STATS: The Bikes of Red Bull Rampage 2022 by the Numbers

Oct 19, 2022 at 13:46
by Brian Park  
Ethan Nell ready to try his sniper spine line.
Ethan Nell who is not Dylan Stark about to drop.

While the crew on the ground gets all the details on the full bike check stories (coming soon, promise!), I thought it'd be interesting to compare some more general stats about each rider's bike at Rampage. If we do this again in 2023, what do you think will have changed year over year?





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Tube Setup

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Derailleur

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Gears

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Flats vs Clips

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223 Comments
  • 405 1
 I knew it, I knew my 29er with tubeless was holding me back
  • 36 1
 #innertubesaintdead
  • 28 0
 and clipless pedals
  • 13 0
 26 in and tubes clearly a W combination
  • 8 3
 2 mini mullets in our stable, both very fun bikes. One full mullet but not sold on the 29er front myself. It has great rollover but requires a lot of setting up for tight twisty berms which I feel can go wrong very quickly if get off line.
  • 1 0
 HA!
  • 7 1
 @bat-fastard: Agree on the 29 mullet ,love the confidence it gives on the steeps but for the twisties I opt to bump my fork 20mm and run a 27.5. It seems that all of the corners in the local trails have gotten wider in the last few years or so with the popularity of the 29er IMHO. Maybe the ebikes are contributing too.
  • 1 0
 My coworkers have heard me laugh for sure!
  • 152 7
 Pretty sure the "Clips vs Flats" Pie chart is the only one that has never changed in any way since the first Rampage, lol
  • 144 1
 Pretty sure Remy Metallier rode rampage on clips a few years back
  • 16 1
 i saw ropelato ride clipped in, he's probably not the only one
  • 14 0
 Logan binggeli I believe rode clips one year.
  • 11 0
 I think Remi used clips.
  • 52 0
 Tons of riders rode clips the first few years. Greg Minnaar, Steve Peat, Greg Smith, Chris O'Driscoll, and I'm pretty sure Cedric Gracia won RAMPAGE!!! on clips in 2003.
  • 15 5
 @TEAM-ROBOT: no doi dude it was because of all the loam back then
  • 11 1
 Gee Atherton in 2010 ?
  • 4 3
 @TEAM-ROBOT: the Cedric Gracia back flip was clipped in, yeah?
  • 31 1
 @TEAM-ROBOT: because they didn’t have to do all the tricks to win back then. Same reason the “freeracers” are pretty much extinct at Rampage now too. (This is not a complaint, I don’t actually mind the evolution as much as some others do. But I’ll never forget how smooth and fast Gee rode the course back in the day.)
  • 1 1
 @weebleswobbles: sorry for my darn twitchy fingers. I was trying to upvote you.
  • 1 0
 @tomamitai: had completely forgotten this! Wish we could see it again, the last time he had an invite all the border stuff totally scuttled him, such a shame
  • 2 0
 @TEAM-ROBOT: so true! Had forgotten this as well! You don't need flats to backflip Don't know how that iconic moment slipped my mind
  • 1 0
 And pretty sure considering the first chart we saw more than 18 forks at rampage.
  • 1 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: speed is underestimated and is really what puts aside runs in my opinion...
  • 2 0
 @BiNARYBiKE: I think Jackson Goldstone would totally do it, but there's a fat chance the Syndicate allow him
  • 1 0
 Japanese users may be amused
  • 1 0
 @Venturebikes: Good call and I would so love to see it.
  • 1 0
 @TEAM-ROBOT: "yah!, no doi dude" (no doi? what is owl-X a fart face and grody to the max?)
  • 2 0
 @Venturebikes: They let him do Hardline
  • 1 0
 @Venturebikes: I don't know if doing a single rampage is necessarily more or less dangerous than competing in a whole season of world cup DHs plus hardline. There are videos of him hitting 80 foot gaps as a 10 year old. I am sure with his talent he charts his own path.
  • 1 0
 @ElDebarge ummmm you're from then too
  • 122 1
 18 forks and 17 shocks? Whos riding a hardtail?
