Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bike Wash Ettiquette

After the last KDD race, apparently we did not use the bike wash area very well...

some points:

1) pls consider other users. Usually after race or ride, there will be a queue at the bike wash. please be courteous and not clean every inch of your bike. Clean it up just enough to get the bikes in the car and not every inch of the bike. However, if there is nobody, go ahead and do the necessary. - MAIN PURPOSE of the bike wash is for riders to just wash down the bike.

2) Pls check the silt trap and clean it if its full. This helps with the longevity of the facility.

We all learn something new everyday! Hope this helps as a heads up to all.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Its near!

Updates:
First and foremost, we would like to thank to all ROAMers individual sponsors and partners for KDD#5:
Banshee Bikes
Yeti Cycles
Oakley Malaysia
KSH Cycles
Fakawi Tribe
Deity
Dirtworks clothing

Folker clothing
Sticker Station

Below is our story of KDD 5.

Pics courtesy of Fakawi Tribe:

Master Cat winners (Fr left: Red, Craig & Farrandy)


All Cat winners (fr left: Hong Chun, Bandi, Red, Aim, Hairi)


Red with his Weapon of Mass Destruction

Updates:


Red managed to slide his way to victory..(when i said slide, coz the track muddy and slippery hahahaha....tq wet scream) nicely done father. With his victory, it marked his complete recovery from his injury 2 months earlier.

Yamm, great effort. But he crashed 3 times in the final. Furthermore, during seeding run he injured his left shoulder but still pushing it to the end.

Pic from Zulkhas

AC, his final run was nearly perfect due to he crashed at the end bit after the infamous dirt drop. Going out too fast from the drop and his rear end slips, he tried to counter it but was sent sliding on the dirt... only few feet from the finish line. Next time AC.

FA, did not race due to his injury from Ciwalk Bandung urban race earlier. Get well soon senior.

UB - of course, chill out and as usual talking craps to the people. Gonna start riding and training soon.

A-Mud, bogged down with work in Jakarta. But he'll be back next week.

AJ, away for holiday with his familia.

We would like to say thank you and good job to FRM old and new for a wonderful season of KDD. We hope to see you again next year. Photos of the event will be uploaded soon.

Friends of ROAM's pics:

Udang

Haris of Dirt Devil


Lano of Powerstik Racing Team
All pics courtesy of Zulkhas

So now with the completion of KDD5, we the ROAMers officially will close our 2008 race calendar and now are preparing the 2009 battle.

Hmm, ROAM must have a New Year Eve party ey..........to celebrate the glory of 2008 and to embrace 2009.

What say you ROAMers???????????????









FreerideMalaysia's 5th and final Kiara Downhill Domination race for 2008 is here!
Be there!
14 December 2008
Taman Recreasi Bukit Kiara
Taman Tun Dr Ismail KL
more info on FreerideMalaysia.com.my

Well, the final race is here. Is everybody ready? new sections have been added. new fast and flowy sections to test the nerves of all participants. King of Kiara will be announced! I believe, FakawiBanshee's award for Junior of the year will also be announced!

This will be the last race of the year and lets all support the boys from FreerideMalaysia! Lets check out of 2008 on a high! See you there!!!

As usual, ROAM will be represented by:

Yamm - Master Cat
Fadzlee - Elite
Rizal - Open
Aaron - Junior

UB - out with injury but present as MC of the event!
Ameer - Away on holiday
Amad - N/A (indonesia)

Wish us all luck!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

MTB Urban Downhill Ciwalk 28 - 29 November 2008



The usual suspects went... and the usual suspects got left behind. Again.

Anyway, the ROAMers that went:
Yamm | Oakley KSHYeti
Fadzlee,| Oakley KSHCemmencal
Amad | Oakley KSHIntense

Things did not go too well for some of us and went very well for others... In short, Amad and Fadzlee did not make it into the finals and u will know why in a sec. Yamm won the Master B cat. while Zure finished 2nd in Master A.





