Now Finished: Ask Us Anything - Jesse Melamed, Remi Gauvin & Andreane Lanthier Nadeau

Apr 29, 2020 at 13:53
by Pinkbike Staff  



Update: Jesse, Remi & ALN have places to be and bikes to ride, but they'll try to check in later to answer a few more of your questions that they didn't have time to get to. Thanks everyone for the great questions and thank you to these three for their thoughtful responses.


The Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro team finished second in the Enduro World Series overall in 2019, with Andreane Lanthier Nadeau finishing third overall last year in the women's field, Remi Gauvin finishing sixth in the men's field and Jesse Melamed finishing 11th despite missing two rounds after a crash in Val di Fassa.

We wanted to know more about how the team is dealing with the Enduro World Series' announcement that 4 events have been cancelled and the season will start at the end of August and how they are keeping busy and motivated in uncertain times, so we thought it would be a perfect opportunity for you to ask Jesse Melamed, Remi Gauvin, Andreane Lanthier Nadeau your questions.

Andreane Lanthier Nadeau, Remi Gauvin and Jesse Melamed

The Jank Files Ep. 5
Second in the EWS overall in 2019 for the Rocky Mountain Race Face Enduro Team.



How ‘Ask Us Anything' Works:

Starting at 10:00 AM PDT/6:00 PM BST on April 30th, you can type your questions for the Rock Mountain Race Face team riders into the comment box below this article and the guys will have a crack at answering them. Sometimes your answer will pop up in a few seconds; others may take a few minutes while Jesse Melamed, Remi Gauvin, Andreane Lanthier Nadeau work their way through questions that are popping up. Everyone who posts a question, large or small, will be taken seriously.

To make this go as smoothly as possible, try to follow these guidelines:

• Keep your questions relevant
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• Try to keep your questions to about 100 words
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Photo - Margus Riga
5th to day for Andreane Lanthier Nadeau

Remi Gauvin closely followed by Jesse Melamed on their way to the bronze medal.



463 Comments

  • 46 0
 2 questions but feel free to answer whichever you prefer:
A)What are a the main things you each have to consciously remind yourselves to do before or while riding?
AA)What are the main bad habits do you see non-professional riders make when on the trails?
  • 32 0
 A) Look ahead!
AA) Not looking ahead!
  • 16 0
 A) Don't be an idiot
AA) Sending a line or feature that is a little above their skill without breaking down the feature first and knowing their breaking points and body position.
  • 27 0
 @rrolly: A.) how to turn right
  • 9 0
 @andreaneln: You must have been a stock car racer in a past life!
  • 1 0
 @andreaneln: Don’t forget to turn left as well. Sorry.
  • 1 0
 @EnduroManiac: I'm guessing that ALN is naturally better at turning left or have some bad habit on turning right. We tend to remind ourselves to actively correct bad technique or body positioning before and during each ride.

Or.. we may just missed the intended meaning of her sentence. ????
  • 3 0
 @rifu: Yes that’s it. I’m just not as good at turning right. I focus on key points to improve my technique
@enduromanic
  • 25 0
 Do you run downhill tires 100% of the time on your enduro bikes? Or do you switch to lighter casing sometimes? Also, tell me all about your opinion on inserts.
  • 6 0
 I change my tires when I'm home for a while or during the winter for training so longer rides are easier with lighter tires. Plus we're lucky to be in Squamish so it's not too rocky out here.
  • 10 0
 I used to run them all the time but as bikes and suspension have gotten better I think there is more give coming from the bike. And Maxxis came out with the DD casing. It's a bit more supple than the DH casing which I like. I will never go below DD but I do swap to a DH in the rear for excessively rocky tracks.
I'm a fan of inserts...I talked about it more in depth in my recent downtime podcast. Basically I like to smash(but not smash my wheels) and I really like the sidewall support of the cush core. It gives more consistent cornering feel.
  • 7 0
 Okay the live instagram had me miss the other half of this question. I run a cushcore front back during rocky races/most of them. If it's very pedally I might switch to an XC cushcore in the front.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: so you prefer the cornering feel of DD+inserts to a dh tire?

Can you expand on that at all?

Thanks!
  • 4 1
 @C0yotekid: I’m glad you decided to censor f*cking, that was key.
  • 2 0
 @nvranka: Correct, I think I said all I can there and in my podcast. It's a feeling that needs to be felt!
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: will listen to it! thank you sir
  • 1 0
 @nvranka: Enjoy! It's the most recent one on the Downtime Podcast.
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: just listened during a ride, love that podcast haha but always forget about it.

I’ve been meaning to try cushcore w DD instead of dh casings for a while, I guess now is the time.

All the best and thanks for the great content
  • 1 0
 @nvranka: Awesome, I'm stoked you listened to it already!
I would say try it, I really like the feeling. Heavier of course, but I find I am less distracted while riding because I know my wheels are safe and I know how they will feel in the corners.
  • 24 0
 Who is the sexiest person on the team, and why do you think it's Remi?
  • 9 0
 well shucks!
  • 13 0
 Remi. I like when he has a little hair from his comb-over coming down out of his hat or helmet.
  • 18 0
 Blondes have more fun
  • 26 8
 1) Hot dogs - are you the mustard or ketchup type? or both because you're sassy
2) Cake, Pie or Ice Cream?
3) Coffee or Tea?
4) Mechanically inclined or all you can do is change a flat tire?
5) Do you pee in the shower?
6) Texting people while you're on the toilet... yes/no?
7) When was the last time you took a dirt nap (crash) and what caused the crash?
8 ) Ever drop a granola bar/snack in the dirt during a ride, picked it up and ate it?
9) Lager, IPA or Whiskey?
10) Is it ok for someone to slap your ass as long as they shout "good game!" immediately afterwards?
  • 17 0
 Both. Full sass.
Ice cream AND cake!
COFFEE
I like to think I am mechanically inclined but sometimes get myself into trouble.
Rarely
Of course! It's a very calming time to be responding to people.
A couple weeks ago? I lost focus and caught my pants on my seat.
I hate wasting food.
Lager
I played a lot of hockey as a kid so I'd take the compliment.
  • 23 0
 1. Both, obviously.
2. Cake
3. Coffee
4. Mechanically inclined
5. "There are two types of people in the world, those who pee in the shower, and those who lie about it"
6. Yes
7. Chestchire cat on a bridge up a hill, full wheel cart back onto my bike. not nice.
8. of course
9. No preference
10. Depends how hot you are
  • 11 0
 1)Ketchup plus mustard!
2)Icecream
3)Coffee
4)MEchanically inclined. I can do pretty much everything on my bike!
5)Suuuuuure
6)suuuuure
7)On half nelson. Washed out in a corner! GRRRR!
Cool Yeah. Just a bit of floor spice!
9)IPA
10)Yeah im okay with it hahahahah
  • 17 1
 What’s a good and/or easy way to improve your body position on the bike? When I focus on doing the correct thing my riding gets shitty because I can’t focus on the trail, when I focus on the trail I fall back into all the bad habits. Any tips?

Also, what is everyone’s part of the bike they are very nitpicky about, and why?

Thanks in advance, really enjoyed watching the jank files last season. (bonus question, who on the team makes the best coffee?)
  • 11 0
 Practicing your ready position on easier stuff so it's a habit before you take it to harder trails. I'm a little nitpicky about everything. Obviously Remi, he has the most experience and has made coffees in many different countries! He's very cultured.
  • 8 0
 Do some core, strengthen your center of gravity so you can work with the obstacles coming your way.
Reading the trails helps if you do some "sweep" with your eyes, looking ahead further up the trail, then come back closer up front of your wheel.

