + 10
 How has being a father changed your take on World Cup racing?
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 Or your riding in general for that matter?
  • + 10
 Sam do you miss riding with your ex team mates brendog and troy?
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 How much difference a bike frame can make?
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 Keep riding flats for all of us old school riders.
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 Would you like to see the World Cup series being a little longer with perhaps one in Oz and one in NZ? Its a long time til June!
  • + 9
 What's your strength training regiment on/off season?
  • + 8
 Are you going to take tips from Smith and perfect the upper lip aero advantage this season?
  • + 6
 How is life living up-side-down in Australia? Did it take much time to get used to riding bikes not being up-side-down when you rode in the USA and Europe?
  • + 8
 Do you miss Jacy being in your corner.
  • + 7
 Whats the difference between a redbull sponsored athlete and a monster sponsored?
  • + 7
 if you could chose to be an animal, any animal, which one would you be? why?
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flag hoolydooly (Oct 5, 2013 at 11:57) (Below Threshold)
 Koala, Because they chill it a tree's all day. duh. #iamsamhill.
  • + 6
 Your a badass. Plain and simple. Most exciting rider to watch. No need to reply...
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 His a badass?
  • + 6
 if i made you a sandwich and didn't tell you what was in it... would you eat it?
  • + 6
 Do you like shooting with people? Anything you would change about working with photographers / filmers? or do you love it!
  • + 3
 Its 6am Aussie time guys! Sam congrats on some top results in 2013, feel its close to a win soon! Q - What would you like to see happen with WC DH in terms of number of rounds in a season and what type of tracks countires would you like to see them held! All the best for 2014, am still a believer in you winning again, stay the course, cheers Sam!
  • + 7
 Do you own or ride a hardtail? If so, why?
  • + 6
 Why don't more pro's wear neck braces and should some form of back protection be mandatory?
  • + 3
 Do you think you gonna be able to regain that number 1 position next season in the world cup overall like you used in the past ? And this year we've seen glimpses of the older you, are we going to see them again ? And dude, you are a absolute legend !
  • + 7
 What's your personal best squat/deadlift?
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 1.What's your training daily routine during season,what you do to improve your skills?Especially I'm curious how you train riding in mud conditions in Australia Big Grin

2.How can I get your signature?
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 Iron horse or specialized? If you had to sign for one of them again, which one? And why?

Btw, you are my hero.
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 Yea, a professional athlete will answer this ...
  • + 8
 His answer will be nukeproof, because they pay his bills.
  • + 7
 How did you pull such a good looking lady? Any tips or tricks?
  • + 2
 Kovarik has raced the Fontana Winter Series, and it helped him significantly with his World Cup results, as well as other things, I'm sure. Gwin races them, and the Athertons have raced them. You do come to SoCal, so do you think you might do a few of the races this coming year?
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 I second this! Come on out to our ghetto series - you'll have fun. Last one I attended, Gwin Beat Mik Hannah by .2 or something like that. Some great riders have ridden "the wall."
  • + 3
 Would ya consider bringing the family over to NZ for a holiday and ride some trails here? Brook lives here in napier , awesome costal city with tons of riding and only a few hours from other sick locations to ride!
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 I agree
  • + 2
 Few questions here:

- Do you think being a father has changed your mentality regarding the races? I mean, does it affect your aproach on the track on the risk taking side of things?

- I thought you were gonna try clips on SA because all of the pedal, seing you chose not to use them, do you think you will ever race a WC clipped in?

- Now that the season is over, how did you think you adapted to the new bike, new team, new mechanic, etc? Were you happy with how the season went?

- When does offseason training begins for you? How is a tipical training day for you?
  • + 6
 Do you like kate upton's tits?
  • + 5
 Some say that you could've ridden MX at a national level. What made you choose DH over MX?
  • + 2
 Gonna give it a try with so many questions arround not sure if I'll get an answer. In the past your position was very forward on the bike, moto like, these days I see you're staying more towards the rear. The geometry you're riding should push you even more forward. Really curious on your logic about this change. Heal up well mate, and best of luck next season! Cheers
  • + 5
 What do you feel when listening to people screaming by your name at the time of descent ? go sammm, you is the best.
  • + 1
 Sam, I am a big fan of yours and I think your riding style the best. This year 2013 you came at a increasing in World Cup Dh, but watching all the steps, I see that the slopes are more cade with a driving style that requires a lot of physical conditioning, the rider has to pedal all the time . Do you think that you use flat pedals, it interferes with his time of descent, because the pilots who descend clipped has a certain advantage in this part, or if you train more conditioning physico can compensate for this? Well technically you have to spare.
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 Congrats on the season!!! I know your goal is 1st and 1st, and then 1st, but well, it didn't go bad at all. I've been your fan since the IronHorse years....I had 2 Sundays hahaha...Congrats on the kid too!

