We managed to get Utah based freerider Jeremy ‘Kickstand’ Hottinger to keep still long enough to answer a few questions for us, as he reveals his new frame sponsor, Ferrum Bikes.
Tell us who you are, what you do and why we should go for a bike ride with you…
I’m Jeremy Kickstand Hottinger. I am a professional freeride mountain biker. We should go for a bike ride because the most important part of the ride for me is having fun and improving skills on the bike no matter your age or abilities.
If you could only ride one trail for the rest of your days – which is it?
A secret one I can’t reveal.
Everyone wants to improve, right? What would you like to do better?
If I could improve in one aspect of riding I’d say being better at flip tricks. One aspect of life, helping to get more young kids off their phones and on bikes.
Which component do you break and/or swap the most?
I’d say cranks… can’t keep them straight to save my life..
What is your tip to becoming a better mountain biker?
My tip for being a better rider would be, Persistence. Dont give up! Just keep at it!
Who do you admire most in the mountain bike world?
What are you hoping to get up to in the next 12 months?
For the next 12 months my main goals are fitness and building trail. Hope to film a video or two along the way. Of course Rampage is always in my perspective but if it happens sick, if not I still get to ride my bike most everyday.
If you got stuck in a lift (that’s an elevator to you Americans!), which pro rider would you hope was with you and why?
If I got stuck in a elevator.. I’d say should of taken the stairs.. but I suppose James Perri would be the most help in a broken elevator.
The reason I picked James Perri is he is very entertaining but him and I have been on top of more than a few elevators in our days working together, ah… we would get out.
What music have you got on repeat at the moment?
Music on repeat lately has mostly been reggae or some metal. I love 90% of music
What would you say to motivate someone struggling to find their riding mojo?
Good things come to people who are persistent.
We’re intrigued by that new steel frame – it seems like the steel FS frame is quite a rare thing in the USA, but Kickstand says he loves steel bikes. He’s still building it up, so we’ll do our best to persuade him to give us a full run down on his choice of parts. It’s a Ferrum NV 170 29/27.5+, which will currently cost you $1,499 for the frame only – they’re usually $1,699. Either price compares favourably with handbuilt UK steel full suspension frames, though if you go to collect it from their base in Las Vegas you may well find yourself spending the difference in the casino. Or maybe you’d get lucky and it could be a ‘free’ frame?!
Our 2020 NV Chromoly Enduro Mountain Bike Frame is like a downhill bike that pedals up really well. We tune your shock for maximum pedal efficiency so hopefully you still have energy left after going up for the fun part, going downhill. Made for 73mm BSA bottom bracket, 148mm boost, internal cable routing dropper seat posts, tapered forks. All your modern trail bike specs in a more progressive package.
Our 2020 Frame incorporates a new rear triangle design featuring modern asymmetry, slider dropouts and optimized tubing that allows the rear end to be supremely compliant and adjustable for the wheel/tire combination of your choice.
Slider Dropouts enable fine tuning of rear wheel adjustment due to wildly variable tire manufacturer sizing measurements. We thought ahead and found a solution to fitment of your favorite size wheels and tires without sacrificing anything you’d love in a chromoly steel frame.
From our years of experience with many other bikes, finding what we loved and disliked, they always left us with a bigger dislike list than love list. They did a satisfactory job but we wanted a bike that blew all the others away. This was the motivation for the NV chromoly steel full suspension frame, the best of what we loved with the added bonus of our features that we wished we had.
Why Chromoly? Chromoly is much stronger than traditional steel and aluminum alloys. Heat treated Chromoly like what we use in our mountain bike frames is even stronger than commercial/common grade titanium with a slight weight penalty. Chromoly has a high strength to weight ratio and high tensile strength, which means we can use less material and achieve a product that can withstand the abuse that MTB endures without breaking easily. Ride safe though, we can’t be held responsible for your new found feel of steel, ride at your own risk, ride responsible. There are a lot of factors involved when it comes to mountain bike frame design and some of the most important factors are weight, strength and cost. Our heat treated chromoly tubing is a material that offers high strength without an excessive weight or price tag.
We’ll keep pestering Kickstand for full details of that bike build, plus the video he’s working on. From the looks of his Instagram stories there’s a lot of digging going on. Stay tuned!