150 episodes

On the Downtime Podcast, we speak to athletes, trainers, mechanics, brands and many others, to take us behind the scenes of the world of downhill and enduro mountain biking, inspire you and give you some hints and tips to help you improve your own MTB riding. Give it a listen and we're confident you'll find something to help you go faster and have more fun on your mountain bike! Don't forget to subscribe, give us a review, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with new episodes.

Downtime - The Mountain Bike Podcast Downtime MTB

    • Wilderness
    • 4.9, 74 Ratings

On the Downtime Podcast, we speak to athletes, trainers, mechanics, brands and many others, to take us behind the scenes of the world of downhill and enduro mountain biking, inspire you and give you some hints and tips to help you improve your own MTB riding. Give it a listen and we're confident you'll find something to help you go faster and have more fun on your mountain bike! Don't forget to subscribe, give us a review, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with new episodes.

    Elliott Heap – Jack Of All Trades

    Elliott Heap – Jack Of All Trades

    Elliott Heap comes from a motocross background, but when he found mountain bikes, he took to it like a duck to water. Getting into Enduro and DH racing early on, Elliott was introduced to Nigel Page. Nigel clearly saw something in him and started supporting him from early on. Since then, Elliott has raced World Cup DH, won the junior world title in the Enduro World Series, and picked up a silver medal at the 4X World Championships. We chat about his career so far, especially what went into that EWS series win (and the hangover afterwards). We also chat about riding and racing with Sam Hill and plenty more. Elliott is a great storyteller, so hit play and give this interview with Elliott Heap a listen.







    Follow Elliott on Instagram @elliottheap or on Facebook @elliottheapmtb and find his coaching lessons at Ride MTB Coaching.







    Supporting Partners







    Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world, which you will find in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at abbeybiketools.com and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then abbeybiketools.com is the place to head.







    Podcast Stuff







    My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time.







    For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast.







    Are you enjoying the podcast? Then don’t forget to subscribe. It’s free and means you’ll get every episode delivered to your device as soon as it’s available. All the links you need are at downtimepodcast.com/subscribe. You can find us on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google and most of the podcast apps out there. While you’re there, why not join our newsletter. Then you’ll get our Weekend Warm-Up email every Friday.







    If you want to share tips and advice with other podcast listeners on anything mountain bike related, you can join our Facebook group, head to www.facebook.com/groups/mtbperformance/ request permission to join the group and get involved!







    Our back catalogue of amazing episodes is available at downtimepodcast.

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Sam Blenkinsop – Fast and Loose

    Sam Blenkinsop – Fast and Loose

    There is no doubt that Sam Blenkinsop is one of the most stylish mountain bike riders on the planet. With a career that started racing in New Zealand at a young age, Sam worked his way up to win the 2008 World Cup in Schladming, beating the seemingly unbeatable Sam Hill. Me and Sam sat down for a chat to find out more about his rise to the top. We also chat about what it’s like to work with teammates like Nico Vouilloz and Loic Bruni. We cover Crankworx, that amazing Gamble segment, becoming a Dad and much much more. So hit play and give this episode with Sam Blenkinsop a listen.







    Follow Sam on Instagram @samblenkinsop. The Sam Blenkinsop segment from Gamble that we talk about is here and I highly recommend you watch it. If you want to check out Sam’s 2008 win at Schladming, then head here.







    Supporting Partners







    Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July.







    Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world, which you will find in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at abbeybiketools.com and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then abbeybiketools.com is the place to head.







    Podcast Stuff







    My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time.







    For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.youtube.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Designing the Ultimate Mountain Bike Shoes – With Chris Leatt

    Designing the Ultimate Mountain Bike Shoes – With Chris Leatt

    Leatt set out on a mission to design the ultimate mountain bike shoes for flat pedal and clipless riders. But how do you go about that, what are the key elements of a great riding shoe, and what does it take to put it all together into a package that you can sell? Well in this episode, I sit down with Leatt’s founder, Chris Leatt to find out just that. On the surface of it, a riding shoe seems like a pretty simple thing, but I’m sure we have all experienced good and bad versions, showing that it’s not as easy as it looks. Have a listen to this episode and find out how Leatt approached the challenge to make the ultimate mountain bike shoes.







    You can find out more over at leatt.com and you can check them out on Facebook @officialleatt and Instagram @leatt_mtb







    Supporting Partners







    Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July.







    Leatt are supporting this episode of the podcast. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their Airflex Pro knee guards. They are the best soft shell knee pads I have ever used. For a chance to win a pair of their Aaron Chase signature shoes, just head to leatt.com/acshoe and fill in your details before the end of July.







    Podcast Stuff







    My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time.







    For everything video,

    • 51 min
    Trash Free Trails Needs YOU

    Trash Free Trails Needs YOU

    Trash Free Trails needs YOU. Litter on our trails, and especially plastic pollution, is a problem. Not just because it looks a mess, but it’s environmentally damaging too. Up until now, it has purely come down to relying on us being good citizens and not leaving our mark on the environments that we ride in. However, this alone is sadly not enough to keep our trails free of plastic pollution.