I'm not really nitpicky about anything on my bike. Weird noises I can't identify bug me

Remi makes the BEST coffee.
  • 8 0
 Practicing good posture on easier trails is key. as soon as it gets rowdy its hard to focus on technique because you have to focus on the trail. I like to use flow trails to practice corner and braking technique. I am picky about bar height and suspension. thanks. I make a mean espresso but jesse and ALN are catching up on their skillz
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the responses! Gonna try those things out on my next ride Smile
  • 2 0
 "When I focus on doing the correct thing my riding gets shitty because I can’t focus on the trail, when I focus on the trail I fall back into all the bad habits".
........ you just described my life . good one, thank you for asking this.
  • 16 0
 Recently, you guys have been spending some time on the Slayer, but in the past, you haven’t always raced Rocky’s longest travel bike. How do you decide how much travel is optimal, and with EWS tracks getting more full-on, what’s keeping people from riding full DH bikes with a dropper post and lockout?
  • 13 0
 Interesting question! I have been asking myself that. I think at a certain point what matters more is geometry and how the suspension platform is built. 2 years ago I would have thought 165mm would have been way too much! But the slayer feels so active and supportive while having so much reserve travel to rely on. DH bikes are way too heavy and cumbersome. We race tight jank and need an agile bike as well as a plow.
  • 13 0
 As a store we are really undecided on who is our favourite and its starting to keep us up at night. Can each of you provide your 3 best attributes so we can finally settle this? Sincerely your favourite bike shop in Squamish
  • 9 0
 1. Don't pick me because I don't want that pressure.
2. I'm humble(See above)
3. You're welcome, sweet dreams.
  • 44 0
 1. I'm French 2. Blue eyes 3. I'm a woman
  • 9 0
 1.Longest Corsa Customer of the 3 of us!
2.I date Corsa's number 1 all-time employee (basically worked there)
3. Without a doubt have spent the most $$$ there!
  • 11 0
 Hey guys, this is for all of you, what did you do before going pro, did you du any side jobs and which where they?

I am standing between paths right now, I am moving to the south and I am applying for apprentice programs in Bike Shops, My passion always lied in riding bikes; the moment I knew how to ride one (I basically started riding bikes before I knew how to speak)
  • 3 0
 Remi has a horrible story about working oil rigs, your respect level for him will be maxed
  • 5 0
 I was in School for most of that time. Highschool, and then into University for a bachelor of Computer Engineering. I coached every summer for 10 years as well some landscaping and retail jobs.
  • 6 0
 I worked at the hudson bay in jewelry, the scotiabank as a teller, mtb coach, coffee shop during uni, french tutor, liquor store (that was meh) until I turned pro, and even in my beginning as a pro athlete
  • 16 0
 I worked Drilling rigs for 3 winters to fund my race season in the summer. it was a lot of work but it was good money that allowed me to go racing all summer and not worry to much about my budget. But it sucked not to be able to ride as much during the winter!
  • 1 0
 @remrem: wasn't all bad ????
  • 2 0
 @remrem: that's seriously interesting, I've considered doing somewhat the same. I heard that it's quite dangerous to work in Drilling rigs though, I am honestly super happy for you to have done the work and went through the process of turning pro, in your own terms and self made path to that Smile I wish you luck for the future remmy Smile
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: oh that sounds nice, its interesting to see that @andreaneln also did coaching. I reckon that most Pros did coaching somewhere along the line.
  • 1 0
 @andreaneln: so quite a few more jobs than some others before they turned pro, that's quite the good insight from all of you, seriously it did help with my decision.

I am getting heaps of support from my parents which is crucial as well and quite the privilege as well, I am considering still doing the apprenticeship as long as the money is good I think it'll be fine and I won't use too much time.

I wish you all @JesseMelamed @andreaneln @remrem the best of luck during these weird times and a great start once you guys get to race again: PIN IT!
  • 11 0
 Hey ALN, Jesse, and Remi! Obviously there’s only room for three riders on the podium, and many EWS racers never make it on. Even so, many riders manage to make a living with consistent 30th place finishes. Do these riders survive off of their social media influence? How do sponsors calculate a rider’s value?

For the record, I’m not bashing 30th as I know they’re significantly faster than any non-EWS racer, just curious to know your opinion on the subject.
  • 8 0
 I would say that most of those guys are surviving off their social media influence. That is because they are genuine people with good personalities and they are very marketable. I'm sure they are fighting to be higher up the results like we all are but their social media is what keeps them able to race and try to improve.
  • 6 0
 Rider's value is something that is not clearly calculated, it's hard to define, and as salaries are not of public affair in our sports it makes it all mysterious. I don't know if anyone that makes a consistent top 30 finish makes a living. There's lots of really fast people out there that don't have enough money to make it to all the rounds and can't secure their best overall results. I think you're right some riders approach it with a more social media focused approach and it works for them -- that's a lot of work too. Different solutions for different riders.
  • 12 0
 Who among your fellow EWS racers do you think is underrated?
Are there any racers you could see making a big push up in the EWS standings in the next year or two?
  • 5 0
 Well Dimitri Tordo was for sure, but I don't think he is anymore. I'd say Joe Nation, looks good on a bike.
  • 5 0
 Melanie Pugin is underrated -- so talented and looks good on the bike! So Fast!
  • 10 0
 Jesse! Love your POV videos, cause you're always talking to yourself. Why - Is it a conscious choice? Are you calming yourself down, amping yourself up, leaving verbal notes for your future self, or just how you naturally deal with adrenaline/pressure?
  • 8 0
 I think I have evolved to more talking over time because I have been posting my videos. I would always get excited when riding and say little things. But now I do it for the fans!
  • 10 0
 1) Who corners the best and how do they do it?
2) Who has the most unique riding style?
3) What’s the toughest venue in the EWS?
  • 8 0
 1)Samhill!
2)Florian Nicoli
3)Crankzilla 2014?
  • 4 0
 1. Isabeau, she problably brakes before the corner and she's so FAST a turning her bike around 2. Flo 3. Millau in France was really hard!!
  • 4 0
 1) and 2) Flo and Sam. Both totally different styles but both so good at getting around corners.
3) Crankzilla
  • 8 0
 Curious about specific training to work on descending speed. Do you hike and ride sections over again? Choose a trail that you know will work on certain weaknesses? Do you try to ride stuff that is more difficult than what you would see in a race or focus more on riding something easy, but at a really high speed?
  • 6 0
 I generally dont hike sections if I am not at a race. Usually I just try and choose a specific goal when i g out for a ride and really try to focus on that goal for the ride. It could be braking before the corner, not in it, or leaning the bike in a corner or looking ahead. It also could be trying some different suspension settings. As far as trail difficulty I do like to mix it up. some days I will ride the flow trails in Squamish here and some days I will ride the steeps. Going fast on either is going to be difficult in its own way! Variety is the spice of life!
  • 3 0
 You answered yourself! I think repeating sections is great for building speed. Practicing the same corner and getting comfortable with it and then you start to push yourself and go faster and faster. I generally ride all sorts of trails. I don't think riding super tech trails is something I like to do often these days. I was lucky to grow up riding tech trails so that is a skill I have in my back pocket. I feel like I need to spend more time on fast flow trails to dial in my cornering at speed.
  • 8 0
 Joel Hardwood had us try to ride a trail without pedalling and I thought that was awesome to work on braking. Also working on cornering technique helps me go faster down the hill
  • 2 0
 thanks for the reply. @remrem +1 props for having an account since 2002!
  • 9 0
 Remi, what's the secret to your incredible flow? Is it good genes, a preferred hair product, strict washing regimen, or a combination of all three? Not talking about your flow on the bike.
  • 7 0
 Lack of shampoo mostly. My dad is bald so maybe its not the genes?
  • 7 0
 Hey Remi, Jesse, and Andreane: I am a high schooler who lives in a pretty flat place and races XC, but i train every day with the goal of becoming an EWS racer. Do any of you have any training advice or tips on how to go all the way in this sport? Thank you guys! Rock on.
Smile
  • 3 0
 I grew up racing XC and made it here! I think it is important to work on your skills as much as fitness if trying to go into Enduro. It doesn't just have to be singletrack skills. The French all have to do bmx and trials when growing up and that gives them a lot of skill that transfers into every discipline of riding. And I think their general domination is proof that it works.
  • 3 0
 Work on your technical skills by playing with your bike. Wheelies, manuals, bunny hops, track stand. Keep having fun your bike and enjoy every step of the way, making it to the top is way more fun when you're happy and LOVE bikes.
  • 9 1
 Jesse, remember when we were both contestants in Dirt Diaries at Crankworx 2015? My teams video was clearly the best, but we didn't finish in the top three. Why do you think that is?
  • 21 0
 I went all the way for that video. I broke my ankle in commitment for my role. What did you do?
  • 6 1
 It seems like all the top guys now are insanely fit, I remember seeing Remi doing threshold intervals at like 350 W, but obviously there's a balance of skills to fitness. How many days a week do you guys do interval work vs gym vs going out and just riding?
  • 3 0
 I Probably do 3 days a week of strength training, 2-3 days of intervals and I usually mix in an MTB ride into my intervals. I like to do the intervals on my MTB because its the bike I race on and its usually a bit more fun?. But if its miserable outside Ill do them on the trainer. If my coach puts in a 3 hour ride with less structure that is usually the ride I will do with friends
  • 4 0
 Changes from winter to summer. In the summer I do intervals one or two times a week. Gym maybe once a week and the rest is just riding big days.
  • 2 0
 Depends on the block of training, leading up to a race a good week of intensity is 3x intervals and 2 times strength, plus 1 or 2 long rides
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: Riding big days has gone out of fashion in the age of power meters and intervals, but even in gravel racing people like Colin Strickland win regularly against wold-level pros and all guys like him do are 3-6 hours days everyday with almost zero structure.

