The Privateer: Visiting Fox Racing & Pivot Cycles Plus New Bike Day

Jul 24, 2019 at 20:46
by Pinkbike Originals  


THE PRIVATEER

SEASON 2


Being a professional racer isn't just about results. Athletes are expected to be spokespersons for the brands they represent and part of that is visiting the places that their sponsor's products are produced to learn more about the brands that support them. After a disappointing result at the Sea Otter Classic, Adam takes time out of his busy training schedule to head down to Fox Racing & Pivot Cycles to meet with the brands supporting his journey.

We'd like to extend a big thank you to all of the sponsors who will be supporting Adam this year.

Adam Price is trained by Todd Schumlick @performx_training

Special thanks to GoPro.


MENTIONS: @pinkbikeoriginals



224 Comments

  • 253 18
 I think that the whole thing gives a great insight into the world of the privateer, but Adam, come on, where's your enthusiasm, new kit, new bike with live vale and all you can do is press the brake levers, come on, loosen up and immerse yourself in the moment, you're allowed to smile, if it doesn't make you smile then what's the point.
  • 173 2
 To be fair, the Brake Lever Squeeze Test has been scientifically proven to be the best indicator of a bikes' performance. He's basically already in practice mode on the new bike with each squeeze.
  • 8 2
 @MTBrent: I feel personally attacked
  • 23 4
 Cannot up vote this enough the guy just seems so chill about the whole thing
  • 124 0
 LOL i think hes just an awkward dude on camera. A lot of people don't feel comfortable with a camera pointed in their face. I am sure he is very appreciative but sucks at showing emotion when being filmed.
  • 14 6
 yeah, agree completely with you. New Pivot Bike Day come on!, he seems so uninterested when Cocalis is explaning about the aluminum prototype process.
  • 75 3
 not everyone is like Yoann
  • 14 3
 he's the walking definition of subdued excitement
  • 13 2
 My kit costs 200 bucks so his cost only 0 !

Myself : Ouch ! Whateves... is what it is...
Adam : ok...
  • 41 26
 Couldn't agree more. Come on man, show that you're grateful, enthusiastic and cheerful. Learn some social skills and chat to people. Perhaps in an upcoming episode they can put him through public speaking class to learn to communicate and show some spunk
  • 1 4
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  • 3 3
 @islandforlife: what’s with all these deleted posts !?
  • 24 3
 @Alexhoward91: I think what you're seeing is the struggle of getting something 'handed to you' and truly earning it. It's cool to get free stuff, but earning it and then getting that reward is sooo much better.
  • 14 2
 @Alexhoward91: I´m sure he is excited but his personality makes him look like he doesnt give a shit
  • 39 9
 The poor guy is obviously failing one part of keeping sponsors happy and that is having at least a little personality and being able to speak in front of a camera. These episodes are painful to watch for me.
  • 6 3
 @MMOF: Agreed. Although I understand Adam is not very demonstrative, communication and marketing are part of being a sponsored racer, as far as I know.
  • 10 7
 I wouldn't be that stoked, live valve is just electronic modulation of the crappy ctd dampers i wouldn't consider running on my bike.
  • 3 4
 @Luis-Sc: Rant... then realize why the f*ck am I bothering... ha!
  • 1 5
flag WelshClemo (Jul 25, 2019 at 9:21) (Below Threshold)
 @MMOF: could not agree more
  • 102 6
 In my opinion Adam seems to be feeling a lot of pressure to perform. I think in ways that is the thing holding him back more than anything else, not only to perform with results, but as well to show his stoke level. Each time he gets something free I think he feels like he has to pay it back and I think because he does know what these things are worth he feels more pressure with each additional thing.

I for one am stoked for this series with Adam again! A huge part of the idea from this series is for him to be an average Joe and mission accomplished. I think 90% of people would be less rather than more entertaining than Adam.

To Adam: "Don't stress about it and ignore the negativity of this board."
  • 2 1
 @islandforlife: Hopefully your comment wasn't about Spunk.
  • 38 1
 When they revealed "his" new kit that read "The Privateer" massively on back, i was uncomfortably disappointed *for* him lol. Nothing like wearing the product title as a huge reminder he's their guinea pig every race he goes to. *His* name big on back with "The Privateer" as a subtext underneath i think wouldve been way more tasteful, and probably elicit a little more excitement out of him (as well as excitement from me, for him).

