Freerider and trail builder Dave Smutok has signed to ride for and work with Canadian bike company Rocky Mountain Bicycles.
“I’ve seen Dave compete several times and not only are his skills impressive, but his popularity and crowd appeal are huge,” says Rocky Mountain team manager, Peter Vallance. “We didn’t plan on adding more riders to our roster for next season, but when we heard that Dave was available, we had to try to get him.”
A gifted athlete, Smutok began his athletic career as a cross-country ski racer and won several junior national championships. In 2003, Smutok turned his focus from skiing to mountain biking and quickly became a staple in the sport. With little more than a year of experience under his belt, Smutok was invited to the 2004 Red Bull Bike Battle where he rose to the top taking the gold medal. Since then he has been invited to some of the most prestigious events in the sport, including the Kokanee Crankworx, Monster Park, and Adidas-Slopestlye events.
In addition to his role as a talented freerider, Smutok is a talented all mountain rider and has played an instrumental role in the development of the Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, New Hampshire. With the help of Smutok and his trail crew, park visits have doubled annually as the parks terrain progresses with new trends in the sport.
Vallance adds: “Dave’s involvement with Highland, the highest profile mountain bike park in the U.S., is a big asset for us. In addition to the park, Dave also gives us valuable presence in the East Coast (U.S.), something we’ve been lacking previously.”
The 2009 Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro
The 2009 Rocky Mountain Flow DJ
The 2009 Rocky Mountain Slayer SS 427
Smutok will be campaigning on Rocky Mountain’s new Flow DJ, Flatline Pro, and Slayer SS 427 in 2009.
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