Second, have you ridden tracks, trails in Costa Rica? If not, you should come down here (mid Dec thru April are the best months since it is drier). Alot of good race tracks, and epic trails as well.

Cheers!!!!
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 Sam, how did you get through the tough times in your career and stay positive? How did you first start riding and who is your inspiration?
  • + 1
 Hello Sam! How much time do you spend in other sports off seasson? Do you do some complement training as motocross, skiing etc ?

What are the best type of regim in the gym for DH riding? Max strengt? Core? Plyos? A mix of everything?
  • + 1
 Sam, can you pop round to my aunt cousins on wangoola terrace, and say hi for me. Haven't seen her in ages.

The above is true, but on a Dh topic: I'm glad you pulled the finger out this year. We all still wish we had a % of your talent on a bike.

Good luck for 2014
  • + 1
 I'm curious if you have ridden any longer travel 29'er bikes and/or any 650B downhill bikes (regardless of brand) and if you have any thoughts on their viability and potential future in downhill racing? Have you ever considered racing a wheel size other than your regular 26" downhill bike during a world cup race? Thanks for your time!
  • + 3
 Sam,
With a world cup event coming to the states next season. have you ridden much in the states and would you like to see more world cups in the states?
  • + 1
 Hi Sam!

How is your knee doing? i hope you can race full on the next season and looking forward at seeing you at your rightful place.. #1

If NukeProof ask you to design another DH bike, would you prefer it with the "look and feel" of the IronHorse Sunday? I think IronHorse Sunday's only purpose was to WIN and designed perfectly to you! With respect to Specialized and Nukeproof, Sam Hill is Sunday!

Hoping for a fast recovery! see you in the next Sea Otter Festival!
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 Hey Sam,was great to see you fit, happy & super competitive this season!!!
It looked like you were enjoying it all again!!!
I cant help but think your times would improve even more with clip-in pedals. Have you ever tried them during a race? Why do you continue to refuse to them?
Cheers heaps-luv ya work!!!
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 he has used them for races like south africa, clips are not going to improve a rider if it also damages other areas.
for instance you gain very little on clips on a dh run (fitness is going to be much bigger on a pedal) and most the time is made up in the rough and corners, if going to clips would stop sams killer instinct in the rough the small benefit he gains on a pedal section wouldnt mean anything. some riders go over board on flats because they are too confident, sam controls this perfectly. if anything id say flats give him an advantage.

If you can ride with the same head on clips then there may be a small benefit, but even then its so small its rarely going to be the deciding factor. Its all about comfort

unless there is so much pedaling where it outweighs flats it wont matter. SA is a exception hence why we saw so many dude running bigger wheels and clipping in or dropper posts.

Id like to here him respond to this but im fairly sure it will be along the lines of "Im comfortable on flats and see no benefit for majority of tracks."
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 Do you have a cat ?
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 or dog?
  • - 1
 He has a pug (or more than one)
  • + 1
 No questions from me just glad to see you in some top spots where you belong seems like the pulse is a better fit than the demo.. I went to a 2013 scalp not to bad a lot better than my old demos.. Hope next WC season your sittin in the #1 spot
You are the man the legend !! Thanks for your time !!
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 Would you ever consider coming to NZ for some riding? you are still most peoples favorite downhiller in in NZ Smile
  • + 1
 Agreed. Well, favourite rider after Wyn, Brook, Sam, Cam and those lovable rogues from the Marae...
  • + 1
 Dear Sam,
Do you mountain bike better knowing you are being video recorded (broadcasted on live TV) or vice versa?
Please respond- this is a for my local science fair

By your biggest fan,
Stefan Hubrich
  • + 1
 Hi Sam,

Much of the PB community are very negative about UCI involvement in our sport. As a professional what is your take? Do you think they add to our sport? What do they bring to an event that we (the ccommunity) don't see? Are there any rules or regulations that hold us back?