He may have also been thinking..."damnit...i JUST got my suspension dialed by the best on my last setup." lol
  • 24 1
 @tomoostv: agree. He seems like someone who has high standards for himself and wants to earn things. He’s probably still trying to reconcile the entire purpose of this series with his own goals and what he thinks he deserves. We all go through this in our careers from time to time. Impostor syndrome is real.
  • 6 2
 Definitely a deadpan approach to everything, must be hard to be natural in front of the camera though...
  • 4 2
 It seems a fair bit more psychological coaching is in order.
  • 4 2
 @MTBrent: To be Faaaiirrrrrr ,
  • 5 12
flag jorgeposada (Jul 25, 2019 at 10:23) (Below Threshold)
 Scott dropped him quick, we'll see if pivot has a magic setup for him to start getting results.
  • 3 3
 @rockchomper: to be fai-uhhhhhh
  • 48 3
 As someone with an emotional cadence that reads a bit like how Adam comes off- I would argue that not everyone shows enthusiasm in the same way. I know that physically I don't show it so need to be very clear with my words to show emotion to others such as gratitude. I hate opening presents, being given things, taking compliments- I just don't feel I give people the response they are looking for. It doesn't mean I am not grateful though or that I am not feeling enough emotion about it. I would guess this is what is going on and would hope he also has other ways of showing how appreciative for all he is given that might not be seen on the camera.
  • 12 6
 instead of seeing his demeanour as something that to villified , i see this as further insight into the psychological aspects of being a racer. If it's not easy physically, then the psychological cost must be even higher.

And because of the way psychological weaknesses are often perceived as failures, not aspects that can be strengthened, every effort is made to hide it. Wouldn't surprise me if his subdued demeanour is an expression of the psychological toll the series is taking on him.

Perhaps PB can open up the psychological aspects further, including the impact of all the PB negativity. Got to the train mind as good as the body.

And even if this is his normal demeanour, can it be modified to encourage a more engaging approach? Take us down the rabbit hole PB!
  • 15 1
 I watched this and had the same thoughts. Adam has got the British level of Stoked absolutely pinned.
  • 14 3
 @Kapricorn: Actually, there is something wrong in this video. Looking back at past season videos, he was certainly more talkative. I think that whoever edited this video did him no favors. I would like to see more Adam popping out in social videos (he has sponsorship now) and becoming an ambassador to his sponsors. Pinkbike, you think that you could actually do him this favor and get him having fun and being social. This edit did not show what previous videos do show.

So, back to my words earlier....He did not show enthusiasm in receiving any of the goods but then again, perhaps the videographer did not capture the first take properly and then put in the later video that was mediocre at best (giving Adam the benefit of hte doubt here). Also a tip Adam....never ask the price of something (social tip) unless you're buying it. Rather ask "What is the cost of developing a prototype cast for bikes?" (still asking the same question but put it into context) Then follow up asking the process that designers go through to create these ideas.

Good luck for the season and speak to the cameraman like you did in previous videos. We need to see that.
  • 4 1
 @cuban-b: He has earned it though. They didn’t just pick some random. He got picked because he was the best rider out of all the other options and in all fairness he’s actually acting like a professional assessing the tools of his trade. So boring to watch but mint rider. I wish he could be more like kenny powers though. Break the fourth wall and start talking about what it takes to be a champion. I’d love that.
  • 2 1
 @thenotoriousmic: you’re absolutely right - he has earned it. He’s just in a perception management conundrum right now I reckon.
  • 27 0
 I read the comment section first (of course) and expected a trainwreck. Adam came off like a normal person in an odd position. Cut the kid some slack - not everyone is YOBARRRRRRR!
  • 4 0
 @thenotoriousmic: wasn’t he picked as he worked for Pinkbike? Could be wrong.
  • 8 20
flag islandforlife (Jul 25, 2019 at 11:28) (Below Threshold)
 @jorgeposada: Yep, I think crashing out of that EWS event soured it for them. Scott dropped him and put some big support behind Paul the Punter (also formally of Pinkbike coincidentally), gave him a few bikes and a salary and are arguably getting way more (and better) promotion of their product through his Youtube channel.
  • 2 0
 @WelshClemo: Na I think your 100% correct
  • 5 0
 @islandforlife: legit are you actually being serious
  • 8 1
 @MMOF: I dunno guys. A lot of people would say Sam Hill is the same way.
  • 9 9
 @deco1: obviously just speculating... and it won't be a popular opinion in the Pinkbike comments, but from a pargamatic business point of view and as a marketer... if I was in Scott's shoes, after putting all that money and effort into Adam (and they have a much more insider view of him than we do) and seeing the results.

I would have been like - ok that was fun and it was a cool project, think we got more than we ever thought we would out of it, but we can see the writing on the wall here and I think it's time to move on.

While Paul's channel (whatever you may think of it) is growing consistently in views and subscribers, offers a wider reach of type of customer and the potential is still large.

Makes sense to me.

