Created with Sketch.
The NSMB podcast: Obsessed with Mountain Biking
143 minutes | May 31, 2021
Chris Porter – Part 1
Mountain bikes have evolved tremendously in the last five years but before then, media and marketing had already nudged the term longer, lower, slacker beyond the edge of being a cliché. The alarmingly incremental progress made to bike shapes is at least partly to blame for the term being worn thin.During this time one person, in particular, established a name for themselves, and a company to serve riders interested in leaping ahead. Chris Porter is better known today for what was a unique approach to bike shape, one that’s slowly becoming more mainstream with each model year. And whether or not you find yourself agreeing with his thoughts, they at least tickle the mind. But who is Chris Porter? Where is he from? What led him down the path to the current day, one where some have labelled him the godfather of modern mountain bike geometry. For years, his thought-provoking ideas on mountain bikes have challenged what people believe to be right, and I wanted to know more about where those ideas stem from? Chris is immensely passionate about riding on two wheels, whether a motorcycle or mountain bike, which is clear when listening to him share some of his experiences – genuine emotion can be heard in his voice. That love, coupled with a desire to improve the experience is a large part of what drives him. While this episode, the first of two planned with Chris was primarily to discuss his background, there is some discussion on the technical aspects of mountain bikes in the latter half. We'll be connecting again shortly to dive deeper into some of these topics and poke the industry bear a little too.
79 minutes | May 10, 2021
But none of those lessons could prepare her for the latest challenge faced at the end of 2020. After a messed-up year, thanks mostly to the world turning on its head, Katy found herself without support to continue her career as a professional E.W.S. athlete. The lessons learned during her prior low were no match for the uncertainty and lack of direction she faced this off-season. Not knowing what lays ahead makes it hard to motivate or set goals for the coming year. Scrambling, Katy had countless conversations with teams and brands but ultimately kept receiving dreaded rejections. Not everything was lost though, and Katy found support from a large brand that believed in her. That belief provided her with the assurance needed to soldier on and sparked a renewed focus for the sort of brands she wants to align with. Katy’s saga, as it’s being referred to, is as muddy as it gets. Timing, status, the global pandemic, and gender each affected the situation. But she's made it through with a renewed energy to get after it and a fire that burns hot.
94 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
What actions will inspire someone to make a better life for themselves? Those of our childhood heroes, our friends and parents, or a complete stranger can have a lasting impact but how about a video game? Growing up, Kyle Warner dealt with many daily challenges. As a teenager, he was looking after his clinically depressed mother, they lost their home, and his older brother had a drug addiction. But the video game, Downhill Domination, and Eric Carter’s character in that game sparked something in Kyle. Kyle fell in love with the sport. Once he got a bike, riding became a positive outlet, bringing joy and an escape from the trouble at home. He declared, mountain bikes were going to be his life and set goals to become a professional racer. Now he's shifted his focus from racing to helping others get into the sport. His YouTube channel has grown rapidly and an active community of followers share stories of saved marriages and a new direction in life, just like Kyle discovered when he found bikes. Kyle's story is one that I’m excited to share. It’s humbling, emotional and left me speechless several times. He’s a great human, genuine, soft-spoken and motivated to help people by spreading the positive impact that bikes can have. Welcome to the latest episode of the NSMB Podcast and our conversation with Kyle Warner.
30 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Steep Seat Tube Angles & Their Effect on Riders w/ Coach, Joel Harwood
For every rider frothing about their new bike with a steeper seat tube angle, there are plenty who feel things are going too far. Claims of poor power and efficiency accompany complaints of sore hands, knees and backside but what if the seat angle alone isn’t the cause? With many happy to see steeper seat tube angles on modern mountain bikes, the complaints from those unimpressed by the changes got A.J. Barlas thinking; Is the steeper seat tube angle going too far for the majority, and how does it affect our biomechanics on the bike?After a year of on and off research on the topic, A.J. reached out to a performance coach with education in exercise physiology. Joel Harwood is the founder of Blueprint Athlete Development and works with a range of World Cup and EWS calibre athletes. Joel simplified the science while also raising points that all riders, whether comfortable with steep seat angles or not, could consider when on their bike.
