The Worst Mountain Bike That Doddy Has Ever Ridden? | Ask GMBN Tech

The Worst Mountain Bike That Doddy Has Ever Ridden? | Ask GMBN Tech


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this is our weekly Q&A show. You get to ask the questions, I give you the answers. If you want to ask any questions get them in the comments below use the hashtag #askgbntech, and of course you can send them into the email address right there, it’s [email protected] Now on last weeks show you guys all asked me a whole bunch of more personal tech related questions with stuff I’ve done over the years, and there were so many, we’re going to continue right now. (Booming music) Alright next up, I’m gong to expose
myself here on this one. This is from Gareth Bertolani, and he says, “What’s your least favorite bike maintenance job?” Um. Actually I don’t like
doing bike maintenance. Any routine maintenance, the stuff stuff that I have to do, can’t stand doing. Give me a set of forks to strip for fun, give me some cheebus wheels to set up, a set of wheels to lace and build up, did that the other day for fun. But as soon as it’s like,
I got to clean my bike I got to change a cable, anything I have to do I lose interest. Probably the fact that I do this stuff every single day of my life. It does make you lose
interest after a while. But what I’ve actually managed to do is just sort of come out of my own system that I do little and often, so I never really actually
maintain anything. I use my right to work to iron out any small problems on the bike, you know, any journey on the bike I’m technically fixing it
or figuring things out, or cleaning it, or doing stuff. So I don’t have to spend anytime maintaining my bike, because I can’t be bothered to be honest (laughs). And on that note if you’re interested and you want me to make a video on how to maintain your bike without, barely any effort let me know and I’ll make it and I’ll show you exactly how I do it (laughs). Okay now it’s over to
Sid who wants to know, what is the first bike I built. Well the first bike I really built was a Giant ATX-970 so I always hardtail with the the bike before it was a Saracen Kili Pro Elite which is made from Tange Prestige, that I actually picked up from a Malvern Hills Classic, and Rob Warner who was doing a wheelie on it at the time when I went to collect the bike. Random trivia for you there. The next bike I got was a Giant ATX-970. I couldn’t afford a 990 which was the one by the Animal Team which
was yellow and blue, and the later one which was
yellow with the red back end. So I got the nice 70, the same frame layout, just made for
cheaper aluminum basically. Same geometry and stuff, and the day I got that bike my riding changed forever. So going from a hardtail with not much travel upfront to a bike with three and a half inch
travel front and rear, I was jumping off anything
I could jump off of. Jumping out of anything I could jump out, gapping anything I could gap. But as a result the bike
kind of suffered so. And this is where everything
started my sort of playing and tinkering with
bikes really started happening. Now the first thing that
happened was those forks on it had RST Mozos and they weren’t the pros they were just regular Mozos,
three and a half inch travel. Had to last them with rubber, basically as the springs in them so they were awful to start with, but it had the worst top out, proper dunk. Felt like the lowers
were going to fall off. So taking a pair of onza
u lace handlebars grips I made some top out bumpers, because they were one of
the softest rubber grips you can get at the time and put top out rubber bumpers in them basically and they felt amazing after that, well as amazing as a crap
fork could feel anyway. And then two weeks later I cracked the down tube on the bike and I remember, literally I was so scared. So someone was like, “how long you got that
crack in the down tube?”, and I was like ha ha, yeah very funny, and they’re like, “no
really, how long have you had that crack in the down tube?” And I kid you not, this crack was all the way around the down tube it was like just wasn’t separated yet. I saw it, literally my
heart was in my mouth. I knew my dad would be
just so angry with me. So I went home and he
literally out the bike in the car without even speaking to me. He goes, “get in the car boy”. We drove straight down to
the bike shop I worked in, took it in there to see Malcolm Fryer in fact who you’re going to see soon, and said to him, “yeah this bikes broken”, and he said “yeah that’s fine,
Giant got a great warranty.” So he rings up Giant and he’s like, “They offered to if you
want to pay a bit more money upgrade you to the 990
which is the better frame.” And I’m like a win-win situation, I’ve broken a bike and I
get a better one out of it. My dad is like, “is it any better?” and the guy in the bike shop is like, “yeah it’s better.” “Has it got the same warranty?” “Yeah it’s got the same warranty.” Of course then the frame turned up, then I built that frame up so technically that was my first build, I broke the shock on it because I had to have the original shock
which was on the 970. I then upgraded to the shock that was fitted on the 990 which
was a Rock Shock Deluxe, one of the first ones
with the red springs, and then I belled out a head tube by basically doing massive jumps to flat. Here’s a couple of really old, terrible quality photos on the screen now. Used to do like flat
table tops sort of thing, and air to flats, six foot to flat when you’re quite tall and quite heavy. Wasn’t really the best thing to do on a bike made of soft aluminum. I think I did two or
three frames like that the head tube would bell. So if you took out the fork the head tube would just drop out of the frame, and then you’d need to
push fit this thing in. So I kept changing
that, then at some point I got a set of Zzyzxs,
