R.G1 FS. The pro bike of freeride legend Richie Schley
Richie Schley visited us in early December and we took the opportunity to talk about his R.G1 FS Downhill bike.
The Canadian, who is living at the Californian West Coast for the most part of the year, has been involved in the research and development process of the bike. Geometry, kinematics and specs have been fine tuned to the needs of gravity riders and racers. But does a full time pro rider see a bike like this in a different way? Which parts does he prefer for descending steep chutes and rough terrain?
Richie, when do you ride your R.G1 FS?
It's a highly capable machine. I prefer bringing it with me to bike parks and shuttle rides all over the world. The important thing for me is the low weight of the complete build: for a bike in this category of 200mm travel bikes, 15,8 kg is really light.
Being a pro rider, who's health depends on the reliability of the parts, what do you value the most?
High functionality and durability is on top of that list. In extreme riding situations, which I love, the chassis plays an important part. My favorite part: the FOX Float X2 shock. It packs lots of tuning dials and lets you set it up to your individual and personal demands.
What else is important for you?
At an already great bike, it's all about the details. Even those details which aren't that obvious to see right away. Take ergonomics as an example: the new Ergon SMD2 saddle is gravity specific and has the perfect shape, the GD1 Factory grips further improve the ergonomic contact points – a safe grip and therefor a maximum of control.
Shimano Saint cranks together with Shimano's chain guide take care of a reliable drive train in any situation. The package has been topped up with a Shimano road cassette which has an ideal aspect ratio for the purpose.
To finish things up, my personal tire of choice is Continental's Der Kaiser Projekt – it's hands down the best DH tire I have ever used.
Want a ride like the pro? You'll find all the details and information on the R.G1 FS here.