Sam Hill Crash at Fort Williams

Jun 4, 2010 at 10:50
by Jordan Holmes  
Sam Hill had a little bit of a crash yesterday at Fort Williams. Check out the what the tumble did to his bike!

Photo inside...Here is a photo of Sam Hill's DH Bike at Fort William after a nasty crash. Carnage!


Walking it off. Get better Sam!
Walking it off. Get better Sam!

Photographer is unknown.


250 Comments

  • + 60
 Can i buy the front brake?? Razz
  • + 1
 Just WOW.
  • + 56
 Its called "Fort William"
  • + 13
 i want the shock, fork, and stem , and the rear brake if ur giving stuff away...
  • + 55
 proffesiaonl crashes with possible injuries and the first thing u think of is what stuff u want to grab off his bike! classy stuff :L
  • + 57
 please tell me that someone got that on video?!
  • + 14
 I wanna see a pic or vid of the actual crash
  • + 9
 he's super sam he walks away from any crash!
  • + 4
 a little crash ??? but i rekon u could fix that just use a bitta duck tape
  • + 109
 it's actually called duct tape.
  • + 39
 LOL @ Duck Tape!
  • + 8
 Can Everyone please keep your eye out for a set of used DT 2350 FR wheels in the buy sell section. You maybe able to pick up a good deal...
  • - 2
 Check other MTB forums too you may be able to find some on them like MTBE etc.
  • + 29
 no its duck tape u r tartds look at the inside of the roll and on the packet it says duck tape not duct tape....
  • - 3
 this guy just cant stop crashing
  • + 1
 is there a video of this crash?
  • + 7
 COME ON SAMUEL! get it togetherrr
  • + 4
 How does he ride DOWNHILL with such a HIGH LIFTED SEAT POST ??? Blank Stare
  • + 22
 It's DUCT tape. It's for taping DUCTS. Maybe one brand is called Duck tape...
  • + 1
 anybody know where on the track he crashed?
  • + 2
 They're actually DT Swiss EX 1750's
  • + 3
 its fort william no matter how good you are you can still end up off the bike point proven even sam found this course challenging
  • + 2
 no shit, he might need the fr2350 though
  • + 1
 @spoiler, ive been wondering the same thing but with the amount of rear travel that they have and their height may have something to do with it
  • + 3
 Who ever is saying tis duct tape is a fail, duck tape came first, and is a brand, duct tape is also a tape, plus what tape got to do with riding,
  • + 0
 does anybody know if the frame is ok? cause that shits only a proto, he cant just get another over night
  • + 1
 @ audeo03 It is NOT for taping ducts. Real "Duct Tape" for duct work is a metal foil tape with an adhesive backing. "Duck", "Duct", "racer", "gun", or "tank" tape are all random names and a total misconception when it comes to duct work. The glue on it will dry out after about a year and leave air gaps in the ducting. You can even read the wiki on it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duct_tape . 3M™ Aluminum Foil Tape 425 is the REAL duct tape.
  • + 10
 Bahh, who cares?! Let's just say it's called Duct Tape.
Now lets talk about biking.
Why is the tire have a dent in it? Wouldn't it just fold back into shape?
  • + 0
 hill will almost certainly stop wearing a neck brace now. thats what neck braces do they put the pressure on your shoulder instead of your neck. If he wasn't wearing one he wouldn't have had such a bad injury on his shoulder
  • + 4
 ....id rather a shoulder injury than a neck one tbh....
  • + 1
 lol i would pick a neck injury over a shoulder injury any day Rolleyes
  • - 3
 its duck tape. duck is the brand but its the generic name that that sort of tape is called. Its the same with hoovers, they are actually vacuum cleaners but hoover was the original/ most succeslful company
  • + 10
 for fox sakes! Shut the fuck up about duct tape. I'm tired of seeing replies about it on my notice wall
  • + 0
 lol lol Same here lol lol
  • + 2
 the-freerider is going to get an e-kick in the penis
  • + 0
 www.google.co.nz/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=duck+tape

GOOGLE SAYS ITS DUCT TAPE YOU RETARDED BRITS, DOG DAMNIT. GET YOUR ENGLISH RIGHT.
  • + 0
 Duck- or duct tape, who cares, becouse you can still understand what is at stake. By the way, I really would like to see pic or vid of that crash...
  • + 2
 lol, funny because duct tape was invented in the US, by J&J.

