Tuesday, December 28, 2010

DIRTS TOP 100 2011

First off we would like to thank our family, we couldn’t have done it without them. And of course God and Jesus for all the long chats and if it wasn’t for our awesomeness, we wouldn’t be able to accept this award tonight. And Old Spice. Definitely a big thanks to Old Spice for helping us Keep it real.


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Unsure if you can click this photo and zoom in enough on the text but it basically explains how we are highly acclaimed and a bit about us pissing excellence and our fresh gear and the manly smell that you catch a scent of when opening our packages.


DIRT 100 2011 001

But seriously very honored and stoked to be in the top 100 this year, the Silent guide won over its simplicity and lack of any moving parts.  E13’s LG1 and MRP also took top spots and its a cool feeling to come out of the blue and land a spot with the heavy weights of the guide world. 


Go out and get the mag, these guys have a very fair way of judging gear.

Fogelsode S2 #4: Rebirth of the Step-Up

About a month ago we started giving the step-up a major overhaul, beginning with a shopping spree at the local lumber yard.  It’s been quite the process of getting the lip build, painting it, and getting it over there, but it was all worth it to say the least!  It’s been some great times having some wicked seshes with new tricks and good laughs.  Good ‘ol winter!


Photo Cred: Davin Pena

Ryan’s Stoke you out finale… see if you won some Stoke!


This last installment of Ryan's Stoke you out should just be Vancouver Islands Tourism video. If you ever saw any of our Tourism videos they are full of happy seniors, golf courses, nice dinning room settings with a cliché Orca thrown in to let you know that we have Orca Pods. Screw that it’s beer, guns, quads and bikes ideally with dead salmon in your boat with a Resident Pod of Orcas swimming by angry because you stole lunch. This is what they should be showing the masses.


Watch this video and have a peek at where we live and be sure to click the link for the full story and to see the winners of all the prize packs.

Full article:



“It's a little known fact that Darren is down with anything that includes being a redneck. Going hunting, fishing, 4x4'n, sledding, riding moto and ATV’s in addition to riding mountain bikes is how he occupies his time. Hanging at his house for the weekend is always a mini vacation because there is never a lack of fun things to do.”

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Stoke me out 11 with the GodFather

The title says it all, I’m just stoked to even have our gear within 10 ft of Wade, truly my favorite rider of all time and still dripping style.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Mike and Tyler’s Awesome Pool Party!

As the super happy Anonymous reader has commented in the post on my earlier blog… Vital has first crack at this worlds first trick attempt put on by Mike and Tyler. Keep your eyes peeled on this site for first peeks of what goes down as Mike and Tyler push themselves for the sake of the sport.

Spam the crap out of this video and get it around and watch this over crappy TV re-runs of Scrooge.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Straitline Kona National team!

Our kick ass distributor, Ty  at Groupe Sportif in Melbourne as seen below with my Office Paint sun glasses added on for extra cool has put together his National race team and of course Straitline is a sponsor, full kit.

 Ty Stab bubbles copy

Check it out here for full info http://cog.konaworld.com/archives/6022?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d0be53fe2eb0c67%2C0


Kona Project S2 Ep 1 from Sean Anderson on Vimeo.

Montgomery/ McCaul/ Brantley/ Big Ass Ramps!

Pick your flavor but keep your eyes peeled on one of these for an epic teaser. Strailtine’s mike Montgomery is going to stick a 1080 while Tyler McCaul shoots for a quad tail whip. Spam the hell out of this please, it's their x-mas gift to all of us.


Keep an eye on these links:





Dunbar cycles reviews the Elka Fork Cartridge

"Elka's new Stage 4 fork cartridges just arrived at the shop and we wasted no time installing them into our personal forks to see what the fuss is all about. We have high hopes for these new units after being very impressed by their rear shock's performance. While it's still early days, you can read our initial impression of the Stage 4 inside. Were they up to the task or did the cartridges spontaneously combust, causing a cataclysmic reaction destroying the entire north shore? "

Full review and video in this link:

Psst... this film was shot by Straitlines Andrew Mitchell because he forgot his lid, pretty good for ameature vid. Enjoy the Straitline bling peppered on that build.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Andi Wittman likes tramps

He truly does and check out his training sessions at Woodward for full details in the next link




Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Squamish BC - in your face!