  • 46 0
 Or someone has two forks?!
  • 8 0
 Russ Morell in 2003, according to google and PB
  • 5 0
 Maybe somebody is using a Marin Titanium F.R.S. Frame?
  • 1 1
 @Alturis: 18v17 doesn't sum up anymore then.
  • 2 3
 @colincolin: google pics of that bike… early ones basically had a fork for seat stays, thus increasing the fork count by one.
  • 9 0
 @nateb: I believe Semenuk has both a Zeb and Boxxer at the event to ride
  • 1 1
 With at least 10 rampage, they were less than 2 bikes every year? These stats are broken
  • 1 0
 urmom
  • 65 4
 That font size tho. (So much real estate in those images to make text legible without zooming.)
  • 14 1
 But then the sponsors would see their brands (Fox and Maxxis for example) aren't represented like they want to!

(No this was not serious)
  • 5 1
 BwUt My ExCeL!
  • 14 3
 Pie charts are business-school trash anyway.
  • 25 1
 Of all the pinkbike memes, their inability to present data has to be the truest.
  • 2 0
 @dirtyburger: sorted bar chart with brand written under bar
  • 1 0
 @Glenngineer: Don't forget the race results and start lists.
  • 2 0
 @dirtyburger: Outside business school they're fine, aren't they? As long as you stay clear from the fancy 3D perspective ones.
  • 43 0
 That one guy riding E13 rims... sleepless night I'm sure.
  • 2 4
 probably running proper pressure for what hes doing so wont have an issue.
  • 1 0
 Surprised to see so many i9 rims and no DT rim.
  • 30 1
 Pretty sure the rider in the first photo is Ethan Nell, not Dylan Stark. Dual crown with a super short stem, not a single crown with a 50mm stem. Plus the custom paint job on the frame.
  • 80 1
 God damn it.
  • 35 1
 @brianpark: Love the edit
  • 33 2
 Flats
  • 26 2
 #flatpedalswinmedals
  • 3 0
 Pedals or tubes?
  • 29 0
 Colors should have stayed the same across brands on the fork and shock pie charts.
  • 14 0
 Anyone who's done a few TPS reports knows that!
  • 8 0
 And how is Fox not always assigned to orange?
  • 33 7
 Proof that 29 isn't the most ideal for everything. Normal people should be able to buy 26/27 options of DH and enduro bikes setup from the factory. If you're going to reply "but normal people don't need freeride bikes" I'm sorry your local riding scene sucks
  • 3 0
 this
  • 8 0
 Every time I hop on my 26" dj, I remember why I fell in love with biking in the first place.
  • 3 0
 but normal people don't need freeride bikes
  • 4 2
 I'll remember to buy a 27.5" just in case I get invited to Rampage
  • 2 0
 @ILv2MTB: I'm sorry your local riding scene sucks
  • 21 0
 Who could have guessed Rampage has very little overlap with most consumers preferences lmao
  • 2 0
 "whats being pushed onto most consumers"**
  • 19 3
 I feel like a noob with this, but why are most people running tubes? Seems like everything nowadays is tubeless at least on trail bikes and enduro bikes. Heck, I thought all DH riders run tubeless most with inserts too. Is this specific to freeride?
  • 61 1
 they need to run way higher pressures so they don't blow their tires off on spin landings.
  • 7 58
flag wolftwenty1 FL (Oct 19, 2022 at 14:10) (Below Threshold)
 if you get a pinch on a tube and its a slow leak you can hopefully still make it down. Tubeless your run is over instantly. these guys are running like 40-50psi I believe...its not about traction its about making it down
  • 4 0
 Is there a pressure limit on tubeless tyres? Kinda surprised that tubeless plus insert wouldn't be less likely to flat on a spin landing.
  • 5 48
flag plustiresaintdead FL (Oct 19, 2022 at 14:15) (Below Threshold)
 @wolftwenty1: Anyone who has run tubes knows that they blow out just as quick and significantly more often.
