Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast show

Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast

Summary: On the Downtime Podcast, we speak to athletes, trainers, mechanics, brands and many others, to take us behind the scenes of the world of downhill and enduro mountain biking, inspire you and give you some hints and tips to help you improve your own MTB riding. Give it a listen and we're confident you'll find something to help you go faster and have more fun on your mountain bike! Don't forget to subscribe, give us a review, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with new episodes.

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 Keegan Wright – Always on the Go | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:32:00

Today I’m joined by Keegan Wright. Keegan’s career took off when he won the New Zealand National DH Champs and Crankworx Pumptrack at the start of 2017. Since then, he has gone on to pick up a ride with the Unior Devinci Factory Racing team, and take on the Enduro World Series. Keegan is full of energy and is always on the go, as you’ll find out in this interview. We chat about his early days in BMX, and the support he needed from others to get going in Mountain Biking. We also cover tips to help with a race mindset, over-training, being a multi-discipline athlete, wrestling injuries and much more. So hit play and give this episode with Keegan Wright a listen. Find out more about Keegan by following him on Instagram @keeganwrightmtb or by following his team @uniordevinci. Supporting Partners We Are One Composites This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off during September. All you need to do is enter the code ‘giver15off‘ at the checkout. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free and means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, why not join our newsletter, to get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. It’s full of interesting bike-related stuff, competitions, product recommendations and more. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available ...

 Growing a MTB Brand – Dustin Adams of We Are One Composites | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:06

Today I’m joined by Dustin Adams from We Are One Composites for a catch-up. We Are One are growing fast, and even a global pandemic hasn’t slowed them down. I chat with Dustin about how they’ve approached the growth and the challenges that come with it. We also chat about their project to build a carbon fibre bike in Kamloops, Canada and find out that it’s no easy task! Find out about their secret ‘off-menu’ products that don’t appear on the website, and hear Dustin’s thoughts on some of the bike and components that he’s been testing as part of the bike project. You can find out more about We Are One Composites by heading to their website weareonecomposites.com, by following them on Instagram @weareonecomposites, Facebook @weareonecomposites, and YouTube here. Find out more about their listener offer below. Supporting Partners We Are One Composites This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off during September. All you need to do is enter the code ‘giver15off‘ at the checkout. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free and means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, why not join our newsletter, to get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. It’s full of interesting bike-related stuff, competitions, product recommendations and more. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to 

 Matt Walker – Enjoying Every Little Bit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:21:42

Today I’m joined by Pivot Factory rider, Matt Walker. Matt had an awesome 2019 season taking 8th overall in the Enduro World Series and scoring an impressive 11th place at downhill World Champs in Mont-Sainte-Anne. As you’ll find out, Matt has a great approach to riding and racing, and it seems to have worked well for him. He was one of the original Vanzacs travelling Europe on the cheap, racing world cups along the way, and getting plenty of media attention for their ability to get results and have a lot of fun at the same time. From living the simple van life, Matt has gone on to ride for a number of pro teams before joining Pivot in 2019, where he seems to be very much at home. We caught up while Matt was recovering from knee surgery, to find out about his career so far, and his hopes for the future. So hit play below and give this episode with Matt Walker a listen. You can follow Matt on Instagram @mattjwalker. Supporting Partners We Are One Composites This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off during September. All you need to do is enter the code ‘giver15off‘ at the checkout. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? If so, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free and means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, why not join our newsletter, to get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. It’s full of interesting bike-related stuff, competitions, product recommendations and more. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved!

