Located between Whistler and Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, the town of Squamish, B.C., is a year-round mecca for rock jocks, migrating salmon, and legendary loggers. It’s also home to Cycles Devinci's newest bike ambassador, Kenny Smith, who adds “Hane-y” elements to that sea-to-sky scene in the form of big lines and massive personality.
“We’re stoked to have Kenny on board,” says DGR team manager, Gabe Fox. “He brings a fun, youthful edge to the program. And I look forward to seeing him get loose this season."
On Devinci, Smith joins Whistler-based teammate Ian Morrison and longtime friend, Stevie Smith. “It’s a reunion of sorts,” he says. “Along with Gabe [Fox], Stevie and I both rode for Cove Bikes back in the day. And I’ve been exploring Whistler trails with Morrison for years. It feels good to be part of the Devinci effort. It’s a Canadian brand with a strong local following.”
Similarly, Kenny Smith’s efforts have also landed him loyal subscribers over the years. His riding graces everything from magazine covers to top freeride vids. And as a connoisseur of “The Hane”—an expression Smith conjured to describe the heinous nature of his infamous stunt work—he’s left indelible impressions on gawkers everywhere.
Fan favorite riding elements include a thunderbolt of trail domineering speed and agility meets an artist’s eye for stylistic expression. Of course, the man, myth, and speed-metal addled legend wouldn’t exist without some random acts of eccentricity, as well. Take, for instance, the time Smith reportedly jumped from Whistler’s GLC patio, nabbed a flailing grouse in mid-air, and hand-skinned it in front of hundreds of shocked, beer-buzzed onlookers.
Did it happen? Doesn’t matter. Fact is Smith’s story on-and-off the bike is often stranger (and more awesome) than fiction. Catch him at key events like RedBull Rampage and Crankworx in 2015, as well as in several feature film projects slated to drop soon.
Cycles Devinci is a Canadian bicycle manufacturer based in Chicoutimi, Quebec. Since its inception in 1987, it leads the industry via bikes equipped with advanced Axis Technologies and suspension guru Dave Weagle’s patented Split Pivot platform. For more details on Devinci Global Racing, including team highlights and more, visit devinci.com.