Thanks and best of luck for the future!
  • + 5
 Would you prefer to have a finger as a willy, or 5 willies as fingers?
  • + 1
 Extremely disappointed. I have just returned from this event. only 20 odd people turned up. The bike they promised to be on show wasnt even there. There was not even a mention of it. There were no freebies, vouchers etc that you would expect not even stickers from CRC or Sams Sponsors, such a shame not to make the most and maximise the exposure of this marketing opportunity. Meeting Sam in person was cool though.
  • + 2
 Do you enjoy coming to the local PDMBC WA State Rounds and smashing everyone?
Because i love it. Coming into Elite this year im really hoping to see you at a race to show us how fast a World Cup racer is..
  • + 1
 Congratulations on your success and I really admire that you are still fighting to get back to the top. I want to know how you keep momentum so strong over rough terrain, be it rough corners or rocks or roots that make everyone slide. how do you hold such solid and consistent lines, Obviously its an intangible skill that sets you aside. Also how did you learn to corner so damn fast. Good luck for 2014 Im looking forward to your comeback
  • + 1
 Hi Sam. Who do you consider was/is your best team mate? For quite few years you have been on team with Brendan Fairclough, you have the same riding style "foot out flat out". Do you even nowadays practise with him sometimes during WC Season or you pay your attention to your new team mates? What about Troy Brosnan, young kid ripping these days. He beated you in some races though Smile

Wish you the best for 2k14 Season Wink Kill it!
  • + 6
 Sam, bongs or joints?
  • + 4
 Sam is it hard to be you?
There is roomer your a pipe fitter is that true?
  • + 1
 Hi Sam, if you had to choose only one, would you choose to ride for fun or purely just to race? That's my 1st question. My 2nd question is. I know it's a long way off, but what are you planning on doing after DH? I mean quite a few go into the enduro side of things. Just be good to know your potential future path. And thanks for being so great to watch! Never a let down!

P.s at fort William, I don't know if you remember the start of your qualifying run, a black rucksack with programmes in it fell all over the track... If you can remember that, did it put you off your concentration at all? We were going sick at the guy who did it!
  • + 5
 could you imagine today with the Iron Horse Sunday to win a World Cup?
  • + 1
 Just wanted to say, I have been racing/following/loving downhill racing since 1998, and you have continued to be one of the most talented and exciting-to-watch riders in downhill racing. Pretty incredible that two of the most impressive runs in downhill racing, while not resulting in a win, continue to be some of the best riding I've ever watched. (Champery 07 and Worlds in 08 ). Way to go on a hell of a career, and keep up the great riding.
  • + 3
 Sir Sam,
How do you prepare mentally for races? Do you work with any visualization coaches? Can you tell beforehand if you are going to have a good race run? Many thanks!
  • + 1
 Sam, did you make any custom changes to the linkage or geo of your pulse? Did you ride the scalp? big differences?? Nukeproof's future looks really promising, Lots of really good bikes. tell them they need more dealers and support in the states!!
  • + 2
 Hey Sam would just like to say thanks for the signed crank and the shirt, means a lot, thank Merv aswell from what I heard he's a top bloke! Your a complete legend, come ride in wales! Thanks again Dave
  • + 2
 Obviously this has been a better season than the 2 previous, would you put that down to you being 100% fit again from injuries or the support of CRC and the new pulse? P.s ordered a pulse frame about 30 mins ago Wink
  • + 1
 We know you hate answering bs questions like this one. How much of a paycut would you be willing to take to just race, no other sponsor commitments?

Do you make more doing this job than you would if you had a normal job?

Given how much golfers make, are you going to push your young bloke into that instead?