As a formerly sponsored (nothing serious, just amateur stuff) snowboarder from back in the day. Sponsors are constantly evaluating your ROI, they're not there to be your friend, they intend to make money by spending money on you. Once that's not happening, they move on. The rider has to take those moments and make something out of them and crashing out of practice in Finale was not a good thing.
  • 6 3
 @BrigadierBuege: except Sam Hill is winning EWS events vs crashing out in practice
  • 17 0
 Over-emoters ruin everything for us normals!
  • 2 1
 He needs some coaching from Yoann on how to please the sponsors and how to promote the product.
  • 12 0
 It wasn’t about race results for the sponsors. It was about getting front page coverage on pinkbike and it was only for one year I’d imagine after the success off last year they got a better offer.
  • 21 3
 Not everyone has to be like an American.
  • 4 5
 @kwdog: If you are being sponsored, being enthusiastic about the company and product is a requirement.
  • 9 0
 @islandforlife: My point is it's a personality thing - Sam has always been that way and is successful despite it, showing that the typical "YouTuber super stoked on everything" vibe isn't really required to succeed. He's just a dude trying to make it and take it all in, give him a break.
  • 2 0
 Agree, and this seems to be the same emotional space he's in, that is keeping him from actually improving his racing...
  • 5 1
 @tacklingdummy: he’s not a sponsored rider though. The whole concept is what happens when you take a top privateer and give him the whole sponsorship treatment but he’s got none of the obligations of a pro rider. Literally all that’s happened here is someone from pinkbike has pitched the idea to everyone / called in favours turned out to be a success and now they’ve got better offers / more options.
  • 1 0
 Yeah great concept but he’s not very personable. Good luck
  • 1 0
 @Van-kiwi: deadpan freeze in van!?!? No
  • 2 1
 @thenotoriousmic: Getting free bikes and gear IS sponsored.
  • 2 0
 @filwhip: 100% agree
  • 3 0
 He's obviously feeling the pressure of being on camera, being scrutinized by thousands of people every week, having tons of support heaped on him and people expecting results to shine through. It must be stressful as hell. His riding is improving though, a few more things just need to click.
  • 10 2
 Gee caught similar feedback. Personally I think it's unfair. They are athletes. In this case it is an athlete who is being pushed into the spotlight with the same support as a top level pro but a different background. Gee is one of the most gnarly and skilled riders of all time but when his on camera persona was compared to some of his contemporaries who were more natural athlete/entertainers the fact that he was one of the greatest athletes our sport has ever known seemed to be forgotten and he was labelled as a douche. This has got to be a crazy experience for Adam. Racing on it's own is hard enough with all the talent out there but now to be given this opportunity with the public responsibility that has been chained to it is massive. On top of being an athlete and having his results picked over by every armchair "faster than you" out there he also has to be a dancing monkey to some degree and entertain the masses. Sure he has been given a lot but the asks from everyone given his time in the spotlight and everything else going on seem pretty unreal. Just my opinion. All the best Adam! @adamprice if you want any additional support on calming those nerves to perform PM and I got you! Helping kids manage nervous systems to modify their behaviour is a big part what I do and it translates directly for athletes. I might have some unique neuroanatomy based skills that would be helpful for you.
  • 10 3
 these are athletes. They’re here to go fast, not be your fake internet friend. Go watch twitch streams of Minecraft if you want that.
  • 4 6
 I think its already too late for Adam. I don't expect him to act like Yoann Barelli but more enthusiasm and interaction is definitely needed. As far as I can tell this is only the second video for 2019, if he's got the support of PB where is the content man. We should have seen way more of him by now...too little too late.
  • 2 12
flag booterking (Jul 25, 2019 at 18:03) (Below Threshold)
 Just about as exciting watching paint dry in Slo-mo, maybe they should sponsor a young kid/privateer with some potential and some drive instead of the privaqueer #Makepinkbikegreatagain
  • 2 2
 @baptistamtb200:
Agree 100%. I think he's gonna need some acting coaching to help him make a public personality for himself. Or, just try to imitate Yoan....
  • 1 0
 @BrigadierBuege:
Yes, but Sam Hill has some history with the public. And he practically lives on the podium.
  • 1 0
 @MMOF: hes not your kid. Shutup
  • 5 2
 While I agree that from a content production standpoint, it would have been better if there was more personality behind his reactions. I also understand that as a sponsored and professional athlete he is just receiving what was possibly already agreed upon in contracts or tools necessary for his job (as an athlete). I mean do you get absolutely ecstatic if you start working at a new job and the company gives you a MacBook to do your job? No, of course not, because you are a professional who needs that tool to do your job, even though you know how much that thing costs.
  • 2 0
 No doubt. I would lose my mind getting that much free gear. You wouldn't even need to pay me!
  • 1 0
 Genuine questions : was any of this done against his will !? As in, did he not want to become a pro !? Did he think this was going to be one season and now he's dreading having to continue working on this !?
  • 5 1
 I'm personally loving his reactions to all the free stuff, and when we know he's about to get something I get excited for the upcoming response. It's hilarious. Media is full of people getting overly excited for everything. This is refreshing.
  • 22 0
 Funnily enough I've worked on both Paul The Punter's and Adam Price's bikes as part of their projects and think the criticism is pretty sad. They are just very different personalities. Paul is a massive dork (and I mean that as a compliment ha ha). He takes great pride in the creation of his videos, down to getting excited about filming air bubbles entering a syringe when bleeding a brake in slow motion. Like me, Adam is more reserved. To be honest doing what he does would be my kind of hell so I respect him for putting himself out there and being picked apart by a load of anonymous log-on names on the internet. Have any of the moaners ever had to do any film type work? I get super self conscious and stiff as soon as a camera goes anywhere near me. I'm sure Adam is sponsored for his story, not his acting skills. Personally I like his dry / subdued take.
  • 1 8
flag diggerandrider (Jul 25, 2019 at 22:14) (Below Threshold)
 This guy! really???? awkward or not, get your camera face on and show some real appreciation. I was tripping out on him the entire time watching!!!
  • 5 0
 @islandforlife it doesn’t matter about his results the brands are getting the exposure they want through the series. They are not sponsoring him but the project. This episode was basically an advert for fox and pivot.
  • 1 0
 @stumphumper92: then why is he given such opportunity? 80% he will fail EWS, as most of people - and it's ok. so I want to see him enjoying the moment, and me enjoying with him!
  • 1 0
 @jaydawg69: and Adam is not even like Hill !
  • 6 0
 Not everyone expresses joy by running around screaming and laughing. Maybe he's just a bit introverted. In addition, it's likely that they rehearsed the shot beforehand, and he clearly knew he was getting a new bike before he even arrived. Feigned over the top emotional outbursts for camera are just painful, and clearly not Adams thing. Personally I was stoked to see someone just being normal on Youtube for once rather than always having everything turned up to 11.
  • 3 0
 @MMOF: Or just none of the above because everyone's different.
  • 2 0
 To be fair if they put me in front of a camera receiving that stuff and said no matter what don't swear I would stammer out some flat thing about being happy.
  • 11 0
 How did I guess that this would be the first thing to come up? Life is not television. Not everyone freaks out when they see their name on something or something happens in their favour. We don't all feel the need to act like we're on an HGTV reveal.

