Hardtails and Slicks at DownMall Frankfurt - Video

Jan 30, 2016 at 14:59
by Sebastian Sternemann  
Today was the third stop of the 2016 DownMall Series. Established 6 years ago with no more than three stops, the series is now growing with races scheduled in Hannover, Berlin, Frankfurt, Budapest, and Bratislava, with the final set to take place in Prague at the end of the European winter.

At the first stop, Johannes Fischbach took the win against Tomas Slavik. Then at the second stop in Berlin, Fischbach made a mistake and was not able to jump a drop, and Slavik was able to take the win. So in today in Frankfurt things were getting exciting with crowds wondering who would take the lead in the overall.

the My Zeil with his unique architecture
  The My Zeil mall with its unique architecture.

For the first time, DownMall took place in the My Zeil mall, one of the most modern shopping malls in Europe that features a unique view of Frankfurt's skyline.

First time in Frankfurt in the My Zeil with the longest free hanging escalator in Europe
First time in Frankfurt in the My Zeil mall which has the longest free hanging escalator in Europe.
it was hard raining outside so it was at good day to stay i an almost dry mall
It was raining hard outside so it was at good day to stay inside.

The weather outside was rainy and windy, so it was a good day to have an exciting race in a mall, even if the roof had problems keeping the water out... Where regular customers were making normal purchases, 30 riders raced against each other on the slippery, tiled floor.

Downmall Frankfurt
The bikes are very varied. Most use 4X hardtails, others ride small fully's. The tires are mostly street tires and to get more grip some riders use glue or wax.

preparation of the Bike of Denny Tischendorf
  Preparation of the bike of Denny Tischendorf.

This track was the longest one in the history of the DownMall. UK urban downhill rider Ben Moore shows us the track in his helmet Cam video.

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  Ben Moore whipping during his track check. After a few problems that prohibited him getting good results at the first two stops, he ended this round in a solid 7th place.

The track goes straight out of a ramp into the biggest double of the track, then over some small obstacles followed by a long sprint section down to the finish area on the ground floor.

At the beginning of practice, many riders tried to find the right speed for the first jump. Some overshoot and some land at little bit too short.

The Former 4x Worldchampion Michael Prokop at the first Jump
  The former 4X world champion Michael Prokop on the first jump.

Downmall Frankfurt

The race starts with a qualification run which shows that it will be a tough fight between Tomas Slavik and Johannes Fischbach. After the qualification, the last ten riders are cut.

Tomas Slawik is dropping in
  Tomas Slavik dropping in.

Downmall Frankfurt

Denny Tischendorf is getting the corner.
  Denny Tischendorf getting the corner.

Between the Raceruns there was the Freestyle contest
  Between the race runs there was a freestyle contest.

Downmall Frankfurt

Downmall Frankfurt

Downmall Frankfurt

During the second qualification run another 10 riders were cut. It was still a hard fight between Slavik and Fischi, but Fischi took the victory by two-tenths of a second.

Erik rides down the escalators
  Erik rides down the escalators.

Jakub Kocjan is peddling hard
  Jakub Kocjan peddling hard.

Downmall Frankfurt

Aiko the current 4X Worldchampion ends on a solid 8th palce
  Aiko, the current 4X World Champion finishes in a solid 8th place.

During the finale things get exciting but Fischbach wins with a time of 51.03 seconds. Slavik is 00.1.14 back.

Fischi Johannes Fischbach on the way to his second victory of the Downmall Series
  Fischi on the way to his second victory of the DownMall series.

  The DownMall trophy. At every stop the winner receives a key to unlock the trophy. Whoever collects the most keys during the series gets to take it home.

