Video: Dueling Mojos - A Visit To Little Beskids

Jul 23, 2013 at 11:39
by Enduro Me  
Views: 19,023    Faves: 53    Comments: 3

Feeling that itch.
Living in the mountains may be a real challenge to anyone in love with them. Having ridden enduro mountainbiking for over 15 years now, we already have seen a lot of great riding spots here in Poland. As you get to know so many places, at some point you get a bit lazy. You already have so many favourite trails in distance of just over one hour drive from your home that you can ride them all year long without getting bored. At the same time you always feel that itch. You hear that little devil offspring sitting on your shoulder, using that trident. “Look for that new spot” – he says. “You are an enduro guy, explore!” – he keeps nagging. You already know that the only way is to submit. Let’s look at the map and start packing the car!

Not that small with big names in the background
The Small Beskids are a mountain range in the very center of southern Poland. They are a part of Outer Western Carpathian ranges – they are quite old and much milder in their build than what we see in Central Western Carpathians that we usually ride. The biggest summits in that area are Czupel (933m AMSL), Madahora (929m AMSL) and Leskowiec (922m AMSL). We set our sights on a bit smaller summits – they are Jaworzyna and Gancarz (890 and 802 AMSL respectively). Since 2004 Jaworzyna is called after our great fellow countryman – pope John Paul II.

Climbing as usual
We started our trip climbing the Jaworzyna to take a closer look at it. The place is inevitably related to our history and local culture. Every week people from nearby towns and villages gather there for a service in memory of John Paul II. We wanted to get some good riding the mountain is famous for, but at the same time we wanted to take a look at what’s going on there. We couldn’t hope for a better time! Climbing the mountain we passed numerous pilgrims, most of them older people. They were all really friendly and quite curious of our “craze” as they called mountainbiking. Older ladies showed their concern for difficult riding conditions in the rocky and rooty terrain while gentlemen expressed their support for our hobby – “ride as long as you can, young chaps!” said one of them, retired test pilot for Mielec airplane factory. We finally reach the summit to spend a while in the chapel and then proceed to the mountaintop shelter. We traditionally have a lunch of local sour rye soup and some good beer and proceed to the most interesting part – downhill.

Meeting the locals for a secret adventure
During our short stop on the top of Jaworzyna we met our long-standing riding buddy Dorian and some local dudes he brought along. As we get ready, we talk about our further plans. We want to get to Gancarz through its mountain pass and look for some secret trails there. These lines are solid and totally natural – it is quite surprising that they were not engineered by trail builders at all! They were born on their own being wood harvesting trails tens of years before. Most of the wood was towed by horses so no serious damage to the trail system occurred. The wood sculpted beautiful lines that were a delight to ride! Over the time most of the trails were grown over by bushes getting wild and natural – just perfect. As we get to the foot of Gancarz we find our final destination – a secret gully with walls that are almost vertical. That formation is quite unusual in that part of Beskids. It begins with a mild downhill resembling a bobsleigh track and turning into a rocky, technical downhill past its middle section. That was a great topping to a cake we had that day – long after getting packed and setting off we couldn’t get rid of smiles on our mugs.

Just round the corner
That weekend was a valuable lesson for us. No matter how deep you are into your hobby that for us is mountainbiking, you will always find something new. You sometimes have to look deeper, ask for directions, get some guidance from others. But if your life is about exploring, you never know what you can find without even traveling far. Adventure is sometimes right round the corner, you just have to look for it.

Riders: Mariusz Bryja & Tomek Dębiec
Camera: Marcin Bukowski, Rowerowe Podhale
Local guiding: Dorian Rochowski
Support: Ibis Cycles, Local Outerwear, Urge Bike, Cane Creek Cycling Components, Joystick Bicycle Components,, ZEIT