Maybe he gets his laughs from actually riding? Maybe he was nervous. All this "be so ridiculously fake happy when something happens" bullshit is a short sighted thought process assuming everyone is the same, thinks the same, reacts the same.

Instead of criticizing the guy for his reactions, maybe evaluate your perception of how life is for other people and try to actually think outside of the tiny box that you live in. Jesus, this person doesn't live to make you feel good. Go watch Keeping up with the Kardashians.
  • 2 0
 @ssteve: ^ this guys speaks the truth.
  • 1 4
 @thenotoriousmic: And they're not getting nearly the coverage they expected. They wanted to show a capable bike being raced hard through an EWS enduro vs it not even being able to handle the practice... that's not a good look.
  • 4 1
 @BrigadierBuege: oh ya, from that point of view I totally get it. I'm the first to say it's all personality differences and Adam shouldn't be trying to be someone he's not. I fully support Adam not acting like a youtube douche just for clicks!
  • 1 3
 @DaveGFC: But Scott wasn't getting nearly the coverage they expected or wanted. They wanted to show a capable bike being raced hard through an EWS enduro vs it not even being able to handle the practice... that's not a good look.
  • 2 1
 @islandforlife: LOL, take yourself and this whole thing seriously much.
  • 1 3
 @deco1: Not a all... just answering comments. Chill bro.
  • 3 0
 @islandforlife: You're obviously getting nearly the coverage you expect or want. You wanted to show you're capable of copy pasting your own comment on the same thread vs not even being able to handle a practical debate... that's not a good look.
  • 2 0
 @islandforlife: actually, deco1's comment was pretty chill LOL
  • 2 0
 @filwhip: "I watched this and had the same thoughts. Adam has got the British level of Stoked absolutely pinned."

This is what it comes down to boys and girls Big Grin
  • 10 0
 He is just shy. Does not mean he is not stoked.
  • 1 0
 That mustard orange kit was ugly as hell, too light for fox orange but too dark for yellow. Orange , shit was ugly
  • 117 8
 It was super cool to go meet the people behind the brands that sponsor The Privateer series. It’s people at the end of the day which make the products I get to enjoy and it was a pleasure to meet some of them.

Checking out the Pivot factory and seeing how the bike I ride comes to life was really interesting. I found it fascinating to see the process each bike goes through before it ends up in a box for shipping.