2. Tomas Slavik
3. Jakub ŘÍha
4. Bartosz Giemza
5. Miki Nevrkla
6. Hynek Strouha
7. Ben Moore
8. Aiko Gohler
9. Gustaw Dadela
10. Joey Van Veghel


MENTIONS: @Sebbi89


  • 163 10
 That 'track' looked kinda lame IMO
  • 5 2
 imo it's better than in previous rounds
  • 30 7
 I don't know about you but those escalators look terrifying to ride down...
  • 31 1
 Ever fall on a bunch of dull razors? im guessing thats what it would feel like.
  • 42 4
 I'm more worried about falling off at the top and launching myself over the railing...
  • 6 2
 DH Spin class?
  • 14 2
 I didn't expect to see these cities in pinkbike. Normally on CzechTaxi. If you know what I'm saying.
  • 15 0
 "The track goes straight out of a ramp into the biggest double of the track".....................ummmm its the only double of the track?
  • 3 0
 Where can you still get the Shimano DX shoes! I miss those so much!
  • 11 1
 this is a clear example that if it can be done, it doesn't mean it should be done
  • 12 0
 It just look'd lame b/c Claudio Caluori was not doing the course preview. Wink
  • 2 1
 They should really just ride in the lovely outdoors
  • 2 0
 I woould like to try a mall race at least once before i die.
  • 1 0
 @BrightBulbPhoto...no...if you watch again (and I did, trying to like it), you'll see why I'd put a fiver down betting that Claudio wanted not much part of this. I suspect he'd sound like the Italian Gordon Ramsay after a bad meal.
  • 67 3
 Here in the US there would be more lawyers than riders to get this done. If it could happen at all.
  • 15 3
 Ha...!:-))) Believe me in Germany it wasn't easy to organize also!
  • 23 0
 My thoughts exactly. It would never take place at a US mall, liability and lawsuits galore. Some jackass walking by on their cell phone would get run over.
  • 70 4
 Yet people still die on Black Friday, year after year... but who's to blame? Natural selection is a good thing
  • 8 2
 is it?
  • 29 6
 Each human being off the face of the planet is good news for all of it's inhabitants, particularly the kind that hits the mall on Black Friday. They should give 70" Plasma free of charge if you sterilize yourself or kill your spouse
  • 5 1
 "...or kill your spouse" brutal.
  • 5 2
 lookup "blackfriday wallmart" now picture everyone with zombie masks on
  • 6 50
flag bOObdesign (Jan 31, 2016 at 10:13) (Below Threshold)

go to church... god is your friend... his friendship is free of charge... jesus died for us... now everythings fine again... as you can see... and the best about it: its super simple and its fkn real
  • 14 3
 The reality is that there is zero interest for something like this in the US. You can get in your car, go to Rays and ride a real indoor track, or drive south for a 3-4 day weekend and actually ride outside. The last thing anyone wants to do is ride their bike in the fuckin mall.
  • 9 8
 @bOObdesign - Gott ist tot
  • 2 2
 guess lemmy took his place
  • 12 3
 What the f*ck are you even goin on about? Keep you're Jesus bullshit to yourself.
  • 1 0
 Very true. Quite the paradox thing
  • 1 1
 The malls in America are empty,.
  • 22 0
 Looks like fun. Good publicity for our sport. Most average folks don't even know that it's possible to ride a bike down stairs. Not the most technically difficult course. But what the hell, its a shopping mall. Like I said great exposure of our sport to the average person. Guaranteed there's more than one kid watching it that's going to get hooked on biking.
  • 23 1
 Agree. They should have had the escalators running.
  • 15 1
 Why have they got goggles on!, not much muck Smile
  • 10 0
 When I was a kid my friends and I bombed our bmx bikes down the escalator and got chased by mall security. Was so fun but to actually have a race would be the coolest.
  • 7 0
 I would be afraid to clip my bars on those narrow sections, sending me over the rail down a couple of floors. Looks like a fun thing to ride though, just personally wouldn't wanna race there with 800mm bars Smile

