Home of the Monster T - Inside the Eastern European Vintage Freeride Scene

Dec 31, 2020 at 5:14
by Yegor  
Astaldo, Dan The Beast, Wittman, and Nikita (2012)

P R O L O G U E

We have come a long way. Not in terms of just bikes; in terms of the Anthropocene itself. The chance of life appearing on a planet is rather slim; the chance of life thriving and sustaining itself is slimmer. What we see around us is a fraction of a world that has been changing long before we were here, and it will continue to change long after we are gone. The human lifespan is too short to be able to see it all, and there is no time machine: imagine how much of what happened was never recorded or documented. What is lost is probably forever gone.

I mean, even by looking at bikes we see how much they evolved over the last century; how much was left in the past or re-invented; or just forgotten, proved to be useless in the long run. Bikes, after all, are just reflections of who we are, like everything else. We learned to go faster, send it bigger, land it smoother. Bikes, being the tools, evolved with us. Let this article remind you how much the bikes have actually changed, and how much the world around us has changed. With this mountain-biking history article I would like to welcome you to 2021.


Velobike 2011
The Marzocchi Monster T's on a bike show in Kiev (2011)


My personal story really took off after [the now legendary and closed] stolen bike thread. After 4 years and around 600 replies... my Karpiel Apocalypse returned. Russian and Ukrainian forums have a tradition of creating personal stories threads; after 600 replies I could not leave the mates hanging... so I did write my story that contained dozens of pictures of cool bikes, descriptions, thoughts... as the time went by, I would revisit it, again and again. At some point I decided to rewrite everything from scratch.

It was when I realized: there is a much bigger story that needs to be told. What you probably don't know is that Ukraine and Russia, at some point, developed a sophisticated biking community with its biking portals (as old as Pinkbike) that had its own Freeride Brotherhood, where Bender-style would dwell. A religious old-school biking cult. As we grew older we realized that all things, even cults, eventually come to an end; and all this time we were staring at the slowly setting sun... and the sun has set.


Marzocchi Monster T mafia
Nothing unusual here: your ordinary racing line up in Moscow (2011)


A few words about me: name is Yegor, also known as Nemesis_999. I come from Kiev, I am an environmentalist, a freerider, I love bikes, and I have been using a Super Monster for nearly a decade; I have no intention for swapping it for anything else in the foreseeable future (though it doesn't mean I cannot appreciate modern bikes and modern parts, I actually do. I make a conscious choice!); as a [remnant] follower of the Russian and Ukrainian Urban Freeride Cult I came here to tell you a story.

A story about Prophets, Prophecies, and the Sacred: the Karpiels, Banshee Screams, Duncon's, the beautiful Italian Super Monsters, Seismic Industries Hubs, the sexy Doubletracks and the double Doublewides... yeah, isn't it strange to talk about these things, considering 2021? I know, yes, I know: yet the more I look around, the more I see people going totally crazy about that bikes. We, the [now silent] Streetetz Clan, are shrugging shoulders and smiling. We knew. We knew long time ago.


Those were the days... Specialized Demo 9 Balfa BB7 Specialized Big Hit... all with Monster T2 s all on 24 s most on Seismic Hubs 2011
Ariel on Demo 9, me on Balfa BB7, Aloe on Big Hit III; all with Monster T2's tuned to 230mm (9 inches) travel (2012)


I invested countless hours interviewing people, finding pictures, asking people to send me pictures. I read more than a thousand pages of all sorts of threads to select the posts, comments, and translate them as accurately as was possible (and so that they actually mean something, taken out of the context); all to insure that you get the content you deserve. Consider me a messenger: what you make of the message is only up to you, but don't take it too seriously. Because we didn't, and that was the whole point.

The aim is to give you, to the extent possible, an unbiased overview of the unique culture we developed [and lost] over the decades. Not your cup of tea? Totally fine, I get it. There are two types of people: people that feel something when they see bikes like these, and people that don't. There is no right or wrong. Perhaps it is stupid to use 24 inch wheels in 2021, but you know what? The true believers will. Regardless, feel free to ask me anything in the comments, I will try my best to respond. Happy trails!


The Monster T gang still in 2020
The believers, the true Streetetz remnants: Aloe, Ludwig and their beloved Monster T's (2020)

P R E R E Q U I S I T E S

bigquotesIn this thread we gonna be posting the pinnacles of bike art. We gonna post our bikes that make make people stop and stare, with their mouths open; that make drivers stop their cars in shock!... bikes that make girls approach you and ask for a date! If your tires are narrower than 2.8 - MOVE ALONG. Don't try to be cool... you are born cool. For the holy Kievan Rus'! For Streetetz! P.S. We have a face control, expulsion possible, with Streetsefer's blessing. LET'S GO!komarroff, 2008

Congratulations to making it to 2021. No one ever said that things will change in 2021, theoretically it can get worse... but time does fly. Life is that very brief moment between the endless past and infinite future. Recognizing the maturity of Pinkbike audience, I've come to talk about the extraordinary, bizarre times; about weird human inventions; about the Urban Freeride Brotherhood, about the products of wild imagination... about the art in its purest form! Because what is art, if not contemplation? And what is contemplation if not creation, driven by the natural curiosity, by the pursuit of perfection? Isn't that what makes us, in essence, humans? Our ideas? Our strive to create, and to destroy? The Big Bang?
Vladislav-DH and his Turner DHR (2010)

bigquotesA new student? Ask your questions... when the bike is done, show it. Should we find it to our liking, you will receive an invitation to the Mecca...BICH, 2008

Took a girl for a spin Devinci Big Bang with Marzocchi Shivers.
Devinci's Big Bang, one of many ideas that forever changed the course of history (2019)

bigquotesOh... just read the entire thread and realized I know nothing. I always thought that "Streetetz" just means "Park/Street"... I never thought you guys are actually that serious. Would you care to tell me more? Enlighten me, please?MobyGo, 2008

PsiX, on his Balfa BB7 and Marzocchi Shiver, during Rivne Freeride Contest (2009)
Things that seemed ordinary suddenly became history. Things we saw everyday and took for granted either vanished or became something else, something beyond recognition; but there is nothing we can do to stop the train, and we are yet to challenge the laws of thermodynamics. Our friends that we biked with for decades moved on with their lives and ride no more. Some we still occasionally see, some we will never see again, but they dwell in our memories.

Some who don't ride still have their bikes dwelling in the dark, well-hidden from the sunlight; some bikes are long forgotten and are rotting away. We, humans, are gifted at forgetting; it is our safety switch. This "safety switch" may sometimes protect us from trauma and from mental struggles, but it too works against us; today we will talk about the forgotten. We will discuss bikes, people, and religion. Irvin Yalom once noted: "What terrifies most about death is not the loss of the future but the loss of the past. In fact, the act of forgetting is a form of death always present within life". Because even when the race is over, the clock doesn't stop. The clock never stops: and no matter how fast we all are, even if one gets to see the podium, one is never fast enough to actually win the ultimate race.

bigquotesStreetetz is a religion. It is when one builds a bike using a very specific set of components. It doesn't mean that you're going to actually use it...mrStep, 2014

Lucky Luchano s iconic Banshee Scream with Marzocchi Super Monster 2009
Lucky Luchano's Banshee Scream with Marzocchi Super Monster from Kiev (2009)

bigquotesStreetetz - is who you are, with YOUR bike. You have to build your own. I think that today Streetetz unites everything that is considered to be oldschool... containing all the soul of that kind of mountain-biking; with heavy rides, with little or no technique... Streetetz is like living through MTB, perceiving it to be not just some sport... treating it more like freedom. Streetetz is living through oldschool... IMHOeJay, 2011

Sir Chesterfield would say: "Those that don't know the past do not understand the present". So let's look at the sun: today I will talk about the bizarre phenomenon of Streetetz Era. Street-what, you ask, scratching your head? That's right: Streetetz, stressing the last "E". What in the world, you're thinking? Well, inspired by the Freeride Era of the early 2000s, StreetEz was like a religious urban freeride cult in Ukraine and Russia.

A cult, because Streetetz was like a midnight club with clearly defined rules and dogmas; with a limited entry. A religion, because like any other religion, Streetetz had its own Gods, Dogmas, Axioms, and Сommandments. For a decade, from around 2006 to around 2015, we (Ukrainians and Russians) experienced what in a historic perspective may very well be considered a Renaissance. Empires rise, empires fall; sometimes societies and cultures quietly disappear off the map: just like bikes. Just like people. Consider this to be the elegy: Streetetz is now dead, and before you, this article is one of the Streetetz remnants. Doesn't make sense yet? No worries, you will understand soon. Allow me to enlighten you.
Alex Koschei on Banshee Scream (2006)

bigquotesStreetetz? Streetetz is a philosophy, when you ride for fun and fun only, not for the purpose of competition; when you are not trying to be better than everyone else, when you are not trying to beat others at their own game. Those that know will understand, those that can't - well, hopefully they'll grow up one day.dJJOSH!Bender, 2008

bigquotesDon't ask us what Streetetz is, okay?! Ask yourself! Streetetz is what's in you, you gonna have it your own way! You don't have 3.0's, no dual crowns? Who. Cares. That's not the point: the point is your soul.HaveFunInTheSun

Snegurka on her Banshee Scream and Marzocchi Super Monster T
The Streetetz Goddess Snegurka (2009)
Some of you are old enough to remember when Marzocchi Monster T forks came out, some of you were in Las Vegas in 2002, saw the Super Monster prototype with your own eyes. These have forever changed the course of mountain-biking. As time went by we came to the conclusion that 10, 11, 12 inches of travel aren't necessary... no matter how big you are sending it, if you possess enough skill you can land almost anything using just 8 inches [or less] of travel. Mountain-biking industry reflects the change in philosophy: the bulkiest, the heaviest, the biggest was substituted with lighter, smaller, versatile. History took its natural course: the bikes of today, which are in many ways superior, don't weigh a ton; are supposedly more technologically advanced and supposedly more user-friendly. Right? Right, guys?...

bigquotes...say all you want about the original Marzocchi's, but these forks survived 15+ years of abuse; they will probably survive another 10. If that's not impressive, I honestly don't know what is.NEMESIS_999, 2020

DramaLLama, Mexanic89, Vany and Bogdan, Dan Beast, Tolik (2015)

bigquotesWhy they stopped producing Monster T's, you ask?! Because they just. Don't. Die. They are costly to produce, expensive to machine... would they just produce Monster T's they'd just go bankrupt at some point... but everyone would ride a Monster T, what a treat for my eyes that'd be! Big Grin The Beast, 2008

Ukraine is famous for its War, the beautiful women, the kindest people, hardcore raves and food. Even in 2020, the vast majority of Russians and Ukrainians are still barely making their ends meet; try getting a new bike when your average wage is 400 USD (in 2020). Usually, like with cars, most of us get them used, most of us get second-hand. So If you're buying, you better get something reliable. Needless to say... the original Italian Marzocchi forks are still used today, and despite all the years of beating, the anodizing is still not fading (unless it was damaged, or someone decided to use the stupid Enduro seals). To say the least, they survived the ultimate cras htest simulator: things don't leave Ukraine alive.
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Mishanya, Urban Freeride (2015)

bigquotesSTREETETZ IS NOT A RIDING STYLE, IT IS A STATE OF MINDJerik-San, 2009

Taras Abramyuk, attempting the Drop of Love for the third time in Kiev (2010)

bigquotesWhat is Streetetz for me?... Way of life... my passion... or the role that I play everyday, playing it to myself. Whether I like it or not, I feel that it is a part of me that I cannot avoid, can't get away from. It is who I am: the philosophy. The form of the view of the world, a certain distortion of my inner rebel; the protesting worldview. The exit that I found, what it became for me, which IS Streetetz... it never expected to discover what I found, yet I call it right place, right time. I call it LIFE!!! Yeah, life goes on, life changes and so do circumstances... but Streetetz is everywhere. It is in one's soul. It is what's inside.kosto, 2011

Elgaz, no foot in Saint-Petersburg (2004)
It makes perfect sense why Ukraine and Russia accumulated quite the concentration of Monster T's and Super Monster T's; and why we started a whole Cult that worshipped them. But it wasn't intentional. I don't know why, but back in the early 2000s we usually got high-grade trials parts only. This, I personally believe, provoked a very interesting turn of events: Ukrainian extreme forum X-Bikers, for example, was founded by a trialist PaWell in 2003; people would buy trials parts and use them for other purposes, like street or freeride. Those that watched movies like Kranked, Down and Double Down, New World Disorder... would get inspiration from the new trends in riding cultures, but until approximately mid-2000s they would take off on their own. Nonetheless, inspiring enough for our pioneers to start riding on whatever they had. They would shred on the equivalent of fishy Walmart-quality bikes (we would call these auchan-bikes) or on modified trials. This would later become turn into a certain type of a trend: dual-crown forks on hardtails. The term "urban freeride" never really acclimatized in our part of the world, so people would just call it Street. Except it clearly wasn't Street: it happened on the streets, and it was a Street: with a twist.