 Behind the Scenes of the New Trek Slash | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:13

Want to go behind the scenes of the development of the new Trek Slash? Then this is the episode for you. I’m joined by Trek’s Director of MTB Product Development, John Riley, and Senior Engineer, Dylan Howes to find out just what it takes to develop a bike like the new Trek Slash. We chat about how a project like this gets started, Trek’s approach to benchmarking the competition, and how important their ride testing team is. We talk about what makes a good tester, and how they used that team to take the bike through its prototype stages. They explain their choices on geometry and wheel size, and talk us through their new shock which was co-developed with RockShox. If you’re interested to find out more about how the Trek Slash was developed then hit play below. You can find out all about the new Slash by heading to trekbikes.com. You’ll find Trek on Instagram @trekbikes. Supporting Partners We Are One Composites This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off during September. All you need to do is enter the code ‘giver15off‘ at the checkout. Dialed Health As you’ll know from listening to this episode, Dialed Health is there to give you everything you need from the strength training side of things to be the best rider that you can be. They have a whole range of programs available online over at dialedhealth.com. They have a 7-day free trial available so you can give the programs a go. If you like what you see, then as a Downtime listener you can get $30 off an annual subscription to the website using the code ‘DTP30’ at the checkout. Trek Bikes You can find out more about the new Slash, along with the rest of Trek’s range, head to trekbikes.com. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at

 How to Optimise Your Riding and Training – Derek Teel From Dialed Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:18:48

Do you want to make the most effective use of your time on your bike and in the gym? Do you want to lose excess weight to get lean for riding and racing? Then Derek Teel from Dialed Health is the man to help you. In this week’s episode, I sit down with Derek to find out a bit about his background racing downhill for Yeti. We talk about how that took him on to personal training, and ultimately to founding Dialed Health, with the aim to become the number one resource for cycling fitness. We chat about optimising your week of riding and training to make sure you’re getting the biggest gains. Derek talks about the 7 essential movements that you should be doing each week. He also explains how food tracking works, and how you can use it to get lean. There is so much useful stuff in this episode, I really hope you find something to help improve your riding. Hit play below and get ready to learn! You can find more information about food tracking, along with ways to calculate your BMR here. Find out more about MyFitnessPal here. Check out Derek’s podcast episode about setting your own mission statement here. If you’re interested in the book that Derek mentions where he got the mission statement concept from, you can get it here. Supporting Partners We Are One Composites This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off during September. All you need to do is enter the code ‘giver15off‘ at the checkout. Dialed Health As you’ll know from listening to this episode, Dialed Health is there to give you everything you need from the strength training side of things to be the best rider that you can be. They have a whole range of programs available online over at dialedhealth.com. They have a 7-day free trial available so you can give the programs a go.

 Isac Paddock – From Toilets to World Cups | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:02:45

Isac Paddock is one of the youngest mountain bike photographers on the World Cup circuit. He’s also one of few photographers who only shoot for one client, but still manage to make a living. So how has he done it? We sat down to find out about Isac’s route to where he is now, working his way from taking photos of toilets, to taking photos of legends of the sport like Brook Macdonald and Aaron Gwin. Isac is also responsible for YT’s social media, and we chat about his views on where social media is going and the role it plays in athlete sponsorship. Isac’s story shows that passion, combined with commitment and hard work, does pay off. So hit play and give this chat with Isac Paddock a listen. You can follow Isac on Instagram @isacpaddock Supporting Partners Canyon Canyon Bikes are not only launching the amazing new Sender, but they are offering Downtime listeners free Bike Guard globally on all their gravity bikes until the end of August 2020. All you need to do is to head to canyon.com and use the coupon code DOWNTIME2020. Here are the terms and conditions. ‘’This voucher code is valid online until 31 August 2020 at 23:39 and discounts the cost of the Bike Guard for orders of the following models: Sender, Torque, Spectral, Strive. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other voucher code. The code does not apply to Factory Outlet bikes, cannot be used retroactively, and applies only to products available at the time of purchase. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Resale is prohibited. The code can only be used once per customer.’’ Laka Laka has flipped outdated traditional insurance on its head with no more fixed upfront premiums. Instead, your monthly contributions are based on the collectives’ claims that month. When you get a quote, they will tell you your likely monthly payment, and they will also give you a monthly cap, which will never be exceeded. If no one in the collective claims that month (and this has happened), you don’t pay anything, the savings are all yours. Laka only get paid when they resolve a claim, which is handled by experts and usually agreed within a day. With no depreciation or excess. So they are there ready and waiting to help get you back out on the trails as quickly as possible, rather than trying not to pay out like many traditional insurance models. They’ve also ditched annual contracts locking you in, with Laka, if you want to leave, you can. Anytime. They even offer a health and recovery add-on, which will help you out should you have an accident and need support in getting back on the bike. Basically Laka’s collective cover is designed for mountain bikers, and I’m stoked to have Laka as a supporting partner of the podcast. It’s super easy to get a quote, and as a Downtime listener there is a £10 credit for new customers signing up today using the discount code DOWNTIME. So head over to www.laka.co and check out what they can do for you. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s brand new, with new designs,