Here's what Amad had to say:

"well, good weekend for me.

pushed off from jakarta friday at 5 after work... the traffic was super massive heavy... i ended up reaching bandung at 12midnight, yes thats 7 hours. besides, i took the long way round instead the straight forward highway... i friend from my office recommended and i will never trust him after this.

saturday woke up at 5 and was at the track as early as 6am (the sun is up high already in bandung), met scott, feri and marta.. had mcd for breakfast. then wtf the registration not opened yet until 8, the organizing guy told me to come early.... wasted 2 hours waiting, might as well sleep to recover..

walked the couse and realized that the downhill part is only 10% overall (3 sets of strairs and basement parking lot ramp), the rest is pedalling. so i told my m3 that its going to be a hard work.

come seeding, i was the very first rider off the starting ramp... crossed the finish line with a slight problem at the very last "U-turn" (better described than a switchback), maybe 2-3 secs slow.... and the marshall told me that my timing wasnt right for some communication problem with the starter, and told me to start again as the last rider............ that really cut off my race mood, 70 riders in open and i have to wait again.

okay did my 2nd seeding and hit the basement stairs rail... it was such a tight place to recover and to get back on the bike. oh well a race is a race.
timed 1.40... 23rd in seeding and did not make it to final.."

and Fadzlee:

"i crashd during training in the morning on saturday.. it was the crash of the day. zure was riding behind me, he saw everything, even yamm saw it! he was beside the table top ramp. i was going too fast (that's why we call him fastlee - ed) before the table top jump and was over the jump and crash head first, basically a front flip!.. i hurt my back and arm, but still managed to continue in the seeding run with all that pain.. seeding run wasnt good either, crashed at the stair and hit the rail pretty hard but managed to complete the run, 6th place. The night before the final, the pain got worse, i could not even straighten up my arm let alone hold any kind of weight!.. so no final for me .."

Yamm was not available for comment after the race! hehehehe... we know why!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

AC......... Being 17

Hola,

Just wanna share what I saw today's morning........ hehehehehe

Our ROAMeo.... left profile headshot



Red, u pick the best kid in town..... now we have untapped resources...hahahahaha

good job AC...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Kiara Downhill Domination - Final Installment (14 December 2008)

Hola,



the final installment for KDD has arrived and confirmed.
The date is 14 December 2008
It will be held at:
Taman Rekreasi Bukit Kiara Taman Tun Dr. Ismail Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

for more info please visit FreeRide Malaysia website.

It will the last battle for ROAMers for 2008 racing calendar.
And it has been a tremendous year for us. Thank you to all friends who have supported us since the very beginning of ROAM.

C ya in Decemba'

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My Banshee Legend MK1

it finally arrived...


My Parts List:

Mavic 729 on Hadleys F&B or for FRO wheel set (DT Swiss FR2350)
FOx 40 RC2 (Using Ben's at the moment while waiting for mine. Thanks Ben)
Thompson Elite Seatpost and Stem
SDG Seat
ODI Grips (Is there any other?)
XTR rear shifter
'08 XT brakeset
Deity Dirty 30s
Ultegra 9 sp RD
SRAM cassette (similar to Steve Peat's)
Maxxis Minnions DHF on front and Back
FSA Gravity Lights 165mm (83mm - will be for sale soon) - to be replaced with Middleburn Crankset
Atomlab Aircorps Pedals
E-13 LG-1 chainguide
FSA PIG headset

Cant wait to give it a go in the weekend...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Jakarta Oakley Sebex 25-26 October 2008

Hola,

KLD '08 was a blast, thx to every ROAMers participation...

Now, the battle for Sebex has just begun today. Our ROAMers - Master Yamm, A-Mud and Fadzlee are now in foreign ground as they compete with Indonesia's finest.

Good luck to them.

We just learnt today, that our Junior ROAMer (Red's padawan) Mr. 'ROAMeo' AC dislocated his right elbow at Shah Alam bike park. Not a good month for ROAM as 2 Fathers and 1 Junior already down.

Makes us wanna go further, faster and higher.

Anyway stay tuned for more updates on Jakarta Oakley.

UB

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

KLD 2008 post event

Hola everyone who made KLD possible...

Uncle Bully is back here in town......I just learned today I fractured my 6th and 7th left ribs due to last saturday 18 Oct crash. Cedric just called me up just now at 1315 saying that it is not critical and I just need to get much rest and grow fat (hahahaha) One Ring Service please!!!!!! (inside joke)

I am sure everyone had a good time with CG, Peaty and Seb around. Oakley made the event more enjoyable and I had a really good time. Peaty left on Tuesday morning (21 Oct). CG hahahaha, he doesnt wanna go back. I told him to move here and make KL as his base.

The three of them wanna come back again. When? hmmm.... its a secret.....

Okay now its time for thank you....

On behalf of KSH Cycles, Time Trading, R.O.A.M, Quick Release Adventures and Oakley:

We would like to extend our gratitude, appreciation and a BIG THANK YOU to all participants, race teams, spectators, mechanics, family members of riders and to all our friends, sponsors and event partners.

