Archive for April, 2010

MBUK “Pump Your Rump” article – Esher Pump Track

Friday, April 30th, 2010

“Pump your rump” – not the best title for an article on our new Pump Track, but once you’ve ridden the Pump Track, you would completely understand just why MBUK magazine’s lead journalist Doddy named his article this way – the Pump Track will literally kill you, from a fitness perspective!

The article is very complimentary of the Esher Pump Track, and I am really glad Doddy picked up on the big difference between our Pump Track and many of those that have come before – the so called “bmx pump tracks”

The Esher Pump Track is more like a 4X track in its 3-Dimensionality, and sheer aerobic workout, and the high level of skill required to really ride the track at full speed, and make the most of its many features and lines…

We are hoping to open the Pump Track in the near future, and with the BBC forecasting rain this weekend, it presents a prime opportunity for the trail crew to get all the “niggling” outstanding issues fixed, including the new backline which currently looks more like a piece of the Sahara desert, than something that belongs on a working Pump Track!

more news soon..keep in touch using our website

MBUK’s latest issue will reach subscribers mailboxes tomorrow morning, and will be on the news stands on Wednesday morning next week


Rob C

Esher Shore

Jack Reading at BDS DH – Round 1

Friday, April 30th, 2010

April 10th and it was finally time for my season to really get going. It was the first round of the newly named British Downhill Series at Rheola in South Wales. This was the venue for the final round of the National Series in 2009 which went really well for me so I was feeling confident for a good result. Going into this event I’ve already had three regional races which have all gone well, but this was going to be a much tougher task. The Elite field was 26 riders strong and packed with talented World Cup regulars such as Gee and Dan Atherton, Joe Smith, Ben Reid and Mark Beaumont just to name a few.

The weather forecast (unbelievably for this time of year in the UK) was awesome, with sun and temperatures in the high teens predicted. However after a long period of wet weather about half of the track was still wet and boggy come Saturday morning. The long top section which is really fast and rocky was dry, but all the bits lower down in the thick trees were not looking good. I started with dry tyres, having the mindset they would be best at the top, and that things would improve in the woods due to the good weather, and therefore would be the tyres of choice come Sunday and racing.

The track did gradually get drier, but it also got really rutted out and became very challenging to ride fast in some places. One of the marshals, who is actually an elite rider herself, will back me up on the fact that through Saturday practice and on each of my 5 runs down the track, I crashed in the same rut every single bloody time! Finally come Sunday morning I started to ride it less like an idiot and didn’t have a problem with it again… it was a very deep narrow deadly rut though… that’s my excuse anyway!

I was feeling very nervous before the seeding run. Standing at the top with all those pros is rather intimidating to say the least when you’re just a student from Huddersfield who’s only been riding downhill for less than 4 years. I had all these thoughts blasting through my head, like if I didn’t do well today, surely going to world cups this year wouldn’t be such a good idea etc etc, but I sorted my head out and got in the start gate with a good aggressive mindset and did an alright seeding run. I say alright, because it was a distinctly average run. Nothing amazingly great happened in it and nothing terrible happened either, it was just OK. So for this reason I was rather surprised when I got to the bottom and went into second place, with roughly half the elite field left to come down. I ended up being seeded 11th, and considering the company I was in, pretty happy with it.

After seeding I was feeling much better. My normal racing mood of being aggressive, wanting it, and believing I could do well had returned. My race run started well. The fast top section is basically balls out, how fast will you dare go. I hit it faster than I had all weekend so I was off to a good start, a great confidence boost. I then almost threw it all away getting super super loose in two consecutive corners, drifting to almost the point of no return, then just holding on, before going off a drop in the wrong direction, somehow managing to hold the awful landing and getting spat back in the right direction to carrying on. And my mates call me sketchy… can’t think why! Anyway, I then proceeded to nail the next crucial wooded section, which was good. I really attacked the ruts and got through them without drama. Then I made a couple of mistakes in the lower woods, getting bad landings in bogs and losing speed on exit, and got a jump section after the fire road wrong losing a bit of speed, but nothing major. I knew I’d had a faster run than seeding.

When I dropped into the finish area and put a couple of pedals in to cross the line everything went a bit blurry. I heard the commentator shouting I’d gone into the lead and the crowd cheering and that was all I needed to hear. Strangely, when that happens I always automatically think I’ve just had a perfect run, and only later remember that I’d actually made quite a few mistakes and almost crashed a number of times. I managed to hold the hot seat for one more rider (Ben Cathro) and enjoy the attention before Chain Reaction Pro Matt Simmonds came down and showed me how it was done. My time of 2.59.1, over 4 seconds quicker than my seeding time held on to take 7th place which I am really happy with. For full results check out The guys who beat me were Gee Atherton, Dan Atherton, Matt Simmonds, Joe Smith, Mark Beaumont and Sam Dale… respectable I’d say considering they all get paid to race bikes.

