Chris Akrigg will ride for GT Bicycles in 2020

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After much deliberating and online speculation after he left Mongoose at the end of last year, Chris Akrigg has confirmed that for 2020, he will ride for GT Bicycles.

Riding at you like he means it. Chris Akrigg on GT.

Many people will be familiar with the fluid style of the Yorkshire rider through the many videos he’s released on his YouTube Channel. It seemed that, whatever bike Mongoose released, he found an excuse to ride them in a video.

This was literally the first move on his new bike. Legend!

Chris will now take that enthusiasm for riding bikes – all bikes – to his new sponsors, GT Bicycles. He’ll have a wide palette of bikes to choose from there – starting with the GT Force seen here, then there’s the Amp e-bike, the LaBomba jump bike and even the Grade cyclocross bike.

If you want a little more detail, we managed to sneak a full interview in with Chris Akrigg for the next issue of Singletrack Magazine, out on February 6th. We get to learn why he thinks people think his riding is easy – and why he “doesn’t do tricks”.

“It’s like tricks. I don’t get excited by riding tricks. I used to ride a lot of BMX. When I watch my old videos – doing tailwhips and barspins to manuals… I used to be able to do it all, but I don’t do it any more. I just don’t enjoy it. Tricks don’t do anything for me. They don’t make me feel like when I do a big step, or some horrible line in the woods with some rooty, horrible shit.”

Now THAT’S a step-up…

He’s already made a new video to mark the occasion:

And don’t forget to check out the magazine interview when it lands.

And, if you have a spare 40 enjoyable minutes, here’s the story so far… From his early days up to just before his new ride for GT.

Here’s the official press release:

Wilton, Conn. – February 3, 2020 – GT Bicycles, a brand of Dorel Industries, Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), is proud to welcome mountain bike (and all-around cycling) legend Chris Akrigg to the family for 2020. 

Since first popping onto the scene many years ago, Chris Akrigg has always had an amazing talent for riding bikes. Hailing from Yorkshire, England, Chris began his career as a trials athlete becoming a six-time British Trials Champion and winner of several Red Bull contests including the Red Bull Bike Battle, Red Bull Cobble Wobble, and the Red Bull Mini Drome in London.  

However, Chris is probably most famous for sharing his bike-handling skills with the globe through insane self-produced video edits like A Hill in Spain and As It Lies. His unique style and ability to ride any terrain on all kinds of sketchy setups on a wide variety of bikes, has created a huge fanbase throughout the bike community. 

When opting for the right rig to ride across one of his haphazard DIY setups for an edit, Chris says that he loves to mix things up and challenge himself. “The inspiration to how I pick my bike normally comes from just finding a cool location,” he said. “That’s my favorite part of riding – working out how to ride in a new place, and finding lines where there aren’t really any…As for bike choice, I feel it sort of goes through a cycle, I try not to ride one bike too much, but my favorites are trial and enduro bikes.”

After being asked about what he has up his sleeve for 2020, Chris mentioned that he a few plans, “but you’ll have to wait and see! I have a new fleet of bikes and my motivation and inspiration are high, and I can’t wait to get stuck into my first project under the GT banner.”  

The team at GT is looking forward to seeing how Chris will continue to amaze audiences around the globe with his off-the-wall stunts in the next year. 


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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.

Comments (6)

    GT and Mongoose are both Dorel/Pacific aren’t they?
    I wonder if this is more a side-step than a big change. At least the bikes are available in the UK and go higher up in quality than GT.
    Looking forward to seeing new stuff – even that short intro vid was amazing!

    Wonder if there can be team-ups with Ethan Craik or Hans Rey!

    [edit]GT higher in quality than Mongoose obviously [/edit]

    Wicked lil vid clip

    he gets a custom painted Fury

    Prays emoji re: Fury comment

    Photoshoot a stones throw from where I live. That’s HOOT corner in Oakworth/Haworth?

    What crazy person thinks Chris’s riding looks easy?!

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