15 Dirt Jump and Slopestyle Bikes From DirtWars Redhill 2020

Oct 18, 2020 at 16:09
by Nick Bentley  
We scouted out the practice and competition day of Redhill's DirtWars Worx Slopestyle MTB this weekend and grabbed a few bikes for you to adore.

Adam Padfield's Trek Ticket DJ

Finley Davies' Commencal Absolut 24"

Dan Capes' 26" Octane 1

Jack Dera's Morpheus V Slope

Dan Vickery's Commencal Absolut

Joe Alridge's Chromag Monk

Matt Alridge's Chromag Monk

Dudley Laing's Dartmoor Two6Player


James Forbes' Canyon Stitched 720

Zac Michaelides' Cachet xx with Halo Wheels

Finley Evan's Dartmoor Two6Player

Sam Hunnisett's Haro Steel Reverse

Harry Gascoyne's Trek Ticket 2020

Zac Rainbow's NS Decade V2

Josh Turner's Saracen ALX



95 Comments

  • 76 0
 Love the very occasional jump bike content!
  • 33 2
 Look at the length of the dropouts on that Morpheus, they're massive!
  • 15 0
 They have always sketched me out but I've never heard of anyone actually having an issue with them
  • 12 0
 @nickgarrison: Been riding their hardtail for almost 5 years now, no troubles so far.
  • 2 0
 @NickBosshard: Yeah, there is a handful of people in my area that ride the vimana and never had a problem
  • 3 0
 @nickgarrison: i have a buddy who says the dropouts flex like crazy and have broken before, i wouldn’t be able to tell you if they’re flexy because i haven’t rode dj’s that much
  • 5 0
 But why tho?
  • 1 0
 @ProperPushIrons: yes why...looks ugly to me, but the rest of the bike is amazing!
  • 5 0
 Yeah, they just look wrong. It's like they designed it for a 24" rear wheel, then changed it to 26 at the last minute and didn't have time to redesign.
  • 2 1
 @kcy4130: or 14" wheel in the back!
  • 6 0
 Kind of irrelevant anyway seeing as how Morpheus has been out of business for a year and a half now.
  • 2 0
 @ninjatarian: I was wondering how they were going, thanks for clarifying that.
  • 1 1
 They wanted to get the top tube / seat stay to line up, but also have a really low TT, this is how they done it.
  • 25 0
 oh man i'm no slope rider but those Chormags are a thing of beauty
  • 6 0
 Steel dirt jump bikes make more sense to me. They look so sickly... I want one of those Monk frames now dammit!
  • 20 0
 DMR event and no DMR bikes showcased, sad stuff.
DMR used to dominated the UK dirt jump scene for mountain bikes, what happened?
  • 11 0
 Winner was on the new DMR Rhythm but not included in the bike check
  • 17 0
 Yes sad stuff and i blame PB. DMR have kept this event going even when DJ was virtually gone. But they dont have the marketing budget as a company to compete with the other brands showcased - hence in the eyes of PB they dont exist. This is how the media around mtb is now - bought. DMR still make sick DJ bikes and the winner was on one - which proves my point further.
  • 3 0
 Oh bummer, just looked it up and DMR stopped making the trailblade rigid fork. The 20mm thru axle version was super strong. My first one lasted for 7 years of abuse, it outlasted two frames and a few wheels.
  • 38 0
 Yes this is a sad time when they don't showcase the new DMR Rhythm bike that Sam was riding but no hard feelings. We're happy to support this event, and now that Sam Hodgson is on board we have one of the best guys representing too. Maybe Sam was too busy winning to get a photo (just kidding).

