We're setting out to learn about the vehicles that some of today's professional mountain bikers are using to haul their bikes in across the world. In the first article of the series, we looked at how Brian Lopes chose to customize his Mercedes Sprinter van to turn it into a functional fun hauler, and now we find out how Richie Schley gets around.

Freeride legend and part-time Laguna Beach resident Richie Schley recently signed up to roll in Mercedes' high-end AMG badged vehicles. While bike and gear sponsorships are the norms for any professional rider, being able to represent an automotive brand is the next level of support in a lot of cases. If that's true, landing a deal with Mercedes - AMG could be considered the Holy Grail of all sponsorship deals. We sat down with Richie to see how this deal came about and to take a look at his AMG G63.




So how did Richie end up behind the wheel of an AMG G63? "Well, we met the guys from AMG and the guys from Rotwild, and we all started talking. They ended up doing a collaboration on a bike, like watch companies do, like an AMG model of a Rotwild bike, that was super tuned and custom and as good as you can get type of a thing,'' explained Schley. That initial collaboration then lead into a team sponsorship, which then lead to a personal deal with Richie. ''So then eventually they sponsored our team and me individually, so I got to pick a car, and this is the coolest, most practical car they have and maybe one of the coolest practical cars ever made, in my opinion. It's one of the rockstars of cars. I always dreamt of having this vehicle, so when this deal came about, there was only one choice!"
Richie Schley s Mercedes AMG G63

For Richie, one of the major deciding factors on which model to choose was the functionality of the vehicle. "It's got cargo space and it's very utilitarian for my lifestyle. It has Thule racks on it all around. Traveling in Europe, generally, I was just putting the bikes inside because it's so big. I can fit two bikes and all my gear inside, no problem," he said of the spacious interior that boasts more than 120 cubic feet of room.


Richie Schley s Mercedes AMG G63
Richie Schley s Mercedes AMG G63


Aside from needing plenty of room inside, Richie was also looking for a vehicle that could handle the odd off-road excursion despite sporting rubber that resembles racing slicks. "I rallied it quite severely into the Rampage site," he said of the rough thirty-minute drive on a dusty, pot-holed dirt road. "I know its one of the most capable off-road vehicles there is... but I have street racing tires on it, haha! With the off-road tires on it, you could climb up the side of a building!"


Richie Schley s Mercedes AMG G63


Rampage rallying aside, Richie knew that his wheels would spend the vast majority of their time on paved surfaces and that traveling in comfort counts for a lot. "When I go to Europe, I get a G63 to drive there as well, and last summer I drove from Frankfurt to Austria, through the mountains there and then all the way to Les Deux Alpes through the winding mountain roads. I went over some passes that follow the Tour De France and into Italy, and then all the way back to Frankfurt. So I spent a lot of time in it last summer, the trip totaled about forty hours of driving."

For the first test drive, however, Richie was able to do get behind the wheel in the sands of Abu Dhabi at AMG's Private Lounge Days. "AMG had this driving experience thing, and they took us to Abu Dhabi where we got to drive these things with all the traction control turned off, rallying through the sand dunes which was super fun." Another benefit of the partnership is getting to test out other AMG models.

"I was just in Belgium at the Spa Raceway, and I got to drive their new super car, called the AMG GT-S. It was almost like a race car. I've driven a whole bunch back when I was in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on the race track there."
Richie Schley s Mercedes AMG G63


When it comes to AMG's customization, it's all about the details and making the car stand out from the norm. "Well, it's super powerful! It has a 563 HP, bi-turbo V8 with tons of torque. It's got so much cachet and cool factor because it looks like this old army vehicle but at the same time, it's so luxurious that it's crazy. You get the feeling that you're in this cool, indestructible military vehicle, but when you're inside the car it's super luxurious. It has air conditioned seats, and this feature called 'Distronic Plus,' which is like cruise control but you put it on in traffic and you don't have to touch the brake or the gas. It's all based on sensors, so you could literally be texting, checking e-mail, doing whatever, and all you have to do is steer. Using the feature in the beginning is really scary, especially on the Autobahn in Europe when you're going really fast and all of a sudden you can see brake lights, and you're like, 'Ok when is it going to brake?' and then it kicks in. So, in the beginning, it's a bit tricky. You just have to trust the car." It's probably still not a great idea to be texting while on the road, even if AMG's Distronic Plus setup sounds like it's from the future.


Richie Schley s Mercedes AMG G63
Richie Schley s Mercedes AMG G63


Daily driving in a vehicle like this means that you're bound to draw some attention, which is clearly one of the reasons the G63 exists in the first place. "I think the vehicle itself is pretty interesting for people, but then when you put the stripes and everything on it people are like 'Whoah, sick car!' It gets tons of looks and compliments."

Of course, with a vehicle with this kind of muscle under the hood it begs to be pushed a bit. Even though it's equipped with a radar detector, we wanted to know if he has had any encounters with the law. "Not yet, but knock on wood," Richie replied. And we also had to know who's paying in the event of a speeding ticket, Richie or the sponsor? "I have to pay for the tickets. Gas and tickets which can be a hefty bill."