So my first real competitive elite race went really well. I didn’t get on with the track that well, and made quite a few costly mistakes in my run and still got a wicked result. I now feel like I’ve earned my elite status and am comfortable with it. I’m far less nervous about going to the World Cups and am really excited for the experience. My next race is in three weeks (2 May), the Welsh Champs at Llangollen, before travelling up to Fort William(9 May) for the next round of the British Downhill Series, then it’s off to Maribor for my first world cup on 16 May.

Editor’s Note: Jack is riding the Ellsworth Dare

esher Pump Track on Bike

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 is an “industry insider” website that runs lots of inside news stories and information…seems the Esher Pump Track is attracting lots of attention…

MBUK magazine’s next issue is due this Saturday for their subscribers, and on 5th May for the newstands, and has an article “Pump Track Mania” featuring the Esher Pump Track, being ridden by Mythic Bikes’ Rob Cole (Mythic Rampant) and John “Jesus” Holme (Mythic AMP) and MBUK’s Doddy, Red Bull X-Fighter commentator and DH legend Rob Warner and Freeborn / Esher friend Marius, all sessioning the Esher Pump Track

Bear in mind, the article is out of date, we have installed a brand new “back line” and new timber stunts since the article was shot ;)


Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

We are offering Devinci‘s entry-level freeride bike The Ollie for the insanely low price of just £1299.99 for a limited time period to all our Freeborn Direct customers

The Ollie sits just below “The Frantik” in Devinci’s Freeride range, and offers a killer COMPLETE BIKE package for less money than many competing brands sell just their “FRAMES” for !!!

The Ollie does not have some cheap Taiwanese made “catalogue frame”, far from it!!

The Ollie has a Canadian-built (Devinci, Quebec) true 7″ travel, four-bar / horst pivot FSR frame made from custom swaged and butted 6000 series aluminium alloy, with all pivots running on sealed needle roller bearings for smooth suspension action and long term durability

The Ollie boasts a heavy-duty frame design with 1.5″ head tube  and has dialled geometry perfect for freeride and downhill abuse; it will take a beating and let you get the most from your riding whether blasting downhill runs, tackling nasty North Shore stunts, or using the chairlift on your vacation in Whistler Bike Park, Canada!!

The full Ollie bike boasts a Marzocchi suspension combo of their capable 55R fork and large volume Roco coil shock, Sram X-5 shifting with Truvativ Howizter crankset and Truvativ Box Guide single-ring chain device, Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic disc brakes and Maddux FR rim / Daredevil sealed hub wheel package with Kenda Blue Groove 2.5″ tires and Daredevil finishing kit – all sensible, good quality kit with no “weak points” as you often get on cheaper bikes

The hot news with The Ollie, is its an affordable way to get into Freeride and Downhill without blowing the bank – if you have been looking at Taiwanese-built models from brands like Specialized (Big Hit) and Kona (Stinky) then check out the Ollie – a Canadian made original!

You will be pleasantly surprised at what you are getting for your money when you buy a Devinci Ollie (bear in mind the original retail price is £2,174.99) !!

Devinci offer a genuine lifetime warranty on all their frames, which means you can happily upgrade your Ollie as your riding improves, with peace of mind that your frame won’t let you down!

This is a limited offer for Spring 2010, and stock is very limited – so please get in contact if interested in this awesome bike at a ‘give away’ price!


Monday, April 26th, 2010

Team Pinkbike / Devinci returns for 2010, with a fresh roster of riders including Elite riders Simon Garstin and Cam Woods, and a very strong Junior / Expert squad of Alex Currie, Cam Hilts and Riley Suhan

For the 2010 season Team / Devinci will be taking their talented Canadian team riders to the World Cup racers, as well as the Canada Cup Circuit, World Cup circuit, BC Cup Circuit and individual races like the US Open, Sea Otter Classic, Crankworx Whistler, and many others

The Team riders are all on board the 2010 Devinci Wilson DH bike, with great support from additional sponsors including Shimano, DT Swiss USA, Schwalbe Tires, SDG USA, Giro, and Vans Shoes amongst others

More info here:

Mythic Legend MK II finally available

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Mythic’s “Legend” DH race frame has been A LONG TIME coming

nearly 5 years of design and development including 50 test riders on the Legend Mk I frame across the Globe – amateur riders including qualified engineers, designers and products testers, who have pumped their ‘feedback’ back to Keith and Jay at Mythic / Banshee Bikes

Tweaks have been made to frame geometry, small problems addressed, and most critically the move from IGUS composite bearings back to INA ball bearings on the frame pivots

Freeborn have finally received the “production” Mk II Legend frames, in a limited supply – in the words of our head mechanic – “silky smooth” rear suspension with the rear shock removed…

Mythic / Banshee design engineer Keith Scott explains the Legend in this short video from the “Sea Otter” event in the USA

If you want a Legend Mk II you need to move quickly as we have just a handful of frames available, until the next production run…..