  • 67 1
 @plustiresaintdead: Tell that to the 15 dudes running Tubes at Rampage...
  • 1 2
 @wolftwenty1: Isn't this true of pinch flats on tubeless too? That's what the sealant is for right?
  • 9 1
 @plustiresaintdead: Anyone except the 15 pros running tubes at Rampage?
  • 56 0
 The riders use tubes because landing sideways will sometimes burp your tire.
  • 12 0
 @onetrykid: this the right answer. At the high pressures they run they don't really get pinch flats either.
  • 1 0
 My question: why are there 2 guys running tubeless?
  • 5 2
 @mechatronicjf: they're probably sposored by a tubeless tire sealant?
  • 3 0
 @L0rdTom: stans recommends 45psi max for mountain and 100 for road, not sure about other brands
  • 6 0
 Tubes NEVER burp.... with the impacts an stresses these riders are putting into the wheels the last thing they want is to burp out all they air half way through a Rampage run simple
  • 2 1
 Tubeless is great for lowering tire pressure to get more grip and smoothen out the ride, this kinda falls under the same logic of having bigger wheels, both makes sense and works great for typical offroading, but not for freeriding, especially Rampage. Generally with tubeless the chances of burping caused by sideway landing and hopping into a spin gets higher along with the increasement of tire pressure as there's nothing to actually "grab" the tire on the rim, while traditional inner tube and hooked rim design has proven to be working better in this scenario. And since riders need higher pressure for easier spins and protecting the rim from those insane landings at Rampage, and Rampage is barely anything about cornering speed and that 0.01 sec gain due to more grip anyways, it's logical to go with tubes.
  • 21 0
 26'ers for life!
  • 5 0
 29er = death?
  • 18 0
 typically 73.6% Of All Statistics Are Made Up, but in this case im going to take Pinkbikes word.
  • 7 0
 There are three types of lies: 1. Lies. 2. Damned lies. 3. Statistics
  • 3 2
 They say sixty-five percent of all statistics Are made up right there on the spot Eighty-two-point-four percent of people believe 'em Whether they're accurate statistics or not I don't know what you believe But I do know there's no doubt I need another double-shot of something ninety-proof I got too much to think about
  • 18 1
 Quickly scrolled to the bottom for the '26 ain't dead' comment. Devastated not to find it.
  • 4 0
 26 fo lifer an..... as much as it irks me to say it...... mini mullet is the future
  • 16 0
 The only thing riders agree on is flats for the win.
  • 20 1
 and no 29ers
  • 7 0
 and no hardtails and no water bottle cages and no ebikes
  • 15 0
 I want to see all of the pedals! I bet deity, chromag, and sensus rule that
  • 4 0
 At least one cool looking set of DMRs in there.
  • 16 0
 No tube brand? Come on Pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 My bets on mostly Tubolitos like it was last year. Would have been nice to confirm though!
  • 15 0
 I think you missed one of the rear shocks. Isn’t Sorge riding a push?
  • 15 0
 I suck at graphs. That's fixed.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: did you just get an excel-basics course? :-P
  • 9 0
 Fox took all of the non-race athletes and moved them to the Marzocchi program. It might be worth a look at these charts if Fox and Marzocchi were lumped into the same slice of pie.
  • 5 0
 Think only 1 dude is on Fox and it's Nell. Believe he and Bienve are the only 2 on Fox right now and it's not because of direct support from Fox. When Fox switched to Marzocchi they lost a few riders too. TVS. Zink. Rheeder. I'm curious how many of these guys don't have suspension sponsors. Few of them are running blacked out forks and I don't see any fork company being o.k. with that. Example being Sorge... he skirted the RS comments but talked about the Push insert... so I'd think Push is supporting him and RS is not.
  • 11 0
 The only way to make Rampage better would be to invite people who definitely shouldn't be riding rampage to compete.
  • 4 0
 Thanks. I'm in!
