Steve Peat Slams Enduro

Video Éditions VTOPO
Date Jan 6, 2016

There’s a lot more to this video than just Peaty talking trash about Enduro. Some good riding on several bikes and motos and a visit to his home make this an interesting look into his life.


Never one to mince words.

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andrewbikeguide
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AndrewR  - Jan. 8, 2016, 10:06 a.m.

Very interesting that he is running an XTR Trail for a front brake and a Saint for his rear brake on his V-10? I would think that the other way around made more sense but who am I to argue with a World Champ?!?!?

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funsponge
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Funsponge  - Jan. 7, 2016, 12:25 p.m.

Pretty dumb to say enduro racers cheat.

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pete@nsmb.com
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Pete Roggeman  - Jan. 7, 2016, 2:08 p.m.

Except that cheating - or 'misinterpretation of the rules' has been a problem in Enduro. We didn't hear much about it in 2015, but in 2013 and 2014 it came up almost every round. A former DH World Champ who switched to Enduro was even DQ'd once for accepting a ride to the top of a stage when it was clearly forbidden. The 'French Line' is a euphemism for cutting the course (but let's not just let the French take the blame). It happened. It still happens. Steve Peat has achieved enough and been around for so long that I think he has earned the right to say that he doesn't like that event because of the bickering surrounding that issue. It's a common theme among DH athletes in particular that the amount of course camping going on in Enduro is making it hard to enjoy for them.

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andrewbikeguide
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AndrewR  - Jan. 8, 2016, 10:05 a.m.

True but if you happened to live in one of the WC DH Venues that run uplift all summer then you have the same local knowledge benefits for your home round for DH. No different to the locals and expat locals enjoy living here in Whistler (EWS round) or if you are an Italian who happens to live in Finale Ligure. The difference for Enduro is that there are specific rules in EWS against sessioning the course except for official practice days and there are rules against mechanical assistance (except for where a chair lift is offically part of a stage). Lets face it as fun as enduro is it is almost impossible to run live coverage which limits its appeal to media and sponsors to a significant extent. Sponsorship means funding which contributes to the level of reward a round can offer its volunteers and the Enduro format means you need a lot of volunteer hours (and miles of tape) to tape off and or marshall, and then recover the tape after the event, every section or corner where an advantage might be made by taking an alternative line. The UCI has cracked down on DH (ie return to the course where you leave it or be DQ) in recent years but it would take some resources to do this for Enduro events. I agree (and having met the man who is very funny and humble by the way, he showed us some lines in Wharncliffe Woods when we were riding there a few years ago) that Peaty has the kudos and experience to make a qualified comment. He did not say Enduro was crap he just said he had trouble with some aspects of it as a professional sport and it was not really for him.

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dj
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DJ  - Jan. 7, 2016, 10:15 a.m.

looks like he has made a serious living eh.

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nat-brown
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Nat Brown  - Jan. 7, 2016, 12:01 a.m.

That was awesome. I'm a Steve Peat fan. Being his last year I expect there will be a bunch of media around him, especially at the end of the year, but this is a great piece to start the year, and nicely edited. I think his style on a bike, and I mean riding a bike on tech terrain, as opposed to jumping and style in the air, almost defined style on a bike for me. I got into riding just as he started winning world cups though, so maybe I'm living in the past haha. Only ever being exposed to him through media content, and comparing him in that context, what an example we've had over the past however many years…to the extent that any compliment is cliche.

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