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How Is This Possible?

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February 14th, 2017

Thibault Figone – a name that is new to us – has stuck a world first on a mountain bike. Amazing how slick and logical this appears. How do you manage so many different axes? Craziness!

Of course the first one on bmx happened way back in 2011.


When will we see this in a slopestyle comp?

  • WNCmotard

    That’s not a mountain bike, it’s a DJ bike. Still a 26″ wheel either way, and a bad ass trick!

    • bearcol

      If you can’t take a DJ bike mountain biking you’re not a mountain biker.

      • WNCmotard

        By that logic if you can’t pull the same trick on a fat bike, you’re not a dirt jumper. It’s a DJ bike, it’s not meant for long days in the saddle and covering a lot of ground, or being in the saddle at all for that matter. No different than a fat bike isn’t made for doing crazy dirt jump tricks. And just for the record, nothing against DJ bikes, there’s one in the garage.

      • bearcol

        My logic is if you don’t think a 26″ hard tail with 100mm fork isn’t a mountain bike that can be used for trail riding, you’re not a mountain biker. Please tell me when a 26″ hardtail stopped being a mountain bike? Why am I asking, I know, it’s when you were told you need 25mm taller 650b rims or you’ll hang up on every rock.

        And sorry to go off on a tangent when we should all just be stoked he pulled such a trick on a mountain bike. I never thought anything other than a 20″er would be able to do such a technical trick. I hope more BMX’ers work their way into the mountain bike world. They probably don’t want to though considering how lame mountain bikers are about wheel size and what any given bike can and can’t do.

      • WNCmotard

        Go back and read my first post, I gave credit for it being a bad ass trick from the get go. And it’s not a 26″ HT, it’s a DJ bike. The key difference being there isn’t enough seat tube on a DJ bike for pretty much anyone to extend the seat post far enough to pedal for actual trail riding. You’re not doing a long trail ride standing hunched over the bars on a DJ bike, if you’re honest about it. Has nothing to do with wheel size or new standards being pushed, and everything to do with basic physics.

      • whatyouthink

        hey now my first mountain bike was an old specialized p2. i set it up with gears and decent brakes. i rode all the xc trails around denver on it took it to winter park (admittedly got rattled to death). but you can mountain bike on them. that reminds me i want to go trail ride on a dj again. do it a few times a year for the fun.

      • bearcol

        So lift service park riding isn’t mountain biking? Just because any given DJ frame may not allow for enough seat post for climbing doesn’t disqualify it as a mountain bike. THere’s plenty of times when my 650b Enduro super bike’s saddle never raises. Like whatyouthink said, plenty of people started trail riding on DJ’s. I used to trail ride a Kona shred when I was poor in college. There’s plenty of DJ bikes that allow for enough post for climbing. Many don’t, some do. They are all mountain bikes regardless.

  • whatyouthink

    that makes my head hurt.

  • WNCmotard

    I guess I’ve just always thought of DJ bikes as big BMX bikes. Maybe I’m wrong, certainly not the first time, and likely not the last. Oh well, carry on.