My hot take from road and enduro racing is structure is a bit overrated.
  • 3 0
 @superxavi: I think it depends on how much time you have though. If you can only dedicate 10 hours a week to training, then intervals are absolutely the way to go.

If you have 40 hours a week, maybe it matters a lot less
  • 1 0
 @sdurant12: Exactly, or somewhere between. I only ride about 8 hours a week, including one longer ride on the weekend but have made huge progress this year. I would love to get in a few super long rides but time just doesn't allow.
  • 2 0
 @superxavi: The long rides are because that's what I enjoy and what else would I be doing? I am fortunate to be a full time professional so I don't have to fit my training into 10 hours a week.
  • 8 0
 Carbon wheels or aluminium wheels you prefer ?
  • 6 0
 I really like the feel of carbon wheels for their stiffness and responsiveness and the fact that they generally need no maintenance for every day riding but we always choose alu for racing because they can take a dent and be fixed where as if in the off chance we do brake a carbon wheel during a race its pretty hard/ impossible to fix and we would need to take a time penalty
  • 5 0
 I prefer the compliance of aluminium.
  • 2 0
 tough one! Carbon when I'm at home riding and I don't get to see my mechanic as much as I'd want so my wheels stay through. Alloy when I race, I prefer the flex alloy wheels allow in the turns, and overall smoother feel of the bike.
  • 1 0
 @remrem: On that thought, have you guys ridden the Zipp Moto wheels? Would that be the future of carbon wheels to enduro world?
  • 6 0
 Hey everyone, how do you manage risk vs reward in a race? For example riding fully open on the edge vs a little more in controll knowing theres more stages.
  • 4 0
 I have painfully learned that there it can be section by section. I pick out certain sections of trail where I want to be fully in control and not risk anything. And then others where I can let it flow a bit more. Still learning.
  • 2 0
 Lots of crashing as a junior racer taught me that riding at 100% always doesnt necessarily get you where you want to be!
  • 5 0
 Consistency is KEY for enduro. When I look at my lines during practice I definitely have a safety approach, anything I don't feel 100% I can nail everytime is not part of my race run. Then the speed and the intensity of the actual race run brings up the risk, hopefully just enough.
  • 6 0
 Hey Remi, any plans to return to the DH circuit? Did you ever get a chance to ride with Jordie Lunn on Vancouver Island growing up?
  • 20 0
 No plans to fully return to DH at the moment but I do like to do a few DH races a year! I did get to ride with Jordi on the island growing up. We are both from the same town, went to the same highschool etc . He would run Dirt Jump and DH clinics and I would go to every one he put on. I remember watching him hit this gap on the local DH track that actually blew my 14 year old mind. I thought it was so sick. I think he was pretty stoked that I went from being a grom that showed up at his house to ride and eat crap at his jumps, to the rider I am today. I honestly think he was one of my first inspirations to continue to ride and progress as a kid and for that I am forever grateful of him. RIP Jord.
  • 5 0
 Hi Remi, great video about technique with Paul. Any further tips for carrying speed through tight corners? The tip about staying centered through corner has already worked wonders. Thanks!
  • 3 0
 Thanks! Corners are the hardest and most important thing in mountain biking! Looking ahead and making sure you aren't braking past the apex of the corner are some super easy ways to get a bit extra exit speed. Easier said than done though!
  • 6 0
 1. What is the scariest(most challenging) feature or trail that you guys have ridden and why?

2. Do you guys prefer plush or firmer suspension feel?
  • 4 0
 1. I cant think of any one feature but almost everything gets scary when you start going fast! 2. Somewhere in between. The goal is compliant on the bumps but support when you push the bike into terrrain.
  • 2 0
 1. Dream track. I've never been good at jumps. 2. I prefer good suspension feel. Usually it's on the firm side from what I've been told.
  • 3 0
 1. That's a hard one, being scared often comes from feeling the pressure of doing something NOW when you don't feel you have it quite dialed. I usually avoid a feature that makes me feel like that in a race run. The scariest feature I've done is probably crabapples hits, but it was after a whole day of jumps and with my good pal Georgia, so scary but FUN! 2. PLUSH
  • 8 1
 What makes this Remi, Canada’s Remi. So much cooler than the other Remy. Is it simply not being French?
  • 6 0
 hahaha thanks for the laugh. I'd say you answered it no?
  • 8 0
 More handsome, Better hair, better accent, much faster on a bike! hahaha
  • 3 0
 Hey guys, I was hoping for your opinion since you have spent significant time riding RM bikes... Do you find that the Altitude would be too much bike (compared to the Instinct) for more XC type rides on the east coast? I really like both bikes from demo rides, but I worry if the Altitude would be a big sluggish on smoother, rolling terrain.
  • 1 0
 I would say that you are better off with the 29er wheels of the instinct for more XC type riding. The Altitude is definitely a bit more geared towards downhill.
  • 2 0
 Hi! I would go with the instinct 140 - 140 for riding in quebec for more XC types ride! Where do you ride? I think if you're aiming for more technical trails you could have fun on the altitude, it's a really nimble, fun bike!
  • 3 0
 Jesse

How much time have you had on the new 38 and what are your thoughts?

Also

Do you guys run ice tech rotors because you get a real benifit from them or mainly because of loyalty to your sponsors and promoting the products?

