Traharn spent the day at Bike Park Wales with Soho Bikes who were filming their latest video for Soho Bikes TV. The day was all about riding different wheel sizes to try and answer the impossible question ‘which is best?’. Traharn grabbed a few minutes with some of the riders to find out more about their answer to this question, and more.
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Words Traharn Chidley
Photos – Dan Wyre Photography
Name: Steven Peat (Peaty)
Occupation: Professional Cyclist
Background: racing World Cups for 23 years
Bikes ridden at SOHO bike test: Santa Cruz Bronson 27.5 and Santa Cruz V10
Favourite?: V10 “I just love riding downhill.”
Which felt most fun?: “At first the Bronson felt more fun, more nimble with faster rolling tyres, which after 5 runs on the Bronson it made the Downhill bike feel like it was hard work. However, once up to speed on the V10 that felt more fun, could carry more speed and hit the rough stuff way harder and brake a lot less.”
Which felt fastest?: “Once up to speed, the V10 definitely felt faster”
If you only had one bike what would it be?: [Pauses, before answering confidently] “V10 Downhill bike of course, that’s the bike I’ve been riding the most lately, I’ve done a couple of Downhill World Cups this year, so definitely putting more time in on the V10 working on getting up to speed.”
Do you think you can have just one bike for all?: “Naaa, Hmmmm.. Yeah I do actually, there’s a decent selection of bikes to choose from, Bronson, Solo, currently waiting and looking forward to receiving my Santa Cruz Hightower, that’ll be a nice bike.” [Struggles to narrow it down to one bike] Concludes – “One of each is best I think” [cheeky giggle].
“Downhill bikes are tough, because you obviously can’t use it for everything, and trail bikes are working so well, most people can have just one bike.”
What is the biggest change you’ve seen in Mountain Biking?: [Thinks hard] “From being in the industry for so long it’s constant evolution, it just keeps getting better, bikes keep improving, little things on bikes change every year, so it’s a constant evolution. If I had a few years out of the sport and came back I’d definitely notice a bigger change.”
What will/should be the next step in Mountain Biking?: “Give Enduro racing a new name, because they’ve nicked it from Motorbikes.” [Cheeky grin, but clearly strong views on the topic]. “Just crack on as we are, we’re in a really good spot right now with everyone enjoying it; keep it going and get everybody out there having fun on the bikes.”
You’re retiring?.. What next?: “I’m retiring from World Cup racing yes, I’ll still race and even be at the races, but just taking a step back from World Cups; I won’t be doing Enduro.”
Are your kids following your footsteps?: “I have two boys, 11 and 7. They’re in to all sorts, skating, scooters at the skate park, BMXing, Mountain biking, Motor Bikes, Cricket, Rugby, they don’t just do one thing, they’ll find their own feet, I’m not pressuring them to follow in my footsteps in any way, so we’ll see where they go.”
After a good day on the bike, what’s your go to meal?: “Usually, just a couple of beers, and a burger on the way home” [pauses] “Kebab!!.. Fish ‘n’ Chips and a Kebab!!”