It is great to see all the history at Fox Clothing. It feels like just the other day I was wearing baggy cotton clothes now I get to wear lightweight form-fitted clothing made with technical fabric which even has my name on it!! Grateful I get to ride with such good stuff!
  • 25 0
 Hey man - keep your chin up. At the end of the day, you're living a dream for the rest of us. Obviously a bit of pressure, but be yourself. The only suggestion I would make is - forget about the results and have fun with what is a pretty special moment in your life. Cheers mate.
  • 15 1
 You're the man dude ignore the haters and keep rippin.
  • 10 1
 Good on you mate. Funny to be a part of this social experiment where everyone gets to live your life but than tell you how you should behave or not. They are your shoes that you have to walk in no one elses. Keep up the hard work, and please can you ask pivot when the dh 29 is comming.
  • 11 0
 Just be yourself Adam and have fun and the results will sort themselves out
  • 8 0
 Pinkbikers gonna Pinkbike, Adam! Just consider us super jealous which we are!
  • 7 0
 Keep you head up, and focused on your plan. These arm chair engineers and fan boys are just jealous of your opportunity to focus on riding! Don't let these comments get under your skin! It was great to meet you when you stopped by the PIVOT office!
  • 4 0
 Yes! Good luck and believe - you’ll smash it!
  • 7 3
 yeah, Adam, to an extent we fans live through you. Your'e the Everyman that hits it outta the park. We're stoked, we're customers of your sponsors, so try to show some of our stoke through your public persona.
  • 1 2
 I don't get to visit any factories and when I almost get a chance, they dodge the tours - and because I'm not your-average-male-body-type, form fitted clothes made with tech fabric mean very little because I'll end up cutting sleeves or pants so they'll fit, in whatever 2 colours companies offer ( black, or washed-out-colour-thats-not-black) - nothing more to add, other than sorry for being jelly
  • 3 0
 @Luis-Sc: umm wut
  • 65 19
 I just got back from a week at the Trans BC Enduro. Adam was there, but didn't socialize with anyone, and mostly kept to himself. He seems to not be enjoying all the support he's given. Season 1 was fun to watch, but this year I can't help but wonder what that level of support could do for privateers that are doing far better with far less, and have a great attitude about it. If you can't deliver race results then you should be a good ambassador for your sponsors and the sport, Adam is not delivering on either. Seems like a waste of resources in a sport where there aren't many riders getting this level of support.
  • 25 5
 Yea, I've had friends (and myself) try to chat him up at races and there's just nothing there. Sponsors don't like introverted racers. I imagine he's also got a lot of stress of being treated like a pro before he had the results and then being beaten by average Joe's, so that's not helping.
  • 23 6
 I couldn't agree more. We were all expecting a bit more enthusiasm from him at Trans BC. Racing is all mental and he just doesn't have it and I'm not calling him out but he needs to work on that if he wants to do better. Have fun and enjoy what you have... How can you not have fun at Trans BC.... Give this opportunity to a young Female or male Junior rider let's see them grow.
  • 8 7
 @egshane: 100% Pinkbike and sponsors should get a female Privateer for next season. I get the vibe that Adam is over the attention.
  • 12 3
 @chacou: A Privather maybe...See what I did there?
  • 6 11
flag funkzander (Jul 25, 2019 at 11:13) (Below Threshold)
 shame on adam. he wont talk to anybody and gets all the good stuff for free. i am a jealous mofo so lets put him on the pyre!
  • 134 3
 This is going to sound a bit defensive, but I’m Adams girlfriend and, despite avoiding commenting on anything this season, I feel the need to chime in here.

The week of TransBC was Adam’s only vacation time/time not training in the gym this season so I tagged along and he spent most of his free time hanging out with me, or catching up with friends who live in those towns that we don’t get to see often- I can understand how that’d come across as being unfriendly, but it’s mostly my fault. His other “vacation days” this season have been spent with me, driving 6-10 hours for regional races where he doesn’t really know anyone on weekends, then back in time for work Monday which has been tiring. Also, I don’t think Adam really realized what TransBC was when he signed up as he thought it would be a good way to get a lot of good quality practice racing into a short window to iron out some race strategies and practice getting over race nerves but he didn’t realize the whole social side of it. He said he talked to A LOT of people over the week but it sounds like it was mostly small talk questions about the series - I suspect this might have been your experience. By the 6th day he was exhausted from the race and answering the same questions repeatedly, no offence... I also don’t think he thought he’d be as recognized as he was because in Squamish people don’t really approach you like that, especially at races. My understanding was that he also tried to space himself out during the liasons as he kept catching up to people on some of the stages, which probably also came across as being unfriendly and he spent time solo to get his head ready for each stage, which is what he’s been practicing all season as part of his mental prep and managing race nerves. After the first day he had expected to place better, then his aim became to just finish the race without injuries and he was getting a bit frustrated with the blind racing/kind of sketchy race lines and fatigue management, knowing an injury could mean an end to this season, his training, his momentum, and not being able to finish this video project.

So... that’s just my perspective but I could see how you’d interpret that behaviour as being unfriendly or not personable, but Adam will always prioritize racing or riding bikes over small talk- thats just who he is. Anyways, just a friendly reminder that there’s always a few sides to every story.

Also (in reply to some other comments here): I can confirm that Adam is (despite being born in Canada) English as f*ck. Personally, I think it’s better to be yourself than to pretend to be over the top for the sake of a camera or a few internet points.

Obviously, y’all are entitled to your own interpretations. Let’s just remember that we are all doing the best we can given our own unique circumstances?
  • 31 3
 Shit, that wasn’t supposed to be a full essay, I just have a really fast typing speed - sorry Smile
  • 19 2
 @lalalalaura: Nah - you rule!