bigquotesStreetetz is a philosophy. You have to be ready to embrace it. It's not a downshift, like many say: it's quite the opposite.VeHDeTTa, 2008

Yojik, the true Streetseved that did a backflip on a DC Cock with Monster T's. Streetsefer approves! (2011)

S T R E E T E T Z _ E R A

bigquotesWhat is the point of your Streetetz?! It's not a riding style, it's some peacockery. What is the point of building a bike that weighs 30 kilograms and is used as a beer-drinking chair?! You can't even bunny-hop that thing, not even talking about transfers or anything else... force = mass * velocity. FOR ****S SAKE! Why u put Monster T on a hardtail??? There are better forks out there, lighter bikes are the future, isn't it obvious?! My dad works in plane industry, I have seen it all.leo123, 2011

Unintentionally, those that rode Street but couldn't (was it too technical and difficult for them?...) started off on street/dirt jump hardtails with bigger forks. The stars aligned: the word Streetetz origins from the word "street", and the suffix "etz". This suffix in Russian, as well as Ukrainian, means a certain type of affiliation to something, or being adjacent to the pivoted word. According to the archives, the functional shift appeared in around 2004-2005; at the very beginning, Streetetz just meant a hardtail with a dual-crown: the real OG Streetsers would say they're riding Street! But, the evolution was quick: people would build cheap hardtails and cheap dual crowns and do what they could do best: drop it to flat. It would be around this time when the threads started to appear on the forums. Dozens asked: what is this Streetetz?
LVN, the Stritsefer from Kharkiv (2007)

bigquotesIf you really think that a dual crown fork and hardtail is all you need for it to be Streetetz, I am here to disappoint you.BICH, 2008

LVN's (also known as Streetsefer) true DC Cock from Kharkiv (2007)

bigquotesThis?! With these components?! This is not Streetetz, move along. NEXT!!The Beast, 2013

LVN, the Stritsefer from Kharkiv (2007)
A few years ago I stumbled accross "The Big City Polyphony", a weird collection of writings/presentations about language and globalization. It contains what appears to be the only research analysis of the phenomenon. One of the products of localizing/globalizing the Western mountain-biking culture, particularly the Freeride, was the sub-culture of "Streetetz": a culture that, as researchers claimed, had its own ideology, terminology, and dogmas. The researchers analyzed Russian and Ukrainian forums, examining pictures, videos, posts. They came to the conclusion that Streetetz is the Eastern variation of urban freeride movement, originating in the early 2000s, back when only a handful of us could practice mountain-biking professionally.

bigquotesGuys, don't discuss such things. Fear The Streetsefer's (from the author: The Mighty God of Streetetz) punishment...krasnyi, 2007

The Beast's OLOLO Streetetz from Kiev (2007)

bigquotesStreetetz is force. Streetetz is power. It's stairgaps, it's drops to flats. It's 3.0 Monster Super Monster it's Evil Imperial. It's Loveseat and Motobars))) but you already know what Street is, right?PsiH_SKA, 2009

Street, with a Russian "Etz"; the suffix that carries the burden of "ethno-specific connotation of strength, proportions". People would not know how to do dirt-jumping/street-riding, and would not have the money to afford full-suspension. Classic was born: a hardtail with bigger forks, with thick tires. The fundamental principle of choosing the Streetetz components was simple: the bigger, the better. Allow me to introduce you to the Streetetz Bible: the Holy Scripts from mid 2000s [translated just for you] that contain an accurate description of what to do, and what to avoid. The Sacred Streetsefer's Bible... pages torn, some symbols cannot be read, but here is what was translated so far:
Chipikk's DC Cock (2014)

Так вот меня волнует какой вопрос если человек купил газики 3.0 или Дабл Вайды на него надо кричать всей толпой что он стритцер,даже доходит до таких выражений как "ты в душе стрицер" (с) Санёк,есть общее мнение что Газики 3.0,ДНМ Волкано,Дабл Вайды,ДС Кок это стритцевые комплетующие ... отчасти да истиные стрицеры покупают их НО если человек покупает их для катания а не для показухи он тоже считается стритцером ??!!

bigquotesSo here is a question that really bothers me, if someone bought Gazzik's (from the author: Nokian Gazzaloddi's), 3.0's, DoubleWides, why does everyone, like a whole crowd, starts shouting that he is a Streetser? Or say he has a Streetser's soul?! (c) Alex, there is a broad consensus that the Streetetz components, like Wides, like DNM Volcano, DC Cock... are indeed used by the true Streetsers, however! If someone buys to actually ride, not just to show-off, does this also mean he is a Streetser?!Flat_Am, 2006

Colowrat's Moscow-style DC Cock (2011)

"...Thy frame will be a meaty Duncon, thy Cock; Monster T's shalth be put... (torn)
• (unreadable symbols)... The Holy Crossbar on your Renth'als use you should...
• ...The Renth'als... (unreadable symbols, but apparently means: "wider than 750mm")...
• Thy stop willth a the wrath and force of 4th pistons; or 6th... 8 (unreadable)
• Brother, a rotor of lesser than 200mm is rotor no more... (torn)...
• The Fury, the Wrath of Force to be... (torn) ...in sorte, diaboli... (implies Diabolus?)
• Wird die Hammerschmidt... (old high German? Unreadable)... Zum Himmel, zu...
• Sun... A track. A doubletrack... (crossed out by someone)...A width. A doublewidth...
• ... (unreadable symbols, but a number 24 repeats numerous times, over and over);
• ...Gazzaloddi! Gazzaloddi! Gazzaloddi
... (missing pages)... Gazzaloddi! Gazzaloddi!
• (written by hand: A prayer? This could be)...
• Big Boy... (torn)... filled with Love, on Loveseat shall you still sit, mezmerized..."
(end of quote)

The Sacred Streetetz Bible would teach the art of hardtail; but not just any kind; Streetetz-art kind of a hardtail. That was built to last; that would be used to send big stair gaps; to embrace the darkness of the mind-blowing wheelies... The Streetsefer, the Master of the ancient teachings wrote a lot, if only we had the missing pages... we can only guess what the teachings were. The enemies of the Cult burned the pages, destroyed the teachings. There was also another book. A book that contained something different, once called The Book of Light... even the bravest of the Streetetz Clan would avoid reading it, as it humbled many.
Granddaddy B.I.C.H., practicing the art of Alcoride on .243 with Monster T's(2007)

"...Brothers, recognizing the crawling darkness is already at our feet, we must act... (torn)
• ...Only those that compensate refuse from using The Trinity BoXXer... (torn)
• Praise the Boxxer. Embrace the Trinity. Be what you were, who you always were...
• Brothers, do not resort to 24 inches! Resist the look of 24 inch Seismic...
• ... (crossed out) The light... light... light is the... (torn pages)... Remember.
• ...Remember,... (crossed)...you are possessed, you... (crossed) ...still heal...
• Do not resort to Streetetz... (crossed) ...The Darkness... Less...
• ...Versus Weapon X. Seismic. Armageddon. Apocalypse...
• (written by hand: forbidden, or what? It says the name, but WHAT?!)
• ...The cowardly, the believing! The vile! Immoral!...
• You are not wicked. You... (censored) ... possessed by... (missing page)
• suffer no more, when you submit no more. Touch the light, see the sun..."
(end of quote)

HaveFunInTheSun's DC Cock with a Bombshell Marylin (2009)

bigquotesWhy has Streetetz thread gone quiet?... Because Streetetz is dead.GraduS, 2015

HaveFunInTheSun's DC Cock (2009)
The Light would fight the Darkness, it would do everything to convince to use lighter components, the "new"... many of those that once opened The Book of Light did not return. Well, some did: but they were not the same. They would talk about the new bike parts they got; some would talk about it is impossible to ride a heavy bike... some would not talk at all. In 2015 the Holy War stopped; the threads went silent. Masses surrendered to Light; they would then question their identity, or would simply deny. They would talk about mysterious "progress", about how bad that "last year's model was"... they embraced the light; but by embracing The Light, they seemed to have lost their own...

bigquotesYou all are salty because you guys all ride Streetetz. Look, I really didn't want to say it, but now I have to: you guys are useless. Streetetz is bullshit, I never understood the point. Those that ride downhill and freeride - those are the REAL men.Zayats, 2008

Avesome Cocker
Max's DC Cocker from Moscow (2010)

bigquotesDegenerateslucha, 2014

As years went by, more and more people could not resist the Light. However! From 2009 till 2012 the War at some point seemed even: the Light fought, but The Brotherhood resisted, defending the surreal stoppies after clearing the stairgaps. The followers of the Cult would come to find their own Streetetz, attempting to reconstruct the teachings, to discover the Streetetz within themselves; to unleash their inner Beasts. The Cult grew, faith was pure; The Prophet was praised, as would the Shivers and the Monster T's. The Light seemed tempting, but Streetseveds would question the Light. Fearlessly resisting, The Streetsefer's followers would participate in discussions lasting dozens; sometimes hundreds of thread pages. They would constantly be infiltrated by those that gave up and embraced the Light, yet teachings continued. Continued, nonetheless.
DC Cocker MZ Monster 2003 Doubletrack Shimano Saint Sram X-9
Kerk Pirr's DC Cocker (2013)

bigquotesLike Lektor said once... Streetetz is nothing but a show off...X-MAN, 2009

One of Yojik's DC Cock from Moscow (2010)

bigquotesStreetetz - when a huck bike is used for the same purpose as the chopper bikes, for beer-drinking... usually an absolutely stupid, ignorant build... can't be used for anything, using the components that just don't click... like using a Monster T on a street/part frame...FPDen, 2007

Yojik and his DC Cock (2013)
At times The Followers Of Light would become so bitter and fierce that the Streetseveds (those that practice Streetetz and possess Stritetz wisdon) wound wonder whether the Light became the Darkness itself. To aid the Streetseveds the forum moderators would one by one join the Streetetz Clan; some would personally moderate the holy "Streetezzzz" thread, advising and teaching newcomers. Moderators like Komarroff would insure that the recruits do not forget the Holy Loveseat; they would insure that the Holy Guidelines remain respected and that no single-crown fork infiltrates the thread. The Midnight Club would collectively approve one's Streetetz. The Prophecy was true: The Renaissance awaited.

bigquotesYou could as well take a cross-country bike that weighs around a half less and ride the same trails, do the same "tricks". Streetetz, Streetetz... a few years ago someone re-uploaded JIB, and what? Every second BMX-er can do that today, so what exactly are you compensating for?el boogie, 2014

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The Streetcifer on his Norco Shore and Super Monsters (2012)

N E W _ E R A _ S T R E E T E T Z

bigquotesPRAISE THE SUPERMONSTER.WhiteShadow, 2014

New challenges demanded a use of new weapons, and the Streetseveds would reinforce their position by bringing in the heavy artillery: full-suspensions. As the old texts and teachings were deciphered it became clear that The Streetsefer himself would approve the use of a wider range of weapons of mass destruction. Secondly, as by then Ukraine and Russia managed to obtain new secrets of all sorts, and they were already available. The Philosophy evolved, and full-suspensions firmly secured their place in Streetetz Brotherhood; they opened up an entirely new dimension. Some Streetseveds claimed that they had a vision: the Prophecy was that the shock should, under all circumstances, be a shock with a remote reservoir. The OG Streetetz maintained its fair share of action, but the new developments were contributing to the evolution of Streetetz: The New-Era Streetetz. The New-Era Streetetz combined the Urban Freeride and Freeride dimensions; it invited its followers to stop differentiating between the streets and the nature, and to push the limits.
Astaldo, dropping on his Specialized Big Hit with Marzocchi Monster T2's (2010)

bigquotesI know it is not Friday yet, but nonetheless... as one of the most devoted Followers of the Streetetz, I felt an obligation to comment on the following fact: here in the store I saw a T-shirt that said: "Latent Streetsefer". Excuse my ignorance perhaps, maybe I am missing the point; but the Streetsefer can only be one, because Streetsefer is God; and therefore the delegation of the authority may not be carried out; we may thus conclude that there cannot, and will not, be another one.kosto, 2011

