More Randoms - Fort William DH World Cup 2016

Jun 4, 2016 at 3:22
by Paul Aston  
Fort William 2016
Aaron Gwin chatting with the UCI's Technical Delegate and previous World Cup pinner, David Vasquez, post timed training.

Always a fan favourite, Greg Minnaar, making the time for those who help to make this race one of the loudest on the circuit.

Fort William 2016
Fort William 2016

Fort William 2016
Tracey Hannah and her mechanic James catch up after a rip down the mountain.

The Robot has Landed...

Robot s new R160 is on display here this weekend.

Robot's new R160 is on display here this weekend for those who want to see this radical new bike in the flesh...

2016 Fort William World Cup
2016 Fort William World Cup

How about an IPA and a fender that s hanger doubles as a sag meter.
If you thought 3D printing a bike was innovative, how about an IPA and a fender that comes with shop display hanger that doubles up as a sag meter?

Hope-ing for more Carbon?

Hope s prototype HB211 bike was hanging up with some carbon rims laced to their custom 130mm rear hub.

Hope's prototype HB211 bike was hanging up with some carbon rims laced to their custom 130mm rear hub. The 48 tooth cassette was dubbed the 'Keswick Kestrel' by team rider Adam Brayton.

That s a big ol 48t cassette

Fort William 2016
Ben Arnott taking pleasure in dusting down Angel Suarez's bike, which makes a change from mud after years of scraping Scottish grit from racer's machines.

Fort William 2016

Fort William 2016
Checking Tinder or replaying head cam footage?

Fort William 2016
One corner of the vast Mondraker pits...
Fort William 2016
Laurie Greenland making time for the fans.

Orange 324

2016 Fort William World Cup

It's been eleven years since Steve Peat won in Fort William, but his custom 224 from 2005 was a bike I would guess shares similar numbers to Orange's latest gravity tamer, the 324.

2016 Fort William World Cup

Hightower on a Hightower

Ben 'Hightower' Cathro on his XL Santa Cruz Hightower. Ben wishes that the headtube stack height grew as much as the reach with each size so he could save a few 'Scottish pounds' on headset spacers...

Ben Hightower Cathro on his XXL Santa Cruz Hightower.
That headtube looks a little short for a XXL frame.

Cheating, lazy, motorbike riding vegan... More like living legend!

Martin Ashton and the GMBN crew have been working on a big project all week I can t say anymore than that but here s his E-Go equipped Canyon Sender.

Martin Ashton and the GMBN crew have been working on a big project all week. I can't say any more than that but here's his 3400 watt, E-Go equipped Canyon Sender.


2016 Fort William World Cup
Flat Pedal Thunder!

2016 Fort William World Cup
Burgtec have some funky new fender designs including the 'Wud Guard' colorway.

Affordable Intense?

Intense M16

Intense in the UK recently changed distributor from Extra to Saddleback. Here we see a slightly different version of the M16 and Tracer, all the geometry and layup stays the same but has a lower grade of carbon fiber to bring the price tag down a little. This stealthy M16 comes in just under the £5000 (GBP) mark.

Intense Spider
Intense M16

Brendan's Deathgrips

Fort William 2016
What do you do if you have your own signature grip? Run whatever colour you want and in whatever combination you want...

Return of the Mack!

2016 Fort William World Cup
The making of, the making of, the making of Marc Maurisson's new Tinder profile.

MENTIONS: @dmrbikes / @GTBicycles / @intensecyclesusa / @hopetech / @GMBN / @orangebikes / @YTIndustries


  • 211 11
 I am perfectly okay with Martyn Ashton riding an E-Bike on my trails.
  • 19 164
flag stacykohut (Jun 4, 2016 at 7:38) (Below Threshold)

slippery slope your playing on/with.

just sayin..............
  • 89 19
 A very slipper slope indeed. E-bikers are greedy business owners cheating on taxes, seducing women and kidnapping kids to make pudding out of their blood. They are responsible for economy going down and big unemployment as a result. Fortunately we have 26WSDAP and Flat Pedal Alliance that will clean our riding society of impurities and weak links. We at 26 Wheel Size Democratic Army Purists have the ultimate solution for no more trail closures. Those lazy, fat basterds will be thrown alive into mass pits filled with battery acid.
  • 9 2
 even Stacy kohut didn't use ebike
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flag torero (Jun 4, 2016 at 14:49) (Below Threshold)
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 Sois unos putos hipócritas. Seguramente que de no tener "Martyn Ashton" por nombre, no os gustaría ver un ciclomotor en vuestros senderos.
  • 18 5
 Oh I am glad my initiative picked up so many votes. So let me present the rest of the ultimate cleansing plan. I came up with it when binge watching Vikings... We take E-bikers and make public executions in Whistler and hang decapitated bodies on the lift. We run it for an hour as a warning. We will also capture the rep at Lapierre who fired Loic Bruni to start E-bike racing and we will put him into Troy Lee designed Iron Maiden. All for the greater good - we don't want any more trail closures.

Keep Pinkbike clean of E-propaganda!

