Riders and their Rides | Bangalore Mountain Festival 2018 – Downhill

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India’s IT hub Bengaluru, is also known for it’s alternative sports followers. The 3rd year of Bangalore Mountain Festival 2018 saw a good number of trail runners, cross country racers and downhill racers. We caught up with some of the gravity loving boys racing at the BMF “Balls of Steel” DH race to know more about their steeds.

Bengaluru’s 17 year old Rishabh Gowda is faster than most 17 year old Indians. Riding a stock Polygon DH8 with Shimano Zee bits and Spank Spike wheels.
One of India’s top Downhill racers, Gautam Taode of Starkenn Bikes, Pune with the Giant Glory 1 2016 (M) with RockShox Boxxer Team and a RockShox Vivid R2C Rear Shock. Truvativ Descendant Cranks 36T.
Nepal’s fastest and the winner of every DH race he’s entered in India, Rajesh Magar is supported by Yeti and Fox. Here’s his team edition 2018 Yeti SB6 set up to win enduro and downhill races!
Pune’s Zaki Alvi with his drool worthy 2015 Intense 951 EVO with DVO Emerald Fork and Sram XO drivetrain.
XC Hardtail on a rocky DH course? Yes, Preetham Kumar from Bengaluru takes his 2016 Polygon Siskiu 9 everywhere he goes. Up front a 100mm Rockshox Reba RL. He survived the steep tech descent on this rig!
Bengaluru’s Shashank CK and the Banshee Rune (XL) with a RockShox Lyrik fork, RaceFace cranks, wheels and Avids for braking duties.
Hemesh Mk from Bengaluru is new to mountain biking. Stepping it up on D-day at the BMF, he raced his Specialized Enduro Comp 2017 with RockShox Yari up front and Roval Traverse 650b rims.
Pune’s Vinay Menon from Team Psynyde Bikes with his XL sized Polygon DH9 frame with a Fox 40 up front and a DHX2 shock. He’s running custom made Psynyde crowns along with Psynyde handle bar, stem and pedals with Mavic Dee Max 26″ wheels, 2.5″ tires and Shimano Saint drivetrain.
Manali’s 16 year old, Rinku Thakur (Himalayan MTB Network) is gaining speed at every race. Riding a 2017 Polygon N6 (Med) with a Fox 34 Float Performance fork. E13 TRS+ Rims with Schwalbe Hans Dampf tyres. Raceface and Shimano SLX drivetrain.
Bengaluru’s Nilesh Dhumal rides a Fox 40 Float equipped GT Fury with Fox DHX2 rear shock. Raceface bar, Shimano Saint drivetrain and Stans NoTubes Flow MK3 rims. \\ Photo: © Krishna Kumar
17 year old Maanav GS from Kerala with a Medium sized 2015 Polygon DHX. Fox 40 Float up front paired with a DHX RC4 on the rear and Shimano Saint drivetrain.


Photos: © Kimaya Morye

For more details on some of these bikes, checkout –

Psynyde Bikes & Components

Polygon Bikes India – Wheel Sports

Specialized Bikes – Bums on the Saddle

Giant Bicycles India – Starkenn

GT Bicycles – Ti Cycles of India


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