Ryan has another installment of Stoke you out, click this link for all the contest info and claim your swag!





Side note… the new Olympic signage that they put up on the way to Squamish and Whistler use a traditional Native spelling of Squamish and it has the number 7 in it?


No clue please do the research for me and get back after reading this thing full of words http://www.billposer.org/Papers/bclgnames.pdf


Took this shot of the Cheif in Squamish when I rented a hotel with Josh from QBP- there was other people, not just him and I. I swear!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Straitline’s family in one giant VOD in Whistler!

All my crew in one spot and in today's VOD on Pinkbike. Got to love this, Alan Hepburn, Ryan Berrecloth, Mike Montgomery, Casey Groves, Jack Fogelquist, Gareth Dyer and Camp of Champions friends all in a VOD for Ryans #4 of Stoke you out.   http://www.pinkbike.com/video/171799/

Bammmmm boyyyy!- I just watched Flavor Flav house of love so it’s my new saying.

Mike Montgomery snags some media spots!

I have yet to see a mountain bike magazine that didn't use this shot world wide. Mike snagged a full double page for being the only idiot to ride his hardtail in this years Krankworks.

Most of us wouldn't drop the Monster banner's height on a hardtail, let alone a 60ft step down. Nuts how you have to throw down like this to win these days, mad respect.

Just a cool shot from this years camp at Camp of Champions where Mike is a coach along most Straitline riders.

The issue he is in, not sure how to get it in Canada but give it a whirl.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Article in Mountain Bike Action

Got an article in Mountain Bike Action, check it out!

** click the picture and have a read, blow it up with control +**

Dean Tennant training video

I love how much Island content is coming out! Deaner is a local and is our Andrew Mitchells Team mate on the Dunbar Cycles team and Victoria’s First World Cup team, huge high five! And high five for Dean rocking the SL 50 boxxer, it obviously shaves some time off his runs. It’s not the rider who is fast its the stem he chooses… so we claim!


So check out Dean’s training regime and yes it is off season and when you live in Victoria you can ride all year long.


Filmed by Larroque-

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ryan touched my Stoke!

Straitline’s Ryan Berrecloth has installed the 6th installment of “Ryan wants to Stoke You Out!” basically he wants to pass on what it is like to receive a box of gear in the mail from his sponsors. It’s great until you accept a box from me at Straitline!


Click this link for full story and contest details!


Now check out my favorite prank of all time… the coveted Man Box prank!


Click here to learn how to Man Box a friend with style.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Who wants to go to Whistler?

This is Mike Montgomery, entering this video contest by Camp of Champions could earn you a spot next to him at Camp.

1 Week at Camp of Champions!

Simple rules… just click this link and watch this video and enter to be cool!


This vid is mainly shot at the compound up in Whistler and it opens up with me walking into Ryans frame with my girlfriend staring into the lens scared. I told everyone that day I was going to try a flip into the air bag, but Ryan wouldn’t let me because as you can see me limp by with my bunk leg. Glad I never climbed the ramp with my aircast on, its not all what it cracks up to be when you land, you still take a bit of impact on the legs.


Alan Hepburn and Jack fogel rip it up in this segment along with Mike, check it out.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Rocking Beats / BMX 85/ Eurobike

You were the coolest in my town if you owned a Kuwahara. I owned one so what does that tell ya?

I Guess the pajama party above paved the way for the modern stuff  so I can’t make fun of it too much.  And every year at Eurobike I walk up a bit from our booth and check these guys out. These guys put on a non-pajama party show that is pretty sick and the beats are better.


And this is just the worlds most important must see video, one that I will never tire of finding a reason to post up.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Pastrana’s New Years jump.

