7 May 2014
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: LOADED PRECISION
Loaded Precision started producing well-designed, durable and high-performing bicycle components since 2006. To those who know the brand well, it is also synonymous with high-quality and reliability. Spotted at Sea Otter 2014 this year was their booth an their bike buggy. Loaded Precision is active in almost all discipline of cycling – Cross-country, Enduro/All Mountain, Downhill, Dirtjump and Slopestyle. Very soon they would be moving into Road Cycling too. Bikezilla thinks its a good opportunity to spotlight this jewel of a brand for bike components, and place them in the choice list of those who wish to custom build or upgrade their bikes.
To find out just how good a product is, one of the often-used and best way is to know who uses it. And to introduce Loaded Precision to the unacquainted, what best way than to introduce the riders who rock these components.
Theron Tate (Downhill, Dirtjump, Dual Slalom, Freeride, Cross-Country All-Mountain)
Style of Riding: DH, DJ, DS, FR, XC, AM
Accomplishments: Over the past 3 years of racing been on the podium over 20 times, Been featured in Dirt Rag Magazine 4 times.
Riding/Racing Goals: Just to ride my heart out
Years he's been riding: 20 years
Bike Set up: Guerrilla Gravity GG/DH, Marzocchi 888 Ti
Loaded Product on his bike: AMX: Bars, wheels, Stem, No slip Grips, seat collar
Sponsors: Loaded, Guerrilla Gravity, Adam Way Racing, Marzocchi Suspension, Fox Head, Honey Stinger
Favorite moment while riding: Hitting the backsides of trannies!
What inspires his riding: Exploring the vast trails in our world and pushing myself to have fun
Inspirational Rider: Shawn Spry
Favorite Trails: Vengeance, Drifter, Space Ape, Captain Jacks, The Chutes (Colorado Springs)
When he is not out riding, he can be found …. Riding
Profession: Shop Manager at Guerrilla Gravity and Downhill Instructor at Trestle Bike Park
His riding motto/philosophy: Just Pedal…
Words from the Heart: Reality is only a brief moment in time you keep repeating, Ride every day.
AJ Linnell (Cross-Country)
DOB/Age: 1975, 38 years old
Style of Riding: Cross Country Endurance, the longer the better
Accomplishments: 2nd-Place Singlespeed National Ultra Endurance Series 2013; 1st-Place Singlespeed Pierre’s Hole 100 2013 (2nd overall); 1st-Place Singlespeed Tatanka 100 2013 (2nd overall); 1st-Place Singlespeed High Cascades 100 2012/2013; 1st-Place Singlespeed Fool’s Gold 100 2013; 1st-Place Solo Overall Knobby 9-to-5 2012/2013; 1st-Place Solo Overall 12 Hours of Disco 2012; 2nd-Place Singlespeed True Grit 100 2013/2014; 2nd-Place Singlespeed Park City Point2Point 2012/2013; 2nd-Place Singlespeed Marathon National Championships 2013; 2nd-Place Singlespeed 24-Hour National Championships 2012.
Riding/Racing Goals: Win the NUE Series Singlespeed Championship! (And then go win the Singlespeed Division at La Ruta De Los Conquistadores.) Keep having fun riding one gear on sweet dirt—I love this sport, and I love racing!
Years he's been riding: 30+
Bike Set up: Pivot LES Singlespeed; American Classic MTB Singlespeed Wheels.
Loaded Product on his bike: Napalm Bars and Stem; Carbon Seatpost; X-Lite SIT Headset; Pistol Grips.
Sponsors: Pivot, American Classic, Loaded, Xpēdo, Endless Bikes, Giro, Wolf Tooth Components, Ergon, Maxxis, GU, Fitzgerald’s Bicycles.
Favorite moment while riding: Getting a few hours into a long ride, and realizing that I could go forever—Flow.