Richie Schley s Mercedes AMG G63


"I think this is the perfect vehicle for a mountain biker or outdoor lifestyle person because it's fast, it's comfortable, it's got tons of cargo space, and you're also never going to get stuck. For bikes, it's tall inside so you can get an inside rack and they fit in really nice, so the bike isn't half laying down. Racks all fit on them because it has a trailer hitch. I run the Thule T2 on the back and an Aeroblade system on the roof for my surfboards."

If there is such a thing as a perfect vehicle, the G63 may be it for those who are a fan of the AMG badge and have some disposable income - it starts at over $140,000 USD before you tack on things like a dual-screen entertainment system for your friends sitting in the back seat ($2,650), carbon fiber interior trim ($2,950), or more eye-catching colour and trim for the outside ($20,000).

No, the G63 is not your average mountain biker's truck, and both Richie and AMG wouldn't have it any other way.


Richie Schley s Mercedes AMG G63

277 Comments

  • + 274
 Fucking douche canoe , go buy a raptor and have change left over for a fleet of bikes and trip around the world And put some real tires on that fucking thing, so lame
  • + 149
 "douche canoe" amazing
  • + 117
 I'd insult your choice of lame ass vehicle (king of douche,a raptor) but I have a feeling you also would vote for Trump if you could,so, I can see that.
  • + 157
 Umm....it's a sponsored car. You would say no if it's offered to you?
  • + 13
 @scary1: Trump? that son of german imigrant who want the imigrants to go home Wink ?
  • + 12
 Im unsure he could vote in US elections
  • - 39
flag TFreeman (Mar 30, 2016 at 23:35) (Below Threshold)
 I agree. It's an overpriced heel of shit. Id rather have a well thought out, actual offroad vehicle like a f 250 king ranch edition, with KING shocks and suspension systems, some steel wheels, some toyo or nitto tires, and a winch and some lights. All of that beauty, and I'd still have 30k to throw around.
  • + 48
 Raptor what are you 3?
Think about it.. Sponsored vehicle.. It cost him £0... Do you know how many raptors bikes and trips you can buy with £0....
Drives on roads fits Road tires makes sense to me. But I wouldn't be caught dead near a raptor so that's probably why
  • - 35
flag TFreeman (Mar 31, 2016 at 0:04) (Below Threshold)
 @markg1150: hahahahaha that's because you're British and haven't seen raptors or even been in one. They ride really well, soak up potholes and bumps like nothing they're incredibly capable vehicles and they are actually fun to drive on the streets as well as offroad. Just because it's too big and mean for you doesn't mean it's a bad truck. Especially at half the price of a much less capable g wagon
  • - 28
flag mxmtb (Mar 31, 2016 at 0:05) (Below Threshold)
 @markg1150:
Cause you live in the uk that's why
  • - 21
flag TFreeman (Mar 31, 2016 at 0:08) (Below Threshold)
 @markg1150: you should watch the top gear where Clarkson and Cpt. Slow "rescue" hammond. Clarkson LOVES his raptor and James really enjoys his silverado 3500 dually.

Think about that, even those old British farts love the American trucks. Don't knock em till you try it.
  • + 20
 Going by this thread you can only have a drug dealer douche canoe G-wagon or a tard chariot pickup?
  • + 36
 @TFreeman: and you've obviously never driven a G wagen offroad....
  • + 8
 You misspelled Cummins.
  • + 46
 @TFreeman: I wouldn't go so far as to call it a piece of shit. It's definitely a super expensive car, but mercedes knows what they are doing. G wagons are used by militaries around the world because they are exceptional offroad vehicles. I would actually argue that mercedes is in another league compared to ford when it comes to offroad... have you seen a unimog? They can drive over stuff the size of a wheel on your king ranch no problem.
  • + 2
 @louiscypher: it looks you missed the point of what Trump is saying about imigrants by miles...
  • + 3
 @TFreeman: You should re word your first sentence. If you have not seen a Raptor how would he have been in one.
Maybe try
Your British so you probably have not even seen a Raptor let alone been in one.
You see it would make your argument for your truck of choice better.
Who cares you or I are not getting a free truck anyway.
  • - 1
 @louiscypher: his mother is scottish! ;-)
  • + 2
 @scary1: overload....way to much!!! this thing drinks more patrol than a privat Jet
but I would take it too...awesome car Wink
  • - 2
 @jonnycanfield: thank you so much 4 that Smile
  • + 9
 Cant even lock the bikes in back they stuck on a bike rack ffs.. go get a 130 landy, I can fit 5 DH bikes in the back and lock the canopy door.. Nice set of 37" bf Goodrich mt's needed too, looks like a hairdressers jeep...
www.pinkbike.com/photo/8487384
  • + 3
 I think I would rather just buy like a 70's full size jeep Cherokee chief and use the rest of the money for gas and lift+tires
  • + 14
 I think the article said his sponsorship deal was with Mercedez AMG and he could choose from AMG vehicles. I think Ford makes both the Raptor and the King Ranch, and I think Ford is a different company from Mercedes. Why are we here?
  • + 1
 @bat-fastard: I think the article said he often puts his bikes in the back because it's so spacious. I think it also explained his choice of tires.
  • + 1
 You don't know what you are talking about
  • + 2
 @ecologist: lol If you take back seats out or take bikes apart you might get them in, its tiny in there.... wheels n tyres look crap, you'd be better in a merc van... mustn't be good enough to get the proper one... cdn.boldride.com/brabus/2013/brabus-mercedes-benz-b63s-6x6.2000x1333.Sep-09-2013_18.29.44.419934.jpg
  • - 1
 'Mercia! Bet Trump would take a king ranch over this magnificent piece of German awesomeness too...
  • + 4
 Douche canoe!! LOL! Awesome!
  • + 4
 @TFreeman: the first thing Brits do when they move to Canada is go out a buy an F-150 or F-250!
  • + 11
 The G63: the choice of Kardashians and murderous, oppressive dictators around the world!
  • + 1
 @Golden-G: a Raptor is certainly not an f250,though. Thats a real truck
  • + 0
 @cuban-b: yeah...i saw the flag. And, said IF you could.So, yeah. I got it covered
  • + 2
 congratulations
  • + 4
 Sounds like simple jealousy.
  • + 4
 Let me guess... You drive a clapped out 4x4 Toyota or a Subaru. Why the hate
  • + 1
 hey, what's wrong with subaru Frown