Are you into cricket?
  • + 4
 Are you fed up of finishing around 5th instead of being where you should be (Number 1)?
  • + 1
 Sam I'm 34 married with a seven month old and work long hrs (work construction, 60-70hrs a week) riding time is limited for me. If you were stuck for time like I'm sure most people are what sort of riding would you dedicate most of your time to.
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 All Mountain/Enduro...that's what I did at least! hahah.....34 y/o, 6months old baby, married....used to DH and race locally but I've made alot more of my time on an AM rig since I depend on no one for the shuttles, plus, I don't need to shuttle hehehe....These bikes are awesome now days..uphill: check, downhill: check, jumps: check, tech stuff: check, awesomeness: check...they do it all.
  • + 1
 What age did you start riding downhill? And has continually kept you motivated during injuries, bad placings and stuff like that as I am only 15 and would like to start doing super enduro or even downhill mountain biking. Thanks
  • + 2
 Is it difficult focusing on a race season that requires you to be away from your family for such large chunks of time? Especially since all the races are usually within North America and Europe?
  • + 3
 Have you any vidéo project, like webisode, short edits, or big prod video ?
  • + 2
 Hey Sam!
What would you say that has kept you these years away from the top position?
I hope you get back soon to the position you belong!
  • + 2
 How does it feel to be teammates with Jack Fogelquist? I'm sure it's a little intimidating for you due to how big time he is.
  • + 4
 Sam, do think there is a future for 650b downhill-bikes?
  • + 1
 Hey Sam, you are my favorite Downhill Mtn. Biker. My name is Henri and I am 5 Yrs. old from Seattle. I want to know the best way of learning to take jumps while still going fast down the course...? Thanks Sam!
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 what the f*ck is going on in here ??? Is this kind a joke??? who's sam here if HOOLY DOOLY is sam why are all his answers neg propped ??? wtf is going on ?!!!
  • + 1
 We have a unique and down to earth culture for riding, Would you like to see downhill go the commercial route for more support and money for riders or do you feel that would cause more harm than good to the sport.
  • + 1
 what advise would you give to a 14 year old boy looking to buy a new full sus mountain bike. Second hand/make your self or wait till you got enough money to buy yourself a new one. or just go for hardtail ?
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 #whydoyouusesomanyhashtags?
  • + 2
 Sam. i've watched you pull through crashes and still win races. how do you keep so focused and not concentrate on the past so you can push forward ?
From Sam.
  • + 3
 Does the new charger damper in the fork feel better than the one it replaced?
  • + 1
 Sam, I know there are ups and downs in a racers career , are you still feeling the fire to keep putting in the effort to keep competing traveling and racing at the elite level in years to come?
  • + 4
 What advice would you give to an aspiring young downhiller
  • + 5
 Ban 650b in Downhill?
  • + 3
 Do you think people asking whether you prefer a previous sponsors bike over your current sponsors bike, are muppets?
  • + 2
 Who was the most influential team-mate thus far in your career? Also, which rider(s) influenced you to even think about a career in DH?
  • + 4
 What is your favourite bike park to ride?
  • + 1
 HI Sam,
Do you have any advice on the mental side of things? How do you get the mind-body connection working? Any books that you could recommend? Do you see a sports psychologist etc
Cheers.
  • + 3
 how were your first dh races? were you winning or was their a learning curve for you?
  • + 2
 If nobody is going to enforce the rule of banning why post the rule. Each article like this gets trolled and makes this site a troll haven.
  • + 1
 What do you see yourself doing when you stop racing. Continue within the sport doing other things, a complete change or have you got enough coin to hang up the boots and retire.
  • + 1
 Dear Sam,
Do you mtb differently (or better) when you know you are being video recorded (broadcasted live on TV) or vice versa?
Please reply; this is for my local science fair

Your biggest fan,
Stefan Hubrich
  • + 1
 Hey Sam,
How did you go around getting known when you where younger? I want to race enduro but I don't have the correct bike or enough money. What things would you recommend me doing?
THANKS!
  • + 2
 Is there anything you're looking to change in your training/attitude going into yhis next season to hopefully get some more satisfactory results?
  • + 4
 hey sam, are u going to answer any questions?
  • + 4
 Do you think your son will be a downhiller?
  • + 1
 Dear Sam,
Do you ride differently or better knowing you are being video recorded (e.g. broadcasted live on tv, gopro...). If so, why or why not do you ride better/worse when you are being "videoed"?
  • + 3
 What's up Sam? How's it going?
  • + 1
 hello sam! , as you start your day? is like to be a legend in the dh? any tips infallible to achieve the level of piloting sam?
  • + 3
 Do you use inner-tubes or tubeless and what are your tires' pressures?
  • + 3
 Hows the shoulder feeling?
  • + 0
 Oh my god!!! Tons of stupid questions and a couple of answers... very diferent from that nice public intervew from Steve. That really looks like Sam Hill. Arrogant and thinks he's god.
  • + 1
 Sam, Im a young rider trying to get faster, whats an approach to taking on rock gardens? Iv seen your races and you ride over them like they arnt even there
  • + 1
 Is there one dream location and or bike that you have never ridden but wish you could? or is there any location/ bike you wish you could go back and ride on a daily basis?
  • + 2
 If Iron Horse bikes came back would you ride for them and was the sunday your favourite ride in your career so far?
  • + 2
 What kind of things do you do during the winter (and where, if not around home)?
  • + 2
 do you ever pull your iron horse sunday's out of the garage and take them for a few shuttle laps down memory lane?
  • + 1
 Sam, when frying eggs, would you recommend only cooking one side and leaving the yolk runny, or should you flip and do both sides so its properly cooked through?
  • + 1
 Hi Sam! What do the sponsors look for in a rider to make them sponsored? I know a lot of riders that ride great but aren't sponsored!? Smile Thanks
  • + 2
 How did you get eye brows that big lol . They say if they meet in the middle it's a sighn of madness lol
  • + 1
 would you prefer there be parameters within the sport preventing riders showing up with a completely different style bike than the rest of the pack?
  • + 2
 In leogang you din t jump a jump in the Middle of the course, do you think it was still à good choice ?
  • + 2
 Sam, bro, do you even whip?