  • 39 4
 rodeo clowns ride bikes?
  • 7 2
 doesn't he look like a rainbow ?
  • 5 0
 They have to get their adrenalin rush somewhere.
  • 4 2
 sometimes too much is too much
  • 6 2
 Actually I think he's just Polish...
  • 1 2
 hah, who cares man? @jimbsport
  • 3 0
 In fact this is a Polish guy wearing gear designed by Germans. Take it! Wink
  • 1 1
 I thought endure riding had only been around for like four or five years now?... I'm confused....
  • 3 0
 That really depends on definition - we are really stressing that the recent "Enduro Racing" scene that you are most probably referring to is not really the core of the riding style. To us enduro is more about a certain kind of bike that is usually a 6-7" of travel FSusser with aggressive geometry and meaty tires and a certain way of riding - going out into the wild on your own, not using shuttles. You are out there for an adventure with your buddies, not for racing. In that respect the classic enduro is in fact going to the very roots of mountainbiking - Klunkers and stuff.
  • 1 3
 @ j-t-g ... and you`re a stupid f*ggot form Canada Smile
  • 2 1
 Tell that to my old Babcia back in Poland why don't you =D
  • 1 0
 Hold your horses, dudes Smile
  • 9 1
 AAAND all the pinkbike trendwhores shoe up... "your bars are so narrow" "too many colours" the guys ride fast, they obviously enjoy what they do, and they've put together a pretty watchable video. They're out there exploring and finding new trails, better than exploring the internet and putting the next 900mm wide 35mm diameter bars on your shiny new bike...
  • 3 0
 hey, my shiny new bars are 800mm wide not 900! Jeeeeezzz!
  • 1 0
 Hahaha, Tomek, the guy with the narrow bars is taking his game to a new level soon with some nice Joystick Components bars, no worries Smile
  • 14 6
 sweet trails but goddamn do they look stiff on their bikes...
  • 4 0
 you said stiff...hehehe dueling mojo's...
  • 1 0
 26" stiff
  • 1 0
 They are still a bit shy with the camera Wink
  • 9 2
 These guys have the most colourful selection of kit I've ever seen. I dig it.
  • 6 1
 lol stiff riding.. looks like some of the xc riders in my neck of the woods.When did cross color clothes comeback?
  • 3 3
 Just b/c you have a mountain bike and a camera...doesn't mean you should use the two together.
  • 6 0
 Clothes are from
  • 1 0
 Sick colors! I like the blue shorts Big Grin
  • 5 4
 Great video and great riding and I don't get all these outfit complains. They look interesting and I don't mind what they are wearing unless they are wearing lycra. In fact it looks much better for me than people riding in jeans ans shirts.
  • 1 0


  • 5 2
 I thought Santa had arrived and his Elfs were now rocking Mojo's!
  • 3 1
 So... this video is about two stiff poles? I musta wandered to the wrong interwebz site...
  • 2 0
 Nice pun, man Smile
  • 1 0
 A real riders Life Cycles style vid and story, nice riding and sic looking terrain, riding part of history like the Carpathian's is also pretty cool, well done guys!
  • 2 0
 That's just a warmup, we have more and it is coming fast Smile
  • 9 8
 great trails, but come on, what is with those 90's width bars? 18 inches is for scooters and hipster fixies, not ibis mojos.
  • 1 1
 It sort of looked like the one guy had chromags...
  • 1 2
 skinny and tall. bar height is in pfar land.
  • 9 0
 Let 'em ride what they want to ride...
  • 1 0
 true, true
  • 5 0
 sometimes "the best and trendy" for everyone doesn't mean the best for "me". These guys are really capable to do a lot with their bikes I can asure you.
  • 1 0
 Don't get me wrong, they are great riders. The width just seemed skinny to me.
  • 2 0
 It's smth like 710mm i think and about 50mm rise. My impression was the same when I had this bike in my hands 2 months ago :-) but 1,5 year ago I had also 710mm/50mm (now I'm running 780mm) and after this time still can't tell you which is better. But I have to say wider bars better looks, cheers :-)
  • 1 0
 This was shot a while ago. 780mm on both bikes soon.
  • 2 0
 Those bars look no more than 680mm, but who cares? They are in woods with proper bikes and gear so they must having fun! Smile
  • 3 1
 The only thing missing from this vid was a David Hasselhoff cameo.
  • 4 4
 How 'bout those outfits??
  • 2 2
 Love the HD's too bad Ibis messed it up with their HDR.
  • 1 0
 HDR introduction geometry-wise didn't really change a thing in 26" version apart from colors.
  • 1 0
 I meant that they kinda messed up with the HDR at the 650b mode,I know you ride with Marzocchi most of the time
and it is kinda disappointing that they could only come with 130mm rear travel and 150mm front on a "brand new" bike.
I saw you were riding the CCDBA on the 650b mode but still...130 rear???
  • 1 0
 All we can say is that it is hard to make a 160mm 26" bike that HD was to be also an agressive 650b bike AT THE SAME TIME. Bronson e.g. is 150mm but it is 650b only. Most Ibis team riders choose to go for 650b option but Mariusz is kinda really used to 26".
  • 3 3
  • 3 5
 That ridiculous clothing ruined it for me. It was like an anti-advertisement.
  • 2 0
 Hate it or love it seems to be the best comment here - these clothes are pretty controversial but most people like them.
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