8 Bikes from Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019

May 20, 2019 at 16:53
by Brian Park  



From clapped out beaters to full carbon race weapons, run what ya brung was the theme at the Leavenworth stop of the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship tour. With no restrictions on wheel size, drivetrains, or number of brakes, all you needed to race was a bike, a helmet, and knee pads.

We took a closer look at eight of the bikes that caught our eye.





Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019

Keagan Nelson's Chase RSP 1.0

Keagan's is a builder for Velosolutions, and he was crazy fast on his battle-scarred Chase RSP 1.0 this weekend. Keagan has no sponsors and his bike is pretty worked—dude is fast, someone hook him up!

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Patina.
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Keagan Nelson will build your pump track and then school you on it.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
The BC8 sticker is a tribute to Brogan Cobert, his friend's son who tragically passed away.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
More patina.
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019



Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019

Kialani Hines' Pivot Point

We checked Kialani's bike out in more detail earlier this year, but it was looking fresh and clean in Leavenworth.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Kialani is on Pivot this year.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
A whole lot of matchy matchy blue, Shimano brake and drivetrain.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
ODI AG-2 grips, Deity cockpit.
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Marzocchi Z1 and flat pedals.



Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019

Eric Altendorf's Haro Carbon

At 58 years old, Eric was the oldest competitor of the weekend. He started riding two years ago and has just moved up to the intermediate class in BMX. He didn't qualify for finals in Leavenworth, but he's an absolute badass in our book.

He's riding a Haro Carbon Pro, with a Renthal bar setup that he says fits him perfectly. He admitted to "borrowing" some of his bike's parts from his wife and daughter.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Tioga saddle, downcountry af.
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Eric Altendorf.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
The pedals are from his wife's MTB, while the frame and wheels are from his daughter, who was also racing.



Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019

Carson Storch's Custom Rocky Mountain Slope Bike

We've seen this bike before, but Carson's made some changes in the off season. He was out throwing miniflips and signing autographs for relentless young fans, but he put in some solid times and was the only person on a full suspension to qualify for the knockout heats.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Carson switched to Hutchinson this year and has been liking their 26" Python 2 tires on dirt, but they probably didn't roll that fast here on concrete.
Such a racerboi.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Suntour Duair shock with 10000.99 PSI in it.
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
He's running a Trickstuff Trixer gyro again, and it actually felt like it had pretty good braking power. No word if it's been updated from the previous version.



Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019

Josh Gibb's Intense Tazer

Josh is usually on a Norco, but they apparently didn't have a pump track bike for him yet, so he dusted off his old Intense. I'm 99% sure it's a 2011-ish Tazer (someone please correct me!). He's running AG-2 grips, and Onyx hubs laced up to FSA rims.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Another downcountry enthusiast. Mike Levy should take up pump track racing.
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Josh had the 5th fastest qualifying time.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Chainslap on a singlespeed does happen, apparently.
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
His DVO Diamond fork was lowered to 90mm and set up crazy stiff.



Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019

Payton Ridenour's Haro Citizen Carbon

Hailing from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Payton is the #1 ranked female amateur BMX racer in the USA. At 16 years old she was absolutely crushing this track, and it's crazy to think of how fast she'll be in a few years' time.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Haro Citizen Carbon.
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Payton Ridenour.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Strength for 91 bar ends to show support for Sam Willoughby, a quadriplegic Australian BMX racer who broke his neck in 2016.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
2020 Cliq prototype cranks.
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Onyx Helix front hub takes drillium to the next level.



Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019

Tommy Zula's Airborne Skyhawk

The Dayton, Ohio local grew up racing BMX, but has fallen in love with mountain bikes. He stuck with the big wheels this weekend on his Airborne Skyhawk, with a 6061 alloy frame, internal front triangle cable routing, slotted dropouts and disc brake tabs, 26" wheels, etc.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Duo Martinez grips, with a guard against smashing his thumb on his lever.
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Still not sure if Tommy is actually a flat earther.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
If you race pump track you have to use Onyx hubs, it's the law.



Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019

Bubba Warren's Evil Faction

Another bike we've seen before, but Austin "Bubba" Warren has made a few changes. Most importantly, with pedalling allowed in the flying starts that the Red Bull Pump Track series has adopted, he's switched back to an Onyx singlespeed setup instead of the custom drivetrain-free 135mm hub he had in Rotorua.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Onyx singlespeed hub in Hubba Bubba pink. So sick.
Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
Bubba knows.

Red Bull Pump Track Leavenworth 2019
As last year's winner, Bubba came into Leavenworth with the #1 plate.


Read the full photo report here.



Mentions: @redbullbike @velosolutionsglobal @pivotcycles @evil-bikes @AirborneBicycles @RockyMountainBicycles @intensecyclesusa