    Enter Dom Ferris and Trash Free Trails. Dom is a long time mountain biker with an inspirational story, who has a passion for clearing up our outdoor spaces. After spending many years helping Surfers Against Sewage improve our beaches and oceans, he’s now turning his attention full time to our trails. Today, Trash Free Trails are launching their State of the Trails Report. I wanted you to know more about what Trash Free Trails are doing, and hopefully, you’ll want to get involved in some way. I sat down with Dom for a chat to find out more about what led him to where he is now, what Trash Free Trails is, and how we can all help. So hit play and give this episode with Dom Ferris from Trash Free Trails a listen, and then get involved using the links below.







    You can follow Trash Free Trails on Instagram @trashfreetrails and Facebook @trashfreetrails or visit their website at trashfreetrails.org.







    Supporting Partners







    Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July.







    Leatt are supporting this episode of the podcast. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.leatt.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Robin Wallner – Racing and Fatherhood

    Robin Wallner – Racing and Fatherhood

    Swedish mountain biker Robin Wallner is one of the fastest enduro riders on the planet. He came from downhill racing, and made the move to enduro in late 2014. He has subsequently shown that he’s capable of standing on the podium with the top riders in the sport. We sat down to chat about his career so far and how fatherhood has impacted his racing. We also chat about bike setup, learning stages and plenty more. Oh, and Robin gives away a special little tyre tip that I’ve not heard anyone talk about before. So hit play and give this episode with Robin Wallner a listen.







    You can follow Robin on Instagram @robin_wallner and find his vlog on YouTube here.







    Supporting Partners







    Leatt are supporting this episode of the podcast. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their Airflex Pro knee guards. They are the best soft shell knee pads I have ever used. For a chance to win a pair of their Aaron Chase signature shoes, just head to leatt.com/acshoe and fill in your details before the end of July.







    Nukeproof are also supporting this episode of the podcast. I’ve got their bars, stem, pedals, headset and bottom bracket on my new bike and it’s all really good quality stuff. I’m particularly impressed with their Horizon V2 carbon bars, which are a really nice shape and aren’t too stiff. You can check out everything they have to offer over at nukeproof.com and for you Downtime listeners, Nukeproof are giving away a set of their new Horizon wheels worth £400, in whatever size you need for your bike. To be in with a chance of winning, just head over to downtimepodcast.com/nukeproof and answer the ridiculously easy question before the end of July.







    Podcast Stuff







    My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new, with new designs, lower prices and faster shipping. All products are 100% organic, shipped without plastics, and made with a supply chain that’s using renewable energy. So check it out now over at downtimepodcast.com/shop. The new t-shirts are super soft and a lovely fit, so treat yourself and help the podcast at the same time.







    For everything video, including my live podcast shows, some riding videos, bike checks and more, subscribe over at a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/downtimemountainbikepodcast?

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Data Acquisition for Greg Minnaar and You – Rob Przykucki From Motion Instruments

    Data Acquisition for Greg Minnaar and You – Rob Przykucki From Motion Instruments

    Mountain bike data acquisition is the future, and enables you to understand what your bike is doing in order to get it set up to perform at it’s best. Motion Instruments are responsible for the system that Greg Minnaar uses on his bike, so you know that it’s going to be good, but they are also making systems that anyone can buy. I’m joined by one of their founders, Rob Przykucki, to find more. I sat down to chat with Rob about his background in bikes and business, and to find out how he went from being a product manager in a data storage firm to setting up Motion Instruments. His mission, to create accessible data acquisition kits to help us set up our suspension and get the most from our bikes. Find out what it takes to get something like this off the ground, how Greg Minnaar got involved and disrupted the direction of the project, and hear about some of the significant challenges along the way. Rob’s story is a real inspiration for anyone who’s not loving their day job, and wants to change things up and follow their passion. So hit play below and give this episode with Rob Przykucki a listen.







    You can find out more about Motion Instruments at motioninstruments.com and you can check out their YouTube channel here or follow them on Instagram @motioninstruments.







    This episode is supported by Leatt. Leatt are famous for their neckbrace which you may have heard me talk about with Chris Leatt in a past episode of the podcast. They are now a head to toe company making everything from braces and helmets, to apparel, protection and shoes. Head to leatt.com to check out what they have to offer. I can highly recommend their Airflex Pro knee guards as they are the best soft shell knee pads I have ever used. For a chance to win a pair of their Aaron Chase signature shoes, just head to leatt.com/acshoe and fill in your details before the end of July.







    This episode is also supported by Abbey Bike Tools. Abbey Bike Tools are making top quality precision tools specifically designed for the needs of the bike world, which you will find in most of the top mechanic’s toolboxes. They have a wide range of tools available over at abbeybiketools.com and what’s even better is that they have a couple of full toolbox options available too. So if you’ve ever drooled over these amazing world cup mechanic’s toolboxes with cut foam inserts, pull out trays, amazing layouts and all the tools you need, then this is your chance to own a toolbox just like that. If you want the best quality precision tools to look after your bike, then abbeybiketools.com is the place to head.







    My webstore is BACK! It’s all brand new,

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Monkeysoxcycles ,

Yoann Barelli!

This is generally an informative and interesting mtb focused podcast. Good conversational style and not a product fest. I like it, probably you will too.

Today the Yoann Barelli interview prompted me to throw up a review. Great chat, great guest. Well done Chris Hall thanks for bringing this and the multiple other episodes of worthwhile content.

Simmo D ,

One of the best MTB PODs around!

Great range of guests, very insightful, keep up the good work 👍🏼

llkrdgkegnwig ,

Amazing

This is a great podcast!

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