that’s Z Z Y Z X forks by Bullet Brothers on their. They didn’t last very long, they were on their for three or four weeks, wore out the anodizing on the stanchion and cracked the crowns. So warrantied, got rid of those, and bought a set of Bomber Z-1’s. In fact I did a deal
with a local bike shop, I swapped them for the
Z-1’s and they were like, “Ha ha, we’ve got these Zzyx forks, they’re worth loads more then the Z-1’s.”, and I was like, you’re
never going to sell those, and in fact they were
still in that bike shop for about eight months afterwards. So I definitely did better on that one. Then after a while they
stopped doing the 990 and they had the ATX 1000 which is the weird sweeper one with
the banana shaped linkage. Had one of them, did
the same thing to that. Then they gave me an ATX
1 and they basically said, “don’t ever ring us ever again, don’t want to hear form you.” So they gave me this really good frame, and it was a Rob Warner designed frame. So I got that frame, went up to Re-Cycle in London and swapped it for a Canada Charles bike, basically. Yeah that was pretty good
when it turned out that way, then I copied Martin
Ashton for a few years, and I bought myself a Kona Stinky 5 from Mountain High in Wintersworth, and I was always chopping and changing everything really. So it wasn’t particularly the first bike I built, it was just like lots of stuff going on, lots of my bikes, mainly sort of crisis management, you know I’d break something and need to go riding the next day so I’d swap something out from another bike and do that,
sort of juggling around, and then never really looked back, and everything has been building
bikes since then really. Alright next up, this is a cool one. So this is from
C.HIGGINS_MTB, “What’s the one bit of bike tech you wish existed?” You know, if I could have
any single product tomorrow it would be a way of
inflating and deflating my tires on the go. Something you see on off-road cars like on the Hummer H1,
so when you’re doing rock climbing and off road driving you can actually change and pressurize each individual tire on the go to give yourself more traction, or to pump it up so you can
decrease rolling resistance. A lot of the riding I do now, and a lot of the riding I’ve
always done has involved sections of on fire road
or even country lanes to join up the sections of trail, and as a result you end up either compromising with a faster rolling tire that doesn’t grip as much, or if you’re running a softer
compound tire you end up running them really firm to try and get the maximum rolling speed. If that ever happens
I’m sacrificing traction at the expense of rolling resistance. So in an ideal world if I could change the tire pressure on the fly I’d be a very happy person. Now I’m aware that some
people have done it and the one I’ve seen seem to work well, but they’re not exactly the
cleanest looking devices. Now my idea would have
had instead of a spoke having a hose that goes
straight into the tire and you have your inflation
device inside the hubs, so you can stash these things away, but I’m not sure if that would ever work. I think that’s what I would have, if I could have anything. Alright so this one’s interesting, This one comes from Ethan Merklien, “What’s the geekiest most tech weird thing you know about bikes?” I don’t know to be honest. It’s like, I know lots about random stuff that I never really think is that geeky until I sort of start
randomly reciting stuff which I quite often do to Dan, Dan the cameraman when I’m sort of just telling him about where things came from. I could tell you the story of where, some really amusing stories to do with Kona Bikes and what
Kona means in Portugeuse and all that sort of stuff
but I Probably shouldn’t. Let’s talk about how
the mountain bike scene in the UK essentially
stemmed from wind surfing. So the story is wind surfing
was huge back in the 80’s. Obviously it’s still pretty big globally, but in the UK thy used to do it on lakes, and a lot of those lakes suffer on days were there’s no wind. Obviously you can’t wind
surf when there’s no wind. Now some of the top pro guys started bringing back mountain bikes from the USA, which had just become
a new thing over there. They’d ride them around
the lakes and and around, because they were often
in old field and quarries, they’d ride them in these quarries while they were waiting
for the wind basically, and some of the people that
were there in the original days had the idea, “well why don’t we do more with mountain bikes, because these things are pretty cool.” Now at the time there was Stiff, which was a still is a really
fine bike shop in Leeds, it used to be Stiff Sailboards, and there was Leisure Lakes which is a really cool chain, independent chain of bike shops in the UK. Leisure Lakes, use your lake, that’s where that came from. There’s a whole bunch of things in fact Orange Bikes was born from the wind surfing thing as well. So Lester Noble, he used to work for a sail maker called Tushingham, and the first, arguably,
British mountain bike was the Tushingham
basically designed by him, and pretty amazing went
on to be Orange Bikes. That’s a very short version of that story, and even in the US, Jeff Steber used to make sails, and
booms, and stuff like that for sail boats and wind surfers, and that led him into making
mountain bikes eventually. So quite a lot of the bike industry weirdly stemmed from wind surfing so that’s a geeky fact for you. Oh, and also Jeff Steber he makes guitars. Check out his Instagram
handle stebber_guitars, very cool and his guitars are beautiful. So he basically buys a body and sort of makes them look like rough vintage guitars and strings them and puts
the necks on them and stuff. Really, really nice I like
the Steber Blues Master. (Whistles) Lovely bit of kit that. Alright next up this is from BOWSAAARRRR, so this is someone form work. “What’s your favorite
custom pro bike paint job of all time? Only one!” There’s no such thing as only one mate, there’s far to many nice ones out there. This year, I don’t know. Ali from Fat Creations knocked out some incredible looking bikes but I got to say this year the best individual