I really like these type of events because it reaches the public very well and many new people get introduced and stoked about our sport. So keep up the good work guys! tup
  • 4 1
 Not as narrow as fish eye lenses make things look...I have yet to understand why "fish eye' is the lense of choice on helmet cams--distorts everything
  • 1 0
 Because more reality fits in the image?
  • 9 0
 That escalator looked hell steep in the pov, probably completely horrible to actually ride
  • 3 0
 they should move to add some difficulty .. like one on two going down and the other one on two going up
  • 1 0
 Not sure whether they have different types of them, but the ones I've ridden aren't particularly difficult. They may look intimidating and that is what keeps you on your toes, but escalators are grippy, regular and with a nice transition at the top and bottom. They aren't particularly steep and you get this nice noise as the steps rock a bit when you roll over them. Have got to admit I was never really in that much of a hurry, rode against the escalator direction (so that it feels smoother) and my bars probably weren't much wider than 650mm or so. So yeah, if you're hauling down one of these on a modern bike at race pace it is sure going to be scary.
  • 8 0
 Anyone remember ice 4x back in the day..? Sometimes stuff seems cooler than it actually is, at the time. Still.. Good publicity for the sport I guess.
  • 10 2
 shityest race I have ever seen in my life...
  • 7 0
 10/10 would die if tried to participate.
  • 9 2
 HT on those scalators? poor axle...
  • 7 1
 Did nobody consider putting berms on the course? Destroyed any chance of the riders having speed.
  • 13 1
 And there we go bringing berms into it again. I am so sick and tired of everyone who keeps trying to dumb down our shopping malls by getting rid of the flat, shiny floors. What's next, smoothing out the escalators? If you aren't good enough to ride in a mall you should start someone else - like maybe a government building or a hospital - and practice until you build the proper skill sets. Keep the gnar where it belongs, in our shopping malls!!
  • 4 0
 the format of the event may be questionable but the pictures seem to be spot on.
Nice coverage from the event. good to see events which bring bike action closer to the mass, even if it does not beat Texaco ; )
  • 7 0
 This is what we settle for while waiting for WC
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 I found that fun to watch. If I knew this was happening locally, I'd go watch it in person... ok maybe not, I hate malls. Most times bikers are showing skill and giving positive exposure to the sport, I consider that a good thing.
  • 4 1
 Tomas Slavik 2nd,Jakub Riha 3rd,perfect! Congratulations! I'm proud that I am from the Czech Republic Smile
  • 4 0
 I'm glad to see the 26" wheels at play!
  • 3 0
 Actually, 20" would be faster, but even more terrifying on the escalators.
  • 4 1
 A mall with a massive indoor park, and all the retail shops are bars and bike shops. That's what I dream of.
  • 2 0
 It's not bad enough I have to live in Winnipeg, but then It gets thrown in my face how much cooler EVERYWHERE else can be as well....
  • 3 0
 North Shore Extreme - Exxcalatorr
  • 3 0
 Two Czechs on second and third place...well done!!!
  • 3 0
 It'd be cool to see them ride down escalators moving upwards or downwards
  • 3 0
 not a bit like the Coconut Mall in Mario Kart
  • 3 1
 When a downmall race in Dubaï ??? There you got the biggest malls in the WORLD Smile
  • 4 1
 And I wasnt there. ...
  • 3 1
 I was there =D
  • 3 1
 Pretty cool. They're very lucky to have been able to do that.
  • 2 1
 Meh Its winter gotta ride somewhere. Was diggin on the Orange Crush in the demo ride!
  • 2 0
 Yes Ben Moore buddy! Represent!
  • 1 0
 1st time I hear of this guy, he looks like a cool rider and person!
  • 3 1
 Why are they wearing goggles indoor?
  • 1 0
 the 'wind' man Smile they dont wanna cry while riding
  • 2 0
 I like mountain biking because, well... mountains, trees, and dirt.
  • 2 0
 They should turn the escalator on and put obstacles on it.
  • 2 0
 The mall looks like a giant butt hole.
  • 1 0
 Hey! Frankfurters Hot Dogging around the mall!
  • 1 1
 Lucky they don't used the longer escaltor, that would sick if ever but its a really danger...
  • 1 0
 I feel like this is something that would have been popular in the 90's.
  • 1 0
 so basically one decent jump and a bunch of escalators,, still fun though
  • 3 3
 Taking "Wallmart bikes" to another level
  • 2 1
 That's a tall mall
  • 2 1
 way too slowwwwwwwwww
  • 11 12
 Looks incredibly boring really. Cool idea but it's a no from me
  • 3 0
 Agreed, looked a bit rubbish to me, sorry
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