Norco Shore
Streetcifer's Norco Shore, with a Super Monster, Doublewides, Gazzaloddi's... a true Streetetz from Moscow, the real one (2010)

bigquotes...therefore I would make perfect sense to substitute the word "Streetsefer" with the word Streetseved: or, meaning the individuum that follows the Streetetz and worships Streetsefer.kosto, 2011

The good old days of Super Monsters and hucking to flat 2013
Dan Beast's singlespeed Big Hit III and Norco A-Line (2013)
According to the Dirt dictionary, the term New-School Streetetz was characterized mainly by "bigger budgets and better components, like Atomlab rims, expensive forks like Shivers and Super Monster T's" (2005). I personally disagree, because the Monster T in our part of the world, over the years, became something like a Streetetz synonym. Yeah, the cheap dual-crows were used, but briefly; the 15-year-old definition doesn't reflect the changes. If we look at the timeline, the Monster T's or equivalent is an absolute must since the dawn of Streetetz. Where I personally would draw the line is, as you probably understood already, was when Streetetz embraced the full-suspension bikes, to unleash the true power of the Super Monster T; all while the true Streetseveds gained riding experience and grew stronger.

bigquotesHowever! This does not resolve the problem I myself see. The word "latent" means not physically visible, concealed; this conflicts with the initial purpose and the initial message. Latent is supressed, while the behaviour which appears to be organizational and aimed at fulfilling the social needs isn't...kosto, 2011

BaHbKa s Ellsworth Dare with Marzocchi Monster T2 doublewides Azonic Loveseat MRP s Hope Big Uns... 2010
BaHbKa's Ellsworth Dare with Marzocchi Monster 2's, Doublewides, Hope BigUns(2010)

bigquotesI personally think that these "Streetsers" are just those that look at their bikes or use them to ride around the city... all the others, whatever builds they have and whatever else they do, if they actually ride... they just don't belong to that category. BUT! Don't tell me that you never prayed to and never worshipped the Streetsefer himself, okay?Lion Simba, 2007

The New-Era Streetetz, a period of time from 2009 till around 2013, in my humble opinion, was the most extraordinary thing that happened to mountain-biking community in the Eastern part of Europe. It united the ideas of the old world and the new world, where they obtained a new meaning through the prism of time. To walk the eight-fold path, the most talented would be willing to do anything to achieve perfection. As the movement gained knowledge and wisdom, the new canons developed; it was mutually agreed that some dogmas may be consciously challenged, to insure that not just the looks were present; that the functionality and the practicality play a critical role. That was when the brightest of the minds would collectively gather, brainstorm, and by trial and error find the ultimate path to the Darkside of the Moon... to the Nirvana, to the ultimate Streetetz.
Streetcifer, doing what is meant to be done on his Norco Shore (2012)

bigquotesStreetetz is a philosophy. You have to be ready to embrace it. It's not a downshift, like many say: it's quite the opposite.VeHDeTTa, 2008

Dan Beast s Specialized Big Hit with Super Monster T s
Dan Beast's Specialized Big Hit with a Super Monster 2 (with a tuning that mimics the SSV technology), and Sunrims 24 MODO's (2014)

bigquotesSTREETETZ IS NOT A RIDING STYLE, IT IS A STATE OF MINDJerik-San, 2009

It was during the New-Streetetz Era the Believers were especially frequently challenged by those that were possessed by The Light. The Lighters would be willing to do everything it takes to convince the Streetseveds to give up and to surrender; the forum discussions boiled like a witch cauldron... it almost seemed as if the Darkness wasn't as dark as the Light itself. Through it all, the Streetezzzz Club remained open for business, welcoming those that wanted to become enlightened and to convert to the Darkness... the holy grail components were scarce, yet abundant; the Monsters were rare, yet it wasn't unusual to see a half a dozen of them on a Friday night urban session. Haters would always infiltrate the threads, and would always troll the Brotherhood: saying that bikes are useless, that their owners are useless; that a bike that weighs more than 16 kilograms is a bike no more...
Atomeg, 7 meter drop on Santa Cruz V-10 (mkI) on Super Monster T's (201Cool

bigquotesState of mind? Ideology? LOL, good luck, boys2+2=7, 2009

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Yojik, sending the biggest stairgap in Moscow (2011)

bigquotesYour Streetetz reminds me of collecting the post stamps, but never actually using them at the post office... you only look at them, because that's your way of getting hornyololosh00, 2013

LVN, dropping on his DC Cock (2011)
...and to some extent, of course, the Lighters spoke the truth: RedBull Rampage proves that one, should one have enough skill, does not need anything more than a slopestyle bike. But the true Followers would not listen: they would practice the sacred ritual of hucking to flat; through broken arms, legs, and spines; through pain and suffering; the suffering that, according to Buddhists, is imminent. Through all the challenges and traumas, the true Streetetz warriors would come back again and again, and still shred; still on the Monster T's and Super Monster T's, still on 24's; still on their Loveseats, against the clock. Many Loveseats and Doublewides were sacrificed, but no expense was spared in the name the Holy War. The true Streetsefers always knew that, no matter how hard one tries, The true Streetsefers had no illusions: they knew the Light will ultimately prevail; but this realization did not imply they had to surrender. Knowing that the War was lost long before it begun, the Followers knew they have no choice other than to stare at the sun.

bigquotesYeah, I too have an "utterly useless" bike... "throw away that Monster T! Gosh, put on some 26's, man!"... I give zero ****s! I love the plush suspension, I love 24 Doublewides, love my 230mm Monster, I don't care it weighs like I do and it doesn't pedal... I do Downhill and Freeride and I fly UNREAL for most of you on here distances... and yet it has the name: Streetetz. I arrived here myself, I was just assembling my bike and riding what I love to ride, really...The Beast, 2009

Dan "The Beast" on Demo 9 With Monster T2, Ruchiha drop (2010)

bigquotesTo understand Streetetz, IMHO, just ride with Yejik, with the Beast, LVN, or any other shredding Streetseveds (remark: those that follow and teach the Streetsefer's teachings). Once you do, you'll stop pulling that face seeing Gazzaloddi's and Monster T's on a hardtail!Makaronman, 2009

...And ride. Makaronman was certainly right. There were Streetseveds that re-defined Streetetz. At some point Streetetz was no longer "wanna-be-street"; it became a class of its own; with the ideology of its own; with people that re-defined mountain-biking in the East. What was called Freeride in early 2000s became a Religion, a way of life for those that were ready to embrace it. Ironically, the Streetetz religion, despite the heavy promotion of the Dark side, of Satanic Seismic Hubs, and of Armageddons and Apocalypses... attracted the brightest and the kindest souls that were always ready to help.
Snegurka on her Banshee Scream and Marzocchi Super Monster T
Snegurka, dropping on her Banshee Scream (2011)

bigquotesFor me Streetetz - is everything that is not Freeride, everything that is not Downhill, Dirt, nor Street... meaning it is huge stair gaps, drops on stairs... I own a true Streetetz bike, yet I shred, I send drops, big drops, airs, gaps, dirts...
I just like using a heavy bike, I love controlling something heavy. The moral of the story? Streetetz can only be your own, in your own way.
Yojik, 2009

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Taras Abramyuk, landing the Drop of Love (2009)

bigquotesI think that Ukraine and Russia are only places where bender style is still alive ;D. Love that, so keep droppin' ;DshivnDH

Simak's 24Seven Dark Angel DH2 with Risse Champ 9's (2011)
But the tensions would continue; they were practically non-stop. Streetseveds would continuosly have to argue with the Deniers, the Deniers would, again and again, talk about how useless these bikes are; that they are impossible to ride; that they are an attempt "to compensate", in a nothing but an attention-seeking move, in a hungry attempt of self-validation. Some Streetseveds would lose it. Others would just watch. Others would patiently, again and again, try to explain what seemed obvious: that there actually was no point. That if there ever was the point then it is what you, personally, make of it. That all of this is done for fun. That we all are here to enjoy ourselves, not lose our time, and have fun.

bigquotesYou will probably never understand. Because here, no one cares; everyone rides for fun and pleasure... you know, BANZ said the truth: all the people that represent the ideology are very positive, very kind and honest. You will always see the right Streetsefer from a mile away: even without his bike he is super-positive, always well-mannered, his smile is an honest one... and his perception of the world is usually spot-onLVN, 2006

The road gap on one of our trails. Finally got some photos of me riding a bike.
Me, sending the roadgap at the end of 36-hour, continuous (non-stop) riding session (2013)

bigquotesGuys, if there was anything we wanted to prove to you, we've proven it already. If that is not enough and you still don't get it, come back in a year or two.Nemesis_999, 2020

But nothing would ever be enough, and the War continued. Meanwhile the philosophy evolved; and it was now driven by the Followers. The mutual agreement was reached that the 24 inch wheel size especially made sense when one would join the Dark Side and use the Super Monster T; given the size of the fork, the Believer would want the rest of the bike to be as low to the ground as possible. There is no point in having 295mm travel, but it makes even less sense when the headtube angle is slacker than 64 degrees; one will ultimately damage the already vulnerable Super Monster T's stanchions (remember Pirat?).

One will also get an utterly useless bike if one's bottom bracket finds itself somewhere around one's knees. The Believer needs a bike, not a catapult. Should one desire a Super Monster T then one shall choose a frame cautiously, critically, and very seriously. As you probably know, there aren't that many frames to choose from. Trial and error lead to the verdict that the best frame of all time for the big forks is, without a doubt, Norco A-Line (you will only want 2005! Or, you will want Team-DH 2004!). These frames will also take a 10.5x3.5 shock without any serious modifications, giving you 11" of travel while not raising the bottom bracket at all! If you don't mind the stupid leverage ratio, a Banshee Scream will do... meh, okay. Or you can get an old Santa Cruz V-10 (mkI); or, you can do as the real men do and use the Big Hit III. If you are lucky to have an Armageddon, use the Armageddon. Or an Apocalypse. But remember: never raise your bottom bracket, for the love of Streetsefer.
Just some photos from downhill trails
Me, on my Norco A-Line, with the Super Monster 2's (2012)

bigquotesYeah, I agree... the Super Monster is too much for the Scream, I quickly found that out.streetcifer, 2012

Streetcifer on Podkova drops, on his Banshee Scream (2013)

bigquotesNemesis_999, I hold nothing against posts, threads... but I definitely hold everything against the bicycle trash you guys are riding on and worshipping... What if you'll convince someone this trash is worth it? That's why I say: ride, and buy. Buy new. If you were to use your bikes the right way, the way they were intended to be used, they'd die in like 2-3 years.AxMeDoff, 2020

The Beast during Rovno Freeride Contest, With Marzocchi Monster T2 (2010)
The recent discoveries led to realization that even if something's good, one can always make it better. As the Followers once discovered that Marzocchi Monster T2 could be converted into a 230mm travel T2 (+40mm), some, being exceptional engineers and mechanics, were devoted to upgrading the ideas of the old world. The Semёn-UA managed to re-create a double front rotor brake design on a Marzocchi 888. Dan "The Beast" did things that would normally be considered impossible: that's how a second pair of RC2X Shivers (with a weight of 2.7 kilograms!) were built in Ukraine (the first were built by WhiteShadow); at least two Super Monsters (mine and Dan's) were converted into Super Monster 2's, to unleash the full potential of the SSV technology on 12 inches of travel.