So Brits... next time you try and correct us on an American company and product, you may wanna think twice Smile

To correct everyone... The actual tape has always been called Duct tape. That is the actual name.

The name "duck tape" in which the Brits are using, is actually a nickname for the tape. The nickname came about when the tape was used on ammo cases to keep water out. Since the tape was waterproof people called it duck tape. So in reality... the Brits are just calling it something that the Americans did during the war. They don't know any better in this case because they got that nickname from us to begin with. Real name is duct tape. It's nothing to debate on. Care to argue more... just look it up yourself. www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/ducttape.htm

Well... now that is cleared up... I'm wondering what damage the frame took on. It's really hard to tell by the picture. Hope Sammy is ok.
  • + 2
 THANK YOU !!!
  • + 6
 lol I was reading comments to get some more information about Sam's crash... Now all I know is that I can't spell correctly "duct tape"...
  • + 2
 haha yeah still no vid i know of
  • + 2
 HAHAHAHAHA bbakus. Isn't it great! Smile God bless pink bike!
  • - 2
 2sam hopkins: i don't know what has neck brace to do with injury of a shoulder??? neck brace is designed to transport/absorb impact energy through the chest/shoulders. you will end up with either crushed collar bones or dead. if you crash on shoulder neck bracet won't help you anyway. if you have look at most riders, they are like skinned rabbit. no muscles to hold bones together. no wonder they end-up badly whenever they crash. protection would help too. if you have look at most "immortals" they don't wear any protections. i don't crash often but when i crash it bloody hurts despite you wear protection. i don't understand people who don't wear anything. just to reply retarded comments, from sofa-riders, about crashing in advance. if you don't crash, you don't push it hard enough.
  • + 0
 Sam's strategy always was keep bike light so he uses xc components. it quite doesn't matter what you have in fort will you wreck it anyway. i bought nice DT FR2350 rear wheel, bent axle and wrecked rim at first day in fort bill :o) maybe thick stainless steel rims would do in fort will, but weight about 10kg each ;-)
  • + 0
 Roflmao @ Shred-NZ, thats epic xD
  • + 0
 lol at the person telling brits to get there english right when they invented it. haha
  • + 1
 surely those people that are calling it duck tape realise the correct name is duct tape. last time I looked this tape is much more suited to fixing ducts than taping together a duck?!?!
  • + 0
 duck is the original brand Duct Tape is the type of tape!
  • + 2
 For fucks sake! shut the fuck up about fucking duck tape you fucking bell ends. No body gives a fucking shit wat its called. Probably because a fucking bike website you stupid fucks. FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Well said Sam mate! Lets all just STFU about Duck/Duct Tape.
  • + 3
 no one fucking cares about fuck tape, end that convo cz it's not healthy for dash board!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • - 4
flag afro-99 (Jun 8, 2010 at 12:17) (Below Threshold)
 i found a vid of him crashing, i was going to post a link but you guys keep fucking around with tape
  • + 1
 i actually find this Duct/Duck tape argument very interesting as it shows us how pedantic about such a small thing mankind can be. And i also agree with moongose who commented quite high up on the page.
  • + 1
 rock shox bart... tell me about it... pinkbike never seizes to amaze me.....
  • + 0
 I think its funny that people are still arguing about duct tape even after I posted a link with the history.

