Project Enduro – four wheels are more rad than two

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This Wednesday, June 17th, there’ll be a new world record attempt. No, it’s not Guy Martin and Terrahawk doing something in a damp tandem again, it’s an attempt on the world record for greatest number of vertical metres descended in 24 hours – on a four wheeled mountain bike. And the team will be trying to get as many laps in at Antur Stiniog as they can.

Project Enduro – Nathan Stephens (paralympian) testing his Gravity Bike at Afan Bike Park, Neath Port Talbot.
Picture: ©Adam Davies | All Rights Reserved 2015

Led by Project Enduro manager Calvin Williams, the record attempt team comprises Paralympic athlete Nathan Stephens, paraplegic racing driver Brian Roberts and Simon Powdrill from Loco Tuning. All money raised from this 24 hour challenge will be donated to Disability Sports Wales.

Project Enduro – Nathan Stephens (paralympian) testing his Gravity Bike at Afan Bike Park, Neath Port Talbot.
Picture: ©Adam Davies | All Rights Reserved 2015

The initial brief for Project Enduro was to design and manufacture two prototype four wheeled downhill mountain bikes (a mid-range model and an elite model) predominantly for use by disabled people.

“Our objectives were to create a product which is suitable for as wide a range of users as possible and which has been designed from scratch using technology familiar to the mountain bike industry, enabling improved performance in areas such as suspension, handling and stability,” says Calvin. “The bike has been developed taking into account feedback from over 40 riders ranging from 5ft to 6ft 2in in height and from 50 to 120kg in weight. These include paraplegic athletes, amputees and able bodied professional riders.”

This video will give you a little idea of what they’re aiming at. While it looks great fun, it’s going to be a real test of the riders and their machines, not to mention the backup crew keeping bikes and riders in good shape – as well as those driving them back to the top of the hill again. We salute their bonkersness!

Project Enduro – Nathan Stephens (paralympian) testing his Gravity Bike at Afan Bike Park, Neath Port Talbot.
Picture: ©Adam Davies | All Rights Reserved 2015

Supporters of the Project Enduro world record attempt include Hope Technology, Renthal, Disability Sports Wales, Polaris Bikeware, Nukeproof Bikes and LOCO Tuning.

Check out this video for an idea of what they’ll be up to, here filmed at Bike Park Wales.

“We have an amazing team and are keen to set a new world record for four wheel bikes that exceeds the current two wheel bike record,” adds Calvin.

Donations to Disability Sports Wales can be made via www.justgiving.com/disabilitysportwales
More information about Project Enduro can be found via www.projectenduro.co.uk.

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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