The Avalanche MTN-10 fork that made its way to Ukraine was converted from coil to air, dropping a half of its original weight... and actually using the 2 leftover inches, making them MTN-12's. Dan also mastered the service of Romic shocks, or the "impossible to service" shocks, but he didn't stop there: he made an air spring for Manitou Revox. The rear Seismic Industries Hubs were converted to size 150x12; then to 160x15; cheap Shimano internals were replaced with internals from DT Swiss... because using only a front Seismic Industries Hub is just ignorant; las the Streetsefer-equivalent Joshua Bender once said, “You gotta go big”. And being a Cult that worshipped the Golden Era Freeride, quite a few of us kinda did. You go out there and attempt what you believe you can land. You either make the perfect bike that the Streetsefer will approve, or you die trying.

bigquotesSo. What. Maybe let's all live in the past, how about that? Is that all you've got? Can't bother to argue with you. Feel free to live in the past, do the useless things you do, collecting your trash, WHOOPS! - sorry, slipped, OLDSCHOOL. Drink your booze, whatever it is, give birth to freaks like you, whatever...DroвенЯка, 2010

My joy my beauty my love.
The perfect, like the finest wine, Norco A-Line that served me for a few seasons; with Grimeca System 17's (the only 6-piston brake that actually works), Seismic Industries Flange 4's... custom Super Monster 225 IS Adapter manufactured by a mechanic Twain32... forgive me, O'Lord-o'mighty, for selling the Loveseat (2013)

P O S T _ S T R E E T E T Z _ E R A

bigquotesOh God! How much I missed! I am no longer part of the club! The mightly Lord Streetsefer, please forgive your daughter; I have sinned. During the last 3 years I rode my bike just a handful of times... I am on my knees, oh mighty Lord, and I ask you for your blessing, to let me join the club again... I resisted the temptation of selling my Banshee Scream, I would fight again and again for my Super Monster T. I am coming back. See you all next week.Snegurka, 2011

Datiko, dropping in (2010)
All things, as they should, have a beginning, a meaning, and the end. The Streetetz Era ended as unexpectedly as it initially started: but to be completely fair many things ended 7 years ago. It is hard to pinpoint when the madness in the once united mountain-biking community began; it is as hard to pinpoint when it ended. I personally would say that the year 2014 was devastating, socially and culturally; and the death of Streetetz movement was [in comparison to the consequences of the Russo-Ukrainian War] a small externality of growing disparities, of the increasing social tensions and struggles... but the vibe on the forums perished utterly. In 2014, the War changed everything: many stopped riding; many were forced to leave behind their homes and relocate. The ethnical battles on the forums reflected how ripped and torn the once united community now was. The threads would go quiet. Someone would occasionally sell something, someone would occasionally post a picture or two, ask a question... but the discussions would not last, the new Followers would stop coming while the old would stop coming. They would promise to comeback, again and again; but they didn't. We felt that the end of era was coming, but we didn't realize how quickly the end was coming.

bigquotesHm... so despite the fact that the heaviest thing I lifted in the last 2 years was the Parker pen, I am trying to make a comeback and re-join you guys. I am looking for a company, let's go out and ride. Any granddaddies still riding?!kosto, 2014

Kosto and his Karpiel Armageddon (2012)

bigquotesRight now I am so, so happy that I never sold my Karpiel... and all that other stuff I had lying around, as you can see I assembled another cross-country (from author: shows another Streetetz machine) bycicle... the parts waited for 7 years, for your information. Yeah, you guys are right... we grow up. We move on with our lives, we become successful elsewhere, forgetting about our old hobbies... but allow me to speak philosophically: it is damn good to remind yourself of the good ol' days.kosto, 2014

I mean, that was expected. The sudden War that separated entire communities, not just biking communities, was one thing; people getting older, finding new hobbies, getting new jobs, moving elsewhere and finally moving on was another. It was almost as if one could physically observe the participation declining. Some administrators just abandonded the community and, like many others did, left the bycicle behind. Retrospectively speaking, the forums never recovered; people stopped coming, and biking community became fragmented. It seemed as if the Light finally won, after years of battles.
Canfield fatty fat Cortina dh 10 Rm Switch SE
Datiko's stash: Canfield Fatty Fat, Cortina DH-10, RockyMountain Switch SE (2013)

bigquotesGuys, someone just stole my Apocalypse. I left the bike outside the apartment door for literally 15 minutes (in a huge apartment building with concierge and cameras, on one of the top floors), washed my face... Gone. The guy wore the same jacket as I did, had the same height. People thought that was me, WTF?Nemesis_999, 2013

Chilling after the ride. My Karpiel Apocalypse with Marzocchi Super Monster T next to my friend s Specialized Big Hit with Marzocchi Monster T.
The stolen (in 2013, on 30.12) Karpiel Apocalypse: the Streetetz Nirvana (2013)

bigquotesYou'll find it... whoever stole it doesn't have the slightest idea how ****ed he is. Miracles happen when its Christmas, just act. And believe. Doing that in Kyiv? Suicide.Yuretz81, 2013

In 2013, on December 30th my Karpiel Apocalypse, the one I had a pleasure to ride for a total of one month since I finished it, was gone. An awakening experience: I had everything, and suddenly I had nothing. I borrowed money to buy the Apocalypse; I sold pretty much all the other parts I had... I was biting my nails. In 2013 the forum was still relatively active, and the thread grew exponentially. I met with people I never knew existed. Many people drew a parallel between my stolen Apocalypse and Kosto's stolen [few years earlier] DaBomb Projectile. I talked to people that wanted to assist... and I was humbled. The support that I received from the community was phenomenal. It looked as if everyone's watching (on 31th December 2020, the thread had 105,688 views) and everyone was shocked.
Miv Master's and Hohol's Streetetz (2011)

bigquotesHOLY. SHIT. These guys clearly have no idea what's coming. You'll find it. 100% you'll find it. I wish you luck.Mr.Downhill, 2013

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Datiko's beautiful, charming Ellsworth Dare (2011)

bigquotesBrooo, we never met but I was so stoked when you've posted your bike on here! I will mourn the bike, that was the PEAK of the Urban Freeride PEAKS. Keep me posted!Mr.Downhill, 2013

VIPBNG's stash (2009)
I had so many plans for that bike... but it turned out I only had a week or two. So yeah, I felt like an idiot. I would update the thread regularly; We would have small "anniversaries" of the bike that was gone... I was on a mission to try to get back into riding, but I felt as if I've lost a part of myself. All sorts of fantastic people, like Eric from Eastside, would try to help me out and try to re-construct it piece by piece; and I would still ride, don't get me wrong: I would borrow new Demo's, I would try out new bikes when I could... I wouldn't mind riding any other bike, really; but in an interesting turn of events I was left with my own bitter aftertaste of my loss. It took me a few good years to try to become a Buddhist about it. Back then, after realizing that the bike is gone forever, that was the only thing I could actually do: I had to let go and to surrender.

bigquotesGuys! Enjoy the season, happy trails! Ride your bikes while you can; but remember that things are just things, and that people matter more!Nemesis_999, 2017

The Karpiel Armageddon of BANZ(2009)

bigquotesHappy New Year, right? Anniversary, right? Are you celebrating, perhaps? He had a bike of his dreams, it got stolen, I remind you.Ashe4ka, 2015

Apart from upping the stolen thread I, like many by then, stopped posting, stop engaging in internet battles... it seemed like there was nothing left to discuss. After 3 years have passed I gave up the hope and decided, like many did, to move on with my life. But I had a feeling that I am moving on in the right way: I would still concern myself with finding another Apocalypse, but I knew that it was pretty much impossible. The Streetsefer himself would probably say: "you're not choosing the frame, the frame chooses you". Nonetheless, in the attempts of keeping Stritetz going new bikes would still be posted, and some of them were damn sexy. Nonetheless, the threads would grew thinner and thinner; what was meant to happen long ago finally was happening: the end of Streetetz.
My current and my last build. Brooklyn Machine Works The Rubber Duckie no.2 with Avalanche MTN-10. Would have never thought I would own a Brooklyn one day. Sorry about the image quality I tried. So keeping the traditions Seismic Hubs Grimeca System 17 and the Halo SAS rims I ve had for the past 6 years. I am change-resistant.
The Brooklyn Machine Works Rubber Duckie no.2 with Avalanche MTN-10. The ultimate Streetetz. The OM of Streetetz (2015)

bigquotesNo news? Weird. Weird that the bike is nowhere to be seen...MivMaster, 2016

My final built of Astrix Havoc. Shimano Airlines Avalanche MTN 8 Stratos El Jefe Seismics Hubs and all... Since we were having quite a lot of snow Holy Rollers were the best possible option. That s the last photo of my complete bike I am now a lucky owner of Brooklyn Machine Works and Avalanche MTN 10 so Astrix will be taken apart and re-created when I m done with the Brooklyn. Sorry about the photo quality.
Astrix Havoc with Avalanche MTN-8 (2012)
It was as if the stolen Apocalypse marked the beginning of the end, coincidentially. The phenomenon was over: there were very few people who were crazy enough to keep riding a Karpiel, a frame that comes from the dinosaur era of mountain-biking, in later 2010s (it's actually not very heavy at all, even with the second shock!). The prices started increasing quickly, as the Vintage Downhill pages grew in popularity. Funny, right? At first we were buying the stuff that not many people in the West needed, now we observe the opposite tendencies: what we know for sure is that the number of the vintage bikes does not increase, and will most likely only keep decreasing as more and more people want to buy; and keep. Not ride; just keep, for the purpose of keeping.

bigquotesThe Apocalypse - is not just any bike. You discover what it truly means when you actually try getting one. It's not about the money, knowing that a bike like this can cost like a car; it's the soul.Tsypa_Broiler, 2016

My new bike - Karpiel Armageddon with SM
Burya's acid Karpiel Armageddon (2013)

bigquotesOh let the Lord Streetsefer punish those that sinned and that have stolen the Charriot of the God... FOR STREETETZ.DaBomb, 2017

In 2017 we all sort of embraced the loss of the iconic bike that symbolized the end of the Streetetz Era. We all were convinced that the bike is not coming back. There would be no point in upping the thread; The Streetetz threads, too, were quiet. It was as if the life moved on and continued in private messengers, not on forums; people now used alternative platforms to discuss bike-related stuff. People that posted daily and were once the community ambassadors left elsewhere. They moved on with their lives: some are busy lawyers, some are office clerks during the day and the street racers at night; some, being professional mechanics, found a new purpose.

Many, like it often happens in MTB, discovered motocross, a fresh breath of adrenaline air for those that could no longer satisfy the thirst. Some lost their loved ones in the war. Some could not overcome the drug abuse. Things are just things, remember? A bike is just a bike: even a very special bike is just a bike. Year after year I would remind myself and those around me about that; until one day, 4 years later, I received a call. Someone asked me to pick it up. He sent me pictures: and there it was, in 3 separate boxes.
LVN's Karpiel Armageddon, symbolically yellow (2020)

bigquotesHey guys. FOUND ITNemesis_999, 2017

Where magic happens
Me, Yaytseslav, Aloe, and the Beast, having some tea

T H E _ L E G A C Y _ E P I L O G U E


Once, during the afternoon tea sometime in 2018, we started discussing the Streetetz phenomenon. We agreed, as strange as it may sound, that was has happened in the Eastern Europe was indeed a quite bizarre occurence. Being a globalization externality, Streetetz turned into a thing of its own. Originating from movies like JIB, Down, Double-Down, and New World Disorders, it was inspired by the culture to us inaccessible, yet so appealing; so close, yet so far away. You inspired, we borrowed; and created something new. Isn't that what the globalization is about? About the exchange of energy?

Perhaps, you were riding Streetetz and were part of the Phenomenon, not knowing that whatever it is you're doing has a name somewhere on the planet. You might think it is weird; and you will be damn right, all of this is weird, and I invested more time thinking about it than what would probably be considered to be a healthy amount, not going to lie. I guess partially because, as I kept reading the forums and the old threads, I realized: Streetetz was some good trolling. The Streetetz Bible, The Streetsefer, The holy Gazzaloddi... whatever it was, it was pure, and it was self-ironic. It was honest.




Lucky Luchano's Banshee Scream; with an actual banshee, and an actual scream (2009)


Streetetz movement was Carlos Castaneda`s conscious stupidity. The true Streetetz can only be your own. Streetetz is not a riding style; it is the way of life. You discover your own Streetetz through living; you explore things. You try new. You are what you make of yourself, and your imagination is your only limit. As it was already said, it's not about the dual-crowns; it's not about the 3.0's, and it's not about the hardtails: it is about who you are and who you are becoming. Life is competing; but competing for the purpose of fun, the way it was meant to be, to contemplate.

It never had to make any sense, paradoxically. In a world so complicated and so [despite all the technologies we have; despite the internet] disconnected it is easy to forget what really matters. We often spend our lives running, not knowing where we're actually running; or even where we came from. Especially in times like these, when it might seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, we have to allow ourselves to breathe out; to remind ourselves of what's truly important; but... sometimes the only thing we can do is surrender to the unknown.


Versus Weapon X with Marzocchi Shiver and Avalanche DHS
Yaytseslav's majestic, royal Versus Weapon X and Marzocchi Shivers (2014)


The parts are now rarer. They are getting more and more expensive. We all know that Streetetz is no more: the part that were once sold for peanuts now cost more and more; as more time goes by, more and more people start hunting for parts. A lot of people are suddenly going crazy again; and we can't blame them, we had our own obsessions. There is just one thing that saddens me: people stopped riding these bikes, actually riding. I know the bikes hide somewhere in the dark.

Looking at the younger generations shredding, going bigger than most of us ever did, I wonder: what will the mountain-biking look like in 20 years from now on? Should the 2020 be the middle point, what are we going to ride in 2040? Given how quickly things change today it's practically impossible to say, but I have a question: if you were to comeback to 2000 and would someone ask you the same questions about 2020, what would you say? Is this the 2020 you expected?