  • 14 0
 @thingswelike: pinkbike comment section freeride team
  • 1 0
 @nowaybro: has to ride on the grim donut
  • 2 0
 That would be awesome! Top five most shit talking commenters finally have a chance to walk the talk. Maybe get a funeral home on board as a sponsor or something
  • 1 0
 @VtVolk: and doublecrownaddict should be harassed to ride a Yt bike
  • 12 0
 Rotor size and brake choice would be a nice add here!
  • 5 0
 I’d love to hear a breakdown from at least 1 rider from each gear count category explain how they settled on their choices. I’m sure different lines have different demands etc and it would be interesting to hear the professional detail their decision.
  • 13 1
 I can tell you that many of those choices were based on sponsorship. But it also tells you that if someone says one brand is night and day, or you have to have a coil to go big, etc. they are full o'crap.
  • 2 1
 @ICKYBOD: less many, more most.
  • 3 1
 @ICKYBOD: I feel that freeride athletes, at least at this level, choose their sponsors more than other top level mountain bikers. Racers tend to be on teams with a group of sponsors where the freeride guys are more of free agents. Not going to say that money and perks aren't a factor in that decision, but a lot of people rep the brands they like.
  • 3 0
 @AddisonEverett: you think FR's actually choose a yeti??
(sarcasm lock on)
  • 2 0
 @naptime: *joker voice* I do, and I'm tired of pretending that I don't
  • 2 0
 @AddisonEverett: Either Suntour is waaaay more awesome than they get credit for, or you might have that backwards
  • 1 0
 @ICKYBOD: I’m not talking about brand choice. I’m sure whatever brand provided their rider with a 12speed had a 7speed handy if the rider wanted it.
  • 8 0
 Surprised to see that DT Swiss didn't make it on the wheels side of things. Those new FR wheels are pretty cool.
  • 6 0
 Carson Storch is running FR541 rims?
  • 4 0
 Semenuk diggin till dark ?? Dudes hard core, hope hes.Got some gas left in the tank after last week n all. Not to jinx em or nothin (i hate white rabbits) but If for whatever reason he doesn’t take the win that’s gonna make things a bit more interesting.
Whooos it gonna be??

Rider Ready!!
  • 7 0
 Come on DVO, get someone in there.....
  • 6 1
 Take aways... 26 wheels are still and will always be the most fun in the air and tubeless tires are for amateurs. Got it!
  • 5 2
 I would assume that tubes are preferred due to the higher pressures and reliability on impact, but why not tubeless with inserts?
  • 26 0
 Tubes are the OG insert.
  • 1 0
 They might not like the extra weight in the wheels. Alternatively I doubt they use inserts for day to day riding, so there is probably an element of sticking to what you're used to as well
  • 8 2
 29 ain't dead!
  • 6 0
 pie charts. how nice..
  • 4 1
 Is there any info on rim and frame material? I know I am not a Freerider, but the fact that there weren't Enve wheels felt a bit surprising to me...
  • 7 1
 Enve wheels would instantly disintegrate at rampage
  • 3 2
 Not a lot of carbon = doesn’t fit the Pink Bike agenda.
  • 1 2
 I’m surprised to see so much i9 rims, haven’t really heard anything exceptional about them except the aluminum-spoke ones being ass
  • 3 0
 ENVE wheels are like the E13 alloys lol.
  • 2 1
 @fewnofrwgijn: Not sure where you get your info - i9's ride great, look great, and are absolutely bombproof, especially the aluminum spokes. Some folks might say the aluminum spokes ride a bit harsh, but I doubt those people ride off cliffs and want the strongest wheelsets available.
  • 3 0
 Should have kept the brand colors consistent in the fork and shock pie charts. (I see that the colors are selected based on sort high-low) Otherwise very interesting!
  • 4 0
 we need photos of all the bikes....
  • 4 0
 @brianpark What about Push rear shocks? Sorge is on an 11.6
  • 4 0
 good spot, I missed something in my chart.
  • 3 0
 has there been a recent tubes vs tubeless comparison somewhere for ews or world cup dh?
  • 2 0
 they've done studies you know....60% of the time these setups work every time
  • 2 0
 Bugged me that the suspension brands didnt match the colours they are known for. It shouldnt have...but it did.