Hope you smash everyone next season, fingers crossed every race! Smile
  • + 1
 Have often do you laugh? Is it true that the only time you do is if someone is tickling you? And which rider are you closest to on a personal level?
  • + 1
 Sam, I wonder if you will visit Brazil and wants to walk around here with some pilots known as Bernardo Cruz?
I wish you every success in the world!
  • + 2
 Sam do you follow events of other dicipins like slopstyle? 2.Do you have a favorit style-trick when you race? Thanks!
  • + 1
 You and I had a son right around the same time. Has it been tough to be away for the season? How often do you Skype? Can he say daddy yet? Wink
  • + 1
 How did you take off when you were younger? i.e. how did you get to where you are now? Did you learn all by yourself? How did you manage to keep progressing?
  • + 3
 Sam,

What came first? the chicken, or the egg?
  • + 1
 What weight is your current nukeproof pulse at ?
Seeing as there quite hefty stock. Would be good to know how low the weight can get on them.
  • + 4
 38lbs it was online the other day.
  • + 1
 Hey Sam,

What was the transition like leaving a globally recognized sponsor (Specialized) to a relatively smaller marketed sponsor (Nukeproof)?
  • + 3
 What's your favorite pre-race breakfast?
  • + 1
 Sam, where abouts in the UK have you ridden and who with? (other than fort bill wc) - and all the best to next season, would love to see you on that top step once again!
  • + 1
 Hey Sam, how much have you ridden in the United States, if you have, did you like it? And why do you think that the World Cups have stopped going there?
  • + 1
 Which handlebar length makes sense? I have a Sixpack Millenium 785 mm, but I think it´s to long, so I would cut it off a bit...
  • + 2
 Who do u prefer, will, or grace?
  • + 2
 Hey Sam what workout exercises are best for gaining power in
Downhill?
  • + 1
 Sam, roughly how much have you spent on tattoo's? and is there any chance of a close up of them? cheers, Jonty
  • + 2
 how old were you when you won your first national race?
  • + 1
 which movie is your all time favourite and which series (breaking bad etc.) do you watch? Smile
  • + 1
 Just wishing you good luck man, impressive results then and im hoping to see those great results again this coming season.
  • + 2
 are you making a samapalooza 2 dvd soon? should be awesome!
  • + 0
 What will be you advise for the bigginer riders ?
what steps need to do firts
what bike or frame you cann reccomend under 2000$
  • + 2
 Net season are you considering a carbon bike, clips and and moustache?
  • + 2
 When are you having the most fun on your bike?
  • + 2
 Sam, does having a kid change the way you ride on race day?
  • + 2
 I am a huge fan ! Will you send me a picture with autograph ?
  • + 1
 If you were to buy a stock Nukeproof bike which part would you change (from your race bike) to improve it the most and why?
  • + 2
 Reason behind ur move to crc/nukeproof
  • + 2
 What's you're favorite song to get you pumped before a ride/race?
  • + 2
 would you ever give me one of ur DH bikes???
  • + 1
 Do you still have an iron horse S.S.O. ? How did you like it for the sea otter?
  • + 2
 Why did you moved from specializad to CRC?
  • + 2
 Wich one of your tittles are you most proud of?
  • + 1
 @samhill out of all of your race runs this year which was your gnarliest ? Smile
  • + 3
 Has he answered yet?
  • + 4
 Not yet. As I know he will answer not like Stevie, here in comments, but in interview style with selected questions by Pinkbike. Correct me if I'm wrong.
  • + 1
 thoughts on new zealand? ever ridden there? if so did you like it? best tracks are?
  • + 2
 Who are you're 5 favourite mountainbikers of all time?
  • + 1
 Sam, what would you tell a rider who is just now getting back on the bike after 4 months due to a gnarly crash?
  • + 2
 How do you like your eggs in the morning?
  • + 1
 Do you feel that the riders should have more of a say as to where the WCups and Wchamps are held each year?
  • + 2
 So when are you going to answer some questions?
  • + 1
 Which celebrity would you go out on a date with? (if you are / would be single)
  • + 2
 How much money does a top world cup rider like you earn?
  • + 2
 Sam, what is your opinion on the robbing of Kyle Norbraten?
  • + 1
 If you stop competing in the World Cup downhill series, would you consider doing the enduro World Series???
  • + 1
 Hey Sam, Ive been a long time fan, and I wanted to know, will you get Bam into racing DH or moto? You seem keen on both.
  • + 1
 How do you feel about the return of an Australian round of the World Cup and what do you think it will bring to our shores?
  • + 2
 With the success of the EWS do u think DH could go without the UCI?