79 Comments

  • + 32
 That Evil Faction is sex.
  • + 6
 Was ist sex?
  • + 19
 @colincolin: That's riding a Pole
  • + 2
 @qreative-bicycle: oh good grief, not this again (ha ha)
  • + 25
 There's a good reason everyone is on onyx hubs. They're amazing and they roll super fast.
  • + 30
 Only problem I have with them is now I cant ride any other hubs.
  • + 2
 Just bought my first set which should be here in a week or so. So stoked!
  • + 17
 @nug12182: silence is golden, never going back to click hubs if I can help it. Tyre shrelp is all the sound I need.
  • + 3
 and their new hubset they just released is amazing! Addicted to Onyx!
  • - 2
 At some point I will but my self one. Love as loud as possible on a DJ but in the woods I like silence
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: It really is peaceful.
  • + 3
 @AntN: upvote for use of "shrelp"
  • + 5
 also instant engagement.
  • + 1
 @Cashallen: Yup, the engagement is real. I've got onyx hubs on all my bikes. I can't imagine running anything else. They're by far my favorite component on all my bikes.
  • + 1
 @nug12182: my only problem is affording them.
  • + 1
 @LumberJake: for technical riding, I don't think there's a better upgrade to your bike. I'd ride nx drivetrain all day if it meant I could have an onyx hub. Ice just been upgrading my rear hub to save $$$. I now run em on all my bikes.
  • + 11
 Bring back the batteryless Tazer DJ! What goes Gwin ride when he does BMX? On his insta it a MTB of some sort but doesn't look like a Tazer HT.... Love fandangle enduro and DH bike but there's definitely an allure about a minimalist DJ bike.
  • + 13
 Nah screw that, bring back the Tazer FS 4-bar slalom frame. That thing was the best bike around back in the day!
  • + 1
 @seraph: best bike I've sold, super gutted, what an idiot. Lol/col
  • + 13
 Pivot looks mint. But is a pivot still a pivot if it doesn’t have any pivots?
  • + 6
 Is a pivot still a pivot if its a DMR in Pivot paint
  • + 1
 @nojzilla: maybe it's an omen of things to come.
  • + 1
 @Fix-the-Spade:“ I got that reference! “
  • + 2
 @nojzilla: Is it really a DMR in Pivot paint if you cant get the Pivot in DMR paint?
  • + 3
 is it then PivotLes ?
  • + 1
 That Pivot is on Point
  • + 9
 Nice bikes... now what type of voodoo is keeping them upright for the picture?
  • + 2
 Must be some strange force stemming from the valve stem alignment.
  • + 2
 They are actually lying in the grass, but the pictures have been rotated.
  • + 1
 ghosted perhaps? That's my guess
  • + 3
 Can't you spot the fishing line going vertically up from the bike?
  • + 8
 I was promised beaters. Show me some beaters.
  • + 4
 @sponsors - Keegan Nelson was also teaching kids how to ride the pump track in between races - great guy and would be a great brand rep for anyone. Also he has exposure travelling building these tracks.
  • + 5
 Few things are more old-school racing than re-branding an Intense bike because your bike sponsor haven't got the thing you need.
  • + 3
 Nice to see that track getting use, it was a big expense for the town, fun place to take the kids early in the morning before the crowds show up.

Did they rebuild the skate park yet?
  • + 5
 Do you know that worn-in jeans or sneaker look? That's what the Chase RSP is like, just authentic.
  • - 1
 I have one. Without a sticker though, Jeez, feeling for the man.
  • + 5
 Lol Storch with the #69 plate hahahaha
  • + 2
 Intense! @intensecycles Jeff Steber, Please! Make a ltd edition run of that Tazer in raw aluminium. Like you did the first Socom. Please. I promise I will buy one!
  • + 3
 This comp makes a great point for smaller wheel sizes #275aintdead #26kindaaintdead
  • + 1
 @nurseben yes they rebuilt the skatepark in enchantment Park right near the pumptrack. We can ride it when you come visit in July.
  • + 2
 @brianpark you have any photos of me crashing around that track in my yellow and white striped shirt haha?
  • + 1
 on the intense tazer the rims are spank with FSA decals on them anyone else pick up on that
  • + 2
 Payton RideGnar is how I chose to read her name
  • + 1
 Intense. What should be call our new E-bike? Something fresh and unique....

Got it! Tazer.
  • + 1
 Can't get over this.
  • + 1
 Can anyone give me a functional reason for suspension in this context ? Doesn't make sense , try as I might to make it...
  • + 1
 The frames are designed for it, unless you have a travel offset rigid fork, the geo will be all out and head angle too steep
  • + 1
 @ctd07: So all you need to do is put a solid rod or pipe the same length in its place.
  • + 1
 @ctd07: my travel offset rigid fork only ran me $100, saved some weight.
  • + 1
 Gotta do your homework on #91 PB...…..Is there a fact check dept here?

b.
  • + 1
 Oh?
  • + 1
 @brianpark: Sam is not a quadriplegic.
  • + 4
 @Rusho: Are you sure? That’d be great. From what I understand he’s regained some control in his arms, and he’s made great progress, but he’s still quadriplegic or tetraplegic—with some form of paralysis affecting all four limbs.

Happy to be wrong here, let me know!
  • + 0
 @brianpark: he rode a bike not so long ago but he is not fully recovered
  • + 3
 Pretty sure he qualifies as "incomplete quadriplegic", as all four limbs were initially impacted by his injury, albeit didn't completely lose function allowing him to regain some movement.
  • + 4
 @brianpark:

Sam is currently considered a paraplegic, even though he can stand and walk with braces.

-George Vick
Videographer @ USA BMX
Assistant Editor of Pull Magazine
  • + 1
 DJs are the coolest looking bikes out there.
  • + 1
 Intense Tazer is a nice frame.
  • + 0
 Wasn't the pump track developed as a training tool for "mountain biking" ? Just saying . . . I think it is awesome !!!
  • + 1
 bring back the tazor hardtail pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaassssse
  • + 1
 Taser ebike is nice
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