A big shoutout to:

Malaysian Ministry of Sports & Youth
National Sports Complex


List of Sponsors:
Xpedo
Celcom
WTB
Dirtworks
Eiger
Folker
Electcoms
Cratoni
E-13
T.H.E
Cool Rhino
Hydrapak
Sticker Station

Media:
The Star
Utusan Malaysia
TV3 Remaja program
Cycling magazine (Indonesia)
Action Asia (Singapore)
Street magazine (Thailand)

For results please click HERE courtesy of Quick Release Adventures

Will post some pics soon in:
R.O.A.M Gallery & Video
and here off course.

Hopefully with a successful event like this, it will be an eye opener to all future sponsors and therefore KLD will proceed as an annual event.

Anyway, stay tuned with this blog for more updates.

Goodbye KLD 2008 and Hello KLD 2009

Friday, October 17, 2008

ROAM dines with Steve Peat and Cedric Gracia



Head Honcho Uncle Bully with Steve Peat having some din din recently




Cedric taking pictures with... what else... iPhone!!! They all had iphones!!! Note to self... get an iPhone... Hey, i already got one! hehehe...




as usual, i cant keep a straight face!! CG as usual... And yes... he IS like that!!! Just accept it!!!



Up close and personal! Uknow who, me and u know who!!!



Sebastian! Keeping it real at Petronas Twin Towers!!!

Stay tuned, more to come!!!

Thanks to TIME Trading, the host for the dinner.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

R.O.A.M is 1 year old......

Hola,

Today, 7 Oct 2008, is the anniversary of Riders On A Mission (R.O.A.M) Malaysia.

We start with FOUR and then We Grow MORE.

We have raced, rode, roamed, battered, cheered, jeered and the most important thing of all, we have tonnes of fun throughout 2007 & 2008 calendar.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all our family, friends, Sponsors, Marketing Partners, Race Teams of fellow ROAMers and Fellow Riders who have supported ROAM throughout 2007 & 2008.

A big thanks to:
KSH Cycles
Time Trading Services
Oakley
Yeti Cycles
Intense Cycles
Commencal
Banshee
Folker
Sticker Station
Dirtworks
Eiger


We would not stand tall without you all.

As the Head Honcho of R.O.A.M Malaysia, we would like to continue another 100 years and more.

We will scout, search, train, develop and produce more young blood to carry our passion.

A simple quote:
" To the men and women of mountain biking, keep on riding so others may ride"

Keep the wheels rollin'

Monday, October 6, 2008

Ramadhan ROAM 2

Hola,

eventhough ramadhan is fasting month but it will not deterred ROAMers to ride...at nite lah...and at Shah Alam Extreme Park.

For pics please click here

Friday, October 3, 2008

Fast Lee new rig...courtesy of Time Trading Services and Commencal

Hola

Just to share great news.....our Elite Specialist will be riding new 2009 Commencal VIP Supremme....

For pics & more info on specs:

Please click here

Thank you Time Trading Services and Commencal

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Maaf Zahir Batin

Hola,

On behalf of the FourFathers and all ROAMers, we would like to say:

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Maaf Zahir Batin
to all our Muslim friends......
keep the tyres rolling, ride and train more after raya celebration.

ROAM next battle will be the Kuala Lumpur Downtown 2008.

Our friends from local and overseas again will meet up, chill, chat, ride and race for this wonderful event.

Cheerio

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ramadhan we RIDE


Yo everyone,
saturday night, got sms from UB n Red regarding sunday nite ride at shah alam bike park..
unfortunately cant make it due to some problems..
then replied to UB saying can only make it that nite..
then, directly decided to have a ride that nite..


met UB at 10.30 and we met two new friends that claims themselves as beginners..but who give a damn...we just sharing our passions aite!!
they were asking a lot of questions and learn some basic stuff from UB..i like their attitude during the learning process..so humble...hehe
we had our full runs on the loosy track..even the front tire wash out easily..n it was so dark..
but who cares, we had lots of fun..playing with the fun box, mini drops...just avoided the north shore due to the place not lit very well..we were like a small kid who just got some new toy from daddy..yeah its ramadhan meaning we have to fast the whole day and results of not riding during the day. Myself, i left dh trip for almost a month. so, this is just the right time for me to rebel..hehehehhe
in overall, im heppi with the night ride and hoping to have more soon..
hey riding during the night time wasnt that bad at all..no suns, less tired and cool winds...so enjoyable..come guys, lets plan for the next night ride..even i dont mind doing XC.. :)

some pictures: it was hard to get in focus picture due to focusing trouble that caused by light..










p/s: uncle bully if u want the full resolution lemme noe k..can send u the email....perhaps facebook picture..haehaehae

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Whistler - The Wrap

My fellow ROAMers and riders,

Me at look back

as I mentioned before its now about time to give a lil low-down of my Whistler trip.
I think it is not neccessary anymore to point out how stoked I am and how great it was.