#26forLIFE! #Flatpedalswinmedals #wheeliewednesday
  • 6 16
flag davemud (Jun 4, 2016 at 15:09) (Below Threshold)
 @WAKIdesigns: Right on cue another round of disinformation and e bike bashing by misinformed people who are likely one of the 57% of detractors who have never ridden an e bike. Do some research BRAIN published an article with a quote from IMBA who said land managers they surveyed have not seen any environmental impact due to e bikes and they are not concerned about it. The concern is a social one due to people like you with attitudes like yours causing problems.
  • 18 5
 @chyu: I propose nominating Stacy Kohut as figure hero for our just cause and sentencing Martyn Ashton for 46 years in gulag.

We must keep MTB clean. The only ethical way of getting up a mountain is sitting on your butt, either on a lift or in the truck. Jury of the great commitee is still out on pedalling up, because this is what lycra XCers do and Enduro has to be watched very closely. I think it is a plot by XCers to undermine downhill and freeride.

#longlivefestseries #dhlife
  • 6 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Kohut, action figure maybe, ambassador probably not.
Different times, different scenarios. Ashton was one of the world best 2 wheeled riders, an incredible ambassador and a larger than life hero in my book. Why the f**k he'd want to ride 4 wheels is beyond me as that couldn't be any further from what he did pre-injury.
Lets face it, had e-bike technology been around in the early 90's then maybe Kohut wouldn't be on 4 wheels now!
I'm saddened to think that once physical ability escapes a rider from riding up, you are happy to tell them thats the end of their passion and they cant do whatever it takes to continue to recreate amongst the rest of us who can make our way up unassisted.
  • 14 7
 @jonnyboy: sorry man............

electric was available in the 90's too. just most of the mtb world wasn't informed.
we did all the homework and more.

electric no.

human power yes.

i'll take action figure fo sho!!

lets see, had i wanted an engine i could have went with an itailan shifter kart, or an atv, or a moded odysee like magoo had, or, or , or....shall i continue?

human powered by choice son, by choice.
  • 18 4
 @davemud: you do realize that waki just snagged ya hook, line, and sinker..................don't ya?

like a big ol lazy lake trout.
  • 7 0
 That's awesome, I absolutely respect that you have been hugely integral in pushing your discipline of the sport, working to develop solutions and paved the way for the accessibility of others to embrace their opportunities, but you're still using lift assistance to make this happen.
Sure electric bikes were available in the 90's, but so were cell phones and you wouldn't have tried to snapchat on a Nokia 5110. I'd hazard a guess that the quad was the best solution to develop - at that time. No doubt NiMh and lead acid would have been a major hurdle.

I don't really see how you can differentiate between the two forms of assistance... he's adding power because he need to always be moving to to maintain balance..

Was WB allowing quads onto the bike park the "start of a slippery slope".. or maybe I'm missing something? Shouldn't all riders be given the same opportunities to develop their unique solution that enables recreate on a level that their physicality allows and to which they want to pursue?
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 @stacykohut: you got no idea
  • 5 6
 @jonnyboy: human powered.

you wanna ride bicycle trails and bicycle parks, you need to be riding a human powered cycle.

2,3. or 4 wheels....why not 5 wheels? long as its human powered.

a bicycle that has a motor or an engine or a device that propels it, is no longer in the human powered category.

see thats an idea or thought.

its what alot of people , including myself, believe in.
human powered vehicles.

no assist other than you and gravity.

pretty simple,.pretty honest, kinda 'pure'.................

i like those traits...........
  • 1 4
 @Dirtshredder123: sure kiddo, sure.
  • 4 5
 @stacykohut: You don't have any idea clearly. An e-bike is not propelled by the motor ha ha. It requires the rider to pedal in order for any assist to take place. As soon as any pedalling stops, so does any assist that may have been happening.

The top speed of the assist is not difficult to reach, at that point the motor stops anyway.

So, to clear up your laughably misinformed ranting -

You 'believe' in human powered vehicles. E-Bikes require human power in order to go anywhere at all, at all times, otherwise they stop like any other bike.
  • 5 6
 @mgolder: i'll have 3 grams of whatever your smokling.
  • 6 3
 @stacykohut: I notice you didn't actually produce any facts that show what I said to be wrong. Says it all really doesn't it about your idea of what an e-bike is.

Also, it's smoking. Not smokling.
  • 5 2
 Can someone please explain me why did I get so many upvotes for endorsing holocaust of people who occasionally ride mountain bikes with electric motors?
  • 2 1
 @mgolder: take a look a kranked electric powered bikes. They have a twist and go throttle, no actual pedalling required. This is likely a similar concept to Martin's bike pictured.
However, I'm still disappointed by Stacey's attitude towards accessibility of the sport and how he can be so vocal in preventing riders (just like him) who are unable to conform to the "tradition" of the bicycle when he was given the opportunity to bring 4 wheels to a sport/venue "designed" for 2.
Always open to seeing how Stacey human powers around say lost lakes technical bike trails or anything else outside a lift assisted bike park. I think I need help understanding how he is doing what he is arguing for?
  • 2 2
 @jonnyboy: That's not an e-bike as we all know them though is it. An e-bike is assisted only. No throttle and no power unless pedalled.
  • 1 6
flag stacykohut (Jun 5, 2016 at 15:53) (Below Threshold)
 @jonnyboy: why the f would i ride around lost lake?

i ride downhill, not xc or gayduro.

you do need some help understanding alot of things.
  • 1 4
 @WAKIdesigns: because people hate ebikes.