looking bike I’ve seen has got to be Bryn Atkinson’s Norco with that snake sort of look. I’d say that looks amazing like a viper or whatever it was I forget the name, the particular name of snake, but that just looks mean, it looked really, really cool. In previous years (pause) Dylan Dunkerton from the coastal crew he had a specialized demo
of his downhill bike. It had kind of real tree camo wrap to it, now that was awesome I
loved the look of that. But I think the one I liked the best is actually an old retro
one unsurprisingly, and it wasn’t a custom one
it’s publicly available. It’s a Klein Bike so it
had S tube which is amazing but Adroit which is a later bike which is even lighter
and high performance. They did bikes with a linear fade so when you look at it form the front it was one color, and from the back it looked another color, and they had one called Gator Fade, which was like a lime green into yellow. That’s like the coolest and the nicest looking
paint job I think ever, and if I had a custom bike sprayed up that is what I would have. Alright, so this one’s tricky. So this is from RHETSIS,
I recognize that handle I think I know this man, “what is is the worst modern
bike you’ve ever ridden?” Do you know I worked from 2001, mid 2001 to 2017 really in one of the leading Mountain Bike magazines and over the years I tested so many different bikes and some of them are just, I don’t even want to waste
my breath on to be honest. Some of them are awful, and
a lot of them are amazing, but these days it’s actually really hard to find a bad bike. I did ride a Merida not that long ago, probably two or three years ago and that thing was pretty awful, it had a really high pivot on it, felt like you were peddling a rugby ball, but thankfully they’ve
sorted that one out, and actually the newer version of it is really actually a fantastic bike, and I think as a result of reviews, companies like Merida do
change their design point so it’s really cool that
that does have an effet. The new bike, I think it’s a 4 bar or linkage activated single pivot, but it’s actually quite
good geometry on it as well from what I remember, I can’t remember the actual name of it. It was a 160 ml bike but it
was particular year version, I was like seriously? Not good. There’s a lot of bikes
that have minor issues like the Kona Process 111, still to this day one
of the most fun bikes I’ve ever ridden, absolutely loved it. So 111 ml travel out back
it had 120 on the front, the newer version then
had 130 on the front. Absolutely fantastic but mud clearers, there’s nothing you can get, so there’s no room for riding in the UK. The one I rode had hardons on it. It didn’t even have a big gnarly time to deal with muddy terrain. So pretty useless for UK weather, but a fantastic bike and it rode so well I was willing to forgive
it so little points. It was also quite ugly as well, it had a paint job that
looked like one of those Ikea carry out bags, but again I just loved
the bike just fantastic. A bit gutted that they stopped making that one actually. They’re focusing on on their bigger travel like the 29 Process 153’s
which is an amazing bike, but would love to see
the return of that 111, because that was a magical bike. The original comment on Merida Bikes, they were pretty ropey but actually really good at the same time, so the had insanely low
bottom breakage on them which on one side is fantastic, it gave them immense stability when you’re cornering, the down side is you literally would bash your feet almost with every pedal rotation as you’re bobbing up and down. So they weren’t the
best and they were also really, really flexy, I
mean like insainly flexy. Kind of like, imagine driving a rear wheel drive forklift
truck for a wet warehouse the day after a Christmas
party, something like that. A little bit baggy is what
I’m trying to insinuate. I’ve still got two of those actually, and I’ve been meaning to
show you at some point, because I couldn’t get rid of them, because they worked so well, and there’s so much flex on the back end you could ride them
through a really rocky way and they’ll kind of
thread their way through like a slippery noodle. Really odd analogy I know,
but they were amazing. Obviously these days they’re
knocking out incredible bikes, but is still rated those old bikes, despite how flexy they were. There was also interestingly, working on MBK so that was probably lets just say 2006 or
7 a New Zealand brand called Kiwi Bikes who makes some really, really good
bikes, and for some reason they came to see us and the brought this downhill bike it was
a 4130 steel dano bike, and it had a high pivot, and actually if you made that bike now
and put an idler wheel on it would be bang on point, it would be the like the most
on trend bike you can get. Except it didn’t have
in idler wheel on it. So you’d pedal this thing
and it was just like, words can’t describe how
badly this thing handled and pedaled, and basically
we snapped a rear mac off it, just under compression
because of the amount of chain growth on the thing. But literally if you just
put a idler wheel on it this thing would have been incredible. The next generation of that very same bike had a low pivot and it was amazing. It was bomb proof, it was steel, it you’re into bike parts and stuff it would have been fantastic, and in fact its almost
exactly what Starling and a lot of those other sort
of UK steel manufacturers are trying to do is actually
what Kiwi did way back then. So a lot of props to Kiwi for
making some fantastic bikes just that on particular
one which was a prototype, just didn’t quite cut the
mustard unfortunately. So there we go, that was a bit more of a random ask GMBN Tech. If you got anymore questions let us know in the comments bellow, or you can fire them in at the email address at the bottom
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