www.pinkbike.com/photo/12152956
  • + 3
 @cuban-b: nothing actually... Looking at a Forrester for my mother in law. Just don't get the mindless shit talk about a guys choice of ride. Just see lots in the mtns
  • + 3
 @cuban-b: Nothing at all. Gets you from home to the trails and back. But if a sponsor gave you a G-Wagon to parade around with your Yeti, then who wouldn't drive it? Buy it, hell no. I'd feel like I need to take a shower before even stepping foot into it.
  • + 12
 I don't know..the 4 or 5 times I've met him he was super nice. Even offered to take us out when we were in so cal and was super keen on telling us his favorite spots to ride. Not to mention that he was a heavy influence in helping shape the whistler bike park into what it is today. I don't really get how people can feel good about shit talking people behind a computer screen. So lame
  • + 6
 @cuban-b: Canadian's can't vote in the US. They can only run for president ;-)
  • + 0
 A raptor? Yeah okay guy!!! Let's trade a purpose factory built real 4x4 in the Merc and trade it in for a long wheel base truck? Offroad much?

Oh and last I checked Ritchey does need anymore bikes!!!
  • + 4
 @twowheelsforthemasses:
Proud owner of a rubicon on 37's

Just got back from EJS

So ya I off road a lot
  • + 0
 @mxmtb: so you own a jeep and yet you claim he should get a raptor? Eh? Something is not right there?
  • + 2
 @twowheelsforthemasses:
yup I own a jeep.2017 raptor on route
  • - 1
 @mxmtb: lmfao....sure guy~
  • + 3
 I own a raptor and would definitely choose it over a g63 when hauling bikes and gear
  • + 4
 @twowheelsforthemasses: What, so a guy can't want a Raptor and a Jeep? Raptors aren't crawlers and Jeeps aren't pre-runners. Different disciplines of off-roading. I own a Wrangler as well and would love a Raptor.

@mxmtb How was EJS? Saw a lot of coverage, but never been.
  • + 2
 @lobohusky:
It was awesome about my 12 time to Moab . I'd recommend going bring your bike cause there is so much to see and explore . The wrangler is forsale and I have placed a order on the new raptor .
  • + 1
 @mxmtb: That's awesome. I just moved up to the PNW from Houston in November. I drove through Moab to get here in a rush to start my new job on time, plus all my stuff (bike included) was in the moving truck so I didn't get to explore at all. Hopefully I'll get a few more mods and on it this year and be able to head down next year.

Congrats on the Raptor!
  • + 5
 Richie drives a Kardashian/Jenner family car now.... Noooooooooo!
  • + 4
 @Dexta: should you be sharing the fact you know that?
  • + 1
 ever driven a raptor.... this is cheaper in the long run. ever filled up a raptor its a hog on gas lol. he also didn't pay for the car so Im gunna assume you're just jealous lol if I was given a free car I wouldn't complain
  • + 1
 mxmtb, your trolling skills are impressive.
  • + 2
 Sounds like you got some Hate going on there.
  • + 1
 @finalgear: how so? Oh and thanks for the negative props.
  • + 1
 He got it for free
  • + 1
 @jeff444 @finalgear: oh geez. you guys really need to take a step back and understand my comment. as you can see, my comment was directed to mxmtb. please go ahead and refer to his initial post. then see all the replies garnered from it. now do you get it?
  • - 2
 @dirkmcdirt: no, I drive a clapped out f250. A real truck. I do man stuff with it.
  • - 1
 @lobohusky: you didn't just imply that a raptor was a prerunner, did you?
  • + 4
 Raptors are for rich guys and their sons whom can't build a real prerunner, which wld actaully cost less. That said, raptor is for high sleed not crawling. This amg needs a light bar.
  • + 1
 @FurryCrew: dude, I was looking down to see if the sponsorship had been mentioned yet.
  • + 2
 @brodieman96: it cost me about $65-80 depending on gas prices to fill my raptor, but the tank lasts me 2 weeks, it's really not that bad, I also drive regularly like 80 on the highway so it'd last longer if I drove better lol
  • - 1
 @louiscypher: He wants non-white migrants to go home. Not even racist
  • + 2
 @Golden-G: I did'nt.....
  • + 1
 @expat: mass generalization...
  • - 1
 How did this get repped up? Its a sponsored vehicle, he already has a fleet of bikes, and probably has his own Raptor (Or tacoma more than likely)
  • + 1
 @matadorCE: That would be the Mercedes Benz 600 Wink
  • + 0
 This is top of the line of SUV. That huge engine shoud get you to hospital in no time. In Canada, army used them and then gave up. Probably the maintenance bills. LOL
  • + 0
 The guy has massive amounts of tickets on himself
  • + 103
 The David Hasselhoff of MTB.
  • + 71
 The Schloff.
  • + 71
 Schleywatch
  • + 32
 massive in germany. massive.
  • + 81
 MerSchleydes Benz, Hoffroad Edition
  • + 5
 Exactly what I thought when I read the post. His agent is under paid.
  • + 3
 @loopie: hahahaha lol
  • + 3
 Dear @The-dirt-farmer,
In my humble opinion, you won the internet today. On point.
Sincerely yours.
  • + 8
 Richie Schlame
  • + 3
 I can't remember the last time I saw Schleys name on PB front page. Wow, it's been a while. I thought it was 2004 again which would be a good thing! Like to see a riding edit as opposed to a vehicle write up. C'mon Richie get out there and Schley it up for the cameras. Anyone who rides Whistler has seen or met RS. Always smiling and always friendly. Comes across as a decent guy.
  • + 2
 More of this please Richie:

youtu.be/LMTksWAw8Uw
  • + 4
 "You're one ugly mother f*cker "
  • + 67
 "...roof for my surfboards." Stand Up Paddle boards are not surfboards KOOK
  • + 10
 i would prop this all day long if i could
  • + 4
 A lot of keyboard warriors on this site who feel the need to point out they know the difference between a surf board and a paddle board. Don't worry. The real surfers and people who paddle board know that roof rack is used for both items and are too cool to care.
  • + 7
 @SithBike: Yes, but don't say you surf when you're a SUP kook. surfers can't stand SUPs
  • + 9
 @SithBike: You can put a ironing board on the rack too.
  • - 2
 @jonnycanfield: tell that to Laird Hamilton
Your the kook ,surfers don't like sups in the line up at their spot. There a tool for every job sometimes the job calls for a short board sometimes a longboard. You probably don't even surf besides the Internet KOOK
  • + 3
 @Beez177: I grew up surfing.
  • + 4
 @Beez177: It was weird when Laird went to Thailand then came back and started surfing standup; kinda like what happened to bruce jenner
  • + 2
 @Beez177: You know people make fun of Laird for using a SUP?
  • + 2
 @jonnycanfield: To his face ?
  • + 1
 @jonnycanfield: you ever heard of Chuck Patterson? Suppose he's a *ag too?
The guys that do those open ocean races in Hawaii on Sup are pussies too? Yeah right..
  • + 5
 If u pull up to any respectable surf spot with this(sup and car) ur gna get snaked.
  • + 3
 Mostly agree. But, at least his fins are forward! Amirite!?
  • + 0
 @Beez177: Who said pussies or f*g for that matter? I said Kook. You can be fit and still be a Kook.
  • + 1
 @Beez177: Always talk behind someones back, that way they have to hear it more than once.
  • - 2
 Also I would never use a sexual orientation as a negative connotation.
  • + 0
 Love It! We argue on PInkbike. Even about totally non-bike things. Good job everybody. Are Suppers the same as my 6'1" ripper, or my 7'6" Egg with a single thruster? Nope, thats why I have all three, and enjoy them when they are appropriate. Kind of like XC and DH rigs. Both work, they are just designed for certains styles or conditions. You all need to go and actually do these things instead of arguing like you have a clue.
  • + 1
 @jonnycanfield: you never said F*g but you post a link to a half Laird half unicorn with rainbows so basically your saying F*g
  • + 1
 @Beez177: interesting you took it that way.
  • + 49
 My favorite part.

"so you could literally be texting, checking e-mail, doing whatever, and all you have to do is steer."

Cleary he has more important things to do while driving than paying attention to driving.

Jackamo...
  • + 45
 Well Pinkbike looks like the masses have spoken. Showing off your super fancy car that you didn't pay for is not cool , especially when most of Pinkbike users bikes are worth more than there vehicles .the economy is piss poor and people are stressing about money more than ever , turning on Pinkbike and seeing this add not really cool And let's be honest it richy he made more money skiing
  • + 16
 And mommy and daddy. He's the original whistler kid.
  • + 9
 I'm willing to bet that one of the conditions of him getting him getting a free car that costs what that one does is contingent on a few articles like this one where 95% of the userbase feels alienated. But those people aren't the ones that this advertisement um I mean article is targeting. This article is aimed at the people who will be buying that new $10,000 flagship bike and not thinking twice about it. So yeah, I think that truck is ludicrous and Schley is a gigantic douche for being in this obvious advert, but if AMG said, "Hey, we want you to drive this f*cking ludicrous truck around for free" I can't say I wouldn't.
  • - 2
 Richie is from Kamloops and paved the way for freeride mtn bike on the radar. One of the nicest guys who has worked his ass off to get where he is today.
  • + 15
 @loopsrider: now he lives in laguna beach living the trust fund dream. He's definetly not nice either. Did you try say hi to him when he was strutting around whistler? Or did you ever see him do loser laps around whistler in his porshe suv? Good on people for achieving their version of success but it is what it is.
  • + 0
 Richie is a good dude albeit a a tad on the princess side of things. He made his money in the Whistler real estate market not from skiing. He shreds harder than most on a bike and goes huge! He deserves some respect.
  • - 1
 @Golden-G:

Just for the record I wasn't bashing Richie
Nothing against the guy known him for years .
  • + 5
 seems weird that AMG would choose Schley to be their brand ambassador. people who can afford a car like that probably have never heard of him.
  • - 1
 @mxmtb Why is it not cool? Do you really think that the majority of Pb'ers give 2 shits about the global economy? I don't think most people looked through this and though "ugh, the wealth gap is just too much to overcome".

