UK freerider Chris Smith has signed with Corsair Bikes, a small Seattle-based company who make high-performance mountain bikes for hardcore riders.
All Corsair frames are designed by former professional downhill racer and Whistler local Pablo Tafoya.
Chris will ride the five-inch travel Konig in contests like the Adidas Slopestyle and Crankworx, the Ducat hardtail for dirt jump comps such as BikeRadar Live and the Maelstrom seven-inch freeride machine when a little more travel is needed.
He said: “I’m stoked to ride the new Corsair Konig. It’s great to have a bike designed purely for the riding I do rather than adapting a bike that isn’t totally up to the job.
“Also, working with a smaller company will give me the chance to have some input into the bikes. All my sponsors this year are people I’ve worked with for a long time and it’s great to have such support from these guys.
“This season I’m looking forward to competing in the big contests such as the Adidas Slopestyle, [Braun] 26 Trix, BikeRadar Live and Crankworx. Also, I’ll be filming lots this year and producing videos for the web regularly, and working closely with the media.”
Chris has been training hard over the winter learning new tricks and has been building some crazy lines that will feature in Mountain Biking UK soon.
We’ll have an exclusive video from Chris soon, so keep your eyes peeled.