 Charlie Harrison – Seeing What He’s Capable Of | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:19:09

Charlie Harrison was one of the standout riders of 2019. He stood on the podium at the first and last round of the season but unfortunately suffered a wrist injury that required surgery mid-season. We sat down to chat about his career so far, all the way from his early moto days to that amazing 3rd place in Snowshoe. We cover teammates, the importance of surrounding yourself with good people, faith, early nights, and more. So hit play and listen to this chat with Charlie Harrison. You can follow Charlie on instagram @charlie_harrison_ Supporting Partners Canyon Bikes are not only launching the amazing new Sender, but they are offering Downtime listeners free Bike Guard globally on all their gravity bikes until the end of August 2020. All you need to do is to head to canyon.com and use the coupon code DOWNTIME2020. Here are the terms and conditions. ‘’This voucher code is valid online until 31 August 2020 at 23:39 and discounts the cost of the Bike Guard for orders of the following models: Sender, Torque, Spectral, Strive. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other voucher code. The code does not apply to Factory Outlet bikes, cannot be used retroactively, and applies only to products available at the time of purchase. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Resale is prohibited. The code can only be used once per customer.’’ Smith Optics have recently launched their brand new Mainline helmet. It’s a DH certified, lightweight, well ventilated full face, and I’ve been blown away by how comfortable it is. The helmet comes with 3 alternative sets of cheek pads, 2 neck rolls and 2 crown liners so that you can perfectly tune your fit. You can check it out at smithoptics.com/mainline To be in with a chance of winning a set of Smith Ruckus glasses, give @downtimepodcast and @smithopticsuk a follow on instagram. Then comment on the competition post as to why you need a new set of sunglasses. I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday 25th August. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast?

 Behind the Scenes of the New Canyon Sender – With Troy Brosnan, Aaron Pelttari and Moritz Ströer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:35:23

Today sees the launch of the brand new Canyon Sender, and I’m going to take you behind the scenes of its development! I’ll be chatting with top World Cup racer Troy Brosnan and his mechanic Aaron Pelttari to find out about their input to the project. Including the secret testing they have been doing, what wheel size Troy will be running in 2021 and why. Then I’m joined by Canyon’s lead engineer on the project, Moritz Ströer. We will be getting into more of the engineering detail of the bike. What does a project like this look like? What sort of testing are they doing? How do Canyon make decisions about key aspects of the bike? If you’ve ever wondered what goes into producing bikes capable of taking the win at the top level of the sport, then this episode is a must-listen. So hit play, and check out this episode all about the development of the new Canyon Sender. Troy and Aaron – 3:45 to 43:00 Moritz Ströer – 43:00 to 1:33:45 Supporting Partners Canyon Bikes are not only launching the amazing new Sender, but they are offering Downtime listeners free Bike Guard globally on all their gravity bikes until the end of August 2020. All you need to do is to head to canyon.com and use the coupon code DOWNTIME2020. Here are the terms and conditions. ‘’This voucher code is valid online until 31 August 2020 at 23:39 and discounts the cost of the Bike Guard for orders of the following models: Sender, Torque, Spectral, Strive. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other voucher code. The code does not apply to Factory Outlet bikes, cannot be used retroactively, and applies only to products available at the time of purchase. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Resale is prohibited. The code can only be used once per customer.’’ Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world. They are so good that you’ll find them in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at abbeybiketools.com and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then abbeybiketools.com is the place to head. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.