Check this out, nothing looks as steep or crazy until your on site or doing it yourself.  Check this POV out from GoPro’s view onboard Pastrana’s car. I remember not being too stoked when I saw it live, it looked smaller than what this video shows. Nuts.


Now this scraps everything I just said. Watch until it hits 40 seconds… you’ll get what I mean.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Ryan still stoking you out!

Straitline Factory Rider Ryan Berrecloth has his 3rd installment out for his Stoke you out series.


Who shuttles in a Porche? Schley obviously does.


Check this video out and keep your eyes peeled on Pinkbike.com for the contest details.



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ryan Berrencloth is Stokeing you out!


This is a pretty sick concept that Ryan has put together to make you feel what it’s like to be pro and get your gear kits in the mail. Ryan is covering all of his sponsors and handing over the gear packs to the viewer so be sure to keep an eye on all his videos and click this link for info on how it all works.


Ryan went for a rip with Straitlines Andrew Mitchell and Alan Hepburn. Jarret more is just a media whore and snuck into this segment plus he owned the house so it would be rude to  edit him and those jeans out!

And be careful being Stoked is cool once in a while but not all the time, it can affect your life and the ones you love so Stoke responsibly

Or you will become this guy…

Monday, November 22, 2010

Banshee Straitline plug and a pedal review

Adam Yunker has been making some cool videos over on the North Shore. Its snowing now so until it thaws enjoy this video.


Pedal test for your eyes. 


Friday, November 19, 2010

17 Questions!

Check out this interview I did for Vital MTB!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Andi Wittman made a sick ass video!

I was in Vancouver Airport a few months back when Andi emailed me these crazy heli shots from a shoot he finished up. I was on my way to Germany for Eurobike where Andi was actually hanging out in our booth with a bunch of other hip brands that gather with us every year. It was there when he showed me video footage to back up the shots he just showed me but it was a rough mini teaser to show whats to come.

Today I saw his video complete online at Sicklines and wow, holy shit this video is what makes you want to go out and ride.

If you do not click that link and get stoked then I better see your bike up for sale and buy a set of golf clubs.

Look for Andi on our new Silent guide in January, welcome aboard Andi!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Camp Of Champions Video

My buddy Brendan Howey and I put this video together for the Camp of Champions while he was down in Aptos for a couple weeks.  Stoked how it came together, check it out!



Friday, November 12, 2010

Jack Fogel banger and bonus Mnt Prevost Straitline ride

Have a rad weekend everyone, here is Jack, Straitline’s Factory rider repping 26 clothing in their promo vid.


Eric got the green light to ride this week so everyone bailed on a Thursday to go ride. Mnt Prevost DH trail Duncan BC famous from Smith’s Seggy in Seasons

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mike Montgomery 720 attempts!

No big Deal…

Mike Montgomery's Huge 720 - More Mountain Bike Videos

Mike twisted his ankle after throwing down a solid run in the finals at AT’s Showdown in California this Saturday.  Casey Groves landed 4th with Watts taking the win. We had Jack FogelQuist throwing down as well but he smacked his mellow pretty hard in Practice and decided to play safe and just have fun.

Slow mo 720 inside…

This course was built by riders and it obviously is the preferred way to do it. The Crankworxs course sucks, is dangerous and everyone agrees it needs a change. Watch Mike take second on his Banshee Amp hardtail and you can see the difference in course layouts.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


Camp of Champions recently sent me over Gopro to play around with, So i have been trying to think of new angles to try with different types of riding. Although this angle isn't anything new it was certainly ghetto with a bottle of water and heavy bike lock duct taped to the back of my helmet as a counter weight. This was to help with the weight of the Gopro that was hanging out a meter in front of my head attached to some PVC pipe. Anyway this was the end result which i guess worked out well, gives me some other ideas to play.



Apart from mucking around with things like this lots of digging has been done with all the rain we have been getting. The sun has been really slow in coming out as we creep in to the start of our summer here in Aus. But its coming none the less and that means more beach and riding time :)

Also working on another edit which will be out soon i hope :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

AT’s Showdown practice today!