50 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Specialized 2022 Flat Pedal Shoes with Footwear Product Manager, Stephen Quay
For flat pedal riders after the most grip possible, FiveTen has really been the only option. Year after year, new shoe releases have left us to question, why is it so hard for others to achieve similar grip? With the release of their new 2FO DH shoes and now the Rime, A.J. Barlas wanted to know more about Specialized’s shoe development process. Did they want all the grip, and if so, why did it take so long? How did they test the sole for grip? And what about their choice of materials? Specialized Footwear Product Manager, Stephen Quay was happy to dive into the new shoes, answering A.J's questions and more. They discussed the development process behind SlipNot ST, the materials used in the uppers, and Specialized’s Body Geometry. It turns out heaps goes into making shoes and the type of rubber needed for grip is tricky to develop.
83 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
For many of us, riding bikes begins as a childhood activity, belting around the local neighbourhood, learning to wheelie and launching off gutters. But in some parts of the world, it goes beyond an after school activity. Neighbourhoods riddled with kids outdoing each other on the bike can build into pushing for national titles. These hotbeds of talented young riders develop more as the years go by, leaving a legacy behind.It turns out Yoann Barelli grew up in such a hotbed in the south of France. He started riding with his 'brother' and future world champion, Fabien Barel but the town is also home to legendary downhill racer, Nico Vouilloz. There’s much racing history in the streets there but for Yoann, a slightly different path was taken.Most listeners will know Yoann for his exuberant personality and, as it turns out, it played a large role in securing his first professional contract. But as he’s matured, his outlook on life and racing has too. Yoann shared how he got started in the sport, how the more recent events in his life and the world have shaped his career, and his thoughts on the environment.Topics discussed:Starting riding and racing in the South of FranceTaking time to travel and learn EnglishHow to be a Pro Rider video and how it actually workedThe Enduro World Series giving riders a chance at a career that wasn't there beforeFrench lines and how the EWS has evolvedCutting back the amount of racingStarting the Into the Gnar coaching businessRacing for the thrillFinding ways to progress as a pro-level riderInjuries and their impact on racingCleaning up the environmentBecoming carbon neutralLinks mentioned in this episode:How to be a Pro Rider by Yoann BarelliBarelli Concepts / Into The GnarSam Hill in ChileRideguard – mudguards made from recycled plasticYoann’s InstagramThe NSMB Podcast: Obsessed with Mountain Biking is available on all of your favourite podcast apps:Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherOvercastGoogle Podcasts
62 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Bryson Martin has been involved in the industry for longer than most of you would imagine. From racing in the 80s to starting his own suspension manufacturing company, DVO, he’s seen the evolution of our sport from its early beginnings. We're excited to present the first NSMB Podcast ever recorded, we just had a little delay in publishing it. AJ and Bryson dive in and talk about elevated chainstays, drilling out suspension parts in the garage, how the Bomber name came about and, of course, the birth of DVO. Bryson also shares some snippets for exciting products that will be coming in the future.HIGHLIGHTSWearing Suits & the merge into bikes for a livingBryson: Before I got my master's degree I got a normal job, where I had to wear a suit…AJ: No way…Bryson: it was awful!Starting with MarzocchiBryson: I ran into a guy from Marzocchi who was straight from Italy—you could tell he was Italian, you know, wearing one of those suits and walking around a bike show. I was like; “Hey, I raced Marzocchi on my motorcycles for years.” and stuff. I said: “What are you doing here?” He said, “oh, we’re thinking about entering the mountain bike market.” I’m like: “I’m your guy! I can handle it.” Laughing.So… yeah we stayed in contact and six months later I flew to Italy and I said; “Hey I’ve got an idea. I’m going to make a mountain bike fork. I can handle the US structure, I want to be part owner and I’ll build it.” I was talking to Adriano Marzocchi, one of