@MrMentallo Why is Schleyer a "gigantic douche" for this "ad"? 90% of PB content is advertisment based content. If you don't care for it, go click on some SRAM sponsored link and feel better about it. Ads pay bills, and enable us to have all this free content. Think a little harder...
  • + 41
 Pink bike come on this isn't tmz. Don't show me junk like this and pretend it's news
  • + 34
 no Carbon wheels ?
  • + 1
 You have to buy the new mustang for that! Not even kidding!
  • + 15
 And No water bottle cage mounts. LAME!
  • + 28
 Was this really something that anyone gives a f*ck about????? Like seriously, I am embarrassed for this f*cking guy (legend)...probably the most over the top useless thing I have seen on Pinkbike. People want to see him RIDE...and not in his PoS AMG. I have seen a lot of bullshit but this takes the cake...it's over the top useless garbage. Like who the f*ck gives a shit about some Merc AMG and how his street tyres shredded the desert. f*ck YOU Pinkbike, remove this garbage shit f*cking write-up...it's horse shit...makes me want to take down Pinkbike. Nobody needs to read about someones "AMG"...f*ckme. Kind of angry and disappointed that this piece of shit article was written, especially since a legend of our sport was involved...give me something useful to the mountain bike community vs. this SHIT. f*ck
  • + 0
 Gesundheit!
  • + 28
 Lame
  • + 22
 it's pimp...but if it were me and even if I did the money to burn no matter what it'll be a Toyota Land Cruiser hands down. Set up to be an Overland Vehicle and you can go just about anywhere, easy to work on, parts are pretty much on all 4 corners of the world and nobody can beat Toyota reliability.
  • + 2
 This. I have a Land Cruiser. One of the great things about them is you can drive them anywhere without attracting attention, or looking like a douche, from the ghetto to nice neighborhoods and from the city to the woods. The gas mileage is terrible, but otherwise it is just about the perfect vehicle.
  • + 1
 @carym: what year do you have?
  • + 5
 Merc is not exactly known for being unreliable... Plus with a Land Cruiser you'll still be driving a Toyota. Not a merc. If you know what i mean.
  • + 2
 @scary1: 1996, 80 series. Keep eying a 200, but not in love with it.
  • + 1
 @toaster29: toyota/lexus is proven to be the most reliable vehicle on the road across its range.
  • + 3
 curious how many military's trust and use those land cruisers vs the G wagon....

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_G-Class#Military_operators

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Land_Cruiser#Use_by_militant_groups

Both very capable, however.
  • + 4
 @atrokz: Germany is a country that produces a huge amount of milatary equipment in general. Japan is not. I wouldnt read too much into that. Mercedes develop a lot of unusual equipment.

We had an 80 series. Awesome machine and did a lot of work for us. We still have a 100 series which has 400,000 miles on it (Thats Irish miles, drawing about 3 tonne behind it every second day on absolutely crap roads). Everything works and the engine and gearbox are still like new. Its like a cockroach. I can see it making 1,000,000 miles if someone is willing to drive it there.
  • + 1
 @humoroususername: Toyota also produced the land cruiser for military applications (Aus used them for example) but sales weren't the same as the G. The G is just a better alternative for this type of role as it can also be configured for different applications and was aimed at the market better. Just take a look into the 4x4 system they utilize for comparison. Just iterating to the op how the Gwagen is no slouch. Both are great offroad vehicles, both over valued by the secondary market.
  • + 2
 @atrokz: Oh yeah, I agree in general. Our other work vehicle is a Mercedes Unimog. We appreciate proper Mercs and the G-Wagen is more closely related to the Unimog than it is to the M Class which is a very good thing. It is far too expensive for what it is though. Mercedes are the only German car manufacturer that I really respect. BMW and VW are lightweights in comparison.

A basic G-Wagen is a hell of a machine. This is chintzy and classless although that Engine more than makes up for it...
  • + 1
 @humoroususername: a unimog! Would love one. I agree. The G wagon should be bare bones and simple. The overladen electronics and features is unbecoming of an offroad vehicle.

For reliability cant beat the old volvo redblocks ive had. 300whp with $2000 in parts and a locker G80 is a hoot. In an E91 now and I quite like it unlike the current bmws. But its a DD not a truck. Ive been scouring for a deal for a beater g wagon but its pretty hard when a clapped out 80s one goes for 15k plus
  • + 2
 Look at you guys, being all civil to one another.

Go f*ck yourselves!

:P
  • + 21
 No one in Germany rides a Rotwild, and only jerks and Russians drive AMG G63.
No one here in Germany knows Richie Schley. Wasn't he that frorider guy? Or was it Tippie?