Me during Megavalanche 2017
I got my Karpiel Apocalypse back 4 years after it got stolen. Here is me putting it in use for the first time in what seemed forever If you are interested in parts Karpiel Apocalypse Seismic Hubs Halo SAS in Purple Haze Grimeca System 17 Answer Murder DH Bars Marzocchi Super Monsters Fox Vanilla DH and Risse Astro-5 shocks and SDG Big Boy.
Me, racing on the Karpiel Apocalypse for the first time in years (2017)


I wish you a Happy New Year. Thank you very much for spending your time and reading my article. I wish you luck in 2021! I hope miracles keep happening, they should.

Stay safe, stay cool, enjoy that brief moment between the endless past and endless future that is called life. I know it's hard, I myself struggle, but there is nobody else that can do that for you.


 ... Karpiel Apocalypse the first stolen and then retrieved one. Marzocchi Super Monster 2 with like SSV technology Romic Twintube and Risse Astro-5 Seismic Industries Flange 6 Halo SAS Purple Haze 24 s Maxxis High Roller Grimeca System 17 RaceFace Diabolus Fizik Atlas Answer Murder DH Bars... Eric special thanks for the OG stickers. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year guys Stay safe
My Karpiel Apocalypse, the legend that returned home (2020)

bigquotesThis might sound strange, but I would like to quote Irvin Yalom: “...the more unlived your life, the greater your death anxiety. The more you fail to experience your life fully, the more you will fear death”. You know what I think? If there ever was the right time to start living, if you're not doing that already, the time is now. There is one thing I know for sure: if I were to be a bike with a soul, I would not want to rot somewhere in the dark. I would not want to hang on someone's wall as a trophy. I would want to be free, even if that meant getting hurt.Nemesis_999, 2017



368 Comments

  • 201 3
 This absolutely brings me back what i believe was a golden age in biking. I do really miss the monster t riding. 3.0 tires. Huck to flats. Stairgaps. Streeting. The people. I never stopped riding everything though. Dh. Freeride. Street. Dirt etc. But fewer and fewer of the old guys i rode with rides anymore. Getting some of them to join on a ride is not easy. As a collector of bikes from that age i do take out some of them out for a ride. Dont care if i do it alone. The sighting of the old spots where we used to ride is nostalgia in it self. I do have 29" bike aswell. But i feel they dont work in the same sence as the older ones i have. For that type of riding. For me atleast. Loved reading about this. Brought me back to that time. 03 to 12 maybe. Good times.
  • 148 1
 Seriously! Best pinkbike article I've seen in a long time! (Personal opinion, obviously....endless reviews of the latest gear doesn't always do it for me, but this was right up my alley!) Reminded me of what hooked me about biking in the first place, almost 20 years ago now. Sent me back through my buy/sell to a nostalgic trip with my intense uzzi that took me over my first stair gaps and many, many hucks to flat. Good times!

www.pinkbike.com/buysell/114097
  • 4 0
 Crazy someone would walk away from something as awesome as bike. Any reason your buddies quit?
  • 7 0
 i still have the monster and still using today !!!!
  • 7 0
 @Foes2001: I have been using a Monster T for 14 years and still have it...with spare parts for life. Just in case of the Apocalypse, I have a brand new spare fork. 2005 model ....I knew years ago that they were popular in Russia. Interesting that they find the Gazzaloddi tires, fork and big bikes all popular. Maybe they know something we have forgotten. I like my bike setup just like them, but being half Ukrainian by birth myself, it must be in the blood.
  • 4 0
 More articles like this please! Reminds me of why I transitioned from box to MTB, huck life.
  • 9 0
 Anyone who loved the nostalgia trip of this article, but hasn't seen a documentary called "The Moment" on redbull tv DEFINITELY needs to check it out as soon as possible.

A great story, even if you DON'T love mountain bikes! But come on.....you're here, so....


www.redbull.com/ca-en/films/the-moment
  • 2 0
 I can definitely relate to this. Back in the day, we use to go out at night sometimes and rip the streets doing stair gaps and riding off walls and just generally looking for anything to jump off of. These days however, hardly anyone rides like this anymore. Even bmx, I hardly see anyone riding anymore.
  • 2 0
 @rory: Just went to have a quick look at this - bookmarked it for later - definitely looks amazing. I was totally into Stump's ski films - Blizzard of Ahhhs, etc. Didn't know he did a bike film. Thanks!
  • 1 0
 i have a 2011 v10, got a dorado for it since i couldn't get a shiver. while i'd like it to be longer like a more modern bike so it would look nicer and be more stable on the downs, i feel it's a bike like a formula from the turbo era
  • 1 0
 @blackfly: it's the "if it doesn't work, try a bigger hammer" philosophy lol
  • 1 0
 Wow. That was a little more respond than i expected. I guess i am not alone. Might be hope on bringing some of the old crew back to riding again. I think the covid issue has brought out some stuf in people. I suddenly got some response from several people. Stay safe people. Looking forward to warmer days.
  • 101 4
 In soviet russia, flats huck you
  • 50 2
 In Soviet Russia, Monster fork you.
  • 15 8
 One problem, its postsoviet Ukraine)), not Russia))
  • 35 3
 @Yuretz81: don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story...
  • 9 0
 Go fast, go big, no helmet, no problem! Awesome article PB
  • 5 0
 Except for the drop of love.... holy sketch. That's wild.
  • 73 0
 hi dude, cool topic !

in photo 2 my bike, and in the sixth photo I, it was cool times, it was 10 years ago Smile
  • 43 0
 Baby don't hurt me, don't hurt me...no more...Vladislav. Sorry I'll see myself out. Cool Turner DH bike!
  • 43 0
 That's the best article I've read on Pinkbike since those guys who survived the mega-blizzard in the Himalayas, it's just as insane too.
  • 37 1
 Наконец-то кто-то пояснил англоязычному велосообществу за Стритец)
Вполне логично, что это сделал именно Егор) Вот я бы удивился, сделай это кто-либо другой, а тут всё органично, что ли)
Обязательно прочту весь длиннопост позже)
Пробежался по диагонали... Очень необычно видеть цитаты людей с ХБ и кочки, переведенные на английский...
Всех братьев во Стритце с Наступающим)
Аве Стритцефер!
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 Agree
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 Боже мой, мне было лет шестнадцать когда я начал читать этот форум, сейчас мне уже тридцать, эндуро бро и прочая фигня, а тогда я начитался статей и наскреб денег на первый свой настоящий байк. Недавно я хотел найти его фотку и понял что смогу её найти только на этом бессмертном форуме, и я её нашёл! Снятую ещё на цветную Нокию, мой первый Giant STP. Аж прослезился )))
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 @Tmackstab: I respectfully disagree but understand your perspective.
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 And the award for these most Cyrillic characters in a Pinkbike comment section goes to...
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 @Tmackstab: LOFL ????????????
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 Йохохо!!! )
  • 37 1
 As Russian army inches over Ukraine on two fronts, this is VERY unfortunate time to illustrate the article "russian riding" and post a pic from Kyiv, Ukraine. I know, this might sound like the same thing for you, but people have died and are currently dying for this matter.
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 hey, thanks. stay safe, yourself
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 It is very disappointing that article with 80% of photos taken in Ukraine, photos with ukrainian riders contains another country in title. Don't know who is responsible for naming. Waiting when Pinkbike will post articles where they say that Whistler is in France and Morzine is in Canada.
It is a big fail of Pinkpike moderation team.
  • 29 1
 Cool, but I've stuck on "Russian vintage", cuz in article 3/4 of content about Ukrainian riders
  • 23 1
 that was not my choice of words, this was done by those that formatted the article and the changes do not reflect author's opinion. самому обидна.
  • 9 0
 @thenemesis: but how come author can't choose the title of his own article??
  • 3 0
 @wirrwarr: Pinkbike (as with any other publication) has some strong editorial rules. Once an author submits an article for review and gets approved by the editors (with some corrections if they consider is required), the author doesn't have anymore the option to touch anything on the article, no title, text or photos, nothing. Sadly sometimes editors lack the knowledge (and surprisingly don't even contact the author before the change) and modify some key details that can result on these kind of issues. I've published near 100 articles (mostly enduro race coverage) and have suffered this situation myself.
  • 20 0
 Those were the bikes that got me into downhilling when I was a young kid. I remember saving up my money from my summer job to put a marzocchi 888 on my old mongoose and hucked it off loading docks. Gotta send it like Josh Bender ????????
  • 21 1
 Love this article - thanks PB!!

Can we have more features on local scenes please? In rock climbing everywhere you go there are local scenes with totally different styles and ethics - getting a peek into these for freeride is so fascinating.
  • 6 0
 welcome. you have to keep in mind that this will only be possible if the people that come from these very local scenes themselves open up and write blogs, collaborate, and share their stories.
  • 19 0
 Awesome article. The era big huck machines were my favorite time of bike evolution. So heavy, so colorful, so sluggish, just over the top...but so much fun. Going from an XC machine to a huck machine gave you an instant sense of invincibility and courage.
  • 24 3
 I hardly can understand why there so many "russia" in this article about Ukraine and ukrainian riders..
Someone love putin so much?
  • 15 1
 the name of the article and some of its features were changed by the moderators of Pinkbike and do not reflect the opinion of the author. зрада, короче
  • 4 0
 @thenemesis: why? they dont know where Ukraine is? or they are just ignorants....
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 @VlajiciStrapec: i don't know why changes were necessary in the first place... but, how one says today, "it is what it is".
  • 12 1
 This! Why Americans respect one cultures and completely ignore others? You had almost 30 years to know that Soviet empire doesn't exist anymore

p.s. Article is awesome though and I'm super excited to see this subculture being covered on Pinkbike
  • 4 0
 @wirrwarr: Everything you said is true, but Pinkbike is Canadian, not the same country. ;-) Cool Ukranian content, nonetheless!
  • 2 0
 @wirrwarr: ignore other cultures?
I love Jinjer \m/
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 @JMHPB: To be fair America is a continent, not a country and Canada is in this continent, even South Americans are Americans ;-) .
  • 18 0
 I am glad that I partially touched this culture (in the photo, I am sitting next to Kosto with his Karpiel).
I never owned a Stritetz bike, but this subculture was really cool. Someone just rode around and admired their bike while drinking beer. Someone lit it to the fullest and huck to flat. And most of those involved were very friendly and cool people. It was awesome!
  • 17 0
 Man this brings me back to the early days of my relationship with PB. We were all waiting for the next NWD video to drop on VHS or watching Head for the Hills over and over again (well I guess that hasn't changed). With so little content available I was always blown away with seeing dudes out in Russia and Poland on huge bikes hitting huge hits and me wondering how this was all happening and where were these guys getting their bikes from! I was on a RM6 moving to an RM7, riding off all the loading docks in town, hitting gaps in the Pembina Valley Manitoba Canada. I was on PB looking at whatever freeride thing was going on and I was always impressed with what was happening Eastern European countries. My girlfriend at the time now wife was taking a trip to Poland and I told her to keep a lookout for dudes on big bikes! It was such a pivotal time for me. I always wondered what was going on in this scene and the history behind it. Thank you so much for sharing this! It was a big part of my life in a round about way for this boy from a small prairie town.
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 Man you guys sure did build things big out there in the valley though! Every time I've ridden there I'm just in awe of the sheer size of the gaps and the drops. Of course most of that is gone (including the jumps at Warren's parent's farm...) as we've all gotten older, styles have changed and life happens. I met Jeff in 2003 and we clicked like brothers from (literally) opposite sides of the planet because of the same things you mentioned. I don't care to go back to riding old huck bikes from then but it sure is cool to take that trip back down memory lane!
  • 15 1
 Lets be honest, if someone asked you tomorrow to flat drop a portable. would you take mid school 56 lbs bike like a BMW, Karpiel etc. or a 36 lbs scott gambler with fox 40 / boxxer? I would actually have to go with the drop machine vintage.. however ask me to ride rampage with speed and tech lines, oh god new bikes please.