 Elliott Heap – Jack Of All Trades | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:50:40

Elliott Heap comes from a motocross background, but when he found mountain bikes, he took to it like a duck to water. Getting into Enduro and DH racing early on, Elliott was introduced to Nigel Page. Nigel clearly saw something in him and started supporting him from early on. Since then, Elliott has raced World Cup DH, won the junior world title in the Enduro World Series, and picked up a silver medal at the 4X World Championships. We chat about his career so far, especially what went into that EWS series win (and the hangover afterwards). We also chat about riding and racing with Sam Hill and plenty more. Elliott is a great storyteller, so hit play and give this interview with Elliott Heap a listen. Follow Elliott on Instagram @elliottheap or on Facebook @elliottheapmtb and find his coaching lessons at Ride MTB Coaching. Supporting Partners Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world, which you will find in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at abbeybiketools.com and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then abbeybiketools.com is the place to head. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. Are you enjoying the podcast? Then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free and means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, why not join our newsletter. Then you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.

 Sam Blenkinsop – Fast and Loose | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:39:15

There is no doubt that Sam Blenkinsop is one of the most stylish mountain bike riders on the planet. With a career that started racing in New Zealand at a young age, Sam worked his way up to win the 2008 World Cup in Schladming, beating the seemingly unbeatable Sam Hill. Me and Sam sat down for a chat to find out more about his rise to the top. We also chat about what it’s like to work with teammates like Nico Vouilloz and Loic Bruni. We cover Crankworx, that amazing Gamble segment, becoming a Dad and much much more. So hit play and give this episode with Sam Blenkinsop a listen. Follow Sam on Instagram @samblenkinsop. The Sam Blenkinsop segment from Gamble that we talk about is here and I highly recommend you watch it. If you want to check out Sam’s 2008 win at Schladming, then head here. Supporting Partners Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July. Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world, which you will find in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at abbeybiketools.com and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then abbeybiketools.com is the place to head. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at

 Designing the Ultimate Mountain Bike Shoes – With Chris Leatt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:15

Leatt set out on a mission to design the ultimate mountain bike shoes for flat pedal and clipless riders. But how do you go about that, what are the key elements of a great riding shoe, and what does it take to put it all together into a package that you can sell? Well in this episode, I sit down with Leatt’s founder, Chris Leatt to find out just that. On the surface of it, a riding shoe seems like a pretty simple thing, but I’m sure we have all experienced good and bad versions, showing that it’s not as easy as it looks. Have a listen to this episode and find out how Leatt approached the challenge to make the ultimate mountain bike shoes. You can find out more over at leatt.com and you can check them out on Facebook @officialleatt and Instagram @leatt_mtb Supporting Partners Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July. Leatt are supporting this episode of the podcast. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their Airflex Pro knee guards. They are the best soft shell knee pads I have ever used. For a chance to win a pair of their Aaron Chase signature shoes, just head to leatt.com/acshoe and fill in your details before the end of July. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video,

 Trash Free Trails Needs YOU | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:24:40

Trash Free Trails needs YOU. Litter on our trails, and especially plastic pollution, is a problem. Not just because it looks a mess, but it’s environmentally damaging too. Up until now, it has purely come down to relying on us being good citizens and not leaving our mark on the environments that we ride in. However, this alone is sadly not enough to keep our trails free of plastic pollution. Enter Dom Ferris and Trash Free Trails. Dom is a long time mountain biker with an inspirational story, who has a passion for clearing up our outdoor spaces. After spending many years helping Surfers Against Sewage improve our beaches and oceans, he’s now turning his attention full time to our trails. Today, Trash Free Trails are launching their State of the Trails Report. I wanted you to know more about what Trash Free Trails are doing, and hopefully, you’ll want to get involved in some way. I sat down with Dom for a chat to find out more about what led him to where he is now, what Trash Free Trails is, and how we can all help. So hit play and give this episode with Dom Ferris from Trash Free Trails a listen, and then get involved using the links below. You can follow Trash Free Trails on Instagram @trashfreetrails and Facebook @trashfreetrails or visit their website at trashfreetrails.org. Supporting Partners Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July. Leatt are supporting this episode of the podcast. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their