Casey Groves, Greg Watts and AT  have been slaving by the looks of it, to make the AT showdown become a FMBA tour event. Casey is 8th in the world this season an I applaud this new point system in place like the DH world. Jack Fogelquist and Mike Montgomery are on hand too to throw down, this must become a FMBA tour with the names in attendance showing up just ride and have fun.


Check the full story over at Pinkbike it has lots of pictures for the illiterate peeps out there.

North Shore Bikes & And North Shore Biking!

Spoked Media popped a video out of Matt Juhasz owner of North Shore bikes In North Vancouver going to work!

His Rampant is his one trick pony that he climbs with and descends on it winning him yesterdays VOD on Pinkbike!

Check it out.

Banshee Rampant - North Shore Morning Commute from Spoked Media on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Straitline likes music

Casey Groves, Straitline’s Factory pilot and friends in the Okanogan at Dreamland. I saw this a while back but was too busy to remember to post it. I am sure it has gotten around but today was my first 5 minutes to watch it front to back.

Dreamland Season Ender from Eric Marciniak on Vimeo.


And since I actually was cruising Transition Bikes blog today I also stole this gem…

EMBED-Little Kid on Bike Rides Into Pole - Watch more free videos

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Jacob Gibbins 2010 slideshow

I’ll be honest Jacob was not even on my Radar Until Banshee bikes insisted we take a serious look at Adam Brayton, one of the few who choose to ride platforms on all world cup Races.

He released a photo slideshow of the season check it out.

2010 Slideshow from jacob gibbins on Vimeo.

While we were getting to know Adam we were introduced to Jacob and we started joint sponsoring his world cup course walks hosted by Adam and friends and to describe them in a nutshell would be… full retard. That's a good thing in my books.

Here is a typical course walk example filmed by Jacob, excuse the audio, Adams too loud.


More Mountain Biking Videos

Adams Straitline promo video by Jacob.

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And the guy rides too!!

More Mountain Biking Videos

Monday, November 1, 2010

Check out this pumpkin! Suicide cookies too!

Check out this pumpkin that Dennis carved up. http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/5826855/   actual pumpkin with actual burger jumbo patty with all the mixings of a Big Mac. Do not ask us why. It had to be done!


Here is Dennis down at McDonalds receiving the final touches of his combo.

Pumpkin Service

Since this is food related –if big macs are even listed as food, I let my own creative side go last week before the weekend festivities sparked off.

I was a bit humbug this Halloween and laid low but I thought I’d feel better if I brought a few people down with me so I embarked on a suicide cookie binge!

Idea is simple and hella fun, I won’t hold it against you if you want to steal my thunder and try this at home.

First you get a fortune cookie…


Step : This is tricky and it may require some wire and needle nose pliers. Work the wire inside and wiggle the paper message around until it works itself upwards enough to grab it with pliers.



Step 2: Remove original message and insert your own. This is where your creative artistic side comes out. I like to swap out the positive message for an exact opposite one hence the name Suicide cookies. I was out of red ink but the victim will not even know the difference.


Step 3: This takes some balls but I opted for the President and CEO’s desk as a good home for my pre weekend suicide cookie, your choice may vary. I suggest Fridays so that they laugh it off over the weekend.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dig’n and Ride’n

We had a good time the other day in Aptos, fixing up and riding a couple spots and eating some banger sandwiches.  Justin Brantley was there and put this edit together, check it out!



Friday, October 29, 2010

Justin Wyper front flip stepdown/ Casey bike check

VOD on Pinkbike today is of Justin on his blackmarket killswitch filming out in Kamloops and Kelowna BC. If anyone reading this is ever coming to BC look at your airport on the map, most likely Vancouver international, and plan a road trip to the Okanogan. It’s not all about Whistler, the valley has 2 lift access hills Silverstar/Vernon and SunPeaks/Kamloops. This video shows only the Kamloops bike park on Rose hill but the terrain is diverse and fast, you’ll be in awe if you go and you can still squeeze in Whistler if you backtrack through Pemberton to Whistler on the back roads.

