Three-time National Champion. One of America's quickest downhillers... and third place finisher at Rampage back in 2012. Logan Binggeli's resumé doesn't read like a typical downhill racer. With only a few notable exceptions, the Rampage has been the stomping grounds for freeriders rather than guys who race the clock, although that hasn't stopped Logan from turning some heads.

The truth is, Logan's race career was teed up partly because of Rampage. ''It all started back in 2004, in middle school when I saw a poster and then went out to the Rampage to see Kyle Strait win it,'' he said of how a poster on a wall eventually led him away from motocross and straight into mountain biking. ''Obviously, with Rampage you can’t just hop on the boat right away so I went back to my roots and started racing mountain bikes.'' He turned out to be rather handy at it, too, with that success allowing him try and qualify for Rampage in 2008 (he didn't make the cut), score a top-twelve in 2010, and then a spot on the box in 2012. Crashes and injuries kept him away until this year when he qualified fourth and finished fifteenth in a wind affected final round.


Prototype KHS Frame

Logan brought his race bike to Rampage rather than getting on something that he's less familiar with, and his unpainted machine is assembled around a prototype frame that's far from being a standard production DH 650 (pictured to the right) that KHS offers to the public. He wasn't too keen to share much in the way of details, but Binggeli's bike appears to be both longer and slacker than the production version that sports a 428mm reach and 64-degree head angle in the large-sized frame that a 5'11'' rider like Logan would normally be aboard. It's also obvious that the front-center on his bike is much longer.
KHS

The suspension layout is similar but definitely not the same, with the rocker arms and pivot locations being slightly different between the two. Travel on the production bike is 210mm, and I'd wager that Logan's machine has a similar amount but probably a more progressive curve to it. It's likely that we'll see a production version of Binggeli's bike at some point in the near future.




Stiffer and Slower Suspension

If you've had a look at our other bike checks, you'll already know that Rampage calls for some very specific suspension settings that wouldn't be ideal anywhere else. Logan's bike is no different, with a stiffer and slower setup on both the front and back that's intended to absorb the massive impacts and keep him in control after he lands. Up front, his FOX 40 has been pumped up to 98 PSI and has the maximum amount of volume-reducing spacers stuffed inside of it, while the damper has its high-speed compression dialed to "full stiff" according to Logan, and a middle of the range setting for low-speed compression. Not exactly a forgiving setup for most types of riding, but Rampage is anything but normal.
Single speed World Cup machine Rampage slayer
Logan's air-sprung suspension is both stiffer and slower than what he'd normally run.

That same theme continues out back. There's 285 PSI in Logan's Float X2 shock, and both the high- and low-speed rebound dials have been turned inwards for more control. He said that the shock's high-speed compression is "cranked," which isn't surprising and matches the front of the bike. ''The difference is way stiffer and slower," he said when comparing his Rampage setup to his normal race suspension.



Single speed World Cup machine Rampage slayer
  A Shimano Alfine chain tension takes the place of a derailleur.


Single-Speed Drivetrain

We've seen all sorts of different drivetrains being used at Rampage, from your standard ten and eleven-speed gearing to bikes with full chain guides and bikes without any chain guide at all. Logan's bike, however, might be the most unique, with his prototype KHS running just one cog out back. His single-speed setup is all about simplicity and reliability and, as Gwin proved earlier this year by winning a World Cup without a chain, there might sometimes be more important things than being in just the right gear when coming into or out of a corner.

Instead of a derailleur, there's a Shimano Alfine chain tensioner to provide both tension and room for chain growth, and Binggeli has used two larger cogs to sandwich the drive cog and provide a bit more security to keep the chain from bouncing off. There's also a full-sized MRP G3 chain guide bolted to the bike's ISCG tabs rather than a lighter duty guide as we've seen some others mount up, and the whole drivetrain is about as simple and trouble-free as you can get on a downhill race bike.

Single speed World Cup machine Rampage slayer
One gear out back and a full-sized MRP G3 chain should mean zero drivetrain issues.
Single speed World Cup machine Rampage slayer
Plenty of headset spacers and a tall handlebar make for an Easy Rider-esque cockpit.


After the prototype frame and interesting drivetrain, the rest of the bike is somewhat standard. He's gone with his usual 31.5" wide handlebar and 45mm stem that makes for a tall and wide cockpit, especially with all of the headset spacers he's used below the FOX 40's upper crown and the high-rise Spank handlebar.

The bike's 27.5'' wheels and tires are also what he'd normally run when at a race, with a set of Maxxis' High Roller II's in Super Tacky rubber compound mounted on a pair of ENVE's M90 carbon rims. However, the 40 PSI in both ends is more than Binggeli would use anywhere else, with the higher pressure needed to keep the tires from burping on a hard impact or off-center landing.