"Also (in reply to some other comments here): I can confirm that Adam is (despite being born in Canada) English as f*ck. Personally, I think it’s better to be yourself than to pretend to be over the top for the sake of a camera or a few internet points. "

Spot on
  • 42 4
 This is Adam's mom. Quit being mean to my boy you a$$holes! He's a nice young man.
  • 10 2
 @sarahlh: haha! I’m not his mom but I guess I’m the closest thing to family for him on this continent? So.. yeah that fits, lol
  • 34 3
 Introversion is not a crime!
You think they didnt know who they were offering this to?
Personally, i get pretty tired of the dancing monkey types. Yoanne is awesome! But one is enough.
Id rather have a normal f**king person instead of some made for Instagram "infuencer" in this particular scenario.
FWIW, i dint want to talk to anyone at races either. Its like work, and you people are life suckers,constantly needing to talk and be neededWink
  • 9 5
 @lalalalaura: when too many people have similar interpretations about something, one should start wondering why...
  • 2 1
 @sarahlh: mum in canada
  • 24 0
 @lalalalaura: Thanks for writing this. I saw Adam at TransBC and although I recognized who he is from The Privateer series I never expected him to be doing anything other than just be out riding his bike. TBC is a tough race and I often found myself in the same boat as Adam, by myself on the liasons trying to conserve myself for the coming stage. I felt that he was either preparing for a coming race or there to get some time in. He was always polite when I saw him and I don't understand why people expect more than that. He doesn't owe anyone anything and unlike certain riders representing Yeti his quiet demeanour was refreshing. Not everyone needs to be loud and obnoxious to get attention. Good luck to him this season and keep up the good work!
  • 3 1
 @lalalalaura: Can't imagine how tough it's been for you and especially Adam!

Being under pressure is no fun, I can't imagine how much anxiety I'd have if I tried to turn pro and study at the same time, forget the public exposure and built up expectations. I really suffer from stress already and sometimes it really shows, and I'll bet most here do half the stuff Adam does, I know I don't get close to doing as much as he does.

Sure, excitement might be expected, but if he's shattered from training, knows what's gonna happen, is acting for the video and trying to seem profesional, and is under a tight schedule, what more can we ask?

At races where so much is at stake and there is also pressure to perform, the need to get back to a 9 to 5, and training, geez, that's crazy. Plus, if he has a job and gym schedule I'd bet he doesn't get too much saddle time so kudos for trying to squeeze out it's usefulness.

It's (to me) quite obvious that he's seriously trying to make the most of this opportunity, and I know that anybody here wishes that whoever is in his place does the same. Being serious and concentrating and makin the most of leisure time is essential to success. Rooting for you man!
  • 7 0
 Yeah, i even heard about a guy named Sam Hill, who is also kind of a silent persona but no one is complaining. What's up with that?

PS. Adam might actually just be Finnish. We totally understand that behavior. Excitement does not always show from the outside. Smile

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 I didnt realize Adam price came out and rode my home trails at Somo in Phx. Thats pretty cool
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flag speedshifter (Jul 26, 2019 at 3:28) (Below Threshold)
 @hirvi:
And still Hill is smiling more and reacting better, even you see him not caring too much, but he deserved that with his performance. Same goes to Kimi, being honest, and caring only about race (or alcohol) makes him special.
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 @speedshifter: Yes, usually you deserve all this with performance. Not facial expressions or acting skills btw. But the whole point of the series is to see if it works the other way around...

Good job @adamprice , ignore the s**t talkers and keep grinding!
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 @hirvi: Hill's has the results to do his talkings.
  • 42 0
 Wow, rough crowd in the comments today.
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 the idea is awesome, I want to go it through with him, but outcome emotionally is pure, especially knowing there will be no "happy end"
  • 38 1
 It's very easy to say how unappreciative Adam may appear on the screen, especially for everyone here without support and free kit. But it is on a screen after you've had a camera pointed at you most of the day. Unfortunately all of this video isn't from first take footage, where Adam had no idea what is happening beforehand. I'm sure that it is all quite 'scripted', therefore it is essentially acting. I'm exactly the same in front of a camera - My natural emotions disappear, and so are a lot of people I imagine. Give the guy a break. He works a 9-5, is on a big training program, his filming schedule and commitments for this series alone is huge, add to this everything else going on in daily life. Oh yeah and he rides his bike too. Things would be a lot different if he went into being a full-time athlete, but no he still works 8 hours 5 days a week, before everything involved in creating this series for us all to watch. Keep it up Adam, I've definitely enjoyed watching you work hard and progress!
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 You make a good point, hopefully I can deliver a rousing best man speech this weekend without my natural emotions disappearing.
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 @filwhip: That's different, as a speech can be very emotional, even when rehearsed. I know it certainly was for me with my best man's speech.

