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: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5S7V5NhM8JRwpsjF0YrLvNgy3kT_LWgZ
Alex’s Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSiYrtLspug
Dan’s Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyvzYw1_t_DiVdjV0kfgj0g
The Diamondback Release 3: http://ift.tt/2oq3cXh

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.
via YouTube

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