the cousins, and I said: “How big is your motorcycle division?” And he said you know, ‘X’ amount of millions of lira. Then I go “alright, in ten years I’ll make it bigger than motorcycle.” He laughed and goes; “You’re so stupid, haha, you Americans. I like your…” something in Italian which equates to your arrogance, you know. Then he goes; “Let’s do business.” And that’s how it started…On Starting DVO SuspensionBryson: We always looked at, in the past, air spring technology. We felt like, we wanted to use different air spring technologies… There are certain performance advantages to doing an air spring differently. Through the economics of manufacturing back then (at Marzocchi) we weren’t able to even investigate it. But we know that it represented a problem. That’s why we have the OTT System (with DVO)… I remember it clear as day, like the first day we sat down, we’re like, alright, let’s design a new air spring. These are the problems that we’ve seen in the past, how are we going to address them, manufacturer it, make it as light as possible, easy to adjust, you know, etc.Something New?AJ: Inverted single crown forks…Bryson: I'm, that's, those are awesome. I love ‘em. I’m working on one, I’ll be honest with you… I’m working on one and… It’s a little bit… Well honestly, I was the first to come out with an inverted fork. At Marzocchi, I did the RAC fork. That’s called Reversed Advanced Composite. So I developed that. It was an inverted, carbon upper structure. I did it with Easton in Mexico. We just, we didn’t… It was way before its time. We didn’t have the manufacturing capabilities that we have now. I’m working on one. The thing is, it needs to be light. Inverted you can’t hit these weight targets that a lot of people… So for me, its kind of a side project, in a sense, but… Inverted is awesome. It’s the only way to go.
60 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
Over the last 20 years, we’ve watched Geoff Gulevich evolve and grow from a fresh-faced 13-year-old grom into one of the most recognized freeriders in our sport. His career started about the same time that riding on the North Shore achieved worldwide renown and the two have grown together. From cedar skinnies up in the sky to the today's modern, flowy style, he has been there, first as a young local ripper with parts in Digger’s North Shore Extreme video series, moving on to global recognition with a big online following, working with companies like GoPro and lululemon in addition to his bike industry sponsors.Throughout that time, Gully has been a mainstay in videos as well as freeride and slopestyle competitions, earning accolades and results but also the respect and admiration of fellow riders, fans, and the industry as a whole. His easygoing nature and friendly demeanour comes as naturally as greasing a massive booter, and that may be what people like most about him, but there is no shortage of reasons to be a fan. No boasting or ego here - just a grown-up kid who likes to have fun on his bike, who has matured along with the sport that he loves, and has brought us along for the ride.I’m Pete Roggeman and this is episode 5 of the NSMB podcast, and for this one, Cam McRae and I sat down together with Geoff Gulevich - known to many of us as ‘Gully’ - to dive a little deeper.Topics discussed:Gully's first bike and how the wheel got taco'ed on the first day.First-ever ride with a pro with Jay Hoots and knowing MTB was the career he wanted from the time he started.Getting his parents to forge his application to McDonald's so he could earn money for bike parts - at age 12!Competing at Rampage and slopestyle events like Joyride. Guinea-pigging the Oakley sender and his biggest crash ever.Traveling the world as a competitor and then as an adventurer.Geoff collects pocket knives from places he travels to and commissioned Ethan Nell's dad to make custom knives for his groomsmen.The experience of his Fox News interview after Rampage in 2014.Social media, dealing with haters, a few tips for getting better GoPro footage.How GoPro has influenced his career.What advice would he give to Gully in the past?What does the future hold for Geoff Gulevich?Links mentioned in this episode:Follow Gully on InstagramGully's viral helmet cam vid from Rampage and ensuing Fox News InterviewThe NSMB Podcast: Obsessed with Mountain Biking is available on all of your favourite podcast apps:Apple PodcastsSpotifyStitcherOvercastGoogle Podcasts
61 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