Rotwild was once the Architect's choice of MTB.
Now with their wide E-MTB-range they sell their bikes to elderly would-have-been-if architects.
  • + 1
 May be you're just to young to know him...
  • + 24
 wtf is this article doing here.
  • + 23
 most overrated pro of all time
  • + 11
 rewatch nwd 3-5 and say it again dude has his own trail in whistler, legend
  • + 3
 This is the most insane comment in the entire article.
  • + 3
 how the hell does @ride-801 get 25 upvotes for that comment (until I downed it to 24...) The trail is called Schleyer for a reason...
  • + 2
 @VwHarman: The name should be changed.
  • + 14
 I think most folks are being a bit harsh here. Firstly, it may come as a supprise that not every Pinkbike reader is a poor 17 year old thats planning on buying porn with their Burger King wage. I ride with folks that have AMG's, top spec Californias, new Discoveries etc. ( I dont!)
Secondly, Richie has made his way and if someone wants to sponser him and give him cool stuff then good on him for working his butt off to earn that.
If this was a review of Emily Batties Porsche GT 4s then there would be no neg propping.
Chill out and give the guy some credit and tell me honestly that if you were given the opportunity to drive this as your company car, that you wouldnt say no?
  • + 0
 Reality is that nobody on this board would turn down this sponsorship. Everyone can bitch about it, but this is not different than Redbull or Audi sponsoring somebody like Gwinn. Also if they had the income/wealth it takes to buy an AMG G Wagon they would find it at least interesting.

Once you put most of the people on here behind the wheel of one they would never want to drive anything else.
  • + 4
 He can drive whatever he wants, that's not the issue. Do do we need an article about it, honestly? Especially if everyone is "a poor 17 year old". I would drive a free whatever as well...but to put this crap on pinkbike is stupid. And no, I am not 17 ... and not broke. Why can't we see him shredding some lines instead...people don't care what he took to get there. If it is an AMG that's cool but picture after picture of an AMG like is freaking weak. Let's see the guy RIDE
  • + 1
 hey, I'm a poor 15 year old who spends his bike shop wage on bike parts... but same concept yeah. I'm not really into cars, so I don't know why everyone is complaining about the car itself. Hell, put some real tires on and I'll drive it (if I could afford it which won't happen in the next 100 years). We just don't need an article consisting of a bunch of pictures of his car. Brian Lopes' van was cool tho cause it was modified for bikes and it went over how he converted it... but honestly a video of Richie riding would have been better
  • + 16
 To much money going on there!!!
  • + 14
 Serious? Car advertising? What's that got to do with bikes?

Moment: they hired a famous bike dude...
  • + 8
 So much hate for a vehicle that got it so right first time round its barely changed in about 35 years. Questionable, dubious owners aside its still far better than some vehicles being spouted here.
  • + 5
 Whoa. If I had the disposable income I'd be all over one of these. Except I'd probably need to convert it to have a bed in the back, because at the price of this I could also buy a new house on a decent plot of rural land here in New Zealand... and it would almost certainly become a case of either/or HAHA
  • + 8
 Drives like a cunt. Come through DP again driving like a fucking twat POS stay in LAGUNA
  • + 9
 Met him before. The ultimate douche wagon for the ultimate douchebag.
  • + 9
 Until now, I wasn't sure if Dick was short for Richie or just Richard.
  • + 8
 What a douche. Goes nice with the perm though.
  • + 7
 I could see Mercedes ad executives read the comments and think ohhhhh we made bad choice.
  • + 4
 That truck is just a fuckin white shitbox. Nothing custom or fabricated by a shop. Sprinter had time spent on it. Pinkbike, that is some lame ass white trash bullshit article! White g wagon is fo pussy. He doesn't even have off road tires what the fuck!
  • + 7
 I'm not sure if the average pinkbike user is the market you are looking for. Try forbes.
  • + 1
 There is a small but existing market for people here in that tax bracket. Otherwise no company would offer a $10,000 bike...
  • + 3
 @MrMentallo: nah. Depending on your personal economy you can make 5 figures and buy a 10k bike relatively easy.
  • + 4
 wait we need more articles like this on pinkbike... i want to see richkidsofinstagram.tumblr.com but with mtb's
after all it is about the bling and all the exotic locations you ride in. don't want to see the smelly pions riding in boring places who have to schlep for their existence. that's just yucky.

