The Hellion

Joe
I got the chance to catch up with Joe Prisel this week here in Portland. If you know bike parks, you know Joe. Joe is a very well known master park builder. He is the owner of Burlington Bike Park in Burlington, WA. Located less than an hour north of Seattle and just a couple hours drive from Vancouver, BC it’s location is perfect. If you haven’t been there I suggest you check it out. It is the first all dirt indoor bike park. They just got a brand new foam pit! http://burlingtonbikepark.com/

Hellion. That was the real reason I was getting together with Joe. Hellion Bike Company to be more precise. Joe and his wife Casey decided to get into the bike manufacturing business. Joe decided to get into frame design because his son likes to ride bikes and he wanted to create something good for him to ride. And really it has always been a dream of Joe’s to build bikes for all levels and ages. Joe took a stab at making bikes back in early 2000 but it just wasn’t the right time for him back then. Joe see’s too many kids come into his bike park with nothing to ride that suits them. He wants to offer bikes that are safe and cost effective for all levels to allow them to get into the sport that he loves so much. All of Hellion Bikes models will be made in the US. He is currently on the look out for someone that can handle production for him. The frames are chromoly and Joe’s focus right now is to offer light and strong frames. Mike Laird has built the prototypes. Joe mentioned that down the line they might also look into producing some small bike parts as well. Currently Joe is also looking for forks for the bikes in order to sell complete bikes.

Hellion plans to offer models in 16″, 18″, 20″ and 26″ wheel sizes. The bikes plan to be released as either bmx or dirt jumper frames. Joe is hoping to go into 18″-20″ DJ bikes production here shortly. For now he is offering one off frames. He would like to be into production by mid April if all goes well. Joe plans to offer the bikes through all avenues. Some bike parks look to be lined up with carrying Hellion in their rental fleet. Portland local Max Suffin is Hellion’s only team rider and the only other person (aside from Joe) riding a Hellion prototype. Max is rocking a gorgeous 20″ dirt jumper that he absolutely loves.

After spending a couple of hours with Joe and Max at The Lumberyard in Portland and checking out their bikes I hope that this venture works out for Joe and Casey. The bikes look great in their candy apple red color. I haven’t had the chance to throw a leg over one but I’ll take Max’s word for it when he tells me that he really loves the frames design. Congrats on a job well done and good luck Joe and Casey! I will be getting back to everyone with a full run through once the builds are done.
Joe and Max

Last of November

After an awesome and long Thanksgiving weekend I ended it with a short afternoon hike. Rolled out to the Sandy Delta Dog Park (which by the way is an excellent place to get some short hiking in if you have a dog and are bored with your local dog park.) around 4. Hiked out to the river and even though it was freezing out my crazy lab Kona jumped into the river. As we were walking back to the parking lot his wet fur turned to frozen fur. Not sure how he can deal with that but he didn’t seem to mind it too much. Had my camera with me and snapped some images that I figured I could share with you. Hope you had a good weekend as well.

Family; people and dogs

Family; people and dogs

Sasha examining my camera.

Sasha examining my camera.

Hiked out to the Sandy River with the family around sunset. Nice end to a chilly November day.

Hiked out to the Sandy River with the family around sunset. Nice end to a chilly November day.

Parental Prose

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I think sports, namely mountain biking is what makes my non-traditional little family a tight knit trio. Maybe saying it IS what makes it is a tad too strong of a word? But it definitely helps keep that strong bond going on. For anyone that happens to be reading this and doesn’t know a thing about me I am the proud owner of 2 strapping young lads. Currently at ages 20 and 14. They began their mountain biking careers at ages 5 and 11 give or take a few hours. And some might feel I am wrong about this but I feel like this sport, aside from bringing us close together has taught my boys valuable life lessons.

For one it has definitely taught them both the value of being a good and loud bike race heckler. See for yourselves:

I give you Exhibit A

I give you Exhibit A in which you can see my oldest son in the green jacket doing what appears to be a pelvic thrust while undoubtedly screaming his head off.

And here is Exhibit B in which I didn't realize upon snapping the pic that my little one was up on the road with his pants at half mast and in a manner similar to his older brother, also screaming his head off.

And here is Exhibit B in which I didn’t realize upon snapping the pic that my little one was up on the road with his pants at half mast and in a manner similar to his older brother, also screaming his head off.

Not every parents dream but hey, we’re mountain bikers. If you aren’t one of us it can be a little bit hard to explain. For us its quality family time. Some girls like to go shopping with their moms. My boys and I go out and yell our heads off on race weekends and can barely hear each other speaking the following day because our vocal chords won’t let us make a peep.

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Here’s Gordo around 8 years old hitting some jumps in Roswell, GA. Knowing how to jump is very important.

Another thing it has taught us is to be outgoing. I think both of my boys have started off as kind of shy but what better way to break yourself of that than to get out and shred a trail that stokes the shit out of you? Good trails equal some hooting and hollering and high fives or chest bumps, depends on what you are into. They’ve even met some celebrities of the mountain bike world along the way.