Thanks, good luck for the rest of 2020

#staysafe
  • 1 0
 I've been on it for 7 or so months. It's amazing. One thing I really noticed was the strightline braking control. We don't run ice-tech rotors actually, they are only for centerlock
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: well... They are only centerlock if you only run XTR. XT is available in Ice Tech in a six-bolt configuration. Freeza brakes are only centerlock as well.
  • 1 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: I only run XTR...does that sound pretentious?
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: Haha! Yes but I feel like you get a better discount than I do. I use the XTR discs on my CX bike, but unless I build new wheels for my MTB I'm stuck with crappy six bolt hubs.
  • 1 0
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: I also think that you are correct, we are running just the ice tech XT rotors, I was thinking of the freeza rotors that are only centerlock
  • 1 0
 @JesseMelamed: do you struggle with heat build up with the normal rotors often ?

obviously on the stages in whistler it would be expected
  • 1 0
 @BaGearA: I don't know what @jessemelamed experience is, but I find they have a nicer feel and better bite. Obviously there are a lot a factors, but with my specific setups they have better bite, are quieter and feel different. Currently I'm using XT/MT5 ShaGuras and the semi metallic pads on the MT5 calipers mixed with the XT Icetechs have incredible bite and modulation, no noise or squeal, and Ok pad life. My CX bike has all Shimano with XTR rotors and freeza pads and the power/modulation are excellent. Both my other bikes used Deore brakes with Icetech rotors and also a similar feel. My last MTB used MT5s with Centerline rotors and didn't have the feel, bite or modulation the Icetech rotors, but it's hard to get apples to apples unless everything is the same.
  • 1 0
 @BaGearA: I think it is just par for the course on longer stages, but I do feel like the freeza rotors would help. Even just the finned pads and the other details Shimano does to limit heat build up make their brakes last a lot longer than others.
  • 4 0
 Remi - where do you think you'd stack up if you jumped into a World Cup, without changing up training? Anyone in particular (male or female) in the EWS field that you think would crush at DH?
  • 7 0
 I raced one World Cup last year and Qualified with pretty much no DH practice so I think if I did more my goal would be to qualify. I think I could crack the top 40 on a good day but If i wanted to do much better than that I would definitely have to start some specific DH training. I have always wanted to see what Richie Rude would do if he started racing DH again!
  • 4 0
 Honestly no clue how I would stack up! I think I would be very outside of my comfort zone, and sometimes that's where I thrive, but also sometimes that's where I crack. Who knows where I woud end up? Totally different bike, insane tracks... If I managed to finish the race I'd be proud of where I'd end up!

there's a couple of DH world champs in our EWS ranks in the women. Would be cool to see Isa try her hand at DH world cup.
  • 3 0
 Hi everyone!

Questions for all three: what are the biggest off-bike activities (not in the gym) that help with your performance while riding? Also, what are the biggest lessons you've learned while competing professionally that carry over to life outside the tape?

Cheers!
  • 3 1
 i got this guys: hockey. hockey is the closest thing to mountain biking and vis versa that i've experienced. may seem strange but the crossover is remarkable.
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 I'd like to say freeride skiing but my back would argue that. Hockey has a ton of rotational core work that I think does help with bike stability. I also XC ski a lot which is great for upper body. Great question! I have learned how to sacrifice short term pleasures for long term goals, which keeps me focused and driven.
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 @jamesbrant: Hockey is life!
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 I guess it is still techinically on bike but I have started riding Enduro Moto a lot in the last few months and it is definintely a fun and challenging way to switch it up. Riding a 230lb bike on technical terrain beats you up!

I think a big lesson from competing is that hard work pays off. If you want to do something you have got to put in the work to achieve it. There is no free ride out there (Freeride is dead anyways!)
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 Hi There! I run, fitness will carry you sooo far. Gosh... bike racing taught me so much. I think the main lesson it has taught me is to accept where I am at and to stay humble. win without glory and lose with honour in all walks of life
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 @remrem: did you have a lot of prior moto experience and enduro moto is new to you or are you just now getting into it overall?

If just now getting into it, how was the transition? I’m nothing compared to you all, but ride/race at a fairly high level compared to your average joe and have been super close to pulling the trigger on an enduro moto...I’m convinced it’ll be similar enough to soften the learning curve, what did you think?

I do have an M1 license and have ridden street bikes, but super rarely

Enduro moto looks like a blast and seems like great cross training for mtb.

Thanks!
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 What took you from being a good rider to being a professional rider? Was it perhaps a certain opportunity to prove yourself, or just self-elevation in riding where you proved you were worth watching/sponsoring?
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 I think it was a combination of those things. I definitely got lucky being in the right place and knowing the right people, but I did get to that point because I was always working on my riding and fitness and being a good person. So I was able to be in the right place and the right time and have the necessary qualities to take advantage of the opportunity.
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 @JesseMelamed: So awesome that being a good person pays props!
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 For me it was accepting that my XC career was over, and moving out west, which exposed me to SO many trails on brought my level of riding way up. Then it was embracing an entirely new discipline with a beginner's mindset. I think acceptance is key to moving forward in any life situation!
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 Its a combination of alot of things. Being a good rider first of all, being a good human being, knowing the right people and being in the right place at the right time. I think if you are 1 or 2 of these things then the rest will fall into place!
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 Wow, I appreciate the thoughtful reply's. Thanks guys!
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 Remi, why do you think you've excelled so much in enduro since making the switch from DH? You're consistently placing in the top 10 now in the EWS. That's a huge improvement.
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 I think in my maturity I have just become a better mountain biker all around and I happen to be racing enduro now. Even when I go back to race a DH race once and a while I feel as though I have better race craft and at least as good skills as when i was racing DH full time. For example my best world cup results where 40-50th when I was racing in 2013-2014 and when I raced Les Gets World Cup this year I felt more comfortable than I ever did before and was right in line with my best ever WC results with very little DH bike time.
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 Question to all three: what's the worst bike you ever raced on?
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 I mean my first enduro race was on an Element so that was probably the worst bike I ever raced on. But for XC it was great.
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 Probaby an Ironhorse 7.7 with a single crown manitou fork. Pretty sure my Specialized bighit with a 24inch rear wheel was better than that thing.
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 Jesse's training bike I borrowed for my first world enduro in whistler in 2015
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 Jesse had better hurry - I just saw him on his groad bike.