Casey Groves has discovered Pilsner in this video, by next year he will be either killing it on the bike or that guy hanging in the park with his shades on. Nah he’ll be killing it as usual.



Casey sent us his bike check, it’s pretty super!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mike Montgomery at Woodwards

Wish I had a RV in black.

Road Trippin with Mike Montgomery from Alpinestars USA on Vimeo.


Mike road his Banshee AMP and our Pedals to a second place win at Krankworks along with Casey Groves taking a epic 3rd on his Transition, look below to see how dumb he is.


So to see him with his Banshee MK11 rig seems a bit out of place, almost over kill but this is the steed he built up for The RedBull Rampage last month.

I set him up with 2010 JlO pedals but was out of the signature 24 karat gold pins, more like I was in a rush. Mike was up at Camp of Champions compound in Whistler along with 4 other Straitline riders Jack Fogel, Ryan Berrecloth, Alan Hepburn and Casey Groves. As usual I was late for the ferry off the island and in a rush grabbed a handfull of parts to build the pedals and made Mike and Fogel realize how simple they are to build up. They got a classy grocery store bag full of parts and a chain guide in pieces to build up, I used my leg injury as an excuse, it still works, and avoided all the work.

Then Mike called up just as I was heading to Europe for a show and asked for a 50 mm boxxer for the Rampage, so we hooked him up and check this footage out of him flat spinning his dh bike.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=158320037520094 it’s on facebook only, sorry peeps.


Pretty sick color scheme, wish I had a Legend in black.


Mikes build goes as follows:

Medium Black Anodized Banshee Legend, Manitou Dorado with Custom Green decals, Cane Creek XXc II headset, Straitline Stem, ODI Handle Bars and Grips, Formula Brakes, XO Rear Shifter, Manitou Rear Shock, Race Face Atlas FR Cranks, Straitline Silent Guide ,Straitline Pedals, XO Rear Derailleur, Atom Lab rims on Industry Nine spokes and hubs with Geax Neuron Tires.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

North Shore bikes - shore videos


“Jeremy Lemay of North Shore Bike Shop shreds some loam on his Banshee Spitfire . Filmed and Edited By: Adam Yunker (Spoked Media) -- For HD version go to: http://vimeo.com/16104545


Lenosky at the Dolphins game!


Here are some photos from a demo I did at Sun Life Stadium in Miami

this past weekend pre game before the Dolphins vs. Steelers. The

shows were to help promote the first annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge which is a cancer awareness fundraiser and is supported by Giant Bicycles. I had an awesome time and was able to watch a great game from the club level seats courtesy of the Dolphins. Next week I'll be doing demos with Aaron Chase in New Jersey at the New Meadowlands Stadium for the Jets vs. Packers game. I'll be sending pics of that event soon.





Jeff’s Custom pedal for 2010 with 24 karat gold plated pins for the inner Pimp in all of us.

Jeff Lenosky gold

Back Camera


 Back Camera

Back Camera

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fogelsode S2 #3: Zip Lines and Dry Trails

I got the chance to go on a local zip line track through the redwoods a few weeks ago, and it ended up being crazy!  It was a really neat experience traveling through the forest with an entirely different aspect.  Iggy, Clay, Bryce, and I rode the local trails quite a bit that week, enjoying the dry conditions.  It’s been dry for so long that there’s a nice thin layer of silt over the hard-pack so you can get nasty with the drifts.  It can definitely get squirrely though, as we all had our close-calls.  We got to bust out the hardtails later for a fun little evening sesh at Mike’s house, which was a good time mixing it up.  Overall it was just another good week riding bikes with the crew!




WTF on a bike- OMG!! FYI my BFF’s this is a must watch.

No words needed just check this guy out.

Tim Knoll BMX from tim knoll on Vimeo.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Riding on Minnesota’s North Shore…FTW?

Josh from QBP sent me his freeride update from Minnesota USA.  I flew to Bloomington MN for QBP’s show and assumed that the city would be ugly and industrialized, however when you get there it is beautiful and I arrived in February!  The buildings were all nice modern red brick style and everyone was oddly super friendly. Not so much mountainous but tons of hills to explore and that's what Josh has been doing.