By the way, keep your eyes peeled on PB next week for a welcome to the team video with Sam. IT'S SO GOOD!
  • 2 0
 @dmrbikes: it’s coming don’t worry !!
  • 2 0
 @ReliveCine: thanks ????
  • 13 0
 Am I dreaming... Is this real? 26" new dirt jump bike porn content on pinkbike!
  • 5 0
 Forget 26”, there’s a 24” bike in there. ????
  • 11 0
 need a article on all the mods to those DJ forks, lol!!
  • 8 0
 i like that i can actually afford a pro-level DJ. my bike is as good/better in some ways than these rides. i can’t afford the pro-level mtb’s you see posted in bike checks for events like this.
  • 5 0
 I love how the morpheus has been out for almost a decade and people still haven't seen one until now lol. I'm surprised we aren't seeing the blkmrkt killswitch used more aswell.
  • 1 0
 The V-slope is almost dirt jumper light. The Killswitch is almost as heavy as my DH bike.
  • 7 0
 What trickery is in use here to stop these bikes from falling over?
  • 15 0
 There is someone just out of frame that was holding the wheel just before the shot, and is poised to grab it again after the shot before it falls over.
  • 3 5
 I assume they use a stick/twig to hold the bike upright+photoshop to edit it out. It's really easy.
  • 16 1
 A properly built bike will easily balance on its own without any type of support. I can apply chain lube to my bike while it balances on its own.
  • 8 0
 If you look at some videos, you'll see these bike aren't effected by gravity.
  • 7 0
 beautiful bikes..was just wishin there was a pb&j
  • 7 0
 DMR supermoto - best dj dirt tire ever made
  • 1 0
 I had a pair. Lots of sidewall issues for me, but they rolled fast as hell!
  • 4 0
 That cahet looks so good! Love the dirtjump content. Real OG pinkbike shit. Where the urban street edits at!? lol
  • 4 1
 This certainly isn't an FMB sacntioned event is it? beucase they banned 24" years ago effectively killing the market
  • 5 1
 I had a passing thought recently to build a mullet dj bike. 24 rear and 26 front, just like the freeride bikes of 20 years ago. I forgot about it just as quickly as I came up with it.
  • 6 0
 @Afterschoolsports: You could of course still build it up. Just make sure you have a full 26" bike handy for whenever you compete in an FMB sanctioned event.
  • 8 0
 The KID that rides that 24” wheel bike is like 12 years old lol
  • 2 5
 @Hardtailhooligan: even if he's like 5 my guy, 24" still aren't allowed in fmb contests, hence my question remains unchanged
  • 2 0
 @vinay: The problem is that the available stuff is either bmx oriented with super street geos or you're forced to run 26" frames with 24" wheels which completely defeats the purpose of running 24" at all in the first place.

Also the choice of tires is limited, at best
  • 5 0
 @jespinal: Commencal literally made the kid a 24” version of the absolute. Sorry I got one thing wrong he’s 11. I don’t think FMB has a single thing against it. Proof is linked and copy and pasted here. So quit being salty and be stoked that a kid is able to ride at that level

m.pinkbike.com/news/getting-to-know-the-11-year-old-competing-on-the-fmb-tour-finley-davies.html

“ Finley is 11 years old but has been competing in the Open category of the UK's premier dirt jump series, which is rated as bronze level by the FMB, since he was 9”


How did your custom bike come about?


Being a UK rider we found that we couldn’t get a 24” dirt jump specific bike, so we asked Commencal if they could design one for me and other young riders and they said yes!
The absolut 24” build is designed around the 26” absolut for adult riders, and the scaled-down version has everything I wanted in a junior DJ, such as DJ geometry, 24” wheels, 26” forks and built to stand the strength of riding huge jumps. ”
  • 1 0
 @jespinal: Many of these bikes seem to have replaceable dropouts. Maybe it is possible to design custom dropouts and have them machined? I recall there is a company in BC that machines custom dropouts for those who break theirs and can't get spares. They may be able make adapted dropouts for you. But yeah, it is probably not standard anymore. I recall the earlier Trek Session bikes (Session 10 and 7) had dropouts that could be shifted for 24" or 26" rear wheels. Doesn't the Scott Voltage have that too? But yeah it is uncommon these days.
  • 1 0
 It's too bad, as they would be a great option for a lot of riders. I had a Norco 250 in the early 2000's (not the epic first one) that had 24" wheels a short 80mm travel Marzocchi Dirt Jumper fork and skinny Maxxis dirt tires. It was super fun and the 24" tires give you a bit more clearance. Wheel size Nazis strike again...
  • 1 0
 @jespinal: dmr sect comes in 24"