 Robin Wallner – Racing and Fatherhood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:42

Swedish mountain biker Robin Wallner is one of the fastest enduro riders on the planet. He came from downhill racing, and made the move to enduro in late 2014. He has subsequently shown that he’s capable of standing on the podium with the top riders in the sport. We sat down to chat about his career so far and how fatherhood has impacted his racing. We also chat about bike setup, learning stages and plenty more. Oh, and Robin gives away a special little tyre tip that I’ve not heard anyone talk about before. So hit play and give this episode with Robin Wallner a listen. You can follow Robin on Instagram @robin_wallner and find his vlog on YouTube here. Supporting Partners Leatt are supporting this episode of the podcast. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their Airflex Pro knee guards. They are the best soft shell knee pads I have ever used. For a chance to win a pair of their Aaron Chase signature shoes, just head to leatt.com/acshoe and fill in your details before the end of July. Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July. Podcast Stuff My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at

 Data Acquisition for Greg Minnaar and You – Rob Przykucki From Motion Instruments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:03:07

Mountain bike data acquisition is the future, and enables you to understand what your bike is doing in order to get it set up to perform at it’s best. Motion Instruments are responsible for the system that Greg Minnaar uses on his bike, so you know that it’s going to be good, but they are also making systems that anyone can buy. I’m joined by one of their founders, Rob Przykucki, to find more. I sat down to chat with Rob about his background in bikes and business, and to find out how he went from being a product manager in a data storage firm to setting up Motion Instruments. His mission, to create accessible data acquisition kits to help us set up our suspension and get the most from our bikes. Find out what it takes to get something like this off the ground, how Greg Minnaar got involved and disrupted the direction of the project, and hear about some of the significant challenges along the way. Rob’s story is a real inspiration for anyone who’s not loving their day job, and wants to change things up and follow their passion. So hit play below and give this episode with Rob Przykucki a listen. You can find out more about Motion Instruments at motioninstruments.com and you can check out their YouTube channel here or follow them on Instagram @motioninstruments. This episode is supported by Leatt. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their Airflex Pro knee guards as they are the best soft shell knee pads I have ever used. For a chance to win a pair of their Aaron Chase signature shoes, just head to leatt.com/acshoe and fill in your details before the end of July. This episode is also supported by Abbey Bike Tools. Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world, which you will find in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at abbeybiketools.com and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then abbeybiketools.com is the place to head. My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new,

 Jack Moir – A Rough Ride | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:27

Jack Moir is one of Australia’s top mountain bikers, who’s also shown that he’s more than capable of mixing it up with the best in the world. However, it’s not all been plain sailing for Jack, with a host of injuries that have taken him out of the running and team changes that haven’t always worked out the way you’d hope. We chat about those multiple collarbone breaks, developing the 29er with Intense that he went on to take to 2nd place at Fort William World Cup, the challenges of changing from the Intense team to… well… the new Intense team, and his recent move to the Enduro World Series where he’ll be riding for Canyon Factory Racing. There’s also some surf chat thrown in for good measure so hit play below and give this episode with Jack Moir a listen. You can follow Jack on Instagram @jackmoir_ This episode is supported by We Are One Composites. We Are One have been big supporters of what I’m doing from the start, and for that I’m really grateful. They also make amazing carbon fibre wheels which are hand made in Canada, and have recently added their DaPackage bar and stem to their line up. I’m running their Faction 29er rims on my new bike, and they look and feel amazing. They’ve managed to find the sweet spot between stiffness and compliance, making a wheel that tracks, but doesn’t feel harsh to ride. They’ve got a whole line up of wheels, so there is always something to suit your needs. Head to weareonecomposites.com and check out what they have to offer. If you’re tempted, then as a Downtime listener they have kindly offered you 15% off until 30th June. All you need to do is enter the code ‘handlaid2020‘ at the checkout. My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All the products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. Check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time. For all things video related, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast. If you are enjoying the podcast, then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free, and it means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can also find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn Radio and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, you can also join our newsletter, which means you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday. If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved! Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.com/episodes Photo – Boris Beyer

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