QBP’s freeride blog:


Oh, and I do have a photo of Josh that is quite interesting from when we met up in Whistler. Not going to show it here and loose my leverage over the relationship but it can be boughten if anyone out there needs to blackmail Josh.

And check this out… Josh’s first time in Vegas, repping QBPwell in his gangster threads




Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Website and Vid!

My buddies and I have been toying with the idea of making a website for a while now, and finally made it happen.  It’s pretty simple, just a blog where our crew can post the latest happenings, pictures, and videos to get anyone who’s interested stoked.  The plan is to make a series of web videos to go with the site, of which we finished the first last week.  I’m really stoked how it turned out, especially the downhill shots as we got to capture the first rain of the season!





Dudes of Hazzards #5

Straitline MTBCUT rider Joe Barnes with another Dudes of Hazzards installment.

The Dudes of Hazzard episode 5 from Joe Barnes on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Jack Fogel G6’n

A Day in Santa Cruz from Jack Fogelquist on Vimeo.

This is how I roll!

This photo was sent to me by a fellow A&W lover Baxter Redfern who saw my clever marketing scheme.

Sadly when I snapped my tendon last February I had to convert to fast food sometimes in order to avoid a painful walk into a store. Being Straitlines Marketing guy I am always on the job and it has been my mission to brand every fast food drive through with our presence.


I have tried for months to score the coveted take out window but they watch me like a hawk and I’m sure I’d have a easier time spray painting our name onto a cop car.

These are the little things in life that keep you sane when you are down and out, one must set goals and achieve them


Monday, October 18, 2010

Coastal crew road trip

CC Road Trip Life Style from The Coastal Crew on Vimeo.

This is just a great video compilation wit ha bit of Vegas/boulder thrown in with the Rampage!


But even better…


Gumball 2010 pt.3 - "Total Eclipse" from mike escamilla on Vimeo.



Yes that’s me. Yes those are scared sheep. Yes my cane is demanding respect. Yes I am in Scotland touring shops and distributors. I got some funny stuff to share from Eurobike, Promise it is coming.


Lama Cycles dh camp with Camp of Champions!


Straitlines Canadian distributor and DH team Lama Cycles visited Camp this year to put on a skills clinic. Cool thing about Camp is that when the Lama Race team showed up on their Morewood Makulu’s the campers had the exact bike to choose from because this years camp had nothing but the best dh rigs decked in Straitline components with Race Face bars and cranks. 

Check out the video.

2010 Camp of Champions Camp B MTB - More Mountain Bike Videos


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Friday, October 15, 2010

Krankworks video that rocks!

We were quite proud to see 2 of our 3 riders podium at this years event. Jack Fogelquist had a run of bad luck leaving the doors open for Casey Groves to take second and Mike Montogmery 2nd with Mr Zink making his comeback!

I love this video!

Monster Energy Slopestyle 2010 Redux from Crankworx on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Anyone down for a Quickie?

Straitline Factory rider Ryan Berrecloth in a test clip with Baxter Redfern and you got to love the “RAD” throwback music.


As the title says, it’s a quickie!

Cluster Test Settings from RedfernMedia on Vimeo.


Flashback clip for anyone not getting the RAD reference.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Pumptrack Pumping

Alan is Straitline Components Australian Factory rider and to me Steve Erwin has stained the nations image so much that I picture all Aussies as furry critters.

And our little Koala has been digging again… let’s watch as the male presents…! 


“I've Spent the last week building and carving in a little pumptrack close to my house. It's running better then i could have hoped with lots of line choices going both ways. Mostly stoked on how fast it can run for how tight some of the rollers are. I suggest to everyone to build a pumptrack if they don't have one, there good fun and can get you somewhat fit. Great for learning bike control and cornering.”

Alan Hepburn

And just because I am addicted to this opening clip with Alan and Jarrett plus it was filmed in our backyard in Victoria, lets watch it again!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lamest joke on Earth! Maybe the World! Maybe the Planet!