  • + 1
 Hey sam, do you think you can send me a signed jersey..my parents r living in gidgge as well.. :p
  • + 1
 Hey sam, my question to you is; If you couldve would you have stayed on Ironhorse?
  • + 1
 Do you go out to get loose or do you push to the point where you are getting loose anyway?
  • + 2
 I see alot of comments but no sam hill answers whats going on?
  • + 3
 The questions will be asked in an interview by PB, not the Q&A comments style thing they've had in the past I think.
  • + 2
 What mx bike do you train on?
  • + 2
 Do you have any favourite ProRider?
  • + 2
 what was the best world cup event that you raced in opinion?
  • + 1
 Any chance you guys will make a sticky at the top of this post compiling the questions that will be asked?
  • + 2
 If you were on death row, what would your last meal be??
  • + 0
 A mountain of chrystal meth
  • + 2
 Hey Sam. What tyre pressures do you run for general downhill riding?
  • + 1
 Does the pressure get to you before a race? If so, how do you deal with it?
  • + 1
 what are you thoughts on downhill riding in australia and how it has devloped ?
  • + 1
 Reckon you'll ever open up sampalooza to your fans? Just imagine the chaos....
  • + 1
 Sam, I love your tats. Got any plans for any more? If so, what will they be of?
  • + 1
 Aside from riding your downhill bike, what is the other type of bike you ride to most for training purposes?
  • + 3
 Would you ever run spds
  • + 2
 How is Your knee there was a rumor that you had hurt it at the last wc
  • + 1
 Sam, is there any non released movie (to be released in a near future) with you shredding some segments?
  • + 1
 The public intervew with Steve was soooo nice and this with Sam dont have answers why
  • + 1
 Sam ,after your current contract with Nukeproof expire , will you ever consider
Riding another DW Link bike ?
  • + 2
 THE MOST STYLISH AND NATURAL RIDER IN WC CIRCUIT??
  • + 2
 if ever come to costa rica....can we go for a beer?
  • + 2
 Do you still love flats over clips. No matter what condition it is ?
  • + 2
 Who would win in a fight, Mick "Crocodile" Dundee or Chuck Norris?
  • + 0
 How did you become a great racer?

Did you just put the work in on and off the bike or were you just one of those people who were naturally talented from the beginning?
  • + 1
 I think you already know the answer...
  • + 2
 What's your favorite trail and where?
  • + 1
 Sam would you ever consider riding for Trek in the Future? Crossing fingers....=)
  • + 3
 Best dh Track for you?
  • + 2
 what is the meaning of life ?
  • + 2
 What age were you when you raced your first downhill race.
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 What was your very first sponsor, and at what age did you get it.
  • + 1
 HiWay Cycles perth about 2001 im guessing
  • + 1
 - Sam, how are you feeling with your new team? feeling motivated to fight for the top spot again?
  • + 2
 what was your most exciting race
  • + 1
 I don't think he likes the questions, He hasn't answered yet. Dying to see some of these replies.
  • + 2
 What type of training do you do on the off season ?
  • + 2
 How wide are your handlebars?? Please answer!!! Smile
  • + 2
 How do you train for Downhill races?
  • + 1
 Do you and Troy train together? What kind and how much training do you do in the off season and between races?
  • + 1
 what do you think is the most important thing to a dowhiller to keep? Mind(focus)? or fisics?
  • + 1
 What are the little thing you should change and that made you miss the first step ?
  • + 2
 What about your knee? Any idea how long it Will take to recover ?
  • + 2
 Why did you leave specialized? Did you just not like the frame anymore?
  • + 1
 i'd like to know some tips on how to get back flat out with nuts out after a serious big crash?
  • + 1
 I have some nice trail close to my house, will you be interrested to have some rest in Paris and visit us ?
  • + 2
 Who was your biggest inspiration when you were a younger rider
  • + 1
 When did you first start riding
  • + 1
 Schwalbes - DH casings or Super Gravity for DH?
  • + 1
 what size pins do u run on ya flats?
  • + 1
 What is the best part if your job and why?
  • + 1
 who is the loosest kiwi on the circut
  • + 1
 Do you think the sam hill 510 shoes are better than the minnaar 510 shoes?
  • + 1
 Hey Sam do you miss riding for Iron Horse at all?
  • + 0
 do you think your days of WC are over, or are you just going through a rough period of your career?
  • + 1
 Will you be riding any BDS again in 2014?
  • + 1
 What would you say your favourite track you've raced this season was?
  • + 1
 What is your honest opinion on Scalp versus Pulse.
  • + 1
 Do you use air-spring in front on every WC race?

