Mountain Biker Stuff – Rough orig. video

Here is a video a friend and I shot in the Contra Loma / Black Diamond Park hills. It’s my first of more to come and is a bit rough due to technical difficulties… aka lack of beer.

Wouldn’t Kick This Outta Bed

Haven’t ridden one of these bad boys but sure want to. I love my Santa Cruz but Devinci Bikes & Rocky Mountain have a piece of my heart too. Check out this video showcasing Devinci’s Wilson and the butt puckering drop at the end.

What? There’s a Bear Grylls Academy?

Learn From One Of The Masters

Proved to be a success when they launched in the UK in 2012.  With a handful of courses aimed towards everyone… families, kids, adults, etc..  Apparently they teach instructor courses as well.  Which is a cool prospect to ponder.  With that you can get paid to teach others.  Show them the ways you learned by BGSA.

About the Academy

About Instructors

My Santa Cruz Bikes

2007 Santa Cruz Bullit to 2014 Santa Cruz Bronson


So a little back story… I’ve been riding for years but the game changed for me when I spent over a $grand$ for a quality bike.  I bought my Bullit on craigslist back in 2011 and had been riding it almost indefinitely.  Sometimes I would ride my rigid (no suspension) bike here and there to drag the kids around in the bike trailer but usually rode my Bullit for everything else.   I love my Bullit and since buying the Bronson, I use it as my bike park bike.  It’s worth more to me than what the current market value is.  The Bullit opened up my world to dh and my love for going fast evolved.


Having ridden dirt bikes in the past, this was a natural transition and loved challenging myself via Strava.  Only part that sucked was climbing with it.  The geometry throws you way back (great for dh!) and weighed in at a total 42 lbs / 19Kilos.  I was able to keep up with my friends for the most part but always struggled to do so on all climbs.  It was the dh that I was able to unleash and fly.  My love for biking and bombing hills continued to grow.  It wasn’t just a hobby to ride anymore.  It has become my life.


I bought my 2014 Santa Cruz Bronson right at the turn of the year and had a couple of upgrades.  Most important upgrade was my dropper post.  DAAAAAMN, where’s that been all my riding life?!  For those of you who don’t have one and are still manually dropping or lifting your saddle… Treat yourself and get a dropper post for your bike!  You deserve it and will pay itself back over and over each time you use it.


Prior to getting my Bronson, I did a lot of research on various bikes to see which ones best fit my criteria… basically a bike that I can bomb down and mash over what is thrown at me BUUUUT, a bike that wasn’t gonna gas me out riding it to the top of the drop-in point.  I looked at Trek (used to have a Trek 8000 hard tail and thought it was solid), specialized ( a lot of my friends/family have one/two..), and others.  Overall, I have loved my Santa Cruz Bullit, watched the World Cup Syndicate to see Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Gee Atherton, Aaron Gwin, Stevie Smith and noticed Santa Cruz has made the podium I believe, the most?  For that and having my own great experience with my Bullit, I decided to get a new Santa Cruz… but still not quite sure which one.  Blur?  Nomad?  Heckler?  Having read the Bronson is built off the Heckler’s geometry but with the VPP instead of the single pivot, I was curious.  So I test rode my brothers new 2013 Santa Cruz Heckler and was amazed how well it handled.

The Heckler was super snappy and responsive.  Easily maneuverable and fast.  Those 27.5″ wheels spin quick and smooth!  My Bullit is a bit more heavy to throw around on switchbacks and tight turns.  I did a little more research and bought an Alloy 2014 Bronson.  I’m so happy I did.  It’s an amazing bike and am still pushing it to new levels of riding.  I am fortunate to live in the San Francisco Bay Area where I have been riding it in the Santa Cruz mountains, the east bay area and other areas here and there.  If interested in seeing where I ride, you can follow me on Strava, username: r Mp.