Mid school = flat drops for days!!!! (steep HT / excessive travel sign me up) lol
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 100%
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 THIS ^^
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 I don't know man. Crazy short reach, ridiculously high stack heights, high bb, 24 rear to really mix things up and those bikes weren't easy to hang on to. I'd take my current process 134 off a big drop before my '04 brodie devo lol
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 @nimmo: you need to have the high BB otherwise it will hit the ground on these flat dropsSmile
  • 1 0
 @nimmo: about the crazy short reach, have you ever hopped on a mid school bike and felt how high the riser bar is? your riding position is like a f*cking office chair and all the sudden it doesnt feel so short, it feels like a friggen jeep! hahaha
  • 18 1
 so this is where old bikes go to survive
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 Now we know where the world's limited supply of classic marzocchi forks have gone
  • 17 0
 Today I learned a new word. "AlcoRide"
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 Yes. One beer in one hand, second on the bar.....second beer))))
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 your life now has a new "before-after" moment.
  • 7 0
 Next you need understand a difference with AlcoBike. It's very urgent to avoid mistakes, elswhere you may get phisicaly and mentaly injured in our lands. AlcoRide - thats you mount your bike to get fun time and become drunked with friends. AlcoBike - thats you drink before and mount your bike already drunked for riding that state. AR - historycal blessed activity, that comes with culture and amazing people thru the years, with traditions and many varietes across the world. AB is a kind of shit.
  • 16 2
 И тут вдруг выясняется, что пол пинка русскоязычные шпиЁны)))))))). Сидели ждали своего часа)))
  • 4 0
 ЭфБиАй! Оупен ап! Smile ))
  • 4 0
 @Amstafff: я останусь тут жить!(с)

на фоне играет «гудбай Америка, где не был никогда»
  • 16 1
 Originnal article title was "the-streetetz-era-staring-at-the-sun.html"
Someone bastard renamed the article and added Russia
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 clicks are more important then respect, what you can do about it?
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 See my comment and @thenemesis response below. The mods are guilty, or maybe just ignorant. They posted an "it's safe to go riding in Crimea" article not long after the annexation and war began in the east, after all.


@wirrwarr we can keep reminding them that Ukraine is not the same as Russia. It is not "little Russia" nor is it the younger brother. It is an older state with its own people, culture, language and history. We keep reminding them until we are out of breath. Then we remind them some more.

We keep reminding them to wake them from their ignorance.
  • 14 0
 Fuck yeah, man! That is awsome article!
  • 14 1
 Well, wasn't planning on crying today. If, somewhere out there, someone still has my Azonic Eliminator, I'll buy it back
  • 1 0
 I threw my eliminator frame out I think, it had junior t's. I'd buy back that and my 08 iron horse Sunday factory in a heartbeat if I could, even if they're both way too small for me now. Also I had a spesh P2 with mazochi shovel SCs that was bomb proof, I'd love to have that back too.
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 No one better to document this piece of history. Long live the "Streetetz Cult" and everyone that represents it!
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 proud to serve!
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 But... Where Is Benderoni!!????!???
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 Misterio's Army Wehrmacht with Marzocchi Super Monster from Petrozavodsk (2011) looks stunning!
I would love to build a custom geometron with 300mm of travel and a super monster or an Avalanche fork!
What a great article! My favorite bike of that style was the Brooklyn Machine Works
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 Looks like old V10
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 True - looks great! However calling a bike model "Wehrmacht" is as stupid as it gets.
  • 5 0
 Problem is only in the name. Strange seeing a bike named after the Nazi Armed Forces in Russia or Ukraine.
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 @ThrillPhil46: why? What are the connotations and denotations of Wehrmacht? I'm genuinely clueless and curious about it...
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 how would you get a 300mm travel geometron?
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 @me2menow: just with using their mutators you can get it to 210mm. If you went full custom frame it could be done.
nsmb.com/articles/paul-astons-210mm-do-everything-nicolai-g1
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 @me2menow: Through custom geometry option only €750 extra haha
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 @desolatordelux: I already have that setup. I have a tad more than 210mm travel because I have a imperial shock with 76mm stroke ;o)
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 @takeiteasyridehard: "Wehrmacht" was the name of the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945/1946. Afaik also english native speakers were/are using that term.
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 @takeiteasyridehard: Most of the Army bikes have/had Russian/German well, army references. They are based on Peru, build their bikes out of steel with CNC alu for the links, and are pretty accessible, although one could justify the names given how much of a tank they are in terms of weight ;-):

www.armybikes.pe
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 @southoftheborder: So why not give 'em cool tank names (Leopard, Abrams, Armata, Black Panter) instead of a nazi reference...
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 @ThrillPhil46: IDK. I'm not justifying them, just stating the facts. I agree with you, staying within the tank name references would have been a much better alternative.
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 @takeiteasyridehard:
Denotation (definition): the armed services of the German Third Reich from 1935 to 1945
Connotation (an idea or feeling that a word invokes): Holocaust; Eugenics; Totalitarianism; a belief in the "strong" over the "weak", giving the "strong" the right to commit any atrocity; Total War; Eastern Front; Stalingrad; Concentration Camps; Gas Chambers; and so on...

I'd rather ride a bike called Jeffsy (previously as stupid as it gets)
  • 7 0
 okay, so first of all: DO NOT ORDER ANYTHING FROM ARMY BIKES, DO NOT SUPPORT ARMY BIKES, DO NOT RECOMMEND ARMY BIKES TO ANYONE. at some point (in mid-2010s) around a dozen of Russians ordered their frames and paid in full... THEY NEVER RECEIVED A THING, SO FORGET ABOUT IT. second of all, you do realize that a banana is just a banana, right?
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 @thenemesis: This sounds just like Iron Horse in 2008/2009.
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 @SintraFreeride: epic. has anyone done it?
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 @me2menow: Not that I am aware of. I would if I had spare cash!
  • 2 1
 look what you guys have done, the wehrmacht got removed because we couldn't agree that a banana was just a banana Really Mad
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 @thenemesis: You do understand that the banana reference you are using doesn't make any sense at all in this context?
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 @ThrillPhil46: perhaps you don't understand, but it doesn't mean that others don't understand. take your time.
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 @thenemesis: ...really?! what a bunch of snowflakes...
  • 4 1
 @thenemesis: and a swastika is just a swastika, and a Nazi is just a Nazi and a banana is just a banana and...an apple is just a land mine...wait.
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 This is 100000% the content I’m here for.
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 This was a pretty cool article. It brought me back to 1998 when I rode my first Karpiel Armageddon with a Risse Big Foot Fork. I hit a 12 stair gap and I remember it feeling like landing on a smooth transfer.

Don't get me wrong...I think bikes of today have come a long way and...I would rather ride a new V10 or a Capra than one of these old rides. BUT...the thing this article made me think/ realize, these bikes aren't necessarily worse than a V10 or a Capra...they are just different. Its almost as if, these bikes were engineered and built for a specific purpose/ riding discipline that is no longer main stream.

These bikes were never intended to be downhill RACE bikes. And they DEFINITELY weren't made to pedal up a hill or take on an epic ride in ANY capacity. They were just made to ride gnarly, unmanicured, raw lines. Not fast lines, but lines that you wouldn't think a bike could make it through...at all. They were also made to huck, low speed drops to pretty much flat. Urban riding was also a big thing.

These bikes were basically made to ride stuff that either A) doesn't exist anymore or B) even if it does exist, most people wouldn't really want to ride it. I mean, go back and watch some of these old Mountain Bike videos...the ones on VHS...Like Pedalfiles, Superheros, or any Cranked...these guys were riding stuff that, now a days, nobody would really care to ride. Trails just aren't built like that anymore.

I guess what I am saying is...anyone who has ever ridden one of these bikes can appreciate...they were just different. The suspension was flatly different. These bikes were true dirt bikes without an engine. Their suspension was very much like a dirt bike. Open bath, huge oil volumes, etc. They came from a genre where, hitting a 100 foot gap wasn't on trend (because it wasn't possible with a 60+ lb bike) but dropping a 70' cliff was what made you the man.

It's like comparing Loic Bruni to Josh Bender. Back in the day, Josh Bender was THE MAN...because that is what mountain biking was back then. Now, Loic Bruni is the man, because that is what mountain biking is now. Ha...with eBikes infiltrating the industry like a virus...who knows who the man will be 20 years from now...Hate to think that but...the industry is fickle like that.
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 very deep mate. i might not agree 100 %, but i sure agree about the purpose of things.
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 While I personally wouldnt ride such a bike "for real" it would be fun to have one just to "f*ck around". In an era of "YoU dOnT EvEn NeEd A dH bIKe AnYmOrE" and "flowtrails are so much fun3" I have to say, props to you guys for keeping that, what at least I think, kind of hardcore mentality. Big drops and gnarly stuff. It is such a terrible shame that here in Germany those bikes are only ridden by white trash/your typical drug addict that hangs at the train station and drinking cheap energy drinks,has greasy hair and wears neon sunglasses. And for people who arent in the mtb scene think that if you ride a dh bike you are one of "those"...

Good stuff. Keep it up guys!
davai!
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 Drug addicts and/or dealers are the only one still seen with those kind of bikes here also.. funny you mentioned it.
  • 2 0
 Its way tooooo expansive hobbie( old bikes) for usual drugedicted “riders”)))).
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 @Yuretz81: Tell me about it...
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 @Forest-Gnome: This needs more investigation! I thought it's probably only an inexplicable german phenomenon :o
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 @ThrillPhil46: Oi! who downvoted me?!?? I only meant I spent lots pf money on older awesome bike parts, too...
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 @Forest-Gnome: I saw a druggie in Langley on a vintage Norco Team DH with Monsters a few years ago and I thought....here was a bike that new was beyond most people at the time....strange it was actually in good shape and working order.
  • 1 0
 Saw a similar thing in Edmonton recently. I was stopped at a red light just gawking at this greasy dude's Devinci with a Monster.
  • 8 1
 не ожидал такой текст столько времени ушло вспомнишь аж до слез, это как любимый фильм который ты смотре сто раз и тут понимаешь что он уже не цепляет тебя как раньше и я бы стер память чтобы снова его посмотреть как будто в первый раз но нет мы здесь привет 2021 , " никто не вернется в 2003 год " спасибо за статью пойду в вка откопаю старые фото .
  • 8 1
 I love everything about this thread! This is what got me into mountain biking originally. I used to love riding around town and hucking off stuff on my old Stinky/Monster T.

Graduated to a Karpiel Apocalypse with a Super Monster! Then a Banshee Scream with the Super Monster!

Finally, my dream bike: www.pinkbike.com/photo/8889457 BMW Big Link with full Avalanche MTN gear. 67 lbs of steel awesomeness. I miss that bike so much...ended up selling it and I regret it every day!

I used to ride those bikes everywhere...to work, around town, on the trails, shuttling...whatever. Just out having a good time and hucking off stuff.

Thank you for posting this! Really brought back a lot of memories!
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 wow, killer content PB.
Having had a Monster T on my DaBomb back in the day (here's proof- ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb220326/p4pb220326.jpg)
I will say, once your triceps got used to it, you felt like you could drop off anything and ride away.
  • 10 0
 What do you call a DC Cock with a monster on it?
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 Netflix doc?
  • 5 0
 expect a next throwback soon. i and my mate are working on Wikipedia-like oldschool content.
  • 6 0
 Amazing article, but what is wrong with pinkbike moderators? Ukraine is not Russia, this is the kind of mentality that sparks the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia. 90% of the riders here are located in Ukraine, why would you modify the title to Russia? Clickbait much? You guys (Canadians) get offended when someone calls you American but then proceed to do the same thing with other countries.
  • 6 1
 To this day there hasn't been a fork that felt as good as the 2002 monster t both in buttery feel and lack of maintenance needed. I've seen them run on the same oil for 5 years and still feel better on the trail than any modern fork.
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 Took a buddy's RM-7 with tuned Shivers out of the garage for a spin recently, dear lordy that fork was superlative.
  • 11 1
 Молодці!
  • 7 0
 I have great respect for you! I've always thought the way you do. But you put it incredibly into words. Thank you!
  • 5 0
 Great post , loving all of it , the Deniers would, again and again, talk about how useless these bikes are , THATS why WE ride them and not them , Monster T on geometron cause its my kind of style right
  • 7 0
 This is the best thing I've seen on the internet in years! Hell yeah freeride!
  • 4 0
 So sick to see this! Early free riding days have a few standouts. Hucking my buddies RM7 with Monster T’s(2003 and they felt amazing!), ALine lap on a Bullit with Shivers (also 03, so smooth) and another friends Evil Imperial with a Boxxer. All heavy AF and built like vaults! Thanks for this Pinkbike!
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 #24aintdead
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 This is quite possibly the geratest piece ever placed on pinkbikes servers. I lived those days back then when the big forks first arrived at my shop and the first year BB7showed up with my name on it. There was nothing like it and the adventure and line seeking every moment not at work was endless. Sadly those were the days of polaroid cameras and there was little of it documented outside of our memories. I am thankful i still have some of my big bikes hanging around the shop for some of those days to get together with the old crew and go looking for stupid things to huck or launch with little concern for all of the healed injuries and my age that would equate most to golf courses and fly tying. Wether you were there back then or not, loved the big bikes or not, it is all about the love of the ride, the bike, the adventure and the crew. The clock waits for none of us, relish every moment and enjoy the ride! And any of the crew from across the globe, if you ever want to pack up the big bikes and travel over here, I'll have a place for you to stay!
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 YO MAN! THATS RAD!