10x
  • + 1
 Hi Jeko i run coil instead of air and I'm scared to come to Sopot its very hard and my bike is not ready yet Razz
  • + 1
 Are you coming to the uci world cup 2014 round two in cairns?
  • + 1
 Hello Sam!
What is your best memories about riding Mont-Sainte-Anne?
  • + 1
 What happened to this where are all Sam's answers?
  • + 1
 sam, will you even answer a question?
  • + 1
 Sam,which was your bigger crash ever?
  • + 1
 Do you prefer cornering left or right?
  • + 1
 Whereyou thinking to come to Sopot in Bulgaria?
  • + 1
 What is the worst accident you have had ?
  • + 1
 Sam,
Thank you!

#noneedtoanswer
  • + 1
 What tire size are you running?
wanted to see you at the top so much...
  • + 1
 Sam, I'm your fan and I admire his riding!
  • + 1
 how many rear mechs have you smashed?!
  • + 1
 What is your favorite pre-race meal?
  • + 0
 seems like everybody has covered all the interesting questions.. So Sam, when can we read the answers?
  • + 1
 is your middle name shreds?
  • + 1
 If you were not racing , what would your profession be ?
  • + 1
 What was your result from your first downhill race?
  • + 1
 What music do you listen before ride or during training?
  • + 2
 your biggest dream now?
  • + 1
 The best bike you have ever ridden?
  • + 2
 Definitely the iron horse Sunday...he's never ridden any other bike like he rode that thing! BRING BACK THE SUNDAY AND IRONHORSE
  • + 1
 Sam , what the diferrences of demo to nukeproof ?
  • + 1
 What did you do to get in a competitions? Start with smaller races? Smile
  • + 1
 What is your Favorit car of all time ?
  • + 1
 YOUR TARGETS FOR NEXT SEASON???
  • - 3
 Sam
You've had some great results this season, it looks like you have everything in place for this to happen; focus, determination, confidence etc.
What do you think are the key elements for you that contribute towards the top results?
  • + 7
 You just answered you're own question??
  • + 1
 More a case of a poorly stated question really. Just wanted to ask if what Sam thinks the important factors have been this past season over previous ones.
  • + 1
 I dont think there are any more important factors, to win you need to have all the factors trained. If you lack one you aint gonna get on that podium.
  • + 1
 Are you currently On the hint?
  • + 1
 is it all about the GNAR?
  • + 0
 Hi, just wondering if you had the choice would you rather be using Fox 40's or Boxxer's?
  • + 1
 Do you honestly think he is going to answer your question with "fox" you utter dim wit. Of coarse boxers will be his choice .... They pay him and he is basically a face of the SRAM company! Seriously consider what you just said - it is obvious!
  • + 1
 what does it feel like to be on a winning run ?
  • + 1
 do you think the world cup season should be longer or shorter?
  • + 1
 Why did you change from Specialized to Chainreaction/Nukeproof?
  • + 1
 Sam, how do you like riding for nukeproof?
  • + 1
 What's your take on flat pedals vs clipless
  • + 1
 Sam, do you think bright sould be a World Cup track
  • + 1
 Has there or is there been a rider that intimidates you?
  • + 1
 Weirdest thing you've experienced on the cup circuit?
  • + 0
 how does it feel to come back to the top again?
so stoked to see you ripping those trails flat out!!!!!
  • + 1
 Are u thinking about coming to queens town nz in the near-future
  • + 1
 Do you like green eggs and ham?
  • + 1
 ever tried 4X? reckon you'd RULE!
  • + 1
 hey sam,how do you think you did at the world cup in a personal view?
  • + 1
 Any regrets on moving to nukeproof/crc?
  • + 1
 Would you ever ride clipless pedals in a World Cup race?
  • + 1
 Which race/track was your favourite this season?
  • + 0
 Why do sealed drive mountain bikes not exist?
www.pinkbike.com/video/218538
  • + 1
 How is your knee doing and will this injury affect your offseason?
  • + 1
 What keeps you stoked to get out and compete and race?
  • + 2
 Favorite trail?
  • + 1
 how do you train to get better and more confident
  • + 1
 Any advice for an average rider wanting to become pro?
  • + 1
 When you start with downhill and when was your first race?
  • + 1
 Who inspired you to change your driving style so characteristic of you?
  • + 1
 Straya!!! Sam your a keen to win it for next season!!!!
  • + 1
 Stevie didn't have time to answer my question last time
Will you?
  • + 1
 Any tips for young riders ? Smile
  • + 1
 What is your family mantra or personal saying?
  • + 1
 Sam, who does your eyebrows?
  • + 1
 Is your kid on the bike already?
  • + 0
 what ratio of bike to rider makes someone a good mountain biker in your opinion
  • + 2
 flats forever?
  • + 1
 What goes through your head at the start gate?
  • + 1
 Hey Sam!
Quick question:
What tubes or tubeless system do you use?
Thanks!
  • + 0
 Hey sam you used to train in bromont before, any plan on going back training there sometimes ?
  • + 1
 What do you think about Kona Operator 2013?
  • + 2
 Oh and Favorite Food?
  • + 1
 Hey sam, wanna go for a pedal in nannup on tuesday?
  • + 1
 Where do you think the sport would be without Shaun Palmer?
  • + 0
 Why made you write "suck my balls" on your top tube when you were on Sunday ?