For the brits that still say it is invented in Britain, think again. Johnson & Johnson is an AMERICAN company.
  • + 1
 arrrggg stop saying that this is just the brits being stupid, we all know its called duct tape and invented by americans in ww2 but just a couple of idiots r arguing!, there r some americans/canadians arguing its called duck tape aswell!
  • + 1
 rffr you cant really call us stupid have you seen the education in america yea its SHIT! thaats why your streets are filled with wanna be gangstars thinkin there something which they aint there just a bunch of half way crooks! so before calling british stupid think next time about are education and welfare, NOBHEAD!
  • + 1
 No mike I think your forgeting that in America there are real gangstas and there education is as good as ours ... It's just tv programs of some smack heads and movies that give you the impression that there all dumb . Some are but I'm board of this now
  • + 4
 i know a scottish guy who went to Arizona and they were very impressed that he spoke 'american just like them' :Lol
  • + 0
 you guys will be surprised that there are smart people in even the farthest reaches of the world. but there will always be the idiots who make the whole continent look bad. some kid i know just moved to the UK and said everyone behaves almost the exact same way that people do here.
so, mr.hill needed new rims, spokes (of course), rotors, and lowers. his frame was fine but he needed a little more than duck/duckt to fix it lol
  • + 1
 Hahaha maniac. Our UC and ivy league schools match your guys any day.

Second... whats up with the wanna be gangsters comment>? You really need to stop watching cnn. It's funny because I've been to the UK multiple times to see my family and in London, Manchester, Derbyshire, there are plenty of dirty ass people there also. I definitely have to admit... british gangbangers... Smile they should make a reality show on it.
  • + 0
 what's new now? when will Sam come back to destruct the chrono??
  • + 50
 Nothing a tire patch kit can't fix.
  • + 6
 i lol`ed my self to sleep!
  • + 0
 haha you've made my day Smile
  • + 3
 Actually Duct tape is for everything except ducts, you would use foil tape on ducts
  • + 1
 and yes your right ,but the 2 guys up stairs are both right theres duct tape and theres duck tape and now for the crash wow the guy is a dam machine
  • + 2
 i am lqtm. (laughing quietly to myself)
  • + 1
 Just give me the whold fucking bike
  • + 21
 Does this article meet PB's frontpage quality? I don't think so.
Atleast there should be some information about or links to how he crashed. Not just few pictures.
Just my .02 cents.
  • + 7
 Sam Hill crashed, here's a cell phone shot of his bike and some photo of his ass, plus 2 sentences that tell us nothing. LOLNEWS Tomorrow we will be back to our regularly scheduled totally-unbiased-always-glowingly-positive reviews.
  • + 4
 word up.
  • + 13
 after reading all the comments and take that as a fact what Brendan said, then in my opinion i think he will not race at finals. Damaging your shoulder makes it so f*cking hard that even sam can't battle with that. I am one of the thousands who admire him and wishes the best recovery, but still this crash seems to be really devastator. Not to mention, that he didn't wear body armor (he never does), which could save him from the biggest pain. Oh, what can i say, all the comment can be wrong, coz i actually dont know a shit about that crash... BUT SAM, JUST DONT HURT YOURSELF ANYMORE i want to see you racing, i don't care, in which place you finish i just admire your style!!!! Keep up the good work and GOOD LUCK Dude, we are all with you sam...
  • + 16
 another fine copy and paste by pinkbike from dirt.
  • + 8
 yea i noticed tht too
  • + 6
 happening regularly these days... and they never give credit where credit is due.
  • + 9
 thank god he gets this stuff for free. if it happened to me i wouldnt even be able to come close to afford that bike
  • + 9
 Thank god that didnt happen to my demo. but that monster energy sticker looks sweet.
  • - 1
 yay..sponsor fail
  • + 7
 negitive props...?

I guess I wish that would happen to my demo! And I guess that monster energy sticker looks stupid... Better?
  • + 2
 Haha people like you make my day Razz
  • + 3
 dont know why everyone is talking about his bike..its just the rims that are busted..unless im missing something, if so point it out, but ive seen crap riders do this to wheels..true im sure he was going fast, but the bike looks fine to me
  • + 0
 How do you know that the dropout's not broken, that the frame isn't bent, that the fork isn't messed up, etc, etc.

dirt.mpora.com/news/sam-hill-fort-william-smash.html
  • + 1
 What makes you assume that there is any additional damage? Aside from pure speculation, the only thing obviously broken are his rims. I doubt that frame is bent.
  • + 1
 it looks like his forks brigde snapped and th rear triangle is all screwed up
  • + 1
 well his frame was good but he did need new lowers
  • + 3
 I wouldn't be too harsh on the DT rims - they are softer for sure, but a soft rim is less susceptible to pinch flats and breaking, as it bends before it breaks. There has been more than one race where the DT riders at least make it to the finish line while the Mavic riders don't. Do you bend like a reed or stay solid like an oak? Two ways to skin a cat.