Mylan with Andreu Lacondaguey; Crankworx Colorado 2008

Mylan with Andreu Lacondeguy; Crankworx Colorado 2008

Gordo arm wrestling Cam McCaul earlier this year.

Gordo arm wrestling Cam McCaul 2 years ago.

One of Gordo and Joey hanging trackside at the Underworld Cup with Greg Minnaar and being clowns as usual.

One of Gordo and Joey hanging trackside at the Underworld Cup 2012 with Greg Minnaar and being clowns as usual.Not bring afraid of photobombing yourself is a great lesson.

Aside from the usual list of life lessons we get from riding bikes; i.e. if you fall down get back up and try again, practice makes perfect, look before you leap, if you’re not first you’re last and other important things like that there are a few other lessons to check off the list.

How to take a top tube to the groin.

How to take a top tube to the groin.

Don't wipe sweat off your face when you're digging around poison ivy.

VERY VERY IMPORTANT LESSON: Don’t wipe sweat off your face when you’re digging around poison ivy. This was AFTER the swelling had gone down!

How to do a fork rebuild the night before getting up early to drive 6 hours to a race.

How to do a fork rebuild the night before getting up early to drive 6 hours to a race.

The ever important how to look like you are having the time of your life when you are wet and muddy.

The ever important how to look like you are having the time of your life when you are wet and muddy.

The art of taking photos at golden hour!

The art of taking photos at golden hour!

Little brother off on the left filming his older brother shredding this berm.

The art of videography. Little brother off on the left filming his older brother shredding this berm.

I will leave it at that for now. All these are very important skills. Most importantly we all have fun doing all these things together. Makes for a good little family unit and prepares the kids for the future in more ways than you would think. For example a few years ago my youngest was having some trouble with a bully at school who wanted to fight with him. My pacifist kid was worried about getting in trouble for fighting and about getting punched. How did I fix his fear? Simple. Mountain biking. I said dude, its a kid. You’ve hit trees head on at speed and been ok. You really think a kid is going to punch harder than slamming into a tree??? He smiled and said probably not. Boom! Problem solved! Feel free to use that one if you’re kids or other mountain biking loved ones run into a similar issue. Works like a charm! Whoever said parenting was boring is a fool. There is never a dull moment, I can attest.

Crankworx Whistler. My First Time

So I had the pleasure of heading up to Whistler B.C. again this past week for the first half of Crankworx Whistler. I’ve never been to Whistler Bike Park until this year and had never been to Crankworx Whistler. Needless to say I was pretty stoked. Speed and Style was awesome to witness. The EWS race went on while I was there and I got to watch some Red Bull Joyride practice as well as the Garbanzo DH Race.  Whistler is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen and Whistler Bike Park (as cheesy as it sounds) really is Disneyland for all mountain bike kind. There is something there for all disciplines and its no wonder people from all over the planet flock there to ride every summer.

I drove up the Thursday before to meet up with some of my awesome work buddies from around the globe. Upon arriving we setup our Spank/iXS booth at the base of the main lift and got to work spreading the good word (read product information) on all of our 2015 gear and products. Met tons of awesome people that were stoked on all our products and informed a lot of people on our two awesome companies as well. Also met some of the great riders our companies sponsor and some awesome bike industry peeps.

I didn’t get too far from the lift area as I had to stay close because I was working the booth after all but managed to get a few images in that will show what it’s like there in Whistler for those of you that haven’t been.  I know I can’t wait to get back and I promise more photographs next time!  Hope you enjoy.

Solo drive north on I-5; Downtown Seattle in the distance

Solo drive north on I-5; Downtown Seattle in the distance

Tantalous Mountain Range near Squamish, B.C. along highway 99

Tantalous Mountain Range near Squamish, B.C. along highway 99

Lift Lines

Lift Lines

Cedric Gracia getting the Enduro World Series Whistler race underway in style!

Cedric Gracia getting the Enduro World Series Whistler race underway in style!

Bernardo Cruz practicing for the Whip Off

Bernardo Cruz practicing for the Whip Off

The view from our booth

The view from our booth

Speed and Style; Tuck No Hander over the final jump.

Speed and Style; Tuck No Hander over the final jump.

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Mike Dutton posing with the Oozy Trail pedal; photo inspired by the magazine cover he is holding

Mike Dutton posing with the Oozy Trail pedal; photo inspired by the magazine cover he is holding

Not a creature was stirring

Not a creature was stirring

Bernardo Cruz practicing for the whip off.

Bernardo Cruz practicing for the whip off.

Enduro Super Saturday Crew

So… ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO Tim came down from Seattle ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO We waited at DQ in Rhododendron ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO vENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO shuttled up to Timberline and rode Timberline to Crosstown to Bridal Veil ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO the trail was sick ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO tons of berms ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO  Mylan crashed, he was ok ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO climbing sucks ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO ENDURO we ate at Charlies. The end.