Красавчик, респект пацанам! ЛВН ВАНЛАФ
  • 5 0
 Banging i love it i run monster T forks on my 24 pornking and still ride her where ever i can you can see a picture on my profile guys
  • 7 0
 one of the best articles in the last time!
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 Jesus, glad i made it to the comments. arthritic thumb i hear you coming.
  • 8 2
 Good Day for the DC Cock, bad day for the DC Twat. This is a superb article.
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 Under rated comment. ^
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 lol it took me a sec, probably because I'm American :/
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 And happy day-after-Christmas to all my Ukrainian brethren
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 Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

I had a Rocky Mountain Pipeline in the early 2000's. Manitou Sherman slider fork, 24" Intense MAG 30 rear wheel mullet setup and lots of broken shock pivots. The bike survived until 2011 with some big sends on the lower half of Mount 7 in Golden, BC. It was fun, I guess, but man did that suspension suck!
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 i love reading about everyones old setups, Ive owned many of these old bikes 50 pound cove peeler with shivers, I had a banshee scream with a nice boxer on it absolute tanks but you felt like it could handle anything you sent it off of amaazing content way to go pinkbike
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 This makes me miss my 2007 Sunday Elite with Marz 888 rc2x-va... had it around 40 lbs with single-speed setup and was the most reliable bike I've ever had by far, as well as all the awesome bike party days it took me through. Sick DH bikes back then could be purchased on sale for like $3k. Now everyone is trading in their old shuttle truck for a $10k USD e-bike and having what could be described as half the fun Wink
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 such a nice words!
been started with this sweets ))
drive.google.com/file/d/1hNLXCj7C9MmogDp0MhQjufPeRDGjcDJz/view?usp=sharing
drive.google.com/file/d/1-vEiBFjRkz7G7JpkfPdTmqRsWNbsfy6C/view?usp=sharing

молодцы, прям взрыв из прошлого! ))
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 Я бы сказал, - большой взрыв))
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 @thenemesis thanks a lot for the article. Was not able to go by. Good old times at XBikers forum that determined my biking life development in 2006-2010 ???? it was super interesting to follow the Streetetz part of the forum, although I was on the “lite” (dont mix up with Light mentioned in this article ????) side with NS Suburbans and rigid/Pike forms.
A funny coincidence is that literally few days ago I decided that it would be awesome to build an old school HT and posted a “buying Evil Imperial” topic na kochke))
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 Funny though, I have just checked my XBikers profile and found out that Streetetz was set as my main riding style Big Grin
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 Nice man!
This is what riding is about on my opinion!
Have fun on the bike you want!
Exactly what got me INTO the dh bikes!
Beer tup
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 Fantasic article Pinkbike, unexpected quality
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 you are welcome
  • 5 0
 OMG I love it. A post full of sends, and not a water bottle holder in sight. Old School PinkBike. Thank you.
  • 8 3
 Congrats on the most disjointed rambling article in PinkBike history. Yet I find myself saying, "right on folks, right on."
  • 3 1
 This article has me tearing up.I’m from New York and we had a similar time and place Hucking in the Hudson Valley from ‘98-‘06 - Plattekill, college campus huge hucks to flat and stair gaps on Super 8s with Monster T’s and 24” DoubleWides with 3” Nokians. It’s hard to believe we survived, and even harder to believe something similar was happening on the other side of the world. More interesting times I think. Thanks for the great article and keep on huckin’
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 No bucket on... landing gear down. What a time to be alive.
  • 5 0
 I still have a monster t in my collection
  • 3 0
 I still have my Armageddon with a monster triple (3 bolts on the lower crown) 24” double wides and 3.0 Gazzaloddis. It was my go to bike Right up until I got my tues in 2018.
  • 2 0
 I remember one time (8 years ago?) watching some super sketchy downhill race down some natural DH track in the middle of a city. I think it was in Russia or something. Anyone know what I'm talking about or have a link?
  • 7 0
 In Ukraine, there were several city races in Kyiv and Yalta. It is called "Red Bull Big Duel." Even Michal Marosi came to visit.
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 @Kuzlich: Is any of this on youtube or internets somewhere?
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 @org100h: Sick, I wonder if they took the Funicular to the top!
  • 2 1
 Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so happy to be able to read all of this! I love. love, love this era of mountain biking and it's why I buy Totems, Marz. 66's and my Hop 3-pot brakes and all the rest... Thank you so much for this treasure - trove galore. It makes me even more excited to get my Vagrant and LeToy up and running with all the heaviest, coolest parts I have and can find.
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 Get that le toy out bro love a 24
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 @karl-htdhbikes: I have parts coming in the mail this week for it, and once I get the Local Bike Shop to order the right BB, I will be putting my Kooka DH cranks on it... I will make sure to send you pictures!

Also, Typo above: I meant HOPE 3-pot brakes... not Hop.
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 I was an east coast hucker kid... I rode a 6" forked Imperial with a 24X3 Gazza out back and steel cranks and hucked to flat. I had a bighit. I always wanted a Monster, and all my dream builds had doublewides. I wanted a TMX. I wanted a Cortina. I wanted a Project X.

Special times. There is almost a shade of that coming back, now, with how good Super Enduro/Park type bikes are. The bikes of back in the day freeride fundamental sucked in so many ways the new bikes don't... we could be having a lot more fun riding around 'normal' trails now AND hucking walls down town...
  • 2 0
 Blast from the past...makes me nostalgic, but admittedly I like technology. Working brakes, wheels that don't taco, derailleurs that don't explode, dropper posts, lighter weight, stable geo. These are the good ole days too.
  • 2 0
 A lot of trends like this in countries like Russia is also due to the lack of availability to a variety of brands, 24 up front might be playful but damn does it wander/is twitchy
  • 5 0
 Dude. That Ruchiha drop pic... with no pads... dang. Eek Salute
  • 1 0
 Some one tells me how fast they rode I yawn. Someone tells me they pissed their pants in fear but stomped the landing . Respect. Know fear. Free Ride lives in our spirit so does flow. They are not things they are experience.
  • 3 0
 This was a fantastic time machine! Loved the tour through some great memories around bikes like these back in the day. So rad.
  • 5 0
 We need a huck to flat video for all of these bikes!
  • 1 0
 Ohh, that’s bring quite nice memories, considering I used to ride with some of those folks which are incredible riders!

Also 10 y ago it was almost impossible to buy anything except oficial spesh or just use pb buy/sell and i import duties!

STRITEZZ - is kinda ‘bone death’ of the MTB
  • 6 0
 This is AWESOME.
  • 2 0
 A great time capsule. I was never into hucking (code for: wuss) but sure liked the look of the bikes back then!

Even the high end stuff has a bit of a "disposable" vibe these days.
  • 2 0
 That was awesome, thank you for that article, I have a Banshee Scream and a Balfa BB7, basically wall art now, but I will never part with them... here is my BB7
www.pinkbike.com/photo/6671262
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 you need another doublewide and you know that Wink
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 The Cortina DH and Ellsworth Dare with Monster T were my Dreambikes in there Time.
It´s a nice lookback. Love to see these bikes. But the nicest bike is not here. It is a little bit older. The Santa Cruz Super 8 with the black 2001 175mm Monster T. I love this thing.
But than I also remeber what a pain it was, to bring this Bikes up to speed, or throw them over a jump that is not a step down or drop. Normal Trails were boring with such a machine. This were bikes for one big hit and then bring it to the next one.
If I think about it, I love this bikes and there brutal look, but than I come to the point fast, where I love my 14kg enduro bike with dropper post and modern geometry.
  • 2 0
 I still have a bent set of Monster T stanchions in my garage after a very big crash. I am pretty sure any other fork would have broken into a thousand pieces and caused me more harm!
  • 3 0
 i don't know if you know, but there are companies that offer stanchion-straightening services, ask motocross dudes around, they often have to deal with that. fix her and take her for a spin.
  • 3 1
 Loved the buddhism refences scattered across the text.

Guess that’s the mentality many of us lack to truly appreciate mountainbiking with any skill and gear, in any age, any weather.
  • 2 0
 Namaste, friend
  • 5 0
 Article of the year and it's only January 8th!
  • 4 0
 i am just getting started...
  • 1 0
 Epic article. That’s how it all started for me. Finding Dirt.ru by a mistake and that was it. Streetec got me. Was following this culture for some time from neighbouring Latvia. Had NS bitch with 888 for those hucks to flat Big Grin
  • 1 0
 How did I miss this article?! This is the best thing I have speed-read in a long, long time! I am going to play some Drudkh or Windswept and enjoy every bit of this content again....and again....

Thank you @thenemesis for this!!!
  • 4 0
 guess what? you are in for a ride, this is just a pilot episode.
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 @thenemesis: FVCK YESSSSSSS!
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 @thenemesis
Laughed reading quite a few times. What a funny piece.
''Many Loveseats and Doublewides were sacrificed''
The whole cult theme feels very Eastern Europe to me. Wow loved it.
I wonder how many Karpiel Armaggeddon where ever produce?

My own version of streetez was in my first 2 years of riding, around 2002-2003, with a RST Sigma attached to a Kona Chute and some Stout 3.0 tires. Pulling manuals and bunnyhop with that bike shaped my teenager body into a mans body hahaha.

Faith having it's own twist, in the true spirit of prophanity, my riding tremendiously improved once I switched to a Dabomb CR8 frame and a Marzocchi DJIII upfront and some smaller tires... lighter and more manoeuvrable. Gone was the seed of Streetez in my sinful soul.
  • 2 0
 Ha, I got an XLR8R (that's a bitch to type) with a Marz 55. It's no bike to be doing DH in middle age with.
  • 1 0
 @BenPea: Cool je me souviens de ce cadre avec le motif camouflage, c'était un alu n'est-ce pas?
  • 1 0
 @nicolassherbrooke: le mien est gris métallisé, alu oui.
  • 1 0
 I still have a 2000ish Scott DH frame with a first generation Monster T from 1999. The fork has never had an issue, still as awesome as when it first arrived. That said, my current 2018 Altitude is so much faster than that bike...
  • 1 0
 sad that black army wehrmacht was deleted from article, it has brother in Moscow - white army wehrmacht from MivMaster, they was produced in one time for using with super monster, now black wehrmacht is in my hands from 2013-2014, and it like a picture on my wall, like a tribute to the past years and era.
  • 1 0
 OH MY GOD THEY DID DELETE IT AND JUST LEFT AN EMPTY SPACE Really Mad
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 Аве Стритцефер!
Автор красаучег! креатиф - зачот!
  • 3 0
 youtube's "russian freeride scene". gets amazing car crash/dashcam compilations
  • 4 0
 yeaaaahhhhhh, best article ever.
  • 4 0
 Awesome article, well done!
  • 2 0
 the first time I went to morzine stayed at le boomerang2 & in the hallway unlocked was a brooklyn machine works with monster T, brooklyn tendoriser pedals.
  • 4 1
 Война и мир.
Текст ниасилил, но очень одобряю!
  • 5 1
 А я бы Виттману вдул. Он такой душка!
  • 4 1
 ))), Женяяяяя, наших бьют ахахахах
  • 7 1
 Спокойно. Сердечко этого дядьки уже занято! ep1.pinkbike.org/p6pb19966248/p5pb19966248.jpg
  • 2 1
 @Kuzlich: yхахахах! букЭт получил, небось за отвагу в алкорайде
  • 4 0
 Kept scrolling for the Canfield Big Fat Fatty Fat... ahhh there it is.
  • 3 0
 I was fully invested in that, So stoked you got your bike back. and what a scene to be a part of.
  • 1 0
 Very Cool - good old days - had a Scream and wish i kept it. Have a Canfield F1 that I will never let go of. Has not been ridden in years now but its a legacy piece i keep to remember the Free Ride glory days.
  • 4 0
 in mother Russia, Monster T rides you
  • 2 0
 Kind of inspired to rebuild my bottlerocket as a park bike for this summer. I know I know...not the same...but damn....the nostalgia.
  • 1 0
 I like Bottlerockets... I have one, and am buying another this month (a size medium as the first is a small) do you have pictures?
  • 1 0
 @rosemarywheel: yeah - i.imgur.com/vPuJo7P.jpg

