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DOING ZE WHEELIE

CHIPPS PROFILES THIS POPULAR RIDER’S REINVENTION FROM COMPETITOR TO ADVENTURE RIDER TO PERSONALITY AND BRAND AMBASSADOR
PICTURES BY CHIPPS AND CARMEN REY

There are many versions of Hans Rey. There have been many other versions over the years too as he has sought to keep himself current and relevant in the fast-paced mountain bike world. He is a different person to different people, but he is always Hans Rey. And while that might sound a little disingenuous, it’s not meant to be. As Hans enters his 30th year of sponsorship (in many cases (like GT) continuous sponsorship) he is still as relevant to his sponsors, still as popular with the magazines, and importantly, still as popular with the fans as ever.

I’ve been lucky enough to meet, and to see in action, many of the different Hans Reys over the years and I Finally got to ride with him on my home trails and talk over what makes him tick. But first, join me in the way-back machine as I look in on some of my previous Hans Rey moments.

It’s 1994 and I’m at the World Championships in Vail, Colorado. The mountain bike world is fresh and exciting and the personalities, like Ned Overend and John Tomac, are our superstars. At the event, top trials rider Hans Rey is there, competing with the world’s best and drawing a crowd because already, hey, he’s Hans Rey – the man has his own VHS tapes and appeared in the first mountain bike feature film, Tread.

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Hans Rey – No Way? Yes Way! 30 years as a sponsored bike rider. Hans must be doing something right. We chat over burgers and beer. Bike Test: Hardcore Hardtails – We test three examples of that very British of bike categories: the long forked hardtail, with bikes from Ritchey, Onza and Chromag. Classic Calderdale – Sim ponders our need to name trails and places on a guided tour of Singletrack’s own home trails. Trail helmets – 12 (count them!) trail helmets ridden and rated. Early Rider – a profile of a company that’s making kids’ bikes cool again Nepal – Spectacular views and bikepacking courtesy of Miranda Murphy, Todd Weselake and Steve Shannon. Joe Barnes – A profile of enduro racer, former downhill racer and Dude of Hazzard Joe Barnes. Shimano: behind the blue veil – Chipps goes to Japan (and Singapore) to see what makes this very private company tick. Retro Bikes – Were the good old days better, or just different? Warning: may contain pictures of alarming outfits.
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