actually, pinkbike is looking more homogenous with all this consumer lifestyle crap, time to regulate it to the dustbin folder...
  • + 5
 Gross - He might have been pro in his day, but how a company thinks he is the best ambassador to give a vehicle worth this much to is beyond me.... semenuk, reeder, atherton, surely these guys would be better...
  • + 10
 Except the fanboys of those riders can mostly barely afford their bike. The 50-something crowd that watched Schley do his thing in the early to mid-nineties but packed away their bikes, lost themselves to a shitty career but are hoping to rediscover some of their youth with their next bonus check are who AMG wants to attract by sponsoring this guy.
  • + 4
 ^ ah yes, the American dream
  • + 4
 That is a pig ugly vehicle. Its like a bastard cross between a Defender 90 and an old Landcruiser. Tarted up its even more of a dated pimp mobile. Sure its a great sponsorship and kudos to RS, but I think I'd have asked for a C63 wagon with roof racks and a trailer hitch. Far more fun on the passes and more comfy to drive in.
  • + 7
 Not really the right content for a mountain bike magazine.
  • + 6
 Thanks for posting this. I've never thought about putting my name on my car, such a great idea!
  • + 6
 That's thing's fugly, but turning down a free one would be like kicking a supermodel out of bed for farting
  • + 2
 Shh, theres kids around here...supermodels dont fart, while im awake.
  • + 5
 Pinkbike when are you going to respond to my email about featuring my '99 Camry? I know it's only the LE trim but it has Yakima racks! Come on!
  • + 5
 Imagining him driving through parking spaces to avoid a speed bump. Don't get me wrong, I'm totally jealous though.
  • + 2
 The moment money and sponsoring interest from outside the bike industry starts pouring into the mtb-scene, pinbikers start collectively behaving like envious little kids bashing on the dudes accomplishments...
"Mommy he's got a nice plaything and doesn't deserve it!!1"
-.-
  • + 2
 The only way to redeem this would be for him to treat it like an ordinary truck and jump in it covered in mud, spill red bull everywhere and scratch it up, just to spite those people who have this guawdy car on their favorite list. Personally I have a 69 Bronco that gets the job done in plenty of style!
  • + 5
 Who actually gives a flying fcuk what car the pro rider shuttles his bike in ?
  • + 5
 I'd take Lopes' Sprinter and use it as a daily driver before getting caught driving that ridiculous thing.
  • + 4
 10 grand bikes to put on your 145 grand vehicle. If this is the direction that mountain biking is going, we're all going to be douche bags.
  • + 7
 what a douche bag
  • + 1
 how creative douche bag
  • + 6
 typical Laguna Beach douchery
  • + 3
 Lopes' sprinter article was cool because you could see all the little things he chose to do and copy them if you wanted.
I want to see some Europro rides - does VW give out free T5 vans?
  • + 5
 Thy sponsor giveth and thy sponsor taketh away. Enjoy whilst thy haveth as many do not.
  • + 5
 Could have included a bike check at least!
  • + 4
 He should've asked for the 6x6! Super cool car they seem to be quite capable
  • + 6
 I hate being poor
  • + 5
 I saw this article and scrolled straight through for the comments! Gold!
  • + 6
 Who cares?
  • + 6
 Does it come in 26"
  • + 5
 Well... Unluckily for this very nice car, the answer is "Yes": www.europeanboost.com/showthread.php?8653-G550-on-26-inch-Giovanna-Rims
  • + 1
 @mihau-csq: holy cow, I hoped you were joking, but then I clicked the link...
  • + 5
 Promoting speeding and texting while driving, not cool.
  • + 4
 i thought it was a premature april fools....
  • + 3
 AMG G63?

How do you even pronounce that?


Chicks get naked for a Toyota Tacoma.

I've seen it in person.
  • + 4
 Looks like a mafia article rather than mountain bike oriented !!!
  • + 0
 Richie is good folk, one of the godfathers of the "freeride" movement and while not my pick of a vehicle and "douche canoe" nailed it 100%, this made me spit my lunch laughing. So if someone wanted to sponsor me with one, I would grab a paddle and get to douchin'.
  • + 3
 should have used a black light on the interior to measure how many Schley rides have gone on in there
  • + 3
 That super fancy SUV and he goes and puts the worst hitch bike rack on the market on it lol.
  • + 3
 Well.. Hate me if you wish, but i'm happy for his luck. A fellow rider just got free stuff, isn't that great?
  • + 5
 Parks worse than Lopes
  • + 4
 Too much $ for that type of ride
  • + 1
 ...ha, build @ Graz over 30 years - their test track is just aside Schoeckl Trail Area, so they came to us if we want to be part of this image film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GESwiHDccmY
  • + 4
 No chasis water botle cage mounts?!?!

