Mtb Essay

For many people Enduro mountain biking is the most pure form of riding their bike. It’s
about freedom, exploring new trails, having a good time with your friends and challenging
your limits.
Every time you’re on your bike this big smile on your face appears and it lasts for days. But
time isn’t always on your side. How would you like the possibility to ride your bike more

First, allow me to tell you my story.
For years and years I worked my @ss off to gain a descent income. I needed it to fulfill my
needs. A big part of my life was filled with working for a boss: 6 or 7 days a week and way
to many hours a day.
In my basement I kept 5 mountain bikes, I had an Oakley cabinet with 35 pairs of
sunglasses, two TV sets, basically all I could wish for. Simply because I could easily afford
it. The only one thing missing here was time to live my passion – mountain biking.

As we speak things have drastically changed. I’m traveling through Europe from March to
October. I extended my summer with a 5 week trip through Peru while winter appeared in
The car I drive today is an old camper van, but it brings me pretty much everywhere I want
to be, whenever I want to. It sleeps the two of us, and the best thing about this car: my
mountain bike fits on nicely so where ever I park the car I can ride my bike.
The lifestyle we chose to live today is one many people want to achieve.
Those same people also tend to think they can’t achieve this same goal, as there are bills
to be paid, bosses that don’t allow ‘em to go on a holiday for more than 2 weeks a year,
and heads filled with thoughts distracting them from the things they really love: riding their

Are you this person?
I’d say: don’t worry. There’s still time for change. Hell, there’s always time for change,
wether you’ve just started studying and wonder how to pay for it, you just started working
for a descent company, or wether you’ve been working for years and years now.
Even when you’re close to retiring and think by that time you’re too old for ‘the good life’.
I know for sure we all want to ride our bikes more often and visit the best areas in the
world to have a great time. Going out there – living this life – creates memories. These
memories remain forever.

Now here comes the good part!
Not only is it possible for anyone to change habits and lifestyle, this goal may be closer
than you think.
Remember the first time you won from your fear of taking that drop, steep descent or
awesome trick? You just needed a little push from someone telling you “You can do this”.
I am that someone today.
I mean, you still have to drop in yourself, but with this “Beginner’s Guide to Creating
Freedom to Ride” I’ve created for you, you’re one big step closer to winning from your fear.
The fear of not living this life that seems perfect from the outside.
I would love to meet you on the trails one day, instead of from behind your screen!

My gift to you:
The “Beginner’s Guide to Creating Freedom to Ride” is available for you Enduro Mountainbike Magazine readers through this BeWicked page. Drop your email address and I’ll send
you the guide that may change your life! And like Enduro Mountain bike Magazine: it’s for

Thanks so much for reading my article and don’t forget to check out BeWicked.

Cheers, Roy Rovers

Photo: Fabian Rapp

Last week, Maxxis hosted media from various mountain bike publications at the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Get-A-Way. They teamed up with Pivot to provide bikes for us to ride on the nearby Pinhoti and Bear Creek trails, as well as Mulberry’s new jump line and pump track on their property. Over the long weekend, we rode bikes in between talking tire tech with engineers, pigging out on Mulberry Gap’s delicious food, and throwing back Terrapin’s various brews.

Maxxis didn’t have any brand new tread patterns on hand for us to try out as they’re focusing on expanding size and spec options. Chief among these are several existing treads in 2.6″ widths (for both 27.5″ and 29″), and increased puncture protection as an option on certain plus tires. I rode Pivot’s Switchblade, which is compatible with 29″ and plus wheels. I tried it first as a 29er and then as a plus bike with Maxxis’ reinforced Rekon 27.5×2.8 tires. The bike pedaled well and offered excellent climbing traction in either mode, but at the end of the day, I preferred the 29er setup as it better suits my riding style and terrain.

Check out highlights from the weekend in the photos below.

Checking out the new jump line at Mulberry Gap that ends in a pumptrack

I chose to ride Pivot’s Switchblade trail bike; 135mm rear travel, 150mm front

Fox Factory 36 Boost

A beautiful baby blue paint job on the Switchblade

Here’s the Pivot Switchblade with plus wheels. This is Brendon’s (Pivot’s demo driver) personal bike, which explains the slight differences in spec.

The Maxxis Rekon is now available with a layer of protection that goes from bead-to-bead; Maxxis says these tires are good for large, aggressive riders, or extra chunky terrain

Charlie from Maxxis, keeping the trains running on time

Loading up for a shuttle on Bear Creek

It’s all smiles when you get a ride to the top

Pivot is using a taller bottom cup on the headset to preserve geometry when using plus wheels; the cups can be found on the Les, 429 Trail, and Switchblade

Regrouping at the Gennett Poplar on Bear Creek

Dylan Stucki tearing up the pumptrack

3D printers give Maxxis’ engineers a chance to review designs with athletes before cutting a mold. This allows them to easily change knob heights and spacing.

Before the 2016 Olympics, Nino Schurter and his team did independent rolling resistance tests and found that the Maxxis Aspen was the fastest rolling tire available, even faster than the Dugast tubulars he typically rides. Nino came to Maxxis and asked them to make tires specifically for Rio. These may look similar to the production version, but they use a 170 TPI casing that is for race use only.

Maxxis’s rubber expertise isn’t limited to bike tires; they make products for everything from passenger cars to rock crawlers like this one

They also make tires for side-by-sides

1000cc, 3-liter engine, with Fox X2 shocks at all four corners

Terrapin, for hydration

Shaggy jibbing while waiting for the group

The weekend started out chilly, but the sun eventually shone through

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