Also for every member of the team: favorite trail in Squamish?
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 I was on time! Ditch pig!
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 Angry midget... it also changes everyday
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 how can I choose one...
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 Jesse, why is Finn so much faster than you? ALN, do you have secret plans to race an EWS without a front wheel? Remi, how many seconds can you expect to gain on the track with a good espresso versus a bad one?
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 Try riding blind behind a local shredder on his own tracks - it would most likely be the opposite if Finn rhode Jesses home trails.
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 @Endurip: I appreciate you standing up for me, but this living legend is my brother haha and he knows the tough questions.
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 Because he is one of the world's fastest DH racers?
But for real, because he directs his bike so well and his cornering technique is largely unparalleled.
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 At least 6-9 seconds.
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 I've already sold all my front wheels to make it through this economic crisis
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 @Endurip: I agree with you, just poking fun since that's all anyone wanted to talk about in the comments.
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 @livinglegend87: Ok, good to hear.
I was just speaking of experience since I have one track I really know, and that’s the only one I have chance of beating some riders that are way more experienced and fast than me. It’s an enormous advantage knowing a trail inside out.
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 What do you think about possibly have a more of a knock out format to EWS, so people have to win local each year, then regional, before a few races at the end of the year with the best in the world limited to the best 30 in each category? I was thinking this might be a compromise to help combat climate change, rather than running lots of events with over a 1,000 competitors. Any thoughts?
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 That's an interesting idea! I actually like that a lot, it would keep the season exciting and have a nice crescendo.
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 Sounds like supercross. Valid idea! I think it's a little like that with the qualifiers.
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 @andreaneln: Great, if a similar idea is working in another sport.
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 apart from your home country trails, where are your favourite places to ride ?
Both race locations and non-race.
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 Finale Ligure, Queenstown, Moab.
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 New Zealand for sure!
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 La Thuile Italy, and Canazei Italy. Love me some gelato and italian trails
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 With the Covid 19 situation are any of you finding anything positive in how it impacts your riding? Obviously, there is a heck of a lot more negative impacts, but any small wins? Perhaps a shift in training, revisiting old trails, riding with pals from back in the day, etc????
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 I've been really enjoying swinging Kettlebells around! Also trying to do more yoga which my hips have hated but will hopefully like.
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 I think the main thing is that it has opened up a ton of time to work on technique and skills without the looming pressure to go racing. Sometimes when you are getting ready for a race all you want to do is ride fast and riding fast is not always the best way to work on deficiencies.
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 What Remi said, taking racing out of the equations allows you to do all these littles things that sometimes get pushed around..Like learning how to wheelie or practice to turn right. Definitely some silver linings.
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 @andreaneln: You're not an ambi-turner?!
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 Thanks guys, your answers are exactly I asked. Glad to see folks making the best of the situation.
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 What is one thing you think the EWS race organizers are doing really well?
What is an area you would like to see them change or improve upon?
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 Traveling to new and unique places. Prize Money.
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 I think overall they have created a really cool format of racing that tests so many different types of riding skill fitness etc. The rider who can win and EWS or an EWS overall really is one of the most well rounded mountain bike riders in the world. I think one area that could be improved is making the races a bit more spectator friendly. Round like Tasmania with a smaller trail network and stages that are close together are amazing because spectators can walk from stage to stage easily and see a lot of racing during the day. Where as big mountain venues where we race on one aspect of the mountain on one stage and a completely different aspect the next is hard for the spectators to walk from stage to stage. The more spectators that can come watch the better and makes racing much more enjoyable for us!
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 Being the kindest team to put on a international series
Allowing the races to be promoted to a broader audience. (that's a puzzling one)
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 Hey fellas,
When training for Enduro do you periodize your training blocks? Like beginning the off season with a strength building phase and then switching to more capacity work as the racing season approaches?
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 Yes! I usually do huge road miles in the fall. and then base in the gym and then more power closer to the season.
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 Right now all periodization is out the window because we have no idea when racing will begin again. Usually I work in 3-4 week blocks throughout the year before taking some rest etc. Usually I start with a base block in the fall and into the winter before moving into strength power and more intense intervals leading up into the race season.
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 Yup! totally. with so many races and spaced out too, there is definitely blocks.
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 Alan! Coming from pro XC to pro enduro, do you ever spend time on a DH bike?

How much time do you spend riding lifts vs. grinding out the laps?

Coming from another (semi)pro XC racer to (semi)pro enduro racer. Much love!
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 Hey Sammyhed! Hello from the otherside, haha. I don't ride lifts often. Shuttles a little bit more, than I use to. But the grind always pays off! It's like shuttles are good when I want to do a big day but focus on skills, then grinding laps is for when I want to focus on endurance.
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 When would you pick BC Ed Instinct instead of the Slayer or vice versa? (Sounded like Andreane was sticking with the Instinct)

You guys rip on both so... curious if there are minute differences for you!
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 Instinct for tighter trails and Slayer for all out brawling.
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 With the Slayer you can just smash through terrain like you would on a DH bike and that makes me excited to go ride!
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 @JesseMelamed @remrem: me like SMASH - thanks dudes!
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 For me it's instinct, I feel more comfortable getting to know my bike really well. Will let the boys answer ya
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 ALN, what do you think of the 29er vs 27.5 for ladies trail riding? Are you only on the 29er now?
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 Hello Svinyard!

Here's my thoughts on this: I am 5'6', I race a 29er cause I believe they are faster overall in the type of racing I'm doing. I don't think 27.5 is obsolete at all though. The altitude 27.5 was one of my favorite bikes i've owned. It's nimble and super precise. 29er definitely helps smooth out the terrain and saves you on some occasion though. So it's kind of up to the rider to decide what they are looking for!
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 Hey all! Rocky Mountain's 2020 lineup more than ever has run their geometry a consistent way connecting the shock to the top tube vs down tube or bottom bracket. Do you notice any advantages or disadvantages with the design this way? I definitely understand each model has different angles, lengths, etc..., but the overall linkage looks similar. Thanks!
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 There are many ways to design a bike, mounting the shock to the top tube is in line with Rocky's aesthetics and suspension platform. I haven't ridden a vertical shock design since their old old altitude. I'd say the current bikes are better but that's just because they are a lot newer.
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 I've been interested in what sort of Interval training you guys do on a road/XC type bike.....seems like Enduro is all about the 5-20 second bursts, do you train repetitive all-out, say, 20 second intervals with a few minutes rest in between?

No crashing the BCBR after part this year, well, if it happens....Smile
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 Road is usually reserved for long slow miles for me. And long sustained intervals. Closer to the season and in-season I will do 8-20 second intervals to keep fresh and sharp.
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 5-20 second burst are definitely super important in enduro. But in order to have good 20s power you need to have good 1minute power and in order to have good 1minute power you need to have good 3-5 minute power and so on and so on! Stages last up to 20 minutes in enduro so you have to be pretty well rounded with your fitness! But yes. I do some 20s intervals with a few minutes rest. Usually closer to the season. Right now longer intervals are more usual in my training.
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 Hi there, My coach as me doing all types of intervals. I prefer taking the XC bikes to do longer tempo intervals. The short bursts I do on my race bike so it transfers directly!
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 Question to all three: As athletes during the Covid Quarantine, are you more likely to get fat and slow by sitting on the couch all day, or more likely to go crazy in the gym, blow yourself out, and overtrain?
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 It's a sinusoidal wave. I go from one end of the spectrum to the other but at the end I'll probably be right where I started.
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 fat and slow
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 It changes day to day. I think overall I am striking a good balance of getting fat and slow but also training to overcome my fatness and slowness.
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 If the government opens up restrictions to "Family Bubbles" like on the East Coast (which is where they allow 1 household to interact with only 1 other household normally), which teammates household do you choose to create a Family Bubble with?

