Ten Bikes of Farm Jam 2018

Feb 4, 2018 at 1:46
by Jay French  
Go for a quick walk around the paddocks of the Frew Farm and you'd spot a few familiar faces with their chosen weapons to ride the hand-built jump line at this year's Farm Jam. Have a quick look at what the boys are rolling down the course on.

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Matt Jones and his self designed Marin Alcatraz

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Carson Storch and his custom Rocky Mountain slope bike

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Ryan R-Dog Howard with his Trek.

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Conor Macfarlane and his "mate built it" bike

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Tyler McCaul with his GT

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Emmerson Wilken and his Banshee

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Tom Hey with his OG Dark Matter, complete with rusty chain and scuffed forks

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Bas Van Steenbergen and his Hyper.

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Reece Wallace with his Giant

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Antoine Bizet still had his bike just in case he felt up to riding



66 Comments

  • 121 1
 "mate built" bike is nicest
  • 29 1
 I totally want an in depth bike check with frame detail pics of the 'mate built it'...
  • 26 1
 @Skootur: It's coming. Stay tuned. It's lined up.
  • 5 0
 Clean lines never age
  • 6 2
 Beer fill >ocean fill.
  • 1 0
 conor's tires look yuge on them enve's lol
  • 1 0
 @Skootur: looks like a dmr frame to me!
  • 1 0
 Conor's bike is porn. Even from afar. Waiting for bike check.
  • 2 0
 It's a Spank. Much disappoint. Was hoping for a genuinely custom frame...
  • 1 0
 looks like a mad mechanic build
  • 74 8
 When did DJ hardtails get ugly?
  • 11 5
 I know it's a matter of opinion, but my 05 Jackal looks better than most of those.
  • 44 1
 When hyper decided to make one.
  • 3 0
 My first thoughts as well
  • 6 0
 @Leo48333: When I saw that I thought "Damn, that looks like a Walmart bike."
  • 3 0
 The problem is most of those brands don't make a dirt jump bike. They are either hacked together from other bikes or rebranded other machines or just quickly built without the time taken for styling.
  • 8 0
 @Leo48333: that giant is no beauty either...
  • 5 0
 @DJ-24: when they all switched to aluminium and/or full-sus
  • 1 0
 @DJ-24: original jackal's an awesome looking frame, shame they stopped making it look all angry
  • 1 0
 @pbuser2299: It was one of those frames people either loved or hated.
  • 19 1
 Rocky, please make Carson's frame for sale. Thank you.
  • 1 4
 They won't. It's an older XC frame I think.
  • 8 0
 @Sokolowski: no sir, it’s version 3 of a prototype slope frame. Now based off of the new altitude’s tubing/ suspension platform, with custom geo.
  • 10 0
 Kinda bunk that you can only buy 4/10 (?) of these from a shop.
  • 5 4
 Then again there is a lot more you can buy from a shop that you haven't seen here. Does that make it even?
  • 5 0
 @vinay: I guess, but it does indicate that slope/dj bikes are on the decline, which kind of sucks, they're mad bikes. That being said, I've never bought a true jump bike, so it's a mildly hypocritical complaint.
  • 3 1
 @N-60: there is not much money in $300 frames and 26" wheels. Better to sell carbon 28.99 this that and the other, plus lots of expensive servicing on the forks, shocks and droppers
  • 1 1
 @N-60: Yeah, but going back to your original comment, I don't think it matters too much that these riders ride non-standard bikes. In DH athletes have started to ride more "production" bikes and the production bikes are actually similar to the WC race bikes (unlike Commencal in the Atherton era or the Iron Horse Sunday Sam Hill was riding). But in DJ, I don't think these riders on their non-standard bikes really have an equipment advantage over someone who rocks up with a production bike. Then again if you meant to say, companies aren't interested in selling the bikes showcased by their sponsored riders then yeah that is a bit awkward. But it also depends on where you're looking. It seems like certain German companies are still releasing loads of these. Isn't YT bringing back the Play too? And more of these brands are coming to North America too. Then again DMR seems to have shifted their focus. Which isn't too odd when you think about it. They always claimed to make the bikes they wanted to ride themselves. So as the owners grew older, wheel size and suspension grew along.

