Mountain bike surprise! – The first winner

Mountain bike surprise! – The first winner
Here’s the first winner of the “Win Seth’s Bike” contest!

The contest:
Alex’s Video:
Dan’s Channel:
The Diamondback Release 3:

If you’re watching this video, chances are you’ve been following the contest. If not, click the link in the description for a playlist of this contest as it panned out from the beginning.

Last time, we got to see some of my favorite video entries, and you guys shared your opinions in the comments. There will be two winners, and today I’ll reveal one of them. Let’s do a quick recap of the finalists.

There was Ike, who volunteers at a non profit bike shop, and actually races a bike he built from scratch.

There was Chris who hosts community rides and wants a bike to lend out to newcomers.

There was also Dan who since last time has started posting more on youtube. We saw him huck these huge road gaps on an XC bike.

We also met Drew, who laid out a plan to surprise a local rider and film it. We saw proof of how Drew films things, so this was a story a lot of you wanted to see the continue.

Then there was Alex, a humble kid from Norcal who rides a bike that’s much older than him. He appreciates and cares for this bike, even though it’s clearly holding him back. It seemed like a lot of you could relate to Alex.

So, who is the first winner?

Today was a great day for Alex. To him this was a total surprise. I reached out to his family last week and gave them the tracking number. They kept the whole thing under wraps to coordinate a surprise, and Alex could barely believe it. He keeps saying thank you over and over, and that gratitude is directed at all of you. It was you guys who chose Alex and now we get to see his story continue.

Alex’s old bike had a head shock with probably under 50mm of travel. The dropper seat post, the Sram 1×11, and the slack modern geometry mean that Alex is no longer be outgunned, no matter where he goes.

Alex’s friends were as excited as he was, and tag teamed the bike to get it assembled right.

New bikes take some tweaking and getting used to, but I still wasn’t surprised to see Alex taking flight almost immediately.

It’s worth mentioning that Alex wasn’t exactly prepared for this. When he woke up that day he wasn’t expecting to win a bike, or to film anything, so this reveal is only the beginning.

Throughout this riding season we’ll get to see Alex’s story pan out, and watch his riding style grow and evolve. As he collects footage, I’ll post some videos here, but you can also check his channel in the link below.

As for this contest, it’s not over yet. We still get to find out who wins my personal bike; The bike that has been a major part of this channel since last summer. We’ll also check in with some of the other finalists and see if we can’t still make a difference in their lives too.

Until then, thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll see you next time.
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Tyre Volume – Which Is Fastest For XC?

Tyre Volume – Which Is Fastest For XC?
Traditionally Cross Country racers opted for narrow tyres in the belief that it would reduce rolling resistance. Times have now changed with riders opting for wider tyre, so with that in mind we sent our resident XC whippet Joe Norledge out to test which is faster.
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South Africa in 10 Days!!

South Africa in 10 Days!!
I recently took a 10 day road trip through South Africa. This is what I saw 🙂
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Shot on Sony A7sii & Phantom 4 Drone

“Real live experiences over material possessions”


Tyson Mayr is a full time Travel Adventurer & Content Creator, travelling as ‘The Naked Traveller’ to nearly 80 countries since 2009. In 2014 he won ‘The Best Job in the World’ competition, is the Global Charity Ambassador for clean water non profit RainCatcher, carrying & installing water filters as he travels & also regularly hosts travel shows on multiple networks such as MTV & other networks.

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Song: Axel Thesleff – Bad Karma
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SRAM Eagle™ | German Engineered

SRAM Eagle™ | German Engineered
The sport of mountain biking has its epicenters of excellence — places where the word ‘progression’ really means something. The product engineering of mountain biking also has its hotspots. And few have a more interesting history and legacy than Schweinfurt, Germany.

Located near-perfectly in the center of Germany, innovators from Schweinfurt are responsible for the first precision ball-bearing, the first ball-bearing hub, the first freewheel and, now, SRAM Eagle™, the SRAM 1x™ drivetrain that continues to redefine mountain bike drivetrain capability.
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Mystery of Prince Rupert’s Drop at 130,000 fps – Smarter Every Day 86

Mystery of Prince Rupert’s Drop at 130,000 fps – Smarter Every Day 86
“Goggle Up! Science is about to happen…Share by Tweet: Facebook:
Please help me justify putting this much time and effort into a video by clicking “LIKE” and SHARING this as much as possible. Click the following: Tweet: Facebook: Please share with any science blogs or outlets you think would enjoy it.

Videos like this don’t just happen. They require lots of time, and lots of favors from very smart and kind people willing to help me and you learn. PLEASE take a moment and read the following information and support those who supported me.

This is the camera we used for the ultra-high speed shots. It has the “FAST” option.

You absolutely have to check out the stuff Cal Makes. We’re just goofing off in this video, but the guy is some type of glass wizard genius. It would make me happy if you bought something from him and he felt like the audience appreciated all the time he donated to this video. He basically gave me 2 entire nights of his entire shop.
I feel like we’re friends at this point, and he is open to the idea of doing more videos in the future and teach me more about what he knows about glass. Let’s make it worth his time.

I’m a HUGE FAN of the song Gordon wrote for this video. His landlord would really appreciated if you downloaded it so he could make rent this month.
It looks like he’s assembling a new album that I may like more than Mammals:
Show him some love.

This video involved about 2 months of research, and me reaching out to several individuals. I would like to thank everyone who took time out of their schedule to contribute to my wacky research. A big thanks to the following people:
My wife and kids. I’m sorry this took so long and I wasn’t the kind of active father I want to be during the 5 weeks it took to make this.

Dr. Martyn Poliakoff for getting me access to documents which details experiments on the Prince Rupert’s Drop by the Royal Society (behind a pay wall)

Being able to calculate the failure front velocity of a Prince Rupert’s drop is a pretty big deal. For years this was a scientific mystery. High speed camera technology is only recently fast enough to provide data like this. Thanks to Vision Research for letting me use the V1610 to try to unravel this mystery for the public in general.

Rob Kuefner for reaching out to me and offering to convert certain equations into LaTeX format for me.

Dr. Jeff Evans from UAH. A friend and neighbor who just happens to have a PhD and be an expert in fracture mechanics. Thank you for helping me by pointing me in the right direction in the early stages of my research. It’s time we hangout again.

Brian: thanks for letting me use your green screen and telling me about Orbix in the first place. I stayed up there til about 1 or 2 am two nights in a row acting stupid in front of of the camera all alone. Now that I look back at that footage without the context of this video, it’s all very strange.

Thanks to Loïc Samuel for taking time to make the custom TNT Degradation graphic!

P.S. There was some old guy walking around the track at the park when I was filming me jumping on the bridge railing. I’m pretty sure you kept walking until I was done just to make sure you wouldn’t have to take me to the hospital if I broke my leg. I’ll never meet you again, but I’m grateful for this kind gesture you didn’t know I noticed.
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Instead of saving for my kids’ college, I make videos using the money I would have saved.
The thought is it will help educate the world as a whole, and one day generate enough revenue to pay for their education. Until then if you appreciate what you’ve learned in this video and the effort that went in to it, please SHARE THE VIDEO!

If you REALLY liked it, feel free to pitch a few dollars towards their college fund by clicking here:

Warm Regards,

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