Or do you just defy the order and create a 3 household bubble so that you can sample ALN's sourdough, drink Remi's Espresso and binge on Jesse's endless supply of Ice Cream?
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 I think you know the answer to that...shhhh
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 How can I choose between Icecream or Sourdough?
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 Connect with Remi's house -- for the coffee. Sorry Jesse.
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 Did you guys ride the Instinct in multiple travel configuration through the 2019 season? 180/155 mm, 160/155mm, 160/140mm etc. If so, what was your best setup and what defined your choice?
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 I switched often. Always 170mm fork. But I would swap between 155mm and 140mm depending on the track. I preferred the geo of the 140mm for faster tracks and the 155mm for rougher tracks.
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 @JesseMelamed: 170/140mm does not feel awkward?
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 Only 1 set up! 170mm in the front, 155 in the rear!
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 @remrem: when you guys rode the Instinct at 170, did you run an Angleset to adjust the geo back or keep it a little slacker?
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 160/155 for me!
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 @jhilly: We ran an angleset to make it more slack...
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 @antoinecharlebois: A little, but I liked the extra travel up front and the geo of the shorter travel out back.
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 Any setup discoveries with running coil shocks on stock airshock bikes like the element or altitude? Currently running a inline coil shock on the current altitude and keep on playing with compression and rebound to deal with bottom out clunking vs chattery traction. Thanks
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 I have played with coil vs air but I always go back to air because I like having a progressive set up. The coil is alot better in the small bump but the trade off is that you bottom out more
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 I prefer the adjustability and mid stroke support of the air.
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 @JesseMelamed: thanks for the tip!
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 @remrem: thanks for making yourself available and reaching out to the riding community that loves to see your progression.
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 Low speed corners, high speed corners, jumps/gaps, steeps, flat corners, rooty or rocky tech, overall fitness... If you could be #1 in the world at a certain skill what would it be (for racing success)? If you had to be the worst at one of those, which would you say is least important for winning races?
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 I would probably want to the the #1 jump/gap guy in the world. The least important thing to win races is probably jumps and gaps though...hahahhahaha
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 #1 at high speed corners because I think that feeling is so sick, and then #7,594,000,000 in flat corners because they suck.
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 Overall fitness, then you just work on skills
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 Lots of questions on body position on here, but how do you set up your cockpit? I've usually had my 7.5mm rise bar with one 5mm or 10mm spacer. In my head, that positions me more over the bars in more of an attack position and pressure on the front tire. But I see most ews guys have 20mm of spacers with 25-40mm rise bar. What have you found to be best?
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 Bar height is something that I am pretty picky about. Its hard to count the number of spacers under your stem and say what is good because different bars, fork travel, headtube length, wheel size, ride style and personal preference all contribute to the height requirements necessary to ride your bike at your best. I think the best way to figure out what works for you is to try a low set up a high set up and everything in between. Generally a high set up will be better for steep terrain at the trade off of potentially not being able to weight your front wheel correctly in corners. And a low set up will give you a lot of weight on the front wheel but might be harder to ride rough and steep trails. I usually use cockpit to adjust how I am weighting the front and rear wheels. If I feel like my front wheel is washing out because there isnt enough weight on it I will lower my bars, If i feel like my front wheel is washing out because there too much weight on it I will raise them. As you can see its complicated! The best thing to do is to start playing with your set up! Ask anyone I normally ride with and they will tell you I am playing with my bar hight mid ride quite alot!
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 @remrem: do you adjust your suspension setup as well to impact ride height, or do you keep your settings pretty similar and mostly adjust headset spacers?
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 I feel like Remi has this one covered..
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 @DMal: Yes suspension is another change that will change weight transfer and balance alot!
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 What training plans do you guys follow to get ready for race season?

How do you maintain your fitness levels throughout the season without getting burnt out?

What foods do you take with you during races to keep energy levels up?

Would you be interested in having a slightly mediocre but very funny British team-mate who enjoys good coffee?
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 I write my own plan but do have a strength coach that helps me out.

Less intervals and more fun.

PB&J!!! Clif bars and shot blocks. I make rice cakes sometimes too.

We already have a filmer for that role except he prefers tea so maybe he could be replaced?
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 Pineapple on pizza?
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 Yeah Im okay with it!
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 No ...... but if in trouble yes.
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 How do you define yourself, and does being a rider shape your identity more than anything else in your life?
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 When racing was taken away from us I realized just how much being a pro rider/racer shaped my identity...
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 It really does. Not a day goes by where I dont think about this sport, the next race, how to improve etc.
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 Wow this is a hard one right now. As an athlete you know you always need a plan B, but you also have to be so committed to plan A. I think being a rider shaped my identity and defines me more than anything in my life yes. But it's important to diversify and invest in other skills and hobbies
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 How much riding (miles, elevation, time) per training ride and per week?
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 You can check my strava for exact numbers!
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 You'll get this one in KM and meters... sorry.

A big ride would be like 40KM and 1500m and 4 hours
Small ride 17KM 300 ish meters 1h30
Really depends, strava me @andreaneln
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 What tips would you give to maximise enduro race performance?
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 Ride long trails non-stop and try to go faster each time.
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 Have fun with the trail and your bike!
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 What do you guys think of bike geometry going really long these days? What are pros and cons?
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 I'm unsure of how long bikes are getting. I don't feel immediately comfortable on the bike but then they seem to ride really well.
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 Overall I like it but I think it does take some serious getting used to an alot of fiddling to get it perfect .
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 If you could only have 1 Rocky Mountain bike for the whole of the race season? (races, bike parks, training)- which one would it be... Part B: you can make some tweaks (upfork, etc), what would they be?
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 I rode the Instinct BC for 2.5 years on everything and loved it.
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 I only have one Rocky Mountain right now, the Slayer, and I am definitely loving it!
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 My wife and I got to ride with the RM crew and ALN a few years ago in North Van, my wife was an ambassador. We rode some stuff with Wader that was possibly the scariest shit Ive ever (not) ridden. I have never been more humbled. is that a normal level of "WTF?" for you, or did you also pee yourself? what is the gnarliest thing you've seen Grandpappy Wade ride?

For all three, what is your favorite dinosaur?

-spandex Willie
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 Honestly? Probably a normal level of WTF, we live in a crazy place!

I remember doing a photo shoot in Sedona with Wade and he did this gnarly rock spine transfer line that was super exposed. I didn't do it...
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 Triceratops is pretty cool
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 that was such a fun ride. Wade is so good on the shore, dropping in on all sorts of crazy lines. I'd say that's a level of shore WTF. Doesn't happen everywhere, and not really at races, but when a local shows you the good stuff, anywhere you are, you know it's gonna be real good.
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 How do you choose what bike you want to ride per race, or as your main bike season long? Or why choose an Instinct over a Slayer? I can't wait till I can see you on a course again!
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 I prefer to stay on the same bike all season long so I learn it inside and out and it's an extension of my body!
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 I pick one and I stick with it!
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 Do you all ever hit speeds where it becomes hard to see the trail details from all the jostling? (None of my friends seem to have this problem, but I'm not any faster than them). How do you handle that?
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 I do have that problem when my helmet shakes. I just go with the flow and put my bike where I know it is supported.
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 In Aspen Colorado there was a stage where you could almost death grip all the way to the finish, thank god it was kinda straight and on grass.
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 You might be able to overcome this with some set up changes. Potentially softening up your fork or raising your bar might help. Blurry vision can sometimes be reduced with proper set up.
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 @remrem @JesseMelamed @andreaneln Thanks so much y'all.. I'll try dropping air pressure. Never thought about the helmet jigglies.. I'll try and pay attention to that. Always fun seeing you all shred, by the way.
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 @remrem How do you like South Benson trails (simpsons trails in Nanaimo)? How does Benson stack up to EWS stops? I recently saw you guys and suppressed my inner fan-girl, I wished I hadn't. hahaha
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 Never suppress your inner fan girl! I love benson trails. So fun and flowy! Benson definitely has some EWS worthy trails!
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 @remrem: Thanks for the reply! Do you have a favorite?
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 Probably the coolest ews team out there. How does having access to the best trails in the world affect your riding abilities? Seems like it doesn't prepare you for horrible, loose, rocky switchback hiking trails tho.
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 I think it helps keep us stoked and keep us going for long rides on the bikes. It does not help with those trails haha. We don't have hiking trails we can ride here.
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 Thanks! You are right about that. We are used to riding proper MTB trails! But I wouldnt trade where we live for a place with trails like that hahahah
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 yeah it's actually illegal to ride hiking trails here.
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 Guys I bought a 2018 instinct bc this January (thanks Paul's cycles UK) I'm a hobbit at 5'4" 130lbs. If you were me at my weight would you run coil or air shock? I had a Capra before with a dhx2....sublime. the instinct runs alot of sag and with my puny weight the shock barely has more than a mouse fart in the chamber. I ride pretty heavy for my weight. Great bikes, great brand, great team. Roll on the jank files part deux
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 Nice! I think a coil could be good for you to have the shock work better for the full range. Air shocks are tricky to make work for lighter riders but you should still be in a usable range.
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 Hello guys! Being pro racers you push your trainings and general health way more than many of us that simply ride on local trails , what are your advices or trainer recommendations or nutritionist about knee health and how to avoid seize/wear of the patella??
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 Make sure you get a bike fit done!
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 yup, bike fit!
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 @JesseMelamed @andreaneln. Mezcal from a plastic water bottle, or mezcal from a glass mezcal bottle?
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 Mezcal from a bike waterbottle
Saving my last sips for October Wink
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 Is it really Mezcal if its from a glass bottle?
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 I've personally never drank Mezcal in my life.
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 Hi guys! I own a rocky mountain altitude 2018 currently with a dpx2 shock. Would you recommend and upgrade - x2 o? I tried putting some spacers in dpx2, even ran the 0.86 in spacer and f..-up the aircan.
Is x2 a reasonable solution over dpx2? Thank you guys in advance!
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 Yes! The X2 is such an improvement over the DPX2
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 @JesseMelamed: Thank you! all the best!
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 Ciao ragazzi, what is your choice between air shox and coil shox? And why?
Bye from filippo, Italy