I sure could still do it, I really just have no desire to. Any old 26" dj on special is more than good enough for me.
  • 3 5
 @Hardtailhooligan: Holy shit dude of course a kid will ride on a 24" I am not discussing that, I though it was a full grown ass adult, around 2010-2008 fmb though that 24" wheels gave an unfair advantage to adults that's why I f*cking asked since they were banned
  • 3 5
 @Hardtailhooligan: nsmb.com/forum/forum/the-shore-3/topic/24-wheels-being-banned-88591 2005 24" wheels had been banned from competition for adults
  • 5 0
 @jespinal: bruh I said he was like 12 and you said something about not caring if he was five. Obviously they wouldn’t let an adult ride a 24”. Don’t you think Anthony Messeri’s short self would love that lol?
  • 1 8
flag jespinal (Oct 19, 2020 at 5:51) (Below Threshold)
 @Hardtailhooligan: Dude, I had no f*cking idea the rider is 12, as it's not stated anywhere in the article, I saw a 24" wheel and wondered if either the event is not sanctioned by FMB or the rulebook changed, why are you making a fuss out of it, it simply is an exception, ok
  • 8 0
 @jespinal: I’m not making a fuss, I told you he was 12 ( I was wrong he’s 11) you said it didn’t matter if he was 5 he couldn’t ride a 24, mentioned something about it being janky. I showed you they allowed him to ride in FMB events on a custom built 24 that’s not janky and now you’re getting mad. You could have just been like oh he’s 12 when I said he was 12 and none of this would have happened
  • 6 0
 @jespinal: this is how discussions work. One person makes statement, other person responds and so on. I’m not even mad lol
  • 1 2
 @Hardtailhooligan: you did say something about not caring if he was only 5 and regardless it’s against the rules....
  • 2 0
 @gnarcissistictendency: I didn’t say anything about not caring if he was 5. I simply pointed out his age is the factor behind it and clearly FMB is allowing it, to which I provided proof of both.
  • 2 0
 Didn’t that come about because a load of Brits (Lance McDermott, Grant Fielder, etc) went over to John Cowan’s dirt comp and absolutely schooled them in practice? So the US guys made them all switch to 26 from them on (we’re talking early/mid 00s
  • 1 0
 @jespinal: do you still get 24inch trials bikes?, there might be a few tires that will cross over, tarty bikes has good stock
  • 1 0
 Surprised to see only a single Canyon and no Rose bike at all. It appeared to me these were becoming a mainstay at these events. Different brands here, still interesting.
  • 3 0
 Really like the look of the Canyon
  • 3 0
 That trek is absolutely BEAUTIFUL
  • 1 0
 Thought pinkbike lost their minds, a sexy 24" what is that ?, no boat anchor gears, no $7k 37lbs 5" trailbikes. Somebody go to cananda and check on them.
  • 1 0
 Always thought Haro Steel Reserves were not that great looking, but in my opinion, it's one of the better looking ones of this bunch.
  • 3 0
 What's the standard amount of travel for this type of bike now? 80mm?
  • 3 0
 100mm
  • 1 0
 I too would like to know this
  • 2 0
 Does Finley Evan ride on Pi-Rope spokes? Does look like… any informations?
Even Sam Hunnisett does too?
  • 1 0
 Nah... my bad. Had to look closer.
  • 4 1
 Morpheus looks cool
  • 18 3
 ugliest rear end after Nicki Minaj
  • 2 0
 @colincolin: you may think they the are both the ugliest rear end, but you would still ride it...
  • 1 1
 That octane 1 is awesome, if only there were an even sexier one for sale in the buy/sell.... damn I'd pay the guy top dollar.
  • 4 3
 Did anybody notice the lack of tire labels aligned with valve stems? I would have been fired as a mechanic if I did that.
  • 2 0
 what is the reason for that?
  • 1 0
 Yeah, dafuq does it matter?
  • 3 1
 @luckynugget: @LOTCP: Makes it easier to find the valve. More importantly, it shows that the mechanic was careful with details and took pride in the results of their work. Similar to valve hole being lined up with the label on the hub.
  • 3 0
 @mtb-sf: Damn. Last shop I went to didn't even take my old spoke nipples out of the rim.
  • 2 0
 @mtb-sf: Exactly. Also when fixing flats for customers with tubes, it makes it a whole lot easier to trace what actually caused the puncture. If there was a little thorn still stuck in the tire it could immediately puncture the brand new tube as soon as you inflate it back up.
  • 1 0
 @tmadison12: 100% yes. Also, going the other direction, if you found the thorn then you can find the hole in the tube if you want to patch it.
  • 2 0
 How big is the fork on the Octane 1? Looks way more than 100mm
  • 2 0
 Guess even the pros can't get their hand on a Marzocchi Bomber fork?
  • 1 0
 not available in the UK yet unfortunately.
  • 1 0
 Sam Hunnisett's Haro looks like it has an old 180mm 36. That's some serious bushing overlap.
  • 1 0
 Good spot. Supposedly they were ones that couldn't be lowered also! Fun job on the lathe that one.
  • 4 2
 they're so cute
  • 1 0
 I thought Morpheus is out of business?
  • 1 0
 @Hardtailhooligan: they are and I also didnt think octane made bikes anymore.
  • 1 0
 @JEDDE: Dartmoor has had a new two6player now for 4 years and these dudes are still on the old version. Guess it's just a testament to how well DJ's hold up.
  • 1 0
 RAD
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