69 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Sven and Anka Martin
On a short trip to New Zealand in 2019, I thought there might be a chance to record a podcast with Sven and Anka Martin. When I arrived in Nelson, I learned that my two podcast targets had planned and were running the Santa Cruz media event that had brought me to their adopted homeland.Sven is a former pro skateboarder and World Cup downhiller who has become one of the most well known and respected photographers on the DH and enduro circuits. Anka, who’s married to Sven, is a badass rider who raced World Cup DH until two thousand and nine and eventually began pursuing a career racing enduro. She has won both Trans Provence and Andes Pacifico and was a regular in the top 10 at the EWS - before stepping back from competitive riding at the end of 2016. Neither Sven nor Anka had ever ridden a mountain bike when they first met. Incredibly together they clawed their way up until they were both racing at the highest level.Sven and Anka, South Africans by birth who also host the popular NZ Enduro every year, had to scuttle their original plan for myself and the other visiting journalists. Things were too hot in the trails near Nelson and the risk of fire was too high. They took this in stride and hastily organized a two-day excursion that involved riding sweet singletrack to a lodge that can’t be reached by road, leaving there by boat and then jumping in helicopters for an alpine drop to sample some of the finest loamy singletrack I’ve ridden. They pulled a wicked advenutre out of the hat and never seemed to break a sweat.On top of this - Sven was shooting photos of all the journalists and athletes - and Anka was making sure everyone was having a great time and quietly sorting all the details - all this the week before their annual NZ Enduro.In the midst of this chaos I asked if they could spare an hour to sit down for a podcast and they were gracious enough to accept.The first thing you notice about Sven and Anka is that they are always smiling and laughing and enjoying life - even when things seem to be going sideways. Sven is always making wise cracks and Anka’s good mood seems impenetrable. We talked about their nomadic lives, how they came to settle in New Zealand, racing and photographing bikes and Sven’s unbelievable opening line when they first met.This episode isn’t heavy on downhill or EWS for you race nerds, but I think it captures something authentic about my guests and the incredible lives they have created within the world of mountain biking.Sven Martin on InstagramAnka Martin on InstagramGary Perkin on Instagram
81 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
In the second episode of the NSMB Podcast, A.J. Barlas chats with Nico Vink about his childhood and how growing up in Belgium influenced his riding today. Nico opens up about the struggles he's faced as a result of pursuing his passion – chancing it on more than one occasion to get to an event with only enough money to fuel his car to get there. How perception plays a role in being comfortable on massive 90-foot jumps and let's not forget the missing tooth. You'll have to wait until the end to learn that story because A.J. almost forgot himself.Topics discussed:Growing up in Belgium and racing Cross CountryNico's transition into, and out of World Cup DHFreeride and the FEST SeriesRiders to look out for and who he's inspired byLoosefest; how the event and Fest Series events are run and what it takes to put it onRampage: Judging the event and his insane line the last time he competed in the eventNico's involvement with Chatel Bike ParkParts he runs and how his bike setup changes from regular riding to FEST eventsThat missing tooth and why it took so long to replaceLinks mentioned in this episode:FEST SeriesChatel Bike ParkRed Bull Rampage
78 minutes | Jan 1, 2020
This week, in the first ever episode of the NSMB Podcast, Cam McRae talks to Sterling Lorence about how he got his start as a rider and photographer and how he went from being a mountain biker with a desire to document the trails and riders on the North Shore into one of the most respected photographers in mountain biking. Topics discussed:Sterling's beginnings as a photographer and mountain biker.Transitioning from shooting with friends, to editorial work, to commercial work.Working around the world with pro mountain bikers like Thomas Vanderham.Links mentioned in this episode:http://sterlinglorence.comhttp://nsmb.com
Terms of Service
Do Not Sell My Personal Information
© Stitcher 2021