Summary; the Bronson has been a bike I can scale up hill.  It’s VPP is very noticeable compared to my Bullit which has the single pivot point.  There is virtually no “bob” or “pedal bobbing” when pedaling up hill.  The suspension settings are very nice to choose from Climb/Trail/Descent.  My Bullit only had firm-+ option for my Rock Shox Totems and the rear Fox dhx didn’t have the CTD feature.  I must say… the Bullit is still a Cadillac for bombing down.  Smooth and built like a tank.  However, I think I will be able to go faster on my Bronson in the big picture even though it has less suspension travel.  The larger wheels spin faster than the 26″ wheels and also roll over obstacles with more ease as they are larger and don’t drop into nooks and crannies like a smaller 26″ wheel can do.  I’m still playing with the settings on the Bronson to get it dialed in and have already beaten two DH segments I had places with on my Bullit.

Best Beer :: Don’t bother with the other stuff

Biking to Flying, with the Hawk

After scaling up steep rooted trails,  technical rocky climbs and the most fun… dropping in on the dh bliss, as a result you can really work up an appetite and thirst.  I need more calories to keep up with my riding, otherwise I’ll whither up and blow away in the wind.  Beer helps and I like it too! :)

I’ve tried a variety of beers over the years and am not a big fan of too many beers…. the primary type of beer I like is ale.  Especially the American style ale, hand crafted Eye Of The Hawk brewed & bottled by the Mendocino Brewing Company.



Here is the write up (below) on this delicious and quenching ale from the brewery themselves, Mendocino Brewery Company:

Eye of the Hawk is an excellent, rich bodied ale that is brewed to perfection. “Eye” is coppery reddish-amber in color and its unique taste is the result of a judicious mix of caramel and pale malted barley, balanced with Cluster, Cascade and Saaz hops. This gives the Eye its luxurious flavor, substantial mouth-feel and that slightly dry finish. Eye of the Hawk has garnered a cult following that is enviable.

I have been drinking this for over ten years now and nothing compares to the taste, body, finish, etc..  It’s got some kick at 8% alcohol and can sneak up on you if you like them TOO much! 😉   I really don’t waste my time trying other ales unless I don’t have this treat as an option when I go to bars / restaurants.

Get a good ride in and grab a six pack of this wonderful elixir on your way home.  Crack it open and enjoy.


RedBull’s Downtime: Stevie Smith

Stevie Smith prepares his comeback from injury at the World Cup in Fort William. In February he broke his ankle in Queenstown and is now ready to ride to keep defend his World Cup title.

Stevie is like a honey badger… broken ankle?…”honey badger don’t give a f**k!”. In this video he’s in Nanaimo, British Columbia, getting back up to speed and having fun doing it. Inspiring to see Stevie rock’n on regardless of his injury and still training and progressing.

Cool DH | Freeride

Here is a great dh/ freeride video with lot’s of back country bombing and some slow motion action shots of amazing.

One of my more favorite videos :: Cat Empire

This video has great downhill and freeride shots and a smooth fun music track by Cat Empire.

GoPro Hero 3+ :: Black Edition

Helmet Cams:  GoPro Hero 3+ Black EditionGoPro_HelmetCam_1

We all know GoPro has changed how we watch sports.  From various points of view, whether underwater, in the sky or flying down a trail… these cameras are the industry standard for all action cinematography.  They are built to take a beating and some.  They may be one of the more expensive options out there but they pack a wallop capturing full HD at fast frame rates (1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 & 4Kp15 and 2.7Kp30 ) for smooth fluid slow motion and high resolution cinema quality.


Attach one of these bad boys to your helmet as you bomb down a flowy single track trail… or on your bike or both!?! :)

Santa Cruz Nomad

2014 Santa Cruz Nomad :: Carbon


Notice the single chain ring, sloped back geometry… larger 27.5″ wheels?  Designed to mash down anything that stands in it’s way.  With it’s carbon frame, VPP and it’s snappy responsive nature, makes this an Enduro, formula one, bike, powered by gravity and you.  I wanna take it to NorthStar and see what it can do.  Looks fun!