But my point was, you still have plenty of choice and we still vote with our wallet. If more people buy these, more companies will start making them again. Personally yeah I have bought a dj bike to safe the vulnerable bits of my mountainbike from the abuse. But agreed I don't use it that much anymore. One because I don't ride dirt or street often anymore. And two because a bmx (which I have too) quite simply often proves to be good enough too.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: Events and sports, like this and downhill etc, are showcases, to get the brand name out there - these sports are watched by a wide variety of riders, most of which won't be or want to be dirt jumpers, but will take note of the brands being showcased and what and who the riders are sponsored by, and thats the end goal, not to get people dirt jumping, but spread the brand name.
  • 7 2
 Can someone throw me a bone over this: aren’t carbon rims quite bad for relatively high pressures used in Dirt Jump bikes? Connor MacFarlane has Enves over there. Wouldn’t 50psi + make the rim explode from the inside considering majoroty of fibers used in it are unidirectional?
  • 8 1
 Not sure it applies here, but people are running 110psi in carbon roadbike clinchers...
  • 13 0
 Maybe you should contact Connor, tell him his bikes gonna explode (specify "non terrorist threat")
  • 2 0
 Well,(can’t believe I’m saying this) Waki may be right. I recall seeing something along those lines, not to run too high a pressure with a carbon rim, I can’t remember which brand it was though. @Smokey79:
  • 1 2
 @davidrobinsonphoto: yes there is a theoretical difference and that is the tyre volume and rim width. However I would like to know if someone had experience with this. Like a mechanic who has seen a lot Razz For what its' worth I now run 65PSI in my 2.3 tyres on ZTR Arch MK3 rim while max pressure according to ZTR is 39. But alumnium is a different beast.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: i run 70psi front and 80psi rear with racekings and a rear ztr flow rim, 60psi is too soft for jumps imo
  • 1 0
 @ballabika: soo... are Procore aceptics wrong?
  • 7 1
 That gt looks boss
  • 4 0
 By OG Dark Matter, I take it you're meaning Blk Market unless im missing something?
  • 4 0
 im wondering if the "Blk Mrkt" name has been banned from pinkbike lol.
  • 4 1
 @aw-gooner: dunno, but the Killswitch is one of the best looking mountain bikes ever, off course in my books. That Goldie Mercedesy Trek belonging to Semenuk looks tits, but Killswitch has the pure function bad assness about it. And then they made the Roam that takes all 3 wheel sizes... it kills business.
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I hate to admit it but I couldn't agree more. Blk Mrkt was killing the game at one point. Too bad Carter made some business mistakes and failed to keep riders on his team. I hope it isn't too late to see a comeback.
  • 3 0
 Carson's rocky is a custom thunderbolt.
  • 3 0
 The first two Prototypes were based off of the 2016 aluminum thunderbolt, with the stock front triangle & custom chain stays/ rear end. This prototype actually used the new altitude tubing and rear shock platform, and is full custom geo... just same tubing! Cheers
  • 3 1
 Hey's rig looks sketchy AF. I wouldn't even ride it to work and my office is in my apartment...
  • 2 0
 Maybe it's just me, but look at the slack in his chain, I'm surprised it doesn't fly off. I do like that it gives a feel of "run what you brung" reminds me of my drag racing days and our crappy old cars. Did it because you loved it, good times!
  • 2 0
 I'm always curious with DJ bikes: is a fully a personal preference? or is a sponsorship thing?
  • 2 0
 And the dark matter, also the banshee.
  • 2 0
 Use your back pocket for your phone and wallet
  • 2 0
 props to Tom Hey - only proper looking dj bike here
  • 2 1
 Bas Van Steenbergen and his Hyper?
  • 14 0
 Has anyone seen a Hyper bike in the flesh, besides the ones being ridden by their sponsored riders?
  • 1 0
 @southoftheborder: You can buy the DJ frame for 400ish. I'm not a fan of the black color but they have a raw frame I like.
  • 1 0
 @rewob: honestly that Kona looks better than that giant
  • 1 0
 Where is lewis jones bike ????????????
  • 1 0
 Giant still make the STP?
  • 1 0
 Execpt for mate built it
  • 2 2
 Does rocky mtn make jamis bikes?
  • 1 0
 Respect to Tom Hey!
  • 1 0
 DVO dirt fork?
  • 2 0
 I know of a guy that had DVO reduce the travel on a diamond to around 100mm for his DJ/pump track bike...
  • 2 0
 @lumpy873: theres a few out there that DVO actually made as a Diamond DJ. But I've seen people do it themselves.
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