Whip it

The trail maintenace was good, but not over the top, which means, that some of the trails were pretty fucked up due to the high traffic load during Crankworx.
Later on, the trailteam (18 guys) focused on the higher part of the mountain, called Garbanzo, to build the all new Freight Train, which is said to be a blast. The trailteam plans to double the amount of trails until 2010! Let's see...
Heart of Darkness

The trails in general have a high quality in terms of rideability - even though double diamond trails are one hack of a challenge (especially during rain!) everything is supersafely built. There are no doubles, no tricky things with bad surprises - if you find an obstacle you know it's meant to be ridden - so it's rideable for sure - if you dare.


The Fatcrobat

Talking about the rain: My recommendation would be to go there during July - the weather seems to be best from what the locals said and it is good to have Crankworx in the final week of your riding if you intend to be there around Crankworx. It was fun to see the slopestyle, but if you miss it out...nevermind. Don't make it a premise for your trip's planning. Advantage though: A lot of of companies were there and so I had the chance to ride my future Corsair K├Ânig (www.corsairbikes.com) and it was FUN! Service from many companies included. Furthermore you will see a lot of pros (well...) and a lot of new stuff.


For the costs: I had a season-pass (450€, I guess) which pays off after 9 days of riding - ideal for longer holidays - and 2 weeks at least are a must - especially for first-timers there.
My accomodation was 150$ per night - devided by 4 riders. Hot tub included. Travel from Vancouver Airport to Whistler (about 3hours) is roughly 89$. Food and drinks are on a solid european level. So you should calculate about 30€ per day - if you go for a lil lunch and have breakfast and dinner at home. All kinds of fastfood are available. Maybe not Halal :)
Red will find GREAT beet there - KOKANEE tastes awesome :)

For your bike, expect to need 2 pairs of brakepads and 2 pairs of tires - tires are EXTREMELY expensive over there...so get your stuff from home. And take the heavy duty stuff with you...single ply is for kids :) Guys...it's rocky there in the Rocky Mountains...it's not Kiara :) Some of you might be surprised - to me, it reminds me of the Alps. Wide open spaces, rocky, loose terrain, Big Mountain at its VERY best!

Smoke and Mirrors

For the equipment - bring in a safety jacket and a goggle with interchangeable lenses for foggy days - have spare lenses as they scratch easily over the time. Treat the trails with repect - they otherwise they will bite back. One local said: "It's not the question IF you go down, but only when and how hard" - so keep that in the back of your mind if you wanna "survive" a longer time there.
For those of you who think they can ride (anything) - be humble and learn new. You think you can corner? Go to Whistler and see the locals - so you know you can't :)

Go send it on the last few days :)

WtF is Dirtdrop???


If you are fully into park riding get a 7"-8" bike. If you wanna explore the MANY trails surrounding the park (like GARGAMEL in The Collective!), which is highly recommended by every local, then you should bring something like a SS, SX or Bottlerocket. Still, you will be fast enough on the gnarly stuff - I've seen it...

Well, I guess a picture saves a thousand words...so here we go for a last time :)



Finally I like to thank my sponsors for making this trip possible. Unfortunately I have none, so I made it possible myself ;)
B-Line
Devil's Club


Go there and discover how bikepark riding was meant to be!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

My Bike!!!


Ouch... part of practice run missed out by AC's post below... hehehe. sorry dog, had to be done!!!

AC described it like this:

"I decided to just flow all the way down, try not to pedal as much, i passed the SS2 section with ease but i slided and wiped out turning into the left corner. Lost about 5 seconds there. Got on my bike and pedalled off, got to the short pedalling section before SS3..."

Wipe out is right!!! but more than 5 secs i think.

Monday, September 1, 2008

2nd Bukt Cermin Downhill Race

This would be my second downhill race since i started riding dh about 2 months ago. I didnt really expect to get good results coz i was gonna be racing with rizal , ben , zure , mie and the other seasoned riders. It was gonna be a race to gauge my performance for the two months ive been riding dh.