Btw you effin rip !
  • + 1
 How important is weight training for a competitive downhill racer?
  • + 0
 What's the best Bikepark you have been to?
Did you visit Bluemountain bikepark?
  • + 1
 Sorry bud, it seems like you're not from around here but there's no chance in hell Sam Hill has ever been to blue mtn lol
  • + 1
 how many tatoos you have and wich one is your favorite?
  • + 1
 Do you have a favourite track in the Downhill World cup? If so, why?
  • + 1
 What's your thoughts on other downhill bike brands ?
  • + 1
 You usually train hard in the gym before competitions?
  • + 1
 Sam what fourby do you drive your nukeproof around in?
  • + 1
 When you were a kid how did you train ?
  • + 1
 What goes through your head when you go into a technical section ?
  • + 1
 How do you get your eyebrows so dialled?
  • + 1
 Sam, exactly what DOES the fox say?
  • + 1
 Nianiania
  • + 0
 if you were forced at gunpoint to eat Chedder or Monserela cheese which would you choose and why?
  • + 1
 Was leaving Specialized your chose?
  • + 0
 Do you plan to get bam hill into DH early? I assume you can't share but any chance of a carbon pulse?
  • + 0
 if you had to ride from any location in "where the trail ends." where would it be
  • + 1
 Why did you go to CRC.?
  • + 0
 which is better nukeproof or specialised
  • + 0
 OK. What is important?
Think about it.
  • + 1
 Fail
  • + 0
 What do you do when you are burnt out from too much biking?
  • + 0
 sam whats your favourite track to ride in the uk ?
  • - 1
 We asked Stevie this question and he answered. I hope you will too. Serious question: What is the shape of your dick?
  • + 0
 You didn't really get on with demo, now Gwin isn't. Is it the bike?
  • + 2
 So a world cup overall title in 2009 and world champion in 2010 means he didn't have success on the demo? REALLY??
  • + 4
 It sure seems to be killing Brosnan's career. Wait...no, it's not.
  • + 0
 On a scale of 1 to bananas, how awesome are you?
  • + 0
 Hi sam, you will give me a fork?
  • + 0
 How much for a mustache ride?
  • - 1
 What are you going to do today Smile ?
  • + 0
 What car do you have ?
  • - 1
 Whats your opinion on the nukeproof pulse?Smile
  • - 1
 have you ever been at October Fest in Munich, bavaria ?
  • - 1
 What age did u start racing ??
  • + 0
 How are you so fast?
  • - 3
 would you ever give me one of you DH bikes????
  • - 3
 How do you ride with balls that big?
  • - 3
 Sam, please Checkout my items for sale i will give you a discount of %100 if you wear any of it on raceday?
  • - 2
 Sam, do you miss ridding for Iron Horse?
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