Gulassoreta
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 Coil has amazing suppleness which I liked for wet, rooty races and the air has great mid stroke support that I prefer for tracks that require more input from the rider.
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 Hi Filippo, I run the air shock!
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 Jesse and or everyone

Favorite band, piano piece /composer and do you have lucky charm for races?
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 I like too many bands. I like a lot of Ludovico Einaudi I try not to have lucky charms
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 What is the hardest and easiest EWS stage?
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 There have been technically and physically hard stages. Whistler top of the world to ride don't slide may have been one of the hardest. Easiest stage was the 17 second grass stage in Colombia 2 years ago.
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 Where do you see the sport (enduro racing) heading in 5, 10, 15 years, etc?
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 I hope there will be more ways to promote our sport and broadcast the racing live.
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 What advice would you have for younger riders trying to get more into racing? What steps did you take to start your racing career?
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 I started racing local races at a young age. My parents would ride with me during the race. If you don't have that option you could ask to have a coach or someone who could ride with you.
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 I started racing when I was about 14 at my local DH race and just progressed from there. The best way to get into racing is to race! Find your local series and do as many as you can! Then maybe do a round of your national series and so on!
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 I was always super competitive as a kid (still am) so I channeled it naturally into racing, I think the kids should be super excited to race. Try and find what makes them tick and relate it to racing.
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 Any cool tweaks / tips / preferences regarding setup for all your Rocky Mountain Instinct's? I recently bought one and can't get over how fun it is to ride.
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 Play around with the ride9! I would switch from position 1 to 3 often.
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 Air in the tires is one of the best performance tips I can think of! Glad you like it and are having a blast!
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 What's your most feared question we could ask?
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 Why do I keep crashing?
  • 4 0
 this one!
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 If jesse and I are dating
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 @andreaneln: arent you?
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 As we are stuck in lockdown, what is your go-to leg strengthening exercise? (This would be useful for after the lockdown too as I often don't have time to regularly visit a gym). Thanks!
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 Rear foot elevated split squats.
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 single leg squats, single leg deadlifts
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 How do you gain confidence with your front tire and cornering hard? You folks change direction so fast, I can only dream of cornering like that!
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 I'd like to know the answer to that question haha. I'm still learning it. I think practicing a corner faster and faster will help you find the limits.
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 Constantly trying to learn the posture for proper cornering
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 Hello team!
In races, how do you decide how hard to push on climbs?
Is there more priority on getting the course finished, or do you try and conserve energy for the downs?
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 Definitely keep it below your limit, you will lose more time being too tired on the next section of trail than you would gain by going faster on the climb.
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 Depends on what's coming after the climb, but rule of thumb is you can make a lot of time up on the climbs so yo GO for it.
  • 1 0
 Hey Remi, Jesse, Adreane! Do you think the new Fox 38 will become more popular than the 36? I'm curious as to what your guy's opinions are on this as you've all spent some pretty good time getting a feel for the 38 Smile
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 I think it might, looking at the geometry trends and how people are searching for gnarlier riding. Plus it's new and it's cool.
  • 4 1
 Favorite post-race snack?
  • 3 0
 Chips and beer.
  • 2 0
 CHIPS
  • 2 0
 Jesse - anything you do for bone health/recovery? Supplements, exercises?

Coming from another frequent fracturer.
  • 4 0
 Bone broth and collagen. Lots and lots of rest and sleep. Light spinning to keep the blood flowing.
  • 3 0
 Who are your biggest rivals (I assume they’re friendly) in the EWS?
  • 3 0
 I don't think I have any. It's race by race, whomever I am fighting with for positions. But it's always friendly after the race is finished.
  • 6 0
 Noga Korem is my biggest rival! God darn it she always gets me by less than a second!
  • 2 0
 Just out of curiosity, what Race Face components do each of you use on your race setups?
  • 2 0
 Raceface TurbineR are probably the most used groupo
  • 1 0
 NextR Handlebar cut to 760mm, TurbineR 40mm Stem, TurbineR 29" wheels and kitted out in RF Gear head to toe!
  • 4 1
 Where do you see yourself in ten years?
  • 3 0
 Being around good people and riding bikes. I don't think I will be riding professionally still but I do think I will have a job in the industry.
  • 8 0
 i don't know, hopefully I finally have a dog
  • 3 0
 Any cool new Rocky Mountain bikes in the pipeline? Altitude 29er?
  • 2 0
 They're always working on new things!
  • 3 0
 it's secret
  • 4 0
 If we told you we would have to figure out where you lived...its better if we dont...
  • 2 0
 Do any of you ride hardtails or do you try to get as much time as possible on just one bike?
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 I do prefer to spend as much time as possible on just one bike so I don't ride a hardtail, unless gravel and road bikes count?
  • 3 0
 What's your favorite beer?
  • 3 0
 Aframe cream ale right now
  • 3 0
 Our local brewer Backcountry has some pretty tastey IPA's
  • 7 0
 Old Milwaukee
  • 1 0
 You guys are awesome, always keeping things fun and exciting! What do you think you would be doing if you weren't a pro mountain biker?
  • 2 0
 I can't even imagine! I feel very fortunate and grateful to have found my place racing professionally.
  • 3 0
 I'd love to work in a trade of any kind or a bakery, something with manual work. Or maybe use my degree and be a psychologist.
  • 4 0
 Probably something way more boring!
  • 2 0
 Hey guys!
Do you have any tips about riding clipless pedals? And which pedals do you ride?
  • 3 0
 Crankbrothers! They are super easy to get in and out of. I would practice a lot on flat, grassy ground and get comfortable with the movement.
  • 2 1
 ALN, what is your favourite flavour of chips? I’m grocery shopping today and would like to eat what the best in the biz eat
  • 2 0
 Miss Vickies Salt & Vinegar. Get it bro!
  • 2 0
 At the current rate of progression, will ALN have the best wheelie skills on the team by May 1st or May 10th?
  • 3 0
 eh eh eh
  • 4 0
 Maybe she already does!
  • 2 0
 To all you legends... Do any of you have a dog and have you turned them into trail dogs? Any start up training hints?
  • 2 0
 I wish!!!! We travel too much.
  • 2 0
 No dog, but I had a trail dog for a short period. Teach them to ride behind you and make sure they understand not to be in front of a bicycle.
  • 1 0
 All things being held constant, if you could only improve Skills or improve fitness (without one really affecting the other) which would it be?
  • 2 0
 Fitness.
  • 2 0
 Fitness
  • 3 0
 Skills for sure.
  • 3 0
 How are you guys so f*cking fast?
  • 3 0
 We have crazy brainz
  • 3 0
 Practice, practice, practice. Constant testing of our limits ( and failing at it sometimes)
  • 3 0
 Speed dealers
  • 2 0
 Question for all........What is your go-to Maxxis tire for front & rear (compound, width, etc). Thanks!
  • 4 0
 2.5 DD assegai maxxgrip WT 2.5 DD DHR II maxxgrip WT
  • 2 0
 I think ALN answered that correctly for all of us!
  • 1 0
 @andreaneln: I thought they only made 2.4 and 2.6 DHR?! Razz
  • 1 0
 Hi Team RM. I was wondering if you could outline your day of warm up for a race? What type of dynamic warmup/riding exercises are you doing to get ready?
  • 1 0
 Coffee. Sun salutations with Remi. Coffee. Hand eye with Tara. Coffee. LETS GOOOOO
  • 1 0
 I have the Instinct in the orange/green color scheme and would love to get a jersey or any gear to match. I've searched but couldn't find anything. Any ideas?
  • 1 0
 Maybe do Remi's instagram competition and win one of his?
  • 1 0
 Couple more hours to enter my give away!
  • 1 0
 Jesse.....You have ridden trails all over the world. If you had to pick only 1 place to ride for the rest of your life where would it be and why?
  • 3 0
 HOME! But maybe New Zealand or Finale Ligure.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for doing this. How does your day-to-ay 'healthy' nutrition differ from your race day/hard training session nutrition? Cheers!
  • 1 0
 More meals on day-to-day, more quick food on race days.
  • 2 0
 For all: What has been your favorite EWS round in the past 2 years? Any standout moments? (Besides podiums)
  • 4 0
 Trophy of Nations last year.
  • 3 0
 Derby 2019. Outdoor shower at our place. Too Good
  • 2 0
 @JesseMelamed: where we podiumed hehehe
  • 1 0
 Not sure if you will see this but it's worth a shot...