Single speed World Cup machine Rampage slayer



123 Comments

  • 157 3
 If all these setups are stiff, what would gwin run at rampage?
  • 308 1
 Rigid.
  • 16 0
 Maybe a SPZ P3 Eek
  • 16 0
 iron bars for a fork and a shock
  • 58 19
 Zink was robbed
  • 63 0
 A Klunker
  • 14 3
 Looking forward on interview about him crossing few riders' lines and features.
  • 6 0
 "Well, I just came out of this corner after testing my line and was just like hmm... no brakes? #Brappppppp"
  • 7 0
 whatever he runs...he probably wont have a chain
  • 3 0
 Gwin mounts the rampage in full hardtail.
  • 13 0
 He's gonna ride a Nicolai Rogatkin
  • 1 0
 Squid Lid?
  • 1 0
 gwin would be on a clunker
  • 1 0
 chainless
  • 6 1
 @Aaronhuang Nicolai needs to sponsor Nicolai Rogatkin, & make a model named the Rogatkin, so they can be the MTB version of Bad Company www.stereogum.com/928281/20-songs-named-after-the-bands-that-played-them/franchises/list
  • 2 0
 Klunker...
  • 5 0
 Chainless, brakeless bmx bike.
  • 1 0
 Hilarious.
  • 123 22
 "I'm gunna win rampage"

Comes in last
  • 73 3
 breaks his femur and comes back for more..
  • 103 1
 Making the cut and finishing a clean run is winning at rampage.
  • 18 3
 To be fair he only came last in finals so he really didn't come in last. I'm not really a fan of him but I was rooting for him a bit what with him being the local guy and what not.
  • 48 6
 All of these points aside, calling that youre going to win anything when there is the best of best competing with you is a little presumptuous. Came off a little bit dickish to me personally.
  • 49 3
 his whole line was built by other riders. he was the main person everyone was referring to when they were complaining about having their hard work pirated
  • 13 4
 I'm going to poach everyone else's line again. Succeeded
  • 22 13
 woah...dudes not allowed to be confident?? if you don't like that then don't ever watch any combat sports
  • 18 2
 Did you even watch the coverage?

He qualified 4th with 81, got a 75.5 which puts him in 15th (not last) on his first run in finals, and wasn't able to do a proper 2nd run due to wind.
  • 12 16
flag MTBCAM (Oct 19, 2015 at 10:07) (Below Threshold)
 @swearmouth is right. Logan is a badass and I'd say a better freerider than most of the other racing guys. Whats wrong with a dude being confident? Even if hes a tad cocky? To me, Claw seems to be the biggest dick of them all. But he's a legend so no one cares. Same with Semenuk. Although I think he was pretty professional after getting ass raped by the judges, so good on him. The fact of the matter is, line poaching or not, Logan is a great rider and obviously a contender if he qualified 4th and he's been on the damn podium.
  • 2 11
flag ibishreddin (Oct 19, 2015 at 15:58) (Below Threshold)
 Im sorry but "making the cut and making it down" at rampage is not winning.
  • 7 2
 @ibishreddin