So I just heard this joke told with enthusiasm and it was the most awkward moment of my life.

If a Seagull fly's over the Sea what fly's over the Bay?

Hold one, this will be painful….

                   A Bagel!!!

If you have ever told this joke in earnest, please go into the bush with no food and water and think on what just came out of your mouth.

Now this is funny!

Don’t forget to rush out and spread some Straitline Components love on your next ride!

Oldy but a goody!

Straitline‘s thunder down under Alan Hepburn posted this ages ago but I figured it needed a repost!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Yah, what Banshee just said!

Because this is so poetically written I simply stole it instead of trying to compete!

Excerpts from the Banshee blog


“Jacob Gibbins has been the man behind the camera for most of our world cup team videos this year, as well as all track walk vids... check out this show real he put together, which features a lot of Adam Brayton, I might have to tell him to slow down so that he is in shot for longer....


Jacob made Adam sit down in a interview and be serious for once in his life. Adam talks out of his ass so this video is tame and we thank him for watching his P’s & Q’s!



This video was on Banshees blog and I just liked it, nothing to do with us but enjoy!


Ryan and Cody from Sam Tolhurst on Vimeo.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Rampage from the Couch!

That was sick!  Unfortunately Ryan Berrecloth, Mike Montgomery and Mr Groves were squeezed out during qualifications but as much as I selfishly wanted to see them get into the top ten, the show was amazing.  This is old news and I hear RedBull is deleting all content after 2 weeks so enjoy this while you can.

Congrats to Zink the guy has been smacked down more than most but has reclaimed his name by slaying Krankworks and now the Rampage!

And I also found this beauty of a clip titled, Hillclimb Havoc and it is the Rampages uphill cousin!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Behind the scenes of Interbike Las Vegas


The Sicklines crew posted a refreshing video that shows us at home what Interbike is truly like minus the smell of urine in the streets.

We never went this year opting for a extended Eurobike trip. Take a look at their site, it’s worth a peek.


2010 Interbike in 6minutes from Sick Lines on Vimeo.


I like the part with Jay from Banshee bikes dragging his stuff, I so do not miss the angry Union guys!




Fogelsode S2 #2: Afternoon Seshes at Post

If there’s one thing that never fails to make me want to ride, it’s school.  Nothing like going through a day of classes, notes, tests, and homework with the urge to ride building as you watch each second tick by on the clock.  Fortunately I’m blessed to have Post Office down the street from my school.  With the crazy hot days we’ve been having this week, everyone’s been waiting until the sun begins to set before heading out to the jumps.  It’s been a good routine:  roll up in the late afternoon, give the jumps a nice watering, sip some iced tea, and start riding as the light turns golden and as it starts to cool down.  The shadows of lips and landings grow longer and longer until the sun has fully made its way past the horizon.  This is the best time to ride as it’s the coolest out and there’s a nice even lighting for a short while before it gets too dark to see.  It’s been good times getting seshes like these in here and there, keeping us all sane after school.




Thursday, September 30, 2010

Casey Groves and his Virginity!


The Pinkbike Crew popped up a touching Casey story where he defends his Virginity

Crankworx Whistler - Ian Hylands Photo

Casey is at the Rampage raking and building as we speak and is pumped on life. He emailed me on FB and told me how awesome he is -

“Yeah that's why I haven't emailed you haha you've been gonzo for a month. I got an invite a week after crankworx. Pretty stoked. I'm running Ti Grey Pedals and a 50mm pinch clamp stem in black. My bike is P.I.M.P.!
Its a Redbull event so they don't have you fill out forms for sponsors listings and stuff. Ridiculous I know!
I have been stepping up to the plate in slopestyle events all year around dude. I'm 8th in the world right now on FMBA and I came podium in every event but Goatstyle, which isn't major.”


Check out his new digs.

Click this link and check out what he has to say about being invited to the Rampage after earning his invite with his Krankworks podium!



Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Our Excuse for being late and stuff!