What inspires his riding: The more ridiculous, painful, hard it is, the more I get into it. Hard climbing, long spinning, fast descending. Single-minded singlespeeding. I dig listening to music for inspiration on long rides, too: My Chemical Romance, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Dropkick Murphys, Offspring, Faith No More, Bad Religion —mostly loud, fast, and hard to understand.
Inspirational Rider: My parents—they started me on this cycling path. At age 70 they’re still going long on their bikes, more touring than mountain biking, but they got to ride the White Rim Trail a couple of years ago and loved it so much that they’re going back this fall!
Favorite Trails: Pole Canyon, Big Hole Crest, 38-Special, Bearclaw-Poppi, Funner… There are so many amazing trails out there, and I’ll never be able to remember all of the names.
When he is not out riding, he can be found …. Hanging out with my lovely wife and dog! And skiing/snowboarding the Teton backcountry during the winter.
Profession: Backcountry Ski/Snowboard Guide, Solar Electrician
His riding motto/philosophy: Have fun, go hard, then go harder.
Carson Ferrin (Dirt Jump)
DOB/Age: 1984 – 30
Style of Riding: Dirt Jumper
Accomplishments: None, I'm just an old guy trying to have fun on his bike!
Riding/Racing Goals: To push and progress my riding while enjoying every single moment of it, get to know a lot of new people and give back as much as I can to the sport I love.
Years he's been riding: 20+
Bike Set up: DJ – Deity Cryptkeeper with Deity and Loaded components, Slope bike – Rocky Mountain Slayer SS with Loaded components.
Loaded Product on his bike: DJ – AmX rims and Pistol Grips, Slope bike – AmX bars, Stem and No Slip grips
Sponsors: Loaded Precision, Over the Edge Sports, Hurricane
Favorite moment while riding: Flowing through a good set of dirt jumps. No tricks, just getting the bike sideways and having a good time.
What inspires his riding: Seeing the joy a new rider gets when they land or learn a new trick. It inspires me to push my own riding. It also takes me back to when I was growing up and didn't have a care in the world. Just riding my bike in the driveway hitting a jump that was just a brick and a board.
Inspirational Rider: BMX rider Danny Josa
Favorite Trails: Any dirt jumps or a fast flowing trail
When he is not out riding, he can be found …. Spending time with my wife and son, digging and/or building trails and jumps, working on my truck.
His riding motto/philosophy: If you're not living on the edge then you're taking up to much space
Craig Manning (Cross-country, Trail)
DOB/Age: 1967, 46 yrs old
Style of Riding: XC Racing, Trail
Accomplishments: 2013 Downieville Classic XC 4th Place Grand Master Men, 2013 Sierra Cup 1st place Overall Series Mens CAT 2 40-49, 2013 Reno MTB Twilight 2nd place Overall Series CAT 2 Men (all ages) 2013 Sea Otter Classic, Mens CAT 2 45-47 19th (of 54)
Riding/Racing Goals: Moving up to CAT 1 this year, hope to make the podium. Obtain my Level 2 USA Cycling Coaching Certification. Competing in my first EXterra race in 2 weeks and and Ironman 70.3 in Boise ID on June 7.
Years he's been riding: Since I was 12
Bike Set up: Several. Planet X Dirty Harry 29 XC Hardtail, Titus Carbon Rockstar 29, Planet X N2A road bike
Loaded Product on his bike: Xlite Carbon Flat bar, Ti stem, Xlite Ultra 29 wheelset with DT Swiss 240 hubs, Ultra carbon seatpost & binder clamp.
Sponsors: Team Planet X USA
Favorite moment while riding: Winning
What inspires his riding: To go fast
Inspirational Rider: Geoff Kabush
Favorite Trails: Tahoe Rim Trail, Donner Lake Rim Trail
When he is not out riding, he can be found …. running or swimming
His riding motto/philosophy: Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever
To find out more anout Load Precision, visit their website: www.loadedusa.com or their facebook page at www.facebook.com/LoadedUSA
All photos by Loaded Precision Inc
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(Theron Tate's bike)