And I'm a Mavic fan.
  • + 1
 you sir deserve a cookie, one of the few sensible comments
  • + 1
 Old DeeMax rims were good. I got good old yellow DeeMax on front wheel since 2002. I weight 100kg and rim has bent sidewalls, but always kept main structure straight. I also got DT FR2340 rims, same as DeeMax. Unfortunatelly, new DeeMax follows american way of life. Cheap rubbish for consumers society.
  • + 3
 Sam Hill is my hero. This makes me sad as I want him to take the Cup again this year and the odds are stacking up against that happening. Still the fastest man, flat-out, on two wheels.
  • + 2
 SAM HILL IS A PRO RIDER, PROBABLY THE MOST SUCCSEFUL DH BIKER, HE GOT TREMENDOUS CRASH. HE IS GONNA RACE FOR THE WORLD CUP, DO YOU REALLY THINK HES GONNA USE THE SAME FRAME????????? HE HAVE POWERFUL SPONSORS, HE GET A NEW BIKE AND NEW EVERYTHING!!!!! THE CRASHED BIKE IS GOING TO THE GARBAGE.
  • + 1
 I believe that they will give him new everything, but i doubt they are going to just throw it all away. Much of the stuff, expecially the frame, it all prototype. They are probably going to do some analysis on his stuff he was using.
  • + 1
 hahahaha! you make me laugh!
  • + 2
 It's only the back wheel and rotor! No one ever trashed a wheel before? Without seeing a vid i can't comment on the crash, but hell it aint that bad. Poeple have snapped bikes clean in two in the past.
  • + 12
 Have a look at the front wheel too. Looks like some air time cartwheels for the bike. BOTH the front and the back are done!
  • + 2
 could be crank arms, derailleur, bars, levers, frame. theres no way to tell the actual extent of the damage... but damn that thing is thrashed
  • + 1
 now did he keep riding? ahaha kidding, damm thats pretty smacked up
  • + 2
 Actually they had to replace both rims, rotors, the hanger, the lowers on the fork, and idk what else but that's a lot more than one rim and one rotor
  • + 1
 Found this Video here... at the end you can see the mechanik speak about the crash i think, but i didn't understand everything cus i' german
offline.hu/mountain-bike/2010/06/fort-william-downhill-es-4x-vilag-kupa-masodik-nap
  • + 0
 the mechanic needs a good shoeing if he chose those rims.. not really designed for Fort William, fairly obvious.
  • + 1
 some racers said they wished they were on DT rims as they were just getting dings rather than holding up and pinching the tube, if you seen the number of flats this weekend it was unbelievable.
  • + 5
 Just a tinnnyyyyyy crash.
  • + 3
 yeah, that will buff out
  • + 5
 least he didn't have his skinsuit on this time :o
  • + 1
 sam hill is a legend already. anyone who disagrees can rectally penetrate their peg legged mother to death. Also anyone who continues to argue about tape can procreate their own face.
  • + 4
 you can do it too with kandoo
  • + 3
 "If you cant duck it, f*ck it"

or

"If you can't duct it, fuct it?"