By your definition that would make you a big fat loser then right?
  • 3 7
flag ibishreddin (Oct 19, 2015 at 16:20) (Below Threshold)
 exactly right. so would it you, my friend.
  • 1 2
 Claws comment to him right before he dropped in!!! agreed getting to the bottom is a good day at rampage, however you look like a massive tool when you do it and your in the company of riders at rampage.
  • 3 0
 what did he say
  • 44 3
 The whole poaching argument shows where rampage went wrong. To much building period.
  • 13 1
 Yeah unlike Rampage 1 where there is just a start gate up top and a finish line at the bottom. It's up to the rider how to connect those 2 points.
  • 8 5
 Different venue, different rules and different style of riding at the time. Its pointless comparing to the original years... which ended partially because the area was fully dug out/all line options used... so yeah there was plenty of digging going on at the OG site.
  • 4 1
 But how much sicker and more dialed were the lines this year because of the riders being able to finish off what they started last year?
  • 37 2
 The whole dig your line and only you own it thing sucks and makes it an unfair statement for scores for many riders, there will be only so many ways you can get down the hill, with 75% of the riders from last year showing up, and claiming ground from the year before Im sure leaves little room for creativity and fairness of display of talent.
I think the way this should be done is everyone is allowed to ride anywhere, and any line they want, so they can really show what they got.
Redbull should let the riders just come and ride as much as they want to get ready for the main event, so the quality of the show is improved.
how can anything be fairly judged when you don't have the same opportunity of display as the guy next to you?
to me most of the runs are so different, that is very difficult to tell which is best from another as they are so different.
Riders should ride 2-3 different lines and be scored on how they approached each line.
my 2 cnts
  • 8 3
 I feel like a new venue would solve a lot of this whole 'get off my lawn' mentality.
  • 5 1
 Moving to the current site was a good thing for rampage last year except for one thing, they did the road to rampage series which featured at least two current competitors who went and scoped out a new site. But also had advanced knowledge of what lines might be good. Move to a new site but get non competitors to choose it and tell the riders when they show up
  • 3 0
 I don't believe there's any rules saying you can't ride others lines, except for an unspoken one. If you want to get harshed on by the top riders and make a bad name for yourself, have at it. Otherwise, you're going to have to show up with a build crew. Of course, Red Bull could make three free for all runs of varying steepness difficulty and jump size for the riders without the means to bring a dig crew. Especially the foreign competitors with European sponsors.
  • 4 0
 Hate to say it, but a new venue would make it worse.. Unless they go back to the roots and minimize the building. Right now, these guys spend a lot of time digging and much like some local trail builders, they don't want someone coming in and reaping the rewards of their work without digging. .
  • 13 1
 Honestly, if you're bitching about someone stealing your line and scoring better, it's not because they stole your line, it's because they rode it better. If I built a line and couldn't make the first jump, and a pro comes along and shreds the thing, I may ask for some credit, but next year I'll just help him build. Aint his fault I suck at the riding part.
  • 20 2
 Too much building. There is even a clip where Zink says it looks "like a bike park." Way too much focus on the build. What happened natural lines and just adding lips and landing? I guess I'm just that old guy... "Get off my trails you slopestylers!" The biggest fastest lines need to be rewarded and tricks are just the seperators. I had no problem with the judging.
  • 1 0
 ^^^^^^^^
  • 1 0
 I wouldn't mind going back to that... but then you have people who may complain they need more time to make it safe for them. Each argument has its merits and don't be fooled, there was plenty of building/digging going on at the original site... they just didn't have the resources available now. Plus the riding has changed a lot and this is now part of a seasonal tour where every other event is slopestyle or a DJ comp. so its not surprising its heading that way.
  • 22 6
 i like all of this bike. minus the frame.......
  • 3 2
 -tenisoner
  • 5 5
 Lol, frame tensioner? So, the shock?
  • 5 0
 I've been running a SS setup with the Alfine tensioner. I love the simplicity and reliability of it, and it's easy on the wallet, I would rather spend the dough on fresh tires and lift tickets. I originally got the idea from Mike Metzger when he was working for Transition a while back.
  • 2 0
 Dropped chains?
  • 3 0
 Nope.
  • 9 1
 How about a close up of the rear cog set up! Going off about the single speed set up without showing us that, such BS !
  • 10 7
 I forgot to mention that people flew in from New Zealand and Europe well ahead of time....just a reminder that the athletes all know what they're getting into....his level of disrespect was blatant...he's not making any friends - put it that way.
  • 9 4
 Well I'm am at it, you mention the handlebar width in inches and is stem length in millimeters. American handlebar meets Canadian/euro stem! Get it metric straight!
  • 5 1
 I posted on logans photo saying why poach others lines and then flick people off.. He replies on my photo saying.. Don't believe everything u read on the internet especially if ian Collins says it @gartavel #bs
  • 8 0
 And you shouldnt haha
  • 3 1
 I ran into him one day riding Zen Trail in St. George, he was a cool dude and let me ride with him because it was my first time on the trail - was a pretty cool guy not sure why he's getting so much haste here.

That is an ugly bike though Smile
  • 6 1
 I live down the street from him, he looks out for new riders and is happy to help out. The territorial thing at Rampage is a joke, Logan's first year at new site and his guys helped to build the line he rode this year for Lacondeguy...
  • 10 9
 if anybody has any insight on this, why the f*ck would it be beneficial to use clip less pedals? No disrespect to the riders, I'm sure they have completely legit reasons, I just want to know what they are. I seriously can't wrap my head around the fact that some people are using clips while at the same time sending the canyon gap and stomping backflips
  • 28 0
 he's a racer. I can only imagine that's what hes comfortable on
  • 8 2
 Remi was clipped in as well... Insanity!
  • 32 0
 @dropoffsticks clip less pedal have much more control over the bike e.g. your foot won't slip off the pedal.