Schmitty Enduro-Flex

Schmitty Enduro-Flex

Duro-Birthday Girl Uma!

Duro-Birthday Girl Uma!

Sriracha Duro in pursuit

Sriracha Duro in pursuit

Evil Sriracha-duro Sock Steez

Evil Sriracha-duro Sock Steez

Enduro-Rasta Steez

Enduro-Rasta Steez

FRO Enduro Specific Specs

FRO Enduro Specific Specs

Timberline Disorderlies Crew

Timberline Disorderlies Crew

Can't Shift Out Of My Hardest Gear-DURO

Can’t Shift Out Of My Hardest Gear-DURO

Enduro on a 2007 Specialized Enduro

Enduro on a 2007 Specialized Enduro

Single-For-A-Month-DURO

Single-For-A-Month-DURO

Relaxing in the shade.

Relaxing in the shade.

Yacolt Burn Enduro MUDFEST 2014!!!

This past Saturday was the Yacolt Burn Enduro, also know as the 1st stop of the Cascadia Dirt Cup (CDC) this season. It’s an enduro race series and you can get information on it at their website http://www.cascadiadirtcup.org/  The race went off without a hitch and Mother Nature even through in some nice early summer rain to spice things up for the racers and spectators alike. I decided to keep this post short and sweet and added a gallery with enough images to make up for the lack of words. Everyone had a great time and hopefully you enjoy the race images! Thanks to all the event sponsors and CCMTB for doing a great job with the trails!

Congrats to Alex McGuinnis for the win in Men’s Pro Class!

View race results here: http://media.wix.com/ugd/8f4322_af57b1723db04721a261322703aef470.pdf

Alex McGuinnis for the win!!!

Alex McGuinnis for the win!!!

Race prep row

Race prep row

Riders meeting just before the fun

Riders meeting just before the fun

Someone needs another cup of coffee

Someone needs another cup of coffee

All aboard!!!

All aboard!!!

Off we go!

Off we go!

"Good morning racers, hope you are ready for this tour de mud!" said the SW Washington mountains

“Good morning racers, hope you are ready for this tour de mud!” said the SW Washington mountains

It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll

Wet foliage? Check!

Wet foliage? Check!

Muddy MUDDY trails?   CHECK!

Muddy MUDDY trails? CHECK!

Volunteers at a road crossing on Stage 2 having fun watching the racers book it through the road crossing

Volunteers at a road crossing on Stage 2 having fun watching the racers book it through the road crossing

Last minute Search & Rescue instructions.

Last minute Search & Rescue instructions.

Volunteers at the ready!

Volunteers at the ready!

CDC's gotta be doing something right if the racers are smiling in between stages!

CDC’s gotta be doing something right if the racers are smiling in between stages!

The traverse from Stage 1 to Stage 2 had offered some gorgeous views

The traverse from Stage 1 to Stage 2 had offered some gorgeous views

Party in the woods everyone!

Party in the woods everyone!

3...2...1...GO!

3…2…1…GO!

Start of Stage 2

Start of Stage 2

First part of Stage 2 was tight, wet and windy through the woods

First part of Stage 2 was tight, wet and windy through the woods

Scenery, thrills and a free mud bath! Seriously, what is not to love about this day??!

Scenery, thrills and a free mud bath! Seriously, what is not to love about this day??!

Flying into a redesigned section of Stage 3. Rain or shine is how we roll up here in the PNW!

Flying into a redesigned section of Stage 3. Rain or shine is how we roll up here in the PNW!

He must be sponsored ;)

He must be sponsored ;)

Move over 650B and 29'er wheels! Earth shinguards are the newest fad in mountain biking!!!

Move over 650B and 29’er wheels! Earth shinguards are the newest fad in mountain biking!!!

Blasters line in Stage 3 had all the jumpers in the race showing off their style while having some extra fun on the course

Blasters line in Stage 3 had all the jumpers in the race showing off their style while having some extra fun on the course

I almost got taken out by local celebrity Kyle Thomas!  [DISCLAIMER: No photographers were hurt in the making of this image.]

I almost got taken out by local celebrity Kyle Thomas!
[DISCLAIMER: No photographers were hurt in the making of this image.]

Race steeze

Race steeze

Nikon Sports Photog field trip in the woods!

Nikon Sports Photog field trip in the woods!

Dirt ribbons are for wrapping presents kids!

Dirt ribbons are for wrapping presents kids!

Berm to Berm air time at the bottom of Stage 3!

Berm to Berm air time at the bottom of Stage 3!

Nick...what can I say? He's inspirational. That is all.

Nick…what can I say? He’s inspirational. That is all.

Smiles all around after the end of the last stage.

Smiles all around after the end of the last stage.

Until next time everyone!

Until next time everyone!