Case solved..
  • + 3
 "My old man's a TV repair man....he's got a gnarly set of tools....I can fix it"
  • + 4
 dude that is mental, he must have been pinned!
  • + 1
 hes sam hill. what do you expect?
  • + 3
 Hmmm don't see many Australians commenting ????? hahahaha
  • + 4
 we are too busy praying...
  • + 1
 Its the Saturday every one is riding and I had to work.
  • + 1
 wots the big thing about duct tape neway folks ha ha i doubt spesh would let u av owt from that bike!! its the new demo frame..luking good tho
  • + 1
 if its the same bit tht a mate of mine crashed at i understand it claimed his AP1 snapped clean off at one of the new sections hope sam gets better
  • + 2
 @ yetiboyjay: LIKE ME!!! I DID THAT! HEHE TWAS A SHIT BIKE ANY WAYS! and yea we dont like to see our boy crash Frown
  • + 3
 ^ ahh an aussie at last. ^
  • + 2
 AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!
  • + 3
 OI OI OI!
  • + 1
 wooh you aussies is from da future init mate! :L haha! id also like to ask the english people on this site... when the fosters ad sais get some austrailian in ya, do you to think, "no, i would not like some criminal inside me" :L no offence aussies cuz at the end of the day i think we all wish we lived there. oh and another thing... sam hill's eye brows must be the fastest in all of austailia. :L
  • + 1
 ...dont you just hate it when people say no offence thought actually its the most offencive you can get? btw leave sam hills eyebrows alone! and another thing the foster add? never heard of it?
  • + 3
 you could pull that out with a spoke key. no problem.
  • + 1
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3BfHZzV36o&feature=player_embedded
its not the same crash but another bad crash for sam hill
  • + 1
 wow, that wad an impressive crash, he managed to hold his line until he biffed
  • + 1
 Sam Hill is an American English slang phrase, a euphemism or minced oath for "the devil" or "hell" personified (as in, "What in the Sam Hill is that?").
  • + 4
 As in "What in the Sam Hill did Sam Hill do to that bike?".
  • + 3
 Sam Hill! GIVE ME YOUR REAR BRAKE PLEASE!!!Big Grin
  • + 3
 must of been brutal hope theres a video out there of it
  • + 3
 shit. thats one hell of a crash
  • + 1
 this man is incredible...at fort william wich is the hardest track in the world he crash at a high speed...and now....IS WORLD CHAMPION!!! True Legend!!!
  • + 3
 what kind of boxxer is that? top secret black box shtuff?
  • + 2
 It's just a standard Boxxer with DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coating on the stantions.