Not interested.
  • + 4
 Interesting? Maybe. Relevant? Nah.
  • + 1
 "Well, we met the guys from AMG and the guys from Rotwild, and we all started talking. They ended up doing a collaboration on a bike...". Simple as that! OK, now I know the trick - I will try as well.
  • + 1
 Show respect. Richie has earned his success. He is a good dude and rides harder than 98% of the people commenting here. A lot of jealousy and envy being demonstrated.
  • + 2
 yeah laguna beach is where all the shredders live
  • + 1
 No Humidor though. I was all set to buy two, a white one for summer and a black one for after labor day. Oh well, its not nearly as cool as my 1996 Ford pickup.
  • + 0
 Interview me I have a neutered Prius with a NShore rack and a ok mtn bike. And I am an an ordinary guy that loves to ride a drink beers with my buddies. Haha. Fuk no!! Just ride!
  • - 1
 This POS has the lowest skidpad number that Car and Driver has ever recorded 0.65g of lateral acceleration. It might as well be a buick from the 70's with a 454 and radial ply tires. Ritchie must be making some serious cash because he owns several Porsches and wouldn't be driving this for the thrill...What a joke for a serious driver.
  • + 2
 I make surfboards , he should have chosen another for this article . Nice bike and car !
  • + 4
 Well at least the rails are getting some nice holes from the POS tie downs digging into them. Wonder how Thule sees it? Model it with $500 racks then use $5 hardware checkout fodder to secure the Johnny Utah board.
  • + 4
 Nice adicle
  • + 4
 My Volvo cost £150.
  • + 1
 $140,000 and 563 HP, that thing looks like a riot to drive! It makes Semenuk's Subaru from a couple weeks ago look pretty wimpy!
  • + 23
 Comparing g63 amg to WRX is one of the most hilarious things to do Smile
  • + 2
 agreed
  • + 6
 It was a Crosstrek, I think?
  • + 6
 Did Lopes do the parking?
  • + 1
 Except they can't go around corners. Read any review about how topheavy they are and how soon the stability control has to shut things down. A 1 ton duelly is faster through the corners.
  • - 2
 Semenuks subaru is better than this shit
  • + 2
 The word 'enduro' was not mentioned, so no, would not buy even if I had $140,000.
  • + 1
 Wow, that is alot of commentary for a butt ugly car - bet it drives nice though. I would not trade my 7.3 litre F250 for anything
  • + 4
 bleh!
  • + 2
 haters gonna hate...i will never afford one but it looks sick. way to go nice ride!
  • + 3
 Is that a mtb website or car/suv website??? Wtf.
  • + 3
 There's an awful lot of jelly in this here comment section.
  • + 3
 Its still one of the ugliest and most tasteless cars around...
  • + 2
 With that said, if I would get payed to drive around in one, you bet I would drive that steel box around every single day!
  • + 2
 My hovercraft is full of eels.
  • + 1
 All that an he runs a Thule bike rack? C'mon I was expecting a custom painted 1up
  • - 2
 Everyone in this comment section would be in Richie's shoes if they could. Anyone would take an AMG sponsorship and cruise in a G wagon if they could ride as well as he can, but you cant. This should give all you fools some since of hope that you can get an AMG to drive just from riding bikes, if you ever get off you're damn keyboards! Hes a really cool guy if you ever had the chance to get to know him but I doubt you have so lets all just be jealous bitches on our computer machines.
  • + 1
 Damn, just wasted my popcorn thinking this discussion would be nice!!! You guys owe a popcorn bag!
  • + 1
 You got to pick a car and you picked that? Stuff that toaster, give me a SLS Roadster any day.
  • + 3
 MPG?
  • + 3
 10, without bikes and gear
  • + 4
 Gpm when rallying I bet!
  • + 1
 soooooooooooooooo sexy. I would give a lot for that car/SUV/truck/whatever the hell you call that awesome vehicle
  • + 2
 no bottle mounts, not interested
  • + 2
 Waiting to see someone being sponsored by toyota prius
  • + 3
 Underpowered 'conventional' motor with electric motor to kick in for added power? Lapierre e-bike division should be all over this.
  • + 1
 V8 biturbo sounds like very economic way to travel around Europe... probably takeas a gallon for a mile
  • - 2
 Richie Schley has been in this sport from the beginning and pushed it to be what it is today. Weekend warrior newbies need to brush up a bit on the history of mountain biking if you truly love the sport. Who cares if he's driving a free Mercedes truck? None of you would turn down a free truck like that either. Complainers! Go ride and stop bitching!
  • + 2
 20.5 mpg...I hope they pay for his fuel.
  • + 1
 driving like a nun, be doing well to average 10mpg...
  • + 3
 @bat-fastard: Ha, that is exactly what I was thinking. I'd be very surprised if 15mpg is even possible. My Forester 2.5 Turbo makes 230bhp, weighs less and is probably more aerodynamic and I struggle to crack 25 MPG. This thing has over a twin turbo 5.5 litre with 560bhp, weighs 2.5 tonne, has enormous tyres and is as aerodynamic as a brick. 12 MPG is the absolute maximum.

edit: I just looked it up on spritmonitor. 11.05mpg is the average for these cars or 21 litres of petrol for every 100km. Amazing.
  • + 1
 Next up: Levy's Delica L300. Do it!
  • + 1
 this would be my shuttle rig if my family didn't have six people in it
  • + 3
 Im in the same boat, Ford Excursion Diesel...still room for my rhodesian ridgeback as well!
  • + 2
 I drive a Fiero
  • + 1
 This is why bikes and parts are priced so high to pay for this!
  • + 1
 Eh...They are nice but I can do more with my truck.
  • + 2
 UNLEASH comentary HELL!
  • + 1
 shoulda got a unimog not that mall crawler
  • + 1
 Good job getting deal like that
  • + 1
 So much hate! Jealous much?
  • + 1
 Comparing the ride, Lopes definitely wins vs Schley
  • + 1
 Give the guy a chance to change the rubber.
  • + 0
 id wreck that wagon in a week lol
  • + 1
 I prefer gwinn's porsche
  • + 1
 Me. i want too...
  • + 0
 Should have had Merc get him the G65!
  • + 0
 Sweet ride just needs 4wd tyres, street tyres on a 4wd is lame!
  • + 1
 yes please.
  • + 0
 SMH, should have been a C63 AMG Razz
  • + 4
 great shuttle rig that would be
  • + 1
 zayum!
  • - 1
 Alright, you got me. I read "Richie Schley" and mindlessly clicked on it. Happens every time.
  • - 3
 Richie Schley's the man! F'n ugly car, but who cares its Richie Schley! He's living the life of a dream and is one bad ass fucker!
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