Some Straitline stalkers may have noticed a lag in communication this past month or so and the very obvious fact that nothing is new from us as well!  This past few months have been very busy for us and we decided to bite the bullet and acquire two more buildings next door and a few new tech upgrades.


This pretty little robot is made by Fanuc and will be taking over our pedal and stem production working its greasy little ass of for us around the clock 24/7 365 days a year.


The Robot will be mated to our new Japanese machine made by Okuma, Mori Seiki’s main competitor in the high precision cnc market. Not to step away to our loyalties to the Mori Seiki machines but for the price we paid it was a must have. This new robot will work with the Okuma, a machine reputably know for its ability to hold high tolerances but lacking the speed of the Mori Seiki’s. But when you mate this machine with it’s own personal robot you have a production dream team that will now be the most productive machine we own. We are now fabricating a custom automated door and soon the two will get at it making pedals and stems and freeing up production for new things we have in our heads.


In order to keep up with the new dream team, we obviously need to process raw material faster and more efficiently as well. Welcome Our Canadian made HYD-MECH fully automated saw. I wasn’t too impressed with it at first until we wired it up and OMG –oh my god!- it is fast and efficient. No more standing around manning a saw anymore, the Hy-Mech is happiest alone doing what it does best, cutting. It could use some refinements on the coolant catch basins because the wet floor is a hazard but we will survive.


Next up is a Keep Greg out of the fun room cage. I am banned from entering into the death cage but they forgot to put a main gate on it so it is still easy for me to go in with sticky fingers. The mortorbikes are in the shot to make it look cooler because its just our inventory bay.


In between all the hard work we are always on the look out for fun to balance it out.

So, this Mori Seiki NH4000 is currently our secret weapon as it is still responsible for all of Straitline Components gear and bling. With our new machines in place and the two new warehouses renovated it’s go time. The down side was nothing new for the show season but we got some tricks up our sleeve.


If CNC gets you off, here is a video of the Mori NH Pallet cell utilizing its own robotic feeder to organize the jobs.

So there you have it, we have been busy in the lab with a pen and a pad, give me one more platinum album plaque, f**k rap you can have it back! That was actually Doctor Dre’s lyrics but I wish I was as smooth as him and have the creativity to tie that in with cnc machines.


Get ready for a ghetto tour #3 of the factory next month-ish when its all dialed in.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Math class for all of us!

I have let the blog go dead for so long I think I need to make it a educational tool to regain the traffic!

Here is a little something someone sent me that is indisputable mathematical logic. This is a strictly mathematical viewpoint...it goes like this:
What Makes 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?
Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:
is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.
H-A -R -D-W-O -R -K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
K -N -O -W-L -E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%
But ,
A-T  -T -I -T  -U -D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%
B -U  -L  -L -S -H-I -T
2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%
AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.
A-S -S -K -I -S-S -I -N-G
1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7= 118%
So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty, that While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, its the Bullshit and Ass kissing that will put you over the top.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Want to see some Gnar Gnar?


This video may not fit within this blogs frame but I stole it from VITAL go here to see it in full


Friday, September 24, 2010

Did you miss me?

22 days, 10 flights and 12 train rides Switzerland/Germany/Italy/Scotland/UK and the conclusion that Ryan air is King and EasyJet are a bunch off assholes!EUROBIKE 2010 DENNIS 491


Sorry for the dead site, I will forgive you if you never come back but I was away from proper internet access so dropped off the grid. Felt surprisingly good I must admit but we are back from our European tour, the show in Germany was great and huge thanks to all of our distributors for entertaining us!

So many story and way too many pictures but I will share some with you and if I was smart… finally start up a face book page…oh god how I hate face book but it is a strong marketing tool.

I’ll show you more next week but check this out.

Here I am in Switzerland financial district setting my alarm on my rental, pretty sweet I know.


Drunken bike concepts…


Strange as hell euro brand booth displays are abundant! These guys were selling bike lights, by no means has their display overshadowed their product.


And if you are immature and laugh at stuff like this, Europe is the place for you!



Promise to get up to speed and show you some funny stuff we saw along the way.