We went on our first group road cycling ride with a coffee shop crawl from Richmond, BC to Downtown Vancouver. From $15 black coffees to homemade micro stove coffees on the beach... let's just say we're beginning to come to terms with our new roadie lifestyle.
Blake Samson is a pro free rider turned creator & presenter for the GMBN YouTube channel. Blake stopped by the Wheel of Gnar to talk about his days competing in slopestyle contests, his pursuit of creativity, and how he recharges his brain batteries to maintain his fresh outlook on life.
Our friend Geoff Gulevich stopped by the Wheel of Gnar for a chat and a lap of the Whistler Bike Park. Gully retells tales from his youth, relives travel nightmares and shares an emotional one-hander story.
Last October we were given a tour of the Trek Headquarters in the biggest building in Waterloo, Wisconsin (probably, maybe second to the pickle factory). We also filmed a race on Trek’s private trails of the growing high school mountain bike scene, NICA (which if you haven’t checked out already, click here). To top it all off, we got a custom Ticket dirt jump frame at Trek Headquarters painted by the Trek’s Project One wizard man himself, Eric Heth. Together, we designed a one-of-a-kind reflective and Refliptive bike.
What the heck is Refliptive? It's that purpleish, blueish... kinda... greenish colour-shifting paint you might also call Jet Fuel, Oil Slick or Chromaflair. As Trek puts it, "Refliptive is new twist on a coveted scheme of cycling’s past. Shades of amethyst and bright green flip to purple in changing light like a mood ring." So yeah, it's the coolest colour ever.
But it gets cooler. The decals change colour too. Cut from reflective high-vis 3M vinyl, each sticker appears black, but lights up with white sparkles in direct light. This bike looks all sorts of epic. And an epic bike calls for the ultimate bike check of epicness. We got pretty excited over how this bike reacts to light, but I think we can all agree, when you’re given a Refliptive bike covered in 3M stickers, you have to go a little overkill.
Trek Ticket Frame - Size Large
RockShox Pike DJ
SRAM XO Cranks
SRAM Direct Mount 32T Chainring
Stans Flow mk3 Wheelset
Maxxis Ikon Tires 26x2.2
Chromag Dolomite Seatpost
Chromag Overture Seat
Chromag OSX Bars
Chromag Ranger Stem
Chromag Contact Pedals
SRAM Level Ultimate Brakes
For all you camera and film nerds out there, we brought out the big guns for this one. Want to know more about the gear we used? Check it out below:
RED Raven Brain w/ 4.5K Dragon Sensor
Canon 1DX mk2
Ready Rig gimbal support
Nucleus remote follow focus with stabilizer grip remote