  • 2 0
 Also the colours changed in charts 1 & 3 based on quantity as opposed to staying consistent.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark A matrix of fork brand / shock brand might be interesting to see if riders are mixing and matching or staying with a specific brand.
  • 10 1
 At this level it's "who will give me money, or flow me product?" The only ones mixing and matching are the ones not on bigger contracts.
  • 5 1
 Industry 9 bitches!!!
  • 3 0
 Aluminum Frames v Carbon?
Anyone got an idea abtou that ratio?
  • 3 0
 what about brakes?
  • 2 0
 Don’t need ‘em
  • 3 1
 nah, youll upset the shimano fanboys
  • 1 0
 Yep maybe the brakes would be the only thing that would make sense on our bikes
  • 5 3
 Low prevalence of Fox forks feels surprising
  • 37 0
 Marzocchi is their freeride branch. Wink
  • 6 0
 And Maxxis tires and DT rims and 29" and... etc. Overall, remarkable differences with regular brand popularity.
  • 11 0
 @Mac1987: If you look at Carson Storch's Propain bike check, he is running DT swiss FR 541rims. Yet the pie chart doesn't list any DT rims.
  • 7 0
 @Baciatutti: I wonder if someone got confused about hub brand vs rim brand. I'll update if I get confirmation either way.
  • 5 0
 @Mac1987: Tires at the pro level are heavily dictated by sponsorship. The real issue with non-maxxis tires where I am is distribution. I can go into any local shop and get exactly the Maxxis tire I want, but try and find the Michelin exact specs is pretty hard.
  • 5 0
 Fox pushed their freeride riders to Marzocchi a few years back. The fox rider (didn’t look it up) is likely under a different sponsorship (racing/ambassador) model or not beholden to a suspension brand.
  • 2 0
 from what i’ve heard, fox is kinda more race suspension and marz is mainly freeride. Makes sense too, marz was always known as the more freeridey brand out of all of them
  • 2 0
 @Mac1987: there are only two Maxxis-sponsored riders at Rampage this year. Semenuk and TMac.
  • 3 1
 Pie charts for 18 riders?
  • 2 1
 How about red bull to non red bull riders?
Any monster riders? Or rockstar?
  • 5 0
 Waiting for the day I see a coffee sponsored rider at a Red Bull event
  • 1 0
 @fewnofrwgijn: must be one at least with all the small life style coffee brands......?
  • 4 0
 @fewnofrwgijn: Starbucks with their new Pumpkin Spice stanchion coating to reduce seal friction by 13%
  • 5 0
 @TopherJones93: a nice dark roast reduces my morning seal friction way more than 13%
  • 2 0
 hype plastic V's metal wouldv'e been intyeresting......
  • 2 8
flag HeatedRotor FL (Oct 19, 2022 at 22:36) (Below Threshold)
 i assume your talking frame material? All the anti Carbon clowns with low IQ would be in here banging that door.
  • 1 0
 @HeatedRotor: anti carbon clowns with low IQ's???
that's the funniest shit!!
  • 2 9
flag HeatedRotor FL (Oct 19, 2022 at 23:21) (Below Threshold)
 @naptime: Interesting that you find That funny, Considering how terrible modern alloy frames are.
  • 2 0
 @HeatedRotor: eerrr whut?
:'D
  • 1 0
 Mavic? That would be cool to see them make a comeback. No one riding dt Swiss rims surprised me.
  • 1 0
 I read fork type as 15 insane people and 3 out of their minds INSANE HUMANS
  • 1 0
 No pie chart for frames? Probably because nobody is riding Santa Cruz or Specialized.
  • 2 1
 It's 2022. Why are we still using pie charts?
  • 1 0
 Mountain bikers are dorks
  • 4 5
 I think the data point that surprised me the most was the rear shock air vs coil ratio. I thought for sure these guys would all be on coils with how big the hits are!
