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Profiles: Simon Aplin

Number 2 in a new series of short web videos im doing over the off season with various riders. 2-3 minutes long, short interviews just getting to know some of the riders a bit better. Number 2 is with Simon Aplin, an expert level racer from Dorset just riding some fun DH trails on the weekend. wideopenmag.co.uk JacobGibbins.co.uk

73 Comments

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 BOOM! Headshot!
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 Anyone here have an astrix? I never seen one around here...
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 Best start to a video, EVER
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 axo gear. YUK
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 i really enjoyed that! cheers
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 adam ure right: or this: www.pinkbike.com/video/178669
sometimes dont understand the vods
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 Such a smooth riding style... I LIKE!!!
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 BOOM! Overkill!
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 @ KURTSUCKS

Yes, i have one
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flag Smells (Jan 28, 2011 at 9:12) (Below Threshold)
 @kurtsucks, I have a pair as well (if your talking about the asterisk knee braces). I used em for motocross and loved them, i'm not sure how'd they'd be with pedalling involved though. If you've got knee problems i'd recommend CTi-2 braces (and get your insurance to pay for them).
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 that is one fine camera you got there jacob. Congrats on Vod. Smile
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 @Smells, he was talking about Astix Havoc bike.
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 Why is that documentary style videos seem to be gettin VOD?
Nice little video, but doesnt get me stoked, excited, or doesnt make me smile like the two linked above do. These type of video's are good, but to be fair, and correct me if im wrong, but no-one wants to know of somebody like this as much as they wanna see a PROPER video OF THE DAY.
My two bets for VOD's would be the two in the comments:
www.pinkbike.com/video/178669
www.pinkbike.com/video/162824
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 wow that vid was so weak that trail would be a blue or maybe a green in whistler not impressed. really slow, tiny jumps the only cool thing was the filming/ editing
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 its marked down as a blue (the easiest, but most fun aha) at Gawton=where the track is.
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 oh woops, that was stupid. Thanks though matt-bike-baha.
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 @kurtsucks,

You will not see the Astrix Havoc R in the States, they are not available here. Even though Astrix started in Colorado and they make the Havoc, Huckster, and Stryke as their DH,FR,and AM bikes. Astrix UK was formed and they took the USA Havoc lightened it up but still using the Moto Link and the PCA suspension design. I hear that the Havoc R rides well but they have had BIG issues with the frames breaking and or cracking right behind the head tube. Astrix UK is working on this issue and is suppose to have it cleared up now. Also reports say that the bushing/bearings are wearing out quickly. I believe that these are a few reasons that Ryan Carrol founder of Astrix has not started to offer that frame in the USA. The USA Havoc is a tank and does not have the issues with broken frames and uses much larger bearings in the linkage so the wear to them is minimal.
If you were to see the Havoc R in the USA it is because someone bought it and had it shipped in from the UK or it is a UK rider visiting with his bike.
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 why is it that theres so many bikes not available in thiis country? like the lappierre and mondrakers.
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 No Doubt! I would like to try both of those bikes. At least we can expect Devinvi to start selling bikes in the USA, or at least the Wilson . Actually the original Astrix Havoc is a super nice bike, much nicer in person than in a picture, well built, and tough.
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 I know right, It looks like a battleship heavy bike.
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 Believe it or not, it is not as heavy as it looks. I just bought one and should be picking it up on Friday. When I went to take it for a test ride and saw it and was able to grab it, roll it, and pick it up I was surprised. I felt more of the weight on the front end due to the DC fork ( this was my first ride on a DC fork) rather than the weight of the bike. So we'll see once I put some miles under it.
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 Well i havnt actually built mine up yet, ive only just got the frame. But i was suprised at the weight when i picked it up. Its no superlight race specific machine such as a session 88, but its definately a respectable weight.
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 The frame looks nice, what build are you going to put on it?

kurtsucks and myself were actually talking about the Havoc not the Havoc R.
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 Oh right ok. Its gonna get my 08 boxxers, superstar wheels, formula oro brakes, saint cranks, E13 lg1, high rollers.
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 kurtsucks - there are plenty of bikes that aren't available over here either, or at least in VERY limited quantities, transition being one that springs straight to mind.
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 Have you seen any knolly podiums so far?
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 not seen any Knollys rolling around yet, but then they aren't the cheapest of frames anyway, as well as being hard to get hold of
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 boring
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 i thought so to
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 lol all the brits think its amazing but everyone else thinks its boring
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 I dunno if this should be vod...
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 Downhill is the future!!
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 this is Super nice. very creative. do you mind if i copy it in some of my videos? lol Big Grin
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 Nice edit tup I don't see why you would need a full on DH rig for that trail though, It looks rideable on a rigid bike...
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 DUDE!! s+o nice start of this video!! SHOULD BE VOD (TOMORROW)
VOD vod VOD
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 another great video, VOD ! ..
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 Nice Gibby!
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 wheres this track, is it local?
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 UUHHHH ! It's Friday morning not Monday morning
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 noice noice
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 mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm good vod
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 why cant there be any dj vods
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 will be VOD tomorrow!
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 good vid
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 nice one jason grubbins
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 YUP,THIS IS SO BORING...
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 nice one Mr. Gibbins
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 nice
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 very good Salute
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 Great Video!
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 gazdag béna pöcs (Y)
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 where is that trail?
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 Nice! Great work.
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 www.pinkbike.com/video/106717 same track, just better
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 Bitchin' ---- VOD !
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 Nice
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 AWESOME!1!!1Big Grin
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 my 82 year old great aunt with cancer could ride better than this.
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 Knobhead!
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 deakmaster... i like your style
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 haha i was waiting for a video so i could say that. has a nice ring to it
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 hahaha but you can't beat the filming-jacob gibbins rocked this vid, and the intro was by far one of the best i've seen
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 suck a fat chode nickydh. imma come to your house and murder you while I rape your long dachsund and turn your propane on high and light a match and BOOM BAHHHH BAMMM KABOOM!!!! haha just like pam, except more extreme.
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 hey, dont bro bash man, not cool hahahaha
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 ok bro man dude brahnugget. YOU NIPPLEDUSTING SHART-FUCKER!
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 wow its like were in the Terrance and Phillip movie
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 whats up with all the downhill vods lol
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 cause downhills the best and you can make the best videos from dh Smile
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