Hope he's feeling better soon, the only reason my mum agreed to go is to watch him haha.
  • - 3
 DLC Coating looks shit , they just look like 888s now
  • + 10
 No... they look like Boxxers with black stantions.
  • - 1
 well whatever they look like they still look rubbish
  • + 2
 The DLC coating is to reduce friction. If it works better, who really cares if it doesn't "look" good. This is not a fashion show, it's professional racing.
  • + 1
 I hope he's alright, in this case the state of the rider is more important than the state of the bike...however,lets wait for good news Beer
  • + 3
 the front wheel looks like an egg
  • + 5
 Damn, from top secret prototype to Halfords special in one run!
  • + 1
 haha, it does. the rear wheel is scrambled eggs though :/
  • + 7
 Steezysix i work in halfords and even them wheels in there current state are worth more than any of the bikes
  • + 2
 well atleast you can admit halfords sucks ass
  • + 2
 yeah man wouldnt go near the place if they didnt pay me
  • + 2
 someone get him a plaster quick!
  • + 2
 is there a video of the crash?
  • + 2
 lol at least things might be a bit easier for Steve now Smile
  • + 1
 omfg, that's a massive crash here!!! fuck yeah! Let's go, Sam! You gonna burn e'm all Sunday!
  • + 0
 no its the new boxxer fork rock shox is working on, they haven't released it to the public yet, Sam and Brendan and Troy are just testing it out along with their new frames
  • + 1
 it was today, not yesterday. unless it's just gone midnight where the author is from
  • + 1
 i found anothe rpicture of the bike ...
www.pinkbike.com/photo/5151314
  • + 3
 I WANT A VID OF IT!!!!
  • + 1
 I would like to see video... I thought Dt 2350 are veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrry strong !!!!
  • + 3
 hes such a hero.
  • + 1
 Photographer of first picture is me - unknown. Hill was pretty shaken up!!!
  • + 2
 Didn't like the colour on it anyway......
  • + 2
 holy f**k man wtf happend did you hit a land mine? jk wow!
  • + 2
 I hope he is alright. I would like to see him racing on sunday.
  • + 1
 deemax's all the way...for a pretty obvious reason, hope he gets better and wins his next race.
  • + 2
 rear rim looks like ass Big Grin
  • + 3
 Like the kind of ass you get! Wink
  • + 1
 thats quickwittedness for ya :L
  • + 2
 I mean shape of rim, not type/model...
  • + 2
 wow, i hope that rocks ok
  • + 1
 omg that totally sucks hopefully your alright
  • + 1
 How about anti-frog lens?
  • + 1
 Holy crap. He frakin crushed it
  • + 2
 what the hell hapened
  • + 1
 Specialized have screwed his shit up!
  • + 1
 how? its the dt swiss rims that look like they took the brute of it
  • + 1
 I want the back wheel lol
  • + 1
 He goes so hard out. Nice SamSmile
  • + 1
 I know he has a great mechanic, but i doubt he can true those wheels again
  • + 1
 YES! Sams down now come on peaty!!!!!!!!!! lol
  • + 1
 sick..!!! get well soon sam.. godspeed....!!!!
  • + 1
 Id be pissed if that was my bike
  • + 1
 This is a result of a crash whith a super ligth bike !
  • + 1
 the result of a crash with any bike at that speed
  • + 1
 thats savage , must have crashed pretty damn hard
  • + 1
 true that, did you see the blood on the inside of his jersey in the last pic? i thought it was dirt at first but it's def blood.
  • - 1
 wow that would really suck. i hope theirs a vid of it somewhere. if their is im sure it will be posted soon enough. get better sam you got some more races to do:P
  • + 1
 yeh is he still racing the race though
  • + 1
 Why was his seat that high?
  • + 2
 If that was my bike! D:
  • + 1
 i would be pissed if that were my bike
  • + 2
 Get better soon Sam!
  • + 1
 is that the new engineering of the demo?haha. get better sam!
  • + 1
 wonder if his godly mustache like eyebrows are okay
  • + 1
 will he ride same dt?...I wouldn´t
  • + 1
 Damn sry it's also on Pinkbike -.- Sorry 4 that
  • + 1
 well i can have the bike... there is np with that : P
  • + 1
 me fala como voce conseguiu faser isso ....
  • + 2
 YESSS !!!
  • + 1
 hot damn!! never seen taco's that twisted
  • + 1
 kool bike kool -.- would be my response if that happened to me
  • + 0
 there are some other horrendous crashes in pinkbike, with pics, they are just less prominent...
  • + 1
 does it exist a video of this crash?
  • + 1
 sucks
  • + 2
 healing vibes for SAM!
  • + 1
 duck goose
  • + 1
 chill out dude
  • + 1
 hahaha
  • + 1
 why no emoticons w/helmet?
  • + 1
 what the video guys?
  • + 1
 is there any video?
  • + 1
 wow.. what a mess lol
  • + 0
 anyone else notice the boxxers have cracked !
  • + 1
 is there a video?
  • + 0
 I know what rims im not gonna buy!
  • - 1
 WOOAAHHHHH :O :O MAJOR FAIL ..
Just shows that even world-class athletes have crashes that big!!!
  • + 4
 it just shows that even the most expensive stuff is not fail-safe....
  • + 1
 get better sam!
  • + 0
 ainda bem q nao foi com minha bike
  • + 1
 Crap!
  • + 1
 shitty!
  • + 0
 Poor Sam.. He can beat Peaty! Frown
  • - 1
 some 1 pass him a decent bike quick, i heard he was begging for his sunday back lol
  • + 0
 I heard he is going to ride the Steve Peat Syndicate Bike for a while until his bike get fixed. LOL!

www.pinkbike.com/photo/5149930
  • + 1
 haha i fell off my chair when i heard that.just kidding.
  • + 1
 bloody hell!!!
  • + 0
 want a vid
  • + 0
 LOL! Any footage of it?
  • + 0
 SaW Hill
  • + 0
 sick,he broke that bike!
  • - 3
 it his new demo he crashed at marimbor on his new bike and now this he cant use it i dont think
  • - 2
 the new demo is a really shit
  • - 2
 Go big or go home. Sam's going big.
  • + 7
 and going home
  • - 2
 maybe its this new forks fault for the crash. u never know
  • - 2
 only the shit dtswiss rims are messed up lol
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