  • 16 0
 air ramps up, coils dont. coild really shines at small bump sensitivity and these dudes arent seeing many small bumps at rampage!
  • 3 2
 No Magped pedals? MAGNETS FTW.
  • 1 0
 Why would you run tubeless for this?
  • 1 0
 Bottle cages? Pretty thirsty work out there in the desert…..
  • 2 0
 Flats all the way!!
  • 1 0
 Where is the pie chart with the bike brands?
  • 1 0
 No clown bikes! No clown riders lol
  • 1 0
 Great idea, but I'd prefer to see it as a video.
Wink
  • 1 0
 so i counted six coils in the 18 Bikes of Rampage article not four???
  • 1 0
 Could we get a chart for crankarm length?
  • 1 0
 There’s 0 10 speeds im confused
  • 1 0
 the pictures clearly show different choices.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark The gears chart is missing a data point, n=17.
  • 1 0
 4 tensioners and 6 single speeds does not compute.....
  • 1 0
 Dude with sickest chainstay wins it! 25,000 word article yo follow.
  • 1 1
 No way there's no clipless!
  • 27 1
 its a cliplessless competition
  • 6 6
 Tubeless is wack. All the real senders I know ride tubes
  • 4 11
flag cougar797 (Oct 19, 2022 at 15:01) (Below Threshold)
 Tubeless is cool until you are riding tech rocky terrain. These boys are just concerned with spinning off giant groomed takeoffs down to silly far down groomed landings.
  • 15 4
 @cougar797: Gonna have to disagree. Basically everyone I know here in the AZ desert runs tubeless. The rocky terrain here constantly gives ya pinch flats when running tubes. Not to mention all of the vegetation here has pokey things. Tubes are worthless here, unless ya have ones with sealant and run at least 30PSI all the time. I ditched tubes 15 years ago with no plans of ever going back.
  • 4 1
 @tmwjr777: Agreed. Weird that this is getting down voted.
  • 5 0
 @tmwjr777: tubeless is great for racing and mortals. These dudes are not concerned with traction. Probably max psi to deal with side impacts without blowing the tire off the bead.
  • 1 0
 @tmwjr777: talcum powder.. the tube riders secret weapon
  • 7 0
 @naptime: i hear they put it on their feet, to help stop blisters on the long walk home.
  • 6 0
 @tmwjr777: Yep your absolutely right. I mixed up tubed and tubeless while typing. We all run tubeless, inserts, and tons of sealant here too. Sorry all for being a dumbass.
  • 1 0
 @stubs179: I think your right. I still don’t understand how they don’t pinch tubes on those landings though. They look so heavy. I can’t imagine rims aren’t finding ground even with high PSI.
  • 1 0
 @stubs179: Right, I get that. Rampage is about absorbing huge impacts more than traction for cornering. But for the rest of us, tubeless makes WAY more sense in my opinion. I went from having like 8-10 flats a year to maybe once a year when I ditched tubes.
  • 2 0
 @cougar797: Hahaha... It's all good man. No worries. Cool
  • 1 1
 flats V's clips........ X'D X'D X'D
  • 2 5
 What? No 29er?
  • 6 0
 Rotational mass... gyroscopic effect in the air.
  • 7 0
 Because despite what marketing departments and your favorite YouTuber might say, there are definitely situations where a smaller wheel is better (stronger).
  • 5 0
 If Semenuk can feel the weight difference between 2 mm rotors and 1.8 mm rotors in his spins just imagine what a 29" wheel would do.
  • 2 0
 @onespeedbrian: he's running an EXO+ casing on the front to save weight too
  • 2 0
 There are two factors. One is strength, the other is "how hard is it to rotate in the air." If you're trying to do tailwhips with your single crown DH rig, a 26er wheel is ideal.

By the way, that's the same reason people are running tubes. Less likely to explode when a spin is over-rotated. Turns out free ride is a different world.
  • 2 1
 @WaterBear: Exactly man. Though entertaining to watch, Rampage, Fest series, etc. is on another level that 99% of us can't even relate to and some Pinkbikers don't want to admit it apparently.
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