Keith on the Mythic SPITFIRE

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Keith from Mythic / Banshee Bikes has put together this short video clip, featuring the brand new 2010 Spitfire trail frame

More info found here:

Have I ridden a Spitfire yet?

YES! I custom built a medium white Spifire for one of our regular Freeborn Esher customers Mike, and had a quick spin around outside the shop on it – my first impression was a super aggressive, and slack but nimble trail bike – with huge potential to shake up the trail bike market

Keep an eye on both MBUK and MBR magazines in the UK as they will be showing the Spitfire very soon as a test bike for their leading journalist / test riders


Rob C

2010 Specialized Enduro SL Expert

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

check this bad boy out 2010 Enduro SL Expert – a new bike for one of our customers!

the 2010 Enduro SL range has a super-slack 66.5 degree head angle and this expert model comes with the new Fox RP2 BV rear shock

It also comes stock with Rockshox’s “dumbed down” Lyric I.S. Solo Air fork, so for this customer a 2010 Fox 36 Talas RC2 fork has been installed to drastically improve the bike’s performance

The customer opted to not run the “Command Post” that comes with the bike, and a regular seatpost has been fitted to save weight and reduce maintenance, and small blanking bolts fitted to the frame after the command post cable clips and bolts have been removed

DMR pedals have been used to finish off the bike, and its all good to go!

2010 Devinci HECTIK II

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

the 2010 Devinci Hectik bikes and frames recently landed in the UK, and have already started flying out of our shops as riders realise what an *insane* deal the Hectik frameset and Hectik bikes are compared to the competition!!

Something to understand if you are new to our website and blog, is that Freeborn is a ‘Direct Retailer’ - we purchase directly from Devinci’s factory in Quebec, Canada and then sell directly to YOU, our customer

By cutting out the middleman, we can take about 1/3rd off the recommended retail price, compared to brands like Santa Cruz, La Pierre, Commencal and Orange who sell their bikes and frames through 3rd party distribution networks…

You also get better sales and after-sales service by dealing directly with Freeborn, rather than a shop that sells 5 different “box” brands and does not have the same passion for the brand!

With Devinci, you also get a true LIFETIME warranty on your frame, which is good to know as many “high end” brands only offer 1-2 years on their frames!

Shown below is a 2010 Devinci Hectik II complete bike that a customer purchased today at Freeborn Esher

the specification is very plush for our direct price of GBP £2949.99 (RRP of GBP £4129.99):

  • Fork- Fox 36 Talas Fit RC2 100-130-160MM – which has a RRP of £939.99
  • Headset – FSA Orbit 1.5 ZS
  • Front Rim- Mavic EN321
  • Front Hub – DT Swiss 340 20mm
  • Rear Rim – Mavic EN321
  • Rear Hub – DT Swiss 340 135mm
  • Spokes – Dt Champion
  • Tyres – Maxxis Advantage 26X2.25 60TPI Kevlar Foldable
  • Front Brake – Avid Elixir CR 185MM Rotor Hydraulic Disc
  • Rear Brake – Avid Elixir CR 160MM Rotor Hydraulic Disc
  • Rear Derailler – Sram X.9
  • Front Derailler – Sram X.7
  • Front Shifter – Sram x.7
  • Rear Shifter – Sram x.7
  • Crankset – Truvativ Stylo 2.2 GXP 36/24T
  • Pedals – Crank Brothers Candy
  • Cassette – Sram Power Glide II 950 9S 11-34T
  • Chain – Shimano HG53
  • Handlebar – Race Face Ride Riserbar 31.8MM
  • Stem – Race Face Ride 31.8m
  • Saddle – Devinci Antithesis
  • Seatpost -  Race Face 31.6mm
  • Grips – Devinci Performance lock-on

We also directly sell the Hectik frame with Fox RP23 XV BV shock for just GBP£1199.99, but the real steal is the Hectik “frameset” offer which includes the 2010 Fox 36 Talas RC2 taper steerer fork and a FSA Orbit 1.5ZS headset for just GBP £1,831.28

A customer who purchased one of these framesets today, through the website, commented when we rang to confirm his order, “Its nearly £200 cheaper than just buying a SC nomad FRAME…its like buying a frame and getting the Fox 36 fork and FSA Orbit headset thrown in for free…”

Hectik bikes are available in both I and II versions, and Hectik frames and frameset packages can be tailored to suit your needs

More info found here:

Spitfire on

Friday, April 9th, 2010

the Mythic Spitfire has a “first look” review on popular Canadian mountain bike website /forum

the tester seems very happy with his Spitfire, more info found below…