When a camera is pointed at your face it is very different, unless you are a born actor - That is the point I was trying to make, with it all appearing quite 'scripted'. "We're going to film you receiving your new bike"... The excitement is already gone and you have to act it out.

Good luck with the speech dude!
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 Goes for an all expenses paid shopping trip through the Fox store, then heads to Pivot to pick a up a top spec bike from the factory & still he looks like the cat ate his goldfish. I get that he’s probably put a load of pressure on himself with this but dude, c’mon, some sort of enthusiasm for it would be nice.
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 That is the best trip ever. All expenses paid, free bike, free swag. Lol. You'd think he would be more enthused but perhaps that is just his personality.
  • 25 3
 Haha didn’t sound too stoked when he saw his bike. I’d be losing my mind!
  • 3 0
 I was more stoked when I demo'd the same bike. lol. The bike is rad.
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 When is "new privateer day" ?
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 Yeah same here, Adam had his chance, bring someone else!!
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flag youknowitsus (Jul 25, 2019 at 8:12) (Below Threshold)
 hahahaha agreed. total squid.
  • 7 2
 Let's see Nina Hoffman put together a strong year next year as she transitions from privateer to full factory racer
  • 9 0
 @youknowitsus: you’re a tool on every post aren’t you.
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 @nateisgrate: Nah people just can't handle the actual truth. If you have any opinion other than the agreed upon norm then you're "a tool." It's like the thing now in America and bikes both. Funny thing is that self-awareness is so low that no one knows how stupid they're being.
  • 23 1
 At least get him some performance enhancing drugs and a real trainer so he can shine
  • 22 0
 can't wait for corner clinic with bryn
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 Same! No one can corner like that man.
  • 21 1
 I think Adam is very excited but he is Very British. Raised to hide emotions. Stiff upper lip the call it.
  • 12 1
 I take it you haven’t met many British bike riders then
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 Totally disagree, some of the most free and animated folks I have met are Brits. I too am a bit introverted so I sympathize with him, but man I was hoping he would express some genuine sentiment, hard to watch.
  • 8 0
 I think some people expect a pimp my ride reaction
  • 1 0
 Yeah and we all know the queen.
  • 6 0
 "hanging on in quiet desperation is the english way". i'll be headed to the dark side this afternoon...
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 @rocky-mtn-gman:

Say hi to Syd Barrett for me!
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 @thenotoriousmic: But wait - I thought she was German? I know, anything but a Catholic ROFL
  • 1 2
 IDK about this whole "Very British" thing, is that supposed to mean something? Boris Johnson sure seems like a pretty stoked individual. Wink
  • 4 1
 @chacou: Boris is like Trump - NOT representative of all citizens.
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 I parked next to him at a local race, told him I really liked his series. He smiled, said thanks and that was it. Nice guy, not fake or full of himself. The guy is a rider not an entertainer, nothing wrong with that at all, I'm fact I prefer him as he is. Genuine.
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 Wow that was uncomfortable to watch. No stoke from Adam the entire time. #awkward
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 Adams burned out.

Lets see if you can take a 40’s something ex bmxer with an addiction to sending hailing from the flattest place on earth and make him a pro. Message me.
  • 2 0
 Check your inbox dude.
  • 8 0
 Is there any way how to see his progress without watching all the videos? Could you include some "ranking" in the article so we could see if he is getting any better? What was the reason to swap Firebird for Mach 5.5?
  • 1 0
 yeah who cares about Adams demeanor, this is what I was wondering. That would have been an interesting segment, would have got Adam engaged and promoted the brand.
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 Honnestly, why are you talking about his level of stoke... all I remember is CORNER CLINIC WITH BRYN ATKINSON IN THE NEXT EPISODE!!!
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 Goodness gracious. Everyone here filling him a new for not acting super duper party trooper excited for getting all the free stuff. I get it, he doesn’t seem to excited... but coming from someone who is awkward and weird when a camera is pointed at me, that’s exactly how I’d act. I’m sure he showed much gratitude to the personnel that now drive his career. Keep it up Adam! Hoping for nothing but the best.
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 Is the bike red or orange? Asking for a friend.
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 yes
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 Pivot's CEO rips!
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 Fit looking dudes working in the Pivot factory.
  • 4 0
 If you got to ride bikes on the regular in AZ I'm sure you'd be fit as well.
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 @drpheta: the guy getting the free bike, has trainers, and racing everywhere doesn't look "fit", so I'd say it's more than just being able to ride a bike in AZ regularly...though it can certainly help Smile
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 @GlassGuy: good point.
  • 5 0
 I wonder what happened to his firebird. Maybe he needed bottle cages. Adam doesn't seem stoked.
  • 6 2
 I love this series, it gets me stoked every time a new video comes out. Keep crushing it Adam!
  • 2 0
 That Natty alt line at 11:20 whoop whoop.