I managed to check out the trail on the Friday and Saturday before the race. The trail was really nice and flowy on the top section. After that was about 400 metres of fireroad, loose rock and ruts which led into the new section. The newer section, SS 2 was kinda tough. A moderate step-down accompanied by a few bumps after that straight into a flat left corner, FUN ! After the SS2 section was a short pedalling section and straight into SS3. SS3 was a little technical, 2 or 3 switchbacks with a nice left berm and a drop off at the end.

Decided to push up to check the conditions of the track, it was rather muddy and slippery, gonna be tough for be coz i had minions in front and high rollers at the back which were practically slick! The seeding took AGES, there were more than 100 riders competing. Open , T-bolt , Hardtail and Invitational. I decided to just flow all the way down, try not to pedal as much, i passed the SS2 section with ease but i slided and wiped out turning into the left corner. Lost about 5 seconds there. Got on my bike and pedalled off, got to the short pedalling section before SS3 and made up for the time there. Drifted into the switchbacks, took the correct lines. Managed to get a time of 2.10.84 for that run, 5 seconds behind the 1st person, Zure.

I told myself to try harder this time, all out. 5 , 4 , 3 , 2 , 1 GO! I mashed the pedals and burst out of the starting point. Reached the first flat right corner, was REALLY muddy and slippery so i took the outside line, kept to the left and cut in. Flawless up till that tricky bit in SS2. Slowed down and leaned more, perfectly executed! Reached the pedalling section and mashed as hard as i could. Took the switchbacks nicely and managed to get a clean run. I was quite satisfied with my run. I clocked 2.06.24 for the run, came in second place, a good 3 seconds behind Zure.

Overall, it was a great experience, first race on a full suspension bike. Ended with good results, alot better than expected! A few riders were quite unlucky with their runs, a few wipe outs here and there. But it was all in good fun, you win some you lose some.

Anyway, here's some pics from the race, courtesy of Ameer:




Me


Zure



Ben


Rizal


Nan

Friday, August 29, 2008

Master Yamm in Thai Sports Street Magazine

Hola,

Just to update that our Master Yamm appeared in the Thai cycling magazine (Sports Street).
The article was published by Mr. C, our good ROAM friend from the north.

Magazine


Yamm with his Black Stallion


The specs:

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Whistler - the Update

Hey bros,

still, I am in Whistler and I enjoy the riding to the fullest, despite the cold weather. Lately we have a lot of rain, and the trails are quite sketchy to ride - but that's okay.
So far, all four of us are still fine, but not our bikes. My Marzocchi 66 got a new ATA travel adjustment cap during Crankworx, cuz the fork downtraveled itself all the time. Later, the Thru-Axle came out and so I got a new one - again from Marzocchi Canada.

Yesterday, when I made a non-stop ride from the top of the Mountain, called Garbanzo, the fork compressed and remained at 10cm travel...too bad.
The whole downhill took me 32min - non stop - hiting famous trails like Freight Train, In Deep, Dirt Merchant and so on...the level of riders here is just so insane - and no wonder. The riding in the Garbanzo Area is what I truly call "Big Mountain" freeride and reminds me of skiing in the winter - open spaces, great view over the mountains and lakes - big hits, and rocky , loose terrain - the open spaces give u really a feeling of freedom, while the lower part of the park is more congested, and trails are closer to each other.
Luckily one mechanic here (the only one in whole Whistler) was able to fix it...so today I will kill it again. The shops here are incredible - whatever you ask for they have it.

The skills really improved, and the riding here is very different from Europe and Asia of course.
It is not so much about gaps and drops, but rather technical, very steep trails with blank rock faces and roots - the way I love it.

I really fear that I will not like riding anymore once I hit our boring home trails again :) This is too great, and I will miss it so much!

I am here until the 5th september, then I will head for Seattle to see my friend at CORSAIR Bikes and also the guy that makes the OBTAINIUM Ti-Springs.
A few days later I will hit Vancouver's Northshore along with Wade Simmons if I am lucky enough, and then I will fly back to Munich on 9/11 :)

So far guys...if you really wanna know what freeride is all about - come to Whistler - it will open your eyes - it's the holy ground for a reason!

Gone riding, Felix

P.S. Concerning requests to help on selling bikes - please come back on me around 15th. - I will move during that time, so I will be busy, but I am willing to help for sure! :)