Remi, how tall are you and what size frame do you run.

Also...

Tell us about the new Instinct ????
  • 4 3
 What's the best piece of advice you can give regarding how to ride professionally?
  • 3 0
 Be smart and safely push your limits.
  • 3 1
 Who makes better espresso? Jesse, Remi, ALN?
  • 2 0
 Remi hands down
  • 1 0
 remi all day errr day
  • 1 0
 ive had the most practice
  • 2 0
 Favorite coffee brews in the cupboard lately... go!
  • 2 0
 Coutnerpart Coffee- Finca Bromelias!
  • 2 0
 Local Counterpart espresso, cacao and rich maple mmmmm
  • 2 0
 Counterpart espresso blend
  • 2 0
 do you have any tips for improving body positioning on the bike?
  • 3 0
 strong core
  • 4 0
 Film yourself and find your faults. Correct them and repeat.
  • 4 1
 who's the most gassy
  • 5 0
 remi
  • 2 0
 How tall is Jesse and what size frame does he use?
  • 2 0
 short, small [actually a medium] (unclear why)
  • 2 0
 Short-170cm Medium
  • 1 1
 i would love to ride for rocky in th future, do you have any tips or contacts that could help me start a relationship with the brand ?
  • 1 0
 Hey @shawnok we're humbled that you're such a fan of the brand. While we might not be looking to expand our roster now, it's always great to be in touch with passionate riders who are thinking about the future. Send us an email at info@bikes.com.

Thanks for the tag @JesseMelamed !
  • 2 0
 How much shorter is Jesse than everyone else on the team?
  • 3 0
 much much shorter
  • 3 0
 the savagery
  • 3 0
 Comments like this are not doing you any favours to get a loaf of sourdough from me!
  • 1 0
 1) whats your usual position for your Ride 9 chips?
2) whats your race setting?
  • 1 0
 Favourite sport to watch and/or play when you're not biking and training?!?
  • 2 0
 Love watching any racing. F1, supercross, rally.. I like skiing a lot.
  • 2 0
 Do you guys believe in dargons?
  • 1 0
 In books.
  • 2 0
 Who are your favorite pros to ride with, either for fun or training?
  • 2 0
 Isa, Morgane Charre, Miller, Richie, Shawn Neer, Gerihgs
  • 2 0
 ALN, Remi and Miranda! Also Mckay when he staying with us in New Zealand.
  • 1 0
 I forget. Is it "shirts on backwards on the bus!" or "shirts off on the bus!"?
  • 2 0
 SHIRTS OFF ON THE BUS
  • 3 0
 no. shirts. on. thebus, noshirtonthebus
  • 2 0
 How much sacrifice did it take to become a pro?
  • 2 0
 A lot!
  • 1 1
 Depends on how good you are.
  • 1 0
 Realize I'm late to the party. Which one of yall dresses the best and why is it Aln?
  • 2 0
 What does a man's FTP have to be to be able to ask out ALN?? ????
  • 7 6
 Just got my slayer frame today buzzzzzzinnnnngggy
  • 2 0
 Yessss dude!
  • 1 0
 YOOOOOO
  • 3 2
 Chicken wings - sauce on or sauce on the side?
  • 2 0
 on the side
  • 2 0
 Both obviously.
  • 2 1
 How much free time do you usually get?
  • 2 0
 Not engouh to answer all these questions
  • 2 0
 It doesn't feel free when racing is always in the back of my mind..
  • 2 1
 How many 4th graders could you fight at once?
  • 2 0
 Depends how angry or hungry I am
  • 2 0
 Keen to find an accurate answer for this once and for all.
  • 2 0
 How slack is too slack?
  • 2 0
 I think we're close! I prefer position 2 on my Slayer.
  • 2 1
 Thoughts on the new Slayer? That thing looks baaaaad!
  • 2 0
 WEAPON!
  • 2 0
 So sick! Love mine.
  • 1 0
 Do you think it's silly to be secretive about tire pressures?
  • 1 0
 probably yes
  • 1 0
 Not if you've found the next best thing. Which hasn't happened since cush core so yes it's silly.
  • 1 0
 I have a question for Remi. Do you prefer pour over or espresso and why
  • 1 0
 Espresso for the kick. but I like to mix it up
  • 2 1
 Jesse who makes the best PB&J sammys, your mom or your physio?
  • 2 0
 I love Tara's notes on my PB&J's but my mom taught me everything I know soooo I don't know!
  • 1 0
 Did you guys switch from the Instint to the Slayer?
  • 1 0
 I am currently riding the Slayer.
  • 1 0
 What is the best sound to make when you're doing a phat whip?
  • 1 0
 oh dayummmmm
  • 2 1
 29 E-Slayer in the works?
  • 1 0
 *Eyes emoji*
  • 1 0
 Favorite bike video of all time? Anything goes.
  • 1 0
 The NWD where they escape from jail in the beginning.
  • 1 0
 When do you start racing on Ebikes?!
  • 1 0
 When we get paid as much as motorsports.
  • 1 0
 Favourite pudding and what's your super power on a bike...?
  • 2 2
 Any tips for riders who dont live in close mountain range?
  • 1 0
 Find a skills park?
  • 1 2
 Why doesn't Rocky Mountain release an Altitude BC Edition with more travel?
  • 1 1
 Because the Slayer already exists
  • 2 0
 How do I do that emoji with the eyes that look sideways?
  • 1 0
 That is a good idea!
  • 1 2
 @BobRossShreds: The slayer is a freeride bike, not an Enduro rig
  • 1 0
 favorite EWS trail?
  • 1 0
 Howler EWS whistler 2017
  • 1 0
 DH MEN!
  • 1 0
 Optimum trail length ?
  • 4 0
 4.20km 690m decent
  • 1 0
 @remrem: haha nice
  • 2 3
 27.5 or 29 ?
  • 8 11
 u guys r kul
  • 2 0
 U R KUL TOO!
  • 4 0
 DICK POUND!
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