I really don't know what is the fuss really about: if you like flats you ride flats, if you like click pedals you ride click pedals. It's just the matter of personal preferences.
  • 23 2
 After riding clipeless exclusively for a long time it feels unsafe to ride flats. You start to float around on flat pedals which is terrifying. It also becomes second nature to clip in and out so really it isn't frightening at all for riders use to riding clipeless at rampage. Flats on the other hand, would be..
  • 6 4
 I've never ridden clips. The thought of it gives me the chills... Clips at the skatepark would be hell on earth.
  • 18 1
 When you ride clipped in, being clipped in feels safe, not sketchy. Floating around on flats however, and getting bounced off the pedals in chunder, is absolutely mortifying. As someone who rides clipped in for literally everything, I promise you that rocking clips on steep terrain doesn't take extra big balls, it's just riding a bike. Keeping your feet planted in the right spot while charging rock gardens and race course chunder on flat pedals is what really takes balls and bike control.
  • 8 1
 Being clipped in at rampage eliminates many different trick possibilities is why im confused why one would wera clips at rampage.
  • 32 5
 In Poland we have a saying: you don't school your own dad on how to make kids
  • 5 5
 @WAKIdesigns I thought you lived in saudi arabia? thats what it says in you profile, anyways
  • 5 3
 I don't think there's any law in Saudi Arabia that says Polish people are not allowed to live there. Checked the Swiss flag next to my "name"? That's where I live, not my passport.
  • 4 32
flag dropoffsticks (Oct 19, 2015 at 0:26) (Below Threshold)
 what's your point? you trying to take some dignified racial stance about Americans and how we are so ignorant to other nationalities and cultures? cause if so, leave
  • 5 3
 I don't live in Saudi Arabia. I apologize this nation for any negative connotations I may create.
  • 12 0
 well that escalated quickly...
  • 10 4
 Ugh... stupid American...
  • 6 2
 'MERICA?
  • 5 2
 MUUUURICAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!
  • 5 6
 Sorry if you found this offensive, it just says in your profile that you live in Saudi Arabia, which was confusing to me, thats all.
  • 4 2
 Just guessing here, but I think it was the next comment you made that put peoples hackles up...
  • 5 3
 Aqui en Argentina Vairo Bikes importa la Astro 26" -KHS old- con el nombre de Vairo ZK1 es increible su funcionamiento!!! pero todavia ni noticias d emodelos 27.5. saludos me encanta el nuevo KHS!
  • 1 0
 Hola Espanola, tapas Catalana sangria las palmas Speak English please....
  • 9 4
 Why do people care he "poached" lines it's not like he won from doing it
  • 9 3
 When you dig 10 hrs/day for a week, then have someone roll into your line without watering the lips/landings BEFORE you've even hit it. I'd be pissed too. Poaching is one thing, blatant disrespect is another.
  • 5 0
 31.5" bars an 45mm stem. Could you get your units in line pinkbike please?
  • 1 0
 Hmm, just look how poor, comparing to Bingelli's bike, looks the stock KHS 650 Smile
BTW: SS always, beautiful setup. Still thinking about somehow adjustible (left-right, tension...) alfine version for freeriders, who like SS setup.
  • 1 0
 why don't they just all get together to build a sick course then all ride it!? It would be more enjoyable to watch, easier to judge, save all these bullshit arguments over turf, and be a fairer system. They would still have opportunity for different lines within the same course and they all would have given their input...
  • 13 8
 #POACHeli
  • 3 1
 Context? POAC-heli or POACH-eli
I thought he sorted out his line...
  • 8 3
 his line was definitely not sorted. poached all of it hahaha
  • 5 0
 Limited real estate. I dont like this venue...
  • 1 0
 Honestly so much respect for the single speed, if I just rode park I'd definitely go SS. Really like the idea of the 2 extra gears in the rear to sandwich the chain on the main drive gear
  • 3 1
 I dont like hating around Astro frames, but talking about almost two years old frame as about prototype is little wierd, isnt it?
  • 5 0
 His frame is different than their production frames, hence 'prototype'
  • 2 0
 I found this guy testing an earlier frame version also with single speed in France. PROTOTYPE? www.pinkbike.com/photo/12808256
  • 2 0
 ha.. like the single speed set up slapping the chain between two larger cogs...
  • 1 0
 Gwin would run a welding torch for about 20 minutes then declare himself ready
  • 3 0
 looks sick
  • 2 0
 That frame looks like it has built in crumple zones.......
  • 1 0
 Best thing I ever did was get rid of my KHS. Heavy ass frame with shit for customer service.....
  • 1 0
 its insane watching him race at Fontana, you blink once on his run and you miss the whole section!
  • 2 1
 that bar rise....
  • 1 3
 Dmn the spacers, high-rise handlebars are always, if not beautiful and functional for someone, the last touch of beauty in my own's bike. The higher the better, flats are not comfy, same as not functional indeed. Get the high-rise handlebar and set it as in the bmx- in line with front fork (for those, who use single-crown forks). Nothing works better than the properly set high handlebar, and nothing looks so stylish- no spacers can help. Flats are just for blind people, or for ones without any sense of aesthetics.
  • 4 1
 cool opinion bro, some of us like our bars different so chill out
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