Photo Courtesy of VitalMTB.com

There are a ton of bullshit MTB talkers these days.

These blowhards are busy filling our ears with nonsense about a bike’s ability to “roll over stuff.” They’re also talking shit about how much a bike needs to weight, what few gears it needs, and what the ideal tire size is. I wonder if these talkers realize that there are guys like Mark Weir who can pedal a 30+ pound enduro bike right up their asses – both uphill and down. And Mark ain’t alone. There are plenty of non-pros that maintain the same ability and mindset.

Meet Justin Frey – an in-house guy over at Fox Racing. Justin inspired me to write this post. Why? Cause we think alike. And it isn’t often I read an article where someone is answering questions the very same way I would.

VitalMTB: Break down your personal trail bike and downhill bike setups.

Justin Frey: My DH bike is a balanced, smooth operator, dialed (I can’t stand if something isn’t working the way it should), and QUIET. Anybody that knows me knows how particular I am about this, it’s a straight up fact that a quiet bike is faster and WAY more fun to ride! My trail bike is balanced, quiet and set up to rally the downhills even if it means suffering a bit more on the climbs. One ring up front, full chain guide (thanks Gamut), dropper post, 50 or 55mm stem and at least 711mm wide bars.

Music to my ears. Especially those last two sentences. My bikes and my maintenance approach follow this set up to a tee.

VitalMTB: How many bikes do you actually have set up at home and around the office for testing?

Justin Frey: ….. a 160mm trail-slaying machine. If I could only have one bike it would definitely be this one…..Ride it all day and smash down hills with a grip of confidence…..[no] 29er fully rigid single speeds.


VitalMTB: Can you believe that full-rigid carbon mountain bikes exist in 2012?

Justin Frey: I wish I didn’t because it’s kind of like a bad nightmare that won’t go away. At that point, isn’t that just a road bike with knobby tires and straight bars? I really think that XC race venues need to make their tracks more technical and challenging so that racers actually feel that riding a bike with 100mm or 120mm of travel is an advantage. After all it is MOUNTAIN BIKING not fire road biking.

Nuff said. Thanks VitalMTB for the interview.