I take it this was shot a while back? It's so freaking hot out right now I can't imagine doing anything on SoMo while the sun is up.
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 I just rode out there yesterday afternoon, as I do every Wednesday afternoon. It's not that bad and you have the trails to yourself!
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 @hazmattdregely: maaaan I almost went out last night. It was pretty nice after all the rain. Alas, I got stuck in traffic on the way home and couldn't stand the thought of more driving. I do not understand how y'all do it when it is still 108 out though.
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 Yeah, he should totally start speaking with a french accent and change his name to Yoann, also if he starts wearing jeans would be a huge upgrade. On a serious note, while him being somehow introverted makes it kinda relatable to the not-pro audience, the entertainment fact needs to be addressed, there are way to many cringy moments when Adam's around.
  • 2 1
 Wow, Adam is questioning hiw he got there and if he wants to be there or not. Failure is hard to deal with and it seems to be on his mind. Actually I really only wanted to know if Adam can ask how soon will the phoenix dh 29 will be in production? Can you find out for us Adam please.
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 Cool opportunity. Likely much harder than we can see from the outside, but I agree with above. Everyone would be way more supportive if he was more enjoyable/energetic to watch. You don't have to be the fastest or best if you can at least throw in a bit more enthusiasm! I think that was part of Yoann's point here as well and i think they are noticing it too......
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 You guys should sponsor me too! I am a garbage rider but I can definitely place in a race. Just not on the podium...
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 Plot twist : DNF
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 I'm guessing that Mach 5.5 isn't for racing? Adams a big dude I can't see him racing on 27.5
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 Thinking the same thing... probably still race on his Firebird and this will just be his trail bike?
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 It's his fun bike...
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 I appreciate he’s a Brit so slightly reserved but he come be a little bit more engaged/enthusiastic when people are giving him free stuff. Comes over as borderline ungrateful. Just saying.
  • 4 0
 Pivot CEO is a beast on a bike. Well done Pivot. Thanks for sharing.
  • 3 0
 but has nobody noticed his bike is a different colour in pov shots than it is in external shots?
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 Myles! Haha ya can't tell if it is orange or red. I think gopro's just suck
  • 1 1
 @pinkbike this is a great series, and I think Adam is the man, but you should do a male and female next year. Also, make it an open audition where PB members can send in audition tapes, and pick a male and female PB member who you feel would be the best fit for this show. That would be the best way to spread some stoke and get some riders a chance to shine. But, either way, this show is the shit, I look forward to every new episode.
  • 3 0
 As an ode to the 90s teenager me, I'd be dry humping everything in the Fox factory.
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 That was fun clip to watch, except the guy was too akward
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 Mach 5.5 seems a little bit tame?
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 That's what I was thinking... but I think maybe he keeps the Firebird he already has for racing and this is just his trail bike?
  • 3 0
 I miss shredding Geronimo and holbert trails most of all.
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 This has become such a waste
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 Adam is just so very British!! Good luck fella
  • 2 0
 it’s not your fault, Adam.
Adam. It’s not your fault.
It’s not. Your. Fault.
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 Jeez give the guy a brake...
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 I hope he is not reading these comments warriors are harsh as fuck! Awkward nervous English... fuck that had me laughing my ass off!
  • 2 1
 Adams unenthusiasm made a big bash in the comments and made us remebmer him and the brands working with him... So jokes on us fellow pinkbikers :/
  • 1 1
 That guy sucks ass, Carl pilkington on a bike, the guy never looks happy and getting all that cash and gear thrown at him and still a sour faced c*nt ???????????????????????? totally needs a slap
  • 2 0
 This is the most introspective comment thread by far.
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 All other concerns aside, I just want to see Adam do better w/ the public interface, with his training, and with the race results. Go Adam!
  • 1 0
 Trans BC Day 1- "Adam Price, please come get your bike."
Trans BC Day6- "Adam Price, please come get your bike."
  • 2 1
 No need to say analysis after FEA. The A stands for analysis.
  • 4 0
 Think they analyze the analysis. FEAA
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 ATM machine.

PS: am i the only one who doesn't think about money when you see "ATM"?
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 Goggles....I laugh at that.
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 Is privateer actually a word?
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 Second, let’s examine the term” Privateer.” A Privateer is any individual granted license by their government to attack shipping belonging to an enemy government, usually during a war. Privateers are like private contractors: They receive a Letter of Marque from their nation’s Admiralty, which grants them permission to raid enemy ships and keep a percentage of the spoils – so long as they pay a cut of that bounty back to the government. The bearer of the Letter of Marque would then go about hiring his or her own crew and ship at their own expense. A Privateer is operating legally, so long as they have the Letter of Marque. Check out my next post for the final term, Buccaneer!
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 Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Analysis
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 Not impressed, all previous series were more enjoyable!
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 CRT monitor in FOX in 2019???
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 The privateer that isn't a privateer anymore... haha
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 Hey man, Dig your YouTube channel. Good stuff.
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 @rkstar: Cool man thanks!
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 Meh
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 awks
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 Privateer? Erm......
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