I'd love to get a new white syncros rear wheel to match and complete the whole red/white theme. Maybe try and do red brake lines Smile
  • 1 0
 @j-p-i: Awesome! mine is red and white, too! I found a set of Transition Revolution rims to go with it that are the same color... along with red Hope E4's and red Chromag Dagga pedals!
  • 2 0
 @rosemarywheel: I wonder if a 27.5 wheel would fit up front in my Marz 66 fork....Mulletrocket!
  • 1 0
 @rosemarywheel: Also - lets see a pic Smile
  • 2 0
 @j-p-i: Here is one from the guy I bought it from as I haven't taken any yet, and I would love to try a Mulletrocket! I too am putting a red and white 66 on as well Smile

www.pinkbike.com/photo/19705833
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 @rosemarywheel: omg our bikes are similar Big Grin hilarious
  • 2 0
 @j-p-i: Great minds think alike? tup
  • 4 0
 2004 Just called ... and its got a 300mm Erection :p
  • 2 0
 I think we've landed on something that everyone on pinkbike is stoked with! You boys are throwing down some HEAVY moves to boot!
  • 3 0
 Quite the huck down memory lane! It always amazes me how many Monster T's were actually made.
  • 1 0
 Krispy: you built my Banshee Chaparral back in the day. My first real bike...still hooked today and on a Banshee Rune V3
  • 3 0
 Whoa! Brings me back to Wednesday night rides in Toronto! The dropmachine days ????
  • 2 0
 I wonder if Jeff still has any dropmachine stickers. I'd love to rock one on my bike and see who recognizes it.
  • 4 0
 Makes the current scene and vibe look like a bunch of pussies.
  • 2 0
 makes me want to get a super monster, lace up some 24" wheels and set the v10 to 10" setting. that would be a real shit eating bike.
  • 1 0
 Excellent! Fresh content brings back some fun memories.
Had me digging up a picture from the early 00's... at the time, I couldn't swing the $$, so Jr. T's went up front. www.pinkbike.com/photo/19967690
  • 2 0
 See PINKBIKE this is how we all feel about old skool kit id love to carry this on all the time for you guys at PINKBIKE for all us old skool riders @pinkbike
  • 5 0
 BLYAT
  • 2 0
 Always loved this era of MTB, makes me miss my 2010 Devinci Wilson with its 888 Marzocchi, absolute pig of a bike but gd it was fun (,:
  • 1 0
 Great article. I still have a gen1 Demo 8 which I still love to ride, so I can definitely relate. Those bikes are gorgeous! Karpiel Apocalypse was always my favorite, but could never afford one.
  • 1 0
 I had the 175mm travel monster, after a tumble through boulders it came out with a massive stanchion dent /gouge about 2" above the wiper. It never leaked, couldn't feel the dent at all. But it was almost 10lbs.
  • 2 0
 Thank you for this beautiful article, though I am much younger than you and do not know anything about this, I still find it amazing!
  • 5 1
 !!!!!!!!!
  • 4 0
 yessssss
  • 3 0
 Yuretz81 on the place ????. Nice article , good times.
  • 3 0
 The balfa bb7 needs to comeback. It’s sexy
  • 2 0
 What an article! Those things should be kept in a museum. They are part of mountain bike history.
  • 3 0
 Hell yeah! this is the type of stuff I want to see. This was rad!
  • 2 0
 DC Cock and second version Cocker (here mixed up sometimes) what an era it was...
  • 3 0
 That was an incredible read, I was totally invested. Stunning bikes also
  • 3 0
 Pure porn. Heavier than slayer and more fun than your mum
  • 3 0
 A MTB Masters dissertation, fucking love it!
  • 2 0
 amazing read. bought back a lot of fond memories of Bighits and Norco's of the Era.
  • 2 0
 I'm old, but fairly new to mountain biking. This was amazing! Such a good read and the bikes are so cool.
  • 2 0
 Can someone give me an approximate English pronunciation of Streetetz? STREE - TÈ - TIZ?
  • 2 0
 Stritetzzz like (ts) on the end, but stronger Z. Not “tiz”, but short tz on the end. Rest is correct spelling
  • 2 0
 @Kuzlich: язык оригинала" македонский" ахахах)))
  • 2 0
 @Kuzlich: hahah it means stripper in english?
  • 3 0
 My favorite feature in a while. Thanks
  • 3 0
 Monster T and Gazzalodi were best buds back in the day.
  • 4 0
 Bring back 26er
  • 3 0
 Favorite article in a long time!
  • 3 0
 In Mother Russia, bike sends you!
  • 4 0
 Bender!
  • 2 0
 There is more awesomeness in this one article than one old man can take.....THANK YOU!
  • 4 0
 Best article in years!
  • 1 1
 A lot of this went over my head, but I think I can offer one clue: The German part mentioned "Hammerschmidt", which was a crankset offered by Truvativ. A single chainring with internal gearing to provide 2 gear options.
  • 3 0
 One of the best articles in Pinkbike all time!
  • 3 0
 This is some good content! More stories like this on pinkbike!
  • 2 0
 Love everything about this. Captain America should really be weaving a shield made out of double track rims.
  • 2 0
 Hahah, damn. What a glorious read. I vividly remember the ridiculousness of 24x3 gazzaloddis on doublewides 3
  • 2 0
 those pictures plus the inside line podcast with josh bender - it feels like 2005
  • 2 0
 This was a fantastic read. Amazing photos also. The original plus bikes!
  • 2 0
 Such a fascinating and cool article. Local scenes are what make mountain biking the most fun.
  • 1 0
 I guess it is finally the time to restore my first dh bike ever... A wc race winning frame from 1996 youtu.be/Gi0v12PsREo start at 53min...
  • 1 0
 I still hold my 2002 Monster T in the corner of my room. In case of the zombie apocalypse I'll have a great melee weapon and a decent ride Smile
  • 1 0
 Эх моё корыто не попало в публикацию да и многих других))) ep1.pinkbike.org/p4pb4835377/p4pb4835377.jpg
  • 1 0
 Whats most weird about this article is that people think its weird, this is what normal bikes are supposed to look like people
  • 2 2
 why did some snowflake liberal dislike this comment
  • 2 0
 Brooo, this is some good stuff! I had no clue it was that big of a deal.
  • 2 0
 That Rubber Duckie is SICK!!!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 Streetetz 3,14zdetz
  • 3 1
 Whats better shimano or sram? )))
  • 4 1
 24" aint ded
  • 1 0
 I got a laugh out of this quote.

"Brothers, do not resort to 24 inches! Resist the look of 24 inch Seismic..."
  • 2 0
 A very Tolstoy write up with a whole lot of wild looking bikes. Lovin it!
  • 2 0
 Thought for sure we'd see a Super 8
  • 2 0
 hm, since this was something that was mentioned a few times, i might as well mention that super 8's did not hold up against screams, big hits, and some old norco's. as a passionate lover of some of the later super 8's, our experience is: they look bulky, but they are weaker than they want to seem. shame.
  • 2 0
 Мода пройдёт, а Монстр останется!
  • 2 0
 Best thing I've read on PB in a LONG time!
  • 3 1
 Great article people! More like this
  • 2 3
 No please don't
  • 2 0
 ugliest bikes is a state of mind ...
  • 1 0
 u welcome
  • 1 0
 I'm still rocking a .243 SL as a dirt jumper. Holding up great, but the lack of tapered head tube will kill it soon.
  • 1 0
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/759069
my 2003-2005 bike, how I miss those times..
  • 1 0
 "In Soviet Russia, we put Monster T on Raleigh Shopper and ride off cliff."
  • 1 0
 yeah yeah .... taking into account that a large number of the bikes circulating in Ukraine have been stolen in Europe Wink
  • 2 0
 Очень интересно, но ничего не понятно.
  • 2 0
 Where are the Zyzzyx BB forks!
  • 2 0
 HAHA the worst!
  • 3 0
 in the campfire Really Mad
  • 1 0
 Хорошая статья, наполняет смыслом весь нынешний freeride.
  • 2 0
 Dudes&gals must have paid fortune for those high-end western bikes. Wink
  • 1 0
 I know I'm being anal but that turner DHR is not a 2010 one. The 2010 had round tubes. Square tubes were older.
  • 1 0
 the year is when the photo was taken, not when the bike was produced.
  • 1 0
 currently building an eight inch bike on 24s, and feeling ridicules for it. just got alot more stoked about it!
  • 1 0
 I live in Novosibirsk, Russia and currently own a Norco manic 2006 and Demo 8-1 2010 )))
  • 2 0
 Thanks I love it
  • 2 1
 How did that Ellsworth survive for so long?
  • 6 0
 Alcoride technology. Riding for the beer and back again))
  • 1 1
 The only noise that comes to mind with this article, "GAAADDOOOOOJJJEEEEE!!!"
  • 3 3
 Whoa, 20 foot drop that runs out into a busy road. I guess that is how they do it in Russia. :o
  • 12 0
 It's from Ukraine. When it comes to sick, mean, suicidal, mindless MTB riding Ukrainian scene beats Russian
  • 7 0
 It names “drop of the love” in Kiev, capital of Ukraine. Our most “interesting” drop in city))). Close to my working place))
  • 11 2
 @Alexanderskh: If most of the article seems to be about the scene in Ukraine, why is it Russia and not Ukraine on the title?
  • 2 0
 @Yuretz81: are you a member of Verkhovna Rada parliament?
  • 2 0
 @kabanosipyvo: cannot upvote more, especially considering the war those are no longer go hand in hand together!
  • 2 0
 @CheryBomb: good try, good try man)))). No, but this guys from RADA are my clients also)))))
  • 5 0
 @kabanosipyvo: the name of the article and the description was changed by moderators, not me. the original title reflected that. nothing i can do.
  • 1 0
 @kabanosipyvo: so... yeah...
  • 1 0
 Always wanted the 03 Aline
  • 3 1
 Ахренеть)))))
  • 2 2
 Real men live in Russia. A naked Swede with wannabe Scott is not a real man, just a wannabe man.
  • 2 0
 I am so not hard core.
  • 2 1
 Some of the coolest looking bikes I've ever seen!
  • 2 0
 This made my day!
  • 2 0
 What the huck?!?
  • 2 0
 Where's the Shinburgers?
  • 1 0
 Oh man I wanted a pair of those so bad.
  • 1 0
 Cool article mate, enjoyed that.
  • 1 0
 Great article. Need more like this!
  • 2 0
 Yes! More please
  • 1 0
 ive never loved a pinkbike article more than this
  • 1 0
 Faith in humanity restored!
  • 2 0
 This is solid content
  • 1 0
 That was BBR right there @eviltankass
  • 1 0
 Wow now I feel like I'm 14 again..
  • 1 0
 This artical is bigger then Russia. I like it
  • 1 0
 Amazing article, this should be submitted to some anthropology journal.
  • 1 0
 i am just getting started
  • 2 0
 LEGENDS!
  • 1 0
 Superb article.

Thanks for putting it together - took me back in time Smile
  • 1 0
 Wondered where all the monster Ts went?
  • 2 0
 Wow where do I donate?
  • 1 0
 PM me if you want to support the good fight Smile
  • 2 0
 Balfa for the win!!!!!
  • 1 0
 When everything didn't look like a Session!
  • 1 0
 Crazy good article! I almost broke my ankle just reading it!
  • 1 0
 Now lets see a pinkbike hotlap on theese things lol
  • 1 0
 must practice my 'drops' need bigger 'cajones'
  • 1 0
 You should see this guy: www.pinkbike.com/u/pirat
  • 2 0
 we are aware of each other's existence. i actually mentioned him in my article, did i not?
  • 1 0
 The Bender is strong with this one.
  • 1 0
 This is such a fantastic article! Props to Yegor!
  • 1 0
 Stritets is dead. Long live the Stritets!
  • 1 0
 More of this plz. This article is what pinkbike should be. So refreshing
  • 1 0
 Classic. Please do more articles like this.
  • 1 0
 Can you still get spares and service monster T forks?
  • 2 0
 yes, you can still get some spares, you don't have to buy original seals for example; BUT KEEP AWAY FROM ENDURO SEALS, DO NOT USE ENDURO SEALS ON YOUR 40MM MONSTER. IT WILL DAMAGE THE PRECIOUS COATING.
  • 1 0
 Го катнем в Москве весной!
  • 1 0
 заманчивое предложение
  • 1 0
 RAD!
  • 1 0
 Great article!!!
  • 5 6
 Look at this Russian
  • 13 3
 Its Ukrainian, not Russian.
  • 3 1
 @Yuretz81: 'Look at this Russian' is a humor page on Instagram.
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