  • 4 3
 Downhill makes me moist. My pissflaps get loose whenever I think about it. The mucus brakes off, gets green and smells funny. Shuttles run as planned though. Will I dream?
  • 1 1
 @WAKIdesigns: @WAKIdesigns: because we realised that you were of course being humorous, and so upvoted you for the sarcasm and humour.. those who didn't understand your humour.. well, their loss Wink
  • 3 0
 @redfire: i am terrified. It's all the influence of this devilish Game of Thrones. People completely deprived of compassion. Sex and gore... Fk yes
  • 104 4
 "Affordable Intense" Just under £5000.
HAHAHAHAHAHA You're funny pinkbike
  • 7 1
 with a really really basic spec on it as well!
  • 7 3
 Id settle for an Intense that does not break every year. As would my fellow Intense owning mates.
  • 1 0
 1 year and half and i can afford it...yeah!
  • 50 3
 Looking forward to an eloquent Hart victory speech
  • 29 0
 Cmon peaty dig deep! Top ten on yer last one. End of an era. Been THE BIGGEST inspiration! Cheers eh
  • 7 0
 Couldn't hope for it more! I'd just love for him to win (don't think it'll happen), but we all know pinball could!!!! :-)
  • 4 0
 So is it Peaty's last Fort William or his last World Cup race ever?
  • 6 7
 Imagine if he wins...
  • 30 1
 Peaty top 10, Ratboy 1st, Britain runs out of beer. In that order.
  • 3 0
 @kerberos: last Fort William race.
  • 2 0
 @medievalbiking: the local whisky distillery has also made huge prophets in the last day or 2 thanks to ratboy and peaty
  • 11 0
 @piersgritten: prophets! Don't think you'll find too many of them in a distillery chap!!! :-) hahahaha
  • 4 0
 @piersgritten: although Peaty and Ratty are pretty much Prophets themselves!
  • 26 0
 For all of our friends across the pond:
It's pronounced 'Kezick'
  • 25 0
 If you know what Troy's girlfriend looks like, you know he is most definitely not on Tinder! Hero status. Go Troy!
  • 15 0
 Why buy a "budget" carbon frame complete when you can get the aluminum with decent suspension for even less?
  • 6 0
 That Canyon Sender!
  • 5 0
  • 4 0
 Oh man! Greg Minnaar is like a movie star!
  • 2 0
 What if the 'big project' was Mr Ashton doing Stevies memorial run? Idk whether he could ride the track yet but that would be amazing on so many levels
  • 2 0
 That is a Hightower on that Hightower for Ben 'Hightower' Cathro. I don't like spacer towers...
  • 5 9
flag WAKIdesigns (Jun 4, 2016 at 5:43) (Below Threshold)
 Just give the lad a Boxxer World Cup. Probrem solved
  • 3 0
 Spacers are lighter than head tube though, so it's not all bad... Just looks bad.
  • 3 0
 Nothing wrong with riser bars is there?
  • 1 0
 @panaphonic: yeah, i kinda thought it was a bit redundant to run a million spacers reducing reach when he could have run fewer but a high rise bar. Oh well, i guess he knows what he is doing and what he likes Smile
  • 2 0
 Hmmm, that sag meter won't work for my Super Monster T. Yeah, I'll need one at least twice as long.
  • 3 0
 If he was checking Tinder the phone would be rotated the vertically.
  • 4 1
 Is tinder really that cool it gets mentioned twice in one write up?
  • 2 1
 Umm, is that Robot Bike for real? It reminds me of the Trek 8700 from the early 90s, which had composite tubes glued to aluminum lugs.
  • 4 1
 That intense looks mean.
  • 4 1
  • 10 1
 No thanks.
  • 14 0
 Nah, Tinder only displays in portrait. That's what I've heard at least. I don't use it. I don't have to. It's lame anyway. No, you shut up.
  • 3 0
 Tinder? Might be grinder
  • 2 3
 What is tinder? Like fb?
  • 1 0
 WHEN does the movie DEATHGRIP featuring fairclough come out ?? Filming began like 2years ago !!
  • 6 0
 And will it have Deathgrips doing the soundtrack?
  • 2 1
  • 1 1
 @paul-bee: Guillotiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine Yah!
  • 3 2
 If I wanted custom grips in any colour.... I buy superstar for a reason...
  • 2 1
 What tire is traceys mechanic running? It looks epicly fast
  • 2 0
 Kenda Small Block Eight
  • 3 1
 Martyn's new bike is rad
  • 1 0
 ill grab one of those hope bikes
  • 3 3
 That Canyon Sender is rad ...
  • 1 2
 Im felt in love with a Sender bikes :-[
  • 1 2
 ¡David Vázquez!, no "Vasquez".
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